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ATK demonstrates high-power MegaFlex solar array for NASA

Posted January 24, 2014 by

ATK demonstrated full deployment of a large MegaFlex solar array under a NASA contract to further the development of a high-power system to be used for future robotic and manned exploration missions. ATK’s 32 feet diameter Solar Electric Propulsion MegaFlex solar array design is capable of generating approximately 40kW of power with two wings when…

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NASA’s Chandra sees runaway pulsar firing an extraordinary jet

Posted February 21, 2014 by

NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has seen a fast-moving pulsar escaping from a supernova remnant while spewing out a record-breaking jet – the longest of any object in the Milky Way galaxy - of high-energy particles.

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NASA solicits new collaborative partnerships with commercial space industry

Posted March 26, 2014 by

Building on the success of NASA’s commercial spaceflight initiatives, agency officials announced Monday plans to solicit proposals from U.S. private enterprises for unfunded partnerships to collaboratively develop new commercial space capabilities. “The growing U.S. commercial spaceflight industry is opening low-Earth orbit in ways that will improve lives on Earth, drive economic growth and power 21st…

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NASA Hubble instruments highlight new National Air and Space Museum exhibit

Posted April 23, 2014 by

Two instruments that played critical roles in discoveries made by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope now are on display in an exhibit at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington. “Repairing Hubble” recognizes the 24th anniversary of Hubble’s launch into space aboard space shuttle Discovery on April 24, 1990. The exhibit features Hubble’s Corrective…

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Lockheed Martin launch Worldview-3 satellite

Posted May 23, 2014 by

Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services will launch the WorldView-3 commercial remote sensing spacecraft, placing it into orbit Aug. 13 for DigitalGlobe, a leading provider of commercial high-resolution earth observation and advanced geospatial solutions. WorldView-3 will be launched aboard an Atlas V. The launch is scheduled for 11:29 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time from Space Launch Complex-3E…

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ATK awarded contract to provide UltraFlex solar arrays for upcoming Mars InSight mission

Posted June 25, 2014 by

NASA/JPL-Caltech image This artist’s concept depicts the InSight Mars lander at work studying the interior of Mars, powered by ATK’s UltraFlex arrays. ATK has received a contract from Lockheed Martin Space Systems to provide the UltraFlex solar arrays for NASA’s InSight Lander mission, which will place a lander on Mars in 2016 to study the…

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NASA’s Mars spacecraft maneuvers to prepare for close comet flyby

Posted July 28, 2014 by

NASA is taking steps to protect its Mars orbiters, while preserving opportunities to gather valuable scientific data, as Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring heads toward a close flyby of Mars Oct. 19.

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Lockheed Martin, Electro Optic Systems to establish space debris tracking site

Posted August 28, 2014 by

Under a new strategic cooperation agreement, Lockheed Martin and Electro Optic Systems Pty Ltd are developing a new space object tracking site in Western Australia that will paint a more detailed picture of space debris for both government and commercial customers. The site will use a combination of lasers and sensitive optical systems like those…

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NASA selects nine space radiobiology research proposals

Posted October 3, 2014 by

NASA/SOHO image NASA’s space radiobiology research aims to mitigate the harmful effects of the space radiation environment on astronaut health outside of the relative protection of the Van Allen belts (pictured in blue). NASA’s Human Research Program will fund nine proposals for ground-based research that will help enable extended and safer human exploration of space…

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Spaceship co-pilot was experienced test pilot

Posted November 3, 2014 by Brian Melley

The pilot killed in a test flight of Virgin Galactic’s prototype space tourism rocket was as capable behind the controls of experimental aircraft as he was tackling technical challenges in the offices where the vehicle was designed. He was also known as a devoted husband and father of two young children. Michael Alsbury, 39, was…

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