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NASA ends attempts to fully recover Kepler spacecraft, potential new missions considered

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Following months of analysis and testing, the Kepler Space Telescope team is ending its attempts to restore the spacecraft to full working order, and now is considering what new science research it can carry out in its current condition. Two of Kepler’s four gyroscope-like reaction wheels, which are used to precisely point the spacecraft, have…

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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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Raytheon produces new U.S. Army satellite communications terminals ahead of schedule

Posted October 23, 2013 by

Raytheon, the only provider of fielded Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite communication terminals that protect the most sensitive military information, has completed production on 39 new terminals for the U.S. Army ahead of schedule. Since production began in 2007, 67 percent have been deployed to the field. The Army uses the Humvee-mounted Secure Mobile Anti-Jam…

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XCOR Aerospace, ULA achieve major milestone in liquid hydrogen engine program

Posted November 20, 2013 by

XCOR Aerospace and United Launch Alliance announced a significant milestone Nov. 19, the first successful hot fire of the subscale 2500 lbf thrust XR-5H25 engine in the XCOR® and ULA liquid hydrogen engine development program.

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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’s Opportunity Rover yields more data on changes to Mars’ environment

Posted January 24, 2014 by

New findings from rock samples collected and examined by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity have confirmed an ancient wet environment that was milder and older than the acidic and oxidizing conditions told by rocks the rover examined previously.

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Hubble watches stars’ clockwork motion in nearby galaxy

Posted February 21, 2014 by

Using the sharp-eyed NASA Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have for the first time precisely measured the rotation rate of a galaxy based on the clock-like movement of its stars. According to their analysis, the central part of the neighboring galaxy, called the Large Magellanic Cloud, completes a rotation every 250 million years. It takes our…

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NASA seeks suborbital flight services proposals for technology demonstrations

Posted March 26, 2014 by

NASA photograph by Tom Tschida Masten Space Systems’ Xombie technology demonstration test bed ascends into the Mojave Desert sky from the Mojave Air and Space Port during a March 2013 flight. NASA is seeking proposals from U.S. commercial suborbital reusable launch vehicle providers to integrate and fly technology payloads for the space agency. NASA uses…

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NASA satellites show drought may take toll on Congo rainforest

Posted April 23, 2014 by

A new analysis of NASA satellite data shows Africa's Congo rainforest, the second-largest tropical rainforest in the world, has undergone a large-scale decline in greenness over the past decade.

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NASA’s WISE findings poke hole in black hole ‘doughnut’ theory

Posted May 23, 2014 by

A survey of more than 170,000 supermassive black holes, using NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, has astronomers reexamining a decades-old theory about the varying appearances of these interstellar objects.

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