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2011-09-10 04:05:22

  A Utah-based aerospace company successfully completed a two-minute test of a booster rocket Thursday, an event the firm referred to as "an important milestone in further validating the rocket's potential use in heavy lift and commercial launch vehicles," in a Sept. 8 press release. According to Josh Loftin of the Associated Press (AP), the ATK Aerospace Systems' five-stage, 154-foot, 22-million horsepower booster, code-named Development Motor (DM-3), was described by the...

2011-08-25 08:41:45

NASA and Alliant Techsystems Inc. (ATK) will conduct a full-scale test of a five-segment, solid rocket motor at the ATK Aerospace Systems test facility in Promontory, Utah, at 4:05 p.m. EDT, Thursday, Sept. 8. To attend the test, journalists must register with ATK. For information and to request credentials, contact ATK's Trina Patterson at 801-699-0943 or trina.patterson@atk.com. The registration deadline for U.S. reporters is Sept. 2. The deadline for foreign journalists is Aug. 26....

2011-08-17 08:45:00

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) successfully demonstrated its Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) minimum-smoke rocket motor on fixed-wing aircraft operating in severe weather environments. The motor, currently slated only for carriage on rotary-wing platforms, releases minimal smoke in flight, making it more difficult for enemy ground combatants to track the missile's trail back to the aircraft. The tests were company funded and included two...

2011-07-20 12:39:00

CENTENNIAL, Colo., July 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Hands-on learning will reach new heights when Colorado high school students and college interns from across the nation blast high-power rockets and payloads deep into the Colorado sky. Now in its fourth year, the high-power rocket event involves more than 100 Colorado high school students and interns from United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., showcasing their collective ingenuity with the launch of six...

2011-07-16 12:59:00

CANOGA PARK, Calif., July 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne again demonstrated its large payload lift capabilities by successfully boosting the second GPS- IIF2 navigation satellite for the U.S. government launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force station, Fla. The satellite was onboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV-Medium rocket, powered by a Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne RS-68 booster engine and an RL10B-2 upper-stage engine. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a...

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2011-07-15 08:10:00

NASA conducted a combined chill test and 1.9-second ignition test July 14 of the next-generation J-2X rocket engine that could help carry humans beyond low-Earth orbit to deep space. The test at John C. Stennis Space Center is the first in a series of tests that will be conducted on the J-2X engine, which is being developed for NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne. The ignition test on the A-2 Test Stand is the first of a series of firings...

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2011-07-06 10:52:24

Some 50 miles up in the sky begins a dynamic region of the atmosphere known as the ionosphere. The region is filled with charged particles created by extreme ultraviolet radiation from the sun. At the base of the ionosphere, charged particle motions create a global current called the "atmospheric dynamo." Generally moving in loops from the equator to the poles, the dynamo changes daily based on solar heating and magnetic activity "“ but what keeps it moving isn't well understood. This...


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2012-03-10 09:17:29

Challenger launched from Kennedy Space Center on January 28, 1986 at 11:38 AM EST and blew up 1 minute and 13 seconds later as a result of launch malfunctions. The shuttle was lost with all seven crew members. The Challenger disaster shook the confidence of the entire nation. As a personal note, this writer was in Mrs. Cook’s sixth grade class in Abilene, Texas. I was already an avid fan of the space program at that time. Most of us were. The class was watching this particular launch...

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2013-03-16 00:00:00

Wernher von Braun (March 23, 1912 - June 16, 1977) was one of the leading figures in the development of rocket technology in Germany and the United States. His work on the Nazi rocket program made him a controversial figure. The controversy was captured in a song by satirist Tom Lehrer, who described him as "A man whose allegiance is ruled by expedience". He was born on in Wirsitz, Posen, Germany and his mother gave him a telescope upon his Lutheran confirmation. His interest in astronomy...

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