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Northrop Grumman, ATK complete primary mirror backplane support wing assemblies for Webb telescope

Posted March 15, 2013 by

Northrop Grumman photograph Technicians complete the primary mirror backplane support structure wing assemblies for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope at ATK’s Space Components facility in Magna, Utah. REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Northrop Grumman and teammate ATK have completed the fabrication of the primary mirror backplane support structure wing assemblies for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope….

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SpaceShipTwo passes airborne rocket motor cold flow test

Posted April 17, 2013 by Raphael Jaffe

Courtesy Photo SpaceShipTwo in flight during a previous glide test above Mojave Air & Space Port. The Scaled Composites/Virgin Galactic test program at Mojave is accelerating. April 12 there was a 10.8-minute cold flow test in which the hybrid rocket motor was tested after SS2 was released from its mother ship, the WhiteKnightTwo. Since March…

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Fourth Boeing GPS IIF satellite joins constellation on orbit

Posted May 17, 2013 by

With the May 125 launch of the fourth GPS IIF satellite, Boeing and the U.S. Air Force continue modernizing the Global Positioning System that millions of people worldwide rely on as a navigation and timing resource.

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NASA selects next generation of space explorers

Posted June 17, 2013 by

After an extensive year-and-a-half search, NASA has a new group of potential astronauts who will help the agency push the boundaries of exploration and travel to new destinations in the solar system, including an asteroid and Mars. Eight candidates have been selected to be NASA’s newest astronaut trainees, hoping to be among those who are…

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2013 NASA Advanced Technology Phase I Concepts selected for study

Posted July 19, 2013 by

NASA has selected 12 proposals for study under Phase I of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Program, which aims to turn science fiction into fact. The selected proposals include a wide range of imaginative concepts, including 3-D printing of biomaterials, such as arrays of cells; using galactic rays to map the insides of asteroids; and…

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The challenge is on NASA-WPI 2014 Robot Prize Competition registration open

Posted August 9, 2013 by

In pursuit of new technological solutions for America’s space program and our nation’s future, NASA and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass., have opened registration for the $1.5 million 2014 Sample Return Robot prize competition. Planned for June 2014 at WPI, industry and academic teams from across the nation will compete to demonstrate a…

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NASA exercises option on engineering, scientific services contract

Posted September 11, 2013 by

NASA has exercised the first option under its contract with Vantage Partners LLC of Lanham, Md., to continue providing engineering and scientific support services to the agency’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. The one-year option begins Oct.1 and is valued at about $46 million. The contract has three more options available: two at one year…

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

Posted October 4, 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.

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NASA advances effort to launch astronauts again from U.S. soil to space station

Posted November 20, 2013 by

NASA took another step Nov. 19 to restore an American capability to launch astronauts from U.S. soil to the International Space Station by the end of 2017, subject to the availability of adequate funding. The agency’s Commercial Crew Program requested proposals from U.S. companies to complete development of crew transportation systems that meet NASA certification…

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NASA selects SpaceX to begin negotiations for use of historic launch pad

Posted December 16, 2013 by

NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies Corporation of Hawthorne, Calif., to begin negotiations on a lease to use and operate historic Launch Complex 39A at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Permitting use and operation of this valuable national asset by a private-sector, commercial space partner will ensure its continued viability and allow for…

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