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First Boeing-built Inmarsat-5 satellite on track for 2013 launch

Posted September 18, 2013 by

The first of three Inmarsat-5 Global Xpress satellites being built by Boeing has successfully completed a key system life test, paving the way for it to launch later this year.

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Orbital rolls out Antares rocket to Wallops launch pad for COTS demo mission to ISS

Posted September 16, 2013 by

Sept. 13, Orbital Sciences Corporation rolled out its Antares™ rocket that will launch the company’s first Cygnus™ spacecraft to the International Space Station for its demonstration mission under the Commercial Orbital Transportations Services joint development program with NASA.

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NASA spacecraft embarks on historic journey into interstellar space

Posted September 13, 2013 by

NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft officially is the first human-made object to venture into interstellar space. The 36-year-old probe is about 12 billion miles from our sun.

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Hubble uncovers largest known group of star clusters, clues to dark matter

Posted September 13, 2013 by

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered the largest known population of globular star clusters, an estimated 160,000, swarming like bees inside the crowded core of the giant grouping of galaxies known as Abell 1689.

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NASA exercises option on engineering, scientific services contract

Posted September 11, 2013 by

NASA has exercised the first option under its contract with Vantage Partners LLC of Lanham, Md., to continue providing engineering and scientific support services to the agency’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. The one-year option begins Oct.1 and is valued at about $46 million. The contract has three more options available: two at one year…

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Space station crew lands, wrapping up 166 days in space

Posted September 11, 2013 by

Expedition 36 crew members Chris Cassidy of NASA and Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin of the Russian Federal Space Agency have returned to Earth from the International Space Station, landing safely in Kazakhstan at 10:58 p.m., EDT, Sept. 10. Cassidy, Vinogradov and Misurkin, who launched to the station March 29, spent 166 days in space….

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NASA awards center maintenance, operations, engineering contract

Posted September 11, 2013 by

NASA has selected Jacobs Technology, Inc., of Tullahoma, Tenn., to provide core support services at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., in the areas of institutional and research operations, maintenance and engineering. The contract will be a hybrid contract consisting of a component for sustaining services and an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity component. The core…

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Lockheed awarded Atlas launch services contract for Mexicoís Morelos-3 communications satellite

Posted September 9, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Lockheed Martin Corporation, has been selected by the Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes, a government agency of Mexico, to provide commercial launch services using the Atlas V launch vehicle for Mexicoís Morelos-3 communications satellite (also known as MEXSAT-2). The launch is scheduled to occur as…

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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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DUNMORE Aerospace Materials protect LADEE robotic lunar explorer

Posted September 9, 2013 by

DUNMORE Corporation is protecting four science payload instrument packages carried aboard the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer space mission and the spacecraft itself. DUNMORE’s multi-layered insulation materials defend electronics and other mission-critical technology from extreme temperatures between minus 195 degrees Fahrenheit to more than 300 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 125 degrees to plus 150 degrees…

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