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Orion spacecraft complete: Spacecraft ready for integration with Delta IV

Posted November 3, 2014 by

NASA and Lockheed Martin have completed final assembly and testing of the Orion spacecraft.

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Ikhana to capture Orion splashdown for NASA TV

Posted December 3, 2014 by

NASA photograph by Tony Landis Preparing Ikhana for a long mission. Orion Splashdown Mission Ikhana, NASA’s remotely piloted, unmanned aircraft system, will be used Dec. 4 to capture video of the Orion crew module Exploration Flight Test 1 as the module descends through the atmosphere into the Pacific Ocean. The aircraft’s camera, mounted on the…

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Aerojet Rocketdyne Propulsion supports launch, flight of third MUOS satellite

Posted January 23, 2015 by

Aerojet Rocketdyne played a critical role in successfully placing the third of five planned Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-3) satellites, designed and built by Lockheed Martin, into orbit for the U.S. Navy. The mission was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, with five Aerojet…

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NASA spacecraft detects aurora, mysterious dust cloud around Mars

Posted March 18, 2015 by

University of Colorado image Artistís conception of MAVENís Imaging UltraViolet Spectrograph (IUVS) observing the ìChristmas Lights Aurora” on Mars. MAVEN observations show that aurora on Mars is similar to Earthís “Northern Lights” but has a different origin. NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft has observed two unexpected phenomena in the Martian atmosphere: an unexplained…

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NASA’s Twitter account receives Shorty Award

Posted March 27, 2012 by

NASA’s activities in social media were recognized March 26 in New York when the agency’s official Twitter feed, @NASA, received a Shorty Award for the best government use of social media. The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media across sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Foursquare and others. NASA’s nomination cited multiple…

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NASA Dawn spacecraft reveals secrets of giant asteroid Vesta

Posted April 25, 2012 by

Findings from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft reveal new details about the giant asteroid Vesta, including its varied surface composition, sharp temperature changes and clues to its internal structure. The findings were presented today at the European Geosciences Union meeting in Vienna, Austria and will help scientists better understand the early solar system and processes that dominated…

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Lockheed Martin orbits 100th, 101st commercial geo satellites with successful launch

Posted May 16, 2012 by

The 100th and 101st Lockheed Martin commercial geostationary communication satellites have been successfully placed in orbit May 15 after a dual launch aboard an Ariane 5-ECA launch vehicle from Kourou, French Guiana.

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Boeing, Raytheon, Harris to pursue GPS control segment sustainment contract

Posted June 5, 2012 by

Boeing is leading a U.S. industry team that includes Raytheon and Harris Corporation to pursue future development and sustainment work on the Air Force GPS Control Segment Sustainment contract. The control segment is the ground hardware and software that controls the space vehicles and their payloads. The GCSS contract will extend the current GPS Operational…

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NASA adds Orbital’s Antares to launch services II contract

Posted June 26, 2012 by

NASA has modified its NASA Launch Services II contract with Orbital Sciences Corporation of Dulles, Va., to add the Antares launch vehicle, formerly known as Taurus II, for future missions. The NLS II on-ramp provision provides an opportunity annually for launch service providers not presently under NLS II contract to compete for future missions, and…

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Sierra Nevada Corporation successfully completes Dream Chaser nose landing gear test

Posted July 13, 2012 by

Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems has successfully completed testing of the nose landing gear for the Dream Chaser® orbital crew vehicle. This milestone evaluated the impact forces experienced by the landing gear at the front of the vehicle, the nose, in order to ensure safe runway landing capability of the Dream Chaser during approach and…

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