Monthly Archive for July, 2016

Inside KSC: CST-100 Starliner, VAB Work

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Video Caption: NASA and Boeing entered in an agreement with Bastion Technologies for the company to build training mock-ups and ground support equipment for Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner. In Kennedy’s Vehicle Assembly Building, half of the 10 work platforms now have been installed to surround the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft, providing access during preflight processing.

Company Provides Drone for Asteroid Defense Project

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The asteroid Lutetia during a flyby by ESA's Rosetta spacecraft (Credit: ESA)

The asteroid Lutetia during a flyby by ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft (Credit: ESA)

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (UVIONIX Aerospace PR) – UVIONIX AEROSPACE is joining partners, SETI Institute, NVIDIA and Autodesk, in supporting young researchers develop new approaches to investigating the potential threat of asteroids.

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I Will Launch America: Steve Payne

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i_will_launch_steve_payneBy Joshua Finch,
NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida

Steve Payne always knew he wanted to work for NASA.

“As a kid, I watched the moon landings on TV,” Payne said. “I grew up with pictures of rockets on my wall. Like every kid in that era, space was everywhere and I wanted to do that.”

Over the years, Payne has not lost his passion for all things space and sometimes he gets a little carried away. Like earlier this year, when he was asked to build a model rocket for his child’s school fundraiser and ended up with a 15-foot-tall, high-fidelity model of a Saturn 1B rocket from the early days of the space program. The model rocket still sits in his living room.

“I did it for the kids’ school, but also because I’m a nerd,” said Payne. “I like launching model rockets anyway. I build my own rockets from scratch. I can make almost anything fly with a rocket engine in it.”

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UrtheCast, OmniEarth Form Strategic Partnership

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urthecast-logoVANCOUVER, BC, July 29, 2016 (UrtheCast PR) — | UrtheCast Corp. (TSX:UR) (“UrtheCast” or the “Company”) today announces that it has signed a strategic partnership with OmniEarth, Inc. (“OmniEarth”) in support of UrtheCast’s planned UrtheDaily Constellation, expected to be capable of imaging 140 million square kilometers of the global landmass every day at 5 meters GSD. The UrtheCast-OmniEarth partnership includes collaborative system development, the sharing of intellectual property, and joint customer marketing activities.

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NASA Orders Second SpaceX Crew Mission to International Space Station

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Interior of crewed Dragon (Credit: SpaceX)

Interior of crewed Dragon (Credit: SpaceX)

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (NASA PR) — NASA took another important step Friday in returning U.S. astronaut launches from U.S. soil with the order of a second post-certification mission from commercial provider SpaceX in Hawthorne, California. Commercial crew flights from Florida’s Space Coast to the International Space Station will restore America’s human spaceflight launch capability and increase the time U.S. crews can dedicate to scientific research, which is helping prepare astronauts for deep space missions, including the Journey to Mars.

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SpaceX Test Fires Used First Stage Booster

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Dream Chaser Returning to the Mojave for Glide Tests

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Dream Chaser test vehicle prepares to ship. (Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation)

Dream Chaser test vehicle prepares to ship. (Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation)

SPARKS, Nev., July 28, 2016 (SNC PR) Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Dream Chaser full-scale, flight test vehicle is ready for transportation to NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) in California where Phase Two flight tests will be conducted in coordination with Edwards Air Force Base (AFB).
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Atlas V Launches National Security Satellite

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Atlas V launches the NROL-61 satellite. (Credit: ULA)

Atlas V launches the NROL-61 satellite. (Credit: ULA)

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., July 28, 2016 (ULA PR) – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 July 28 at 8:37 a.m. EDT. Designated NROL-61, the mission is in support of national defense. This is ULA’s 6th launch in 2016 and the 109th successful launch since the company was formed in December 2006.

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New Heart and DNA Research in Space Benefiting Health

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Astronaut Kate Rubins works to set up a new microscope for the Heart Cells study. (Credit: NASA TV)

Astronaut Kate Rubins works to set up a new microscope for the Heart Cells study. (Credit: NASA TV)

HOUSTON (NASA PR) — New science unloaded from the latest SpaceX Dragon to visit the International Space Station is under way. The variety of new and ongoing space research is designed to benefit life on Earth and astronauts on long duration missions.

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OneWeb Hires Airbus Veteran as CEO

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OneWeb constellation. (Credit: Airbus Defence & Space)

OneWeb constellation. (Credit: Airbus Defence & Space)

LONDON, 26 July 2016 (OneWeb PR) — OneWeb which is building a new global communications system to create affordable broadband services for all, announces the appointment of Eric Beranger as Chief Executive Officer.

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NASA to Map Surface of Asteroid

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By Sarah Schlieder
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

GREENBELT, Md. (NASA PR) — NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will launch September 2016 and travel to a near-Earth asteroid known as Bennu to harvest a sample of surface material and return it to Earth for study. The science team will be looking for something special. Ideally, the sample will come from a region in which the building blocks of life may be found.

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GAO: NASA Facing Challenges on SLS, Exploration Ground Systems

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Artist concept of the Block I configuration of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS). The SLS Program has completed its critical design review, and the program has concluded that the core stage of the rocket will remain orange along with the Launch Vehicle Stage Adapter, which is the natural color of the insulation that will cover those elements. (Credit: NASA)

Artist concept of the Block I configuration of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS). (Credit: NASA)

NASA is facing challenges with its Space Launch System and the related Exploration Grounds Systems that could cause schedule delay and cost overruns, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a report (GAO-16-612) released on Wednesday.

The SLS program has not positioned itself well to provide accurate assessments of core stage progress—including forecasting impending schedule delays, cost overruns, and anticipated costs at completion—because at the time of our review it did not anticipate having the baseline to support full reporting on the core stage contract until summer 2016—some 4.5 years after NASA awarded the contract.
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Mark Kelly’s & Gabby Gifford’s Speeches at Democratic National Convention

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GAO: Orion Cost & Schedule Estimates “Not Reliable”

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By Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report (GAO-16-620) says that NASA has used bad on estimating the cost and schedule for its Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, leaving the program open to budget overruns and cost delays.

“GAO found that the Orion program’s cost and schedule estimates are not reliable based on best practices for producing high-quality estimates,” the report stated. “Cost and schedule estimates play an important role in addressing technical risks.”

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NASA Selects New Technologies for Flight Tests

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Made in Space employees on a Zero G research flight.

Made in Space employees on a Zero G research flight.

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — NASA’s Flight Opportunities program has selected 13 space technology payloads to flight test on parabolic aircraft, high-altitude balloons or suborbital launch vehicles to demonstrate new technologies. The selections were made through the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) in Washington.

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