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NASA’s Chandra sees eclipsing planet in s-rays for first time

Posted July 31, 2013 by

For the first time since exoplanets, or planets around stars other than the sun, were discovered almost 20 years ago, X-ray observations have detected an exoplanet passing in front of its parent star.

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NASA releases new imagery of asteroid mission

Posted August 23, 2013 by

NASA released Thursday new photos and video animations depicting the agency's planned mission to find, capture, redirect and study a near-Earth asteroid.

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NASA selects operations, maintenance services for West Virginia site

Posted September 23, 2013 by

NASA has selected West Virginia University Research Corporation of Morgantown, W.Va., to provide operations and maintenance services at the agencyĆ­s Independent Verification and Validation Facility in Fairmont, W.Va. The total value of this cost-no-fee, indefinite-delivery, indefinite -quantity contract is $40 million. The five-year performance period begins Sept. 30 and ends Sept. 29, 2018. WVURC will…

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Dream Chaser landing gear failure spoils first free flight test

Posted October 31, 2013 by Raphael Jaffe

The first glitch in a successful program to qualify the Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser as a Space Station crew taxi vehicle happened March 26. The Dream Chaser engineering test article was released from an Erickson Sky Crane helicopter at 12,500 feet. The unmanned prototype followed its automated flight programs perfectly, first diving at 50 degrees,…

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NASA iPad app shows Earth changing before your eyes

Posted December 4, 2013 by

NASA photograph by Bill Ingalls NASA Administrator Charles Bolden explores “Images of Change,” a NASA application that allows users to view “before and after” images of the impact of human activities, a changing climate and natural disasters on Earth, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at NASA Headquarters in Washington. The application is available free for iOS…

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U.S. Air Force selects Raytheon’s high-bandwidth satellite terminal for secure, protected communications

Posted December 28, 2013 by

Raytheon, the only provider of fielded Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite terminals that protect the military’s most sensitive information, was chosen by the U.S. Air Force under a $134,399,631 contract to develop a terminal that transmits emergency messages to aircrews during nuclear and non-nuclear missions. The Global Aircrew Strategic Network Terminal is part of the…

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Lockheed Martin MUOS satellite tests show extensive reach in polar communications capability

Posted January 31, 2014 by

  Lockheed Martin recently demonstrated that the U.S. Navy’s Mobile User Objective System satellites may help solve communication challenges in the arctic. Now people spread over thousands of square miles could have access to more secure, reliable communications. During company-funded tests, MUOS voice and data signals reached much farther north than previously thought, just 30…

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Air Force leaders share space budget rollout

Posted March 7, 2014 by Desiree N. Palacios

Space was the topic of discussion for Air Force leaders March 5, during on-going talks about the fiscal year 2015 budget at the Pentagon.

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NASA signs agreement with SpaceX for use of historic launch pad

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NASA Kennedy Space Center’s historic Launch Complex 39A, the site from which numerous Apollo and space shuttle missions began, is beginning a new mission as a commercial launch site. NASA signed a property agreement with Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, Calif., on Monday for use and occupancy of the seaside complex along Florida’s…

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ULA successfully launches second GPS satellite for the U.S. Air Force in less than three months

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A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket successfully launched the sixth Global Positioning System IIF-6 satellite for the U.S. Air Force at 8:03 p.m., EDT, May 16 from Space Launch Complex-37. This is ULA’s fifth launch in 2014, and the 82nd successful launch since the company was formed in December 2006. “ULA is honored to…

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