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Fourth Lockheed Martin MUOS satellite entering system test as communication module, multi-beam antenna installed

Posted April 10, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin has integrated two of the most important components onto its fourth Mobile User Objective System satellite for the U.S. Navy. Recently engineers mated the multi-beam assembly, which hosts 16 ultra-high frequency antennas for distributed, global communications coverage. Earlier this year, the team delivered and integrated the vehicleís communications system module. With bus and…

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NASA wins prestigious aerospace industry awards

Posted May 10, 2013 by

Two prominent aerospace industry organizations are recognizing the contributions of NASA, especially the achievements of the team that landed NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars in August, with coveted awards. The National Aeronautic Association will presented its Robert J. Collier Trophy to the Mars Science Laboratory Team of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., at…

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SSL selected to provide satellite to SKY Perfect JSAT

Posted June 12, 2013 by

Space Systems/Loral, a leading provider of commercial satellites, announced June 11 that it was selected to provide a communications satellite to SKY Perfect JSAT, a leading satellite operator based in Japan, with a fleet of 16 satellites. The satellite, JCSAT-14, will replace JCSAT-2A at 154 degrees East longitude and expands on its capacity to meet…

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Lockheed Martin delivers antenna assemblies for integration on first GPS III satellite

Posted July 15, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin has completed and is preparing to install the navigation, communication, and hosted payload antenna assemblies for the first satellite of the next generation Global Positioning System, known as GPS III. Seven antenna assemblies, produced at Lockheed Martinís Newtown, Pa. facility, were delivered to the companyís GPS III Processing Facility near Denver, Colo. on…

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Reflector System built by Northrop Grumman’s Astro Aerospace unit deploys successfully

Posted August 7, 2013 by

A deployable reflector and boom system made by Astro Aerospace, a strategic business unit of Northrop Grumman, successfully deployed on-orbit Aug. 3 aboard the Alphasat spacecraft

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Lockheed Martin unveils A2100 satellite improvements aimed at increased capabilities with lower cost, risk

Posted September 9, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin announced Sept. 9 that it has applied substantial enhancements to its A2100 satellite platform to meet current and future global communications market needs. The new A2100 technical update addresses design architecture and manufacturing processes, offering satellite operators catalog-to-order solutions that leverage common parts, subsystems and components to meet specific customer and mission needs….

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NASA partner Orbital Sciences completes first flight to ISS as astronauts capture Cygnus spacecraft

Posted September 30, 2013 by

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station used a robotic arm to capture and attach a Cygnus cargo resupply spacecraft Sept. 29, marking several spaceflight firsts for NASA and its partner, Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va. The station’s Expedition 37 crew reported the spacecraft – loaded with about 1,300 pounds of cargo – berthed at…

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NASA awards ground systems development, operations support contract

Posted November 15, 2013 by

NASA has selected Millennium Engineering and Integration Company of Satellite Beach, Fla., to provide support to the Ground Systems Development and Operations Program at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The cost-plus-fixed-fee contract includes a base period, four option periods and an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity component. The contract will begin in February 2014, following a 30-day…

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NASA developing legs for space station’s Robonaut 2

Posted December 11, 2013 by

NASA engineers are developing climbing legs for the International Space Station’s robotic crewmember Robonaut 2, marking another milestone in space humanoid robotics. The legless R2, currently attached to a support post, is undergoing experimental trials with astronauts aboard the orbiting laboratory. Since its arrival at the station in February 2011, R2 has performed a series…

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NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel releases annual report

Posted January 17, 2014 by

The Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel, an advisory committee that reports to NASA and Congress, has released its 2013 annual report examining NASA’s safety performance over the past year and highlighting issues and concerns to agency and government officials. The report released Jan. 15 is based on the panel’s 2013 fact-finding and quarterly public meetings; “insight”…

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