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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

Posted October 16, 2012 by

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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NASA, United Launch Alliance complete space act agreement

Posted October 15, 2012 by

NASA partner United Launch Alliance has completed the fifth and final milestone for its Commercial Crew Development Round 2 agreement with the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. The Hazard, System Safety and Probabilistic Risk Assessment detailed how ULA’s Atlas V rocket launch system hardware would ensure crew safety during launch and ascent. “The ULA team did…

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Space command convenes accident investigation

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Air Force Space Command commander Gen. William Shelton has ordered an Accident Investigation Board to investigate why a Delta IV RL-10B-2 upper stage engine did not perform as expected during the Oct. 4 launch of a GPS IIF satellite. “While the launch was ultimately successful, the time-honored rigor and earnest process of an AIB will…

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Intelsat accepts second on-orbit Boeing 702MP satellite

Posted October 12, 2012 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Intelsat S.A. has accepted its second Boeing 702MP (Medium Power) satellite, Intelsat 21, which was launched Aug. 18 and is enhancing Intelsat’s broadcast and communications services throughout four continents. Boeing introduced the 702MP spacecraft line in 2009 to meet customer requirements for satellites with 6 to 12 kilowatts of power. The…

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ATK awarded $50 million contract for NASA’s Advanced Concept Booster Development for SLS

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ATK announced Oct. 9 that NASA has awarded the company a $50 million contract to complete engineering development and risk reduction tests as part of the Advanced Concept Booster Development for the Space Launch System.

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Mars rock touched by NASA Curiosity rover offers surprises

Posted October 12, 2012 by

The first Martian rock NASA’s Curiosity rover has reached out to touch presents a more varied composition than expected from previous missions. The rock also resembles some unusual rocks from Earth’s interior. The rover team used two instruments on Curiosity to study the chemical makeup of the football-size rock called “Jake Matijevic.” The results support…

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