On Feb. 16, Norway completed a successful test of the F-35 drag chute system at Ørland Air Force Base. The drag chute — unique to the Norwegian aircraft — is designed and form fitted to maintain stealth characteristics. The system is housed under a small fairing on the upper rear fuselage between the vertical tails, can be used to rapidly decelerate Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) F-35s after landing on the country’s icy runways when there are challenging wind conditions. Learn more: http://lmt.co/2EKiVMs
Axiom Space has received NASA approval to build a commercial destination module to help the agency continue low-Earth orbit missions once the International Space Station is decommissioned. The company said Monday it won the NextSTEP-2 Appendix I solicitation that provides for the Axiom Station, a facility that would initially serve as an ISS attachment and eventually as a replacement.
A subsidiary of ASRC Federal has secured a five-year, $350M contract to provide mission support services to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. “We are committed to further evolving our customer partnership to ensure mission success and deliver the services and solutions needed to support NASA’s space exploration and Earth Sciences missions,” said Mark Gray, president and CEO of ASRC Federal and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient.