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venus express aerobraking
2014-07-30 03:00:26

ESA ESA’s Venus Express spacecraft has climbed to a new orbit following its daring aerobraking experiment, and will now resume observations of this fascinating planet for at least a few more months. The orbit-raising followed a month of aerobraking that saw the spacecraft surf in and out of the atmosphere at altitudes typically between 131 km and 135 km for a couple of minutes on each of its closest approaches to the planet. Before, normal operations involved an elliptical orbit...

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2014-07-30 07:23:51

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online On Monday, commercial spaceflight balloon company World View Enterprises announced it will “fly research and education payloads during its balloon test flight phase as part of its newly launched Pathfinder program.” In October 2013, the subsidiary of Paragon Space Development Corporation announced its plans to use a helium balloon that would allow up to six passengers at a time the opportunity to travel to the edge of space....

2014-07-29 08:22:15

U.S. Air Force AFSPC-4 mission to Provide High-Altitude Surveillance ARLINGTON, Va., July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Multiple ATK (NYSE: ATK) technologies supported the third successful launch in 2014 of a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Yesterday's launch, the AFSPC-4 mission included two satellites and one secondary payload. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20140729/130752 ATK's contributions to AFSPC-4 and Delta IV include cutting-edge...

3d printed rocket nozzle
2014-07-29 03:30:50

Elizabeth Landau, NASA JPL / Cynthia Eller, Caltech 3-D printers can create all kinds of things, from eyeglasses to implantable medical devices, straight from a computer model and without the need for molds. But for making spacecraft, engineers sometimes need custom parts that traditional manufacturing techniques and standard 3-D printers can't create, because they need to have the properties of multiple metals. Now, researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California,...

Lunokhod Crater
2014-07-29 03:45:07

Guy Webster and Dwayne Brown, NASA NASA's Opportunity Mars rover, which landed on the Red Planet in 2004, now holds the off-Earth roving distance record after accruing 25 miles (40 kilometers) of driving. The previous record was held by the Soviet Union's Lunokhod 2 rover. "Opportunity has driven farther than any other wheeled vehicle on another world," said Mars Exploration Rover Project Manager John Callas, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. "This is so...

United Launch Alliance
2014-07-29 04:20:28

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket successfully launched the AFSPC-4 mission for the U.S. Air Force on July 28 at 7:28 p.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex-37. This is ULA's eighth launch in 2014, and the 85(th) successful launch since the company was formed in December 2006. "The ULA team is proud to have delivered the twin Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) spacecraft to orbit today,"...

2014-07-28 16:21:15

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Opportunity Mars rover, which landed on the Red Planet in 2004, now holds the off-Earth roving distance record after accruing 25 miles (40 kilometers) of driving. The previous record was held by the Soviet Union's Lunokhod 2 rover. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO "Opportunity has driven farther than any other wheeled vehicle on another world," said Mars Exploration Rover Project Manager John Callas,...

2014-07-28 16:21:09

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Media are invited to learn about NASA's Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) airborne mission from scientists and pilots and see the remotely-piloted aircraft used in the study from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT, Thursday, Sept. 11, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO This is the final year of the HS3 mission, which uses NASA instrumented Global Hawk aircraft to...

2014-07-28 16:20:46

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has awarded the Environmental Test and Integration Services II (ETIS II) contract to Sierra Lobo, Inc of Fremont, Ohio. The contract will support the Applied Engineering and Technology Directorate at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO This cost-plus-award fee, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract has a minimum ordering value of $1 million...

2014-07-28 08:22:54

CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The ORS-1 satellite is the first and only dedicated space-based intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capability for USCENTCOM (U.S. Central Command); successfully demonstrating tactical ISR from space. Designed to meet a one-year mission life requirement, UTC Aerospace Systems announced that the satellite has entered its fourth year on orbit. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX)....


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Elon Musk
2013-08-05 10:31:59

Elon Musk was born on June 28, 1971. He is a South African-American inventor and entrepreneur. He is the founder of SpaceX and Co-founder of Tesla Motors and PayPal. He is also chairman of SolarCity. Musk attended Bryanston High School in South Africa, but graduated from Pretoria Boys High School. In the early 90s, Musk was educated at Queen's University in Kingston Ontario Canada and left Canada around 1992 to pursue Business and Physics at the University of Pennsylvania, where he...

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2009-07-06 12:24:05

The Pioneer Program is a series of American unmanned space missions designed for planetary exploration. The program included a number of missions, but the most well-known missions were Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11. Both Pioneer 10 and 11 explored the outer planets and left our solar system. Both probes carry a gold plaque, depicting a man and a woman and information about the origin of the probes and their creators. The Pioneer probe was named by Stephen A. Saliga, who was chief designer of Air...

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2009-07-06 12:14:43

Project Constellation is a spaceflight program run by NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration). The program goals are to continue significant operations away from Earth's environment, to develop technologies needed for expanding exploration of space, and to continue conducting fundamental science. Project Constellation was developed by the Exploration Systems Architecture Study, which established how NASA would pursue the goals from the Vision for Space Exploration and the...

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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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2004-10-19 04:45:44

NEAR-Shoemaker Mission -- The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous - Shoemaker (NEAR Shoemaker), renamed after its launch in honor of Gene Shoemaker, is an unmanned spacecraft designed to study the near-Earth asteroid Eros from close orbit over a period of a year. The primary scientific objectives of NEAR were to return data on the bulk properties, composition, mineralogy, morphology, internal mass distribution and magnetic field of Eros. Secondary objectives include studies of regolith...

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