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Fifth Lockheed Martin MUOS satellite completes assembly, enters system test

Posted January 13, 2014 by

The fifth Lockheed Martin Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite for the U.S. Navy is entering its first system test faster than the previous build, now that integration is complete.

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Masten’s Xombie tests JPL’s G-FOLD precision landing software

Posted February 5, 2014 by

With engineers and officials from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory watching, Masten Space Systems’ XA-0.1B “Xombie” took to the sky again in the fall of 2013. The flight on Sept. 20 was the conclusion of a test campaign to assess the performance of JPL’s Guidance for Fuel Optimal Large Diverts (G-FOLD) algorithm under mission conditions.

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Astro Aerospace delivers antennas for Next-Generation GPS III satellites 3 through 6

Posted March 14, 2014 by

Continuing its support for the U.S. Air Force's Global Positioning System, Northrop Grumman's Astro Aerospace has delivered 32 self-deploying, monopole JIB antennas for the third, fourth, fifth and sixth GPS III satellites.

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NASA’s Orion Spacecraft powers through first integrated system testing

Posted April 14, 2014 by

NASA's Orion spacecraft has proven its mettle in a test designed to determine the spacecraft's readiness for its first flight test - Exploration Flight Test-1 - later this year. EFT-1 will send the spacecraft more than 3,600 miles from Earth and return it safely.

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SpaceX Dragon spacecraft with NASA cargo set for return to Earth

Posted May 14, 2014 by

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the departure of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft from the International Space Station beginning at 9 a.m., EDT, May 18. After leaving the space station, the capsule will splashdown in the Pacific Ocean carrying more than 3,500 pounds of NASA science samples and cargo. Dragon is set to be…

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Boeing completes second 702HP satellite for Mexican government

Posted June 11, 2014 by

The Mexican Ministry of Communications and Transportation and Boeing are a step closer to enhancing Mexico’s mobile communications capabilities for government applications with the completion of the second Mexsat 702HP (high power) geomobile satellite.

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ATK motor supports resupply mission to space station

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ARLINGTON, Va., July 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — ATK provided the second stage motor for the July 13 successful launch of Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Antaresô rocket on its second NASA Commercial Resupply Services mission to the International Space Station. Liftoff occurred at 12:52 p.m., EDT, from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. The ATK motor was a CASTOR…

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NASA’s NuSTAR sees rare blurring of black hole light

Posted August 13, 2014 by

Image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech The regions around supermassive black holes shine brightly in X-rays. Some of this radiation comes from a surrounding disk, and most comes from the corona, pictured here as the white light at the base of a jet. This is one possible configuration for a corona – its actual shape is unclear….

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ULA launches 60th Mission from Cape Canaveral

Posted September 19, 2014 by

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the CLIO mission for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company launched at 8:10†p.m., EDT, Sept. 16 from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. “It is an honor to work with Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company and all of our mission partners to launch this…

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Ball Aerospace green propellant infusion mission to host three DOD space experiments

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The NASA and Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. Green Propellant Infusion Mission will fly three Defense Department experimental hosted payloads when it launches in 2016.

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