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United Launch Alliance successfully launches second Space-Based Infrared System satellite to orbit for the U.S. Air Force

Posted March 20, 2013 by

ULA photograph A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket blasts off from Space Launch Complex-41 carrying the second Space-Based Infrared System GEO-2 satellite for the U.S. Air Force at 5:21 p.m., EDT, March 19. This was the 3rd ULA launch of the year, the 37th Atlas V mission, and the 69th ULA launch since the…

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Aerojet’s dual AJ26 engines launch historic Antares test flight

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Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced April 21 that its dual AJ26 main engine system successfully powered the first stage of Orbital Sciences Corporation’s he two Aerojet AJ26 engines, which form the Antares rocket’s first-stage main engine system, burned for 233 seconds and provided 816,000 pounds of vacuum thrust as it powered Antares from the launch…

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Herschel Space Observatory finds mega merger of galaxies

Posted May 22, 2013 by

A massive and rare merging of two galaxies has been spotted in images taken by the Herschel space observatory, a European Space Agency mission with important NASA participation. Follow-up studies by several telescopes on the ground and in space, including NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope, tell a tale of two faraway galaxies…

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Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully completes first in a series of full-motion tests on America’s next rocket engine

Posted June 21, 2013 by

The leading rocket engine manufacturer Aerojet Rocketdyne announced June 21 that it successfully completed the first in a series of full motion hot-fire tests on the J-2X engine at John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. NASA has selected the J-2X as the upper-stage propulsion for the evolved 143-ton (130-metric ton) Space Launch System (SLS),…

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NASA IRIS observatory – designed, built By Lockheed Martin – sees first light

Posted July 26, 2013 by

The Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph observatory, designed and built by Lockheed Martin for NASA, has produced its first images and spectra of a little understood region of the sun through which the energy that supports the Sun’s hot corona is transported.

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NASA, commercial crew partners fund additional development milestones

Posted August 16, 2013 by

NASA announced Aug. 15 it is adding some additional milestones to agreements with three U.S. commercial companies that are developing spaceflight capabilities that could eventually provide launch services to transport NASA astronauts to the International Space Station from U.S. soil. NASA is supporting the development of these capabilities through its Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap)…

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Next Boeing GPS IIF satellite arrives at Cape Canaveral for launch

Posted September 18, 2013 by

Boeing workers lift the Global Positioning System IIF-5 satellite onto a transporter following its Aug. 1 arrival at the Navstar Processing Facility on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Boeing shipped the fifth GPS IIF satellite from its satellite factory in El Segundo, Calif., on a U.S. Air Force C-17 airlifter. Workers will fuel the…

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Orbital Sciences Cygnus spacecraft departs ISS, ends demonstration mission for NASA

Posted October 23, 2013 by

A cargo resupply demonstration mission by Orbital Sciences Corp. drew to a close Oct. 22 as Expedition 37 crew members aboard the International Space Station detached and released the Dulles, Va., company’s Cygnus spacecraft from the orbiting laboratory. Cygnus had been attached to the space station’s Harmony module for 23 days. The spacecraft delivered about…

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ULA Atlas V Rocket successfully launches MAVEN mission on journey to Red Planet

Posted November 20, 2013 by

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN spacecraft lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., at 1:28 p.m., EST, Nov. 18. This was ULA’s 10th launch of the year and marks the 41st Atlas V mission and the 76th launch for ULA….

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U.S. Air Force awards Lockheed Martin contract to complete two more GPS III satellites

Posted December 16, 2013 by

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin more than $200 million in contract options to complete production of its fifth and sixth next-generation Global Positioning System satellites, known as GPS III. In February, the Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin a fixed price $120 million contract to procure long lead parts for a second set…

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