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SpaceX’s Dragon carrying NASA cargo supplies space station

Posted October 12, 2012 by

The Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) Dragon spacecraft was berthed to the International Space Station at 8:03 a.m., CDT, Oct 9, a key milestone in a new era of commercial spaceflight. The delivery flight is the first contracted resupply mission by the company under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract. “I want to congratulate SpaceX and…

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NASA, international partners approve year-long space station stay

Posted October 9, 2012 by

NASA and its international partners have announced an agreement to send two crew members to the International Space Station on a one-year mission designed to collect valuable scientific data needed to send humans to new destinations in the solar system. The crew members, one American astronaut and one Russian cosmonaut, will launch and land in…

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New commercial imaging spacecraft progressing at Lockheed Martin as IKONOS satellite achieves 13 years in operations

Posted October 9, 2012 by

Lockheed Martin is making steady progress in a key test phase on GeoEye’s next-generation, high-resolution imaging satellite, GeoEye-2, as IKONOS, the world’s first commercial remote sensing spacecraft marks 13 years of outstanding services for GeoEye’s customers around the globe. Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company is developing GeoEye-2 under a fixed-price contract with GeoEye. The satellite…

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NASA’s Swift satellite discovers new black hole in our galaxy

Posted October 9, 2012 by

NASA’s Swift satellite recently detected a rising tide of high-energy X-rays from a source toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy. The outburst, produced by a rare X-ray nova, announced the presence of a previously unknown stellar-mass black hole. “Bright X-ray novae are so rare that they’re essentially once-a-mission events and this is the…

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NASA’s TechEdSat launches from International Space Station

Posted October 5, 2012 by

NASA engineers, student interns and amateur radio enthusiasts around the world are listening for signals from a small, cube-shaped satellite launched into orbit from the International Space Station Thursday. The satellite, dubbed “TechEdSat,” was released at 11:44 a.m., EDT, Oct. 4 from the new Japanese Small Satellite Orbital Deployer aboard the space station. TechEdSat measures…

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SpaceX Dragon to carry 23 student experiments to space station

Posted October 5, 2012 by

Twenty-three microgravity experiments designed by participants of NASA’s Student Spaceflight Experiment Program will become part of space history Oct. 7. They will be launched to the International Space Station aboard the SpaceX Dragon, the first commercially developed and built American spacecraft to fly a resupply cargo resupply mission to the station. Twelve of the SSEP…

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NASA selects contract for logistics management services

Posted October 3, 2012 by

NASA has selected Akima Logistics Services LLC of Anchorage, Alaska to receive a contract to support the Logistics Management Services at the agency’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. The contract has a maximum value of $48 million. This is an indefinite-delivery- indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price, time and material hybrid contract that begins Monday, Oct. 1….

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NASA selects facilities operations, maintenance services contract

Posted October 3, 2012 by

NASA has selected Chugach Federal Systems Inc., of Anchorage, Alaska, for facilities operations and maintenance services for the Management Operations Directorate at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. This is a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract with a technical performance incentive fee for the core services. It has an indefinite-delivery-indefinite-quantity provision for issuing task orders for…

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NASA awards space launch system advanced booster contracts

Posted October 3, 2012 by

NASA has awarded three contracts totaling $137.3 million to improve the affordability, reliability and performance of an advanced booster for the Space Launch System. The awardees will develop engineering demonstrations and risk reduction concepts for a future version of the SLS, a heavy-lift rocket that will provide an entirely new capability for human exploration beyond…

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NASA announces senior leadership changes

Posted September 28, 2012 by

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced three changes to his senior leadership team Sept. 25. Robert Lightfoot, acting associate administrator at NASA Headquarters in Washington, will assume that role on a permanent basis. Patrick Scheuermann, director of NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss., will become director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight…

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