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Boeing communications relay satellites complete space, Earthly testing

Posted August 21, 2013 by

Two Boeing Tracking and Data Relay Satellites have completed testing milestones – one in space and the other on Earth – marking more progress in enhancing the tracking and communications network used by NASA and its customers.

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NASA explores new uses for historic launch structures

Posted August 21, 2013 by

NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida is seeking concepts for the potential use or divestment of three historic launch platforms that are not needed for the agency’s current or planned future missions. A Request for Information released Aug. 16 will gauge the interest of commercial or government entities for using the three nearly identical mobile…

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NASA exercises Expendable Launch Vehicle contract option

Posted August 19, 2013 by

NASA has exercised the first option on a contract providing integrated services for the preparation and launch of the next generation of the agency’s scientific and exploration spacecraft. The two-year Option Period 1 on the Expendable Launch Vehicle Integrated Support 2 contract, operated by a.i. solutions Inc. of Lanham, Md., begins Oct. 1 and is…

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NASA commercial crew partner SpaceX completes orbit, entry review

Posted August 16, 2013 by

NASA Commercial Crew Program partner Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) recently reviewed the systems critical to sustaining crews in orbit and returning them safely to Earth aboard the company’s Dragon spacecraft. SpaceX is one of three commercial space companies working under NASA’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability initiative to develop spaceflight capabilities that eventually could provide launch…

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NASA selects innovative technology proposals for suborbital flights

Posted August 16, 2013 by

NASA has selected for possible flight demonstration 10 proposals from six U.S. states for reusable, suborbital technology payloads and vehicle capability enhancements with the potential to revolutionize future space missions. After the concepts are developed, NASA may choose to fly the technologies to the edge of space and back on U.S. commercial suborbital vehicles and…

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NASA, commercial crew partners fund additional development milestones

Posted August 16, 2013 by

NASA announced Aug. 15 it is adding some additional milestones to agreements with three U.S. commercial companies that are developing spaceflight capabilities that could eventually provide launch services to transport NASA astronauts to the International Space Station from U.S. soil. NASA is supporting the development of these capabilities through its Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap)…

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NASA ends attempts to fully recover Kepler spacecraft, potential new missions considered

Posted August 16, 2013 by

Following months of analysis and testing, the Kepler Space Telescope team is ending its attempts to restore the spacecraft to full working order, and now is considering what new science research it can carry out in its current condition. Two of Kepler’s four gyroscope-like reaction wheels, which are used to precisely point the spacecraft, have…

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JPL, Masten testing spacecraft precision landing software

Posted August 14, 2013 by

Masten photograph Masten Space Systems’ Xombie technology demonstrator ascends from its pad at the Mojave Air and Space Port on a recent test launch for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft inspired millions of people worldwide a year ago when its unprecedented “sky crane” landing system successfully landed the Curiosity rover in…

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Lockheed Martin selects CubeSat integrators for Athena to enhance launch systems integration

Posted August 14, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin has chosen three world-class companies to provide CubeSat integration for Athena launch services. Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems LLC of Irvine, Calif., TriSept Corporation of Chantilly, Va., and Spaceflight, Inc. of Tukwila, Wash. will provide turnkey CubeSat integration services for multi-payload and RideShare missions using Athena launch services beginning in 2015. We are very pleased…

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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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