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NASA tests space launch system autopilot technology on F/A-18 jet

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NASA has completed the first tests with an F/A-18 research jet to evaluate the autonomous flight control system for the agency’s Space Launch System rocket. The system, called the Adaptive Augmenting Controller, will allow SLS to respond to vehicle and environmental variations such as winds or vehicle flexibility after it blasts off the launch pad…

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Ball Aerospace-built STPSat-3 Satellite Launches from Wallops Island

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The Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. STPSat-3 satellite built for the Department of Defense and part of the Operationally Responsive Space-3 (ORS-3) mission, successfully launched from Wallops Island, Va., on board a Minotaur I at 8:15 p.m., EST, Nov. 19. STPSat-3 joins its predecessor, the Ball-built STPSat-2, which launched in 2010 on the same date….

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NASA advances effort to launch astronauts again from U.S. soil to space station

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NASA took another step Nov. 19 to restore an American capability to launch astronauts from U.S. soil to the International Space Station by the end of 2017, subject to the availability of adequate funding. The agency’s Commercial Crew Program requested proposals from U.S. companies to complete development of crew transportation systems that meet NASA certification…

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NASA’s Chandra helps confirm evidence of jet in Milky Way’s black hole

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Astronomers have long sought strong evidence that Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, is producing a jet of high-energy particles. Finally they have found it, in new results from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the National Science Foundation’s Very Large Array radio telescope. Previous studies, using…

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NASA awards contract for space flight systems development, operations

Posted November 18, 2013 by

NASA has selected ZIN Technologies Inc. of Middleburg Heights, Ohio, to support space flight systems development and operations at the agencyĆ­s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. This cost-plus-fixed-fee contract includes a base period and three option periods, as well as an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity component. The contract will begin in January. If all options are…

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NASA issues 2014 call for advanced technology concepts

Posted November 15, 2013 by

NASA is looking for visionary concepts that have the potential to enable new missions or significantly improve current approaches to achieve aerospace objectives. Through the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program, NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking proposals for revolutionary concepts with the potential to transform aerospace endeavors. These include visionary aerospace architecture, system or…

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NASA awards ground systems development, operations support contract

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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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Hubble reveals first pictures of Milky Way’s formative years

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NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has revealed the first visual evidence of how our home galaxy, the Milky Way, assembled itself into the majestic pinwheel of stars we see today. Astronomers used Hubble’s deep-sky surveys to study the evolution of 400 galaxies similar to the Milky Way and noted their appearance at various stages of development…

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NASA seeks American small business proposals for high tech R&D

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To enable future space exploration while helping to seed viable commercial products and services here in America, NASA is seeking proposals for the agency’s Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. The SBIR and STTR Programs provide small businesses and nonprofit research institutions with opportunities to address specific technology gaps in NASA…

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NASA Commercial Crew Partner SpaceX achieves milestone in safety review

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Engineers and safety specialists from NASA and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) met in late October to review the safety of the Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket being developed to launch humans into low-Earth orbit later this decade.

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