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  • NASA's Lockheed-Built MAVEN Spacecraft Observes Dust Cloud, Aurora on Mars - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    NASA’s Lockheed-Built MAVEN Spacecraft Observes Dust Cloud, Aurora on Mars

    The Lockheed Martin-built Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft has detected aurora-like atmospheric lights and a dust cloud at orbital altitude during its mission for NASA‘s Mars Exploration Program. NASA said Wednesday MAVEN’s Langmuir Probe and Waves instrument and Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph observed the two phenomena in the spacecraft’s fourth month on Martian orbit. The dust cloud, which has been present throughout MAVEN’s […] More

  • Lockheed's MAVEN Spacecraft Captures Martian Atmospheric Activity for NASA - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Lockheed’s MAVEN Spacecraft Captures Martian Atmospheric Activity for NASA

    Lockheed Martin‘s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft has captured the first ultraviolet images of solar energetic particle activity and a layer of ozone in Mars’ atmosphere as part of a mission for NASA. The space agency said Tuesday it is currently testing the spacecraft’s instruments ahead of the science mission, which will also study the possible causes of the planet’s loss […] More

  • Lockheed-Built MAVEN Spacecraft Enters Mars' Orbit; Charles Bolden Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Lockheed-Built MAVEN Spacecraft Enters Mars’ Orbit; Charles Bolden Comments

    Lockheed Martin and NASA have confirmed that the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft has entered Mars’ orbit as they prepare for MAVEN’s primary mission to collect data on gases in the planet’s upper atmosphere. NASA said Sunday that the team used data from Lockheed’s Colorado operations center and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s California navigation facility to confirm orbit insertion. MAVEN, which Lockheed built, […] More

  • Lockheed, NASA Prepare MAVEN to Enter Mars Orbit; Bruce Jakosky Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Lockheed, NASA Prepare MAVEN to Enter Mars Orbit; Bruce Jakosky Comments

    Lockheed Martin flight controllers will oversee the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft’s health and safety functions as the company and NASA prepare for MAVEN to enter Mars’ orbit on Sunday. MAVEN’s orbital insertion concludes its 10-month interplanetary mission and starts its mission to collect data on upper-atmosphere gases on Mars and their interaction with solar winds, NASA said Wednesday. “The MAVEN science mission focuses on […] More

  • Lockheed Mars-Bound Probe Lifts Off for NASA Study; Guy Beutelschies Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Lockheed Mars-Bound Probe Lifts Off for NASA Study; Guy Beutelschies Comments

    Lockheed Martin and NASA launched a spacecraft Monday that is scheduled to arrive at Mars in September 2014 for a one-year study of the red planet’s upper atmosphere. The MAVEN spacecraft lifted off at 1:28 Eastern time from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V-401 rocket, the company said Monday. Once on […] More

  • ATK Composite, Propulsion Hardware Used for MAVEN Launch - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    ATK Composite, Propulsion Hardware Used for MAVEN Launch

    ATK‘s composite and propulsion technologies were used to help launch the Lockheed Martin-built Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN spacecraft into space on Monday. The company developed the 10-foot diameter composite heat shield and the 401 vehicle configuration with a 4-meter fairing used in the launch vehicle, ATK said Monday. The United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V […] More

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne Thrusters Help Carry NASA Mars Probe Into Space; Steve Bouley Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Aerojet Rocketdyne Thrusters Help Carry NASA Mars Probe Into Space; Steve Bouley Comments

    Aerojet Rocketdyne helped NASA launch of a Mars-bound spacecraft that will work to study how the planet’s climate changed due to loss off atmospheric gas. The company provided 12 monopropellant thrusters designed for settling burns and roll, pitch and yaw control on the rocket’s Centaur upper stage, Aerojet Rocketdyne said Monday. NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft lifted […] More

  • Lockheed Sends Mars Orbiter to NASA Kennedy Space Center; Guy Beutelschies Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Lockheed Sends Mars Orbiter to NASA Kennedy Space Center; Guy Beutelschies Comments

    Lockheed Martin has handed over to NASA a spacecraft designed for a mission to study the atmosphere and climate on Mars. The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN orbiter arrived at the Kennedy Space Center Friday for final preparations ahead of its scheduled November launch, Lockheed said Monday. “Many on our team have moved to Florida […] More

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