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The Latest News from AMSAT, as of 20 January, 2013 - 1923 UTC
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AMSAT will now render NASA Breaking News and other news feeds as they become available. Suggestions for other XML/RSS news feeds can be submitted to the web team using the contact form.

NASA Breaking News

CubeSat to Demonstrate Miniature Laser Communications in Orbit

NASA and The Aerospace Corporation of El Segundo, California, have received confirmation the Optical Communications and Sensor Demonstration (OCSD) CubeSat spacecraft is in orbit and operational. OCSD launched aboard an Atlas V rocket Thursday from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.


NASA Releases Plan Outlining Next Steps in the Journey to Mars

A report that provides an update on NASA's strategy for human deep space exploration that will enable our journey to Mars.


NASA, Global Aviation Leaders Talk Green Aviation and More at Annual Summit

Representatives from 21 aviation research organizations around the world came together this week at NASA’s Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, California to explore solutions for many of today’s most significant aviation challenges.


NASA Announces Winners for 3-D Printed Container Contest

A workshop where tools floated around would be difficult to work in. So, NASA has chosen two winning designs from K-12 students for a 3-D printed container to help astronauts on the International Space Station keep things in order.


International Space Agencies Meet to Advance Space Exploration

Statement from the space agencies participating in the International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG).


NASA Names John Honeycutt Space Launch System Program Manager

NASA has named John Honeycutt manager for the agency’s Space Launch System (SLS) Program. Now under development, SLS will be the most powerful rocket ever built -- able to carry astronauts in NASA's Orion spacecraft on deep space missions, including to an asteroid and ultimately to Mars.


NASA to Announce Selections for Small Satellite Launch Contract

NASA will host a news conference at 1 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to announce the outcome of the Venture Class Launch Service (VCLS) competition. The news conference will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.


NASA Challenge Seeks Ways to Use Mars’ Natural Resources for Astronauts

Living off the land is different when the land is 140 million miles away, so NASA is looking for innovative ideas to use in situ (in place) Martian resources to help establish a human presence on the Red Planet.


NASA Offers Licenses of Patented Technologies to Start-Up Companies

NASA is unveiling a new opportunity for start-up companies to license patented NASA technology with no up-front payment. The Startup NASA initiative addresses two common problems start-ups face: raising capital and securing intellectual property rights.


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