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Lockheed Martin powers on first GOES-R weather satellite

Posted October 4, 2013 by

Lockheed Martin has powered on the system module of the GOES-R satellite for the first time. The Geostationary Operational Environmental SatelliteñR series (GOES-R) is NOAAs next geostationary weather satellite. Power-on of the spacecrafts avionics and major electronic subsystems is a key milestone to delivery of the first satellite. The system module of the A2100-based satellite…

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NASA tests space launch system autopilot technology on F/A-18 jet

Posted November 20, 2013 by

NASA has completed the first tests with an F/A-18 research jet to evaluate the autonomous flight control system for the agency’s Space Launch System rocket. The system, called the Adaptive Augmenting Controller, will allow SLS to respond to vehicle and environmental variations such as winds or vehicle flexibility after it blasts off the launch pad…

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NASA Chief Engineer Michael Ryschkewitsch to Lead Space Programs at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Posted December 16, 2013 by

Dr. Michael Ryschkewitsch, currently chief engineer at NASA, has been selected to lead the Space Sector at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., starting in January. Ryschkewitsch, a highly regarded expert within the space science and engineering community, is presently responsible for the technical readiness of all NASA programs. He previously served…

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NASA launches third generation communications satellite

Posted January 24, 2014 by

NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite L (TDRS-L), the 12th spacecraft in the agency’s TDRS Project, is safely in orbit after launching at 9:33 p.m., EST, Jan. 23 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Ground controllers report the satellite – part of a network providing…

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Trimble launches new airborne LiDAR systems

Posted February 19, 2014 by

Trimble has announced two new additions to its airborne LiDAR portfolio. The TrimbleÆ AX60i and AX80 are highly capable, versatile systems that meet the demands of aerial survey operators for corridor and wide area mapping projects. The new airborne systems, together with flight planning and analysis software tools, have been designed to provide rapid and…

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New crew launches to space station to continue scientific research

Posted March 26, 2014 by

NASA photograph by Joel Kowsky The Soyuz TMA-12M rocket launches from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 (local time) carrying Expedition 39 Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, Flight Engineer Steven Swanson of NASA, and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos to the International Space Station. Three…

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NASA selects commercial crew program manager

Posted April 21, 2014 by

NASA has selected Kathy Lueders as program manager for the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. Lueders, who has served as acting program manager since October 2013, will help keep the nation’s space program on course to launch astronauts from American soil by 2017 aboard spacecraft built by American companies. “This is a particularly critical time for…

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Three Northrop Grumman-built spacecraft mark on orbit anniversaries in 2014

Posted May 21, 2014 by

Two scientific spacecraft and a military communications payload produced by Northrop Grumman are observing major on orbit anniversaries this year as they continue to perform for many additional years beyond their design lives.

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AEHF-3 protected communications payload, built by Northrop Grumman, completes on orbit testing ahead of schedule

Posted June 25, 2014 by

REDONDO BEACH, Calif.†- The protected communications payload built by Northrop Grumman for the U.S. Air Force’s third Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite has completed on orbit testing ahead of schedule without any discrepancies, matching the high performance levels of others the company has provided. Launched Sept. 18, 2013, aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V…

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Hubble finds three surprisingly dry exoplanets

Posted July 25, 2014 by

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have gone looking for water vapor in the atmospheres of three planets orbiting stars similar to the sun - and have come up nearly dry.

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