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NASA Tests Mars Rover Navigation System Aboard Masten Space Systems-Built Rocket

NASA has tested the future Mars rover’s camera-based navigation system aboard a rocket-powered test platform built by Masten Space Systems. The agency said Tuesday Xombie carried a prototype of the Mars 2020 rover’s Lander Vision System 1,066 feet into the air to perform a precise landing at a predesignated target. LVS works to direct a spacecraft to …

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Masten-Built Rocket Flies With Johns Hopkins APL’s Environmental Monitoring Experiment

Masten Space Systems has completed an environmental monitoring experiment that carried multiple technologies onboard a company-built reusable rocket. NASA said Thursday Masten Space Systems’ Xodiac rocket contained an electromagnetic field measurement experiment, called JANUS, from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. The company is one of six firms that provide suborbital reusable launch vehicle …

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Flightglobal: Northrop Plans Alternate Market for Proposed DARPA Unmanned Spaceplane

Northrop Grumman seeks to introduce its reusable unmanned spaceplane prototype to the commercial satellite launch market even as the company works on its design for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Experimental Spaceplane-1 program, Flightglobal reported Thursday. James Drew writes that Doug Young, vice president of space systems resiliency at Northrop, told Flightglobal the company plans …

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DARPA Gives Additional Spaceplane Development Funds to Boeing, Northrop, Masten

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Masten Space Systems around $19.5 million in contract funds to continue building prototype robotic spaceplanes, Space.com reported Friday. Mike Wall writes the three companies moved into phase 1B of the agency’s Experimental Spaceplane-1 development initiative. Boeing and …

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NASA Picks 11 Companies to Build Human Lunar Lander Prototypes

NASA has awarded contracts worth $45.5M combined to study and develop human lander prototypes in the next six months in support of its Artemis lunar exploration initiative. The space agency said Friday the companies will produce prototypes of a human landing platform with descent, ascent, transfer and refueling elements and shoulder at least 20 percent of the total development cost under the Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships Appendix E contracts.

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NASA Continues Partnerships With 3 Firms to Develop Lunar Cargo Delivery Tech

NASA has extended its partnership agreements with Astrobotic Technology, Masten Space Systems and Moon Express to further develop technologies designed to transport payload cargo to the moon’s surface. The space agency said Tuesday it amended the original Space Act Agreements between NASA and its three industry partners to extend the performance for work by two years. …

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