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Boeing, NASA sign agreement on mission support for CST-100

Posted April 22, 2012 by

Boeing has signed an agreement with NASA’s Mission Operations Directorate at Johnson Space Center, Texas, to collaborate on mission planning, training and flight operations for the company’s Commercial Space Transportation-100 spacecraft. Under the new arrangement, which Boeing negotiated under its current Phase 2 NASA Space Act Agreement for Commercial Crew Development, Boeing will begin discussions…

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NASA mission wants amateur astronomers to target asteroids

Posted April 19, 2012 by

A new NASA outreach project will enlist the help of amateur astronomers to discover near-Earth objects and study their characteristics. NEOs are asteroids with orbits that occasionally bring them close to the Earth. Starting April 18, a new citizen science project called “Target Asteroids!” will support NASA’s Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security – Regolith…

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SpaceX plans its own launch site in Texas

Posted April 19, 2012 by by Raphael Jaffe

SpaceX announced last November that it was considering sites in Alaska, California, Florida, Texas and Virginia to build its own launch site. April 10, the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation announced it will prepare an environmental impact statement for a SpaceX commercial launch complex…

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NASA awards Loral contract for laser comm payload flight

Posted April 19, 2012 by

NASA’s Space Technology Program has awarded Space System/Loral of Palo Alto, Calif., a $3 million contract to initiate the process of hosting a space laser communications relay demonstration terminal payload aboard a Loral commercial satellite, which launches in 2016. The agreement marks the first time NASA has contracted to fly a payload on an American-manufactured…

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NASA awards aircraft maintenance, operations support contract

Posted April 19, 2012 by

NASA has selected DynCorp International LLC of Fort Worth, Texas, to provide aircraft maintenance and operational support services under a contract potentially worth $176.9 million. DynCorp will perform the work at Ellington Field at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston; NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.; NASA facilities in El Paso, Texas, and Edwards…

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Discovery flies for last time, ends chapter in aerospace history

Posted April 18, 2012 by by A1C Alexander W. Riedel

After almost 27 years and 39 flights in Earth’s orbit, the space shuttle Discovery arrived at Dulles Airport in Washington, D.C., April 17 on its...

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NASA continues Orion parachute testing for future test flight

Posted April 18, 2012 by

NASA April 17 successfully conducted a drop test of the Orion crew vehicle’s entry, descent and landing parachutes high above the Arizona desert in preparation for the vehicle’s orbital flight test, Exploration Flight Test -1, in 2014. Orion will carry astronauts deeper into space than ever before, provide emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during…

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Northrop Grumman’s key spacecraft structure for Webb telescope passes design review

Posted April 18, 2012 by

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope continues to move ahead rapidly, with Northrop Grumman completing engineering design of the structure that supports the sunshield and keeps it aligned. The sunshield support structure has passed its Critical Design Review and is now ready to be manufactured. The structure will hold the sunshield in…

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Aerojet delivers 50th flight-ready solid rocket booster to ULA

Posted April 18, 2012 by

Aerojet has delivered the 50th Solid Rocket Booster to United Launch Alliance in support of the Atlas V launch vehicle. Aerojet is a GenCorp company. The 50th-delivered SRB, along with two additional boosters, is scheduled to help launch a future mission in 2013. Aerojet won the Atlas V SRB contract…

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NASA/SpaceX launch, mission to space station slated

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Following the completion of NASA’s flight readiness review, the second SpaceX demonstration launch for NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program is scheduled for April 30. A Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon capsule will liftoff from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. There is a single instantaneous launch…

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