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Boeing completes first milestone for Commercial Crew Transportation Systems

Posted December 3, 2014 by

NASA has approved the completion of Boeing’s first milestone in the company’s path toward launching crews to the International Space Station from the United States under a groundbreaking Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract. The Certification Baseline Review is the first of many more milestones, including flight tests from Florida’s Space Coast that will establish the…

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Aerojet Rocketdyne celebrates 100th high performance apogee thruster flight

Posted December 1, 2014 by

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp company, has reported the completion of its 100th geosynchronous satellite apogee insertion using its iridium/rhenium High Performance Apogee Thruster (HiPAT, including first and second generation design configurations. The successful insertion was achieved with a large geosynchronous telecommunications satellite, built by commercial satellite manufacturer, SSL, which was recently launched. The milestone will…

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NASA airborne campaigns tackle climate questions from Africa to Arctic

Posted November 26, 2014 by

Five new NASA airborne field campaigns will take to the skies starting in 2015 to investigate how long-range air pollution, warming ocean waters, and fires in Africa affect our climate.

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New crew arrives at space station to continue scientific research

Posted November 26, 2014 by

Three new crew members representing the United States, Russia and Italy are at the International Space Station.

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NASA opens Cube Quest Challenge for largest-ever prize of $5 million

Posted November 26, 2014 by

Registration now is open for NASA's Cube Quest Challenge, the agency’s first in-space competition that offers the agency’s largest-ever prize purse.

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Ball Aerospace equips Orion mission with key avionics, antenna hardware

Posted November 24, 2014 by

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is providing the phased array antennas and flight test cameras to prime contractor Lockheed Martin for Orion's Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), which is an unmanned test flight scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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NASA announces new opportunities for public participation in asteroid grand challenge

Posted November 24, 2014 by

NASA photograph Team NOVA Took the Winning Hackathon Prize.   Ten new projects are providing opportunities for the public to participate in NASA’s Asteroid Grand Challenge, which accelerates the agency’s asteroid initiative work through innovative partnerships and collaborations. Through a Space Act Agreement since April, NASA’s Asteroid Grand Challenge partner SpaceGAMBIT developed ways to connect…

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XCOR Aerospace announces latest milestone in ULA program

Posted November 24, 2014 by

XCOR Aerospace photograph by Mike Massee The XCOR-ULA XR-5H25 LOX-Hydrogen Rocket Engine, fed by XCOR’s proprietary rocket propellant piston pump technology. MOJAVE, Calif. XCOR Aerospace announced Nov. 20 it has completed the latest test series for the liquid hydrogen engine it is developing for United Launch Alliance. This is an important milestone in the long-running…

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New crew arrives at space station to continue scientific research

Posted November 24, 2014 by

Three new crew members representing the United States, Russia and Italy are at the International Space Station. The Soyuz TMA-15M vehicle docked to the International Space Station at 9:48 p.m., EST, above the Pacific Ocean, approaching the coast of Ecuador. Terry Virts of NASA, Soyuz Commander Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos)…

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NASA announces early stage innovations space tech research grants

Posted November 21, 2014 by timchisham

NASA image by Eric Stern Advanced thermal protection materials modeling using the Direct Simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) method simulates the flow through porous TPS materials. Research into these sorts of advanced technologies enable the journey to Mars and enable future exploration. NASA has selected 11 university-led proposals for the study of innovative, early stage technologies…

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