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SNC’s Dream Chaser rolls through ground tests

Posted August 14, 2013 by Stephanie Covey and Rebecca Regan

Hours before the heat rose in the Mojave Desert of Southern California on Aug. 2 the Dream Chaser rolled out of a hangar at dawn as teams prepared to pull the flight vehicle through a series of 60 mph ground tow tests.

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The challenge is on NASA-WPI 2014 Robot Prize Competition registration open

Posted August 9, 2013 by

In pursuit of new technological solutions for America’s space program and our nation’s future, NASA and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass., have opened registration for the $1.5 million 2014 Sample Return Robot prize competition. Planned for June 2014 at WPI, industry and academic teams from across the nation will compete to demonstrate a…

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NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope finds source of Magellanic Stream

Posted August 9, 2013 by

Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have solved a 40-year mystery on the origin of the Magellanic Stream, a long ribbon of gas stretching nearly halfway around our Milky Way galaxy. The Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, two dwarf galaxies orbiting the Milky Way, are at the head of the gaseous stream. Since the stream’s…

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Media Invited to NASA Google+ Hangout on Wildfire and Climate Change

Posted August 7, 2013 by

NASA will host a Google+ Hangout at 1 p.m. EDT Friday, Aug. 9, about wildfire research and what a changing climate could mean for future fire activity in the United States. A decades-long record from ground surveys and NASA satellites shows† the fire season in the western United States is starting earlier in the spring…

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Reflector System built by Northrop Grumman’s Astro Aerospace unit deploys successfully

Posted August 7, 2013 by

A deployable reflector and boom system made by Astro Aerospace, a strategic business unit of Northrop Grumman, successfully deployed on-orbit Aug. 3 aboard the Alphasat spacecraft

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Boeing all-electric satellite passes critical design review

Posted August 7, 2013 by

Boeing artist’s rendering The first Boeing electric-powered satellite, the 702 Small Platform (702SP), has passed its Critical Design Review, allowing the new program to move two satellites into assembly, integration and testing. Commercial satellite service providers Asia Broadcast Satellite, Bermuda – whose satellite is shown here – and SatÈlites Mexicanos S.A. de C.V. (Satmex), Mexico…

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NASA selects launch services contract for OSIRIS-REx mission

Posted August 5, 2013 by

NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC of Englewood, Colo. to launch the Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft. The OSIRIS-REx mission is scheduled to launch in September 2016 aboard an Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. This new firm-fixed price, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity, launch service task…

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NASA begins launch preparations for next Mars mission

Posted August 5, 2013 by

NASA photograph NASAís Mars Atmosphere and Volatiles Evolution spacecraft is seen inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility Aug. 3. 2013, at the agencyís Kennedy Space Center in Florida. MAVEN will be prepared inside the facility for its scheduled November launch to Mars. NASA’s next spacecraft going to Mars arrived Friday, Aug. 2, at the agency’s…

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NASA’s Hubble finds telltale fireball after gamma ray burst

Posted August 5, 2013 by

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope recently provided the strongest evidence yet that short-duration gamma ray bursts are produced by the merger of two small, super-dense stellar objects.

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NASA’s Space Launch System completes preliminary design review

Posted August 2, 2013 by

NASA has achieved a major milestone in its effort to build the nation’s next heavy-lift launch vehicle by successfully completing the Space Launch System preliminary design review. Senior experts and engineers from across the agency concluded Wednesday the design, associated production and ground support plans for the SLS heavy-lift rocket are technically and programmatically capable…

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