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2009-12-18 15:16:00

EDWARDS, Calif., Dec. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A NASA jumbo jet that will help scientists unlock the origins of the universe with infrared observations reached a milestone Friday when doors covering the plane's telescope were fully opened in flight. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, a modified 747 jet known as SOFIA, flew for one hour and 19 minutes, which included two minutes with the telescope's...

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2009-12-18 15:25:00

A NASA jumbo jet that will help scientists unlock the origins of the universe with infrared observations reached a milestone Friday when doors covering the plane's telescope were fully opened in flight. The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, a modified 747 jet known as SOFIA, flew for one hour and 19 minutes, which included two minutes with the telescope's doors fully opened. The goal was to allow engineers to understand how air flows in and around the telescope. It was the...

2009-12-10 12:42:31

NASA has set media accreditation deadlines for the next space shuttle flight to the International Space Station. Shuttle Endeavour and six NASA astronauts are targeted to launch the STS-130 mission on Feb. 4 from NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The 13-day flight will deliver a pressurized module, known as Tranquility, which will provide room for much of the space station's life support systems. Attached to the node is a cupola -- a robotic control station with six windows around its sides and...

2009-11-09 13:52:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has awarded $900,000 in prize money to a Seattle company that successfully demonstrated new wireless energy beaming technology which could one day be used to help power a "space elevator." (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) LaserMotive of Seattle was awarded the money after its performance in the Power Beaming Challenge competition, which was a demonstration of wireless power transmission that enabled a...

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2009-09-16 05:15:00

After landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California on Sept. 11, space shuttle Discovery is about to start its cross-country journey back to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Following the successful STS-128 mission to the International Space Station, Discovery was mounted on a modified Boeing 747 shuttle carrier aircraft. Discovery is expected to begin its journey from NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif., to Kennedy as early as Friday, Sept. 18. The exact date and...

2009-08-26 10:33:33

NASA says it has awarded a contract to the Computer Sciences Corp. of Fort Worth, Texas, to maintain aircraft used for astronaut training and flight research. The $163 million contract continues services provided by the company under a previous contract that expires Monday, the space agency said. The work includes flight line, intermediate and depot level maintenance, repairs, modifications and engineering support. The aircraft are used at NASA's Johnson Space Center facilities in Houston and...

2009-08-25 17:19:40

NASA has awarded a follow-on contract to Computer Science Corp. of Fort Worth, Texas, to support the agency's aircraft used for astronaut training and flight research. The contract has a potential value of approximately $163 million. Work will be done under the Aircraft Maintenance and Modification Program to provide flight line, intermediate and depot level maintenance, repairs, modifications and engineering support for NASA aircraft. The aircraft are used at NASA's Johnson Space Center...

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2009-05-29 15:57:48

NASA's Centennial Challenges Program and the Spaceward Foundation will hold the 2009 Power-Beaming Challenge, part of Spaceward's Space Elevator Games, at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., on July 14. This is the fourth year for the Space Elevator Games. The first competition required teams to ascend a 50-meter tether at an average speed of 1 meter per second with power provided by ordinary spotlights. This year, to be eligible for the $2 million prize,...

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2009-05-23 07:50:00

Space shuttle Atlantis and its crew will stay in space another day after bad weather prevented them from landing Saturday at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA Flight Director Norm Knight and the entry team will evaluate weather conditions at Kennedy before permitting the shuttle to land. If the weather is not acceptable for a return to Kennedy, the team will look to land at the secondary landing site, Edwards Air Force Base in California. White Sands Space Harbor is not expected to...

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2009-03-11 07:31:30

Kevin L. Petersen, director of NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, announced he plans to retire from NASA effective April 3. A veteran aerospace engineer and manager with 38 years experience at Dryden, Petersen has served as the center's director for more than 10 years and is the longest-serving field center director currently at NASA. Dryden's deputy center director, David D. McBride, has been named acting director. "Kevin's service to NASA exemplifies what's great about the people who...