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NASA receives third consecutive clean audit opinion

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NASA released its Fiscal Year 2013 Agency Financial Report Dec. 16 detailing financial results, performance highlights, and its third consecutive unmodified, or clean, audit opinion. An independent auditor found NASA has no material weaknesses, resolved the last significant deficiency carried over from fiscal 2012, and complied with applicable laws. “2013 marks our third clean audit…

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U.S. Air Force awards Lockheed Martin contract to complete two more GPS III satellites

Posted December 16, 2013 by

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin more than $200 million in contract options to complete production of its fifth and sixth next-generation Global Positioning System satellites, known as GPS III. In February, the Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin a fixed price $120 million contract to procure long lead parts for a second set…

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SSL selected to build high-power, multi-mission satellite AsiaSat 9

Posted December 16, 2013 by

Space Systems/Loral, and Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited announced Dec. 16 the signing of a construction agreement for a high power, multi-mission satellite, AsiaSat 9, to be used for television broadcast, private networks and broadband services across the Asia Pacific. The satellite is expected to be launched in 2016. “SSL and AsiaSat have developed a…

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NASA rover results include first age measurement on Mars, help for human exploration

Posted December 16, 2013 by

NASA’s Curiosity rover is providing vital insight about Mars’ past and current environments that will aid plans for future robotic and human missions. In a little more than a year on the Red Planet, the mobile Mars Science Laboratory has determined the age of a Martian rock, found evidence the planet could have sustained microbial…

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NASA Chief Engineer Michael Ryschkewitsch to Lead Space Programs at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Posted December 16, 2013 by

Dr. Michael Ryschkewitsch, currently chief engineer at NASA, has been selected to lead the Space Sector at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., starting in January. Ryschkewitsch, a highly regarded expert within the space science and engineering community, is presently responsible for the technical readiness of all NASA programs. He previously served…

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NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory reveal giant plasma flows on sun

Posted December 16, 2013 by

Observations from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, have enabled scientists to confirm the existence of giant flows of gases and plasma moving heat from the sun’s interior to its surface. The findings end 45 years of speculation about the “giant convection cells” and advance understanding of the formation of sunspot activity that causes space…

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NASA selects SpaceX to begin negotiations for use of historic launch pad

Posted December 16, 2013 by

NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies Corporation of Hawthorne, Calif., to begin negotiations on a lease to use and operate historic Launch Complex 39A at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Permitting use and operation of this valuable national asset by a private-sector, commercial space partner will ensure its continued viability and allow for…

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NASA, CASIS make space station accessible for stem cell research

Posted December 16, 2013 by

NASA and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space are enabling research aboard the International Space Station that could lead to new stem cell-based therapies for medical conditions faced on Earth and in space. Scientists will take advantage of the space station’s microgravity environment to study the properties of non-embryonic stem cells. NASA…

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Military communication improved as sixth Boeing-built Wideband Satellite enters service

Posted December 13, 2013 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The sixth Boeing Wideband Global SATCOM satellite, funded by the Commonwealth of Australia – the program’s first partner outside the United States – has been delivered on orbit to the U.S. Air Force, boosting communications capabilities for the U.S. military and its allies. Australia’s funding of the spacecraft provided the Australian…

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Hubble Space Telescope sees evidence of water vapor venting off Jovian moon

Posted December 13, 2013 by

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has observed water vapor above the frigid south polar region of Jupiter’s moon Europa, providing the first strong evidence of water plumes erupting off the moon’s surface. Previous scientific findings from other sources already point to the existence of an ocean located under Europa’s icy crust. Researchers are not yet certain…

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