Lockheed Awards ATK contract to provide UltraFlex Solar Arrays for Mission to Mars

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ATK announced that the company has received a contract from Lockheed Martin Space Systems to provide the UltraFlex solar arrays for NASA’s InSight Lander mission to Mars in 2016. The mission aims to study the origins of what shaped the planets of the inner solar system, including Earth, more than four billion years ago. David Shanahan, vice president and general manager of ATK’s Space...

Boeing to Build Space Launch System Core Stage Under $3B Contract

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Boeing (NYSE: BA) has signed a $2.8 billion contract with NASA to build the core stage of the company’s Space Launch System rocket as the company and agency near the end of the last review of the stage prior to full production. The company also builds the avionics features for the SLS’ core stage and will study the SLS Exploration Upper Stage as prime contractor, Boeing said Wednesday. SLS...

Raytheon Extends Support for NASA Training Facilities in Houston

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Raytheon Technical Services received a one-year, $27 million contract extension to continue providing training and simulation support at NASA‘s Johnson Space Center. The contract is worth up to $129 million total and comes under the agency’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory/Space Vehicle Mockup Facility Operations Contract program, NASA said Wednesday. Work at the center includes training, operational,...

NASA, Industry Partners Close First Certification Stage for Crew Transport Spacecraft; Phil McAlister Comments

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NASA has collaborated with Boeing (NYSE: BA), Sierra Nevada and Space Exploration Technologies to complete the first phase of certification process for a spacecraft to carry astronauts to the International Space Station and back. Boeing, Sierra Nevada and SpaceX outlined their respective plans for transporting space crews to and from the ISS in 2017, NASA said Friday. “This certification is...

Elon Musk Unveils SpaceX’s New Manned Transport Spacecraft

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Space Exploration Technologies has introduced a manned spacecraft the company designed to carry astronauts to low-Earth orbit and the International Space Station, University Today reported Tuesday. Ken Kremer writes Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO and founder, unveiled Dragon V2 on Thursday at the company’s Hawthorne, Calif.-based headquarters. The spacecraft was launched from a SpaceX pad on the Florida...

L-3 Wins $143M to Help NASA Manage Graphics, Space Vehicle Systems

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L-3 Communications‘ (NYSE: LLL) national security solutions business has won a potential five-year, $143 million contract to help NASA work with simulation graphics and space vehicle systems contract. The company said Wednesday it will provide simulation and software technology support to the Johnson Space Center’s engineering software, robotics and simulation division under the contract. NASA’s indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity SST...

Exelis Subsidiary to Build NASA Earth Scanning Radiometer for Up to $208M

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An Exelis (NYSE: XLS) subsidiary will develop develop a scanning radiometer for NASA to measure the Earth’s energy balance under a potential $208 million contract. ITT Space Systems LLC will make the Radiation Budget Instrument that is scheduled for launch in November 2021 aboard the Joint Polar Satellite System 2 spacecraft, NASA said Friday. Researchers will work to relate the Earth’s...

NASA: Names 5 Winners, 1 Fan Favorite in Int’l Space Apps Challenge

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NASA has announced the winners and the voted fan favorite in the 2014 International Space Apps Challenge that saw approximately 8,000 participants offer hardware, mobile or Web and data visualizations applications. The space agency said Friday that it launched the competition to generate direct applications of technology to space missions. Alert-Alert, PhoneSat, Space Wearables, Earth as Art and...

Boeing Preps ‘Space Taxi’ for 2017 Maiden Test Flight; Chris Ferguson Comments

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Boeing (NYSE: BA) has scheduled an unmanned test flight of a private space taxi to the International Space Station as part of NASA’s commercial crew program, the Space Reporter reported Sunday. Annika Darling writes that Boeing plans to launch the CST-100 spacecraft in early 2017 from Cape Canaveral, Fla. on an Atlas V rocket. NASA aims to transport astronauts as well as cargo to the ISS by...

NASA and FAA Vet Terry Thompson to Lead LMI’s Aviation Environmental Analysis Efforts

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Terry Thompson, the former vice president for energy and environment at Airbus subsidiary Metron Aviation, has joined LMI to work with the aviation industry to address environmental impacts and concerns, among other responsibilities. Shahab Hasan, program director for LMI’s operations and cost analysis, said Monday that LMI looks to tap Thompson’s experience in aviation environmental...