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Sierra Nevada Corporation successfully completes Dream Chaser nose landing gear test

Posted July 13, 2012 by

Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems has successfully completed testing of the nose landing gear for the Dream Chaser® orbital crew vehicle. This milestone evaluated the impact forces experienced by the landing gear at the front of the vehicle, the nose, in order to ensure safe runway landing capability of the Dream Chaser during approach and…

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Independently sponsored space telescope to be launched to the Moon

Posted July 27, 2012 by

The International Lunar Observatory Association, led by American businessman/educator Steve Durst, plans to place an astronomical observatory on the Moon to capture never before seen images of the galaxy, stars, Moon and Earth and broadcast them in support of the worldwide Galaxy Forum 21st Century Education program. A ‘Global Demonstration’ of the International Lunar Observatory…

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Ultrafast pulsed lasers … more than just a light show

Posted August 15, 2012 by staff

A Navy ship at sea is surrounded by water, with nothing but its carrier group in site, and searches the skies for activity overhead. Isolated radars on each ship in the group scan independently of each other with limited effectiveness...

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New California law to help commercial space flights by Mojave tenants

Posted September 6, 2012 by by Raphael Jaffe

At the Sept. 4 meeting of the East Kern Airport District, CEO Stuart Witt noted passage of AB 2243. The board approved applying for state matching funds for the new FAA Airport Improvement Program grant, and it also approved a change in the airport security contractor. The California legislature unanimously approved bill 2243, Space Flight…

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NASA selects contract for logistics management services

Posted October 3, 2012 by

NASA has selected Akima Logistics Services LLC of Anchorage, Alaska to receive a contract to support the Logistics Management Services at the agency’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. The contract has a maximum value of $48 million. This is an indefinite-delivery- indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price, time and material hybrid contract that begins Monday, Oct. 1….

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Interorbital marks major milestone with rocket engine firing

Posted October 31, 2012 by

Courtesy photograph GPRE 7.5KNTA Main Rocket Engine Test (October 28, 2012). Luminous desert sand vortices reflect the extreme brilliance of the rocket plume. On a calm clear High Desert October evening, Interorbital Systems’ NEPTUNE rocket series’ main engine roared to life in its first hot-firing test in Mojave, Calif. The engine, the IOS GPRE 7.5KNTA…

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NASA, Roscosmos assign veteran crew to year-long space station mission

Posted November 26, 2012 by

NASA, the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), and their international partners have selected two veteran spacefarers for a one-year mission aboard the International Space Station in 2015. This mission will include collecting scientific data important to future human exploration of our solar system. NASA has selected Scott Kelly and Roscosmos has chosen Mikhail Kornienko. Kelly…

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Hubble provides first census of galaxies near cosmic dawn

Posted December 12, 2012 by

Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers announced Dec. 12 they have seen further back in time than ever before and have uncovered a previously unseen population of seven primitive galaxies that formed more than 13 billion years ago, when the universe was less than 3 percent of its present age. The deepest images to date…

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NASA prepares for launch of next Earth observation satellite

Posted January 11, 2013 by

NASA’s Landsat Data Continuity Mission is scheduled to launch Feb. 11 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. A joint NASA and U.S. Geological Survey mission, LDCM will add to the longest continuous data record of Earth’s surface as viewed from space. LDCM is the eighth satellite in the Landsat series, which began in 1972….

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Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne powers ULA Atlas V upper stage

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CANOGA PARK, Calif. – Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne and RD AMROSS launched into the New Year Jan. 31 by successfully propelling NASA’s first, third-generation Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-K) into orbit. The mission launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., by a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The Atlas V is powered…

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