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NASA lends Galaxy Evolution Explorer to Caltech

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NASA is lending the Galaxy Evolution Explorer to the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, where the spacecraft will continue its exploration of the cosmos. In a first-of-a-kind move for NASA, a Space Act Agreement was signed May 14 so the university soon can resume spacecraft operations and data management for the mission using private…

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First SBIRS satellite exceeding performance expectations after one year in orbit

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The first Lockheed Martin-built Space Based Infrared System geosynchronous satellite, launched May 7, 2011, is exceeding...

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NASA extends contract for mission, crew operations support

Posted June 25, 2012 by

NASA has awarded a contract extension to United Space Alliance of Houston to provide mission and flight crew operations support for the International Space Station and future human space exploration. The $17.4 million extension of the Integrated Mission Operations Contract covers ground-based human spaceflight operations capability development and execution. This contract includes support for mission…

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NASA astronaut Mark Polansky leaves agency

Posted July 13, 2012 by

NASA astronaut Mark Polansky has left the agency. His last day with NASA was June 30. Polansky is a veteran of three space shuttle missions. He flew as a pilot on the STS-98 mission in 2001 and served as commander for STS-116 in 2006 and STS-127 in 2009. Polansky ends his NASA career with more…

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Aeroshell to protect Mars Science Laboratory on descent

Posted July 26, 2012 by

After a journey of 245 days across 352 million miles, the moment of truth for the Mars Science Laboratory begins late in the evening of Aug. 5 when the spacecraft roars into the Martian atmosphere, traveling at...

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Digital processors limited by power; What’s the UPSIDE?

Posted August 15, 2012 by staff

The digital processors used for sensor data analysis are limited by power requirements, potentially limiting the speed and type of data analysis that can be done. But a new, ultra-low power processing method may enable faster, mission critical analysis of ISR data...

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NASA Mars rover Curiosity beings arm-work phase

Posted September 6, 2012 by

After driving more than a football field’s length since landing, NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity is spending several days preparing for full use of the tools on its arm. Curiosity extended its robotic arm Wednesday in the first of 6-10 consecutive days of planned activities to test the 7-foot (2.1-meter) arm and the tools it manipulates….

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NASA selects facilities operations, maintenance services contract

Posted October 3, 2012 by

NASA has selected Chugach Federal Systems Inc., of Anchorage, Alaska, for facilities operations and maintenance services for the Management Operations Directorate at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. This is a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract with a technical performance incentive fee for the core services. It has an indefinite-delivery-indefinite-quantity provision for issuing task orders for…

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NASA Television airs Atlantis’ final move

Posted October 31, 2012 by

NASA Television will provide live coverage of events surrounding space shuttle Atlantis’ move to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida for permanent public display. At 2 p.m., EDT, Nov. 1, NASA TV’s media channel will air a news briefing about the transformation of Kennedy Space Center to a multiuser spaceport. The briefing participants…

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Space Systems/Loral-built satellite for Echostar successfully launched, begins post-launch maneuvers

Posted November 21, 2012 by

Space Systems/Loral, a leading provider of commercial satellites, announced Nov. 21 that the EchoStar XVI satellite, designed and built for EchoStar Corporation, was launched Nov. 20 and is successfully performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan. The satellite deployed its solar arrays on schedule following its launch aboard a Proton Breeze M launch vehicle provided by…

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