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Virgin Galactic owner makes surprise visit to Mojave

Posted November 14, 2012 by Raphael Jaffe

Sir Richard Branson, owner of Virgin Galactic, made a surprise visit to Mojave Air and Space Port Nov. 12. He complemented both Spaceship Co. and Scaled Composites on their achievements in producing and testing WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo, bringing his vision of affordable manned access to space to reality. The Virgin Group and aab Investments PJS…

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Student teams to build, fly rockets with onboard payloads for NASA rocketry challenge

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Organizers of the NASA Student Launch Projects have announced the 57 student teams whose inventive creations will soar skyward in April during the space agency’s 2012-13 rocketry challenge. Representing schools in 26 states around the country, participating teams each will design and build a large, high-powered rocket, complete with a working science or engineering payload…

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Lockheed Martin completes on orbit testing of second AEHF satellite

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The U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin have completed on-orbit testing of the second Advanced Extremely High Frequency military communications satellite. Following successful spacecraft testing, Satellite Control Authority was turned over to the 14th Air Force at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., for operations. The AEHF system provides vastly improved global, survivable, highly secure, protected…

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NASA television to air Soyuz landing Nov. 18

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NASA Television will provide live coverage as three of the crew members on the International Space Station come back to Earth Nov. 18. Expedition 33 Commander Sunita Williams of NASA, Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Russian Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko will undock their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft from the station,…

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Soldiers using sunlight to improve combat capability

Posted November 14, 2012 by David Vergun

Soldiers are enlisting the sun’s power in Afghanistan. Ten solar generators are now providing special forces soldiers in distant outposts the energy they need to accomplish their mission. And, these generators are allowing them precious more time to train Afghan forces and win the friendship of local Afghans. The key benefit of solar is savings…

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NASA renames radiation belt mission to honor pioneering scientist

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NASA has renamed a recently launched mission that studies Earth’s radiation belts as the Van Allen Probes in honor of the late James Van Allen. Van Allen was the head of the physics department at the University of Iowa who discovered the radiation belts encircling Earth in 1958. The new name of the mission, previously…

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New space sensor as a hosted payload to track air pollution across North America

Posted November 9, 2012 by

NASA has selected a proposal from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Mass., to build the first space-based instrument to monitor major air pollutants across the North American continent hourly during daytime. The instrument, to be completed in 2017 at a cost of not more than $90 million, will share a ride on a commercial…

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Northrop Grumman to develop affordable, protected satellite communication capabilities

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REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center will demonstrate ways to make future protected military satellite communications capabilities more affordable with three awards received Sept. 28 under the Protected Military Satellite Communication Design for Affordability Risk Reduction initiative. Under the 10-month, firm fixed-price contracts, the company…

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NASA, ESA use experimental interplanetary internet to test robot from ISS

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NASA and the European Space Agency successfully have used an experimental version of interplanetary Internet to control an educational rover from the International Space Station. The experiment used NASA’s Disruption Tolerant Networking protocol to transmit messages and demonstrate technology that one day may enable Internet-like communications with space vehicles and support habitats or infrastructure on…

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NASA’s Curiosity rover provides clues to changes In Martian atmosphere

Posted November 5, 2012 by

NASA’s car-sized rover, Curiosity, has taken significant steps toward understanding how Mars may have lost much of its original atmosphere. Learning what happened to the Martian atmosphere will help scientists assess whether the planet ever was habitable. The present atmosphere of Mars is 100 times thinner than Earth’s. A set of instruments aboard the rover…

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