Posts Tagged ‘ space ’

NASA, Boeing ink $2.8 billion deal to develop SLS rocket for deep space mission

July 7, 2014
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Tech Times    

"Boeing and NASA have announced a new $2.8 billion contract, directing the aerospace giant to build the main segment of the coming Space Launch System (SLS). The SLS will be the most powerful rocket ever built, and the booster will often be paired with the Orion space capsule. This combination will be the next step for NASA, as they rebuild the capability for astronauts to reach space from American soil. A heavy-lift vehicle, the SLS will be capable of putting payloads -- both robotic and human -- into deep space." (07/07/14)

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NASA launches carbon-tracking satellite

July 2, 2014
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Discovery    

"A long-awaited NASA satellite to make the first precise, global measurements of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere reached orbit on Wednesday, setting the stage for a more detailed understanding of the planet’s changing climate -- and if any mitigation efforts are working. We hear the two terms used all the time, often interchangeably. Trace breaks down the meaning of the terms and how we perceive each of them.
The satellite, called Orbiting Carbon Observatory, or OCO, blasted off atop a Delta 2 rocket from a fog-shrouded Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 2:56 a.m. PDT/5:56 a.m. EDT." (07/02/14)

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Elon Musk promises SpaceX will stay the course for Mars

June 18, 2014
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NBC News    

"Even with NASA and Mars on SpaceX's horizon, serial entrepreneur Elon Musk says he plans to stay put at electric carmaker Tesla. ... As his other venture, SpaceX, vies against established players such as Boeing for a big NASA contract, Musk said his firm will just keep going, even if the contract falls through. ... For now, he says the company is focused on creating technology that with enable large groups of people to travel to Mars." (06/17/14)

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NASA cameras capture huge solar flares

June 10, 2014
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CNN    

"NASA cameras captured images of what the agency is calling at least two 'significant' solar flares. The first one peaked at 7:42 a.m. ET Tuesday, followed by a second, lesser blast at 8:52 a.m. ET. The short-lived explosions were expected to disrupt high-frequency radio communications on Earth, although NASA scientists said they pose no threat to humans. Even with all its power, the sun doesn't have enough energy to hurl a fireball 93 million miles at the Earth. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation that send gases, plasma and other matter into the solar system. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere to affect humans, but when intense enough, the explosions can disturb GPS and communications signals, NASA said." (06/10/14)

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Lockheed wins $914 million government contract to track space junk

June 5, 2014
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Washington Technology    

"Lockheed Martin has won the $914 million Space Fence contract to improve the way the Air Force tracks debris and other objects in space by providing the service with two S-Band phased array radars. Under the contract, Lockheed will provide its Space Fence solution, which is a ground-based radar system that has improved surveillance coverage, enabling it to better protect space assets against crashes, the company said in a release." (06/04/14)

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NRC human spaceflight report says NASA strategy can’t get humans to Mars

June 5, 2014
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Washington Post    

"A sweeping review of NASA’s human spaceflight program has concluded that the agency has an unsustainable and unsafe strategy that will prevent the U.S. from achieving a human landing on Mars in the foreseeable future. The 286-page National Research Council report, the culmination of an 18-month, $3.2 million investigation mandated by Congress, says that to continue on the present course under budgets that don’t keep pace with inflation 'is to invite failure, disillusionment, and the loss of the longstanding international perception that human spaceflight is something the United States does best.'" (06/04/14)

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Crowdfunded team wants to revive NASA space probe

May 22, 2014
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NBC News    

"A 36-year-old spacecraft that NASA once thought might be returned from space and put into the Smithsonian may instead soon resume its original mission thanks to the efforts of a private group. ... On Wednesday, NASA announced it had signed an agreement with Skycorp, Inc. of Los Gatos, California, to allow the company and its partners Spaceref Interactive and the Space College Foundation to attempt to contact, and possibly command and control, the all-but-abandoned spacecraft." (05/22/14)

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Space: The long arm of the law really isn’t that long

May 22, 2014
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Thomas L. Knapp Center for a Stateless Society
by Thomas L. Knapp  

"'[T]here is enough wiggle-room in the language of the treaty that spacefaring nations can sign memoranda of understanding with each other to allow specific commercial activities,' writes Koebler. But there’s a lot more wiggle room in space itself to get away from nation-state memoranda and corporate 'human resource' policies. ... the instant those off-world habitations are self-sufficient -- that is, once they are capable of providing their own shelter, air and air pressure, food and water without depending on the long and tenuous tether to Earth -- odds are they will begin to feel limited (at MOST) obligations to their previous nation-states or corporate bosses and will start doing ... well, whatever they damn well please." (05/21/14)

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SpaceX Dragon returns to Earth from International Space Station

May 18, 2014
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"The commercial cargo ship Dragon returned to Earth from the International Space Station on Sunday, bringing back nearly 2 tons of science experiments and old equipment for NASA. SpaceX's Dragon splashed into the Pacific, just five hours after leaving the orbiting lab." (05/18/14)

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Russia loses $275 million satellite in latest rocket failure

May 16, 2014
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Chicago Tribune    

"A Russian rocket carrying a $275 million telecommunications satellite failed and burned up shortly after launch on Friday, the latest in a series of setbacks for Russia's once-pioneering space industry. It was the second failure for Russia's workhorse Proton-M rocket in less than a year, and the second time that it had failed to deliver a European satellite intended to provide advanced telecoms and Internet access to remote parts of Russia, after the last one crashed shortly after launch in 2011." (05/16/14)

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US judge lifts temporary ban on Russian rocket buys

May 11, 2014
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Space.com    

"A U.S. federal judge on Thursday (May 8) lifted an injunction that temporarily barred the U.S. Air Force and United Launch Alliance from buying Russian-made rocket engines for launching launch national security missions that had been issued out of concern that the purchases violated sanctions against Russian leaders. In issuing the temporary injunction April 30, Judge Susan Braden of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims cited the possibility that money from the transactions could wind up in the hands of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who oversees Russia’s space industry. Rogozin is one of 11 senior Russian officials sanctioned by the U.S. government following Russia’s incursions into Ukraine." (05/08/14)

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Solar siblings? Astronomers discover sun’s long-lost brother

May 11, 2014
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Fox News    

"It turns out that the sun has a long-lost brother -- and now astronomers are racing to map a solar family tree. ... The finding, which will be published next month in The Astrophysical Journal, identifies a star that was almost certainly born from the same cloud of gas and dust as the sun. Located 110 light years away in the constellation Hercules, the star, called HD 162826, is 15 percent more massive than our sun, and can be seen with low-power binoculars." (05/10/14)

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Court blocks US plan to buy Russian rocket engines

May 1, 2014
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Business Standard [India]    

"A US court has blocked a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Boeing from buying Russian-made rocket engines, after private rocket operator SpaceX filed a lawsuit protesting the contract. The preliminary injunction against the deal between the US Air Force and United Launch Systems was issued late Wednesday by Judge Susan Braden of the US Court of Federal Claims. ... SpaceX on April 28 filed a legal protest against the contract, which guaranteed the purchase of 36 rocket cores from ULA to be used in national security launches, on the basis that it was struck without any competition from other companies. The deal was part of the Air Force's Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Program, which is the fourth largest program in the defense budget at a cost of USD 70 billion, according to court documents." (05/01/14)

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Arianespace launches satellite for Kazakhstan

April 30, 2014
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Dallas Morning News    

"The Arianespace consortium has successfully launched a rocket that lofted an Earth observation satellite for the Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan. The satellite was carried into orbit by a Vega rocket late Tuesday from the consortium's spaceport in French Guiana in South America. The rocket's flight lasted 55 minutes." (04/30/14)

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SpaceX to sue Pentagon over satellite launch monopoly

April 27, 2014
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Sydney Morning Herald [Australia]    

"Billionaire tech investor Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies plans to sue the US Air Force, saying it should be allowed to compete in a satellite-launch market monopolised by the two biggest defence contractors. ... Mr Musk's company, known as SpaceX, is trying to break the Lockheed Martin-Boeing joint venture's lock on military satellite launches, which have an estimated value of $US70 billion through to 2030." (04/27/14)

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SpaceX supply capsule berths at space station

April 22, 2014
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Yahoo! News    

"The unmanned Dragon capsule from the private US firm SpaceX successfully berthed at the International Space Station Sunday on its third trip carrying supplies and equipment to the orbiting lab. NASA television broadcast live images of the crew inside the ISS as the capsule was installed on the Earth-facing port of the Harmony module, a US-built utility hub, at 1406 GMT. It said the capsule, which berthed with the help of a long robotic arm, took place 260 miles (418 kilometers) above Brazil." (04/20/14)

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Traveling three times faster than a bullet, LADEE slams into the moon

April 20, 2014
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The Space Reporter    

"Show’s over, folks. The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) slammed into the moon between 9:30 and 10:22 pm PDT on Thursday, Apr. 17. Due to an insufficient quantity of fuel to maintain a long-term lunar orbit, NASA was forced to let LADEE’s orbit naturally decay following the spacecraft’s final low-altitude science phase. ... scientists hope that LADEE data can help them determine whether moon dust was responsible for the pre-sunrise glow observed above the lunar horizon during several Apollo missions." (04/20/14)

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SpaceX to deliver lettuce, robot legs to space station

April 14, 2014
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Christian Science Monitor    

"A cargo mission carrying about 2.5 tons of resupply items including a robotic astronaut's legs, microbes gathered by cheerleaders, and lettuce seedlings is scheduled to lift off Monday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. SpaceX, a private spaceflight company founded by billionaire Elon Musk, is expected to launch Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon capsule containing all the supplies at 4:58 p.m. EDT Monday." (04/14/14)

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FL: Atlas V rocket launches spy satellite into orbit

April 10, 2014
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My News 13    

"An Atlas V rocket launched Thursday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on a classified mission for the National Reconnaissance Office. The unmanned rocket blasted off from Launch Complex 41 at 1:45 p.m. with a classified spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office. No details about the classified satellite were divulged, other than that it's intended for national security." (04/10/14)

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Russian rocket blasts off to space station

March 26, 2014
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ABC News    

"A rocket carrying a Russian-American crew to the International Space Station has blasted off successfully from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. ... The crew -- NASA astronaut Steve Swanson and Russians Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev -- are set to dock the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft at the station less than six hours after the launch and are scheduled to stay in orbit for six months." (03/25/14)

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NASA seeks proposals on Asteroid Redirect Mission concepts development

March 25, 2014
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Space Daily    

"In support of NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission -- a key part of the agency's stepping stone path to send humans to Mars - agency officials are seeking proposals for studies on advanced technology development. Through a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA), released Friday, NASA hopes to solicit proposals for concept studies in areas including asteroid capture systems, rendezvous sensors, adapting commercial spacecraft for the Asteroid Redirect Mission and feasibility studies of potential future partnership opportunities for secondary payloads and the crewed mission." (03/25/14)

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Robotic Russian cargo ship docks with space station after express flight

February 5, 2014
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Space.com    

"An unmanned Russian cargo spacecraft docked with the International Space Station today (Feb. 5) to deliver supplies to the crewmembers manning the space laboratory after a quick trip through space. The Russian Progress 54 vehicle docked to the station as both flew 261 miles (420 kilometers) above the Atlantic Ocean at 5:22 p.m. EST (2222 GMT). The spacecraft docked about six hours after launching atop Russia's Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Robotic Progress ships have done these accelerated station runs since 2012." (02/05/14)

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Phone home! European Space Agency hopes for sign of life from comet-chasing spacecraft Rosetta

January 20, 2014
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Newser    

"Europe's Rosetta probe is due to wake up from years of hibernation Monday, but scientists face an agonizing wait of several hours until the first signal reaches Earth and they can celebrate a new milestone in their unprecedented mission to land a spacecraft on a comet. Dormant systems on the unmanned spacecraft were scheduled to switch back on at 11 a.m. (1000 GMT; 5 a.m. EST) in preparation for the final stage of its decade-long mission to rendezvous with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. ... The agency says the earliest it might receive the probe's all-clear call is about 6.30 p.m. (1730 GMT; 12:30 p.m. EST). If no signal is received by Tuesday, scientists will try to manually restart the probe from the ground." (01/20/14)

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Virgin Galactic spacecraft reaches record heights as it soars to 71,000 feet

January 12, 2014
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The Daily Mirror [UK]    

"Virgin Galactic have brought commercial space travel one step closer to a reality following a third successful flight of their revolutionary SpaceShipTwo aircraft. Reaching record heights of 71,000 feet, the flight path took SpaceShipTwo soaring over the Mojave Desert in California, before it made a safe re-entry after ten minutes of solo flight." (01/12/14)

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Orbital Sciences launches rocket to space station after solar scare

January 9, 2014
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Fox News    

"Orbital Sciences Corp. launched its unmanned Antares cargo rocket to the International Space Station Wednesday, following a delay after a massive explosion on the sun led to fears of radiation. The rocket was lofted into a brilliant blue sky from Wallops Island, Va., at 1:07 p.m. Thursday. On board is a capsule full of supplies for the International Space Station, as well as some ants for an educational project." (01/09/14)

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