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MEXSAT Bicentenario satellite sends first signals from space

Posted December 21, 2012 by

The MEXSAT Bicentenario satellite, built by Boeing partner Orbital Sciences Corporation, sent its first signals from space Dec. 19 following launch from Kourou aboard an Ariane 5 rocket. Bicentenario is the first of three MEXSAT satellites for the Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes of Mexico that will enhance the country’s communications for domestic, military, civil…

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NASA puts Orion backup parachutes to the test

Posted December 21, 2012 by

NASA completed the latest in a series of parachute tests for its Orion spacecraft Dec .20 at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in southwestern Arizona, marking another step toward a first flight test in 2014. The test verified Orion can land safely even if one of its two drogue parachutes does not open during…

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Space Fence program moving forward

Posted December 21, 2012 by Patty Welsh

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., recently put out a request for proposal to move the Space Fence program forward. Space Fence will be a system of up to two land-based radars, the first site located at Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, to track objects entering Earth’s…

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NASA awards test, operations support contract

Posted December 21, 2012 by

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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NASA’s next-generation communications satellite arrives at Kennedy

Posted December 21, 2012 by

NASA’s newest Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, known as TDRS-K, arrived Dec. 18 at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida in preparation for a Jan. 29 launch. TDRS-K arrived aboard a U.S. Air Force C-17 from the Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems assembly facility in El Segundo, Calif. For almost 30 years, the TDRS…

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Boeing delivers two nanosatellites to U.S. Air Force

Posted December 19, 2012 by

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – Boeing has delivered two Space Environmental NanoSat Experiment satellites to the U.S. Air Force that will help assess the value of small satellites in military space operations. Weighing less than 9 pounds each and measuring 30 x 10 x 10 centimeters in size, the nanosats are scheduled to launch on the…

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Lockheed Martin, NASA de-orbit twin Grail spacecraft into Moon

Posted December 19, 2012 by

NASA’s Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory mission came to an end today as planned when the Lockheed Martin and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory flight operations team commanded the two spacecraft to de-orbit and impact the surface of the moon. Lockheed Martin built the twin robotic spacecraft and conducted flight operations for NASA’s JPL since their…

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Boeing ships third Intelsat 702MP satellite for launch

Posted December 19, 2012 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The third of four 702 Medium Power satellites that Boeing is manufacturing for Intelsat S.A., the world’s leading provider of satellite services, arrived at the Long Beach, Calif., home port of launch provider Sea Launch Nov. 28. Scheduled for launch in the first quarter of 2013, Intelsat 27 is designed to…

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NASA’s Grail lunar impact site named for astronaut Sally Ride

Posted December 19, 2012 by

NASA has named the site where twin agency spacecraft impacted the moon Dec. 17 in honor of the late astronaut, Sally K. Ride, who was America’s first woman in space and a member of the probes’ mission team. Last Friday, Ebb and Flow, the two spacecraft comprising NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission,…

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NASA’s next-generation communications satellite arrives at Kennedy

Posted December 19, 2012 by

NASA’s newest Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, known as TDRS-K, arrived Dec. 18 at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida in preparation for a Jan. 29 launch. TDRS-K arrived aboard a U.S. Air Force C-17 from the Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems assembly facility in El Segundo, Calif. For almost 30 years, the TDRS…

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