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Lockheed Martin, Electro Optic Systems to establish space debris tracking site

Posted August 28, 2014 by

Under a new strategic cooperation agreement, Lockheed Martin and Electro Optic Systems Pty Ltd are developing a new space object tracking site in Western Australia that will paint a more detailed picture of space debris for both government and commercial customers. The site will use a combination of lasers and sensitive optical systems like those…

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NASA selects nine space radiobiology research proposals

Posted October 3, 2014 by

NASA/SOHO image NASA’s space radiobiology research aims to mitigate the harmful effects of the space radiation environment on astronaut health outside of the relative protection of the Van Allen belts (pictured in blue). NASA’s Human Research Program will fund nine proposals for ground-based research that will help enable extended and safer human exploration of space…

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Spaceship co-pilot was experienced test pilot

Posted November 3, 2014 by Brian Melley

The pilot killed in a test flight of Virgin Galactic’s prototype space tourism rocket was as capable behind the controls of experimental aircraft as he was tackling technical challenges in the offices where the vehicle was designed. He was also known as a devoted husband and father of two young children. Michael Alsbury, 39, was…

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NASA’s Curiosity rover finds clues to how water helped shape Martian landscape

Posted December 8, 2014 by

NASA/JPL-Caltech/ESA/DLR/FU Berlin/MSSS illustration This illustration depicts a lake of water partially filling Mars’ Gale Crater, receiving runoff from snow melting on the crater’s northern rim. Observations by NASA’s Curiosity Rover indicate Mars’ Mount Sharp was built by sediments deposited in a large lake bed over tens of millions of years. This interpretation of Curiosity’s finds…

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NASA, CSA robotic operations advance satellite servicing

Posted March 20, 2012 by

NASA’s Robotic Refueling Mission experiment aboard the International Space Station has demonstrated remotely controlled robots and specialized tools can perform precise satellite-servicing tasks in space. The project marks a milestone in the use of the space station as a technology test bed. “We and our partners are making important technological breakthroughs,” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden…

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NASA awards aircraft maintenance, operations support contract

Posted April 19, 2012 by

NASA has selected DynCorp International LLC of Fort Worth, Texas, to provide aircraft maintenance and operational support services under a contract potentially worth $176.9 million. DynCorp will perform the work at Ellington Field at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston; NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.; NASA facilities in El Paso, Texas, and Edwards…

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Next Soyuz space station crew prepares for launch

Posted May 9, 2012 by

The next residents of the International Space Station are making final preparations for a May 14 launch and NASA Television will provide live coverage of launch and docking. This week, NASA Flight Engineer Joseph Acaba and his two Russian crewmates, Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin, are completing their training, undergoing Soyuz…

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NASA begins development of Space Launch Flight software

Posted May 31, 2012 by

NASA engineers working on the new Space Launch System can now begin developing the advanced, heavy-lift launch vehicle’s flight software using newly delivered software test bed computers from Boeing.

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Houston workshop marks key step in planning future Mars mission

Posted June 26, 2012 by

A recent workshop conducted for NASA by the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, marked a key step in the agency’s effort to forge a new Mars strategy in the coming decades. A report that summarizes the wide range of cutting-edge science, technology and mission concepts discussed is available online. Held in Houston June 12-14…

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NASA commercial partner SpaceX completes Dragon design review

Posted July 13, 2012 by

HAWTHORNE, Calif. – NASA partner Space Exploration Technologies has completed an important design review of the crewed version of its Dragon spacecraft. The concept baseline review presented NASA with the primary and secondary design elements of its Dragon capsule designed to carry astronauts into low Earth orbit, including the International Space Station. SpaceX is one…

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