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NASA Awards Contract for Aerospace Systems Research, Technology Development

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Under its Basic and Applied Aerospace technology (BAART) multiple-awards contract, NASA has awarded contracts to 11 companies to support research and technology development for aerospace systems at the agency’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. The multiple-award, indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity contract, which begins Nov. 1, allows NASA to spend as much as $400 million during five

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Media Accreditation Open for Orbital ATK Mission to Resupply Space Station

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NASA has opened media accreditation for the fourth commercial resupply services launch of an Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft filled with cargo for the International Space Station. The launch is currently targeted for Thursday, Dec. 3 during a 30-minute window that opens at approximately 6 p.m. EST. Artist’s concept of Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft in orbit.

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Cassini Begins Series of Flybys with Close-up of Saturn Moon Enceladus

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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will wrap up its time in the region of Saturn’s large, icy moons with a series of three close encounters with Enceladus starting Wednesday, Oct. 14. Images are expected to begin arriving one to two days after the flyby, which will provide the first opportunity for a close-up look at the north

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NASA Releases Plan Outlining Next Steps in the Journey to Mars

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NASA is leading our nation and the world on a journey to Mars, and Thursday the agency released a detailed outline of that plan in its report, “NASA’s Journey to Mars: Pioneering Next Steps in Space Exploration.” “NASA is closer to sending American astronauts to Mars than at any point in our history,” said NASA

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NASA Announces Winners for 3-D Printed Container Contest

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NASA Names John Honeycutt Space Launch System Program Manager

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NASA has named John Honeycutt manager for the agency’s Space Launch System (SLS) Program. Now under development, SLS will be the most powerful rocket ever built — able to carry astronauts in NASA’s Orion spacecraft on deep space missions, including to an asteroid and ultimately to Mars. As SLS program manager, Honeycutt leads a nationwide

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NASA to Announce Selections for Small Satellite Launch Contract

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NASA will host a news conference at 1 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to announce the outcome of the Venture Class Launch Service (VCLS) competition. The FIREBIRD-II CubeSat. The news conference will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website. The participants are: Garrett Skrobot,

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NASA Offers Licenses of Patented Technologies to Start-Up Companies

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NASA is unveiling a new opportunity for start-up companies to license patented NASA technology with no up-front payment. The Startup NASA initiative addresses two common problems start-ups face: raising capital and securing intellectual property rights. Aimed at encouraging the growth of high-tech businesses and advancing American innovation, NASA’s Technology Transfer Program within the Office of

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NASA Television to Air CubeSat Launch Events

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Thirteen NASA and National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)-sponsored CubeSats are scheduled to launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket at 8:49 a.m. EDT (5:49 a.m. PDT) Thursday, Oct. 8, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Prelaunch media briefings and launch commentary coverage will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website. NASA

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