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Ball Aerospace incorporates enhanced data communication for JPSS-1 satellite

Posted August 13, 2012 by

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. will incorporate essential data communication enhancements for the Joint Polar Satellite System, currently under development for an early 2017 launch.

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NASA Curiosity Mars rover installing smarts for driving

Posted August 13, 2012 by

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity spent its first weekend on Mars transitioning to software better suited for tasks ahead, such as driving and using its strong robotic arm. The rover’s “brain transplant,” occurred during a series of steps Aug. 10 through Aug. 13, installed a new version of software on both of the rover’s redundant main…

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NASA selects space biology research proposals

Posted August 12, 2012 by

NASA selected 15 experiments to be funded through its most recent research announcement for opportunities in space biology research. Ten of these experiments will be conducted aboard the International Space Station in the near future. Five others will be ground-based studies. NASA’s Space Biology Program will fund the proposals to investigate how cells, plants and…

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Here comes the sun: NASA picks solar array system development proposals

Posted August 10, 2012 by

NASA’s Space Technology Program has selected Deployable Space Systems of Goleta, Calif. and ATK Space Systems Inc., of Commerce, Calif., for contract negotiation to develop advanced solar array systems. High-power solar electric propulsion, where the power is generated with advanced solar array systems, is a key capability required for extending human presence throughout the solar…

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NASA selects small spacecraft technology demonstration missions

Posted August 9, 2012 by

NASA has chosen three teams to advance the state of the art for small spacecraft in the areas of communications, formation flying and docking systems. The cutting-edge space technology flights are expected to take place in 2014 and 2015. All selected missions will employ nanosatellites conforming to the CubeSat standard. CubeSats are composed of four-inch,…

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New NASA mission ready to brave Earth’s radiation belts

Posted August 9, 2012 by

NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probes mission will send two spacecraft into the harsh environment of our planet’s radiation belts. Final preparations have begun for launch Aug. 23, from Florida’s Space Coast. The RBSP spacecraft are designed to fly and operate in the heart of the most hazardous regions of near-Earth space to collect crucial data….

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Shuttle Endeavour arrives in California next month

Posted August 9, 2012 by Associated Press

The space shuttle Endeavour will make its final journey next month – a piggyback ride to Southern California, where it will be prepared for a road trip to a new home in Los Angeles. Officials announced Aug. 8 that the shuttle will be flown into Los Angeles International Airport Sept. 20 atop a Boeing 747…

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First 360-degree panorama from NASA’s Curiosity rover

Posted August 9, 2012 by

Remarkable image sets from NASA's Curiosity rover and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter are continuing to develop the story of Curiosity's landing and first days on Mars.

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MSL and Curiosity: Bringing Mars down to Earth at TNOTS

Posted August 7, 2012 by

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory and its Curiosity rover were brought into sharp focus Aug. 2, during three presentations by NASA Mars program scientist Dr. Kelly Fast at the AERO Institute during a...

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Joe Engle recalls legacy of the X-15 rocket plane

Posted August 7, 2012 by

On the eve of one of NASA's major space science milestones - the landing of its Mars Science Lab Curiosity rover on the red planet - retired Air Force test pilot and NASA astronaut Maj. Gen. Joe H. Engle...

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