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ATK delivers inert launch abort motor for Orion spacecraft exploration flight test 1

Posted February 22, 2013 by

ATK successfully delivered a launch abort motor to Kennedy Space Center, Fla., for Exploration Flight Test (EFT-1) of NASA’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, scheduled to fly next year. The test flight abort motor is configured with inert propellant, since the EFT-1 mission will have no crew on board, but otherwise replicates the launch abort system…

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Herschel discovers some of youngest stars ever seen

Posted March 20, 2013 by

Astronomers have found some of the youngest stars ever seen thanks to the Herschel space observatory, a European Space Agency mission with important NASA contributions.  Observations from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment telescope in Chile, a collaboration involving the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Germany, the Onsala Space Observatory…

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NASA’s Hubble sees a horsehead of a different color

Posted April 22, 2013 by

Astronomers have used NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope to photograph the iconic Horsehead Nebula in a new, infrared light to mark the 23rd anniversary of the famous observatory’s launch aboard the space shuttle Discovery on April 24, 1990. Looking like an apparition rising from whitecaps of interstellar foam, the iconic Horsehead Nebula has graced astronomy books…

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Boeing ships sixth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite for launch

Posted May 20, 2013 by

  EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing is progressing with the expansion of the U.S Defense Department’s highest capacity communications satellite constellation, recently shipping its sixth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite, pictured here in the company’s El Segundo, Calif., facility, for a scheduled launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla., later this year. Through a cooperative agreement with the…

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NASA’s Space Launch System program kicks off preliminary design review

Posted June 21, 2013 by

NASA is beginning a preliminary design review for its Space Launch System. This major program assessment will allow development of the agency’s new heavy-lift rocket to move from concept to initial design. The preliminary design review process includes meticulous, detailed analyses of the entire launch vehicle. Representatives from NASA, its contractor partners and experts from…

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NASA creates spacewalk mishap investigation board

Posted July 24, 2013 by

NASA has appointed a board to investigate the July 16 early termination of a spacewalk outside the International Space Station, develop a set of lessons learned from the incident and suggest ways to prevent a similar problem in the future. The board will begin its work Aug. 2, in close coordination with a NASA engineering…

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

Posted August 16, 2013 by

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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