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Lockheed Martin-built VINASAT-2 begins service

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The VINASAT-2 telecommunications satellite, designed and built by Lockheed Martin for the Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group of Vietnam, is now ready for service following successful on-orbit deployment and checkout of all spacecraft systems. “VINASAT-2 will join VINASAT-1 to form a satellite network, helping to improve the business capabilities, safety and reliability of the Vietnam…

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NASA signs agreement with Craig Technologies for Kennedy’s unique equipment

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NASA has signed a new partnership with Craig Technologies of Melbourne, Fla., to maintain an inventory of unique processing and manufacturing equipment for future mission support at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Under a five-year, non-reimbursable Space Act Agreement, NASA will loan 1,600 pieces of equipment to Craig Technologies. The equipment supported Space…

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Scaled, Sierra Nevada pick up SpaceShipTwo test pace

Posted July 5, 2012 by by Raphael Jaffe

June 26, Scaled performed its 17th glide test of SpaceShipTwo. On the same day, Sierra Nevada Corp. performed a full duration firing test of RocketMotorTwo. And on June 29, Scaled did the glide flight 18 test. The three tests achieved all objectives. The test log for glide tests 17 and 18 shows the objectives were…

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NASA astronaut Stephen K. Robinson leaves agency

Posted July 3, 2012 by

NASA astronaut Stephen Robinson has left the space agency. Robinson ends his 36-year NASA career as a veteran of three spacewalks with more than 48 days of spaceflight experience. Robinson will become a professor at the University of California at Davis in the fall of 2012. His last day at NASA was June 30. Robinson…

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NASA announces event for social media followers at RBSP launch

Posted July 3, 2012 by

NASA invites its social media followers to a two-day NASA Social Aug. 22-23, at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the launch of NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probes mission. NASA Socials are in-person meetings with people who engage with the agency through Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other social networks. This event is expected…

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NASA Space Tech program selects technologies for development, demonstration on suborbital flights

Posted July 2, 2012 by

NASA’S Space Technology Program has selected 14 technologies for development and demonstration on commercial reusable suborbital launch vehicles. The selected proposals offer innovative cutting-edge ideas and approaches for technology in areas including active thermal management, advanced avionics, pinpoint landing and advanced in-space propulsion. They also address many of the high-priority technology needs identified in the…

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Trio from ISS land safely in Kazakhstan

Posted July 2, 2012 by

Three members of the Expedition 31 crew undocked from the International Space Station and returned safely to Earth Sunday, July 1, wrapping up a mission that lasted six-and-a-half months. Russian Commander Oleg Kononenko…

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ULA upgraded Delta IV successfully launches second payload in nine days

Posted July 2, 2012 by

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office lifted off from Space Launch Complex-37, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., at 9:15 a.m…

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NASA’s Orion arrives at Kennedy, work underway for first launch

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More than 450 guests at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida welcomed the arrival of the agency’s first space-bound Orion spacecraft July 2, marking a major milestone in the construction of the vehicle that will carry astronauts farther into space than ever before. “Orion’s arrival at Kennedy is an important step in meeting the president’s…

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ATK signs teaming agreement for Liberty Transportation Service

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ATK and Astrium North America have signed a teaming agreement with NanoRacks, LLC, for NanoRacks to market opportunities for both astronaut explorers and the experiments they plan to carry into space on board the Liberty Transportation Service. “NanoRacks is a world leader in understanding the emerging commercial market for low Earth orbit utilization,” said Kent…

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