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November 20, 2014
3-D Printed Engine Parts Withstand Hot Fire Tests
Cleveland OH (SPX) Nov 14, 2014
Today's innovations in science and technology are being driven by new capabilities in additive manufacturing. Also known as 3-D printing, this approach is changing the speed, cost and flexibility of designing and building future machines for space and earth applications. NASA's Game Changing Development Program in the Space Technology and Mission Directorate has been actively funding research in 3-D printing and co-funded a recent groundbreaking test series with Aerojet Rocketdyne (AR) at NASA's G ... read more

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Orbital blames rocket engine failure for launchpad blast
Orbital Sciences Corporation said Wednesday a preliminary probe into last month's unmanned rocket blast shows an engine failure was to blame for the explosion shortly after liftoff from Wallops Island, Virginia. ... more
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Orbital likely to discontinue using Russian rocket engine
The US manufacturer of fallen unmanned cargo spacecraft Antares is likely to discontinue using the Russian rocket engine that it believes to be the cause of the vehicle launch crash in October, acco ... more
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The Little Engine that Could
The Price Induction DGEN model 380 turbofan engine rolled into the NASA Glenn Aero-Acoustic Propulsion Laboratory on the back of a flatbed truck recently to see if the small engine could be successf ... more
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Virgin boss hits out after safety warning claim
Questions about why the Virgin Galactic spaceship crashed switched focus Monday to a prematurely-deployed lever on the doomed flight, as Virgin's boss suggested it may "well be" the cause. ... more
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Virgin 'ignored' space safety warnings: expert
Virgin Galactic "ignored" repeated warnings in the years leading up to the deadly crash of its spacecraft in California, a rocket science safety expert said Sunday, as investigators hunted for clues to the accident. ... more
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NTSB reveals spaceship crash timeline, fingers lever
Investigators gave a precise timeline late Monday of the devastating Virgin Galactic spaceship crash, detailing exactly when a slowing mechanism was wrongly deployed, but said they could not determine who activated it. ... more
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Branson says 'no explosion' behind spacecraft crash
Richard Branson, the British billionaire founder of Virgin Galactic, on Monday hit out against "self-proclaimed experts" asserting an explosion was behind the crash of the company's spacecraft last week. ... more
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Getting to Know You, Rocket Edition: Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage
Some elements of a rocket can be familiar, like the boosters and engines. But there are several important parts on NASA's new rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), that may be less widely known. Ca ... more
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Probe of US spaceship crash may take 'year'
Authorities who Saturday carried out their first full day of investigation into a US spacecraft crash that killed one pilot and seriously injured another said probing the incident could take a year. ... more
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Supersonic Laser-Propelled Rockets
Scientists and science fiction writers alike have dreamt of aircrafts that are propelled by beams of light rather than conventional fuels. Now, a new method for improving the thrust generated by suc ... more
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Orbital Sciences Considers Replacing Russian Engine Used on Antares
The Orbital Sciences Corporation, that built and launched Antares supply rocket crashed in Virginia, may replace the spacecraft's current AJ-26 Russian rocket engine, once their investigation of the ... more
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Antares rocket launch failed due to possible engine flaw
The Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo ship, carrying supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) from NASA facility in Virginia, exploded during launch due to possible failure of the rocket's fi ... more
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Rocket failure casts spotlight on risks of space flight
The explosion of a privately owned rocket on its way toward the International Space Station cast a spotlight on the risks involved with NASA's reliance on the fledgling commercial space industry, experts said Wednesday. ... more
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Decades-old Soviet engines powered US rocket that exploded
The Orbital Sciences rocket that exploded after launch was powered by a pair of rocket engines that were made during the Soviet era and refurbished, experts said Wednesday. ... more
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Orbital rocket explodes after launch
An Orbital Sciences Corporation unmanned spacecraft exploded Tuesday six seconds after launch on a resupply mission to the International Space Station, NASA said. "The Antares rocket suffered an accident shortly after lift-off," NASA mission control in Houston said. ... more
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Russian Space Agency to Receive Designs of Super-Heavy Carrier Rocket by Year-End
Russia's Federal Space Agency Roscosmos will receive technical suggestions in creating the country's super-heavy carrier rockets by the end of 2014, an agency department head said Thursday. "W ... more
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Novel Rocket Design Flight Tested
Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists recently flight tested a new rocket design that includes a high-energy fuel and a motor design that also delivers a high degree of safety. "What we're ... more
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Space Launch System Booster Separation Testing Brings Confidence to First Flight
It's a familiar phrase heard just before a rocket launches at NASA's Kennedy Space Center or Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Throughout history, millions have traveled from across the w ... more
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Europe postpones launch of first 'space plane'
Europe said Friday it was postponing the launch next month of its first-ever "space plane" to give scientists time to finetune the mission's flight plan. ... more
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ESA spaceplane progressing towards Vega launch
Europe's Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) spaceplane has completed another step in its pre-launch checkout process, and is now being readied for fueling ahead of the November 18 flight with A ... more
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Descent Data May Help With Future Mars Landings
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 imag ... more
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NASA Partners with X-37B Program for Use of Former Space Shuttle Hangars
NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Air Force's X-37B Program for use of the center's Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF) Bays 1 and 2 to process the X-3 ... more
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Rocket fuel freeze caused EU satellite mislaunch: probe
Fuel that froze on a Russian Soyuz rocket caused two satellites from Europe's troubled Galileo navigation system to be placed into the wrong orbit in August, an investigation concluded Wednesday. ... 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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