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NASA awards contract option on test, operations support contract

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NASA has exercised the first option to extend the period of performance of its Test and Operations Support Contract with Jacobs Technology Inc. of Tullahoma, Tenn., to Sept. 30, 2016. Jacobs Technology Inc. will provide continued overall management and implementation of ground systems capabilities, flight hardware processing and launch operations in support of the International…

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NASA confirms launch date for five rocket mission from Virginia

Posted March 27, 2012 by

NASA managers have given a “go” for a countdown leading to the launch of five suborbital sounding rockets early in the morning March 27 on a science mission that will briefly create a milky white cloud that may be visible along a large portion of the U.S. east coast. The launch window for the mission…

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Orbital Sciences’ Antares passes fit check

Posted April 25, 2012 by by Raphael Jaffe

Orbital Sciences Corp. is working hard and fast to get its Antares booster rocket and Cygnus cargo supply capsule flight tested this year. They have a milestone coming up under their Commercial Orbital Transportation Services agreement with NASA. But CEO David Thomson told financial analysts…

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NASA lends Galaxy Evolution Explorer to Caltech

Posted May 16, 2012 by

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

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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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