NASA Selects Solar Array Developers

WASHINGTON – NASA recently announced its Space Technology Program and chose two companies, Deployable Space Systems, out of Goleta, Calif., and ATK Space Systems, of Commerce, Calif., to develop advanced solar arrays for future spacecraft. NASA argued that high-power solar electric propulsion was one of the keys to extending humanity’s reach into space in terms of manned space travel, communications satellites, and unmanned exploration. NASA also said the new systems would feature dramatically reduced weight and size requirements.

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NASA Space-Flight Center Puts Home Planet First

Greenbelt, Md. — NASA broke ground on a $56 million eco-friendly Exploration Sciences Building at the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center here.

The 265,500-square-foot research-laboratory and office building, which is registered for LEED Silver certification, will house personnel from the astrophysics and solar systems exploration divisions and the office of the directorate.

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