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From wind tunnel tests to software reviews, NASA’s CCP continue to advance

Posted May 21, 2014 by

Working in wind tunnels, software laboratories and work stations across America, NASA’s Commercial Crew Program partners continue to make strides in advancing the designs of the American spacecraft and rockets that will carry humans safely and reliably into low-Earth orbit from U.S. soil by 2017. Blue Origin, Boeing, Sierra Nevada Corporation and Space Exploration Technologies are accomplishing milestones established through Space Act…

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Sierra Nevada Corporation completes critical wind tunnel tests for Dream Chaser spacecraft

Posted May 19, 2014 by

Sierra Nevada Corporation has successfully completed the latest milestone in its NASA Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) agreement. NASA awarded SNC full value of $20 million for the passage of CCiCap Milestone 8, Wind Tunnel Testing. To date, SNC has received over 80 percent of the total award value under the CCiCap agreement and is…

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SpaceX Dragon spacecraft returns critical NASA science from space station

Posted May 19, 2014 by

SpaceX’s Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down at 3:05 p.m., EDT, May 18 in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 300 miles west of Baja California, returning more than 3,500 pounds of NASA cargo and science samples from the International Space Station. A boat will carry the Dragon spacecraft to a port near Los Angeles, where it will…

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ULA successfully launches second GPS satellite for the U.S. Air Force in less than three months

Posted May 19, 2014 by

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket successfully launched the sixth Global Positioning System IIF-6 satellite for the U.S. Air Force at 8:03 p.m., EDT, May 16 from Space Launch Complex-37. This is ULA’s fifth launch in 2014, and the 82nd successful launch since the company was formed in December 2006. “ULA is honored to…

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NASA’s newest wind watcher arrives at launch site

Posted May 16, 2014 by

NASA photograph by Dimitri Gerondidakis Components of NASA’s International Space Station-RapidScat instrument rest side by side in Kennedy Space Center’s Space Station Processing Facility after arrival. ISS-RapidScat will measure Earth’s ocean surface wind speed and direction from the station, data that will be used for weather and marine forecasting. A new NASA Earth-observing mission that…

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NASA’s Hubble shows Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is smaller than ever measured

Posted May 16, 2014 by

Jupiter’s trademark Great Red Spot – a swirling anti-cyclonic storm larger than Earth – has shrunk to its smallest size ever measured. According to Amy Simon of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, recent NASA Hubble Space Telescope observations confirm the Great Red Spot†† now is approximately 10,250 miles across. Astronomers have followed…

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NASA announces global award winners of the 2014 International Space Apps Challenge

Posted May 16, 2014 by

NASA mission priorities were explored by five winners of the 2014 International Space Apps Challenge, a worldwide “hackathon” to spark innovation with direct application to future space missions and improve life on Earth. NASA judges have selected five challenge winners, and the global social media community selected a People’s Choice fan favorite. The competition took…

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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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NASA highlights 2014 National Small Business Week

Posted May 12, 2014 by

NASA this week joins with President Obama, the Small Business Administration, and other federal agencies in recognizing all that our nationís small businesses have accomplished. NASA has a strong relationship with the small business community which is vital in assisting the agency in reaching its mission goals. National Small Business Week kicks off May 12….

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Air Force official testifies on dangers of ‘space junk’

Posted May 12, 2014 by Karen Parrish

One congresswoman summed up the issue succinctly during a House Science, Space and Technology Committee hearing May 9: space junk is a growing problem. Lt. Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, the commander of the 14th Air Force, Air Force Space Command and U.S. Strategic Command’s Joint Force Component Command for Space, testified at the hearing,…

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