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Tenth parachute test for NASA’s Orion adds 10,000 feet of success

Posted July 24, 2013 by

A complicated, high-altitude test July 24 demonstrated NASA’s new Orion spacecraft could land safely even if one of its parachutes failed. The 10th in a series of evaluations to check out the Orion multipurpose crew vehicle’s parachute system dropped the test capsule from a C-17 aircraft at its highest altitude yet, 35,000 feet above the…

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JPL, Masten testing spacecraft precision landing software

Posted August 14, 2013 by

Masten photograph Masten Space Systems’ Xombie technology demonstrator ascends from its pad at the Mojave Air and Space Port on a recent test launch for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft inspired millions of people worldwide a year ago when its unprecedented “sky crane” landing system successfully landed the Curiosity rover in…

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Orbital rolls out Antares rocket to Wallops launch pad for COTS demo mission to ISS

Posted September 16, 2013 by

Sept. 13, Orbital Sciences Corporation rolled out its Antares™ rocket that will launch the company’s first Cygnus™ spacecraft to the International Space Station for its demonstration mission under the Commercial Orbital Transportations Services joint development program with NASA.

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Spaceport Colorado, Swiss Space Systems sign memorandum of understanding

Posted October 9, 2013 by

Spaceport Colorado Oct. 8 announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Swiss Space Systems, an aerospace company that designs and engineers suborbital launch systems, formalizing a collaborative relationship and advancing the spaceport’s long-term development and licensing plans. S3 is a Swiss-headquartered company now developing its presence in the United States to serve the…

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Lockheed Martin-built MAVEN launches to Mars

Posted November 20, 2013 by

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN spacecraft, built by Lockheed Martin, was successfully launched today at 1:28 p.m, EST, Nov. 18 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V-401 rocket. The spacecraft has departed Earth and is now on its way to Mars, where it will study the planet’s…

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NASA rover results include first age measurement on Mars, help for human exploration

Posted December 16, 2013 by

NASA’s Curiosity rover is providing vital insight about Mars’ past and current environments that will aid plans for future robotic and human missions. In a little more than a year on the Red Planet, the mobile Mars Science Laboratory has determined the age of a Martian rock, found evidence the planet could have sustained microbial…

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NASA offers space tech grants to early career university faculty

Posted January 24, 2014 by

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking proposals from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of outstanding early career faculty members who are beginning their independent careers. The grants will sponsor research in specific, high priority areas of interest to America’s space program. Aligned with NASA’s Space Technology Roadmaps and priorities identified by the National Research…

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Saabs Carl-Gustaf man-portable weapon system selected as standard issue for U.S. Army

Posted February 21, 2014 by

Defense and security company Saab’s man-portable weapon system Carl-Gustaf has been chosen by the U.S. Department of the Army to be a Program of Record within the U.S. Army. This means that the world leading shoulder fired weapon system, with a long service record with the U.S. Special Operations Forces, will now become standard issue…

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First images available from NASA-JAXA global rain, snowfall satellite

Posted March 26, 2014 by

NASA/JAXA image NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have released the first images captured by their newest Earth-observing satellite, the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, which launched into space Feb. 27. The images show precipitation falling inside a March 10 cyclone over the northwest Pacific Ocean, approximately 1,000 miles east of Japan….

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Second series of CASIS-sponsored research payloads launch to ISS

Posted April 21, 2014 by tomlear

The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space is proud to announce several sponsored research payloads have launched to the International Space Station onboard the Space Exploration Technology Corporation’s Dragon cargo capsule. This marks the second series of investigations headed to the station that are sponsored by CASIS, the nonprofit responsible for managing research…

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