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Boeing validates performance of CST vehicle’s attitude control engine

Posted June 27, 2012 by

Boeing recently demonstrated the dual-role propulsion features and performance of the Orbital Maneuvering Attitude Control engine on the service module for the company’s Crew Space Transportation-100 spacecraft. The tests were conducted at NASA’s White Sands Test Facility, N.M., as part of the second phase of NASA’s Commercial Crew Development program. “Boeing’s unique service-module propulsion system…

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Northrop Grumman-built sunshield on NASA’s Webb Telescope meets fabrication, test milestones

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REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – The preflight test layers of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope sunshield are meeting expected performance targets during tests by engineers at Northrop Grumman. The company is under contract to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., for the design and development of Webb’s sunshield, telescope and spacecraft. One of the…

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Thruster tests complete for NASA partner Boeing’s crew capsule

Posted June 26, 2012 by

CANOGA PARK, Calif. – Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne has successfully completed a series of tests on a thruster destined for Boeing’s Commercial Space Transportation spacecraft, designated CST-100. Boeing is one of several companies working to develop crew transportation capabilities under the Commercial Crew Development Round 2 agreement with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

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NASA hosts first multi-center social media event for Mars landing

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NASA is inviting its social media followers to the first-ever multi-center NASA Social Aug. 3 to preview the Aug. 6 landing of the Mars Science Laboratory’s Curiosity rover. NASA Socials are in-person meetings with people who engage with the agency through Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other social networks. Events will be held simultaneously at six…

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Houston workshop marks key step in planning future Mars mission

Posted June 26, 2012 by

A recent workshop conducted for NASA by the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, marked a key step in the agency’s effort to forge a new Mars strategy in the coming decades. A report that summarizes the wide range of cutting-edge science, technology and mission concepts discussed is available online. Held in Houston June 12-14…

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NASA adds Orbital’s Antares to launch services II contract

Posted June 26, 2012 by

NASA has modified its NASA Launch Services II contract with Orbital Sciences Corporation of Dulles, Va., to add the Antares launch vehicle, formerly known as Taurus II, for future missions. The NLS II on-ramp provision provides an opportunity annually for launch service providers not presently under NLS II contract to compete for future missions, and…

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NASA extends contract for mission, crew operations support

Posted June 25, 2012 by

NASA has awarded a contract extension to United Space Alliance of Houston to provide mission and flight crew operations support for the International Space Station and future human space exploration. The $17.4 million extension of the Integrated Mission Operations Contract covers ground-based human spaceflight operations capability development and execution. This contract includes support for mission…

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NASA selects headquarters information technology support services contract

Posted June 25, 2012 by

NASA has selected the Headquarters Information Technology Support Services contract. Digital Management, Inc. of Bethesda, Md. will provide support for the NASA Headquarters’ Office of Headquarters Operations, Information Technology and Communications Division in Washington, D.C. This is a cost-plus-incentive-fee contract, with the ability to issue indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity task orders on a cost-plus-incentive fee or cost-plus-fixed…

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NASA space launch system core stage moves from concept to design

Posted June 21, 2012 by

The nation’s space exploration program is taking a critical step forward with a successful major technical review of the core stage of the Space Launch System, the rocket that will take astronauts farther into space than ever before. The core stage is the heart of the heavy-lift launch vehicle. It will stand more than 200…

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NASA offers web, mobile links to follow space station, mission control

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NASA is using the Internet and smartphones to provide the public with a new inside look at what happens aboard the International Space Station and in the Mission Control Center at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Log onto the agency’s Space Station Live! web page or download the companion ISSLive! mobile application to get…

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