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2010-09-21 07:15:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Preparations for Orion's first mission in 2013 are well under way as a Lockheed Martin-led crew begins lean assembly pathfinding operations for the spacecraft. The crew is conducting simulated manufacturing and assembly operations with a full-scale Orion mockup to verify the tools, processes and spacecraft integration procedures work as expected. As the nation's next generation spacecraft for human spaceflight, the Orion crew exploration...

2010-09-17 08:22:51

NASA has announced the awards for the NASA Launch Services (NLS) II Contract. The award will provide a broad range of launch services for NASA's planetary, Earth-observing, exploration and scientific satellites. NASA has the ability to order a maximum of 70 launch services missions with a maximum cumulative potential contract value of $15 billion. The NLS II contracts are multiple award indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity, spanning a 10-year period. NASA selected four companies for...

2010-09-13 08:00:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS), an international communications and information technology company, announced today that Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company (LMSSC) will use its OS/COMET® telemetry, tracking, and command software for the Orion Program's Telemetry System to serve the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) new Orion crew exploration vehicle. The OS/COMET product will be a vital part of LMSSC...

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2010-08-20 10:10:00

Construction on a spacecraft initially designed to be part of the Constellation project continues, despite the cancellation of the proposed return to the moon by President Barack Obama, according to reports by the astronomy website Space.com.The Orion space capsule and the Ares rocket are still in development at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), notes Senior Writer Clara Moskowitz--even though potential uses for them are uncertain at best, considering the program that...

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2010-08-02 09:19:15

It was a perfect STORRM. On Tuesday, July 20, NASA and its industry partners Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., successfully demonstrated a new sensor technology that will make it easier and safer for spacecraft to rendezvous and dock to the International Space Station. This new docking navigation system prototype consists of an eye-safe lidar Vision Navigation Sensor, or VNS, a high-definition docking camera, as well as the avionics and flight...

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2010-07-28 06:20:00

One of NASA's space shuttle contractors sent layoff notices this week to more than 1,200 employees of its 8,100-member shuttle work force, officials said Tuesday. The contractor, United Space Alliance, said the layoffs will take effect October 1. Spokeswoman Kari Fluegel said the layoff will involve 902 workers in Florida, 478 in Texas and 14 in Alabama. The space shuttle fleet, which began soaring into space in 1981, is being phased out because of high operating costs and to free up money...

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2010-07-16 06:40:00

After months of debate about the future of the U.S. space program, the Senate's Commerce, Science and Transportation committee unanimously passed a plan on Thursday to postpone retirement of the nation's fleet of space shuttles. The authorization bill was part of a job-saving compromise to president Obama's directive to end NASA's program to return astronauts to the moon.  The retirement of the space shuttle fleet, which had been slated for next year, had threatened thousands of jobs at...

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2010-07-07 08:40:24

The last external tank scheduled to fly on a space shuttle mission will roll out at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans July 8. Want to be part of this historic event? Simply visit this page on Wednesday, July 7 from 11-noon EDT, and Mark Bryant, vice president of the External Tank (ET) Program for Lockheed Martin Space Systems, will answer your questions about the external tank. The chat window will be active at the bottom of this page starting at 10:30 a.m. EDT. See you in...

2010-07-07 08:00:00

PROMONTORY, Utah, July 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Engineers and technicians at Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) and NASA have completed installation work on the second Ares I First Stage five-segment Development Motor (DM-2), in preparation for its static-fire, which is currently scheduled for early September. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100707/CG31370) (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100707/CG31370) The Ares I First Stage is the largest solid rocket motor...

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2010-05-29 09:50:00

The last set of space shuttle solid rocket boosters was delivered to Kennedy Space Center in Florida Friday morning, following a final train ride from their Promontory, Utah-based factory. NASA contractor Alliant Techsystems (ATK) has been building and processing the solid rocket boosters (SRBs), which help propel space shuttles to orbit,  since the beginning of the shuttle program some three decades years ago. "I think there was a little bit of melancholy knowing that these were the...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.