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Reflector System built by Northrop Grumman’s Astro Aerospace unit deploys successfully

Posted August 7, 2013 by

A deployable reflector and boom system made by Astro Aerospace, a strategic business unit of Northrop Grumman, successfully deployed on-orbit Aug. 3 aboard the Alphasat spacecraft

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Lockheed Martin unveils A2100 satellite improvements aimed at increased capabilities with lower cost, risk

Posted September 9, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin announced Sept. 9 that it has applied substantial enhancements to its A2100 satellite platform to meet current and future global communications market needs. The new A2100 technical update addresses design architecture and manufacturing processes, offering satellite operators catalog-to-order solutions that leverage common parts, subsystems and components to meet specific customer and mission needs….

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

Posted September 30, 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. The station’s Expedition 37 crew reported the spacecraft – loaded with about 1,300 pounds of cargo – berthed at…

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NASA awards ground systems development, operations support contract

Posted November 15, 2013 by

NASA has selected Millennium Engineering and Integration Company of Satellite Beach, Fla., to provide support to the Ground Systems Development and Operations Program at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The cost-plus-fixed-fee contract includes a base period, four option periods and an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity component. The contract will begin in February 2014, following a 30-day…

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NASA developing legs for space station’s Robonaut 2

Posted December 11, 2013 by

NASA engineers are developing climbing legs for the International Space Station’s robotic crewmember Robonaut 2, marking another milestone in space humanoid robotics. The legless R2, currently attached to a support post, is undergoing experimental trials with astronauts aboard the orbiting laboratory. Since its arrival at the station in February 2011, R2 has performed a series…

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NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel releases annual report

Posted January 17, 2014 by

The Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel, an advisory committee that reports to NASA and Congress, has released its 2013 annual report examining NASA’s safety performance over the past year and highlighting issues and concerns to agency and government officials. The report released Jan. 15 is based on the panel’s 2013 fact-finding and quarterly public meetings; “insight”…

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NASA welcomes university participants to develop science payloads

Posted February 12, 2014 by

Registration is open for NASA’s seventh annual RockOn! workshop to be held June 14-19 at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va. This workshop, offered in partnership with the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant Consortia, engages university and community college students and faculty interested in learning how to develop science payloads for spaceflight. “This…

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NASA spacecraft reveal new Zebra Stripesí structure in Earths inner radiation belt

Posted March 24, 2014 by

Scientists have discovered a new, persistent structure in Earths inner radiation belt using data from the twin NASA Van Allen Probes spacecraft. Most surprisingly, this structure is produced by the slow rotation of Earth, previously considered incapable of affecting the motion of radiation belt particles, which have velocities approaching the speed of light. Data from…

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NASA’s Orion Spacecraft powers through first integrated system testing

Posted April 18, 2014 by

Lockheed Martin photograph Engineers in the Operations and Checkout Building at NASAís Kennedy Space Center in Florida, perform avionics testing on the Orion spacecraft being prepared for its first trip to space later this year. NASA’s Orion spacecraft has proven its mettle in a test designed to determine the spacecraft’s readiness for its first flight…

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NASA’s GRAIL MoonKam returns first student-selected lunar images

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One of two NASA spacecraft orbiting the moon has beamed back the first student-requested pictures of the lunar surface from its onboard camera. Fourth grade students from the Emily Dickinson Elementary School in Bozeman, Mont., received the honor of making the first image selections by winning a nationwide competition to rename the two spacecraft. The…

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