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SpaceX Grasshopper test

Posted November 16, 2012 by

On Nov. 1, 2012, SpaceX’s Grasshopper – a 10-story vertical takeoff and landing vehicle – lifted nearly two stories in an 8-second duration test hop. The rocket rose 17.7 feet, hovered, and touched back down safely on the pad at SpaceX’s rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas. Grasshopper consists of a Falcon 9 rocket first…

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Students conduct live conversations with orbiting NASA astronauts

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More than 9,500 student participants from the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program took part in a live video downlink with International Space Station Expedition 33 Commander Sunita Williams and Flight Engineer Kevin Ford. The long-distance conversation took place Nov. 15 at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington. The event was co-hosted with the…

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NASA’s Kepler completes prime mission,begins extended mission

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NASA is marking two milestones in the search for planets like Earth; the successful completion of the Kepler Space Telescope’s 3 1/2- year prime mission and the beginning of an extended mission that could last as long as four years. Scientists have used Kepler data to identify more than 2,300 planet candidates and confirm more…

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NASA’s great observatories find candidate for most distant galaxy

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By combining the power of NASA’s Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes and one of nature’s own natural “zoom lenses” in space, astronomers have set a new record for finding the most distant galaxy seen in the universe. The farthest galaxy appears as a diminutive blob that is only a tiny fraction of the size of…

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Hughes to develop concepts for protected tactical satellite communications

Posted November 14, 2012 by

Hughes Network Systems, LLC, a leading provider of managed network and application services, has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Air Force Military Satellite Communications System Directorate, located at the Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. The contract is for the development of future management concepts for protected tactical…

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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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