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2010-05-13 13:53:00

Final NASA Atlantis Shuttle Launch and Iron Man 2 Success Bring Rocketry to Pop Culture Forefront **Great Photo and Video Opportunities of Students Launching Hand-Made Rockets** ARLINGTON, Va., May 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by Aerospace Industries Association: WHO: 100 middle and high-school student teams of rocketeers and mentor teachers Aerospace Industries Association Chairman and Textron CEO Scott Donnelly Former TARC participants who are now...

2010-05-04 16:13:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, announced today that NASA has successfully completed altitude testing of Aerojet's advanced 5500-lbf Liquid Oxygen (LOX)/Liquid Methane (LCH4) Rocket Engine at NASA's White Sands Test Facility (WSTF). The 5500-lbf LO2/LCH4 engine development effort is funded by the Propulsion and Cryogenics Advanced Development Project (PCAD) under NASA's Exploration Technology Development Program. (Photo:...

2010-04-27 18:00:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, and its Russian partner United Engine Corporation (UEC), announced today the signing of a cooperation agreement regarding their next steps in the companies' cooperative efforts to provide NK-33 and AJ26 rocket engines to the commercial launch market. The cooperative efforts of Aerojet and UEC will include marketing, sales, technical support, testing and a range of activities for the eventual...

2010-04-27 10:53:00

CAMDEN, Ark., April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) marked the delivery of the 10,000th Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) rocket during a ceremony held at its Camden, AR, facility today. GMLRS is an all-weather, precision strike, artillery rocket system that achieves greater range and precision accuracy requiring fewer rockets to defeat targets and limiting collateral damage. "The delivery of the 10,000th GMLRS marks a significant milestone in the program," said...

2010-04-09 12:24:00

ARLINGTON, Va., April 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AIA announced the nation's top 100 student rocketry teams that will compete in the final round of the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC). The finalists include teams from 30 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands who qualified after months of preparation from a field of 669 squads and thousands of students. The eighth annual TARC - the world's largest rocket contest - will take place Saturday, May 15, at Great Meadow in The Plains, Va....

2010-04-06 10:00:00

ORLANDO, Fla., April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company and teammate on the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) program, achieved a technological breakthrough by successfully completing full temperature range testing and validation to support a single rocket motor solution for all JAGM fixed-wing and rotary-wing platforms. The final completed tests were a series of cold temperature missile motor firings conducted in Camden, AR. The...

2010-03-26 15:10:00

WASHINGTON, March 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has awarded contracts to five companies to provide space propulsion systems technologies in support of research and technology development activities at the agency's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Each of the five indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contracts provide for fixed price, cost share and cost reimbursement competitive tasks with a maximum value of $50...

2010-03-15 08:11:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, and Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB), along with Aerojet's Russian partner, SNTK, announced today that a series of NK-33 rocket engine tests conducted in Samara, Russia were successfully completed in support of the development of Orbital's Taurus® II space launch vehicle. The purpose of the extended-time testing of the NK-33 engine, on which the AJ26 first-stage engine for the...

2010-02-27 07:05:00

A rocket scientist has gotten the attention of the US space agency, after he announced that a journey from the Earth to Mars could soon take only 39 days, cutting the travel time down nearly six-fold. Franklin Chang-Diaz, a physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and former NASA astronaut, says his VASIMR rocket could reach the Red Planet in record time, according to a recent AFP report. The Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket, which has been in development...

2010-02-26 06:00:00

NASA's Space Shuttle Program conducted the final test firing of a reusable solid rocket motor Feb. 25 in Promontory, Utah. The flight support motor, or FSM-17, burned for approximately 123 seconds -- the same time each reusable solid rocket motor burns during an actual space shuttle launch. Preliminary indications show all test objectives were met. After final test data are analyzed, results for each objective will be published in a NASA report. ATK Launch Systems, a unit of Alliant...

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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...

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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Word of the Day
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'