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NASA selects five projects for 2015 X-Hab Academic Innovation Challenge

Posted June 11, 2014 by

NASA and the National Space Grant Foundation have selected five universities to design systems, concepts and technologies to enhance capabilities for deep space missions for the 2015 Exploration Habitat Academic Innovation Challenge. The selections are the first milestone in a yearlong design and development effort for these five projects. Throughout the 2014-2015 academic year, the…

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Lockheed Martin MUOS satellite enters final testing

Posted July 11, 2014 by

Lockheed Martin has successfully completed environmental testing of the U.S. Navy's third Mobile User Objective System satellite. It recently cleared thermal vacuum trials, which validate performance in simulated space conditions, and the satellite is now in final check out.

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NASA’s Hubble finds supernova star system linked to potential ‘Zombie Star’

Posted August 6, 2014 by

Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, a team of astronomers has spotted a star system that could have left behind a “zombie star” after an unusually weak supernova explosion.

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NASA announces 2014 aeronautics scholarship recipients

Posted September 15, 2014 by

NASA has selected 20 students from across the nation to receive the agency’s Aeronautics Scholarship for the 2014-2015 school year. This scholarship program, which is in its seventh year, is designed to assist undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in fields of study related to aeronautics. Recipients were selected from hundreds of applications to the program….

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NASA’s newest Mars mission spacecraft enters orbit around red planet

Posted September 22, 2014 by

NASA image This animation depicts NASAís Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft orbiting Mars. NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft successfully entered Mars’ orbit at 10:24 p.m., EDT, Sept. 21, where it now will prepare to study the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere as never done before. MAVEN is the first spacecraft dedicated to…

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NASA seeks ultra-lightweight materials to help enable journey to Mars

Posted October 24, 2014 by

NASA is seeking proposals to develop and manufacture ultra-lightweight materials for aerospace vehicles and structures of the future. Proposals will demonstrate lower-mass alternatives to honeycomb or foam cores currently used in composite sandwich structures. Composite sandwich structures are a special type of material made by attaching two thin skins to a lightweight core. This type…

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Ball Aerospace equips Orion mission with key avionics, antenna hardware

Posted November 24, 2014 by

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is providing the phased array antennas and flight test cameras to prime contractor Lockheed Martin for Orion's Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), which is an unmanned test flight scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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Boeing completes world’s first all-electric propulsion satellites

Posted January 9, 2015 by

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing has completed production of the world’s first all-electric propulsion satellites as preparations continue to launch the satellites, as a vertically stacked pair, next month. The Boeing 702SP (small platform) satellites are affordable and lightweight, and provide more options for movement to different orbital positions. The 702SP is one of three…

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NASA awards Mark IV, next generation Very Long Baseline Interferometry Systems contract

Posted March 11, 2015 by

NASA has awarded the Mark IV and the Next Generation Very Long Baseline Interferometry Systems contract to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass. This is a cost-no-fee completion-type contract, with a base value of $2,555,624 for the first year and four 1-year options totaling $11,888,458. The total value of the contract is $14,444,082. Under…

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NASA awards radiation challenge winners, launches next round

Posted April 17, 2015 by

NASA awarded $12,000 to five winners of a challenge to mitigate radiation exposure on deep space missions and launched a new follow-on challenge to identify innovative ways of protecting crews on the journey to Mars.

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