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2011-11-22 08:53:00

CENTENNIAL, Colo., Nov. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- United Launch Alliance (ULA) today announced the completion of a key milestone that could lead toward the certification of the Atlas V launch vehicle for human spaceflight. ULA has successfully completed the second required major performance milestone of its Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) Unfunded Space Act Agreement. The Design Equivalency Review (DER) completes a rigorous assessment of the flight-proven Atlas V launch vehicle's...

2011-10-14 11:40:31

NASA, the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and the U.S. Air Force signed an agreement this week to establish clear criteria for certification of commercial providers of launch vehicles used for national security space and civil space missions. The U.S. government is committed to procuring commercial launch services for its satellite and robotic missions, including Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle, or EELV, launches. The new entrant launch vehicle certification strategy is the latest...

2011-10-05 06:26:46

NASA has selected nine proposals to demonstrate new technologies for the second set of payloads to fly on commercial suborbital reusable launch vehicles and the Zero-G commercial parabolic aircraft. NASA is using commercially available vehicles to carry these technology demonstration payloads to help develop the U.S. commercial reusable suborbital transportation industry. NASA's Flight Opportunities Program provides test flights to demonstrate and validate space technologies on airborne...

2011-10-04 15:00:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has selected nine proposals to demonstrate new technologies for the second set of payloads to fly on commercial suborbital reusable launch vehicles and the Zero-G commercial parabolic aircraft. NASA is using commercially available vehicles to carry these technology demonstration payloads to help develop the U.S. commercial reusable suborbital transportation industry. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO)...

2011-10-01 07:03:22

NASA announced the modification of its NASA Launch Services (NLS) II contract with United Launch Services of Littleton, Colo., to add the Delta II rocket launch service in accordance with the contract's on-ramp provision. The modification will enable United Launch Services to offer as many as five Delta II rockets. The NLS II contracts are multiple award, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contracts with ordering periods through June 2020. The NLS II on-ramp provision provides an...

2011-05-26 13:00:00

WASHINGTON, May 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA is seeking proposals for services from commercial suborbital flight providers and payload integrators to support the agency's Flight Opportunities Program, which is part of NASA's Office of the Chief Technologist. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) NASA will award contracts to multiple vendors capable of providing payload integration and flight services on commercial suborbital reusable launch vehicles....

2011-02-28 05:00:00

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- At the commencement of the 2011 Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference (NSRC) being held in Orlando, Florida, XCOR Aerospace announced its initial team of suborbital payload integration specialists who will begin taking orders and facilitating experiment development and integration for commercial, educational and government suborbital research missions aboard XCOR's Lynx reusable suborbital launch vehicle. Capable of up to four flights...

2010-12-21 14:25:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA is seeking proposals from researchers interested in testing new technologies during suborbital flights. The agency also is requesting information from commercial suborbital reusable launch vehicle providers and commercial payload integrators about carrying the technology payloads. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The selected payloads will fly on aircraft that provide parabolic flight trajectories and...

2010-05-28 18:31:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, congratulates the United Launch Alliance and all of its industry partners on the 50th anniversary of the Delta rocket's inaugural launch. The Delta rocket was originally designed as an interim launch vehicle with only a dozen launches planned. With close to 350 launches since May 13, 1960, this month marks the 50th anniversary of this powerhouse Delta vehicle. The Delta family of expendable launch...

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2010-02-04 16:14:08

The GOES spacecraft continues its processing at the Astrotech Facility in Titusville, Fla. and fuel was loaded into the GOES-P spacecraft on Saturday, January 30. The fuel will keep GOES-P in orbit for about 14 years. Just as you wouldn't want your car's gas tank to leak, engineers don't want a satellite to leak fuel. So, a team of engineers performed propulsion system pressurization and leak checks before fueling GOES-P. Those preparations were completed on January 22. The GOES-P spacecraft...