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Ball Aerospace begins integration phase for DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-3 satellite

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Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has begun integration for WorldView-3, the next generation commercial remote-sensing satellite being built for DigitalGlobe, a leading global provider of high-resolution earth imagery solutions. The third satellite in a series to employ the Ball Commercial Platform 5000, WorldView-3 is slated for launch in mid-2014. For more than a decade Ball…

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Hubble breaks record in search for farthest supernova

Posted April 5, 2013 by

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has found the farthest supernova so far of the type used to measure cosmic distances. Supernova UDS10Wil, nicknamed SN Wilson after American President Woodrow Wilson, exploded more than 10 billion years ago.

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NASA announces 17th screening of space program artifacts

Posted April 3, 2013 by

NASA is inviting eligible educational institutions, museums and other organizations to screen and request historical space artifacts. The artifacts represent significant human spaceflight technologies, processes and the accomplishments of NASA’s many programs. NASA and the General Services Administration worked together to ensure broad access to space artifacts and to provide a web-based electronic artifacts viewing…

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NASA seek academic partners for smallsat technology collaboration

Posted April 3, 2013 by

NASA is seeking small spacecraft technology project proposals from U.S. colleges and universities that would like to collaborate with agency researchers. Small spacecraft, or smallsats, represent a growing field of space research and operations in which universities often have led the way in technology development. Smallsats, some of which are as small as a four-inch…

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Highest, longest flight to date for Masten’s Xombie with Genie payload

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NASA photographs by Tom Tshida Masten Space Systems’ Xombie technology demonstration rocket soars aloft, guided by Draper Lab’s GENIE navigation and control system designed to land space vehicles on other bodies in the solar system. MOJAVE, Calif. A rocket-powered, vertical-landing space-access technology demonstrator reached its highest altitude and furthest distance to date March 25 at…

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Lockheed Martin marks 30th anniversary of first search, rescue hosted payload on U.S. weather satellites

Posted March 29, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin photograph The NOAA-E weather satellite is seen in a cleanroom at the East Windsor, N.J. facility in October 1982 during the spacecraft level vibration test. NOAA-E would carry the first search and rescue hosted payload on a U.S. satellite into space on March 28, 1983. Thirty years ago March 28 the premier launch…

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ATK successfully ground tests new CASTOR 30XL upper stage solid rocket motor

Posted March 29, 2013 by

ATK/AEDC photograph ATK successfully tested itsCASTORÆ 30XL upper stage solid rocket motor March 27, at the U.S. Air Force’s Arnold Engineering Development Complex in Tennessee. ATK successfully tested its newly developed CASTORÆ 30XL upper stage solid rocket motor March 27 at the U.S. Air Force’s Arnold Engineering Development Complex in Tennessee. The test was the…

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XCOR Aerospace announces significant propulsion milestone on Lynx suborbital vehicle

Posted March 27, 2013 by

XCOR Aerospace March 26 announced a first in aviation and space history, the firing of a full piston pump-powered rocket engine.

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New space station crew members to launch, dock the same day

Posted March 25, 2013 by

Three new crew members are set to launch to the International Space Station on a six-hour flight to travel from the launch pad to their destination. Chris Cassidy of NASA, along with Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), are scheduled to launch in their Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur…

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NASA extends Hubble Space Telescope science operations contract

Posted March 25, 2013 by

NASA is extending its contract with the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy for the agency’s Hubble Space Telescope Science Operations activities at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Md., for 36 months. The option the agency chose to exercise has a total estimated value of $76 million and extends the period of…

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