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NASA’s newest Mars mission spacecraft enters orbit around red planet

Posted September 22, 2014 by

NASA image This animation depicts NASAís Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft orbiting Mars. NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft successfully entered Mars’ orbit at 10:24 p.m., EDT, Sept. 21, where it now will prepare to study the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere as never done before. MAVEN is the first spacecraft dedicated to…

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NASA seeks ultra-lightweight materials to help enable journey to Mars

Posted October 24, 2014 by

NASA is seeking proposals to develop and manufacture ultra-lightweight materials for aerospace vehicles and structures of the future. Proposals will demonstrate lower-mass alternatives to honeycomb or foam cores currently used in composite sandwich structures. Composite sandwich structures are a special type of material made by attaching two thin skins to a lightweight core. This type…

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Ball Aerospace equips Orion mission with key avionics, antenna hardware

Posted November 24, 2014 by

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is providing the phased array antennas and flight test cameras to prime contractor Lockheed Martin for Orion's Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), which is an unmanned test flight scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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Boeing completes world’s first all-electric propulsion satellites

Posted January 9, 2015 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing has completed production of the world’s first all-electric propulsion satellites as preparations continue to launch the satellites, as a vertically stacked pair, next month. The Boeing 702SP (small platform) satellites are affordable and lightweight, and provide more options for movement to different orbital positions. The 702SP is one of three…

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NASA awards Mark IV, next generation Very Long Baseline Interferometry Systems contract

Posted March 11, 2015 by

NASA has awarded the Mark IV and the Next Generation Very Long Baseline Interferometry Systems contract to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass. This is a cost-no-fee completion-type contract, with a base value of $2,555,624 for the first year and four 1-year options totaling $11,888,458. The total value of the contract is $14,444,082. Under…

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NASA awards radiation challenge winners, launches next round

Posted April 17, 2015 by

NASA awarded $12,000 to five winners of a challenge to mitigate radiation exposure on deep space missions and launched a new follow-on challenge to identify innovative ways of protecting crews on the journey to Mars.

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U.S. Navy accepts third Lockheed Martin-built MUOS communications satellite

Posted June 3, 2015 by

Lockheed Martin photograph MUOS-4, the next satellite scheduled to join the MUOS network later this year, is in final assembly and test at Lockheed Martinís satellite manufacturing facility in Sunnyvale, Calif. Following successful completion of on-orbit testing, the U.S. Navy accepted the third Lockheed Martin-built Mobile User Objective System satellite. Launched Jan. 20, MUOS-3 is…

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Astronaut Stephen Frick retires from NASA

Posted July 27, 2015 by

Astronaut Stephen Frick has retired from NASA to accept a position in the private sector. Frick, who flew as both a shuttle pilot and commander, left the Agency July 13. Steve has been a great asset to the astronaut office and NASA, and we are sad to see him leave, said Chris Cassidy, chief of…

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NASA awards architecture, engineering services contracts

Posted March 23, 2012 by

NASA has selected four Texas companies to perform architecture and engineering services at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. This will include work at Ellington Field, the Sonny Carter Training Facility and the White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico. The four contractors selected are HDR Architecture of Dallas and three Houston-based companies: PDG Architects;…

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NASA mission wants amateur astronomers to target asteroids

Posted April 19, 2012 by

A new NASA outreach project will enlist the help of amateur astronomers to discover near-Earth objects and study their characteristics. NEOs are asteroids with orbits that occasionally bring them close to the Earth. Starting April 18, a new citizen science project called “Target Asteroids!” will support NASA’s Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security – Regolith…

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