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  • Space Florida’s DiBello details space efforts at NSCFL 2017

    May 10th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — On Tuesday, May 9, the National Space Club Florida Committee met for their monthly luncheon with Frank DiBello serving as the keynote speaker.

  • Orbital ATK completes development milestones in Next Generation Launch program

    April 17th, 2017

    Orbital ATK announced on April 3, 2017, that it has made progress developing its next generation launch vehicle. Over the last 18 months, it has been developing a booster with advanced solid rocket propulsion to be used in intermediate- and large-class vehicles.

  • NASA leaders visit Lockheed Martin in Littleton

    April 9th, 2017

    On April 5, 2017, acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot and other top agency officials visited Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Littleton, Colorado, to see progress on the various missions the company is working on.

  • Antares lights up Virginian night skies in return-to-flight OA-5 mission

    October 18th, 2016

    WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. — NASA and Orbital ATK returned the Antares launch vehicle to service on Monday, Oct. 17, with its payload of 5,100 lbs (2,313 kg) of cargo bound for the International Space Station. The rocket lifted off at 7:45 p.m. EDT from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

  • His one-year mission complete, astronaut Scott Kelly announces retirement from NASA

    March 13th, 2016

    Astronaut Scott Kelly announced his retirement from NASA yesterday. Kelly explained he remains “ever committed and dedicated to the service of human exploration and advancement in space or on Earth,” and that his departure from NASA symbolizes the next step in his own journey.

  • Astronaut Scholarship Foundation commemorates Hubble’s first 25 years

    November 9th, 2015

    COCOA BEACH, Fla. — On Friday, Nov. 6, the ASF invited guests to experience a night at Eastern Florida State College with astronauts and other personnel who were involved with the release, repair, and utilization of the Hubble Space Telescope over the past 25 years.

  • MIPS in space: Inside JAXA’s Hayabusa-2 mission to asteroid rendezvous

    November 8th, 2015

    A Q&A interview with Associate Professor Yuichi Tsuda, Ph.D., the project manager for Hayabusa-2, about the use of the 64-bit MIPS CPU aboard the Hayabusa-2 probe and its mission to asteroid 162173 Ryugu. Hayabusa-2 is aimed at completing Hayabusa's mission objectives and will attempt to return a sample of the asteroid to Earth.

  • Back to the future: 64-bit MIPS CPU explores the origins of the Solar System

    November 7th, 2015

    A report on the specially-developed 64-bit MIPS-based CPU installed on the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) Hayabusa-2 spacecraft that is en route to a rare asteroid – 162173 Ryugu (1999 JU3) – to explore the origin of the Solar System. The Hayabusa-2 probe is designed to follow upon the Hayabusa in completing mission objectives, as well as returning a sample of the asteroid back to Earth.

  • ULA’s President, Tory Bruno talks company’s future

    October 3rd, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Following today’s successful flight of an Atlas V 421 rocket carrying the Mexican Morelos-3 communications satellite, United Launch Alliance (ULA) president Tory Bruno met with members of the media to discuss the company's historic 100th mission.

  • KSC Fire Department dedicates 9/11 memorial

    September 11th, 2015

    Members of the Kennedy Space Center fire and police departments dedicated a new 9-11 memorial outside of the KSC Fire Department today, Friday, Sept. 11. Eighty local firefighters attended the ceremony. The centerpiece of the memorial is an actual steel beam from the World Trade Center, destroyed by Islamic terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001.

  • Launch Viewing Guide: ULA Atlas V 401 with GPS IIF 10

    July 13th, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — United Launch Alliance (ULA ) is getting ready to send the U.S. Air Force’s tenth GPS IIF satellite atop one of the company’s Atlas V 401 rockets. The navigational satellite will have some 19 minutes to get off of the launch pad and into the skies, with weather conditions providing an estimated 70 percent […]

  • NASA’s WISE detects universe’s most luminous galaxy

    May 29th, 2015

    NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE ) has recently discovered a remote galaxy so luminous, it shines with the light of 300 trillion suns. This galaxy easily wins the title of most luminous in the ‘verse, and is the latest specimen in a relatively new class of galaxy called Extremely Luminous Infrared Galaxies, or ELIRG for […]

  • SpaceX’s Falcon 9 breaks EELV monopoly

    May 27th, 2015

    It has been a long time coming for Hawthorne, California-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX ) — but that day has arrived. The company’s highly-successful Falcon 9 booster has been approved to actively compete under the United States Air Force’s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program. 

  • Europa’s dark lines may be due to irradiated salt

    May 17th, 2015

    NASA released data this week from recent laboratory experiments further indicating Jupiter’s moon Europa could contain a subsurface ocean and possibly even support life. Europa, the smallest of the four Galilean moons, contains surface features covered by an intriguing dark material. The data shows the enigmatic dark streaks are likely formed as a result of sea […]

  • Google Lunar X PRIZE: Creating a new generation of lunar landers

    May 11th, 2015

    The last crewed mission to the Moon took place more than four decades ago, and ever since, humanity seems to have a new target in its sights – Mars. Private industry on the other hand has been working diligently to explore more of the lunar surface. With the help of Google’s Lunar X PRIZE, four companies are developing […]