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NASA awards launch services contract for CYGNSS mission

Posted March 31, 2014 by

NASA has selected Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va., to launch the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System mission. CYGNSS will launch in October 2016 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida aboard a Pegasus XL rocket from Orbital’s “Stargazer” L-1011 aircraft. This is a firm-fixed price launch-service task order contract worth approximately $55 million….

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Lockheed Martin marks significant milestone in research, development for unmanned technologies

Posted May 2, 2014 by

Three systems acquired by Lockheed Martin have progressed from their research and development phase to operational readiness. The Indago vertical take-off and landing quad-rotor, accompanied by its handheld ground control station will offer a robust, mobile surveillance application. Additionally, a new Commercial Avionics Suite delivers the same performance and reliability that customers have enjoyed with…

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NASA Airborne Research focuses on Andean volcanoes

Posted May 30, 2014 by

Volcanoes in Central and South America were the primary focus of a four-week Earth science study in late April and early May 2014 using a NASA-developed airborne synthetic aperture imaging radar.

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Masten’s Xombie flight tests astrobotic’s autonomous landing system

Posted June 30, 2014 by

Astrobotic Technology's newly developed autonomous landing system was put to the test recently when it controlled Masten Space Systems' XA-0.1B Xombie suborbital technology demonstration rocket during a NASA-sponsored launch and landing at the Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, Calif.

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NASA announces Mars 2020 rover payload to explore Red Planet as never before

Posted August 1, 2014 by

The next rover NASA will send to Mars in 2020 will carry seven carefully-selected instruments to conduct unprecedented science and exploration technology investigations on the Red Planet.

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NASA awards OMPS modification for the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 Mission

Posted September 9, 2014 by

NASA has awarded a sole source contract modification to Ball Aerospace and Technology Corp. of Boulder, Colo., for the Ozone Mapping and Profiling Suite for flight on the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 mission. The JPSS-2 mission is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to provide global environmental data in low Earth polar…

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Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman deliver payload for fourth SBIRS satellite

Posted October 8, 2014 by

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Prime contractor Lockheed Martin and payload provider Northrop Grumman have delivered the payload for the fourth Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellite of the U.S. Air Force’s Space Based Infrared System. The payload, delivered Sept. 30, will now be integrated with the SBIRS GEO-4 satellite bus in final assembly, integration…

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NASA DC-8 continues west Antarctic ice study

Posted November 17, 2014 by

NASA photograph by Jim Yungel The Thurston Island calving front off of western Antarctica as seen from the window of NASA’s DC-8 flying observatory Nov. 5, 2014. NASA’s DC-8 flying laboratory has two weeks of support remaining in the agency’s sixth Operation IceBridge mission to study parts of the West Antarctica ice sheet and ice…

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NASA takes giant leaps on journey to Mars among other accomplishments

Posted December 29, 2014 by

In 2014, NASA took significant steps on the agency’s journey to Mars – testing cutting-edge technologies and making scientific discoveries while studying our changing Earth and the infinite universe as the agency made progress on the next generation of air travel. “We continued to make great progress on our journey to Mars this year, awarding…

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NASA releases first global rainfall, snowfall map from new mission

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Like a lead violin tuning an orchestra, the GPM Core Observatory – launched one year ago on Feb. 27, 2014, as a collaboration between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency – acts as the standard to unify precipitation measurements from a network of 12 satellites. The result is NASA’s Integrated Multi-satellite Retrievals for GPM…

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