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NASA Commercial Crew partner SpaceX completes two human-critical reviews

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HAWTHORNE, Calif. – Space Exploration Technologies Corp. of Hawthorne, Calif., recently completed two milestones for NASA’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability initiative, which is intended to make commercial human spaceflight services available for government and commercial customers. These were the fifth and sixth milestones for SpaceX, a partner in NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. The company is…

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NASA awards construction contract at Stennis

Posted July 2, 2013 by

NASA has selected Healtheon Inc. of New Orleans to provide a high pressure industrial water line under the Multiple Award Construction Contract at the agency’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss. The firm-fixed price task order has a total value of $29.8 million and a performance period of 530 days. Work is scheduled…

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NASA decommissions its Galaxy Hunter spacecraft

Posted July 2, 2013 by

NASA has turned off its Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) after a decade of operations in which the venerable space telescope used its ultraviolet vision to study hundreds of millions of galaxies across 10 billion years of cosmic time.

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Lockheed Martin-built MUOS satellite encapsulated in launch vehicle payload fairing

Posted June 28, 2013 by

The second Mobile User Objective System satellite built by Lockheed Martin for the U.S. Navy was encapsulated into its payload fairing yesterday. It is scheduled to launch July 19 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle.

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NASA, Space Florida begin partnership discussions

Posted June 28, 2013 by

NASA has selected Space Florida, the aerospace economic development agency for the state of Florida, for negotiations toward a partnership agreement to maintain and operate the historic Shuttle Landing Facility. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and the director of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Robert Cabana, announced the selection during a news conference June 28 at Kennedy’s…

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NASA launches satellite to study how sun’s atmosphere is energized

Posted June 28, 2013 by

NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph spacecraft launched at 7:27 p.m., PDT, June 27 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The mission to study the solar atmosphere was placed in orbit by an Orbital Sciences Corporation Pegasus XL rocket. “We are thrilled to add IRIS to the suite of NASA missions studying the sun,” said John…

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NASA’s Voyager 1 explores final frontier of our ‘solar bubble’

Posted June 28, 2013 by

Data from Voyager 1, now more than 11 billion miles from the sun, suggest the spacecraft is closer to becoming the first human-made object to reach interstellar space. Research using Voyager 1 data and published in the journal Science June 27 provides new detail on the last region the spacecraft will cross before it leaves…

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NASA selects student teams for microgravity research flights

Posted June 26, 2013 by

NASA has selected 14 undergraduate student teams from minority serving institutions across the United States to test science experiments under microgravity conditions. The teams will fly Nov. 1-8, as part of a collaborative effort between the agency’s Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) and the Reduced Gravity Education Flight Project. The teams design and…

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Innovative partnerships expand NASAís summer education reach

Posted June 26, 2013 by

NASA has selected more than 170 educational organizations nationwide to receive Summer of Innovation mini-awards of as much as $2,500 each. The awards are designed to expand NASA’s education network and help the agency keep middle school students engaged in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities throughout the summer break and beyond. The awardees…

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European Space Propulsion secures first flight contract to deliver FORMOSAT- 7 thrusters

Posted June 24, 2013 by

European Space Propulsion , , announced June 21 that it has signed a contract with Surrey Satellite Technology Limited for the delivery of 19 MR-103 thrusters for the FORMOSAT-7 program. European Space Propulsion is an Aerojet Rocketdyne company. This first award for ESP includes delivery of thrusters for six spacecraft and an option for hardware…

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