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NASA announces advanced composite research partnership

Posted September 23, 2013 by

NASA has selected six companies from five U.S. states to participate in a government-and-industry partnership to advance composite materials research and certification. The companies are: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. of Fort Worth, Texas GE Aviation of Cincinnati Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company of Palmdale, Calif. Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems of Redondo Beach, Calif. Boeing Research &…

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NASA Kepler results usher in a new era of astronomy

Posted November 4, 2013 by

Scientists from around the world are gathered this week at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., for the second Kepler Science Conference, where they will discuss the latest findings resulting from the analysis of Kepler Space Telescope data. Included in these findings is the discovery of 833 new candidate planets, which will be…

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NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft obtains best views of Saturn Hexagon

Posted December 6, 2013 by

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has obtained the highest-resolution movie yet of a unique six-sided jet stream, known as the hexagon, around Saturn’s north pole. This is the first movie of its kind, using color filters, and the first to show a complete view of the top of Saturn down to about 70 degrees latitude. Spanning about…

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NASA’s Fermi makes first gamma-ray study of a gravitational lens

Posted January 6, 2014 by

An international team of astronomers, using NASA’s Fermi observatory, has made the first-ever gamma-ray measurements of a gravitational lens, a kind of natural telescope formed when a rare cosmic alignment allows the gravity of a massive object to bend and amplify light from a more distant source. This accomplishment opens new avenues for research, including…

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Ball Aerospace completes risk reduction test for JPSS-1 satellite

Posted February 3, 2014 by

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has successfully completed the SpaceWire Inter-operability Test for the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 satellite and has begun spacecraft bus integration.

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Orbital introduces the GEOStar-3 commercial communications satellite platform

Posted March 10, 2014 by

Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the world’s leading space technology companies, March 10 introduced its GEOStar-3TM satellite platform, stating the program is now ready for delivery to commercial satellite operators on production schedules of 24 to 27 months.  The medium-class GEOStar-3 platform is an extension of Orbital’s highly successful small-class GEOStar-2 bus that has led…

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NASA awards robotics, vehicle, graphics simulation services contract

Posted April 7, 2014 by

NASA has selected MacLean Engineering & Applied Technologies of Houston to provide simulation model development for organizations at the agency’s Johnson Space Center, also in Houston. This indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract has firm-fixed price and cost-plus fixed-fee task orders. Beginning July 1, the contract has a three-year base period followed by two one-year options and is…

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Propellant tank installed

Posted April 17, 2012 by

This photo taken March 3 shows the large hydrazine propellant tank prior to integration with the core structure of the MAVEN spacecraft at a Lockheed Martin clean room near Denver, Colo. The tank will hold 450 gallons of hydrazine propellant and is 6 feet 2 inches tall. The tank was built by ATK Aerospace…

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Second Advanced EHF military comm Satellite launched

Posted May 7, 2012 by

The second Advanced Extremely High Frequency military communication satellite, built by a Lockheed Martin team for the U.S. Air Force, was successfully launched May 4 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station...

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NASA receives widespread concepts for future Mars missions

Posted May 24, 2012 by

NASA’s call to scientists and engineers to help plan a new strategy to explore Mars has resulted in almost double the amount of expected submissions with unique and bold ideas. About 400 concepts or abstracts were submitted to the Concepts and Approaches for Mars Exploration Workshop in Houston, which was organized to gather input for…

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