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First Boeing Built Inmarsat-5 satellite successfully completes on-orbit testing

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Boeing’s first of four satellites for Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network, has passed all of its on-orbit testing and has now been handed over to Inmarsat. “This is an important milestone for Global Xpress,” said Rupert Pearce, CEO of Inmarsat. “The testing of the Boeing built platform and payload has been completed and shown to meet…

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Northrop Grumman begins integrating antennas for fourth Advanced EHF communications payload

Posted March 14, 2014 by

Two downlink antennas that are the fastest of their kind to operate in space are being integrated into the protected communications payload built by Northrop Grumman for the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite. The company delivered the Super High Frequency Array Unit (SAU), as the antennas are called, in early March to AEHF system…

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NASA selects 10 proposals for unprecedented twin astronaut study

Posted March 10, 2014 by

Only one set of twins has ever been into space, and now those twins are providing an unprecedented opportunity for scientists to understand better the effects of microgravity on the human body. NASA’s Human Research Program will fund 10 short-term, first-of-its-kind investigations into the molecular, physiological and psychological effects of spaceflight in a continuous effort…

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Orbital introduces the GEOStar-3 commercial communications satellite platform

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Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the world’s leading space technology companies, March 10 introduced its GEOStar-3TM satellite platform, stating the program is now ready for delivery to commercial satellite operators on production schedules of 24 to 27 months.  The medium-class GEOStar-3 platform is an extension of Orbital’s highly successful small-class GEOStar-2 bus that has led…

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Chandra, XMM-Newton provide direct measurement of distant black hole’s spin

Posted March 7, 2014 by

Astronomers have used NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton to show a supermassive black hole six billion light years from Earth is spinning extremely rapidly. This first direct measurement of the spin of such a distant black hole is an important advance for understanding how black holes grow over time. Black…

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Air Force leaders share space budget rollout

Posted March 7, 2014 by Desiree N. Palacios

Space was the topic of discussion for Air Force leaders March 5, during on-going talks about the fiscal year 2015 budget at the Pentagon.

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NASA’s Hubble telescope witnesses asteroid’s mysterious disintegration

Posted March 7, 2014 by

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has recorded the never-before-seen break-up of an asteroid into as many as 10 smaller pieces. Fragile comets, comprised of ice and dust, have been seen falling apart as they near the sun, but nothing like this has ever before been observed in the asteroid belt. “This is a rock, and seeing…

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Boosters For Orion’s launch vehicle arrive at Cape Canaveral

Posted March 7, 2014 by

The Orion spacecraft has moved another step closer toward its first test flight as the core and starboard boosters for the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket contracted by Lockheed Martin for that flight have arrived to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.

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NASA picks small business tech proposals for development

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NASA has selected 108 research and technology proposals from U.S. small businesses that will enable NASA’s future missions while benefiting America’s new high technology-driven economy right here on Earth. The selected proposals now will enter into negotiations for contract awards as part of Phase II of the agency’s Small Business Innovation Research Program. The selected…

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NASA’s WISE survey finds thousands of new stars, but no ‘Planet X’

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After searching hundreds of millions of objects across our sky, NASA’s Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer has turned up no evidence of the hypothesized celestial body in our solar system commonly dubbed “Planet X.” Researchers previously had theorized about the existence of this large, but unseen celestial body, suspected to lie somewhere beyond the orbit of…

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