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2009-08-13 10:16:00

HOUSTON, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) announced that Pam Melroy has joined the Exploration and Science team as Director and Deputy Program Manager of the Space Exploration Initiatives (SEI) Program Office. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090813/PH61212 ) Melroy is a veteran Space Shuttle Commander and Air Force test pilot. She has flown three Space Shuttle Missions, served as the Deputy Project Manager for the Columbia crew survival investigation and...

2009-08-07 12:39:00

HOUSTON, Aug. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A full scale mockup of NASA's Orion crew exploration vehicle soon will be moved from Florida to Texas to continue its testing. During the trip, the capsule will make several stops for public viewing. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) The mockup is used in tests to study the environment for astronauts and recovery crews after an Orion ocean splashdown. The public viewing opportunities are: Challenger, Center,...

2009-08-07 13:35:00

 A full scale mockup of NASA's Orion crew exploration vehicle soon will be moved from Florida to Texas to continue its testing. During the trip, the capsule will make several stops for public viewing. The mockup is used in tests to study the environment for astronauts and recovery crews after an Orion ocean splashdown. The public viewing opportunities are: -- Challenger, Center, Tallahassee, Fla., Mon., Aug. 10, noon to 3 p.m. EDT -- Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, Fla., Tues., Aug....

2009-07-22 13:10:00

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn., July 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Hamilton Sundstrand equipment is playing a crucial role in NASA's STS-127 mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Hamilton Sundstrand is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). Much like 40 years ago -- when Hamilton Sundstrand equipment supported the historic July 20, 1969 Apollo moon landing -- Hamilton Sundstrand equipment will again support a significant milestone in the nation's rich space travel history...

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2009-06-24 08:50:00

The U.S. space agency has awarded the Lockheed Martin Corp. a $37.2 million contract modification to provide additional user application software. Under the contract, Lockheed Martin provides support for NASA hardware, software, data and displays used to train for and execute human spaceflight missions. The contract provides development and operations support within the Mission Control Center at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston and backup control centers for the Space Shuttle,...

2009-06-16 01:45:00

PARIS, June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- PARIS AIR SHOW -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) announced today that two launch abort system (LAS) motors for NASA's Orion crew exploration vehicle are now in place at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico for integration and preparation for the first flight test, known as Pad Abort 1. Lockheed Martin and NASA have planned a series of ground and flight tests for the launch abort system over the next few years leading up to Orion's first crewed flight to the...

2009-06-02 10:26:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- United Space Alliance has assembled a team of experienced, innovative experts in space operations to support the Kennedy Space Center's mission to maintain the leading edge in space vehicle and payload processing, integration, launch and recovery operations. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080407/LAM060LOGO) The team has been assembled to compete for the Exploration Ground Launch Services (EGLS) contract, which provides ground...

2009-05-05 19:56:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, announced today that it has shipped the first jettison motor for NASA's Orion crew exploration vehicle to the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. This first jettison motor shipment increases the technical readiness of the Launch Abort System (LAS) and is a major operational accomplishment as the first full-scale rocket propulsion element to proceed into a system-level flight...

2009-04-29 17:03:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, successfully completed the first series of vibration and altitude hot fire tests on NASA's Orion crew module's 160 lb. thrust mono-propellant rocket engine. The objective of the test program was to verify engine performance after the thruster was subjected to Orion vibration loads which produced energy levels that were two times higher than those previously qualified. The post-vibration altitude...

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2009-04-07 13:20:00

NASA has chosen the material for a heat shield that will protect a new generation of space explorers when they return from the moon. After extensive study, NASA has selected the Avcoat ablator system for the Orion crew module. Orion is part of the Constellation Program that is developing the country's next-generation spacecraft system for human exploration of the moon and further destinations in the solar system. The Orion crew module, which will launch atop an Ares I rocket, is targeted to...


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2009-07-06 14:36:56

Orion is a spacecraft design that is being developed by the United States space agency NASA. When completed, each Orion spacecraft will carry a crew of up to six astronauts. Along with Orion, the Ares I launch vehicle is also being developed. Orion and Ares I are both part of NASA's Project Constellation. The project should be complete in 2010, when NASA wants to start planning on sending human explorers back to the Moon, and eventually Mars and other celestial bodies in the Solar System....

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