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NASA progressing toward first launch of Orion spacecraft

Posted December 14, 2012 by

Recent engineering advances by NASA and its industry partners across the country show important progress toward Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), the next step to launching humans to deep space. The uncrewed EFT-1 mission, launching from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida in 2014, will test the re-entry performance of the agency’s Orion capsule, the most…

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NASA, Bigelow to discuss space station expandable module

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NASA, BIGELOW OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS SPACE STATION EXPANDABLE MODULE WASHINGTON — NASA has awarded a $17.8 million contract to Bigelow Aerospace to provide a new addition to the International Space Station. The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module will demonstrate the benefits of this space habitat technology for future exploration and commercial space endeavors. “The International Space…

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Northrop Grumman completes all flight optics for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope with delivery of the aft-optical system

Posted February 1, 2013 by

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Northrop Grumman accepted delivery of the aft-optical system from teammate Ball Aerospace, marking the completion of all flight optics for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. Northrop Grumman is under contract to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., for the design and development of the Webb Telescope’s optics, sunshield and…

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MEXSAT Bicentenario satellite completes on-orbit testing

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The MEXSAT Bicentenario satellite, built by Boeing partner Orbital Sciences Corporation, has completed on-orbit testing and has been accepted by the customer, the first step to establishing a space-based communications network that will markedly improve Mexico’s satellite communications capabilities. The Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes (Secretary of Communications and Transportation) of…

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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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Success continues as NASA’s Orion parachute tests get more difficult

Posted May 1, 2013 by

A test version of NASA’s Orion spacecraft safely landed during a simulation of two types of parachute failures May 1. In the test, conducted in Yuma, Ariz., the mock capsule was traveling about 250 mph when the parachutes were deployed. That is the highest speed the craft has experienced as part of the test series…

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NASA’s Hubble will use rare stellar alignment to hunt for planets

Posted June 3, 2013 by

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope will have two opportunities in the next few years to hunt for Earth-sized planets around the red dwarf Proxima Centauri. The opportunities will occur in October 2014 and February 2016 when Proxima Centauri, the star nearest to our sun, passes in front of two other stars. Astronomers plotted Proxima Centauri’s precise…

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Lockheed Martin delivers third SBIRS HEO satellite payload to U.S. Air Force

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Lockheed Martin has delivered the third of four highly elliptical earth orbit satellite payloads contracted by the U.S. Air Force as part of the Space Based Infrared System. The SBIRS program delivers timely, reliable and accurate missile warning and infrared surveillance information to the President of the United States, the Secretary of Defense, combatant commanders,…

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More SpaceShipTwo glide tests completed

Posted July 31, 2013 by Raphael Jaffe

Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic have conducted two successful glide tests of SpaceShipTwo at Mojave Air and Space Port in the last weeks. There were tests in the early morning hours of July 19 and July 25. Both were announced on the Virgin Galactic Facebook page only, rather than via the Virgin Galactic or Scaled…

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Defense satellite launched from Vandenberg may be final KH-11

Posted August 31, 2013 by Peter W. Merlin

On Aug. 28 the 4th Space Launch Squadron and United Launch Alliance successfully lofted a classified satellite payload into orbit for the National Reconnaissance Office atop a Delta IV-Heavy, the largest rocket currently available in the U.S. inventory.

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