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NASA awards test, operations support contract

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NASA has awarded its Test and Operations Support Contract, or TOSC, to Jacobs Technology Inc. of Tullahoma, Tenn. Jacobs will provide overall management and implementation of ground systems capabilities, flight hardware processing and launch operations at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. These tasks will support the International Space Station, Ground Systems Development and Operations,…

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Martian crater once may have held groundwater-fed lake

Posted January 21, 2013 by

A NASA spacecraft is providing new evidence of a wet underground environment on Mars that adds to an increasingly complex picture of the Red Planet's early evolution.

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Leland Melvin updated on Dryden’s education outreach

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NASA Dryden Flight Research Center's education team presented an overview of the center's education programs to NASA's Associate Administrator for Education Leland Melvin Feb. 8

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Grasshopper completes highest leap to date

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Grasshopper completes highest leap to date March 7, 2013, SpaceX’s Grasshopper doubled its highest leap to date to rise 24 stories or 262.8 feet, hovering for approximately 34 seconds and landing safely using closed loop thrust vector and throttle control. Grasshopper touched down with its most accurate precision thus far on the centermost part of…

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Fourth Lockheed Martin MUOS satellite entering system test as communication module, multi-beam antenna installed

Posted April 10, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin has integrated two of the most important components onto its fourth Mobile User Objective System satellite for the U.S. Navy. Recently engineers mated the multi-beam assembly, which hosts 16 ultra-high frequency antennas for distributed, global communications coverage. Earlier this year, the team delivered and integrated the vehicleís communications system module. With bus and…

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NASA wins prestigious aerospace industry awards

Posted May 10, 2013 by

Two prominent aerospace industry organizations are recognizing the contributions of NASA, especially the achievements of the team that landed NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars in August, with coveted awards. The National Aeronautic Association will presented its Robert J. Collier Trophy to the Mars Science Laboratory Team of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., at…

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SSL selected to provide satellite to SKY Perfect JSAT

Posted June 12, 2013 by

Space Systems/Loral, a leading provider of commercial satellites, announced June 11 that it was selected to provide a communications satellite to SKY Perfect JSAT, a leading satellite operator based in Japan, with a fleet of 16 satellites. The satellite, JCSAT-14, will replace JCSAT-2A at 154 degrees East longitude and expands on its capacity to meet…

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Lockheed Martin delivers antenna assemblies for integration on first GPS III satellite

Posted July 15, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin has completed and is preparing to install the navigation, communication, and hosted payload antenna assemblies for the first satellite of the next generation Global Positioning System, known as GPS III. Seven antenna assemblies, produced at Lockheed Martinís Newtown, Pa. facility, were delivered to the companyís GPS III Processing Facility near Denver, Colo. on…

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Reflector System built by Northrop Grumman’s Astro Aerospace unit deploys successfully

Posted August 7, 2013 by

A deployable reflector and boom system made by Astro Aerospace, a strategic business unit of Northrop Grumman, successfully deployed on-orbit Aug. 3 aboard the Alphasat spacecraft

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Lockheed Martin unveils A2100 satellite improvements aimed at increased capabilities with lower cost, risk

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Lockheed Martin announced Sept. 9 that it has applied substantial enhancements to its A2100 satellite platform to meet current and future global communications market needs. The new A2100 technical update addresses design architecture and manufacturing processes, offering satellite operators catalog-to-order solutions that leverage common parts, subsystems and components to meet specific customer and mission needs….

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