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Report calls NASA essential for national security

Posted July 30, 2012 by

Maintaining and advancing an international leadership role in space is an essential component of national security for the United States, according to a new report published by TASC, Inc. The report details ways in which NASA can strengthen the country’s national space security posture, foster international collaboration and benefit the economy, even during times of…

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Aerojet SEP study demonstrates affordability enhancement for NASA exploration

Posted July 30, 2012 by

Aerojet, a GenCorp company, completed a Solar Electric Propulsion mission concept study for NASA Glenn Research Center that demonstrated the ability to reduce the mission cost for NASA Human Exploration cargo missions by more than 50 percent through the use of existing flight-proven SEP systems. Self-funded under a collaborative Space Act Agreement, Aerojet’s SEP mission…

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Independently sponsored space telescope to be launched to the Moon

Posted July 27, 2012 by

The International Lunar Observatory Association, led by American businessman/educator Steve Durst, plans to place an astronomical observatory on the Moon to capture never before seen images of the galaxy, stars, Moon and Earth and broadcast them in support of the worldwide Galaxy Forum 21st Century Education program. A ‘Global Demonstration’ of the International Lunar Observatory…

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Aeroshell to protect Mars Science Laboratory on descent

Posted July 26, 2012 by

After a journey of 245 days across 352 million miles, the moment of truth for the Mars Science Laboratory begins late in the evening of Aug. 5 when the spacecraft roars into the Martian atmosphere, traveling at...

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NASA selects contract for water, waste water revitalization

Posted July 26, 2012 by

NASA has selected RTD Construction, Inc., of Zephyrhills, Fla., to provide construction services for the revitalization of Kennedy Space Center’s water distribution and waste water collection systems. The maximum potential value for the two-year fixed price contract is approximately $25.6 million. RTD Construction, Inc. will replace more than 125,000 feet of existing water mains and…

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NASA’s Space Launch System passes major agency review, moves to preliminary design

Posted July 25, 2012 by

The rocket that will launch humans farther into space than ever before passed a major NASA review July 25.

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Satellites see unprecedented Greenland ice sheet surface melt

Posted July 25, 2012 by

For several days this month, Greenland's surface ice cover melted over a larger area than at any time in more than 30 years of satellite...

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NASA Mars orbiter repositioned to phone home Mars landing

Posted July 25, 2012 by

NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft has successfully adjusted its orbital location to be in a better position to provide prompt confirmation of the August landing of the Curiosity rover.

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XCOR releases payload users guide for Lynx suborbital vehicle

Posted July 25, 2012 by

XCOR Aerospace announced July 24 that the Lynx suborbital vehicle's Payload User's Guide is now available online from XCOR's website at http://www.xcor.com/contact/pug.

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Boeing ships third GPS IIF satellite to Cape Canaveral for launch

Posted July 25, 2012 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing shipped the third of 12 Global Positioning System IIF satellites for the U.S. Air Force from the company’s Satellite Development Center in El Segundo, Calif., to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., aboard a Boeing-built C-17 Globemaster III airlifter July 9. SVN-65 is scheduled to be launched in the fourth…

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