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Northrop Grumman team successfully completes spacecraft review for Webb Telescope

Posted January 24, 2014 by

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. Northrop Grumman successfully passed the last significant mission design milestone for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the spacecraft Critical Design Review, five months ahead of schedule, following the replan. The spacecraft provides the power and communications for the whole observatory and is responsible for pointing the telescope and image stabilization. Northrop Grumman…

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NASA’s Kepler mission announces a planet bonanza, 715 new worlds

Posted February 26, 2014 by

NASA’s Kepler mission announced Feb. 26 the discovery of 715 new planets. These newly-verified worlds orbit 305 stars, revealing multiple-planet systems much like our own solar system. Nearly 95 percent of these planets are smaller than Neptune, which is almost four times the size of Earth. This discovery marks a significant increase in the number…

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NASA awards robotics, vehicle, graphics simulation services contract

Posted April 7, 2014 by

NASA has selected MacLean Engineering & Applied Technologies of Houston to provide simulation model development for organizations at the agency’s Johnson Space Center, also in Houston. This indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract has firm-fixed price and cost-plus fixed-fee task orders. Beginning July 1, the contract has a three-year base period followed by two one-year options and is…

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Propulsion module for Lockheed Martin-built SBIRS GEO-4 satellite completed

Posted May 7, 2014 by

Lockheed Martin has completed the propulsion module for the fourth Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO-4) space vehicle and is now proceeding with satellite assembly, integration and test.

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NASA selects five projects for 2015 X-Hab Academic Innovation Challenge

Posted June 11, 2014 by

NASA and the National Space Grant Foundation have selected five universities to design systems, concepts and technologies to enhance capabilities for deep space missions for the 2015 Exploration Habitat Academic Innovation Challenge. The selections are the first milestone in a yearlong design and development effort for these five projects. Throughout the 2014-2015 academic year, the…

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Lockheed Martin MUOS satellite enters final testing

Posted July 11, 2014 by

Lockheed Martin has successfully completed environmental testing of the U.S. Navy's third Mobile User Objective System satellite. It recently cleared thermal vacuum trials, which validate performance in simulated space conditions, and the satellite is now in final check out.

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NASA’s Hubble finds supernova star system linked to potential ‘Zombie Star’

Posted August 6, 2014 by

Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, a team of astronomers has spotted a star system that could have left behind a “zombie star” after an unusually weak supernova explosion.

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NASA announces 2014 aeronautics scholarship recipients

Posted September 15, 2014 by

NASA has selected 20 students from across the nation to receive the agency’s Aeronautics Scholarship for the 2014-2015 school year. This scholarship program, which is in its seventh year, is designed to assist undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in fields of study related to aeronautics. Recipients were selected from hundreds of applications to the program….

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Northrop Grumman awarded Lockheed Martin contract for SBIRS GEO-5, GEO-6 satellite payloads

Posted October 15, 2014 by

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $422 million contract from Lockheed Martin to produce sensor payloads on the fifth and sixth Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellites, known as GEO-5 and GEO-6. The U.S. Air Force’s SBIRS provides the nation with continuous early warning of ballistic missile launches and other tactical intelligence. “Northrop…

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NASA awards contract for procurement services

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NASA has awarded a contract to Wichita Tribal Enterprises, LLC, of Norman, Okla., for contract-closeout and procurement-support services, effective June 1. Contract-closeout services will be on a firm-fixed price completion basis, and the procurement-support services will be provided under task orders issued under a firm-fixed price Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity provision in the contract. The…

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