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2011-04-13 10:39:00

Students Compete for National Title with Hand-Built, Self-Engineered Rockets, Fueling America's STEM Pipeline ARLINGTON, Va., April 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After nearly half a year of rocketry design, simulated flights and practice launches, 100 teams of middle and high school students from across the country are heading to the nation's capital to compete for the title of Team America Rocketry Challenge national champion. The Aerospace Industries Association released the names of...

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2011-04-05 14:45:00

On Tuesday, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) unveiled the dramatic final specifications and launch date for the world's largest rocket.

2011-03-23 11:45:00

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y., March 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- AMPAC-ISP CORP., American Pacific Corporation's (Nasdaq: APFC) wholly-owned in-space propulsion subsidiary (AMPAC-ISP), reported that their LEROS 1b bipropellant engine (LEROS 1b) fired for nearly fifteen minutes in the early hours on March 18, 2011 to slow the MESSENGER (MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging) spacecraft and place it into orbit around Mercury.

2011-03-22 05:00:00

CENTENNIAL, Colo., and MOJAVE, Calif., March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- United Launch Alliance (ULA) and XCOR Aerospace announced today their successful hot-fire demonstrations of a lighter-weight, lower-cost approach to liquid-fueled rocket-engine vacuum nozzles.

2011-03-15 23:01:00

WASHINGTON, March 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau: (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090226/CENSUSLOGO) WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16: SPACE PIONEER Profile America -- Wednesday, March 16th.

2011-03-08 13:58:00

CANOGA PARK, Calif., March 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne successfully completed a series of Hardware Acceptance Reviews on the first RS-68A production rocket engine, validating the world's most powerful hydrogen-fueled engine is ready to power a heavy-lift vehicle into space in support of national security.

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2011-03-06 09:10:00

A rocket that is planned to power a British car to over 1000 mph will get its first test firing in the coming months.

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2011-03-04 16:10:55

The increasingly ambitious country is gearing up to build rockets for its budding space program with an eye towards landing astronauts on the moon.

2011-02-11 12:50:00

Top 100 teams will compete in Washington, D.C. area this spring ARLINGTON, Va., Feb.

2011-01-26 12:00:00

To look at far off galaxies and ozone destruction closer to Earth.


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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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pawl
  • A pivoted catch designed to fall into a notch on a ratchet wheel so as to allow movement in only one direction (e.g. on a windlass or in a clock mechanism), or alternatively to move the wheel in one direction.
The word 'pawl' probably comes from a Latin word meaning 'stake'.
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