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New Space Innovation Center to help government agencies ‘launch’ future space missions

Posted March 22, 2013 by

The EDGE┬« Innovation Network announced March 22 that the new EDGE Space Innovation Center is officially open following a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Housed within the General Dynamics’ Seabrook, Md., facility, the 13th and newest EDGE Innovation Center is less than two miles from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. General Dynamics C4 Systems…

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NASA extends mission operations support contract

Posted April 26, 2013 by

NASA has exercised a contract option with Lockheed Martin Corp. of Gaithersburg, Md., to provide continued mission control systems services, development, maintenance and operations support as part of the Facilities Development and Operations Contract. The extension has a total estimated value of $166.8 million and extends the period of performance through Sept. 30, 2014. The…

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National Technical Systems tests NASA lunar satellite

Posted May 31, 2013 by

National Technical Systems, Inc., a leading provider of testing and engineering services, announced May 29 it completed a series of qualification tests on NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, a satellite that will orbit the moon to gather detailed information about the lunar atmosphere, conditions near the moon’s surface and environmental influences on lunar…

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NASA launches satellite to study how sun’s atmosphere is energized

Posted June 28, 2013 by

NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph spacecraft launched at 7:27 p.m., PDT, June 27 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The mission to study the solar atmosphere was placed in orbit by an Orbital Sciences Corporation Pegasus XL rocket. “We are thrilled to add IRIS to the suite of NASA missions studying the sun,” said John…

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Arrests bring drop in Seattle VA travel claims

Posted July 29, 2013 by Gene Johnson

A funny thing happened after federal authorities arrested several military veterans last year and accused them of lying about how far they drove to get to medical appointments at the Veterans Administration hospital in Seattle. A bunch of others who didn’t get busted stopped filing for so much money in mileage reimbursements, and the VA…

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NASA spacecraft reactivated to hunt for asteroids

Posted August 23, 2013 by

A NASA spacecraft that discovered and characterized tens of thousands of asteroids throughout the solar system before being placed in hibernation will return to service for three more years starting in September, assisting the agency in its effort to identify the population of potentially hazardous near-Earth objects, as well as those suitable for asteroid exploration…

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Sunshield for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope ready for manufacturing

Posted September 20, 2013 by

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is dominated visually by the tennis-court sized sunshield, which separates the observatory into a warm sun-facing side and a cold anti-sun side.

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NASA advanced booster shows options on increasing performance, reducing cost

Posted October 28, 2013 by

ATK has achieved a significant milestone in its NASA Research Announcement Advanced Booster risk-reduction program for the Space Launch System by successfully completing filament winding of a pathfinder Advanced Booster composite case. Ultimately, this Advanced Booster NRA effort will enable NASA and ATK to optimize a case design that will be stronger, yet more affordable…

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Ball Aerospace completes primary structure for JPSS-1

Posted December 4, 2013 by

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has achieved a pivotal milestone for assuring continuity of the nation’s future weather and storm forecasting by completing the primary bus structure of the first satellite in the Joint Polar Satellite System. JPSS-1 is the follow-on in a series of next generation satellites and is scheduled for launch in early…

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NASA awards launch services contract for InSight mission

Posted December 20, 2013 by

NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC of Centennial, Colo., to launch the Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission to Mars. InSight will launch in March 2016 aboard an Atlas V 401 rocket from Space Launch Complex 3E at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The total cost for NASA to…

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