NASA Astronaut Chris Cassidy Available for Interviews Before Space Station Mission

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NASA Astronaut Chris Cassidy Available for Interviews Before Space Station Mission

HOUSTON — NASA wanderer Chris Cassidy of Maine, who is creation final preparations during a Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, for a Mar launch to a International Space Station, will be accessible for live satellite interviews from 5 to 6 a.m. CST Friday, Mar 8.

The interviews will issue from Star City, and will be preceded during 4:30 a.m. by a video b-roll feed of Cassidy’s goal training and before spaceflight. To attend in a interviews, reporters should hit Karen Svetaka during 281-483-8684 no after than 1 p.m., Thursday, Mar 7.

Cassidy is a Navy SEAL and connoisseur of a U.S. Naval Academy. He served in worldwide deployments ancillary Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan before to fasten NASA in 2004. Cassidy formerly flew in space as a goal dilettante aboard space convey Endeavour on STS-127 in 2009. On that goal Cassidy finished 3 spacewalks during a construction of a space station.

Cassidy will launch with Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin of a Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos). The contingent is set to launch aboard a Soyuz booster to a orbiting laboratory from a Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan during 3:43 p.m. CDT Mar 28 (2:43 a.m. Mar 29 Baikonur time). They are scheduled to lapse to Earth Sept. 11.

This launch will be a initial time in a 12-year story of a space hire a booster carrying organisation will wharf to a outpost within hours of launching. Approximately 6 hours after launch, and several orbits around Earth, a organisation will wharf and enter a station.

When they arrive, a contingent will join NASA wanderer Tom Marshburn, Canadian Space Agency wanderer and Expedition 35 Commander Chris Hadfield, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Roman Romanenko, who launched to a hire in Dec 2012. The six-person organisation will attend in several hundred experiments in biology and biotechnology, earthy scholarship and Earth scholarship during their roughly 6 month space mission.

NASA TV’s Media Channel 103 will lift a b-roll and will be used to control a interviews. It is an MPEG-4 digital C-band signal, carried by QPSK/DVB-S modulation on satellite AMC-18C, transponder 3C, during 105 degrees west longitude, with a downlink magnitude of 3760 MHz, straight polarization, information rate of 38.80 MHz, pitch rate of
28.0681 Mbps, and 3/4 FEC. A Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) agreeable Integrated Receiver Decoder (IRD) is indispensable for reception. The Compression Format is MPEG-4, Video PID = 0x1031 conjuration / 4145 decimal, AC-3 Audio PID = 0x1035 conjuration /4149 decimal, MPEG we Layer II Audio PID = 0x1034 conjuration /4148 decimal.

For NASA TV downlink, report and streaming video information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

Cassidy’s autobiography is accessible at:

http://go.nasa.gov/wQfxJe

For some-more information about Expedition 36 and 37, visit:

http://go.nasa.gov/XCDQ6p

For information about a International Space Station, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/station

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SpaceX and NASA Host Teleconference Today on SpaceX 2 Mission to Space Station

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SpaceX and NASA Host Teleconference Today on SpaceX 2 Mission to Space Station

WASHINGTON — SpaceX and NASA will reason a media teleconference during 3 p.m. EST currently to plead a latest information about a company’s second load goal to a International Space Station underneath NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract.

The teleconference participants are:

–     Elon Musk, arch engineer and CEO, SpaceX
–     Gwynne Shotwell, president, SpaceX
–     William Gerstenmaier, associate director for Human Exploration and Operations during NASA Headquarters, Washington
–     Michael Suffredini, International Space Station module manager

For dial-in information, reporters contingency hit Josh Buck during jbuck@nasa.gov or 202-358-1100, or a Kennedy Space Center newsroom 321-867-2468.

Audio of a teleconference will be streamed live on NASA’s website at:

http://www.nasa.gov/newsaudio

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NASA Coverage Set for Mar 1 SpaceX Mission to Space Station

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NASA Coverage Set for Mar 1 SpaceX Mission to Space Station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The second SpaceX goal to a International Space Station underneath NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services agreement is scheduled to launch Friday, Mar 1, from Space Launch Complex 40 during Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. NASA Television coverage starts during 8:30 a.m. EST.

The company’s Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon load plug will lift off during 10:10 a.m. If needed, a backup launch event is accessible on Mar 2 with launch time during 9:47 a.m. and NASA TV coverage commencement during 8 a.m.

The goal is a second of 12 SpaceX flights engaged by NASA to resupply a space station. It will symbol a third outing by a Dragon plug to a orbiting laboratory, following a proof moody in May 2012 and a initial resupply goal in Oct 2012.

The plug will be filled with some-more than 1,200 pounds of systematic experiments and cargo. It will sojourn trustworthy to a space station’s Harmony procedure for some-more than 3 weeks. The Dragon plug will dash down in a Pacific Ocean off a seashore of Baja California on Mar 25, returning some-more than 2,300 pounds of hearing samples and equipment, that will be recovered for hearing by scientists and engineers.

In allege of a launch, NASA will horde a lecture on NASA’s tellurian low space scrutiny swell during 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27, during a agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. On Thursday, Feb. 28, NASA will horde a goal scholarship lecture during 1 p.m. and a prelaunch news discussion during 3 p.m. All 3 briefings will be carried live on NASA TV and a agency’s website.

Media might ask accreditation to attend a prelaunch news conferences and launch by going online at:

https://media.ksc.nasa.gov

The deadline for U.S. media to request for accreditation is Feb. 25. The deadline has upheld for general news media to apply.

Media certification will be current during NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida and Johnson Space Center in Houston for goal activities from launch by splashdown.

For some-more information about media accreditation, call Jennifer Horner during 321-867-6598 or 321-867-2468.

For an updated report of prelaunch briefings, events and NASA TV coverage times, visit:

http://go.nasa.gov/13hO0IY

For NASA TV report and video streaming information, visit

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

For countdown coverage, NASA’s launch blog and some-more information about a mission, visit:

http://go.nasa.gov/spacex2

For some-more information about a International Space Station, investigate in low-Earth orbit, NASA’s blurb space programs and a destiny of American spaceflight, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/exploration

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NASA Targets Mar 1 Launch for Next SpaceX Station Resupply Mission; Media Accreditation Open

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M13-029

NASA Targets Mar 1 Launch for Next SpaceX Station Resupply Mission; Media Accreditation Open

HOUSTON — NASA and a general partners are targeting Friday, Mar 1, as a launch date for a subsequent bucket resupply moody to a International Space Station by Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX).

Launch is scheduled for 10:10 a.m. EST (9:10 a.m. CST) from Space Launch Complex 40 during Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Media accreditation to perspective a launch is open. International media but U.S. citizenship contingency request for certification to cover a prelaunch and launch activities by noon on Monday, Feb. 18. For U.S. media, a deadline to request is Monday, Feb. 25.

Questions about accreditation might be destined to Jennifer Horner during NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida during 321-867-6598 or 321-867-2468. All media accreditation requests contingency be submitted online at:

https://media.ksc.nasa.gov

NASA also is mouth-watering 50 amicable media users to request for certification for a launch. Social media users comparison to attend will be given a same entrance as journalists. All amicable media accreditation applications will be deliberate on a case-by-case basis. Registration for amicable media accreditation is open online. International amicable media users but U.S. citizenship contingency request for certification by 5 p.m. EST Friday, Feb. 15, to qualify. For U.S. amicable media, a deadline to request is 5 p.m. EST Friday, Feb. 22. For some-more information about NASA amicable media accreditation mandate and to register, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/social

SpaceX’s Dragon plug will be filled with about 1,200 pounds of reserve for a space hire organisation and experiments being conducted aboard a orbiting laboratory.

On Mar 2, Expedition 34 Commander Kevin Ford and Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn of NASA will use a station’s drudge arm to fastener Dragon following a event with a station. They will insert a Dragon to a Earth-facing pier of a station’s Harmony procedure for a few weeks while astronauts unpack cargo. They afterwards will bucket examination samples for lapse to Earth.

Dragon is scheduled to lapse to Earth Mar 25 for a parachute-assisted splashdown in a Pacific Ocean off a seashore of Baja California. It will be bringing behind some-more than 2,300 pounds of examination samples and equipment.

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Reporters Invited to International Space Station Social Media Event

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M13-032

Reporters Invited to International Space Station Social Media Event

WASHINGTON — Journalists are invited to attend in a NASA Social from 9:30 a.m. to noon EST Wednesday, Feb. 20, in a James Webb Auditorium of NASA Headquarters during 300 E St. SW in Washington.

During this event, 150 amicable media supporters and their guest will pronounce with 3 of a 6 organisation members now aboard a International Space Station orbiting about 240 miles above Earth. The participants also will hear from group scientists and engineers about ground-breaking investigate holding place daily on a orbiting laboratory.

NASA Socials are in-person meetings for people who rivet with a group by Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other amicable networks.

Participants in this NASA Social will learn about a discoveries enabled by a space station’s singular microgravity sourroundings that advantage amiability and boost a bargain of how humans can safely work and live in space for prolonged periods.

Astronauts and officials scheduled to accommodate with a NASA Social participants are:

— Astronauts Kevin Ford and Tom Marshburn of NASA and Chris Hadfield of a Canadian Space Agency will attend from a space hire
— NASA wanderer Don Pettit, a former space hire proprietor
— Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA’s associate executive for tellurian scrutiny and operations Mission Directorate
— Marshall Porterfield, executive of NASA’s Space Life and Physical Sciences Research and Applications Division
— Tara Ruttley of NASA, an associate space hire module scientist

NASA Television will promote a amicable from 10 a.m. to noon at:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

In a afternoon, NASA has partnered with a Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum, where NASA Social participants will debate a Moving Beyond Earth and Space Race galleries, see demonstrations, correlate with museum staff and and hear museum curators speak about a space station, robots in space and Skylab.

Registration for amicable media participants for this eventuality has concluded. News media meddlesome in attending possibly event of a NASA Social should hit Trent Perrotto during 202-358-1100 by 5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19. News media meddlesome in covering a afternoon event also contingency hit Isabel Lara during a National Air and Space Museum during 202-633-2374 by 5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19.

To follow a review with a NASA Social participants as they knowledge a day’s events, use hashtag #NASASocial or follow @NASA and @NASASocial on Twitter.

For some-more information about a International Space Station, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/station

To find all a ways to bond with NASA on amicable media, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/connect

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NASA Awards Space Station Mission Operations and Integration Services Contract

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NASA Awards Space Station Mission Operations and Integration Services Contract

WASHINGTON — NASA has comparison Teledyne Brown Engineering Inc. of Huntsville, Ala., for a International Space Station goal operations and formation contract.

The cost-plus-award-fee services agreement is valued during about $120.1 million and has a intensity opening duration of 5 years. The agreement starts Mar 1 with an 18-month bottom period, followed by 3 one-year options and one six-month choice that might be exercised during NASA’s discretion. The agreement includes an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity member for additional services, as needed.

Teledyne Brown will yield operations in support of a International Space Station during NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville and a agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Support entails all phases of flight, including goal preparation, organisation and moody controller training, and real-time mandate for spaceflight operations.

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NASA Awards Engineering, Technology and Science Contract

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NASA Awards Engineering, Technology and Science Contract

WASHINGTON — NASA has comparison Jacobs Technology Inc. of Tullahoma, Tenn., for an engineering, record and scholarship agreement during a agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The cost-plus-award-fee services agreement has a intensity value of $1.93 billion, including options. The agreement starts May 1 with a five-year bottom duration followed by dual two-year options and includes indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity charge orders.

Work underneath a agreement will support Johnson’s Engineering Directorate and Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Directorate. Services will include: engineering pattern and development; nutritious engineering; engineering investigate and assessment, record development; exam services; laboratory and trickery operation and maintenance; heavenly goal research; earthy scholarship research; and astromaterial curation. Contract services will be achieved during Johnson and comforts owned by Jacobs and vital subcontractors. It will be managed in Houston.

NASA programs and offices that will be upheld by a agreement embody a International Space Station, Orion, Advanced Exploration Systems, a Chief Technologist and Commercial Crew and Cargo and Mars Science Laboratory scholarship investigate and operations.

Companies that will support Jacobs on this agreement embody Aerodyne Industries of Oldsmar, Fla.; HX5 of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; Hamilton Sundstrand of Windsor Locks, Conn., and Barrios Technology, ERC Inc., GeoControl Systems Inc., Oceaneering Space Systems and MRI Technologies, all of Houston.

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NASA’S Refueling Demonstration Proves Viability Of Satellite-Servicing Technologies

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NASA’S Refueling Demonstration Proves Viability Of Satellite-Servicing Technologies

WASHINGTON — NASA has demonstrated robotic liquid send in space, an design that will assistance surprise a growth of robotic record to refuel satellites. The first-of-its-kind proof was achieved during a Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) aboard a International Space Station.

“This feat is a vital step brazen in servicing satellites,” pronounced Frank Cepollina, associate executive of a Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office during NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. “RRM gives NASA and a rising blurb satellite servicing attention a certainty to robotically refuel, correct and say satellites in both nearby and apart orbits — good over a strech of where humans can go today.”

A corner bid with a Canadian Space Agency, RRM uses a International Space Station as exam bed for a investigate and growth of robotic satellite-servicing capabilities. During 6 days of activity final month, controllers on a belligerent during NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston used a space station’s remotely operated Dextre, a robotic space handyman, to cut wires, mislay and reserve caps and perform tasks required to refuel satellites not designed to be refueled.

The cutting-edge technologies that RRM is demonstrating could extend a lives of many of a hundreds of satellites now in geosynchronous Earth orbit. These are satellites that broach essential services such as continue reports, dungeon phone communications, radio broadcasts, supervision communications and atmosphere trade management.

RRM tasks scheduled to be achieved after this year embody thermal sweeping slicing and tie and electronic stop top removals. NASA anticipates RRM technologies might assistance boost a blurb satellite-servicing attention in a future. Such servicing capabilities could severely enhance options for supervision and blurb swift operators.

For information, updates and videos about RRM and NASA’s satellite servicing activities, visit:

http://ssco.gsfc.nasa.gov

For some-more information about a International Space Station and the crew, visit:

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NASA Hosts Its First Google+ Hangout Connecting with Space Station

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NASA Hosts Its First Google+ Hangout Connecting with Space Station

WASHINGTON — NASA will horde a initial Google+ Hangout live with a International Space Station from 11 a.m. to noon EST, Friday, Feb. 22. This eventuality will bond NASA’s amicable media supporters with astronauts on a belligerent and vital and operative aboard a laboratory orbiting 240 miles above Earth.

Google+ Hangouts concede as many as 10 people to discuss face-to-face, while thousands some-more can balance in to watch a review live on Google+ or YouTube.

NASA’s amicable media supporters might contention video questions before to a Hangout. During a event, several video questions will be comparison and answered by a hire organisation and astronauts on a ground. Unique and strange questions are some-more expected to be selected. Additionally, NASA also will take real-time questions submitted by fans on Google+, Twitter and Facebook.

The deadline to contention video questions is Feb. 12. To be considered, video clips contingency be no longer than 30 seconds and contingency be uploaded to YouTube and tagged with #askAstro. Submitters should deliver themselves and discuss their plcae before seeking their question.

Also use #askAstro to ask real-time questions on Google+, YouTube or Twitter during a event. On a morning of a event, NASA will open a thread on a Facebook page where questions might be posted.

The hangout can be noticed live on NASA’s Google+ page or on a NASA Television YouTube channel. To join a hangout, and for updates and opportunities to attend in arriving hangouts, revisit a NASA’s Google+ page at:

http://www.google.com/+NASA

Astronauts Kevin Ford and Tom Marshburn of NASA and Chris Hadfield of a Canadian Space Agency will answer questions and yield insights about life aboard a station. Crews control a accumulation of scholarship experiments and perform hire upkeep during their six-month stay on a outpost. Their life aboard a hire in near-weightlessness requires opposite approaches to bland activities such as eating, sleeping and exercising.

For information about a space station, investigate in low-Earth orbit, NASA’s blurb space programs and a destiny of American spaceflight, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/exploration

To follow Marshburn and Hadfield on Twitter, visit:

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Space Station Cargo Ship Flights to Be Broadcast on NASA TV

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Space Station Cargo Ship Flights to Be Broadcast on NASA TV

WASHINGTON — NASA Television will yield live coverage of a skip of one Russian load booster during a International Space Station and a launch and attainment of another.

The ISS Progress 48 resupply ship, that arrived during a hire final August, will skip a Pirs advancing compartment, partial of a Russian segment, on Saturday, Feb. 9. The Progress will leave circuit 3 hours after and bake adult above a Pacific Ocean. NASA TV coverage of a undocking will start during 8 a.m. EST. The undocking is scheduled for 8:15 a.m.

That pierce will transparent Pirs for a attainment of a new ISS Progress 50 resupply spacecraft. It is scheduled to launch during 9:41 a.m. (8:41 p.m. Kazakhstan time) Monday, Feb. 11, from a Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. NASA TV coverage of a launch starts during 9:30 a.m. The Progress is installed with roughly 3 tons of food, fuel, reserve and examination hardware for a 6 organisation members aboard a orbital laboratory.

Like a dual predecessors, Progress 50 is scheduled to launch into an accelerated, four-orbit event with a station, advancing usually 6 hours after launch. NASA TV coverage will resume during 3 p.m. for a event and advancing activities, with advancing scheduled for 3:40 p.m.

If any technical issues arise, a Russian moody control group can default to a customary two-day event devise for a Progress that would outcome in advancing on Feb. 13.

For NASA TV streaming video, report and downlink information, visit:

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NASA to Launch Ocean Wind Monitor to Space Station

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NASA to Launch Ocean Wind Monitor to Space Station

WASHINGTON — In a crafty reuse of hardware creatively built to exam tools of NASA’s QuikScat satellite, a group will launch a ISS-RapidScat instrument to a International Space Station in 2014 to magnitude ocean-surface breeze speed and direction.

The ISS-RapidScat instrument will assistance urge continue forecasts, including whirly monitoring, and bargain of how ocean-atmosphere interactions change Earth’s climate.

“The ability for NASA to fast reuse this hardware and launch it to a space hire is a good instance of a low-cost proceed that will have high advantages to scholarship and life here on Earth,” pronounced Mike Suffredini, NASA’s International Space Station module manager.

ISS-RapidScat will assistance fill a information opening combined when QuikScat, that was designed to final dual years though operated for 10, stopped collecting sea breeze information in late 2009. A scatterometer is a x-ray radar sensor used to magnitude a thoughtfulness or pinch outcome constructed while scanning a aspect of Earth from an aircraft or a satellite.

NASA and a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have complicated next-generation replacements for QuikScat, though a inheritor will not be permitted soon. To accommodate this plea cost-effectively, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., and a agency’s hire module due bettering leftover QuikScat hardware in mixed with new hardware for use on a space station.

“ISS-RapidScat represents a low-cost proceed to appropriation profitable breeze matrix information for improving tellurian monitoring of hurricanes and other high-intensity storms,” pronounced Howard Eisen, ISS-RapidScat plan manager during JPL. “By leveraging a capabilities of a International Space Station and recycling leftover hardware, we will acquire good scholarship information during a fragment of a investment indispensable to launch a new satellite.”

ISS-RapidScat will have dimensions correctness identical to QuikScat’s and will consult all regions of Earth permitted from a space station’s orbit. The instrument will be launched to a space hire aboard a SpaceX Dragon load spacecraft. It will be commissioned on a finish of a station’s Columbus laboratory as an unconstrained cargo requiring no communication by hire organisation members. It is approaching to work aboard a hire for dual years.

ISS-RapidScat will take advantage of a space station’s singular characteristics to allege bargain of Earth’s winds. Current scatterometer orbits pass a same indicate on Earth during approximately a same time any day. Since a space station’s circuit intersects a orbits of any of these satellites about once any hour, ISS-RapidScat can offer as a calibration customary and assistance scientists tack together a information from mixed sources into a long-term record.

ISS-RapidScat also will collect measurements of Earth’s tellurian breeze margin during all times of day for all locations. Variations in winds caused by a object can play a poignant purpose in a arrangement of pleasant clouds and pleasant systems that play a widespread purpose in Earth’s H2O and appetite cycles. ISS-RapidScat observations will assistance scientists know these phenomena improved and urge continue and meridian models.

The ISS-RapidScat plan is a corner partnership of JPL and NASA’s International Space Station Program Office during a Johnson Space Center in Houston, with support from a Earth Science Division of a Science Mission Directorate in Washington.

For some-more information on NASA’s scatterometry missions, visit:

http://winds.jpl.nasa.gov/index.cfm

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