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2014-10-03 07:17:07

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online While the Sierra Nevada Corporation has lost the bid for its Dream Chaser shuttle to become a “space taxi” for NASA, the company is forging ahead and announced earlier this week that it was partnering with Stratolaunch Systems to develop an orbital transportation system. The system would combine a three-person version of the Dream Chaser with a Stratolaunch super-plane powered by six 747-class engines. “This relationship...

2014-09-30 16:21:07

Igniter Integral to NASA's Space Launch System and Orion Crew Safety ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA and ATK (NYSE: ATK) successfully completed a static test of the launch abort motor igniter for the Orion crew capsule's Launch Abort System (LAS). Conducted at ATK's facility in Promontory, Utah, this test is the next step toward qualifying the igniter for production. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20140930/149451 The LAS will be placed on top of the Orion spacecraft,...

2014-09-29 16:21:40

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has selected Mission Technologies, Inc., of Cleveland to provide facility assurance, inspection, maintenance and occupational safety services including flight safety and mission assurance services at the agency's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO This hybrid contract is a firm-fixed price, cost-plus, fixed-fee contract with a firm-fixed price base effort...

2014-09-29 08:22:21

Orion in Final Integration Steps Before Exploration Flight Test-1 DENVER, Sept. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA and Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] have finished fueling the Orion spacecraft with ammonia, hydrazine and high pressure helium at Kennedy Space Center's Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility. Orion has now been moved to the Launch Abort System Facility for integration with the launch abort system (LAS). "Once the launch abort system is integrated and functional testing...

dream chaser
2014-10-06 03:50:35

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online ----- UPDATE: October 6, 2014 (3:50 a.m.) According to a brief announcement by Steven Siceloff of NASA's Kennedy Space Center, "While NASA has awarded this contract," referring to the contracts recently given to SpaceX and Being, "NASA has instructed Boeing and SpaceX to stop performance on the contract while the GAO resolves a protest." redOrbit will continue to provide updates as they become available. ----- ORIGINAL:...

2014-09-26 12:21:06

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On the heels of awarding groundbreaking contracts to U.S. commercial space companies to ferry American astronauts to the International Space Station, NASA has released a request for proposals (RFP) for the next round of contracts for private-sector companies to deliver experiments and supplies to the orbiting laboratory. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Under the Commercial Resupply Services 2 RFP, NASA...

international space station
2014-09-25 12:43:08

Dr. Tony Phillips, Science@NASA The International Space Station has been called a stepping stone to other worlds. NASA hasn't forgotten, however, that the behemoth space station is also on the doorstep of Earth. "We're seeing the space station come into its own as an Earth-observing platform," says Julie Robinson, chief scientist for the International Space Station Program. "It has a different orbit than other Earth-observing satellites. It's closer to Earth, and it sees Earth at...

2014-09-25 12:22:48

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., Sept. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) today announced a partnership with the National Geographic Society to utilize data produced on board the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory capable of developing images to inspire and educate from humankind's greatest learning platform. This follows a prior announcement between CASIS and the United Nations Operational Satellite...

ISS 3D printer
2014-09-25 02:30:50

NASA America has always been a nation of tinkerers, inventors, and entrepreneurs. In recent years, a growing number of Americans have gained access to technologies such as 3D printers, laser cutters, easy-to-use design software, and desktop machinery. These tools are enabling more Americans to design and make almost anything, and the applications to space exploration will help our astronauts to be less reliant on materials from Earth as they explore farther out into the solar system. [...

2014-09-24 16:20:48

HAMPTON, Va., Sept. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA researchers will drop a 45-foot-long helicopter fuselage from a height of about 30 feet for the second time in a year - all in the name of safety. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO News media representatives are invited to observe the drop test, scheduled for Oct. 1 at 1:30 p.m. EDT (weather permitting) at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. U.S. media members must email Kathy Barnstorff at...


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History Of Space Exploration
2013-10-06 08:29:34

Space exploration is the exploration and discovery of outer space by use of space technology and is conducted by both robotic spacecraft and humans. Astronomy, which is the viewing of objects in space from Earth, is thought to predate recorded history, but it was the inspiration to modern space exploration. Humans explore space for many reasons including the survival of humankind if Earth cannot sustain life, uniting nations, and scientific research. Physical space exploration began in...

Roberto Vittori
2012-10-27 14:08:27

Roberto Vittori is an ESA astronaut as well as an Italian Air Force Officer and a test pilot for the United States. Vittorri was born on October 15, 1964 in Viterbo, Lazio, Italy and attended the Italian Air Force Academy, graduating in 1989. While working towards his graduation from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, Maryland in 1995, Vittori operated the Tornado GR1 along with the 50th Wing of the 155th Squadron in Piacenza, Italy from 1991 to 1994. During this time, he...

Stephen Frick
2012-10-27 14:05:11

Stephen Nathaniel Frick is an American astronaut having flown two Space Shuttle missions. Frick was also appointed as a United States Naval officer and qualified as an F/A-18 fighter pilot. Frick was born on September 30, 1964 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Pine-Richland High School in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania in 1982. After receiving his high school diploma, Frick went on to the United States Naval Academy in 1986 to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace...

Janice Voss
2012-10-27 13:58:18

Janice Elaine Voss was a NASA astronaut as well as an American Engineer whom flew in space five times placing her at first for holding the record for American women. Voss was born on October 8, 1956 in South Bend, Indiana. She attended Minnechaug Regional High School in Wilbraham, Massachusetts and graduated in 1972. She then attended Purdue University to receive her bachelor’s degree in engineering while concurrently working at the Johnson Space Center. After Purdue University, Voss...

Lodewijk van den Berg
2012-10-27 13:54:11

Lodewijk van den Berg is a naturalized American chemical engineer born in the Netherlands whom was rather dedicated to crystal growth and also rode aboard as a payload specialist on the 1985 Space Shuttle Challenger mission. He was born in Sluiskil, Netherlands on March 24, 1932. He worked to get his Engineer’s degree in chemical engineering at the Delft University of Technology in Netherlands from 1949 to 1961. After moving to the United States, Van den Berg continued his education to...

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