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Lockheed Martin GPS III satellite successfully integrated with Raytheon OCX segment

Posted September 23, 2013 by

The prototype for Lockheed Martin’s next generation GPS III satellite reached a major milestone on August 30 when it successfully established remote connectivity and communicated with the GPS Next Generation Operational Control System

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NASA announces advanced composite research partnership

Posted September 23, 2013 by

NASA has selected six companies from five U.S. states to participate in a government-and-industry partnership to advance composite materials research and certification. The companies are: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. of Fort Worth, Texas GE Aviation of Cincinnati Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company of Palmdale, Calif. Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems of Redondo Beach, Calif. Boeing Research &…

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NASA awards follow-on custodial services contract for Kennedy

Posted September 23, 2013 by

NASA has awarded a contract to Brevard Achievement Center of Rockledge, Fla., to provide custodial services to the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The firm-fixed price contract begins Oct. 1. It has a maximum value of $30.4 million with a potential performance period of five years. Brevard Achievement Center will provide custodial services, including…

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NASA selects operations, maintenance services for West Virginia site

Posted September 23, 2013 by

NASA has selected West Virginia University Research Corporation of Morgantown, W.Va., to provide operations and maintenance services at the agencyís Independent Verification and Validation Facility in Fairmont, W.Va. The total value of this cost-no-fee, indefinite-delivery, indefinite -quantity contract is $40 million. The five-year performance period begins Sept. 30 and ends Sept. 29, 2018. WVURC will…

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Air Force launches third AEHF satellite

Posted September 20, 2013 by

Air Force photograph by Pat Corkery A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the third Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-3) satellite for the United States Air Force lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 here at 4:10 a.m. EDT today. The AEHF constellation is a joint-service satellite communications system that will provide survivable, global, secure,…

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Official describes evolution of space deterrence

Posted September 20, 2013 by Karen Parrish

Space is a current and future battleground without terrain, where invisible enemies conceivably could mount undetectable attacks to devastating effect if the right deterrent and defensive plans arenít pursued now, the assistant defense secretary for global strategic affairs told a think tank audience Sept. 17. Madelyn R. Creedon spoke to a Stimson Center gathering whose…

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NASA’s deep space comet hunter mission comes to an end

Posted September 20, 2013 by

After almost 9 years in space that included an unprecedented July 4th impact and subsequent flyby of a comet, an additional comet flyby, and the return of approximately 500,000 images of celestial objects, NASA’s Deep Impact mission has ended. The project team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., has reluctantly pronounced the mission…

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Sunshield for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope ready for manufacturing

Posted September 20, 2013 by

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is dominated visually by the tennis-court sized sunshield, which separates the observatory into a warm sun-facing side and a cold anti-sun side.

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NASA commercial partner Boeing tests CST-100 spacecraft thrusters

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Boeing’s CST-100 spacecraft is one step closer to liftoff after a gauntlet of test firings of its steering jets at White Sands Space Harbor in Las Cruces, N.M. Boeing and Aerojet Rocketdyne recently completed the tests, which simulated the demanding environment of space. The tests assessed how the thrusters – which fire with 1,500 pounds…

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NASA Curiosity rover detects no methane on Mars

Posted September 20, 2013 by

Data from NASA’s Curiosity rover has revealed the Martian environment lacks methane. This is a surprise to researchers because previous data reported by U.S. and international scientists indicated positive detections. The roving laboratory performed extensive tests to search for traces of Martian methane. Whether the Martian atmosphere contains traces of the gas has been a…

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