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Lockheed Martin-built MUOS-3 satellite encapsulated in launch vehicle fairing

Posted December 19, 2014 by

The third Mobile User Objective System satellite built by Lockheed Martin for the U.S. Navy was encapsulated into its payload fairing Dec. 18. It is scheduled to launch Jan. 20 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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NASA, space station partners announce future mission crew members

Posted February 9, 2015 by

Photographs courtesy of NASA/ESA/JAXA (Top left to bottom right) Expedition 48: Jeff Williams, NASA, Alexey Ovchinin, Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), and Oleg Skripochka, Roscosmos. Expedition 48/49: Kate Rubins, NASA, Anatoly Ivanishin, Roscosmos, and Takuya Onishi, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Expedition 49/50: Shane Kimbrough, NASA, Andrey Borisenko, Roscosmos, and Sergey Ryzhikov, Roscosmos. Expedition 50:…

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Orion parachute testing conducted at AEDC NFAC facility

Posted March 30, 2015 by Deidre Ortiz

Arnold Engineering Development Complex engineers at the National Full Scale Aerodynamics Complex assisted in recent testing of sub-scale parachutes for the next mission of the Orion spacecraft, Exploration Mission-1.

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Orion test lab mockup for next flight finished

Posted May 15, 2015 by Lockheed Martin photograph

The construction of an Orion crew module and crew module adapter full-scale mockup has been completed at the Lockheed Martin Littleton, Colo., facility. This mockup was transferred to the Orion Test Lab May 13, 2015 where engineers will configure it with the exact harnessing, electrical power, sensors, avionics and flight software needed to support Exploration…

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All systems go for NASA’s mission to Jupiter moon Europa

Posted June 19, 2015 by

Beyond Earth, Jupiter’s moon Europa is considered one of the most promising places in the solar system to search for signs of present-day life, and a new NASA mission to explore this potential is moving forward from concept review to development. NASA’s mission concept — to conduct a detailed survey of Europa and investigate its…

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NASA begins to build satellite mission to improve hurricane forecasting

Posted August 19, 2015 by

SwRI photograph Engineers begin construction of the first of eight microsatellites for NASAís Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas. Communication antennas, attitude control, GPS receiver, and other instrumentation will be installed on the satellite frame in the coming weeks. Ten years after Hurricane Katrina formed in the…

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NASA releases new Open Government Plan

Posted April 13, 2012 by

NASA April 9 released version 2.0 of its Open Government Plan, which includes a flagship initiative to build a new web architecture and a renewed focus on open data sharing, open source development and a variety of technology acceleration efforts. The plan also features a directory of more than 100 participatory, collaborative and transparent projects,…

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Space Command TacSat 3 burns up in atmosphere

Posted May 1, 2012 by

May 1 marked the end of Air Force Space Command’s Tactical Satellite 3 after it de-orbited into and burned up in the Earth’s atmosphere. TacSat-3, which had exceeded its expected lifespan by 20 months, was originally designed and launched as a one-year experimental satellite May 19, 2009. Although not designed as an operational asset, due…

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NASA Goddard delivers magnetometers for NASA’s next mission To Mars

Posted May 23, 2012 by

Magnetometers built by scientists and engineers at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. for NASA’s Mars Atmosphere And Volatile EvolutioN mission have been delivered to the University of California at Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory for integration into the Particles and Field Package. “The team worked hard and completed delivery of the magnetometers on…

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NASA’s Fermi detects highest-energy light from a solar flare

Posted June 12, 2012 by

During a powerful solar blast on March 7, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope detected the highest-energy light ever associated with an eruption on the sun. The discovery heralds Fermi's new role...

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