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October 24, 2014
Descent Data May Help With Future Mars Landings
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 21, 2014
NASA successfully captured thermal images of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on its descent after it launched in September from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The data from these thermal images may provide critical engineering information for future missions to the surface of Mars. "Because the technologies required to land large payloads on Mars are significantly different than those used here on Earth, investment in these technologies is critical," said Robert Braun, principal investigato ... read more

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NASA's Space Power Facility Getting Ready to Shake Orion Up
What does it feel like to sit on top of a rocket with 8.6 million pounds of thrust? A table in Sandusky, Ohio, could give you a taste. The 22-foot-wide, 55,000-pound vibration-simulating table was d ... more
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NASA's Orion Spacecraft, Rocket Move Closer to First Flight
NASA's new Orion spacecraft and the Delta IV Heavy rocket that will carry it into space are at their penultimate stops in Florida on their path to a December flight test. Orion was moved Sunda ... more
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NASA-Funded Rocket Has Six Minutes to Study Solar Heating
On Sept. 30, 2014, a sounding rocket will fly up into the sky - past Earth's atmosphere that obscures certain wavelengths of light from the sun - for a 15-minute journey to study what heats up the ... more
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Delta IV Booster Integration Another Step Toward First Orion Flight
Engineers took another step forward in preparations for the first test flight of NASA's new Orion spacecraft, in December. The three primary core elements of the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta I ... more
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Analyst: US to Finish Human Space Launcher by 2018 at Best
It will take the United States a long time to complete its project to launch spacecraft with American astronauts into orbit from US soil, following the country's refusal to use Russian Soyuz launche ... more
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Amazon founder strikes deal to build US rocket engines
The aerospace company Blue Origin has struck a deal to build a US-made rocket engine that aims to eliminate reliance on Russian engines for American satellite launches. ... more
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Boeing, SpaceX to send astronauts to space station
NASA awarded multi-billion-dollar contracts to Boeing and SpaceX on Tuesday to build America's next spacecraft for carrying astronauts to the International Space Station by 2017. ... more
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Space Launch System Will Use Massive Welding Tool
The largest spacecraft welding tool in the world, the Vertical Assembly Center officially is open for business at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The 170-foot-tall, 78-foot-wi ... more
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Europe readies 'space plane' for sub-orbital test flight
The European Space Agency on Tuesday put the final touches to its first-ever "space plane" before blasting it into sub-orbit for tests aimed at eventually paving the way to the continent's first space shuttle. ... more
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World's Largest Spacecraft Welding Tool for Space Launch System Completed
NASA's new Vertical Assembly Center (VAC), a 170-foot-high marvel of machinery that will be used to assemble elements of the agency's Space Launch System (SLS), now is complete and ready to weld par ... more
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Putin Approves Developing Super-Heavy Rockets With Up to 150-Ton Cargo Capacity
Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved the development of super-heavy rockets with a cargo capacity of up to 150 tons, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Tuesday. "I was ... more
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NASA Completes Battery of Tests on Composite Cryotank
NASA has completed a complex series of tests on one of the largest composite cryogenic fuel tanks ever manufactured, bringing the aerospace industry much closer to designing, building, and flying li ... more
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Sparks Fly as NASA Pushes the Limits of 3-D Printing Technology
NASA has successfully tested the most complex rocket engine parts ever designed by the agency and printed with additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, on a test stand at NASA's Marshall Space Fligh ... more
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NASA Wrapping Up Acoustic Testing for Space Launch System
Engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, are wrapping up acoustic testing on a 5-percent scale model of NASA's Space Launch System. The Aug.28 test, the 34th in the s ... more
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NASA deep-space rocket, SLS, to launch in 2018
The US space agency's powerful deep-space rocket, known as the Space Launch System (SLS), aims to blast off for the first time in 2018, NASA said Wednesday. ... more
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Russian Military plans switch to Soyuz, Angara launchers From 2016
The Russian Defense Ministry has decided to stop using the Rokot light rocket carrier from 2016 because of its reliance on imported parts and will switch to the Soyuz and Angara carriers, Aerospace ... more
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NASA Completes Review of Powerful New Rocket
NASA officials Wednesday announced they have completed a rigorous review of the Space Launch System (SLS) - the heavy-lift, exploration class rocket under development to take humans beyond Earth or ... more
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NASA Engineers Begin Testing for SLS Liquid Oxygen Feed System
Let's be honest - geysers are really cool. You've got an eruption of water and vapor that can burst to heights of 185 feet. What's not to like about that? When building propellant tanks for t ... more
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Ride Shotgun With NASA Saucer As It Flies to Near Space
NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project successfully flew a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle into near-space in late June from the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facili ... more
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'Impossible' engine may actually work, NASA engineers suggest
The laws of classical physics require a rocket's thrusters to push against something, creating acceleration by expelling matter (burned fuel) in the opposite direction. ... more
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Federal auditors say NASA doesn't have funds for big rocket
One of NASA's headlining programs is the Space Launch System, a giant rocket program aimed at eventually delivering astronauts to the moon, Mars, asteroids and the deep space beyond. The space agency signed a long-term deal with Boeing earlier this summer to continue work on the mission. ... more
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World's Largest Spacecraft Welding Tool Will Build Core Stage of NASA's Space Launch System
A 170-foot powerhouse - the Vertical Assembly Center (VAC) - is near completion and will soon be ready to build the core stage of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS). SLS will be the most powerful ro ... more
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Aerojet Rocketdyne Tests 1 Newton Thruster for Green Propellant Infusion Mission
Aerojet Rocketdyne has successfully completed a hot-fire test on its flight-representative 1 Newton (1N) thruster at our specially designated green propellant facility in Redmond, Washington. ... more
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Sierra Nevada Contacts All Six On-Orbit ORBCOMM Generation 2 Satellites
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has commenced the on-orbit checkout phase for six ORBCOMM Generation 2 (OG2) satellites, establishing communication with each satellite as planned. The satellit ... more
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