Tag Archives: Spacecraft

Ball Aerospace to Design NASA Landsat-9 Cryocooler

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has received a $18.2 million contract to design, test and deliver a cryocooler for NASA’s Landsat-9 spacecraft. Ball Aerospace will build two stages of cooling materials into the Thermal Infrared Sensor-2 instrument Cryocooler, NASA said Tuesday. The first cooling stage will be for a layer …

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Orbital ATK to Subject Updated Antares Rocket to Initial Engine Test; Kurt Eberly Comments

Orbital ATK moved an updated version of the Antares rocket to Virginia Space’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport launch pad Thursday in preparation for the rocket’s first hot-fire engine test, Universe Today reported Monday. Ken Kremer writes Kurt Eberly, deputy program manager for Antares at Orbital ATK, said in an interview that the initial …

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Lockheed Picks Anark Software to Produce 3D Technical Data Packages for Orion Spacecraft; Richard Smith Comments

Lockheed Martin has selected an Anark-built software that works to generate technical data packages in three-dimensional PDF formats in support of the former’s work on NASA’s Orion spacecraft. Lockheed’s space systems business will use Anark Core Server to produce and publish 3D PDF documents of design and engineering data stored in …

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NASA Releases Mercury’s Initial Global Topographic Model from Messenger Mission; Kris Becker Comments

NASA’s Planetary Data System has unveiled Mercury’s initial global digital elevation model produced through the use of at least 100,000 images and data collected by the space agency’s MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging spacecraft. Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory said Friday the global DEM details the planet’s lowest and highest …

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Ball Aerospace Tests NOAA Satellite for Environmental Factors; Jim Oschmann Comments

Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. has started to test a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather prediction and environmental monitoring satellite in a simulated setting. The Joint Polar Satellite System satellite will undergo a series of acoustic, vibration, and electromagnetic interference and electromagnetic compatibility tests at a facility Boulder, Colorado where the company built …

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NASA Completes Environmental Tests on Ball Aerospace-Made Spacecraft for Green Propellant Demo Mission; Chris McLean Comments

NASA has completed a series of environmental and functional tests on software and systems in a Ball Aerospace & Technologies-built spacecraft designed to demonstrate a green propellant alternative to hydrazine. The space agency plans to launch in 2017 the Ball Configurable Platform-100 small satellite in an effort to carry and demonstrate …

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Aerojet Rocketdyne Propulsion System Backs Orbital ATK Cygnus Launch for SS Cargo Resupply Mission

An Aerojet Rocketdyne-built propulsion system helped to launch a Orbital ATK-made Cygnus space vehicle onboard a United Launch Alliance-made Atlas V rocket to transport cargo to the International Space Station. The OA-6 flight’s launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida Tuesday represents Orbital ATK’s fifth cargo delivery mission to the ISS under the company’s Commercial …

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Aerojet Rocketdyne to Develop High-Power Electric Propulsion System for NASA; Julie Van Kleeck Comments

Aerojet Rocketdyne

Aerojet Rocketdyne has received a more than $6.5 million contract to mature a high-power electric propulsion system for NASA‘s advanced exploration systems division. The company Aerojet Rocketdyne said Monday it will work with the University of Michigan, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Silicon Turnkey Solutions to develop a 100-kilowatt hall thruster …

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