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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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AEHF team completes major integration milestone ahead of schedule

Posted December 17, 2012 by

The U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin have integrated the system module for the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite six months ahead of schedule. The milestone marks the completion of the first major phase in the satellite’s assembly, integration and test and is a key indicator that Lockheed Martin and the Air Force are…

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Twin NASA probes prepare for Dec. 17 mission-ending moon impact

Posted December 14, 2012 by

Twin lunar-orbiting NASA spacecraft that have allowed scientists to learn more about the internal structure and composition of the moon are being prepared for their controlled descent and impact on a mountain near the moon’s north pole at about 2:28 p.m., PST, Dec. 17. Ebb and Flow, the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission…

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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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