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(Space Fellowship) Dragon Set to Launch Friday; Station Crew Preps for Spacewalk

The International Space Station Program and SpaceX have selected Friday for the next launch attempt of the Falcon 9 rocket to send the Dragon cargo craft on the company’s third commercial resupply mission to the station from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.  NASA Television coverage of the 3:25 p.m. EDT launch begins at 2:15 p.m. A launch Friday will send Dragon on a course to rendezvous with the station Sunday morning. Commander Koichi Wakata and Flight Engineer Rick Mast [...]

(Space Fellowship) Searching for dark energy with neutrons

With neutrons, scientists can now look for dark energy in the lab. All the particles we know to exist make up only about five per cent of the mass and energy of the universe. The rest – "Dark Matter" and "Dark Energy" – remains mysterious. A European collaboration lled by researchers from the Vienna University of Technology has now carried out extremely sensitive measurements of gravitational effects at very small distances at the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) in Grenoble. These experiment [...]

(Space Fellowship) NASA Mars Orbiter Spies Rover Near Martian Butte

Scientists using NASA's Curiosity Mars rover are eyeing a rock layer surrounding the base of a small butte, called "Mount Remarkable," as a target for investigating with tools on the rover's robotic arm. The rover works near this butte in an image taken on April 11 by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The rover's current location, where multiple types of rocks are exposed close together, is called "the Kimberley." Here [...]

(ScienceDaily) Mars: Meteorites yield clues to Red Planet's early atmosphere

Geologists analyzed 40 meteorites that fell to Earth from Mars to understand the history of the Martian atmosphere. Their new article shows the atmospheres of Mars and Earth diverged in important ways early in the solar system's 4.6 billion year evolution.

(Discovery News) This Supernova Remnant Cranks Up the Heat

The debris from a stellar explosion from 2,200 years ago still shines brightly in x-rays -- even though it shouldn't Continue reading →

(Commercial Space Watch) ATK Announces $178 Million Contract Award from United Launch Alliance to Build Composite Launch Vehicle Structures

ATK (NYSE: ATK) has reached agreement on a $178 million contract award as part of the Air Force's Phase 1 Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) buy from United Launch Alliance (ULA).

The order value includes hardware for both of the current United States Air Force EELV launch vehicles, the Atlas V and Delta IV. The initial contracting period includes large composite structures with deliveries commencing in AFY14 and continuing into early AFY18. The option period includes hardware deliveries in AFY17 through AFY19.

"ATK's continued involvement in the Atlas V and Delta IV launch vehicles is a strong demonstration of our workforce's engineering and manufacturing abilities," said Joy de Lisser, vice president and general manager of ATK's Aerospace Structures division. "Our ongoing support of ULA missions is a critical element of our business, and we are proud to provide support for these successful programs."

The order consists of a variety of composite structures 13 to 18 feet in diameter with lengths up to 63 feet, including fairings, payload adapters and diaphragms, interstages, nose cones and structures providing main engine thermal/aerodynamic protection. All of the structures will be fabricated in ATK's Large Structures Center of Excellence (COE) in Iuka, Miss., employing advanced fiber placement and hand lay-up processes, automated machining and ultrasonic inspection techniques.

The Large Structures COE boasts more than 320,000 square feet of manufacturing floor space, including 86,000 square feet of clean room facility, which houses some of the largest specialized processing equipment of its kind in the United States.

ATK is an aerospace, defense, and commercial products company with operations in 22 states, Puerto Rico, and internationally. News and information can be found on the Internet at www.atk.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atk, or on Twitter @ATK.

Certain information discussed in this press release constitutes forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Although ATK believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be achieved. Forward-looking information is subject to certain risks, trends and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Among those factors are: changes in governmental spending, budgetary policies and product sourcing strategies; the company's competitive environment; the terms and timing of awards and contracts; and economic conditions. ATK undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements. For further information on factors that could impact ATK, and statements contained herein, please refer to ATK's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and any subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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(Commercial Space Watch) MDA Awarded Support Contract for Unmanned Aerial Surveillance Solution to DND

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. ("MDA" or the "Company") (TSX:MDA), a global communications and information company, announced today that it has been awarded a five year contract valued at CA$5 million with Canada's Department of National Defence (DND).

MDA will provide support for the Unmanned Aerial Surveillance solution announced on October 29, 2013. The contract also includes options for incremental activities up to an additional CA$11 million.

About MDA

MDA is a global communications and information company providing operational solutions to commercial and government organizations worldwide.

MDA's business is focused on markets and customers with strong repeat business potential. In addition, the Company conducts a significant amount of advanced technology development.

MDA's well-established global customer base is served by more than 4,800 employees operating from 11 offices located in the United States, Canada, and internationally.

The Company's common shares trade under the symbol TSX:MDA.

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(ScienceDaily) A study in scarlet: Hot newborn stars formed out of the clouds

An area of the southern sky, in the constellation of Centaurus (The Centaur), is home to many bright nebulae, each associated with hot newborn stars that formed out of the clouds of hydrogen gas. The intense radiation from the stellar newborns excites the remaining hydrogen around them, making the gas glow in the distinctive shade of red typical of star-forming regions.

(Space Fellowship) NASA Signs Agreement with SpaceX for Use of Historic Launch Pad

NASA Kennedy Space Center's historic Launch Complex 39A, the site from which numerous Apollo and space shuttle missions began, is beginning a new mission as a commercial launch site. NASA signed a property agreement with Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, Calif., on Monday for use and occupancy of the seaside complex along Florida's central east coast. It will serve as a platform for SpaceX to support their commercial launch activities. "It's exciting that th [...]