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Investing in technology to enable the future

Posted February 27, 2013 by

NASA creates Space Technology Mission Directorate As part of the Obama Administration’s recognition of the critical role that space technology and innovation will play in enabling both future space missions and bettering life here on Earth, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has announced the creation of the Space Technology Mission Directorate. The directorate will be a…

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Aerojet’s AJ26 engines ignite successful Antares(TM) stage test hot fire

Posted February 25, 2013 by

Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced that its dual AJ26 main engine system successfully powered today’s Antares(TM) Stage 1 Hot Fire test conducted by Orbital Sciences Corporation at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport located at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on the eastern shore of Virginia. The 29-second test enabled engineers to validate flight configuration checkout of the…

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NASA selects launch services for ICESat-2 mission

Posted February 25, 2013 by

NASA’s Launch Services Program at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida has selected United Launch Services, LLC of Englewood, Colo., to provide Delta II launch services for the Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite-2 mission, currently scheduled for July 2016. A firm fixed-price launch service task order has been awarded under the indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity…

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ATK delivers inert launch abort motor for Orion spacecraft exploration flight test 1

Posted February 22, 2013 by

ATK successfully delivered a launch abort motor to Kennedy Space Center, Fla., for Exploration Flight Test (EFT-1) of NASA’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, scheduled to fly next year. The test flight abort motor is configured with inert propellant, since the EFT-1 mission will have no crew on board, but otherwise replicates the launch abort system…

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NASA releases Glory Taurus XL launch failure report summary

Posted February 22, 2013 by

NASA has released a summary report on findings from a panel that investigated the unsuccessful 2011 launch of the agency’s Glory spacecraft. The satellite, designed to improve our understanding of Earth’s climate, was lost March 4, 2011, when it failed to reach orbit after launch aboard an Orbital Sciences Corp. Taurus XL rocket from Vandenberg…

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NASA seeks university participants for summer rocket workshop

Posted February 20, 2013 by

University faculty and students interested in learning how to build scientific experiments for spaceflight are invited to join RockOn 2013 from June 15-20 at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. RockOn 2013 is an annual workshop held in partnership with the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant Consortia. Registration is open through May. “Now in its…

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NASA’s Kepler mission discovers tiny planet system

Posted February 20, 2013 by

NASA’s Kepler mission scientists have discovered a new planetary system that is home to the smallest planet yet found around a star similar to our sun. The planets are located in a system called Kepler-37, about 210 light-years from Earth in the constellation Lyra. The smallest planet, Kepler-37b, is slightly larger than our moon, measuring…

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NASA seeks big ideas for small in-space propulsion systems

Posted February 20, 2013 by

NASA’s Space Technology Program is calling for proposals to develop miniaturized electrospray propulsion technologies that could revolutionize small satellite propulsion systems. Electrospray thrusters use electricity to energize material and then disperse a resulting liquid or aerosol through an emitter to create thrust. The development of low-mass, lightweight micro thruster technologies has the potential to radically…

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NASA awards program integration contract for Orion

Posted February 13, 2013 by

NASA has selected ARES Technical Services Corp. of Burlingame, Calif., for its program integration contract for Orion. The cost-plus-fixed-fee services contract has a potential value of $49 million, including options. The contract begins April 1 with a base performance period of two-and-a-half years followed by two one-year options and includes indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity task orders. ARES…

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NASA’s Orion lands safely on two of three parachutes in test

Posted February 13, 2013 by

NASA engineers have demonstrated the agency’s Orion spacecraft can land safely if one of its three main parachutes fails to inflate during deployment. The test was conducted Tuesday in Yuma, Ariz., with the parachutes attached to a test article. Engineers rigged the parachutes so only two would inflate, leaving the third to flag behind, when…

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