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NASA’s newest Mars mission spacecraft enters orbit around red planet

Posted September 22, 2014 by

NASA image This animation depicts NASAís Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft orbiting Mars. NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft successfully entered Mars’ orbit at 10:24 p.m., EDT, Sept. 21, where it now will prepare to study the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere as never done before. MAVEN is the first spacecraft dedicated to…

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NASA seeks ultra-lightweight materials to help enable journey to Mars

Posted October 24, 2014 by

NASA is seeking proposals to develop and manufacture ultra-lightweight materials for aerospace vehicles and structures of the future. Proposals will demonstrate lower-mass alternatives to honeycomb or foam cores currently used in composite sandwich structures. Composite sandwich structures are a special type of material made by attaching two thin skins to a lightweight core. This type…

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Ball Aerospace equips Orion mission with key avionics, antenna hardware

Posted November 24, 2014 by

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is providing the phased array antennas and flight test cameras to prime contractor Lockheed Martin for Orion's Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), which is an unmanned test flight scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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Boeing completes world’s first all-electric propulsion satellites

Posted January 9, 2015 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing has completed production of the world’s first all-electric propulsion satellites as preparations continue to launch the satellites, as a vertically stacked pair, next month. The Boeing 702SP (small platform) satellites are affordable and lightweight, and provide more options for movement to different orbital positions. The 702SP is one of three…

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NASA awards Mark IV, next generation Very Long Baseline Interferometry Systems contract

Posted March 11, 2015 by

NASA has awarded the Mark IV and the Next Generation Very Long Baseline Interferometry Systems contract to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass. This is a cost-no-fee completion-type contract, with a base value of $2,555,624 for the first year and four 1-year options totaling $11,888,458. The total value of the contract is $14,444,082. Under…

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NASA awards radiation challenge winners, launches next round

Posted April 17, 2015 by

NASA awarded $12,000 to five winners of a challenge to mitigate radiation exposure on deep space missions and launched a new follow-on challenge to identify innovative ways of protecting crews on the journey to Mars.

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Propellant tank installed

Posted April 17, 2012 by

This photo taken March 3 shows the large hydrazine propellant tank prior to integration with the core structure of the MAVEN spacecraft at a Lockheed Martin clean room near Denver, Colo. The tank will hold 450 gallons of hydrazine propellant and is 6 feet 2 inches tall. The tank was built by ATK Aerospace…

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Second Advanced EHF military comm Satellite launched

Posted May 7, 2012 by

The second Advanced Extremely High Frequency military communication satellite, built by a Lockheed Martin team for the U.S. Air Force, was successfully launched May 4 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station...

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NASA receives widespread concepts for future Mars missions

Posted May 24, 2012 by

NASA’s call to scientists and engineers to help plan a new strategy to explore Mars has resulted in almost double the amount of expected submissions with unique and bold ideas. About 400 concepts or abstracts were submitted to the Concepts and Approaches for Mars Exploration Workshop in Houston, which was organized to gather input for…

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NASA’s NuSTAR mission lifts off

Posted June 13, 2012 by

NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array launched into the morning skies over the central Pacific Ocean at noon, EDT, June 13 Wednesday, beginning its mission to unveil secrets of buried black holes and other exotic objects. “We all eagerly await the launch of this novel X-ray observatory,” said Paul Hertz, NASA’s Astrophysics Division Director. “With its…

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