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http://www.symmetrymagazine.org/50656: A measurement to watch

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7 Oct 2015, 15:50 UTC
http://www.airspacemag.com/airspacemag/lunar-water-creates-new-capabilities-space-180956849/: Lunar Water Creates New Capabilities in Space
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7 Oct 2015, 14:10 UTC
http://www.parabolicarc.com/?p=56543: Ball Completes Integration for NASA GPIM Spacecraft
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7 Oct 2015, 11:29 UTC Ball Aerospace technicians use specialized equipment to build the GPIM satellite so that the space vehicle instruments and thrusters align perfectly with the payload interface. (Credit: Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.) BOULDER, Colo., Oct. 5, 2015 (Ball Aerospace PR) — Ball Aerospace, prime contractor for NASA’s Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM), has integrated the propulsion subsystem onto the BCP-100 spacecraft bus and begun system performance and environmental testing as the project heads toward a 2016 launch date. The Green Propellant Infusion Mission aims to revolutionize spaceflight by demonstrating improved overall propellant efficiency while reducing the toxic handling concerns associated with the traditional hydrazine propellant. The Ball-led validation mission, will characterize the green fuel’s performance on orbit during a 13-month mission that also hosts three experimental payloads. “GPIM is the key mission to demonstrate a green monopropellant alternative to hydrazine,” said Jim Oschmann, vice president and general manager of Civil Space at Ball Aerospace. “Everyone in the industry, from NASA to our industry partners to green propellant suppliers, is eager to see 10 years of American-led research and development realized with this spaceflight mission.” The Aerojet Rocketdyne-provided Green Propellant Propulsion Subsystem was delivered to Ball Aerospace in August and was integrated ...

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