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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 announces winners of 2012 George M. Low Award for quality

Posted June 21, 2013 by

Two companies that share a commitment to teamwork, technical and managerial excellence, safety, and customer service have been selected to receive NASA’s premier honor for quality and performance, the George M. Low Award. NASA recognizes URS Federal Technical Services Inc. of Germantown, Md., in the large business award category and ATA Engineering Inc. of San…

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NASA astronauts demonstrate operations in Boeing CST-100 spacecraft

Posted July 26, 2013 by

Two NASA astronauts for the first time evaluated communications, ergonomics and crew-interface aspects of the Boeing Crew Space Transportation-100 capsule.

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NASA commercial crew partner SpaceX completes orbit, entry review

Posted August 16, 2013 by

NASA Commercial Crew Program partner Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) recently reviewed the systems critical to sustaining crews in orbit and returning them safely to Earth aboard the company’s Dragon spacecraft. SpaceX is one of three commercial space companies working under NASA’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability initiative to develop spaceflight capabilities that eventually could provide launch…

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U.S., allies increase protected military satellite comm capability with AEHF launch

Posted September 18, 2013 by

The third Advanced Extremely High Frequency military communication satellite, built by a Lockheed Martin team for the U.S. Air Force, was successfully launched at 4:10 a.m., Sept. 18, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. Lockheed Martin confirmed signal acquisition at 51 minutes after launch. The AEHF system…

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NASA Dryden awards facilities maintenance contract to Helix Management Services

Posted October 23, 2013 by

NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif., has awarded a contract to Helix Management Services, of Lanham, Md., to provide facility operations and maintenance services at the center’s campuses at Edwards Air Force Base and Palmdale, Calif. The firm fixed-price contract could be worth as much as $29.4 million over the five-year life of the…

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NASA missions study ‘watershed’ cosmic explosion in unparalleled detail

Posted November 22, 2013 by

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uN1AjMui5k&feature=player_embedded On April 27, a blast of light from a dying star in a distant galaxy became the focus of astronomers around the world. The explosion, known as a gamma-ray burst and designated GRB 130427A, tops the charts as one of the brightest ever seen. A trio of NASA satellites, working in concert with ground-based…

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Lockheed Martin team completes first solar ultraviolet imager for GOES-R satellite series

Posted December 18, 2013 by

A Lockheed Martin team has completed the Solar Ultraviolet Imager instrument that will make crucial solar measurements when it flies on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations next-generation Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellit) satellite missions, known as the GOES-R series. The team is on track for instrument delivery in January 2014 for integration with the first…

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Northrop Grumman team successfully completes spacecraft review for Webb Telescope

Posted January 24, 2014 by

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. Northrop Grumman successfully passed the last significant mission design milestone for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the spacecraft Critical Design Review, five months ahead of schedule, following the replan. The spacecraft provides the power and communications for the whole observatory and is responsible for pointing the telescope and image stabilization. Northrop Grumman…

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NASA’s Kepler mission announces a planet bonanza, 715 new worlds

Posted February 26, 2014 by

NASA’s Kepler mission announced Feb. 26 the discovery of 715 new planets. These newly-verified worlds orbit 305 stars, revealing multiple-planet systems much like our own solar system. Nearly 95 percent of these planets are smaller than Neptune, which is almost four times the size of Earth. This discovery marks a significant increase in the number…

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