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European Space Propulsion secures first flight contract to deliver FORMOSAT- 7 thrusters

Posted June 24, 2013 by

European Space Propulsion , , announced June 21 that it has signed a contract with Surrey Satellite Technology Limited for the delivery of 19 MR-103 thrusters for the FORMOSAT-7 program. European Space Propulsion is an Aerojet Rocketdyne company. This first award for ESP includes delivery of thrusters for six spacecraft and an option for hardware…

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NASA mission discovers particle accelerator in heart of Van Allen Radiation Belts

Posted July 26, 2013 by

Using data from a NASA satellite, scientists have discovered a massive particle accelerator in the heart of one of the harshest regions of near-Earth space, a region of super-energetic, charged particles surrounding the globe and known as the Van Allen radiation belts. New results from NASA’s Van Allen Probes show the acceleration energy is in…

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NASA exercises Expendable Launch Vehicle contract option

Posted August 19, 2013 by

NASA has exercised the first option on a contract providing integrated services for the preparation and launch of the next generation of the agency’s scientific and exploration spacecraft. The two-year Option Period 1 on the Expendable Launch Vehicle Integrated Support 2 contract, operated by a.i. solutions Inc. of Lanham, Md., begins Oct. 1 and is…

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Orbital successfully launches Cygnus spacecraft aboard Antares rocket

Posted September 18, 2013 by

Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the world’s leading space technology companies, announced Sept. 18 that it successfully launched its Antares rocket carrying the company’s Cygnus cargo logistics spacecraft into its intended orbit. The successful launch marked the beginning of a four-day in-orbit capabilities demonstration mission that will culminate in rendezvous and berthing with the International…

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Boeing finalizes agreement for Kennedy Space Center facility

Posted October 23, 2013 by

Boeing has finalized an agreement with Space Florida to use a processing facility at NASAís Kennedy Space Center to build the Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 spacecraft, an important step toward restoring the United Statesí ability to launch humans into space. ìThe resources and expertise on the Space Coast are essential to our plans and this…

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NASA, Planetary Resources sign agreement to crowd source asteroid detection

Posted November 22, 2013 by

NASA and Planetary Resources Inc., of Bellevue, Wash., are partnering to develop crowd-sourced software solutions to enhance detection of near-Earth objects using agency-funded data. The agreement is NASA’s first partnership associated with the agency’s Asteroid Grand Challenge. Under a non-reimbursable Space Act Agreement, Planetary Resources will facilitate the use of NASA-funded sky survey data and…

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Lockheed Martin-built SBIRS GEO-2 satellite certified for 0peration

Posted December 18, 2013 by

The second Space-Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellite built by Lockheed Martin to provide our nation continuous early warning of ballistic missile launches and other tactical intelligence was recently declared operational. The SBIRS GEO-2 satellite received Air Force Space Command Operational Acceptance on Nov. 25, just eight months after its March 19 launch from…

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Boeing TDRS-L relay satellite sends first signals from space

Posted January 24, 2014 by

Boeing has received the first on-orbit signals from the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS)-L after a successful launch Jan. 23, bolstering the tracking and communications network used by NASA and its customers.

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Northrop Grumman’s modular space vehicle means better launch capabilities

Posted February 26, 2014 by

Battlefield commanders have long wanted satellites that can be assembled quickly and launched rapidly to meet immediate needs. Now they have that capability with the plug-and-play Modular Space Vehicle delivered Feb. 25 by Northrop Grumman.

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NASA marks major program milestone for spaceport of future

Posted March 28, 2014 by

NASA achieved a major milestone this month in its effort to transform the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida into a multi-user spaceport by successfully completing the initial design and technology development phase for the Ground Systems Development and Operations Program. The major program milestone on March 20, called the Preliminary Design Review, provided an…

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