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NASA, Maritime Administration announce new home for Liberty Star

Posted August 21, 2012 by

NASA and the Transportation Department's Maritime Administration signed a memorandum of understanding Aug. 21 to transfer NASA's solid rocket booster recovery ship, M/V Liberty Star, to the National Defense Reserve Fleet for use as a training vessel at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y....

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ULA Atlas V rocket successfully launches fourth NRO payload in five months

Posted September 17, 2012 by

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office lifted off from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 2:39 p.m., PDT, Sept. 13. Designated NROL-36, the mission is in support of national defense. “Today’s successful launch of the NROL-36 mission occurred on the same day…

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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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New space sensor as a hosted payload to track air pollution across North America

Posted November 9, 2012 by

NASA has selected a proposal from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Mass., to build the first space-based instrument to monitor major air pollutants across the North American continent hourly during daytime. The instrument, to be completed in 2017 at a cost of not more than $90 million, will share a ride on a commercial…

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Possible cause for Taurus payload fairing shroud failure

Posted November 30, 2012 by Raphael Jaffe

Continued analysis of the payload fairing failure to split and detach from the Orbital Taurus XL launch vehicle has fingered the possible cause. The heat-treated frangible rail designed to fracture when a pyrotechnic charge is detonated post-launch to shed the rocketís payload-fairing shroud has problems. There are potentially some extrusion problems with the way that…

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Boeing ships third Intelsat 702MP satellite for launch

Posted December 19, 2012 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The third of four 702 Medium Power satellites that Boeing is manufacturing for Intelsat S.A., the world’s leading provider of satellite services, arrived at the Long Beach, Calif., home port of launch provider Sea Launch Nov. 28. Scheduled for launch in the first quarter of 2013, Intelsat 27 is designed to…

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Lockheed Martin awarded $100 million contract to sustain ground station For Global Positioning System

Posted January 16, 2013 by

Continuing a legacy of more than 30 years supporting the Global Positioning System, Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract to sustain the ground control segment for the GPS satellite constellation. The U.S. Air Force Space Command Space and Missile Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., awarded Lockheed Martin a $100 million contract to…

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NASA Curiosity rover collects first Martian bedrock sample

Posted February 11, 2013 by

NASA’s Curiosity rover has, for the first time, used a drill carried at the end of its robotic arm to bore into a flat, veiny rock on Mars and collect a sample from its interior. This is the first time any robot has drilled into a rock to collect a sample on Mars. The fresh…

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NASA mission helps craft 3-D image of buried Mars flood channels

Posted March 11, 2013 by

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has provided images allowing scientists for the first time to create a 3-D reconstruction of ancient water channels below the Martian surface.

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Ball Aerospace begins integration phase for DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-3 satellite

Posted April 8, 2013 by

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has begun integration for WorldView-3, the next generation commercial remote-sensing satellite being built for DigitalGlobe, a leading global provider of high-resolution earth imagery solutions. The third satellite in a series to employ the Ball Commercial Platform 5000, WorldView-3 is slated for launch in mid-2014. For more than a decade Ball…

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