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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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NASA technology to help develop noninvasive medical treatments

Posted February 12, 2014 by

NASA has signed two patent license agreements with GRoK Technologies LLC of Houston to help develop novel biotechnology approaches that could have multiple applications in space and on Earth. The agreements are the results of the agency’s Technology Transfer Program, which helps opens up NASA’s research and technology to the public for use and development….

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Lockheed Martin receives contractor recognition from NASA JPL

Posted March 24, 2014 by

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration honored Lockheed Martin with the Small Business Industry Awards Large Prime Contractor of the Year award for its utilization of small businesses and superior performance on subcontracts at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “Our work with NASA JPL is diverse, supporting space missions and complex IT needs,” said Vicki…

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Lockheed Martin solar ultraviolet imager installed on GOES-R weather satellite

Posted April 18, 2014 by

Lockheed Martin has delivered a new solar analysis payload that will help scientists measure and forecast space weather, which can damage satellites, electrical grids and communications systems on Earth. The Solar Ultraviolet Imager instrument was integrated with the first flight vehicle of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrationís next-generation Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite, known as…

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Sierra Nevada Corporation completes critical wind tunnel tests for Dream Chaser spacecraft

Posted May 19, 2014 by

Sierra Nevada Corporation has successfully completed the latest milestone in its NASA Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) agreement. NASA awarded SNC full value of $20 million for the passage of CCiCap Milestone 8, Wind Tunnel Testing. To date, SNC has received over 80 percent of the total award value under the CCiCap agreement and is…

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NASA announces latest progress, upcoming milestones in hunt for asteroids

Posted June 20, 2014 by

NASA is on the hunt for an asteroid to capture with a robotic spacecraft, redirect to a stable orbit around the moon, and send astronauts to study in the 2020s - all on the agency's human Path to Mars.

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NASA begins engine test project for space launch system rocket

Posted July 18, 2014 by

NASA photograph RS-25 rocket engine No. 0525 is positioned onto the A-1 Test Stand at NASAís Stennis Space Center in Mississippi preparation for a series of developmental tests. Engineers have taken a crucial step in preparing to test parts of NASA’s Space Launch System rocket that will send humans to new destinations in the solar…

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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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FAA issues OK for SpaceShipTwo flights from Mojave

Posted May 10, 2012 by by Raphael Jaffe

Virgin Galactic photograph by Hank Greenberg SpaceShipTwo mated to its carrier launch aircraft, WhiteKnightTwo. May 4, the FAA Office of commercial Space Flight issued a finding of ‘no significant effects’ to the environment connected with up to 30 total launches and reentries per…

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