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Boeing Phantom Phoenix small satellites reduce manufacturing, mission costs

Posted April 10, 2013 by

Boeing is developing a family of small satellite prototypes, called Phantom Phoenix, that can quickly and affordably be manufactured and configured for specific missions.

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NASA announces summer learning opportunities for U.S. students

Posted May 13, 2013 by

NASA has unveiled plans for its 2013 Summer of Innovation project, which challenges middle school students across the United States to share in the excitement of scientific discovery and space exploration through unique, NASA-related science, technology, engineering and mathematics opportunities. Summer of Innovation leverages the expertise and reach of NASA’s 10 field centers, national academic…

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Hubble uncovers evidence of farthest planet forming from its star

Posted June 14, 2013 by

using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have found compelling evidence of a planet forming 7.5 billion miles away from its star, a finding that may challenge current theories about planet formation. Of the almost 900 planets outside our solar system that have been confirmed to date, this is the first to be found at such a…

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NASA picks small spacecraft propulsion systems for development

Posted July 15, 2013 by

NASA has selected three proposals for the development of lightweight micro-thruster propulsion technologies that are small in size but have big potential. NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate selected the miniaturized electrospray propulsion technologies to perform stabilization, station keeping and pointing for small spacecraft. NASA hopes these technology demonstrations may lead to similar position control systems…

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Boeing all-electric satellite passes critical design review

Posted August 7, 2013 by

Boeing artist’s rendering The first Boeing electric-powered satellite, the 702 Small Platform (702SP), has passed its Critical Design Review, allowing the new program to move two satellites into assembly, integration and testing. Commercial satellite service providers Asia Broadcast Satellite, Bermuda – whose satellite is shown here – and SatÈlites Mexicanos S.A. de C.V. (Satmex), Mexico…

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Lockheed awarded Atlas launch services contract for Mexicoís Morelos-3 communications satellite

Posted September 9, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Lockheed Martin Corporation, has been selected by the Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes, a government agency of Mexico, to provide commercial launch services using the Atlas V launch vehicle for Mexicoís Morelos-3 communications satellite (also known as MEXSAT-2). The launch is scheduled to occur as…

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NASA, space station partners announce future crew members

Posted September 30, 2013 by

NASA and its international partners have appointed future crew members for the International Space Station. NASA astronaut Tim Kopra and European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake are scheduled to launch in December 2015 and return to Earth in spring 2016. They will join the Expedition 45 crew members in orbit and will remain aboard as…

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NASA issues 2014 call for advanced technology concepts

Posted November 15, 2013 by

NASA is looking for visionary concepts that have the potential to enable new missions or significantly improve current approaches to achieve aerospace objectives. Through the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program, NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking proposals for revolutionary concepts with the potential to transform aerospace endeavors. These include visionary aerospace architecture, system or…

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Hubble Space Telescope sees evidence of water vapor venting off Jovian moon

Posted December 13, 2013 by

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has observed water vapor above the frigid south polar region of Jupiter’s moon Europa, providing the first strong evidence of water plumes erupting off the moon’s surface. Previous scientific findings from other sources already point to the existence of an ocean located under Europa’s icy crust. Researchers are not yet certain…

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NASA tests Orion spacecraft parachute jettison over Arizona

Posted January 17, 2014 by

Engineers testing the parachute system for NASA’s Orion spacecraft increased the complexity of their tests Jan. 16, adding the jettison of hardware designed to keep the capsule safe during flight. The test was the first to give engineers in-air data on the performance of the system that jettisons Orion’s forward bay cover. The cover is…

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