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6th Boeing GPS IIF Completes On-Orbit Checkout

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. ñ With on-orbit checkout and validation of the sixth Global Positioning System IIF satellite, Boeing has reached the halfway mark in delivering the current series of satellites to the U.S. Air Force, which operates the GPS constellation. These satellites, the fourth generation of Boeing-built GPS space vehicles, are improving system accuracy, signal…

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ATK awarded contract to provide UltraFlex solar arrays for upcoming Mars InSight mission

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NASA/JPL-Caltech image This artist’s concept depicts the InSight Mars lander at work studying the interior of Mars, powered by ATK’s UltraFlex arrays. ATK has received a contract from Lockheed Martin Space Systems to provide the UltraFlex solar arrays for NASA’s InSight Lander mission, which will place a lander on Mars in 2016 to study the…

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NASA launches Earth science challenges with OpenNEX cloud data

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NASA is launching two challenges to give the public an opportunity to create innovative ways to use data from the agency’s Earth science satellites. The challenges will use the Open NASA Earth Exchange. OpenNEX is a data, supercomputing and knowledge platform where users can share modeling and analysis codes, scientific results, knowledge and expertise to…

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U.S. Air Force awards Lockheed Martin contract for SBIRS missile defense satellites

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The U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin a $1.86 billion fixed-price contract to complete the production of the fifth and sixth Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellites, known as GEO-5 and GEO-6, for the Space Based Infrared System.

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Parachutes for NASA’s Orion spacecraft hit no snags in most difficult test

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NASA completed the most complex and flight-like test of the parachute system for the agency's Orion spacecraft June 25.

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AEHF-3 protected communications payload, built by Northrop Grumman, completes on orbit testing ahead of schedule

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REDONDO BEACH, Calif.†- The protected communications payload built by Northrop Grumman for the U.S. Air Force’s third Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite has completed on orbit testing ahead of schedule without any discrepancies, matching the high performance levels of others the company has provided. Launched Sept. 18, 2013, aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V…

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NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover marks first Martian year with mission successes

Posted June 23, 2014 by

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover will complete a Martian year - 687 Earth days - on June 24, having accomplished the mission's main goal of determining whether Mars once offered environmental conditions favorable for microbial life.

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NASA, partners announce top achievements in space station research

Posted June 20, 2014 by

NASA, the American Astronautical Society and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space” have announced 14 awards for the top research and technology achievements of 2013 made possible by the International Space Station. The third annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference in Chicago this week brought together the best investigators in…

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Swiftly moving gas streamer eclipses supermassive black hole

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An international team of astronomers, using data from several NASA and European Space Agency space observatories, has discovered unexpected behavior from the supermassive black hole at the heart of the galaxy NGC 5548, located 244.6 million light-years from Earth.

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NASA invites public comment on Mars 2020 draft environmental impact statement

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NASA is requesting the public and interested organizations to review and comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the agency’s proposed Mars 2020 mission. The comment period runs through July 21. During the comment period, NASA will host an online public meeting from 1-3 p.m., EDT, June 26, at https://ac.arc.nasa.gov/mars2020. The meeting site will…

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