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5 Weeks and Counting: New NOAA Weather Satellite Readies for Launch

December 19, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

Scientists gear up to launch revolutionary technology into deep space that will provide the most advanced solar storm warning system to date. The spacecraft includes new research systems that also will better monitor Earth's atmosphere and land. 

Funding Puts DSCOVR Weather Satellite on Schedule for January Liftoff

October 2, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

U.S. Congress has approved funding to ensure the Deep Space Climate Observatory, a satellite system developed to monitor for potentially disastrous sun storms, is a go for a January space launch.  

Two Capsules to Serve as the Cure for Outsourced U.S. Space Transportation

September 16, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

NASA has awarded its long-awaited Commercial Crew Development contracts to Boeing and SpaceX to build the next generation of spacecraft that will deliver astronauts to the International Space Station beginning in 2017. The two firms will build, deliver and launch space capsules of their own design to provide human access to low Earth orbit.

NASA Explores Making Planets Right Here On Earth

May 7, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

NASA scientists at Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, reproduced the processes that occur in the atmosphere of a red giant star and lead to the formation of planet-forming interstellar dust.


Miller Named Chief Technologist of NASA

David W. Miller has been named chief technologist of NASA, Washington, D.C.

Aerojet to Develop Miniature Satellite Propulsion System

April 9, 2014

Aerojet Rocketdyne, Sacramento, Calif., has been awarded a contract from the Flight Opportunities Program Office at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Test Center to develop propulsion technology for miniature satellites that could possibly lower cost and accelerate mission schedules. Under the first phase of the contract, Aerojet Rocketdyne will develop and perform hot-fire tests on its MPS-120 CubeSat High-Impulse Adaptable Modular Propulsion System. If selected for a flight demonstration in a second phase, the MPS-120 would be the first chemical propulsion system ever used on a CubeSat.

CSC to Continue NASA Information Technology Support Services

September 25, 2013
George I. Seffers

NASA has exercised the fourth option year under its existing contract with Computer Sciences Corporation, Falls Church, Va. This is a one-year option period for the continuation of financial management, human resources, procurement and information technology support services for the agency. The option increases the existing NASA Shared Services Center (NSSC) support contract by more than $44 million and provides services through Sept. 30, 2014.

Stofan Named NASA Chief Scientist

Ellen Stofan has been named the chief scientist for NASA, Washington, D.C.

NASA Awards Potential $403 Million IT Support Contract

August 2, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
NASA has awarded a potential $403.4 million contract to Arctic Slope Regional Corp. (ASRC) Federal Research and Technology Solutions, Greenbelt, Md., for information technology services at the agency's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. The firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity hybrid contract includes a two-year base period with three one-year options. The contractor will provide system and governance support, security, network and communication systems and support, and application management and support. It also will provide scientific computing systems and support, innovation and emerging technologies, and outreach and informational systems and support.

NASA Extends Mission Operations Support Contract

April 26, 2013
George I. Seffers

NASA has exercised a contract option with Lockheed Martin Corp. of Gaithersburg, Md., to provide continued mission control systems services, development, maintenance and operations support as part of the Facilities Development and Operations Contract. The extension has a total estimated value of $166.8 million and extends the period of performance through Sept. 30, 2014. The total contract value has been increased to $1 billion. Lockheed Martin will provide support for the hardware, software, data and displays systems used to train for and execute all human spaceflight missions supported by the Mission Operations Directorate at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. The contract provides systems services support within the Christopher C. Kraft Jr. Mission Control Center and the Jake Garn Mission Simulator and Training Facility at Johnson, and at various backup control centers.

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