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New space sensor as a hosted payload to track air pollution across North America

Posted November 9, 2012 by

NASA has selected a proposal from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Mass., to build the first space-based instrument to monitor major air pollutants across the North American continent hourly during daytime. The instrument, to be completed in 2017 at a cost of not more than $90 million, will share a ride on a commercial…

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Possible cause for Taurus payload fairing shroud failure

Posted November 30, 2012 by Raphael Jaffe

Continued analysis of the payload fairing failure to split and detach from the Orbital Taurus XL launch vehicle has fingered the possible cause. The heat-treated frangible rail designed to fracture when a pyrotechnic charge is detonated post-launch to shed the rocketís payload-fairing shroud has problems. There are potentially some extrusion problems with the way that…

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Boeing ships third Intelsat 702MP satellite for launch

Posted December 19, 2012 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The third of four 702 Medium Power satellites that Boeing is manufacturing for Intelsat S.A., the world’s leading provider of satellite services, arrived at the Long Beach, Calif., home port of launch provider Sea Launch Nov. 28. Scheduled for launch in the first quarter of 2013, Intelsat 27 is designed to…

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Lockheed Martin awarded $100 million contract to sustain ground station For Global Positioning System

Posted January 16, 2013 by

Continuing a legacy of more than 30 years supporting the Global Positioning System, Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract to sustain the ground control segment for the GPS satellite constellation. The U.S. Air Force Space Command Space and Missile Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., awarded Lockheed Martin a $100 million contract to…

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NASA Curiosity rover collects first Martian bedrock sample

Posted February 11, 2013 by

NASA’s Curiosity rover has, for the first time, used a drill carried at the end of its robotic arm to bore into a flat, veiny rock on Mars and collect a sample from its interior. This is the first time any robot has drilled into a rock to collect a sample on Mars. The fresh…

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NASA mission helps craft 3-D image of buried Mars flood channels

Posted March 11, 2013 by

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has provided images allowing scientists for the first time to create a 3-D reconstruction of ancient water channels below the Martian surface.

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Ball Aerospace begins integration phase for DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-3 satellite

Posted April 8, 2013 by

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has begun integration for WorldView-3, the next generation commercial remote-sensing satellite being built for DigitalGlobe, a leading global provider of high-resolution earth imagery solutions. The third satellite in a series to employ the Ball Commercial Platform 5000, WorldView-3 is slated for launch in mid-2014. For more than a decade Ball…

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NASA Curiosity rover team selects second drilling target on Mars

Posted May 10, 2013 by

The team operating NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover on Mars has selected a second target rock for drilling and sampling. The rover will set course to the drilling location in coming days. This second drilling target, called “Cumberland,” lies about nine feet (2.75 meters) west of the rock where Curiosity’s drill first touched Martian stone in…

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NASA’s Hubble maps 3-D structure of ejected material around erupting star

Posted June 7, 2013 by

A flash of light from a stellar outburst has provided a rare look at the 3-D structure of material ejected by an erupting nova. Astronomers used NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope to observe the light emitted by the close double-star system T Pyxidis, or T Pyx, a recurring nova, during its latest outburst in April 2011….

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NASA satellite provides first view of solar system’s tail

Posted July 10, 2013 by

Like a comet, the solar system has a tail. NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer has for the first time mapped out the structure of this tail, which is shaped like a four-leaf clover. Scientists describe the tail, called the heliotail, based on the first three years of IBEX imagery in a paper published in the July…

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