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NASA, ISS partners announce future crew members

Posted February 12, 2014 by

NASA and its international partners have appointed crew members for a 2016 mission to the International Space Station. NASA astronaut Jeff Williams is scheduled to launch in spring 2016 and return to Earth in fall 2016. He will join space station Expedition 47 crew members in orbit and will remain aboard as part of Expedition…

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NASA extends Lockheed Martin contract to support ISS

Posted March 24, 2014 by

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration recently awarded Lockheed Martin a one-year contract extension on the Cargo Mission Contract 2 valued at $22 million. The extension ensures continuation of processing services, including support planning, coordination, preparation and packing of standardized containers for cargo delivery to and from the International Space Station (ISS). Through this extension,…

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NASA signs agreement with SpaceX for use of historic launch pad

Posted April 18, 2014 by

NASA Kennedy Space Center’s historic Launch Complex 39A, the site from which numerous Apollo and space shuttle missions began, is beginning a new mission as a commercial launch site. NASA signed a property agreement with Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, Calif., on Monday for use and occupancy of the seaside complex along Florida’s…

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NASA astronaut to name global winners in YouTube space lab contest

Posted March 21, 2012 by

NASA astronaut Suni Williams will announce March 22 the two winners of the YouTube Space Lab contest, a global science competition that challenges 14-18 year-old students to design a science experiment for the International Space Station. The awards ceremony will be held at 10 a.m., EDT, in the Newseum’s Knight Room at 555 Pennsylvania Ave….

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NASA awards Loral contract for laser comm payload flight

Posted April 19, 2012 by

NASA’s Space Technology Program has awarded Space System/Loral of Palo Alto, Calif., a $3 million contract to initiate the process of hosting a space laser communications relay demonstration terminal payload aboard a Loral commercial satellite, which launches in 2016. The agreement marks the first time NASA has contracted to fly a payload on an American-manufactured…

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NASA awards engineering, science services, skills augmentation services contract

Posted May 10, 2012 by

NASA has selected Jacobs Technology, Inc., of Tullahoma, Tenn., for its Engineering and Science Services and Skills Augmentation contract at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. The approximate, potential maximum quantity value of the contract, including all options, is $600 million. Jacobs will provide the continuous requirement for engineers, scientists and technicians necessary to…

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FAA launch permit gives Virgin Galactic’s space vehicles green light for powered flight

Posted May 31, 2012 by

Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline, announced May 30 that its vehicle developer, Scaled Composites, has been granted an experimental launch permit from the Federal Aviation Administration for its suborbital spacecraft, SpaceshipTwo, and the carrier aircraft, WhiteKnightTwo. “This important milestone enables our team to progress to the rocket-powered phase of test flight, bringing us…

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Lockheed Martin-built VINASAT-2 begins service

Posted July 5, 2012 by

The VINASAT-2 telecommunications satellite, designed and built by Lockheed Martin for the Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group of Vietnam, is now ready for service following successful on-orbit deployment and checkout of all spacecraft systems. “VINASAT-2 will join VINASAT-1 to form a satellite network, helping to improve the business capabilities, safety and reliability of the Vietnam…

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Sally Ride dies at 61

Posted July 23, 2012 by

Sally Ride, the NASA flight engineer who became the first American woman in space when the shuttle Challenger roared into orbit in 1983...

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NASA finalizes contracts for NOAA’s JPSS-1 mission

Posted August 13, 2012 by

NASA has completed negotiations and finalized the contracts for the spacecraft and instruments that comprise the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 Satellite, NOAA’s second next generation operational polar-orbiting satellite, planned to launch in 2017. JPSS-1 will follow the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) satellite to maintain continuity of weather and environmental observations. The final contract…

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