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NASA awards OMPS modification for the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 Mission

Posted September 9, 2014 by

NASA has awarded a sole source contract modification to Ball Aerospace and Technology Corp. of Boulder, Colo., for the Ozone Mapping and Profiling Suite for flight on the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 mission. The JPSS-2 mission is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to provide global environmental data in low Earth polar…

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Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman deliver payload for fourth SBIRS satellite

Posted October 8, 2014 by

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Prime contractor Lockheed Martin and payload provider Northrop Grumman have delivered the payload for the fourth Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellite of the U.S. Air Force’s Space Based Infrared System. The payload, delivered Sept. 30, will now be integrated with the SBIRS GEO-4 satellite bus in final assembly, integration…

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Navy, Lockheed Martin deliver third MUOS secure comm satellite

Posted November 7, 2014 by

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin have delivered the third Mobile User Objective System spacecraft to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., where it will be prepared for a January 2015 liftoff aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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Lockheed Martin wins Alaska spaceport bid

Posted December 15, 2014 by Mark Thiessen

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The state-owned space agency Dec. 12 named Lockheed Martin the winner of a bidding process to reconfigure a launch pad to accommodate larger rockets than what the Kodiak Launch Complex can currently handle. Lockheed Martin beat out three other bidders to reconfigure launch pad one at the Kodiak site, officials with the…

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New probe to improve understanding of global climate change

Posted February 6, 2015 by Peter W. Merlin

A new NASA spacecraft launched Jan. 31 from California will measure soil moisture across the globe to help scientists better understand and predict weather cycles and climate change.

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NASA’s Hubble, Chandra find clues that may help identify dark matter

Posted March 27, 2015 by

Using observations from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have found that dark matter does not slow down when colliding with itself, meaning it interacts with itself less than previously thought.

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NASA selects advanced space technology concepts for further study

Posted May 8, 2015 by

NASA has selected 15 proposals for study under Phase I of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts, a program that aims to turn science fiction into science fact through the development of pioneering technologies.

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NASA issues RRP for new class of launch services

Posted June 15, 2015 by

NASA’s Launch Services Program has issued a Request for Proposal for new commercial Venture Class Launch Services for small satellites, often called CubeSats or nanosatellites, and experiments on science missions using a class of rockets smaller than any currently available to the agency. NASA plans to award one or more firm fixed-price VCLS contracts to…

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NASA extends cooperative agreement with NSBRI

Posted March 27, 2012 by

NASA’s Johnson Space Center has awarded a five-year, $120 million extension of its cooperative agreement with the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, or NSBRI, of Houston, Texas. Under the extension, the institute and NASA’s Human Research Program will continue biomedical research in support of a long-term human presence in space. The period of performance for…

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ATK announces complete Liberty System to provide commercial crew access

Posted May 14, 2012 by

ATK announced May 9 it has developed Liberty into a complete commercial crew transportation system, including the spacecraft, abort system, launch vehicle, and ground and mission operations, designed from inception to meet NASA’s human-rating requirements with a potential for the first test flight in 2014 and Liberty crewed flight in 2015. The company also announced…

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