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Discovery flies for last time, ends chapter in aerospace history

Posted April 18, 2012 by by A1C Alexander W. Riedel

After almost 27 years and 39 flights in Earth’s orbit, the space shuttle Discovery arrived at Dulles Airport in Washington, D.C., April 17 on its...

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Lockheed Martin orbits 100th, 101st commercial geo satellites with successful launch

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The 100th and 101st Lockheed Martin commercial geostationary communication satellites have been successfully placed in orbit May 15 after a dual launch aboard an Ariane 5-ECA launch vehicle from Kourou, French Guiana.

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Boeing, Raytheon, Harris to pursue GPS control segment sustainment contract

Posted June 5, 2012 by

Boeing is leading a U.S. industry team that includes Raytheon and Harris Corporation to pursue future development and sustainment work on the Air Force GPS Control Segment Sustainment contract. The control segment is the ground hardware and software that controls the space vehicles and their payloads. The GCSS contract will extend the current GPS Operational…

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NASA adds Orbital’s Antares to launch services II contract

Posted June 26, 2012 by

NASA has modified its NASA Launch Services II contract with Orbital Sciences Corporation of Dulles, Va., to add the Antares launch vehicle, formerly known as Taurus II, for future missions. The NLS II on-ramp provision provides an opportunity annually for launch service providers not presently under NLS II contract to compete for future missions, and…

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Sierra Nevada Corporation successfully completes Dream Chaser nose landing gear test

Posted July 13, 2012 by

Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems has successfully completed testing of the nose landing gear for the Dream Chaser® orbital crew vehicle. This milestone evaluated the impact forces experienced by the landing gear at the front of the vehicle, the nose, in order to ensure safe runway landing capability of the Dream Chaser during approach and…

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Independently sponsored space telescope to be launched to the Moon

Posted July 27, 2012 by

The International Lunar Observatory Association, led by American businessman/educator Steve Durst, plans to place an astronomical observatory on the Moon to capture never before seen images of the galaxy, stars, Moon and Earth and broadcast them in support of the worldwide Galaxy Forum 21st Century Education program. A ‘Global Demonstration’ of the International Lunar Observatory…

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Ultrafast pulsed lasers … more than just a light show

Posted August 15, 2012 by staff

A Navy ship at sea is surrounded by water, with nothing but its carrier group in site, and searches the skies for activity overhead. Isolated radars on each ship in the group scan independently of each other with limited effectiveness...

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New California law to help commercial space flights by Mojave tenants

Posted September 6, 2012 by by Raphael Jaffe

At the Sept. 4 meeting of the East Kern Airport District, CEO Stuart Witt noted passage of AB 2243. The board approved applying for state matching funds for the new FAA Airport Improvement Program grant, and it also approved a change in the airport security contractor. The California legislature unanimously approved bill 2243, Space Flight…

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NASA selects contract for logistics management services

Posted October 3, 2012 by

NASA has selected Akima Logistics Services LLC of Anchorage, Alaska to receive a contract to support the Logistics Management Services at the agency’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. The contract has a maximum value of $48 million. This is an indefinite-delivery- indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price, time and material hybrid contract that begins Monday, Oct. 1….

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Interorbital marks major milestone with rocket engine firing

Posted October 31, 2012 by

Courtesy photograph GPRE 7.5KNTA Main Rocket Engine Test (October 28, 2012). Luminous desert sand vortices reflect the extreme brilliance of the rocket plume. On a calm clear High Desert October evening, Interorbital Systems’ NEPTUNE rocket series’ main engine roared to life in its first hot-firing test in Mojave, Calif. The engine, the IOS GPRE 7.5KNTA…

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