Former NASA CFO Ronald Spoehel Joins GDEF as Director; Damian Perl Comments

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Ronald Spoehel, former chief financial officer at NASA, has been appointed to the board of directors at Global Defense and National Security Systems (NASDAQ: GDEF). He will officially start the role on April 28 and succeed John Gannon, who will depart for a senior advisory position within the U.S. government, GDEF said Friday. “(Spoehel) has a deep understanding of our sectors, and as such...

Boeing-Lockheed JV Wins $173M to Help NASA Study the Sun

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A United Launch Alliance subsidiary has been awarded a $172.7 million contract to launch a NASA spacecraft that is designed for solar research, The Motley Fool reported Tuesday. Rich Smith writes United Launch Services LLC will work to integrate the Solar Orbiter‘s payload, monitor the spacecraft’s flight and track the mission’s telemetry. The mission, a joint program between NASA and the...

Raytheon to Update NOAA Satellite Ground System for $185M; Lynn Dugle Comments

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Lynn Dugle Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) has been awarded a $185 million contract modification to update a common ground system for three National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration environmental satellites. The company will refresh ground station technology for the Joint Polar Satellite System, which works to gather weather and storm data from polar-orbiting spacecraft, Raytheon said Friday. “Our...

ASRC Federal Wins $110M Extension for NASA Goddard Contract; Paul Dillahay Comments

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ASRC Federal Space and Defense has won a two-year extension to its Multidiscipline Engineering and Technology Services II contract with NASA for a $110 million maximum value. ASRC Federal said Thursday the bridge contract continues its systems engineering support and other services for the James Webb Space Telescope and various missions at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. Paul Dillahay,...

John Mulholland: Boeing Tests CST-100 Vehicle Adapter, Emergency Detection System

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Boeing (NYSE: BA) has concluded a series of software and hardware reviews for the company’s crew transport spacecraft under NASA’s requirements. The company completed the wind tunnel tests for the launch vehicle adapter that works to connect the Crew Space Transportation-100 spacecraft to a United Launch Alliance-built Atlas V rocket, Boeing said Thursday. The Atlas V rocket also passed the review...

NASA, Contractors Prep for Commercial Space Missions; Jim Crocker Comments

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NASA and industry partners are working to prepare and assess spacecraft and components that are scheduled for deep space missions in 2014 and 2017. The Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)-built Orion unmanned spacecraft is scheduled to launch in the fall and the Space Launch System is set for its first flight in 2017, Aerojet Rocketdyne said Thursday. Jim Crocker, a Lockheed vice president and general manager,...

Michael Ryschkewitsch to Lead Johns Hopkins APL Space Sector; Ralph Semmel Comments

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Michael Ryschkewitsch, NASA’s chief engineer, will join Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in January as space sector leader. He will be responsible for some of the lab’s systems engineering work for military and NASA space science programs, APL said Monday. Ralph Semmel, APL director, said Ryschkewitsch will aim to leverage his technical background in order to help APL...

Doyle Choi Joins SRA as Civil Govt Growth VP; Paul Nedzbala Comments

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Doyle Choi, a 17-year veteran of Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) and a former chief technology officer there, has joined SRA International as vice president of growth for the civil government group. He will lead a team of business development, capture and proposal professionals that will work to support the group’s objectives and goals, SRA said Monday. Paul Nedzbala, senior VP of the civil government...

NASA Extends CSC’s Shared Services Center Contract

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Computer Sciences Corp. (NYSE: CSC) has received a one-year, $44 million option on its contract with NASA to help operate the agency’s Shared Services Center at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. CSC will continue work through Sept. 30, 2014 and provide financial management, human resources, procurement and information technology support services to NASA, the space agency said Tuesday. The...

Jacobs Technology Wins $742M for NASA Langley Center Research, Maintenance

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Jacobs Technology has won a potential 10-year, $742 million contract to help NASA operate research facilities and develop new technology at the agency’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. NASA awarded the contract as a follow-on to the Research Operations, Maintenance and Engineering contract held by Jacobs and to continue the agency’s 20-year revitalization plan for Langley,...

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