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ULA successfully launches two rockets in just four days

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A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the seventh Global Positioning System (GPS IIF-7) satellite for the U.S. Air Force launched at 11:23 p.m., EDT, Aug. 1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. This is the second successful ULA launch in just four days. “Congratulations to the U.S. Air Force and all of…

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NASA awards cross-track infrared sounder instrument for the JPSS-2

Posted September 15, 2014 by

NASA has awarded a sole source contract modification to Exelis, Inc., Geospatial Systems, of Fort Wayne, Ind., for the Cross-track Infrared Sounder Instrument for flight on the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 mission. This is a cost-plus-award-fee modification in the amount of $221 million. This action extends the period of performance of the contract from November…

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Lockheed Martin completes assembly of Near Infrared Camera for space telescope

Posted April 16, 2012 by

Lockheed Martin, under a contract from the University of Arizona, has completed assembly of the Near Infrared Camera Instrument Modules. NIRCam is the prime near-infrared imaging instrument for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. The work was done at the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto, Calif., where environmental testing is about…

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NASA announces 2012 Summer of Innovation project

Posted May 4, 2012 by

NASA’s third annual Summer of Innovation project is underway. The project is providing hands-on learning opportunities for middle school students and educators through NASA-unique science, technology, engineering and mathematics educational activities during the summer school break. SOI is a key component of the agency’s broader education program to increase student interest in STEM courses, particularly…

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NASA commercial crew partner Boeing meets software milestone

Posted May 24, 2012 by

Boeing has successfully completed a new milestone in the development of software that will operate its Crew Space Transportation spacecraft. The company is one of NASA’s partners developing commercial crew transportation capabilities to ferry U.S. astronauts to and from low Earth orbit and the International Space Station. With the Preliminary Design Review of its software…

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NASA Langley celebrates five-year partnership with Sierra Nevada

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Engineers at NASA’s Langley Research Center are marking five years of collaboration with Sierra Nevada Corporation Space Systems in Louisville, Colo., as partners in the design and development of the Dream Chaser® Space System. NASA Langley and SNC joined forces to update Langley’s HL-20 lifting body vehicle design into the Dream Chaser orbital crew vehicle,…

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ATK completes software TIM for Liberty under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program

Posted June 29, 2012 by

ATK completed its Liberty software technical interface meeting, which was held to support further development of the Liberty space transportation system under the company’s Space Act Agreement with NASA for the Commercial Crew Development Program. The software TIM was conducted to evaluate Liberty’s software development plan with the NASA Liberty team. The plan governs the…

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Masten achieves Xaero height record

Posted July 19, 2012 by

July 3, Masten Space Systems performed a record-setting flight of their vertical takeoff, vertical landing Xaero suborbital rocket at the Mojave Air and Space Port.

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NASA lands car-size rover beside Martian mountain

Posted August 6, 2012 by

NASA’s most advanced Mars rover Curiosity has landed on the Red Planet. The one-ton rover, hanging by ropes from a rocket backpack, touched down onto Mars Aug. 5 to end a 36-week flight and begin a two-year investigation. The Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft that carried Curiosity succeeded in every step of the most complex landing…

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NASA study provides new findings on protecting astronauts’ bones through diet, exercise

Posted August 24, 2012 by

Eating the right diet and exercising hard in space helps protect International Space Station astronauts’ bones, a finding that may help solve one of the key problems facing future explorers heading beyond low Earth orbit. A new study, published this month in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, evaluated the mineral density of specific…

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