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2014-02-28 12:22:37

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's aerospace industry partners continue to meet milestones under agreements with the agency's Commercial Crew Program (CCP), as they move forward in their development of spacecraft and rockets that will transport humans to destinations in low-Earth orbit. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Blue Origin, Boeing Space Exploration, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and SpaceX each are developing unique...

2014-02-20 12:20:56

BOULDER, Colo., Feb. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Significant attention has been given to methods of shielding human space participants from radiation on missions. But what if some astronauts suffer from susceptible DNA before entering the space radiation environment? Two American scientists have proposed that certain astronaut molecular profiles may 1) reduce inherent DNA stability, 2) slow DNA repair, and 3) render DNA more susceptible to mutational events when exposed to the...

NASA's Student Launch Challenge Looking For Next Generation Of Engineers
2014-02-06 12:48:05

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Students from several universities are taking part in a NASA event by designing and launching innovative rockets. NASA said its Student Launch Challenge will include 26 colleges and universities from 16 states and Puerto Rico. The event, being held May 15 - 17 at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Tooele County, Utah, is another way the space agency is gearing up the next generation of engineers. "This new engineering competition ties...

2014-01-23 20:20:08

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the latest example of NASA Kennedy Space Center's transformation into a multi-user spaceport, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) of Louisville, Colo., announced Thursday steps it will take to prepare for a November 2016 orbital flight of its Dream Chaser spacecraft from Florida's Space Coast. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The announcement included the purchase of an Atlas V rocket from United...

Dream Chaser Spaceplane November 2016 Launch
2014-01-23 15:50:41

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On Thursday, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announced plans to launch a test flight of its Dream Chaser spaceplane in November 2016. The vehicle is expected to liftoff aboard an Atlas V rocket from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. After circling our planet in low-Earth orbit, the vehicle will return to the Kennedy Space Center and land on the same landing strip used by the space shuttle program. “Today we are very proud to...

2014-01-21 16:20:41

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) of Sparks, Nev., will announce expansion plans for its Dream Chaser Space System program in a news conference Thursday, Jan. 23, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The announcement will be carried live on NASA Television and the agency's website at 3 p.m. EST. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) SNC officials will discuss the company's plans for expansion in the...

blue origin engine test
2014-01-15 04:23:55

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A free flight intended to evaluate a vehicle’s performance in a simulated space environment and launches designed to try out the early next-generation launch abort technology are among the project planned by NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) partners in 2014, the US space agency announced on Tuesday. Among the private-sector industries participating in CCP this year are Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos’ aerospace firm Blue...

2014-01-14 12:21:19

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Several companies, working closely with NASA, ended 2013 with an impressive string of achievements to build on in 2014 as the American aerospace industry continues to develop and demonstrate commercial human spaceflight capabilities with the potential to support both commercial and government customers. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The year will be pivotal for NASA's Commercial Crew Program (CCP) as...

2014-01-13 23:02:25

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) congratulates Orbital Sciences Corporation (Orbital) on the successful and historic launch and berth of its Cygnus advanced maneuvering spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) for Orbital’s first NASA Cargo Resupply Mission known as CRS-1. Sparks, Nev. (PRWEB) January 13, 2014 Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) congratulates Orbital Sciences Corporation (Orbital) on the successful and historic launch and berth of its Cygnus advanced maneuvering...

2014-01-09 20:20:06

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaking at a global space exploration forum Thursday, John P. Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, explained the importance of President Obama's decision to extend International Space Station (ISS) operations until at least 2024. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Holdren discussed the ISS extension plan at the International Space Exploration Forum (ISEF) in...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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