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National Technical Systems tests NASA lunar satellite

Posted May 31, 2013 by

National Technical Systems, Inc., a leading provider of testing and engineering services, announced May 29 it completed a series of qualification tests on NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, a satellite that will orbit the moon to gather detailed information about the lunar atmosphere, conditions near the moon’s surface and environmental influences on lunar…

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Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne engines boost latest communication satellite into orbit

Posted May 29, 2013 by

CANOGA PARK, Calif. – Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne engines provided the power to successfully place the fifth in a series of Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-5) communication satellites into orbit May 24 for the U.S. military. The mission was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV medium rocket with…

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ATK Technologies support launch of ULA’s Delta IV rocket carrying WGS-5

Posted May 29, 2013 by

ATK propulsion and composite technologies supported the May 24 successful launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket from Space Launch Complex 37B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. This rocket carried the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-5) into orbit for the U.S. Air Force. WGS-5 is the fifth satellite delivered by prime contractor…

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Northrop Grumman-built Modular Space Vehicle nears completion of manufacturing phase

Posted May 29, 2013 by

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – A Northrop Grumman-led team recently completed the third gate review of its first Modular Space Vehicle bus assembly, integration and test, marking completion of functional testing. The team will conduct comprehensive “day in the life” testing next for the Operationally Responsive Space-2 (ORS-2) bus, leading to hardware acceptance by the Air…

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Boeing-built WGS satellite enhances tactical communications for war fighters

Posted May 29, 2013 by

Boeing has received the first on-orbit signals from the fifth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite it is delivering to the U.S. Air Force to give war fighters greater access to fast, secure communications that help them complete their missions more safely and effectively. After reaching final orbit, WGS-5 will complete several maneuvers and tests before beginning…

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United Launch Alliance launches second successful mission for U.S. Air Force in just nine days

Posted May 29, 2013 by

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket successfully launched the fifth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-5) satellite for the U.S. Air Force at 8:27 p.m., EDT, May 24y from Space Launch Complex-37, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. This mission launched just nine days after ULA successfully launched the GPS IIF-4 satellite last Wednesday, May 15….

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NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope reveals the Ring Nebula’s true shape

Posted May 24, 2013 by

The Ring Nebula’s distinctive shape makes it a popular illustration for astronomy books. But new observations by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope of the glowing gas shroud around an old, dying, sun-like star reveal a new twist. “The nebula is not like a bagel, but rather, it’s like a jelly doughnut, because it’s filled with material…

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Herschel Space Observatory finds mega merger of galaxies

Posted May 22, 2013 by

A massive and rare merging of two galaxies has been spotted in images taken by the Herschel space observatory, a European Space Agency mission with important NASA participation. Follow-up studies by several telescopes on the ground and in space, including NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope, tell a tale of two faraway galaxies…

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Boeing ships sixth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite for launch

Posted May 20, 2013 by

  EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing is progressing with the expansion of the U.S Defense Department’s highest capacity communications satellite constellation, recently shipping its sixth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite, pictured here in the company’s El Segundo, Calif., facility, for a scheduled launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla., later this year. Through a cooperative agreement with the…

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NASA seeks proposals for commercial operations at Kennedy’s Launch Pad 39A

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NASA released a synopsis May 17 announcing plans to issue an announcement for proposals for the commercial use of Launch Pad 39A at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The announcement is expected next week. Use of the launch pad by industry is designed to encourage commercial space activities along Florida’s Space Coast and…

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