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Lockheed Martin powers on first GOES-R weather satellite

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Lockheed Martin has powered on the system module of the GOES-R satellite for the first time. The Geostationary Operational Environmental SatelliteñR series (GOES-R) is NOAAs next geostationary weather satellite. Power-on of the spacecrafts avionics and major electronic subsystems is a key milestone to delivery of the first satellite. The system module of the A2100-based satellite…

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Virgin Galactic customer day at Mojave

Posted October 4, 2013 by Raphael Jaffe

Photograph by Mark Greenberg A majority of Virgin Galactic’s future astronauts gather with Sir Richard Branson (center) for a group photo at Virgin Galactic FAITH hangar in Mojave, Calif., Sept. 25. Sir Richard Branson hosted his annual Yes, youre going to space pep rally for his world ñwide customers Sept. 25 at the Mojave Air…

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

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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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Dryden Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research Progress

Posted October 4, 2013 by Raphael Jaffe

An extensive review of Dryden Flight Research Centerís activities in Unmanned Aircraft Systems was presented Sept. 26 to national media. It included tours of UAS operated by Dryden, and observing an active UAS control room. Research in safe operation of UAS in the National Airspace was outlined. The FAA has been charged by Congress to…

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NASA awards synthetic aperture radar Distributed Active Archive Center contract

Posted September 30, 2013 by

NASA has selected the University of Alaska at Fairbanks to develop and operate the Synthetic Aperture Radar Distributed Active Archive Center for NASAís Earth Observing System Data and Information System. The maximum total value of this cost-no-fee, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract is about $49 million. The contract begins Oct. 1 and extends through Sept. 30, 2018….

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NASA, space station partners announce future crew members

Posted September 30, 2013 by

NASA and its international partners have appointed future crew members for the International Space Station. NASA astronaut Tim Kopra and European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake are scheduled to launch in December 2015 and return to Earth in spring 2016. They will join the Expedition 45 crew members in orbit and will remain aboard as…

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

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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. The station’s Expedition 37 crew reported the spacecraft – loaded with about 1,300 pounds of cargo – berthed at…

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Astronauts Chamitoff, Garan depart NASA

Posted September 30, 2013 by

NASA astronauts Gregory Chamitoff and Ronald Garan are leaving the agency. Chamitoff is joining the faculty of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, and the University of Sydney in Australia. Garan will work on a range of new entrepreneurial and humanitarian efforts. “Greg and Ron will certainly be missed by the Astronaut Office,” said…

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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft finds ingredient of household plastic in space

Posted September 30, 2013 by

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has detected propylene, a chemical used to make food-storage containers, car bumpers and other consumer products, on Saturn’s moon Titan. This is the first definitive detection of the plastic ingredient on any moon or planet, other than Earth. A small amount of propylene was identified in Titan’s lower atmosphere by Cassini’s Composite…

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Lockheed Martin submits proposal for U.S. Air Force’s satellite hosted payload initiative

Posted September 25, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin submitted its competitive proposal for the U.S. Air Force’s Hosted Payload Solutions initiative aimed at leveraging commercial satellites for some government missions. According to the August 1 government solicitation, HoPS will provide the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. and other U.S. government organizations with “a…

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