Space program of the United States

Third Lockheed Martin-Built GPS III Satellite Now Climbing To Orbit On Its Own Power

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 11:17pm

GPS III Space Vehicle 03 ( GPS III SV03 ) is responding to commands from U.S. Space Force and Lockheed Martin engineers in the Launch & Checkout Center at the company's Denver facility.

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  • GPS III Space Vehicle 03 ( GPS III SV03 ) is responding to commands from U.S. Space Force and Lockheed Martin engineers in the Launch & Checkout Center at the company's Denver facility.
  • "In the coming days, GPS III SV03's onboard liquid apogee engines will continue to propel the satellite towards its operational orbit," said Tonya Ladwig, Lockheed Martin's Acting Vice President for Navigation Systems.
  • Lockheed Martin designed GPS III to help the Space Force modernize the GPS constellation with new technology and capabilities.
  • The new GPS IIIs provide three times better accuracy and up to eight times improved anti-jamming capabilities over any previous GPS satellite.

Relativity Space Expands Footprint Via Launch Site at Vandenberg Air Force Base

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - 2:00pm

Relativity Space, the first company to utilize 3D printing, robotics and AI to reinvent aerospace manufacturing, extended its launch capabilities via a Right of Entry Agreement with the United States Air Force, 30th Space Wing for development of rocket launch facilities at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

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  • Relativity Space, the first company to utilize 3D printing, robotics and AI to reinvent aerospace manufacturing, extended its launch capabilities via a Right of Entry Agreement with the United States Air Force, 30th Space Wing for development of rocket launch facilities at Vandenberg Air Force Base.
  • View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200624005291/en/
    Rendering of potentialfuture Vandenberg launch site (Photo: Business Wire)
    Were honored to begin this partnership with the 30th Space Wing and join the exclusive group of private space companies able to conduct launches at Vandenberg, says Tim Ellis, CEO of Relativity.
  • Vandenberg Air Force Base is the home of the 30th Space Wing, which manages the Department of Defenses space and missile testing, as well as satellite launches into polar and sun sync orbits from the West Coast.
  • We look forward to working with Relativity as its West Coast launch partner for many years to come, stated Colonel Anthony J. Mastalir, 30th Space Wing commander, Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Students from Across US to Speak with NASA Astronauts Aboard Space Station

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 7:02pm

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Students from across the nation will have an opportunity this week to ask questions of NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station .

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  • WASHINGTON, June 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Students from across the nation will have an opportunity this week to ask questions of NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station .
  • The Earth-to-space call will air live at 1:10 p.m. EDT Friday, June 19, on NASA Television and the agency's website .
  • NASA astronauts Robert Behnken , Christopher Cassidy and Douglas Hurley will answer questions recorded by K-12 students from the Challenger Center's national network of learning centers.
  • Linking students directly to astronauts aboard the space station provides unique, authentic experiences designed to enhance student learning, performance and interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Redstone Federal Credit Union Taps Fiserv for P2P Payments

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 2:10pm

We follow payments closely and are always watching to see which ones click with members, said Terri Bentley, Senior Executive Vice President at Redstone Federal Credit Union.

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  • We follow payments closely and are always watching to see which ones click with members, said Terri Bentley, Senior Executive Vice President at Redstone Federal Credit Union.
  • With more than $5.5 billion in assets, Redstone Federal Credit Union is the largest member-owned financial institution in Alabama and one of the largest federal credit unions in the nation by assets.
  • Based in Huntsville, Alabama, Redstone Federal Credit Union serves more than 500,000 members.
  • Redstone Federal Credit Union provides a level of service that is not generally available at other financial institutions through its philosophy of - People Helping People.

United Launch Alliance Successfully Launches the Sixth Orbital Test Vehicle for the U.S. Space Force

Sunday, May 17, 2020 - 4:45pm

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION,Fla., May 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --A United Launch Alliance(ULA) Atlas V 501 rocket carrying the USSF-7 mission for the U.S. Space Force lifted off on May 17, 9:14 a.m. EDT, from Space Launch Complex-41.

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  • CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION,Fla., May 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --A United Launch Alliance(ULA) Atlas V 501 rocket carrying the USSF-7 mission for the U.S. Space Force lifted off on May 17, 9:14 a.m. EDT, from Space Launch Complex-41.
  • This marks the 84th successful launch of an Atlas V rocket, 139th launch for ULA, the second launch for the U.S. Space Force and the sixth flight of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV-6).
  • "We were honored to partner with the U.S. Space Force to dedicate this mission to first responders, front-line workers, and those affected by COVID-19.
  • The launch is scheduled for July 17 from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
    To date ULA has a track record of 100% mission success with 139 successful launches.

Maine Students to Speak with NASA Astronauts Aboard Space Station

Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 7:38pm

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Students from Maine will have an opportunity next week to talk with NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station who have special ties to the Pine Tree State.

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  • WASHINGTON, April 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Students from Maine will have an opportunity next week to talk with NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station who have special ties to the Pine Tree State.
  • NASA astronauts Christopher Cassidy and Jessica Meir will respond to questions recorded by students from across the state.
  • The Challenger Center of Maine is also sending well-wishes from Maine locals to Cassidy regarding his launch to the space station.
  • Linking students directly to astronauts aboard the space station provides unique, authentic experiences designed to enhance student learning, performance and interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

NASA Astronaut Hague Inspires Silicon Valley to Explore Space Station Research

Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 5:30pm

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Astronaut Nick Hague, along with representatives from NASA and the U.S. International Space Station National Lab, will visit San Jose, Calif., February 25 28, to highlight research opportunities on board the International Space Station.

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  • WASHINGTON, Feb. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Astronaut Nick Hague, along with representatives from NASA and the U.S. International Space Station National Lab, will visit San Jose, Calif., February 25 28, to highlight research opportunities on board the International Space Station.
  • This nationwide campaign, known as "Destination Station," is a joint effort to reach potential industry and commercial entities and share opportunities for microgravity research.
  • Since 2000, the International Space Station has been continuously inhabited for 20 years, enabling more than 2,400 researchers to conduct more than 2,000 innovative experiments in the areas of biology and biotechnology, human health, space and physical science, and technology.
  • The public and the press are invited to share Astronaut Hague's experiences in space at various locations throughout the week.

NASA Awards Contract to Launch CubeSat to Moon from Virginia

Friday, February 14, 2020 - 9:41pm

Rocket Lab, a commercial launch provider licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration, will launch the 55-pound CubeSat aboard an Electron rocket from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

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  • Rocket Lab, a commercial launch provider licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration, will launch the 55-pound CubeSat aboard an Electron rocket from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
  • The engine firing will allow the CubeSat to break free of Earth's gravity and head to the Moon.
  • The mission is targeted for launch in early 2021 and will be the second lunar mission to launch from Virginia.
  • The firm-fixed-price launch contract is valued at $9.95 million.In September, NASA awarded a $13.7 million contract to Advanced Space of Boulder, Colorado, to develop and operate the CubeSat.

International Students to Speak with NASA Astronauts Aboard Space Station

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 6:16pm

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- International students in Panama will have an opportunity this week to talk with NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station .

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  • WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- International students in Panama will have an opportunity this week to talk with NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station .
  • NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir will answer questions from students pre-K through 12th grade from the International School of Panama and middle school students from other schools in Panama City.
  • Linking students directly to astronauts aboard the space station provides unique, authentic experiences designed to enhance student learning, performance and interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
  • For nearly 20 years, astronauts have continuously lived and work on the space station, testing technologies, performing science and developing the skills needed to explore farther from Earth.

NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for Environmental Satellite Mission

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 10:34pm

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC (ULS) of Centennial, Colorado, to provide launch services for the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-T (GOES-T) mission, which will provide advanced imagery and atmospheric measurements of Earth's weather, oceans and environment, real-time mapping of total lightning activity, and improved monitoring of solar activity and space weather.

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  • WASHINGTON, Dec. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC (ULS) of Centennial, Colorado, to provide launch services for the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-T (GOES-T) mission, which will provide advanced imagery and atmospheric measurements of Earth's weather, oceans and environment, real-time mapping of total lightning activity, and improved monitoring of solar activity and space weather.
  • The total cost for NASA to launch GOES-T is approximately $165.7 million, which includes the launch service and other mission related costs.
  • The GOES-T mission currently is targeted to launch in December 2021 on an Atlas V 541 rocket from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
  • The GOES-R Series includes GOES-R, S, T, and U.
    NASA's Launch Services Program at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida will manage the ULS launch service.