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NASA’s Orion Spacecraft powers through first integrated system testing

Posted April 14, 2014 by

NASA's Orion spacecraft has proven its mettle in a test designed to determine the spacecraft's readiness for its first flight test - Exploration Flight Test-1 - later this year. EFT-1 will send the spacecraft more than 3,600 miles from Earth and return it safely.

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NASA’s Hubble extends stellar tape measure 10 times farther into space

Posted April 11, 2014 by

Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers now can precisely measure the distance of stars up to 10,000 light-years away – 10 times farther than previously possible. Astronomers have developed yet another novel way to use the 24-year-old space telescope by employing a technique called spatial scanning, which dramatically improves Hubble’s accuracy for making angular measurements….

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Fourth AEHF protected communications satellite begins integration months ahead of schedule

Posted April 9, 2014 by

The fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite produced by Lockheed Martin is taking shape after early deliveries of its payload and propulsion core. AEHF-4, expected to launch in 2017, will enable the constellation to reach full operational capability.

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NASA looks to go beyond batteries for space exploration

Posted April 9, 2014 by

NASA is seeking proposals for the development of new, more capable, energy storage technologies to replace the battery technology that has long powered America’s space program. The core technologies solicited in the Wednesday call for proposals will advance energy storage solutions for the space program and other government agencies, such as the Department of Energy’s…

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Near Infrared Camera Integrated into space telescope

Posted April 9, 2014 by

Lockheed Martin and the University of Arizona have delivered the primary imaging instrument of the James Webb Space Telescope to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The new Near Infrared Camera, or NIRCam, has been successfully integrated within the heart of the telescope, known as the Integrated Science Instrument Module. The integration completes the suite of…

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NASA awards robotics, vehicle, graphics simulation services contract

Posted April 7, 2014 by

NASA has selected MacLean Engineering & Applied Technologies of Houston to provide simulation model development for organizations at the agency’s Johnson Space Center, also in Houston. This indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract has firm-fixed price and cost-plus fixed-fee task orders. Beginning July 1, the contract has a three-year base period followed by two one-year options and is…

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New catalog brings NASA software down to Earth

Posted April 7, 2014 by

NASA is making available to the public, at no cost, more than 1,000 codes with its release April 10 of a new online software catalog. Organized into fifteen broad categories, the new catalog offers a wide variety of applications for use by industry, academia, other government agencies, and the general public. “Software is an increasingly…

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Intelsat General, L-3 Communication Systems-West test protected Air Force tactical technology on Ku-band

Posted April 7, 2014 by

Intelsat General Corp. and L-3 Communication Systems-West (L-3 CS-West) announced the successful demonstration of new U.S. Air Force Protected Tactical Waveform technology over Ku-band transponders on the Intelsat fleet. The demonstrations and performance characterization were conducted at the Intelsat teleport in Ellenwood, GA, during the week of March 4th. Engineers conducting the tests measured the…

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Orion avionics system ready for first test flight

Posted April 7, 2014 by

After powering on and sending commands to more than 20 different critical systems installed on the spacecraft's crew module, NASA and Lockheed Martin engineers have verified the avionics for Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) are ready to support a successful flight and re-entry of the spacecraft.

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NASA Hubble team finds monster ‘El Gordo’ galaxy cluster bigger than thought

Posted April 4, 2014 by

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has weighed the largest known galaxy cluster in the distant universe, catalogued as ACT-CL J0102-4915, and found it definitely lives up to its nickname - El Gordo (Spanish for "the fat one").

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