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Masten’s Xombie tests JPL’s G-FOLD precision landing software

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With engineers and officials from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory watching, Masten Space Systems’ XA-0.1B “Xombie” took to the sky again in the fall of 2013. The flight on Sept. 20 was the conclusion of a test campaign to assess the performance of JPL’s Guidance for Fuel Optimal Large Diverts (G-FOLD) algorithm under mission conditions.

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NASA evolves student rocketry challenge, enhances ties to space launch system

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Student teams from 26 colleges and universities in 16 states and Puerto Rico will design and launch innovative rockets and payloads as part of the 2013-2014 NASA Student Launch rocketry competition. The NASA Student Launch will be held May 15-17 at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Tooele County, Utah. There, the student teams will undergo…

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Remembering those who sacrificed their lives for space exploration

Posted February 5, 2014 by

NASA photograph by Robert Markowitz The flags of the State of Texas and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and a wreath stand in tribute to the memorial tree planted in Fullerton’s honor at the Johnson Space Center’s memorial grove during JSC’s Day of Remembrance observance Jan. 30. Jan. 31, 2014, NASA commemorated the men…

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NASA’s next generation space telescope is coming together

Posted February 3, 2014 by

Lockheed Martin photograph The Near-Infrared Camera for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is seen in a cleanroom at the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto, Calif., where it was designed and built. An infrared camera designed with University of Arizona and Lockheed Martin know-how, which will form the heart of NASA’s James Webb…

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NASA selects space launch system adapter hardware manufacturer

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NASA has selected Teledyne Brown Engineering of Huntsville, Ala., to design and build a key component of the new Space Launch System rocket the agency is developing to send humans farther than ever into deep space. The component is the Launch Vehicle/Stage Adapter, which will be used to connect the rocket’s 27.5-foot diameter core and…

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Ball Aerospace completes risk reduction test for JPSS-1 satellite

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Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has successfully completed the SpaceWire Inter-operability Test for the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 satellite and has begun spacecraft bus integration.

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Lockheed Martin MUOS satellite tests show extensive reach in polar communications capability

Posted January 31, 2014 by

  Lockheed Martin recently demonstrated that the U.S. Navy’s Mobile User Objective System satellites may help solve communication challenges in the arctic. Now people spread over thousands of square miles could have access to more secure, reliable communications. During company-funded tests, MUOS voice and data signals reached much farther north than previously thought, just 30…

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NASA-sponsored ‘disk detective’ lets public search for new planetary nurseries

Posted January 31, 2014 by

NASA is inviting the public to help astronomers discover embryonic planetary systems hidden among data from the agency’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission through a new website, DiskDetective.org. Disk Detective is NASA’s largest crowdsourcing project whose primary goal is to produce publishable scientific results. It exemplifies a new commitment to crowdsourcing and open data by…

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NASA selects physical science research proposals for space station

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NASA’s Physical Science Research Program will fund seven proposals to conduct physics research using the agency’s new microgravity laboratory, which is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station in 2016. NASA’s Cold Atom Laboratory will provide an opportunity to study ultra-cold quantum gases in the microgravity environment of the space station – a frontier…

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Lockheed Martin powers on second GPS III satellite in production

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The Lockheed Martin team developing the U.S. Air Forces next generation Global Positioning System recently turned on power to the bus and network communications equipment payload of the programs second satellite designated GPS III Space Vehicle 2 (SV-02). The successful powering on of GPS III SV-02, on Dec. 19, 2013, at Lockheed Martins Denver-area GPS…

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