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2008-12-22 13:00:00

NASA will host a media teleconference with Associate Administrator for Space Operations Bill Gerstenmaier at 4 p.m. EST, Tuesday, Dec. 23, to discuss the contract selection for commercial cargo resupply services for the International Space Station. NASA released a Request for Proposal on April 14 for the cargo needs of the space station beyond those supplied by current international agreements. NASA will depend on commercial resupply for reliable, safe and cost effective cargo delivery...

2008-12-18 09:51:31

NASA and Ad Astra Rocket Company of Webster, Texas, have signed a Space Act Agreement that could lead to the testing of a new plasma-based space propulsion technology on the International Space Station. The Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR) engine initially was studied by NASA and is being commercially developed by Ad Astra. This is the first such agreement for a payload on the station's exterior and represents an expansion of NASA's plans to operate the U.S. portion of...

2008-12-17 17:18:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA and Ad Astra Rocket Company of Webster, Texas, have signed a Space Act Agreement that could lead to the testing of a new plasma-based space propulsion technology on the International Space Station. The Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR) engine initially was studied by NASA and is being commercially developed by Ad Astra. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) This is the first such agreement...

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2008-05-20 10:41:40

The space agency expressed confidence Monday in the Soyuz capsule as a lifeboat for fliers on the international space station, while the Russians continued to investigate the vessel's steep re-entry on its most recent flight. The endorsement came as top NASA officials set May 31 as the date for the launch of the space shuttle Discovery for a 14-day mission to the space station. The spacecraft will carry American Gregory Chamitoff, who is to join the resident crew for a six-month tour on the...

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2008-04-23 00:10:00

The Soyuz space capsule had a rocky trip home over the weekend, but NASA is confident that the Russians have a firm handle on things.This was the second straight off-course landing for a Soyuz capsule returning from the international space station. Russian space officials first thought that the crew of three"”Including American Peggy Whitson"”was in serious danger during the descent.But William H. Gerstenmaier, NASA associate administrator for space operations, downplayed such...

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2008-04-02 00:10:00

More than 8,000 NASA contractor jobs in the nation's manned space program could be eliminated after the space shuttle program is shut down in 2010, the agency said Tuesday. The number of civil servants is expected to remain roughly the same, but dramatic job cuts are possible among private contractors as NASA transitions to the Constellation program, which is developing the next-generation vehicle and rockets to go to the moon and later to Mars. Constellation isn't scheduled to begin flights...

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2007-07-26 17:10:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A space program worker deliberately damaged a computer that is supposed to fly aboard shuttle Endeavour in less than two weeks, an act of sabotage that was caught before the equipment was loaded onto the spaceship, NASA said Thursday. The unidentified employee, who works for a NASA subcontractor, cut wires inside the computer that is supposed to be delivered to the international space station by Endeavour, officials said. The space agency declined to speculate...

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2007-06-25 20:40:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- If all goes as planned, part of the international space station will host research experiments from outsiders after it's completed in three years, NASA officials said Monday. NASA is in talks with several government agencies, most notably the National Institutes of Health, and private businesses that want to conduct research in the microgravity laboratory orbiting 220 miles above Earth. NASA and its 15 partner nations, including Russia, Canada, Japan and European...

2005-12-15 16:26:58

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA plans to redesign the space shuttle's external tank again, this time removing a section of protective foam that broke off during the launch of Discovery last July, an official with the space agency said Thursday. The removal of more foam from the external tank, and further testing to determine the root cause of cracks on it could lead to a longer delay until the next shuttle flight, tentatively set for May. But NASA official Bill Gerstenmaier said that's not...

2005-08-18 14:11:46

By Maggie Fox WASHINGTON (Reuters) - NASA will delay the next launch of a space shuttle until March 2006 in part because more time is needed to fix a problem with foam flying off the external fuel tank, space agency officials said on Thursday. "From an overall standpoint we think really March 4th is the time frame we are looking at," Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA's associate administrator for Space Operations, told a news conference. NASA made the announcement a day after a report on its...