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Lockheed Martin wins Alaska spaceport bid

Posted December 15, 2014 by Mark Thiessen

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The state-owned space agency Dec. 12 named Lockheed Martin the winner of a bidding process to reconfigure a launch pad to accommodate larger rockets than what the Kodiak Launch Complex can currently handle. Lockheed Martin beat out three other bidders to reconfigure launch pad one at the Kodiak site, officials with the…

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New probe to improve understanding of global climate change

Posted February 6, 2015 by Peter W. Merlin

A new NASA spacecraft launched Jan. 31 from California will measure soil moisture across the globe to help scientists better understand and predict weather cycles and climate change.

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NASA’s Hubble, Chandra find clues that may help identify dark matter

Posted March 27, 2015 by

Using observations from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have found that dark matter does not slow down when colliding with itself, meaning it interacts with itself less than previously thought.

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NASA selects advanced space technology concepts for further study

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NASA has selected 15 proposals for study under Phase I of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts, a program that aims to turn science fiction into science fact through the development of pioneering technologies.

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NASA extends cooperative agreement with NSBRI

Posted March 27, 2012 by

NASA’s Johnson Space Center has awarded a five-year, $120 million extension of its cooperative agreement with the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, or NSBRI, of Houston, Texas. Under the extension, the institute and NASA’s Human Research Program will continue biomedical research in support of a long-term human presence in space. The period of performance for…

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ATK announces complete Liberty System to provide commercial crew access

Posted May 14, 2012 by

ATK announced May 9 it has developed Liberty into a complete commercial crew transportation system, including the spacecraft, abort system, launch vehicle, and ground and mission operations, designed from inception to meet NASA’s human-rating requirements with a potential for the first test flight in 2014 and Liberty crewed flight in 2015. The company also announced…

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Dragon docks with space station, unloads cargo

Posted June 1, 2012 by by Raphael Jaffe

In the four days following its launch, the Dragon cargo carrier spacecraft followed a complex set of maneuvers, and was allowed to dock at the International Space Station May 25. “Today marks another critical step in the future of American spaceflight,” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said.

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Boeing successfully completes key reviews of space launch system

Posted June 21, 2012 by

Boeing last week successfully completed its first major technical reviews for the cryogenic stages of the Space Launch System, bringing the team into the design phase for the nation’s next heavy-lift, human-rated rocket. The combined System Requirements Review and System Definition Review, held at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., with independent consultants…

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XCOR establishing new commercial spaceflight R&D center in Texas

Posted July 9, 2012 by

The Midland Development Corporation and XCOR Aerospace jointly announced July 9 the establishment of XCOR’s new Commercial Space Research and Development Center Headquarters that will be created over the next 18 months in Midland, Texas. XCOR manufactures reusable rocket engines for major aerospace prime contractors and is the designer, manufacturer and operator of the Lynx,…

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NASA Mars orbiter repositioned to phone home Mars landing

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NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft has successfully adjusted its orbital location to be in a better position to provide prompt confirmation of the August landing of the Curiosity rover.

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