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NASA Aims to Advance Comms, Proximity Operation Capabilities Via 2 Cubesat Demo Missions

NASA is set to conduct technology demonstration missions for two Cubesats that took off Sunday aboard Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft. The agency said Tuesday it will conduct the Optical Communications and Sensor Demonstration and Integrated Solar Array and Reflectarray Antenna missions as part of the Small Spacecraft Technology Program. “Our primary mission …

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NASA to Test Energy Source for Future Mars Habitat

NASA will test an energy source that could power human crews on the surface of Mars and energize habitats along with processing equipment that can convert resources from the Red Planet into fuel, oxygen and water. The space agency said Tuesday its Space Technology Mission Directorate has obligated multi-year funding …

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Ed Hirst Named NASA Juno Project Manager

Ed Hirst, former mission system manager of NASA‘s Stardust comet sample return mission, has been appointed as project manager of the space agency’s Jupiter probe named Juno. NASA said Thursday Hirst succeeds Rick Nybakken, who was named deputy director for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s office of safety and mission success. Hirst previously served …

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NASA to Integrate 23 Cameras Into Mars 2020 Rover

NASA plans to incorporate a total of 23 cameras into the Mars 2020 Rover system designed to investigate the red planet’s atmosphere and support science instruments as part of the exploration mission. The space agency said Wednesday the Mars 2020 Rover being built at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California will feature nine …

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Former NASA Chief Michael Griffin to be Nominated DoD Acquisition Deputy Undersecretary

President Donald Trump will nominate Michael Griffin, former NASA administrator, as principal deputy defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, Reuters reported Saturday. Once confirmed, Griffin is expected to transition to the role of defense undersecretary for research and engineering by February 2018 as part of a reorganization plan the Defense Department announced in …

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NASA’s Thomas Zurbuchen Orders Design Modification Study for WFIRST Space Telescope

Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of the NASA‘s Science Mission Directorate, has urged the Goddard Space Flight Center to study potential design changes on the agency’s future space observatory to address the results of an independent review. The design modification study is intended to reduce the cost and complexity of the Wide Field Infrared Survey …

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