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Soviet-era Spy Satellite Burns Up Harmlessly In Earth's Atmosphere
2014-02-17 05:57:42

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Fragments of a Soviet-era spy satellite, which was expected to crash back to Earth, had instead burned up on reentry into the atmosphere on Sunday. Colonel Dmitry Zenin, a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, told Itar-Tass news agency that Kosmos-1220, a military signal intelligence satellite, reentered Earth’s atmosphere and burned up at about 5:58 p.m. local time (8:58 a.m. EST). The satellite, which had been in...

Heat Shield For Orion Spacecraft Arrives At Kennedy Space Center
2013-12-05 17:57:18

NASA NASA's Orion spacecraft is just about ready to turn up the heat. The spacecraft's heat shield arrived at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida Wednesday night aboard the agency's Super Guppy aircraft. The heat shield, the largest of its kind ever built, is to be unloaded Thursday and is scheduled for installation on the Orion crew module in March, in preparation for Orion's first flight test in September 2014. Video: Textron team readies Orion heat shield for shipment to...

2013-12-05 00:20:11

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Orion spacecraft is just about ready to turn up the heat. The spacecraft's heat shield arrived at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida Wednesday night aboard the agency's Super Guppy aircraft. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) The heat shield, the largest of its kind ever built, is to be unloaded Thursday and is scheduled for installation on the Orion crew module in March, in preparation...

2013-12-02 12:21:05

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The heat shield that will protect NASA's Orion spacecraft during its first test mission next year is complete and ready to ship from Manchester, N.H., to the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on NASA's Super Guppy aircraft. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The heat shield has been under construction at Textron Defense Systems in Wilmington, Mass., since March, and will depart from the...

2013-07-10 10:38:06

NASA officials will visit Textron Defense Systems in Wilmington, Mass., Wednesday, July 17, to view progress being made on the heat shield for the agency's Orion spacecraft. Orion will launch on Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) next year. The flight will evaluate the design and performance of the spacecraft that will send humans on future missions to an asteroid and Mars. News media representatives are invited to attend a 9:15 a.m. EDT tour of the Textron Defense Systems facility to...

2013-07-09 16:20:47

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA officials will visit Textron Defense Systems in Wilmington, Mass., Wednesday, July 17, to view progress being made on the heat shield for the agency's Orion spacecraft. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Orion will launch on Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) next year. The flight will evaluate the design and performance of the spacecraft that will send humans on future missions to an asteroid and...

Protecting Spacecraft From Space Junk
2013-06-27 16:16:45

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers developed a numerical algorithm that simulates the shock of orbital debris striking materials that make up a space vehicle's outer defense. Scientists commonly use supercomputers to investigate physical phenomenon that cannot be duplicated in a laboratory environment. By running simulations on these such computers, University of Texas researchers have assisted NASA in the development of ballistic limit curves that predict...

Orion Module Passes Tests
2013-06-07 10:25:59

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online NASA´s Orion crew module has passed a month-long series of static load tests designed to mimic the stresses of long-term spaceflight, officials from the US space agency announced on Thursday. The module, which is scheduled to launch as part of Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) in September 2014, will travel farther from Earth than any spacecraft built for human use in over four decades. Orion will fly approximately 3,600...

How To Remove Orbital Debris With Less Risk
2013-03-22 20:53:40

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online An article coming out in the Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets pitches ideas to attempt to remove orbital debris with less risk. The article, authored by Kerry Nock and Dr. Kim Aaron, of Global Aerospace Corporation (GAC), and Dr. Darren McKnight, of Integrity Applications Incorporated, Chantilly, VA, compared in-orbit debris removal options regarding their potential risk of creating new orbital debris or disabling working...

STS-107 Crew
2013-02-01 04:34:15

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Today we remember a tragedy that took the lives of seven astronauts, ten years ago, when space shuttle Columbia disintegrated over the Texas sky upon re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere. Ten years ago from today, at 7:59 a.m., reports started coming in of a loud explosion and what seemed like fiery debris coming down from the East Texas sky. Crew members of the STS-107 mission had just wrapped up 16-days in orbit, and were heading...