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NASA laser communication system sets record with data transmissions to and from Moon

Posted October 23, 2013 by

NASA’s Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration has made history using a pulsed laser beam to transmit data over the 239,000 miles between the moon and Earth at a record-breaking download rate of 622 megabits per second. LLCD is NASA’s first system for two-way communication using a laser instead of radio waves. It also has demonstrated an…

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Orbital Sciences Cygnus spacecraft departs ISS, ends demonstration mission for NASA

Posted October 23, 2013 by

A cargo resupply demonstration mission by Orbital Sciences Corp. drew to a close Oct. 22 as Expedition 37 crew members aboard the International Space Station detached and released the Dulles, Va., company’s Cygnus spacecraft from the orbiting laboratory. Cygnus had been attached to the space station’s Harmony module for 23 days. The spacecraft delivered about…

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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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Spaceport Colorado, Swiss Space Systems sign memorandum of understanding

Posted October 9, 2013 by

Spaceport Colorado Oct. 8 announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Swiss Space Systems, an aerospace company that designs and engineers suborbital launch systems, formalizing a collaborative relationship and advancing the spaceport’s long-term development and licensing plans. S3 is a Swiss-headquartered company now developing its presence in the United States to serve the…

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Lockheed Martin powers on first GOES-R weather satellite

Posted October 4, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin has powered on the system module of the GOES-R satellite for the first time. The Geostationary Operational Environmental SatelliteñR series (GOES-R) is NOAAs next geostationary weather satellite. Power-on of the spacecrafts avionics and major electronic subsystems is a key milestone to delivery of the first satellite. The system module of the A2100-based satellite…

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Virgin Galactic customer day at Mojave

Posted October 4, 2013 by Raphael Jaffe

Photograph by Mark Greenberg A majority of Virgin Galactic’s future astronauts gather with Sir Richard Branson (center) for a group photo at Virgin Galactic FAITH hangar in Mojave, Calif., Sept. 25. Sir Richard Branson hosted his annual Yes, youre going to space pep rally for his world ñwide customers Sept. 25 at the Mojave Air…

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NASA partner Orbital Sciences completes first flight to ISS as astronauts capture Cygnus spacecraft

Posted October 4, 2013 by

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station used a robotic arm to capture and attach a Cygnus cargo resupply spacecraft Sept. 29, marking several spaceflight firsts for NASA and its partner, Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va.

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Dryden Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research Progress

Posted October 4, 2013 by Raphael Jaffe

An extensive review of Dryden Flight Research Centerís activities in Unmanned Aircraft Systems was presented Sept. 26 to national media. It included tours of UAS operated by Dryden, and observing an active UAS control room. Research in safe operation of UAS in the National Airspace was outlined. The FAA has been charged by Congress to…

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NASA awards synthetic aperture radar Distributed Active Archive Center contract

Posted September 30, 2013 by

NASA has selected the University of Alaska at Fairbanks to develop and operate the Synthetic Aperture Radar Distributed Active Archive Center for NASAís Earth Observing System Data and Information System. The maximum total value of this cost-no-fee, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract is about $49 million. The contract begins Oct. 1 and extends through Sept. 30, 2018….

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NASA, space station partners announce future crew members

Posted September 30, 2013 by

NASA and its international partners have appointed future crew members for the International Space Station. NASA astronaut Tim Kopra and European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake are scheduled to launch in December 2015 and return to Earth in spring 2016. They will join the Expedition 45 crew members in orbit and will remain aboard as…

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