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NASA selects six wild ideas in aviation for further study

Posted June 22, 2015 by

NASA has selected six proposals to study transformative ideas that might expand what’s possible in aviation, shifting the boundary between fantastic and futuristic. During a day-long meeting in April, 17 teams pitched their ideas to NASA managers. The ideas ranged from environmentally-friendly electric propulsion that uses an aircraft’s structure as a battery, to computer programs…

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NASA signs agreement with Space Florida to operate historic landing facility

Posted June 22, 2015 by

A new agreement marks another step in the transformation of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to a multi-user spaceport. NASA’s historic Shuttle Landing Facility, the site of one of the longest runways in the world, has a new operator.

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All systems go for NASA’s mission to Jupiter moon Europa

Posted June 19, 2015 by

Beyond Earth, Jupiter’s moon Europa is considered one of the most promising places in the solar system to search for signs of present-day life, and a new NASA mission to explore this potential is moving forward from concept review to development. NASA’s mission concept — to conduct a detailed survey of Europa and investigate its…

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University students win NASA/NIA space engineering design contest

Posted June 19, 2015 by

Future astronauts may someday explore Mars using winning concepts from NASA’s 2015 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage Competition. Sixteen teams competed in the contest sponsored by NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace, which challenges graduate and undergraduate students to solve real-life space exploration challenges. This year, the competition asked teams to develop a…

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NASA names new director for Langley Research Center

Posted June 19, 2015 by

NASA has announced that Dr. David E. Bowles has been named director of NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., succeeding Stephen G. Jurczyk who served in that capacity from April 2014. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden made the announcement in an agency-wide email to employees. Bowles has been serving as the acting center director since…

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NASA issues RRP for new class of launch services

Posted June 15, 2015 by

NASA’s Launch Services Program has issued a Request for Proposal for new commercial Venture Class Launch Services for small satellites, often called CubeSats or nanosatellites, and experiments on science missions using a class of rockets smaller than any currently available to the agency. NASA plans to award one or more firm fixed-price VCLS contracts to…

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Boeing to build third all-electric propulsion satellite for ABS

Posted June 15, 2015 by

Boeing YSE: BA] is on contract to build ABS-8, the third all-electric propulsion 702SP (small platform) satellite for ABS, a commercial satellite provider based in Bermuda and Hong Kong. This satellite will expand broadcast and enterprise services to Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, Russia, South Asia and Southeast Asia. “The procurement of ABS-8 shows…

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NASA awards $100,000 to winning team of Robot Challenge

Posted June 15, 2015 by

NASA has awarded $100,000 in prize money to the Mountaineers, a team from West Virginia University, Morgantown, for successfully completing Level 2 of the Sample Return Robot Challenge, part of the agency's Centennial Challenges prize program.

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NASA prepares for first interplanetary CubeSats on agency’s next mission to Mars

Posted June 12, 2015 by

When NASA launches its next mission on the journey to Mars -- a stationary lander in 2016 -- the flight will include two CubeSats.

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Expedition 43 crew departs space station, lands safely in Kazakhstan

Posted June 12, 2015 by

Three crew members of the International Space Station returned to Earth June 11 after a 199-day mission that included several spacewalks, technology demonstrations, and hundreds of scientific experiments spanning multiple disciplines, including human and plant biology. Expedition 43 Commander Terry Virts of NASA, Flight Engineers Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and…

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