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NASA Unveils Next CubeSat Launch Program for Nanosatellite Developers

NASA has launched the next round of a program for CubeSat developers to have an opportunity to launch their nanosatellites as auxiliary payloads on planned space exploration missions. The space agency will choose small satellite payloads for space research efforts by Feb. 19, 2016 for possible deployments through the International Space Station, rocket launches and other …

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NASA Renews Crew Space Launch Deal with Russia

NASA has inked a $490 million contract with Russia to keep sending American astronauts to the International Space Station aboard Russian-built space vehicles. The deal was sealed after Congress failed to pass full funding for the Commercial Crew Program, NASA said Wednesday. The new contract extends U.S. reliance on Russian …

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GAO Recommends Performance Measures for NASA-CASIS Work on ISS Research

The Government Accountability Office has urged NASA to establish measurable performance targets and document its assessment of the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space’s performance in the International Space Station program. Shelby Oakley, acting director for acquisition and sourcing management at GAO, said in her testimony Friday before a …

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NASA to Back Up ISS Robots with Google-Built Smartphones; Chris Provencher Comments

NASA plans to install Google-developed mobile devices with three-dimensional sensors into robots that perform routines inside the International Space Station, Reuters reported Monday. Noel Randewich writes Google’s smartphones will serve as “brains and eyes” for the Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites robots. NASA intends for the SPHERES machines to …

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NASA, CASIS Open ISS Lab for Microgravity Stem Cell Research

NASA and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space have opened the International Space Station to stem cell research in a move aimed at addressing medical conditions both in space and on Earth. Scientists can study non-embryonic stem cell properties using the ISS U.S. National Laboratory’s microgravity environment, …

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Orbital Sciences, SpaceX Conclude NASA COTS Mission; Charles Bolden, Frank Culbertson Comment

NASA has concluded the Commercial Orbital Transportation Service program with participation from Orbital Sciences and Space Exploration Technologies. The two companies helped develop the rockets and spacecraft under the COTS initiative to design a budget space transport that can ferry supplies and humans from Earth to the International Space Station, NASA …

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