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Orbital beings production of 81 satellites

Posted March 28, 2014 by

Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the worldís leading space technology companies, announced March 27 that it has started production of 81 satellites for the Iridium NEXT program as part of a contract between Orbital and Iridiumís prime contractor, French-Italian aerospace company Thales Alenia Space. Orbital will complete the assembly, integration, test and launch support phases…

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NASA selects partners for U.S. commercial lander capabilities

Posted May 2, 2014 by

NASA announced April 30 the selection of three U.S. companies to negotiate no-funds exchanged partnership agreements with the agency to advance lander capabilities that will enable delivery of payloads to the surface of the moon, as well as new science and exploration missions of interest to NASA and scientific and academic communities. The selected companies…

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NASA, industry complete first phase to certify new crew transportation systems

Posted May 30, 2014 by

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program and industry have completed the first step in the certification process that will enable American-made commercial spacecraft safely to ferry astronauts from U.S. soil to and from the International Space Station by 2017. The completion of the Certification Products Contracts marks critical progress in the development of next-generation American space transportation…

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WorldView-3 remote sensing spacecraft arrives at Vandenberg for mid-August launch

Posted June 30, 2014 by

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has delivered the next-generation commercial remote sensing satellite built for DigitalGlobe, to the launch facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

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NASA, ATK complete SLS booster milestone

Posted April 4, 2012 by

NASA and ATK successfully completed the first test for NASA’s Space Launch System booster program March 28 at ATK’s Promontory, Utah, test facility. This demonstration was a key avionics and controls test designated Flight Control Test 1 and included a fully integrated flight heritage thrust vector control system with the new SLS booster avionics subsystem….

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NASA’s Cassini finds Saturn’s moon Phoebe has planet-like qualities

Posted April 30, 2012 by

Data from NASA’s Cassini mission reveal Saturn’s moon Phoebe has more planet-like qualities than previously thought. Scientists had their first close-up look at Phoebe when Cassini began exploring the Saturn system in 2004. Using data from multiple spacecraft instruments and a computer model of the moon’s chemistry, geophysics and geology, scientists found Phoebe was a…

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SpaceX launches NASA demonstration mission to space station

Posted May 22, 2012 by

The second demonstration mission for NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program is under way as SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft lifted off May 21 from Cape Canaveral...

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NASA announces 2012 Summer Of Innovation Mini-grants opportunity

Posted June 11, 2012 by

NASA is accepting proposals until June 29 for the mini-grants component of the agency’s 2012 Summer of Innovation project. Proposals may be submitted through the National Space Grant Foundation for NASA-themed content in a variety of programs geared toward middle school students. The foundation is administering the grant program for NASA. Mini-grants are designed to…

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Boeing validates performance of CST vehicle’s attitude control engine

Posted June 27, 2012 by

Boeing recently demonstrated the dual-role propulsion features and performance of the Orbital Maneuvering Attitude Control engine on the service module for the company’s Crew Space Transportation-100 spacecraft. The tests were conducted at NASA’s White Sands Test Facility, N.M., as part of the second phase of NASA’s Commercial Crew Development program. “Boeing’s unique service-module propulsion system…

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NASA selects launch services contract for three missions

Posted July 17, 2012 by

NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC of Englewood, Colo., to launch the Soil Moisture Active Passive, Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 and Joint Polar Satellite System-1 spacecraft. The spacecraft will launch in October 2014, July 2014 and November 2016, respectively, aboard Delta II rockets from Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The total…

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