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NASA selects commercial space partners for collaborative partnerships

Posted December 24, 2014 by

NASA announced Dec. 23 the selection of four U.S. companies to collaborate with NASA through unfunded partnerships to develop new space capabilities available to the government and other customers. The partnerships build on the success of NASA’s commercial spaceflight initiatives to leverage NASA experience and expertise into new capabilities. The Collaborations for Commercial Space Capabilities…

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NASA, ESA telescopes give shape to furious black hole winds

Posted February 23, 2015 by

NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) and ESA’s (European Space Agency) XMM-Newton telescope are showing that fierce winds from a supermassive black hole blow outward in all directions – a phenomenon that had been suspected, but difficult to prove until now. This discovery has given astronomers their first opportunity to measure the strength of these…

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NASA extends Lockheed Martin contract to prepare ISS critical cargo

Posted April 6, 2015 by

Lockheed Martin will plan, process and pack a steady supply of cargo for the International Space Station—ranging from science hardware to food and the crew’s personal items—under an extension of NASA’s Cargo Mission Contract. Currently, Lockheed Martin maintains more than three million items destined for the station. The team exports and ships about 25,000 pounds…

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NASA, Canadian agency renew agreement to reduce aviation icing risks

Posted May 22, 2015 by

On hand to sign the renewal agreement May 21 at the NRC offices in Ottawa, Ontario, were Jaiwon Shin, associate administrator of NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate in Washington, and Ian Potter, the NRC’s vice-president of engineering. “The combined efforts of our two agencies will help solve some of the most difficult and challenging weather-related…

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NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft stays course to Pluto

Posted July 2, 2015 by

Images courtesy of NASA/JHU-APL/SwRI These images show the difference between two sets of 48 combined 10-second exposures with New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) camera, taken at 8:40 UTC and 10:25 UTC on June 26, 2015, from a range of 21.5 million kilometers (approximately 13 million miles) to Pluto. The known small moons, Nix,…

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First spacecraft flight recorder for Webb telescope delivered to Northrop Grumman

Posted April 3, 2012 by

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – The solid-state electronics unit that will capture the James Webb Space Telescope’s science and engineering data has been completed and delivered to Northrop Grumman by its teammate SEAKR Engineering, Inc., Centennial, Colo. “Without science data, there would be no mission, so this is a very important milestone for the Webb program,”…

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Aerojet completes testing of next-generation exploration thruster

Posted April 26, 2012 by

Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced April 26 that it successfully completed development testing of its MR-104H 100 lbf-class monopropellant hydrazine thruster. Working with Boeing Exploration Launch Systems and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Aerojet successfully completed environmental and hot-fire performance testing of the MR-104H in Redmond, Wash. The MR-104 product line matured under NASA’s Constellation…

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Dragon launch to space station scrubbed

Posted May 21, 2012 by by Raphael Jaffe

Gwynne Shotwell, president of SpaceX, told a post-scrub press conference that the failure to launch Falcon9-Dragon to the International Space Station early May 19 was “aborted with purpose” and so not a failure. Regardless, the next launch attempt has been postponed until at least May 22 at 3:44 a.m., EDT. May 23 provides another possible…

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Dragon mission performance 100 percent

Posted June 7, 2012 by by Raphael Jaffe

From liftoff at Cape Canaveral at 3:44 a.m., EDT, May 22, to splashdown in the Pacific at 11:42 a.m., May 31, the Dragon mission to carry and return cargo to the International Space Station has been a...

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Northrop Grumman-built sunshield on NASA’s Webb Telescope meets fabrication, test milestones

Posted June 27, 2012 by

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – The preflight test layers of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope sunshield are meeting expected performance targets during tests by engineers at Northrop Grumman. The company is under contract to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., for the design and development of Webb’s sunshield, telescope and spacecraft. One of the…

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