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Curiosity sending great photos, relays voice

Posted August 31, 2012 by

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover con-tinues functioning at more than 100 percent as it completes over three weeks on the Martian surface. Curiosity already is returning more data from the Martian surface than have all of NASA’s earlier rovers combined. “We have an international network of telecommunications relay orbiters bringing data back from Curiosity,” said the…

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NASA selects space launch system advanced development proposals

Posted September 25, 2012 by tomlear

NASA has selected 26 proposals from academia and industry for advanced development activities for the nation’s next heavy lift rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS). Proposals selected under this NASA Research Announcement (NRA) seek innovative and affordable solutions to evolve the launch vehicle from its initial configuration to its full lift capacity capable of sending…

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Orbital awarded Air Force contract for EAGLE spacecraft platform

Posted October 24, 2012 by

Orbital Sciences Corporation announced Oct. 24 that the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate has awarded the company a $32 million contract to develop an experimental maneuverable spacecraft platform that will be capable of hosting multiple payloads and operating in low- and geosynchronous orbit. The five-year contract began in the third quarter of…

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NASA rover providing new weather, radiation data about Mars

Posted November 16, 2012 by

Observations of wind patterns and natural radiation patterns on Mars by NASA’s Curiosity rover are helping scientists better understand the environment on the Red Planet’s surface. Researchers using the car-sized mobile laboratory have identified transient whirlwinds, mapped winds in relation to slopes, tracked daily and seasonal changes in air pressure, and linked rhythmic changes in…

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Third Boeing GPS IIF begins operation after early handover to U.S. Air Force

Posted December 5, 2012 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – A third Boeing GPS IIF satellite has completed on-orbit checkout and is now part of the active 31-satellite GPS constellation, providing improved performance for both military and civilian users. GPS IIF-3, now designated SVN-65, is being operated by the 50th Space Wing’s 2nd Space Operations Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base,…

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Lockheed Martin delivers GOES-R weather satellite core structure for propulsion system integration

Posted January 7, 2013 by

ATK photograph The rigid external structure of the first GOES-R, which will enclose the satelliteís propulsion system and support the payloads, was designed by Lockheed Martin and manufactured by ATK Aerospace Groupís Space and Components Division, in San Diego. Lockheed Martin delivered the core structure for the first in a series of the National Oceanic…

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SpaceX schedules its next ISS resupply mission

Posted January 25, 2013 by Raphael Jaffe

SpaceX has picked March 1 for the next launch of its Dragon capsule to the International Space Station. The company requested the date from the Cape Canaveral, Fla., spaceport it uses for launching its Falcon rocket. This will be the third flight for a Falcon 9 rocket to ferry a Dragon cargo capsule. It will…

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NASA selects launch services for ICESat-2 mission

Posted February 25, 2013 by

NASA’s Launch Services Program at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida has selected United Launch Services, LLC of Englewood, Colo., to provide Delta II launch services for the Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite-2 mission, currently scheduled for July 2016. A firm fixed-price launch service task order has been awarded under the indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity…

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United Launch Alliance successfully launches second Space-Based Infrared System satellite to orbit for the U.S. Air Force

Posted March 20, 2013 by

ULA photograph A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket blasts off from Space Launch Complex-41 carrying the second Space-Based Infrared System GEO-2 satellite for the U.S. Air Force at 5:21 p.m., EDT, March 19. This was the 3rd ULA launch of the year, the 37th Atlas V mission, and the 69th ULA launch since the…

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Aerojet’s dual AJ26 engines launch historic Antares test flight

Posted April 22, 2013 by

Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced April 21 that its dual AJ26 main engine system successfully powered the first stage of Orbital Sciences Corporation’s he two Aerojet AJ26 engines, which form the Antares rocket’s first-stage main engine system, burned for 233 seconds and provided 816,000 pounds of vacuum thrust as it powered Antares from the launch…

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