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NASA lands car-size rover beside Martian mountain

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NASA’s most advanced Mars rover Curiosity has landed on the Red Planet. The one-ton rover, hanging by ropes from a rocket backpack, touched down onto Mars Aug. 5 to end a 36-week flight and begin a two-year investigation. The Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft that carried Curiosity succeeded in every step of the most complex landing…

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NASA’s Curiousity Rover caught in act of landing

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An image from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured the Curiosity rover still connected to its 51-foot-wide parachute as it descended...

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Ball Aerospace demonstrates prototype X-band SATCOM on-the-move phased array antenna

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Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has successfully demonstrated its Mobile Multifunction Low-Cost Array system, a prototype X-band SATCOM On-the-Move phased array antenna, at the U.S. Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground facility, Aberdeen, Md.

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NASA announces next step in effort to launch Americans from U.S. soil

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NASA announced Aug. 3 new agreements with three American commercial companies to design and develop the next generation of U.S. human spaceflight capabilities, enabling a launch of astronauts from U.S. soil in the next five years. Advances made by these companies under newly signed Space Act Agreements through the agency’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability initiative…

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Boeing to further develop commercial crew space transportation system under NASA CCiCap award

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Boeing has received notification that NASA will invest $460 million for further development of the Boeing Commercial Crew Transportation System in the third round of the Commercial Crew Program: Commercial Crew Integrated Capability. Boeing will complete development milestones to further mature the integrated system – including the CST-100 spacecraft, launch services and ground systems –…

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Aerojet Propulsion helps land Mars Science Laboratory

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Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced Aug. 3 that its monopropellant hydrazine thrusters helped guide NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory to a successful landing on the red planet at 10:32 p.m., PDT, Aug. 5.

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NASA selects strategic analysis, communications support services contract

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NASA has selected Analytical Services Inc. of Huntsville, Ala., to provide strategic research and analysis and communications support services at the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. The firm-fixed-price contract begins Oct. 1, 2012 with a one-year base period, followed by four, one-year options and one, six-month option that may be exercised at NASA’s…

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ATK Technologies on display as NASA’s Mars rover makes successful landing

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ATK technologies and capabilities played mission-critical roles throughout the entire journey of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory “Curiosity” rover, which successfully landed Aug. 5 inside Mars’ Gale Crater. As it starts its two-year mission, Curiosity will gather data to help assess whether Mars ever had an environment capable of supporting microbial life. ATK contributed technical and…

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NASA selects construction contracts at Stennis

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NASA has selected six indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity multiple award construction contracts at the agency’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss. The fixed price contracts consist of a performance period of five years, with a total value not to exceed $700 million.   The companies selected are as follows: Advon Corporation, Tallahassee, Fla. Birmingham…

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Boeing delivers second Intelsat 702MP satellite to Sea Launch home port

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Boeing recently completed shipment of the second of four 702MP satellites for customer Intelsat S.A., paving the way for a third quarter...

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