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European Space Propulsion secures first flight contract to deliver FORMOSAT- 7 thrusters

Posted June 24, 2013 by

European Space Propulsion , , announced June 21 that it has signed a contract with Surrey Satellite Technology Limited for the delivery of 19 MR-103 thrusters for the FORMOSAT-7 program. European Space Propulsion is an Aerojet Rocketdyne company. This first award for ESP includes delivery of thrusters for six spacecraft and an option for hardware…

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NASA announces winners of 2012 George M. Low Award for quality

Posted June 21, 2013 by

Two companies that share a commitment to teamwork, technical and managerial excellence, safety, and customer service have been selected to receive NASA’s premier honor for quality and performance, the George M. Low Award. NASA recognizes URS Federal Technical Services Inc. of Germantown, Md., in the large business award category and ATA Engineering Inc. of San…

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NASA, Italian space agency sign agreement on exploration of Mercury

Posted June 21, 2013 by

At a meeting in Rome June 20, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Italian Space Agency President Enrico Saggese signed a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation on the European Space Agency- (ESA) led BepiColombo mission to Mercury, strengthening mutually beneficial cooperation between NASA and ASI in planetary exploration. Bolden and Saggese also discussed NASA’s plans for…

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Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully completes first in a series of full-motion tests on America’s next rocket engine

Posted June 21, 2013 by

The leading rocket engine manufacturer Aerojet Rocketdyne announced June 21 that it successfully completed the first in a series of full motion hot-fire tests on the J-2X engine at John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. NASA has selected the J-2X as the upper-stage propulsion for the evolved 143-ton (130-metric ton) Space Launch System (SLS),…

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NASA’s Space Launch System program kicks off preliminary design review

Posted June 21, 2013 by

NASA is beginning a preliminary design review for its Space Launch System. This major program assessment will allow development of the agency’s new heavy-lift rocket to move from concept to initial design. The preliminary design review process includes meticulous, detailed analyses of the entire launch vehicle. Representatives from NASA, its contractor partners and experts from…

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NASA announces asteroid grand challenge

Posted June 19, 2013 by

NASA announced June 18 a Grand Challenge focused on finding all asteroid threats to human populations and knowing what to do about them. The challenge, which was announced at an asteroid initiative industry and partner day at NASA Headquarters in Washington, is a large-scale effort that will use multi-disciplinary collaborations and a variety of partnerships…

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Cassini probe to take photo of Earth from deep space

Posted June 19, 2013 by

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, now exploring Saturn, will take a picture of our home planet from a distance of hundreds of millions of miles July 19. NASA is inviting the public to help acknowledge the historic interplanetary portrait as it is being taken. Earth will appear as a small, pale blue dot between the rings of…

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NASA’s newest solar mission spacecraft ready for launch

Posted June 17, 2013 by

The Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph spacecraft is on track for a launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., June 26. IRIS will fill a crucial gap in the ability of scientists to advance Sun-Earth connection studies by tracing the flow of energy and plasma through a dynamic interface region ñ the chromosphere and transition region…

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NASA selects next generation of space explorers

Posted June 17, 2013 by

After an extensive year-and-a-half search, NASA has a new group of potential astronauts who will help the agency push the boundaries of exploration and travel to new destinations in the solar system, including an asteroid and Mars. Eight candidates have been selected to be NASA’s newest astronaut trainees, hoping to be among those who are…

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NASA’s Webb Telescope’s last backbone component completed

Posted June 17, 2013 by

Assembly of the backbone of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the primary mirror backplane support structure, is a step closer to completion with the recent addition of the backplane support frame, a fixture that will be used to connect all the pieces of the telescope together. The backplane support frame will bring together Webb’s center…

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