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Military communication improved as sixth Boeing-built Wideband Satellite enters service

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The sixth Boeing Wideband Global SATCOM satellite, funded by the Commonwealth of Australia – the program’s first partner outside the United States – has been delivered on orbit to the U.S. Air Force, boosting communications capabilities for the U.S. military and its allies. Australia’s funding of the spacecraft provided the Australian…

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Hubble Space Telescope sees evidence of water vapor venting off Jovian moon

Posted December 13, 2013 by

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has observed water vapor above the frigid south polar region of Jupiter’s moon Europa, providing the first strong evidence of water plumes erupting off the moon’s surface. Previous scientific findings from other sources already point to the existence of an ocean located under Europa’s icy crust. Researchers are not yet certain…

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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 tracking, data relay satellite arrives at Kennedy Space Center

Posted December 11, 2013 by

NASA’s newest Tracking and Data Relay Satellite is in a temporary home at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida waiting to be attached to a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket that will take it into Earth orbit, Jan. 23. The TDRS-L spacecraft arrived at Kennedy, Dec. 6. After being unloaded from a U.S….

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Orbital mates Cygnus to Antares rocket for upcoming ISS mission

Posted December 11, 2013 by

Orbital Sciences Corporation’s (NYSE: ORB) operations team mated the Cygnus spacecraft to the Antares rocket that will launch it to the International Space Station Dec. 18.

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Mars One selects Lockheed Martin to study first private unmanned mission to Mars

Posted December 11, 2013 by

Mars One has selected Lockheed Martin to develop a mission concept study for its Mars lander spacecraft. The lander will be based on the successful 2007 NASA Phoenix spacecraft and will be a technology demonstrator. Slated for a 2018 launch, the mission will provide proof of concept for some of the technologies that are important…

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NASA Mars spacecraft reveals more dynamic red planet

Posted December 11, 2013 by

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has revealed to scientists slender dark markings — possibly due to salty water – that advance seasonally down slopes surprisingly close to the Martian equator. “The equatorial surface region of Mars has been regarded as dry, free of liquid or frozen water, but we may need to rethink that,” said Alfred…

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First Boeing-built Inmarsat-5 Global XpressÆ satellite sends initial on-orbit signals

Posted December 9, 2013 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. The first Boeing Inmarsat-5 satellite has launched and sent signals from orbit, the initial step to establishing Global Xpress, the worlds first globally available high-speed mobile broadband service for government and commercial users. This launch is noteworthy for two reasons: It is the first in the Boeing-built Inmarsat-5 series of four high-power…

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Moon Express unveils breakthrough ‘MX-1’ commercial lunar lander

Posted December 9, 2013 by

Moon Express, Inc., a privately funded lunar resources company, unveiled its "MX-1" lunar lander spacecraft Dec. 5 as a breakthrough robotic space vehicle capable of a multitude of applications.

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Heat shield for NASA’s Orion spacecraft arrives at Kennedy Space Center

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NASA’s Orion spacecraft is just about ready to turn up the heat. The spacecraft’s heat shield arrived at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida Dec. 4 aboard the agency’s Super Guppy aircraft. The heat shield, the largest of its kind ever built, was to be unloaded Dec. 5 and is scheduled for installation on…

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