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NASA approves Dynetics’s propulsion system

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Dynetics’ propulsion system has been approved for flight on NASA’s next fee-flying lander known as the robotic lander prototype. The prototype is designed to affordably and responsively test candidate flight software, electronics, guidance and sensors to be used on near-term robotic exploration systems like asteroids, the moon and beyond. Dynetics designed he system as a… Continue Reading NASA approves Dynetics’s propulsion system

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Aerospace park opts for Denver over Springs

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While Colorado Springs missed out on an aerospace manufacturing park planned for the metro-Denver region, the city will be considered for a satellite location. The Colorado Association of Manufacturing and Technology entered a partnership with NASA to create the Aerospace and Clean Energy Manufacturing and Innovation Park last December. The business site, designed to shorten… Continue Reading Aerospace park opts for Denver over Springs

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Aerospace and defense companies in Colorado Springs received good news from President Obama’s 2012 budget this week, but it wasn’t so kind to NASA. First the good news: Major rocket and satellite programs got a boost. And additional funding for space programs — including maintenance, research and development — means big money for aerospace companies… Continue Reading Obama budget favors rockets, satellites, but not NASA

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Colorado-built containers will be aboard shuttle

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Containers built at the University of Colorado will carry two experiments aboard the space shuttle Discovery’s last flight. The shuttle is scheduled for launch on Feb. 24 after a delay of nearly four months. The two experiments will be in cylinders built by BioServe Space Technologies in CU-Boulder’s aerospace engineering sciences department. The cylinders will… Continue Reading Colorado-built containers will be aboard shuttle

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The Colorado Association of Manufacturing and Technology signed an agreement with NASA today to promote the commercialization of technology developed for the space program. The agreement creates a technology acceleration program and regional innovation cluster for aerospace and clean energy. The group will also develop a manufacturing park focused on rapid new product development and… Continue Reading NASA and Colorado create tech-transfer partnership

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A private company launched a spacecraft into orbit Wednesday in a bold demonstration test for NASA that could lead to the first commercial space station supply run next year and eventual astronaut rides. The Falcon 9 rocket, owned by Space Exploration Technologies Corp., blasted into a clear, chilly morning sky, carrying a capsule named Dragon.… Continue Reading Private company launches test spacecraft for NASA

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NASA to provide $200M for space flights

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The commercial space race just got a boost – $200 million from NASA. The space agency is offering the money to companies to flesh out or flight-test technology, an effort set to bolster plans for an outpost in orbit. NASA already offered a $50 million commercial crew development program this year, awarded to Boeing, which… Continue Reading NASA to provide $200M for space flights

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A manned mission to Mars may be decades away, but an international team of researchers will try to experience what one might be like by locking themselves up in a windowless capsule for a year-and-half – the time needed for a roundtrip to the red planet. The all-male crew of three Russians, a Frenchman, an… Continue Reading Russia launching 520-day Mars mission simulation

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NASA has unveiled the first images from a new satellite designed to predict disruptive solar storms, and scientists say they’re already learning new things. Researchers showed off brightly colored images and short movie clips of the sun from the Solar Dynamics Observatory in Boulder in a webcast on Wednesday. The satellite was launched Feb. 11.… Continue Reading Boulder solar observatory reveals first images

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Orion rescue means jobs launch

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President Barack Obama is reviving the NASA crew capsule concept that he had canceled with the rest of the moon program earlier this year, in a move that will mean more jobs and less reliance on the Russians, officials said Tuesday. Continue Reading Orion rescue means jobs launch

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