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ATK to develop MegaFlex((tm)) solar array structure

Posted October 24, 2012 by

ATK’s MegaFlex(tm) solar array was recently selected by NASA’s Space Technology Program under a Game Changing Technology competition for development of the promising lightweight and compact solar array structure. ATK received a $6.4 million contract for the MegaFlex(tm) development. MegaFlex(tm), under development by ATK’s Space Components Division in Goleta, Calif., is designed specifically to meet…

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NASA’s NuStar reveals flare from Milky Way’s black hole

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NASA’s newest set of X-ray eyes in the sky, the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, has caught its first look at the giant black hole parked at the center of our galaxy. The observations show the typically mild-mannered black hole during the middle of a flare-up. “We got lucky to have captured an outburst from the…

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NASA Commercial Crew Partner Blue Origin completes pad escape test

Posted October 22, 2012 by

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program partner Blue Origin conducted a successful pad escape test Oct. 19 at the company’s West Texas launch site, firing its pusher-escape motor and launching a full-scale suborbital crew capsule from a simulated propulsion module. The test was part of Blue Origin’s work supporting its funded Space Act Agreement with NASA during…

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NASA seeks student experiments for 2013 high-altitude scientific balloon flight

Posted October 19, 2012 by

NASA is accepting applications from graduate and undergraduate university students to fly experiments to the edge of space on a scientific balloon next year. The balloon competition is a joint project between NASA and the Louisiana Space Consortium in Baton Rouge. NASA is targeting fall 2013 for the next flight opportunity for the High Altitude…

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Astronomers uncover a surprising trend in galaxy evolution

Posted October 19, 2012 by

A comprehensive study of hundreds of galaxies observed by the Keck telescopes in Hawaii and NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has revealed an unexpected pattern of change that extends back 8 billion years, or more than half the age of the universe. “Astronomers thought disk galaxies in the nearby universe had settled into their present form…

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New Curiosity instruments show surprising Mars rock

Posted October 18, 2012 by by Raphael Jaffe

The first rock the new Curiosity instruments touched have presented a more varied composition than expected from previous missions. The rock also resembles some unusual rocks from Earth's interior

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ISS commercial supply by SpaceX successful but secondary payload lost

Posted October 18, 2012 by by Raphael Jaffe

Falcon 9 launched the CRS-1 mission to the International Space Station right on time at 8:35 p.m., EDT, Oct. 7 - the first planned launch opportunity.

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Community college scholars selected to design rovers at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center

Posted October 17, 2012 by

Forty community college students from across the United States have been selected to travel to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., to participate in the 2012 National Community College Aerospace Scholars project. The three-day event Oct. 23-25 will feature a rover-building experience. The students, representing 18 states, will form fictional companies pursuing Mars…

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Boeing to build 702HP communications satellite for SES

Posted October 16, 2012 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing has been selected by SES S.A. to provide a new satellite that will expand direct-to-home broadcasting and other communications services to the fast-growing markets of Northeast Asia, South Asia and Indonesia, as well as maritime communications for vessels in the Indian Ocean. SES-9 – ordered through SES’ affiliate company SES…

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NASA commercial crew partner Blue Origin completes rocket engine thrust chamber test

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NASA’s Commercial Crew Program partner Blue Origin has successfully fired the thrust chamber assembly for its new 100,000 pound thrust BE-3 liquid oxygen, liquid hydrogen rocket engine. As part of Blue’s Reusable Booster System, the engines are designed eventually to launch the biconic-shaped Space Vehicle the company is developing. The test was part of Blue…

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