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Lockheed Martin completes GOES-R weather satellite CDR

Posted May 2, 2012 by

The Lockheed Martin team developing NASA and NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R series satellite has successfully...

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NASA’s wind tunnel aids SpaceX reusable launch system design

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NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., completed wind tunnel testing for Space Exploration Technologies of Hawthorn, Calif., to provide Falcon 9 first stage re-entry data for the...

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Black hole growth found to be out of sync

Posted June 12, 2012 by

New evidence from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory challenges prevailing ideas about how black holes grow in the centers of galaxies. Astronomers long have thought that a supermassive black hole and...

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Orbital Good News: NuSTAR; New Sat Comm Contract; Antares OKed as NLS II Provider

Posted June 28, 2012 by by Raphael Jaffe

The Orbital-built and launched NuSTAR mission is off to a good start; a new satellite communications provider has signed a contract for two satellites; and NASA has opened its…

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NASA astronaut briefs NASA Dryden employees

Posted July 19, 2012 by by Raphael Jaffe

NASA astronaut Rick "C. J." Sturckow visited NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif., July 13. Sturckow was commander of shuttle mission STS-128...

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Ball Aerospace demonstrates prototype X-band SATCOM on-the-move phased array antenna

Posted August 6, 2012 by

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has successfully demonstrated its Mobile Multifunction Low-Cost Array system, a prototype X-band SATCOM On-the-Move phased array antenna, at the U.S. Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground facility, Aberdeen, Md.

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NASA selects space station integration services contract

Posted August 21, 2012 by

NASA has selected Barrios Technology Ltd. of Houston to provide mission and program integration services for the International Space Station Program at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The two-year base contract is a small business set aside. It begins Oct. 1 and extends through Sept. 30, 2014. There are three potential two-year options…

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NASA Mars rover Opportunity reveals geological mystery

Posted September 17, 2012 by

NASA’s long-lived rover Opportunity has returned an image of the Martian surface that is puzzling researchers. Spherical objects concentrated at an outcrop Opportunity reached last week differ in several ways from iron-rich spherules nicknamed “blueberries” the rover found at its landing site in early 2004 and at many other locations to date. Opportunity is investigating…

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Space command convenes accident investigation

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Air Force Space Command commander Gen. William Shelton has ordered an Accident Investigation Board to investigate why a Delta IV RL-10B-2 upper stage engine did not perform as expected during the Oct. 4 launch of a GPS IIF satellite. “While the launch was ultimately successful, the time-honored rigor and earnest process of an AIB will…

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NASA renames radiation belt mission to honor pioneering scientist

Posted November 14, 2012 by

NASA has renamed a recently launched mission that studies Earth’s radiation belts as the Van Allen Probes in honor of the late James Van Allen. Van Allen was the head of the physics department at the University of Iowa who discovered the radiation belts encircling Earth in 1958. The new name of the mission, previously…

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