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2008-11-07 09:05:00

Alcoa (NYSE:AA) announced today that NASA has certified its Davenport, Iowa, facility as the only supplier in the U.S. to produce aluminum-lithium alloy 2195 thin plate for the Ares 1 crew launch vehicle, the rocket that will enable astronauts to explore space beyond low earth orbit with the goal of reaching the moon by 2020. Davenport will produce almost 1 million pounds of the thin aluminum-lithium material for this program. The Alcoa Technical Center near Pittsburgh is casting the...

2008-10-30 08:05:00

The latest round of sending American spacecraft to the moon could happen a year earlier than expected, according to NASA officials. The previous target date was 2015. The announcement could mean just a four-year gap between the last space shuttle flight and the next-generation spacecraft. Many in Congress are troubled by the reality of the United States having to rely on Russia for trips to the International Space Station during that time. In case the new U.S. president demands it, NASA is...

2008-09-24 12:38:12

By Steve Cook, NASA Ares Projects Manager Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala. If you don't follow NASA more closely than noting a space shuttle launch or space walk on the International Space Station, you may not be aware that America is building a new rocket. It's called the Ares I, and it is America's rocket that will carry humans into space for exploration missions to the moon and beyond. Together with a larger follow-on rocket, the Ares V, and a capsule called Orion which will...

2008-09-16 21:00:09

By Ryan Carter The next generation of space travel has roots in the San Gabriel Valley, and it has local aerospace firms setting their sights on the moon and beyond. With NASA planning to retire its aging space shuttle in 2010, area firms are busy manufacturing key systems for Ares I, the next U.S. flagship in space. The program is helping to drive the economic engines of eight local firms, from Monrovia to Santa Fe Springs, which are reaping the benefits of $409.5 million in...

2008-09-15 13:25:00

The Ares I rocket, America's next flagship in space, is now in development by NASA and its industry partners, and soon will carry human explorers and new missions of discovery to the moon and beyond. And Texas workers are helping make it happen. Planning and building the Ares I, the first launch vehicle in NASA's robust, next-generation Constellation Program fleet, is truly a national effort, supported by more than 200 companies in 32 states and Puerto Rico. Among them: Texas firms Aluminum...

2008-09-11 18:00:07

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Sept. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., have completed first-round testing of a critical motor for NASA's new Ares I rocket. The Ares I is a two-stage rocket that will launch astronauts aboard the Orion crew capsule on missions to the International Space Station and to the moon by 2020. The ullage settling motor is a small, solid rocket motor that serves two key roles during the launch of the Ares I rocket....

2008-09-08 18:00:06

WASHINGTON, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA is inviting interested industry representatives, academics and reporters to learn more about the Ares V heavy lift-launch vehicle, the Altair lunar lander, and the roles they will play in returning humans to the moon by 2020. The Exploration Systems Mission Directorate forum will take place Thursday, Sept. 25, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. EDT, at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H Street NW, Washington. The forum will focus on the first...

2008-08-18 18:00:10

To: TECHNOLOGY EDITORS Contact: Grey Hautaluoma, +1-202-358-0668, grey.hautaluoma- 1@nasa.gov, or Stephanie Schierholz, +1-202-358-4997, stephanie.schierholz@nasa.gov, both of NASA Headquarters, Washington, or June Malone of NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala., +1-256-544-0034, june.e.malone@nasa.gov HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., have completed a series of tests on a key component...

2008-08-18 16:00:00

Engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., have completed a series of tests on a key component of the J-2X engine. The J-2X powers the upper stage of the Ares I rocket, which will launch human explorers to the International Space Station and to the moon. The test on Aug. 15 was the last of 20 in this series, concluding the second of four planned sets of tests on the J-2X's workhorse gas generator, the driver for the turbopumps which start the engine. The gas...

2008-07-25 09:55:00

NASA and industry engineers have successfully completed the first drop test of a drogue parachute for the Ares I rocket. The drogue parachute is designed to slow the rapid descent of the spent first-stage motor, cast off by the Ares I rocket during its climb to space. The successful test is a key early milestone in development and production of the Ares I rocket, the first launch vehicle for NASA's Constellation Program that will send explorers to the International Space Station, the moon and...

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2009-07-06 12:14:43

Project Constellation is a spaceflight program run by NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration). The program goals are to continue significant operations away from Earth's environment, to develop technologies needed for expanding exploration of space, and to continue conducting fundamental science. Project Constellation was developed by the Exploration Systems Architecture Study, which established how NASA would pursue the goals from the Vision for Space Exploration and the...

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