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Air Force launches hush-hush mini-shuttle into space

Posted May 22, 2015 by Marcia Dunn

A mysterious space plane rocketed into orbit May 20, carrying no crew but a full load of technology experiments. The Air Force launched its unmanned mini-shuttle late morning, May 20. An Atlas V rocket lifted it up and out over the Atlantic. This is the fourth flight for the military research program, which is shrouded…

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Critical NASA research returns to Earth aboard U.S. SpaceX Dragon spacecraft

Posted May 22, 2015 by

SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 12:42 p.m., EDT, May 21 with almost 3,100 pounds of NASA cargo from the International Space Station, including research on how spaceflight and microgravity affect the aging process and bone health.

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NASA, Canadian agency renew agreement to reduce aviation icing risks

Posted May 22, 2015 by

On hand to sign the renewal agreement May 21 at the NRC offices in Ottawa, Ontario, were Jaiwon Shin, associate administrator of NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate in Washington, and Ian Potter, the NRC’s vice-president of engineering. “The combined efforts of our two agencies will help solve some of the most difficult and challenging weather-related…

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Space and Missile Systems Center successfully launches the AFSPC-5 mission

Posted May 20, 2015 by

The Air Force and its mission partners successfully launched the AFSPC-5 mission aboard the Space and Missile Systems Center procured United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., May 20, at 11:05 a.m., EST.

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NASA’s CubeSat initiative aids in testing of technology for solar sails in space

Posted May 20, 2015 by

With help from NASA, a small research satellite to test technology for in-space solar propulsion launched into space May 20 aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., as part of the agency’s CubeSat Launch Initiative. The Atlas V sent the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B space plane on its fourth mission,…

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NASA challenges designers to construct habitat for deep space exploration

Posted May 18, 2015 by

NASA and the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, known as America Makes, are holding a new $2.25 million competition to design and build a 3-D printed habitat for deep space exploration, including the agencyís journey to Mars. The multi-phase 3-D Printed Habitat Challenge, part of NASA’s Centennial Challenges program, is designed to advance the additive…

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NASA seeks additional information for ARM spacecraft

Posted May 18, 2015 by

NASA has issued a Request for Information seeking ideas from American companies for a spacecraft design that could be used for both the agency’s Asteroid Redirect Mission and a robotic satellite servicing mission in low-Earth orbit. In the early-2020s NASA plans to launch the Asteroid Redirect Mission, which will use a robotic spacecraft to capture…

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NASA names winners of student launch challenge

Posted May 18, 2015 by

For the third year in a row, Vanderbilt University of Nashville, Tenn., has been named the winning team in the NASA Student Launch challenge, earning the $5,000 prize.

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Orion test lab mockup for next flight finished

Posted May 15, 2015 by Lockheed Martin photograph

The construction of an Orion crew module and crew module adapter full-scale mockup has been completed at the Lockheed Martin Littleton, Colo., facility. This mockup was transferred to the Orion Test Lab May 13, 2015 where engineers will configure it with the exact harnessing, electrical power, sensors, avionics and flight software needed to support Exploration…

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NASA study shows Antarctica’s Larsen B ice shelf nearing its final act

Posted May 15, 2015 by

A new NASA study finds the last remaining section of Antarctica's Larsen B Ice Shelf, which partially collapsed in 2002, is quickly weakening and likely to disintegrate completely before the end of the decade.

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