This Week in NASA History — Intelsat I: The “Early Bird” of Satellites

ASK OCE — April 4, 2006 — Vol. 1, 1 Issue 7   On April 6, 1965, NASA launched the world’s first commercial communications satellite Intelsat I (a.k.a. Early Bird) into a geosynchronous orbit above earth.

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ST5 Launches

ASK OCE — April 4, 2006 — Vol. 1, 1 Issue 7   NASA’s Space Technology 5 (ST5) successfully launched on March 22, 2006, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on a Pegasus XL rocket. ST5 is testing new micro-spacecraft technologies and operations’ techniques. The three spacecraft will conduct science validation using measurements of the […]

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Recent Breakthroughs by NASA Researchers

ASK OCE — April 4, 2006 — Vol. 1, 1 Issue 7   Highlights of Recent Publications and Awards LaRC Team Uses GPS for Measurement of Earth’s Surface Reflectivity Langley researchers Stephen J. Katzberg, Omar Torres, and Michael S. Grant and Dallas Masters of Colorado University published the results of the first use of calibrated […]

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Snapshot from Apollo: The All-Up Testing Decision

ASK OCE — April 4, 2006 — Vol. 1, 1 Issue 7   Great goals require great transformations. After President Kennedy challenged the nation in 1961 to land a man on the moon by the end of the decade, it became apparent that NASA would have to quicken its pace to meet this goal.

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APPEL Holds Twelfth Masters Forum

ASK OCE — April 4, 2006 — Vol. 1, 1 Issue 7 Efforts to improve knowledge sharing practices were the focus of APPEL’s twelfth Masters Forum, which took place March 8-10 in Herndon, VA.

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A View from Outside

ASK OCE — April 4, 2006 — Vol. 1, 1 Issue 7 U.S. Spaceports   “If you build it, they will come.” A growing number of private companies, government agencies, and industry organizations are taking that sentiment to heart by aggressively acting on plans to construct, enhance, and further the use of spaceports in a […]

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Message from the Chief Engineer: Technical Authority

ASK OCE — April 4, 2006 — Vol. 1, 1 Issue 7   By Chris Scolese   In this issue we examine some of the highlights of NASA’s past from the Apollo program and the Intelsat I partnership.

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Beyond Boxes and Lines: Organizational DNA

ASK OCE — April 4, 2006 — Vol. 1, 1 Issue 7   When times get tough in a bureaucracy, the first thing to change is often the organizational chart. Titles, divisions, and reporting structures inevitably shift from one box to another.

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