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U.S., allies increase protected military satellite comm capability with AEHF launch

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The third Advanced Extremely High Frequency military communication satellite, built by a Lockheed Martin team for the U.S. Air Force, was successfully launched at 4:10 a.m., Sept. 18, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. Lockheed Martin confirmed signal acquisition at 51 minutes after launch. The AEHF system…

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Boeing sends protected government signal through commercial satellite

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Sept. – Boeing has transmitted a government-developed, frequency-hopping signal through a commercial satellite, demonstrating the potential for the military to access more communications pathways at a lower cost than building new satellites, while protecting its data from jamming attempts. In the first demonstration of its kind, Boeing in July used the government’s…

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Next Boeing GPS IIF satellite arrives at Cape Canaveral for launch

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Boeing workers lift the Global Positioning System IIF-5 satellite onto a transporter following its Aug. 1 arrival at the Navstar Processing Facility on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Boeing shipped the fifth GPS IIF satellite from its satellite factory in El Segundo, Calif., on a U.S. Air Force C-17 airlifter. Workers will fuel the…

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First Boeing-built Inmarsat-5 satellite on track for 2013 launch

Posted September 18, 2013 by

The first of three Inmarsat-5 Global Xpress satellites being built by Boeing has successfully completed a key system life test, paving the way for it to launch later this year.

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Orbital rolls out Antares rocket to Wallops launch pad for COTS demo mission to ISS

Posted September 16, 2013 by

Sept. 13, Orbital Sciences Corporation rolled out its Antares™ rocket that will launch the company’s first Cygnus™ spacecraft to the International Space Station for its demonstration mission under the Commercial Orbital Transportations Services joint development program with NASA.

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NASA spacecraft embarks on historic journey into interstellar space

Posted September 13, 2013 by

NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft officially is the first human-made object to venture into interstellar space. The 36-year-old probe is about 12 billion miles from our sun.

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Hubble uncovers largest known group of star clusters, clues to dark matter

Posted September 13, 2013 by

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered the largest known population of globular star clusters, an estimated 160,000, swarming like bees inside the crowded core of the giant grouping of galaxies known as Abell 1689.

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NASA exercises option on engineering, scientific services contract

Posted September 11, 2013 by

NASA has exercised the first option under its contract with Vantage Partners LLC of Lanham, Md., to continue providing engineering and scientific support services to the agency’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. The one-year option begins Oct.1 and is valued at about $46 million. The contract has three more options available: two at one year…

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Space station crew lands, wrapping up 166 days in space

Posted September 11, 2013 by

Expedition 36 crew members Chris Cassidy of NASA and Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin of the Russian Federal Space Agency have returned to Earth from the International Space Station, landing safely in Kazakhstan at 10:58 p.m., EDT, Sept. 10. Cassidy, Vinogradov and Misurkin, who launched to the station March 29, spent 166 days in space….

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NASA awards center maintenance, operations, engineering contract

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NASA has selected Jacobs Technology, Inc., of Tullahoma, Tenn., to provide core support services at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., in the areas of institutional and research operations, maintenance and engineering. The contract will be a hybrid contract consisting of a component for sustaining services and an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity component. The core…

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