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NASA seeking student science experiments for balloon flight

Posted October 31, 2013 by

NASA is accepting applications from graduate and undergraduate university students to fly experiments to the edge of space aboard a high-altitude scientific balloon. This balloon flight competition is a joint project between NASA and the Louisiana Space Consortium (LaSPACE) in Baton Rouge. NASA is targeting fall 2014 for the next flight opportunity for the LaSPACE-maintained…

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NASA prepares to launch first mission to explore Martian atmosphere

Posted October 28, 2013 by

NASA photograph Inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, engineers and technicians perform a spin test of the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, spacecraft. The operation is designed to verify that MAVEN is properly balanced as it spins during the initial mission activities.  A NASA spacecraft that will examine…

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Lockheed Martin powers up Orion crew module

Posted October 28, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin photograph Technicians power on the Orion crew module at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. For the first time, Lockheed Martin and NASA engineers powered on the Orion crew module at Kennedy Space Center last week. The test successfully demonstrated the crew module avionics were integrated properly and are in good health. During the…

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NASA advanced booster shows options on increasing performance, reducing cost

Posted October 28, 2013 by

ATK has achieved a significant milestone in its NASA Research Announcement Advanced Booster risk-reduction program for the Space Launch System by successfully completing filament winding of a pathfinder Advanced Booster composite case. Ultimately, this Advanced Booster NRA effort will enable NASA and ATK to optimize a case design that will be stronger, yet more affordable…

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NASA’s great observatories begin deepest ever probe of universe

Posted October 25, 2013 by

NASA’s Hubble, Spitzer and Chandra space telescopes are teaming up to look deeper into the universe than ever before. With a boost from natural “zoom lenses” found in space, they should be able to uncover galaxies that are as much as 100 times fainter than what these three great observatories typically can see. In an…

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NASA partner SpaceX completes review of 2014 commercial crew abort test

Posted October 25, 2013 by

In preparation for a summer 2014 test, NASA partner Space Exploration Technologies recently laid out its plan to demonstrate the Dragon spacecraft's ability to carry astronauts to safety in the event of an in-flight emergency.

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NASA awards bridge contract for multidisciplinary engineering, technical services

Posted October 23, 2013 by

NASA has awarded a bridge contract to AS and D Inc. of Greenbelt, Md., for continued multidisciplinary engineering and technical services until a follow-on contract is awarded at the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center, also in Greenbelt. Known as Multidisciplinary Engineering and Technical Services II Bridge (METS 2 Bridge), this is a cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite delivery-indefinite…

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Boeing finalizes agreement for Kennedy Space Center facility

Posted October 23, 2013 by

Boeing has finalized an agreement with Space Florida to use a processing facility at NASAís Kennedy Space Center to build the Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 spacecraft, an important step toward restoring the United Statesí ability to launch humans into space. ìThe resources and expertise on the Space Coast are essential to our plans and this…

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NASA Dryden awards facilities maintenance contract to Helix Management Services

Posted October 23, 2013 by

NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif., has awarded a contract to Helix Management Services, of Lanham, Md., to provide facility operations and maintenance services at the center’s campuses at Edwards Air Force Base and Palmdale, Calif. The firm fixed-price contract could be worth as much as $29.4 million over the five-year life of the…

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NASA laser communication system sets record with data transmissions to and from Moon

Posted October 23, 2013 by

NASA’s Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration has made history using a pulsed laser beam to transmit data over the 239,000 miles between the moon and Earth at a record-breaking download rate of 622 megabits per second. LLCD is NASA’s first system for two-way communication using a laser instead of radio waves. It also has demonstrated an…

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