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Northrop Grumman-built sunshield on NASA’s Webb Telescope meets fabrication, test milestones

Posted June 27, 2012 by

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – The preflight test layers of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope sunshield are meeting expected performance targets during tests by engineers at Northrop Grumman. The company is under contract to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., for the design and development of Webb’s sunshield, telescope and spacecraft. One of the…

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NASA’s car-sized rover nears daring landing on Mars

Posted July 16, 2012 by

NASA’s most advanced planetary rover is on a precise course for an early August landing beside a Martian mountain to begin two years of unprecedented scientific detective work. However, getting the Curiosity rover to the surface of Mars will not be easy. “The Curiosity landing is the hardest NASA mission ever attempted in the history…

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NASA selects construction contracts at Stennis

Posted August 6, 2012 by

NASA has selected six indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity multiple award construction contracts at the agency’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss. The fixed price contracts consist of a performance period of five years, with a total value not to exceed $700 million.   The companies selected are as follows: Advon Corporation, Tallahassee, Fla. Birmingham…

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Fabrication of Northrop Grumman-built spacecraft for Webb Telescope moves forward

Posted August 20, 2012 by

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – The spacecraft that will carry NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to its orbit nearly a million miles from Earth has completed a Critical Design Review for the structure that supports Webb’s data link to NASA’s ground station. Northrop Grumman is under contract to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.,…

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Soyuz landing coverage planned for NASA Television

Posted September 11, 2012 by

NASA Television will provide live coverage of events surrounding three International Space Station crew members who are scheduled to end four months on the orbiting laboratory with a landing in Kazakhstan Sept. 16. Expedition 32 Flight Engineer Joe Acaba of NASA and Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin of the Russian Federal Space…

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New commercial imaging spacecraft progressing at Lockheed Martin as IKONOS satellite achieves 13 years in operations

Posted October 9, 2012 by

Lockheed Martin is making steady progress in a key test phase on GeoEye’s next-generation, high-resolution imaging satellite, GeoEye-2, as IKONOS, the world’s first commercial remote sensing spacecraft marks 13 years of outstanding services for GeoEye’s customers around the globe. Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company is developing GeoEye-2 under a fixed-price contract with GeoEye. The satellite…

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SpaceX transitions to third commercial crew phase with NASA

Posted November 2, 2012 by

Space Exploration Technologies has completed its first three performance milestones for NASA’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability initiative, which is intended to lead to the availability of commercial human spaceflight services for government and commercial customers. During the company’s first milestone, a technical baseline review, NASA and SpaceX reviewed the Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket…

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NASA seeks public’s input on improving digital communications

Posted November 28, 2012 by

As its digital-communications team prepares for the next redesign of NASA.gov, NASA is asking the public for thoughts on what the agency should be doing on its website. NASA has set up a forum on Ideascale to allow users to submit, comment on and vote on ideas. Opened Nov. 19, the forum already has received…

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NASA progressing toward first launch of Orion spacecraft

Posted December 14, 2012 by

Recent engineering advances by NASA and its industry partners across the country show important progress toward Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), the next step to launching humans to deep space. The uncrewed EFT-1 mission, launching from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida in 2014, will test the re-entry performance of the agency’s Orion capsule, the most…

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NASA, Bigelow to discuss space station expandable module

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NASA, BIGELOW OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS SPACE STATION EXPANDABLE MODULE WASHINGTON — NASA has awarded a $17.8 million contract to Bigelow Aerospace to provide a new addition to the International Space Station. The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module will demonstrate the benefits of this space habitat technology for future exploration and commercial space endeavors. “The International Space…

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