Tag Archives: Spacecraft

Stu Spath: Lockheed Resumes Testing, Integration Work on NASA’s ‘InSight’ Mars Lander

Lockheed Martin has resumed testing and assembly work on a spacecraft at its Denver, Colorado-based facility in preparation for NASA’s upcoming Mars mission that seeks to explore the red planet’s deep interior. The Lockheed-built Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport lander is scheduled to launch on May …

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BAE Unveils ‘Radiation-Hardened’ Space Computer Tech

BAE Systems has introduced a single-board computer technology designed to support computing processes on board spacecraft and satellites. The company said Wednesday it developed the RAD5545TM computer to aid space missions such as weather monitoring, planetary exploration, communications, surveillance, tracking and national security. RAD5545TM components are designed to resist potential damage or …

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SpaceX Launches 12th ISS Cargo Resupply Mission

SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft lifted off Monday aboard the Falcon 9 rocket at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida as part of the company’s 12th Commercial Resupply Services mission to the International Space Station. The spacecraft took off at 12:31 p.m. Eastern time to deliver at least 6,400 pounds of crew supplies and experiments …

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SpaceX Launches Reused Dragon Capsule for 11th ISS Cargo Resupply Mission

A SpaceX-built spacecraft took off Saturday aboard the company’s Falcon 9 rocket to deliver approximately 6,000 pounds of scientific instruments and crew supplies to the International Space Station, Space.com reported Saturday. The Dragon spacecraft’s launch from NASA‘s Kennedy Space Center in Florida marks the first time that SpaceX used a refurbished second …

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NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft With Northrop’s Navigation Tool Travels Through Gap Between Saturn, Rings

A Northrop Grumman-built navigation platform has worked to provide attitude control capabilities for NASA’s Cassini space vehicle in support of the Saturn exploration mission. The spacecraft with Northrop’s Space Inertial Reference Unit maneuvered through a 1,500-mile gap between the planet and its rings on April 26, the company said Thursday. Northrop’s …

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Boeing Unveils Spacesuit for Future CST-100 Starliner Passengers; Chris Ferguson Comments

Boeing has introduced a spacesuit to be worn by passengers on spacecraft the company has built to support NASA‘s manned missions to the International Space Station and other low-Earth orbit destinations. The Boeing Blue spacesuit future CST-100 Starliner crew is designed to increase pressurized mobility and weighs nearly 40 percent lighter than previously used spacesuits, …

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Lockheed to Start Environmental, Mechanical Tests on NOAA GOES-S Weather Satellite

Lockheed Martin will begin environmental and mechanical tests on a satellite that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will use to support U.S. weather observation operations. Lockheed said Tuesday the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites – S weather satellite is the second of four GOES-R series geostationary weather satellites and will undergo …

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European Space Agency Taps Thales Alenia Space for ExoMars 2020 Mission Support Contract

The European Space Agency has partnered with Thales Alenia Space to carry out the final stage of activities for the ExoMars 2020 — a joint mission of ESA and its Russian counterpart to explore life on Mars. Thales Alenia Space will design the ExoMars mission and lead a European industrial consortium under a contract with ESA, Thales said …

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Iridium Sets Satellite Constellation NEXT Launch Date for Dec. 16; Matt Desch Comments

Iridium Communications has scheduled the launch of its next-generation global satellite constellation Iridium NEXT for Dec. 16 aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will carry 10 Iridium NEXT satellites to low-Earth orbit to replace an existing commercial satellite network in space, Iridium said Thursday. …

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Lockheed to Start On-Orbit Test of 5th MUOS Satellite; Mark Woempner Comments

Lockheed Martin is ready to begin pre-operational testing of the Mobile User Objective System constellation’s fifth satellite after the spacecraft reached geosynchronous orbit and deployed its solar arrays and antennas last week. Lockheed said Friday it will conduct on-orbit MOUS-5 tests before the company hands over operations to the U.S. Navy for additional evaluation …

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