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NASA selects small businesses for innovative research, technology projects

Posted April 26, 2013 by

NASA has selected 44 additional proposals from 42 small high-technology companies to enter into negotiations for Phase 2 contract awards through the agency’s Small Business Innovation Research Program. Valued at about $30.7 million, these selections complement 39 Phase 2 proposals announced in November. “These additional Phase 2 SBIR selections continue the successful legacy of the…

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ATK Technologies support launch of ULA’s Delta IV rocket carrying WGS-5

Posted May 29, 2013 by

ATK propulsion and composite technologies supported the May 24 successful launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket from Space Launch Complex 37B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. This rocket carried the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-5) into orbit for the U.S. Air Force. WGS-5 is the fifth satellite delivered by prime contractor…

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NASA selects student teams for microgravity research flights

Posted June 26, 2013 by

NASA has selected 14 undergraduate student teams from minority serving institutions across the United States to test science experiments under microgravity conditions. The teams will fly Nov. 1-8, as part of a collaborative effort between the agency’s Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) and the Reduced Gravity Education Flight Project. The teams design and…

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NASA sees enthusiastic response to asteroid call for ideas

Posted July 26, 2013 by

NASA has received more than 400 responses to its request for information on the agency’s asteroid initiative, Deputy Administrator Lori Garver announced July 26. “Under our plan, we’re increasing the identification, tracking and exploration of asteroids, and the response to this initiative has been gratifying,” said Garver, speaking at the Space Frontier Foundation’s NewSpace 2013…

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Boeing communications relay satellites complete space, Earthly testing

Posted August 21, 2013 by

Two Boeing Tracking and Data Relay Satellites have completed testing milestones – one in space and the other on Earth – marking more progress in enhancing the tracking and communications network used by NASA and its customers.

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NASA Curiosity rover detects no methane on Mars

Posted September 20, 2013 by

Data from NASA’s Curiosity rover has revealed the Martian environment lacks methane. This is a surprise to researchers because previous data reported by U.S. and international scientists indicated positive detections. The roving laboratory performed extensive tests to search for traces of Martian methane. Whether the Martian atmosphere contains traces of the gas has been a…

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NASA partner SpaceX completes review of 2014 commercial crew abort test

Posted October 25, 2013 by

In preparation for a summer 2014 test, NASA partner Space Exploration Technologies recently laid out its plan to demonstrate the Dragon spacecraft's ability to carry astronauts to safety in the event of an in-flight emergency.

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NASA delivers precipitation satellite to Japan for 2014 launch

Posted November 25, 2013 by

JAXA photograph A U.S. Air Force C-5 transport aircraft carrying the Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory landed at Kitakyushu Airport in Japan at approximately 10:30 p.m., EST, Nov. 23. An international satellite that will set a new standard for global precipitation measurements from space has completed a 7,300-mile journey from the United States to Japan,…

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NASA engineers crush fuel tank to build better rockets

Posted December 18, 2013 by

NASA photograph by Fred Deaton NASA engineers buckled an aluminum-lithium cylinder similar in size to fuel tanks for the largest rockets ever built. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUjpVBktTAI&feature=player_embedded NASA completed a series of high-tech can-crushing tests last week as an enormous fuel tank crumbled under the pressure of almost a million pounds of force, all in the name of…

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NASA instruments on European comet spacecraft begin activation countdown

Posted January 27, 2014 by

Three NASA science instruments are being prepared for check-out operations aboard the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft, which is set to become the first to orbit a comet and land a probe on its nucleus in November. Rosetta was reactivated Jan. 20 after a record 957 days in hibernation. U.S. mission managers are scheduled to…

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