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Mon, Sep 15, 2014

Curiosity Arrives At Martian Mountain

Mount Sharp Is The Size Of Earth's Mount Rainier

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has reached the Red Planet's Mount Sharp, a Mount-Rainier-size mountain at the center of the vast Gale Crater and the rover mission's long-term prime destination.

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Mon, Sep 15, 2014

Airborne 09.15.14: ForeFlight Advises iOS8 Caution, Boeing v Al Jazeera, Expedition 40 Returns

Also: EAA On NTSB Drug Study, Remember 'Ripcord?', FAA Loosens Up In SAR UAV Use, Curiosity Arrives At Martian Mount, IAF Worries About Social Media

With much fanfare, Apple rolled out its new iOS 8 operating system last week, as well as new devices which will be available soon. However, ForeFlight is asking it subscribers to wait a little while before hitting the "Update" button. The proposed airing of a television program on Al Jazeera English focused on the development and production of the Boeing Dreamliner has led Boeing to issue a preemptive response. Boeing’s statement says in part, "Promotional trailer and published media reviews suggest that what has been produced [by Al Jazeera English] is as biased a production as we have seen in some time... Three crew members from the International Space Station returned to Earth last week after 169 days of science and technology research in space, including a record 82 hours of research in a single week, wh

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Mon, Sep 15, 2014

NASA's MAVEN Spacecraft Makes Final Preparations For Mars

Will Enter Orbit Later This Month After 10-Month Journey

On Sept. 21, 2014, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft will complete roughly 10 months of travel and enter orbit around the Red Planet.

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Mon, Sep 15, 2014

NASA Set To Launch New Era Of Earth Science From ISS

Six New Instruments To Be Boosted To The Station By The End Of The Decade

The launch of a NASA ocean winds sensor to the International Space Station (ISS) this month inaugurates a new era of Earth observation that will leverage the space station's unique vantage point in space. Before the end of the decade, six NASA Earth science instruments will be mounted to the station to help scientists study our changing planet.

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Mon, Sep 15, 2014

Northrop Grumman, Los Angeles County Air Show Award Scholarships

Five Students Receive Scholarships Of $1,000 Each

Northrop Grumman's Palmdale Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence partnered with the Los Angeles County Air Show to present scholarships to local high school seniors seeking a higher education with an emphasis in science, technology, education and math (STEM).

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Sun, Sep 14, 2014

Boeing Receives First Order For 502 Phoenix Small Satellite

Hyperspectral Payload Will Be First In The Commercial Industry

Boeing has received its first commercial order for the 502 Phoenix small satellite from HySpecIQ of Washington, D.C. The satellites will carry the commercial remote sensing industry’s first high-resolution hyperspectral payload, capable of providing spectral imaging fidelity that far exceeds what is currently available.

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Sun, Sep 14, 2014

Commercial Space Operation Center Achieves New Milestones

AGI, Business Partners Opened Space Situational Awareness Facility In March

Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) along with a consortium of business partners announces that the Commercial Space Operations Center (ComSpOC) has reached several new milestones since its announcement in March 2014.

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Sun, Sep 14, 2014

Additive Manufacturing Cuts Satellite Production Time

Airbus Defense And Space Employing The Technique

The latest generation of satellites from Airbus Defense and Space contain special clamps that join the body of the satellite to the feed and sub-reflector assembly at the top end. Clamps manufactured by conventional production methods did not meet the expectations of the Spanish corporate division. The engineers thus chose the additive-metal-manufacturing technique from EOS for production.

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Sun, Sep 14, 2014

NASA Identifying Candidate Asteroids For Redirect Mission

Hopes To Capture And Park An Asteroid In Orbit Around The Moon

NASA is continuing to push forward with its somewhat controversial Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), looking to add potential candidate target asteroids for the program. The robotic mission will identify, capture and redirect a near-Earth asteroid to a stable orbit around the moon. In the 2020s, astronauts will explore the asteroid and return to Earth with samples. NASA says this will test and advance new technologies and spaceflight experience needed to take humans to Mars in the 2030s.

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