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Mon, Dec 22, 2014

Deadline For $30 Million Google Lunar XPRIZE Extended To End Of 2016

Up To $6 Million In Milestone Prizes Recognizing Technological Advancements To Be Awarded In January 2015

XPRIZE has announced that the deadline for the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE has been officially extended until December 31, 2016. As part of this revised timeline, at least one team must provide documentation of a scheduled launch by December 31, 2015 for all teams to move forward in the competition.

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Mon, Dec 22, 2014

Progress Continues On XCOR Lynx Spacecraft

Carry-Through Spar Installed, Tested To 6G Re-Entry Loads

The XCOR Lynx suborbital spacecraft continues to make rapid progress towards final assembly. Immediately after bonding the cockpit to the fuselage the shop crews set up for the delicate and precise operation of bonding the carry-through spar on to the rear end of the Lynx fuselage.

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Mon, Dec 22, 2014

NASA Awards Launch Contract For Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite

SpaceX Selected To Launch TESS Mission In 2017

NASA has selected SpaceX to provide launch services for the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission. TESS will launch aboard a Falcon 9 v1.1 launch vehicle, with liftoff targeted for August 2017 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

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Mon, Dec 22, 2014

Signs Of Ancient Mars Lakes And Quakes Seen In New Map

Images From MRO Released By USGS

Long ago, in the largest canyon system in our solar system, vibrations from "marsquakes" shook soft sediments that had accumulated in Martian lakes.

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Mon, Dec 22, 2014

NASA's MAVEN Identifies Links In Chain Leading To Atmospheric Loss

Findings Among First Returns From Science Mission Which Began November 16

NASA’s MAVEN mission is observing the upper atmosphere of Mars to help understand climate change on the planet. MAVEN entered its science phase on Nov. 16, 2014.

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Mon, Dec 22, 2014

Aerojet Rocketdyne Demonstrates 3D Printed Satellite Rocket Propulsion System

Project Funded By NASA's Opportunities In Technology Development

Aerojet Rocketdyne has successfully completed a hot-fire test of its MPS-120 CubeSat High-Impulse Adaptable Modular Propulsion System (CHAMPS). The MPS-120 is the first 3D-printed hydrazine integrated propulsion system and is designed to provide propulsion for CubeSats, enabling missions not previously available to these tiny satellites.

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Sun, Dec 21, 2014

NASA Launches New Micro-g NExT For Undergraduates

Deadline For Proposals Is January 28

NASA is offering undergraduate students an opportunity to participate in a new microgravity activity called Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams (Micro-g NExT). The deadline for proposals is Jan. 28, 2015.

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Sun, Dec 21, 2014

Sierra Nevada Corporation Transfers Operation Of Six Orbital Satellites

ORBCOMM Begins Providing Services To Customers

The first six satellites of the ORBCOMM Generation Two (OG2) constellation, designed and built by Sierra Nevada Corporation's (SNC) Space Systems, have completed all on-orbit checkout procedures, culminating in the transfer of operations from SNC to ORBCOMM in mid-September. The six satellites have already begun providing greater network efficiency for ORBCOMM’s global customers.

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Sun, Dec 21, 2014

GPS III, OCX Successfully Demo Key Satellite Command And Control Capabilities

Successful Demo Of New Automation And Information Assurance Capabilities Clears Way For The Final Launch And Early Orbit Exercise

Lockheed Martin and Raytheon Company have successfully completed the fourth of five planned launch and early orbit exercises to demonstrate new automation capabilities, information assurance and launch readiness of the world’s most powerful and accurate Global Positioning System (GPS), the U.S. Air Force’s next generation GPS III satellite and Operational Control System (OCX). 

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Sat, Dec 20, 2014

NASA’s Orion Arrives Back At Kennedy

Carried By Truck 2,700 Miles From California To Florida

After traveling more than 3,600 miles above Earth and 600 miles over sea, NASA’s Orion spacecraft completed the final leg of its journey by land Thursday, arriving home at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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