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NASA puts Orion backup parachutes to the test

Posted December 21, 2012 by

NASA completed the latest in a series of parachute tests for its Orion spacecraft Dec .20 at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in southwestern Arizona, marking another step toward a first flight test in 2014. The test verified Orion can land safely even if one of its two drogue parachutes does not open during…

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NASA selects experimental commercial suborbital flight payloads

Posted January 23, 2013 by

NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program has selected 13 cutting-edge space technology payloads for flights on commercial reusable launch vehicles, balloons and a commercial parabolic aircraft in 2013 and 2014. The flights will allow participants to demonstrate their technologies to the edge of space and back, before committing them to the harsh and unforgiving conditions of spaceflight….

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NASA’s Orion lands safely on two of three parachutes in test

Posted February 13, 2013 by

NASA engineers have demonstrated the agency’s Orion spacecraft can land safely if one of its three main parachutes fails to inflate during deployment. The test was conducted Tuesday in Yuma, Ariz., with the parachutes attached to a test article. Engineers rigged the parachutes so only two would inflate, leaving the third to flag behind, when…

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NASA astronaut Lee Archambault leaving agency

Posted March 15, 2013 by

NASA astronaut Lee Archambault is leaving the agency, ending a 15-year career that included more than 27 days in space, including a flight as commander of space shuttle Discovery. Archambault will join Sierra Nevada Corp. as a systems engineer and test pilot. He will work on the company’s Dream Chaser Space System, being developed in…

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NASA announces challenges for 2013 International Space Apps Challenge

Posted April 15, 2013 by

NASA and more than 150 partner organizations worldwide will be hosting the International Space Apps Challenge April 20-21, 2013. The International Space Apps Challenge is a technology development event during which citizens from around the world work together to solve challenges relevant to improving life on Earth and in space. NASA and its partners have…

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NASA probe counts space rock impacts on Mars

Posted May 15, 2013 by

Scientists using images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have estimated that the planet is bombarded by more than 200 small asteroids or bits of comets per year forming craters at least 12.8 feet (3.9 meters) across.

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NASA-led study explains decades of black hole observations

Posted June 14, 2013 by

A new study by astronomers at NASA, Johns Hopkins University and the Rochester Institute of Technology confirms long-held suspicions about how stellar-mass black holes produce their highest-energy light. “Our work traces the complex motions, particle interactions and turbulent magnetic fields in billion-degree gas on the threshold of a black hole, one of the most extreme…

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Dream Chaser rolls through tow tests at NASA Dryden

Posted July 17, 2013 by

Sierra Nevada Corporation is putting its Dream Chaser engineering test vehicle through a series of ground tests at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.,

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Media Invited to NASA Google+ Hangout on Wildfire and Climate Change

Posted August 7, 2013 by

NASA will host a Google+ Hangout at 1 p.m. EDT Friday, Aug. 9, about wildfire research and what a changing climate could mean for future fire activity in the United States. A decades-long record from ground surveys and NASA satellites shows† the fire season in the western United States is starting earlier in the spring…

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NASA awards center maintenance, operations, engineering contract

Posted September 11, 2013 by

NASA has selected Jacobs Technology, Inc., of Tullahoma, Tenn., to provide core support services at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., in the areas of institutional and research operations, maintenance and engineering. The contract will be a hybrid contract consisting of a component for sustaining services and an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity component. The core…

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