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NASA taps student teams to simulate human exploration of other worlds

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NASA is debuting a new engineering design challenge to engage students worldwide in the next phase of human space exploration. The NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge is a more complex follow-on to the successful NASA Great Moonbuggy Race. The competition is open to high school and college students and challenges them to create a vehicle…

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NASA extends deadlines for student exploration design challenge

Posted December 20, 2013 by

NASA is extending deadlines for its Exploration Design Challenge, an educational program connected to Exploration Flight Test-1 – the first mission for NASA’s new Orion spacecraft, scheduled to launch in September 2014 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The new deadline for high school students to submit payload design notebooks has been extended…

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Ball Aerospace completes integration of WorldView-3 spacecraft

Posted January 27, 2014 by

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has completed integration of WorldView-3, the next generation commercial remote-sensing satellite being built for DigitalGlobe, a leading global provider of high-resolution earth imagery solutions. WorldView-3, the fourth remote-sensing satellite built for DigitalGlobe by Ball, is scheduled to launch from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base in summer 2014. With the imagery…

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NASA selects stellar interns as student ambassadors

Posted March 3, 2014 by

NASA has inducted 105 top-performing interns, representing 29 states and 67 universities, into its 2014 Student Ambassadors Virtual Community. The NASA Student Ambassadors Virtual Community is an online network designed to foster greater interaction and mentorship among outstanding interns of NASA higher education projects, thereby increasing student retention through the NASA educational pipeline and into…

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NASA selects new suborbital technology payloads, total tops 130

Posted April 4, 2014 by

NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program has selected 13 space technology payloads for flights on commercial reusable launch vehicles, and a commercial parabolic aircraft. These flights provide cutting-edge technologies with a valuable platform to conduct tests, before they enter use in the harsh environment of space. This latest selection represents the eighth cycle of NASA’s Announcement of…

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NASA’s carbon-counting spacecraft arrives at launch site

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A NASA spacecraft designed to make precise measurements of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere is at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., to begin final preparations for launch.

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NASA’s ‘flying saucer’ readies for first test flight

Posted June 2, 2014 by

NASA’s flying saucer-shaped test vehicle is ready to take to the skies from the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii, for its first engineering shakeout flight. The first launch opportunity for the test vehicle is June 3, when the launch window opens at 8:30 a.m., HST. The test will be carried live…

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ATK provides propulsion, structure for test of new technologies to land larger payloads on Mars

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ATK photograph The Core Structure Assembly for the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator, manufactured by ATK Space Components in San Diego, Calif. ATK supported NASA June 28 as it moved one step closer to landing advanced payloads on Mars following the successful test of a next generation braking system. A world-leading producer of rocket motors, ATK provided…

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NASA awards launch contract for GOES-R, GOES-S missions

Posted April 13, 2012 by

NASA has selected United Launch Services, LLC of Englewood, Colo., to launch the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites-R and S, or GOES-R and GOES-S. The spacecraft will launch in October 2015 and February 2017, respectively, aboard Atlas V 541 rockets from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The total cost of the…

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Space businesses looking for new direction

Posted April 30, 2012 by by Stephen Singer

Less than a year after NASA ended its shuttle program, players in America’s space business are casting around for new direction. United Technologies Corp. is the most recent company to announce it will sharply scale back its role in space exploration. It’s selling Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, a manufacturer of rocket engines and liquid-propulsion systems…

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