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NASA releases workshop data, findings on Asteroid 2011 AG5

Posted June 18, 2012 by

Researchers anticipate that asteroid 2011 AG5, discovered in January 2011, will fly safely past and not impact Earth in 2040. Current findings and analysis data were reported at a May 29 workshop at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., attended by scientists and engineers from around the world. Discussions focused on observations of…

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NASA signs agreement with Craig Technologies for Kennedy’s unique equipment

Posted July 5, 2012 by

NASA has signed a new partnership with Craig Technologies of Melbourne, Fla., to maintain an inventory of unique processing and manufacturing equipment for future mission support at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Under a five-year, non-reimbursable Space Act Agreement, NASA will loan 1,600 pieces of equipment to Craig Technologies. The equipment supported Space…

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NASA history now available on iTunes U

Posted July 23, 2012 by

Marking the 43rd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, NASA has added an extensive collection of historical video, audio, photographs and documents to iTunes U. iTunes U is a platform for making educational resources available to a wide audience through the iTunes Store. NASA’s History Program Office iTunes U site currently contains about 300…

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Ball Aerospace incorporates enhanced data communication for JPSS-1 satellite

Posted August 13, 2012 by

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. will incorporate essential data communication enhancements for the Joint Polar Satellite System, currently under development for an early 2017 launch.

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Curiosity sending great photos, relays voice

Posted August 31, 2012 by

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover con-tinues functioning at more than 100 percent as it completes over three weeks on the Martian surface. Curiosity already is returning more data from the Martian surface than have all of NASA’s earlier rovers combined. “We have an international network of telecommunications relay orbiters bringing data back from Curiosity,” said the…

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NASA selects space launch system advanced development proposals

Posted September 25, 2012 by tomlear

NASA has selected 26 proposals from academia and industry for advanced development activities for the nation’s next heavy lift rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS). Proposals selected under this NASA Research Announcement (NRA) seek innovative and affordable solutions to evolve the launch vehicle from its initial configuration to its full lift capacity capable of sending…

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Orbital awarded Air Force contract for EAGLE spacecraft platform

Posted October 24, 2012 by

Orbital Sciences Corporation announced Oct. 24 that the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate has awarded the company a $32 million contract to develop an experimental maneuverable spacecraft platform that will be capable of hosting multiple payloads and operating in low- and geosynchronous orbit. The five-year contract began in the third quarter of…

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NASA rover providing new weather, radiation data about Mars

Posted November 16, 2012 by

Observations of wind patterns and natural radiation patterns on Mars by NASA’s Curiosity rover are helping scientists better understand the environment on the Red Planet’s surface. Researchers using the car-sized mobile laboratory have identified transient whirlwinds, mapped winds in relation to slopes, tracked daily and seasonal changes in air pressure, and linked rhythmic changes in…

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Third Boeing GPS IIF begins operation after early handover to U.S. Air Force

Posted December 5, 2012 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – A third Boeing GPS IIF satellite has completed on-orbit checkout and is now part of the active 31-satellite GPS constellation, providing improved performance for both military and civilian users. GPS IIF-3, now designated SVN-65, is being operated by the 50th Space Wing’s 2nd Space Operations Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base,…

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Lockheed Martin delivers GOES-R weather satellite core structure for propulsion system integration

Posted January 7, 2013 by

ATK photograph The rigid external structure of the first GOES-R, which will enclose the satelliteís propulsion system and support the payloads, was designed by Lockheed Martin and manufactured by ATK Aerospace Groupís Space and Components Division, in San Diego. Lockheed Martin delivered the core structure for the first in a series of the National Oceanic…

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