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NASA solicits new collaborative partnerships with commercial space industry

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Building on the success of NASA’s commercial spaceflight initiatives, agency officials announced Monday plans to solicit proposals from U.S. private enterprises for unfunded partnerships to collaboratively develop new commercial space capabilities. “The growing U.S. commercial spaceflight industry is opening low-Earth orbit in ways that will improve lives on Earth, drive economic growth and power 21st…

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NASA seeks suborbital flight services proposals for technology demonstrations

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NASA photograph by Tom Tschida Masten Space Systems’ Xombie technology demonstration test bed ascends into the Mojave Desert sky from the Mojave Air and Space Port during a March 2013 flight. NASA is seeking proposals from U.S. commercial suborbital reusable launch vehicle providers to integrate and fly technology payloads for the space agency. NASA uses…

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First images available from NASA-JAXA global rain, snowfall satellite

Posted March 26, 2014 by

NASA/JAXA image NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have released the first images captured by their newest Earth-observing satellite, the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, which launched into space Feb. 27. The images show precipitation falling inside a March 10 cyclone over the northwest Pacific Ocean, approximately 1,000 miles east of Japan….

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New crew launches to space station to continue scientific research

Posted March 26, 2014 by

NASA photograph by Joel Kowsky The Soyuz TMA-12M rocket launches from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 (local time) carrying Expedition 39 Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, Flight Engineer Steven Swanson of NASA, and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos to the International Space Station. Three…

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SpaceX Launch to International Space Station Reset for March 30

Posted March 24, 2014 by

SpaceX has confirmed it will target its next cargo mission launch to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, for 10:50 p.m., EDT, March 30. NASA Television launch coverage begins at 9:45 p.m. for the company’s third contracted resupply mission to the orbital laboratory. A post-launch news conference will follow…

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Defense Meteorological Satellite Program 19 encapsulation

Posted March 24, 2014 by

The U.S. Air Force, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and United Launch Alliance team have successfully moved one step closer to the launching of the 19th Defense Meteorological Satellite Program block 5D weather satellite. On March 14, engineers completed spacecraft encapsulation within the launch fairing at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The DMSP-19 encapsulation within the…

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Boeing on schedule to deliver world’s first all-electric satellites

Posted March 24, 2014 by

Boeing is on track to deliver the world's first all-electric propulsion satellites in late 2014 or early 2015 as it has met key production milestones on its initial 702SP (small platform) satellites.

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Lockheed Martin-built weather satellite encapsulated for upcoming launch

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A Defense Meteorological Satellite Program satellite built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has been encapsulated into its payload fairing in preparation for an April 3 liftoff. The launch will take place aboard an Atlas V†rocket from Space Launch Complex 3 East at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. DMSP satellites collect data that enables military forecasters…

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Lockheed Martin receives contractor recognition from NASA JPL

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration honored Lockheed Martin with the Small Business Industry Awards Large Prime Contractor of the Year award for its utilization of small businesses and superior performance on subcontracts at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “Our work with NASA JPL is diverse, supporting space missions and complex IT needs,” said Vicki…

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NASA spacecraft reveal new Zebra Stripesí structure in Earths inner radiation belt

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Scientists have discovered a new, persistent structure in Earths inner radiation belt using data from the twin NASA Van Allen Probes spacecraft. Most surprisingly, this structure is produced by the slow rotation of Earth, previously considered incapable of affecting the motion of radiation belt particles, which have velocities approaching the speed of light. Data from…

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