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SpaceShipTwo glide flight envelope cleared

Posted August 18, 2012 by by Raphael Jaffe

In the last month and a half, SpaceShipTwo has had six consecutive successful glide tests. Starting June 26, there have been about weekly droop tests from its mother ship, WhiteKnightTwo. The flight durations have ranged from about 8 to 11 minutes. The Scaled Composites flight log report, usually just the bare facts, states that after…

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Ultrafast pulsed lasers … more than just a light show

Posted August 15, 2012 by staff

A Navy ship at sea is surrounded by water, with nothing but its carrier group in site, and searches the skies for activity overhead. Isolated radars on each ship in the group scan independently of each other with limited effectiveness...

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Digital processors limited by power; What’s the UPSIDE?

Posted August 15, 2012 by staff

The digital processors used for sensor data analysis are limited by power requirements, potentially limiting the speed and type of data analysis that can be done. But a new, ultra-low power processing method may enable faster, mission critical analysis of ISR data...

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NASA awards contract for Kennedy safety, mission support services

Posted August 15, 2012 by staff

NASA has selected A-P-T Research Inc. of Huntsville, Ala., to provide mission assurance, engineering and risk assessment services at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The maximum potential value for the four-year cost-plus-award-fee Safety and Mission Support Services II (S-MASS II) contract is $36 million. A-P-T Research Inc. will perform the mission assurance, engineering…

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NASA goes green: Agency selects green propellant technology demonstration mission

Posted August 15, 2012 by staff

    NASA has selected a team led by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation of Boulder, Colo., for a technology demonstration of a high performance “green” propellant alternative to the highly toxic fuel hydrazine. With this award, NASA opens a new era of innovative and non-toxic green fuels that are less harmful to our environment,…

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NASA selects combined data services contract for polar satellites

Posted August 14, 2012 by staff

NASA has selected the Norwegian Space Centre of Oslo, Norway, for combined data support services for NOAA’s Joint Polar Satellite System Program. This is a firm-fixed price contract with a value of about $22 million, which includes one base year and four one-year options to extend performance. This contract permits usage of the Svalbard Satellite…

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NASA exercises option on mission operations support contract

Posted August 14, 2012 by staff

NASA is exercising an $80.5 million flex option on the Facilities Development and Operations Contract with Lockheed Martin Corp. of Gaithersburg, Md. The level-of-effort flex option takes advantage of hours that were negotiated for the contract award in 2009 and increases the ceiling for the base contract period. The period of performance for the contract…

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NASA selects integrated program support services agreements

Posted August 14, 2012 by staff

NASA has selected three small businesses to provide access to a variety of program support services for the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Under the Marshall Integrated Program Support Services blanket purchase agreements, the following companies will lead teams to compete for task orders:   ¬†Manufacturing Technical Solutions Inc., Huntsville, Ala. ¬†Sumaria…

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NASA announces next opportunity for CubeSat space missions

Posted August 14, 2012 by staff

NASA is seeking proposals for small satellite payloads to fly on rockets planned to launch between 2013 and 2016. These miniature spacecraft, known as CubeSats, could be auxiliary payloads on previously planned missions. CubeSats are a class of research spacecraft called nanosatellites. These cube-shaped satellites are approximately four inches long, have a volume of about…

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NASA Mars rover team hears from President Obama

Posted August 14, 2012 by staff

President Barack Obama told the flight control team for NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover, “You made us all proud,” Aug. 13. Obama telephoned the mission control room at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., to congratulate JPL Director Charles Elachi and the Mars Science Laboratory team operating the rover, which landed on Mars a week ago….

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