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Masten’s Xombie flight tests astrobotic’s autonomous landing system

Posted June 30, 2014 by

Astrobotic Technology's newly developed autonomous landing system was put to the test recently when it controlled Masten Space Systems' XA-0.1B Xombie suborbital technology demonstration rocket during a NASA-sponsored launch and landing at the Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, Calif.

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NASA announces Mars 2020 rover payload to explore Red Planet as never before

Posted August 1, 2014 by

The next rover NASA will send to Mars in 2020 will carry seven carefully-selected instruments to conduct unprecedented science and exploration technology investigations on the Red Planet.

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NASA awards OMPS modification for the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 Mission

Posted September 9, 2014 by

NASA has awarded a sole source contract modification to Ball Aerospace and Technology Corp. of Boulder, Colo., for the Ozone Mapping and Profiling Suite for flight on the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 mission. The JPSS-2 mission is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to provide global environmental data in low Earth polar…

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Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman deliver payload for fourth SBIRS satellite

Posted October 8, 2014 by

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Prime contractor Lockheed Martin and payload provider Northrop Grumman have delivered the payload for the fourth Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellite of the U.S. Air Force’s Space Based Infrared System. The payload, delivered Sept. 30, will now be integrated with the SBIRS GEO-4 satellite bus in final assembly, integration…

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Navy, Lockheed Martin deliver third MUOS secure comm satellite

Posted November 7, 2014 by

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin have delivered the third Mobile User Objective System spacecraft to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., where it will be prepared for a January 2015 liftoff aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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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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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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