Tag Archives: JPL

SSL Offers Satellite Rideshare Service to NASA Solar Research Mission; Richard White Comments

Maxar Technologies‘ SSL subsidiary will collaborate with a team at NASA‘s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of Michigan to carry out a space mission to study the sun. SSL said Monday the Sun Radio Interferometer Space Experiment aims to launch a small satellite constellation designed to explore how solar energetic particles are …

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NASA to Launch GRACE Satellite Replacements Aboard SpaceX Rocket in Early 2018

NASA will launch the Airbus-built replacement satellites for the U.S.-German Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment satellite duo aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in the first quarter of 2018, Space Flight Now reported Tuesday. The space agency inked a shared launch agreement with Iridium and the Helmholtz Center-Potsdam German Research Center for Geosciences …

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Stu Spath: Lockheed Resumes Testing, Integration Work on NASA’s ‘InSight’ Mars Lander

Lockheed Martin has resumed testing and assembly work on a spacecraft at its Denver, Colorado-based facility in preparation for NASA’s upcoming Mars mission that seeks to explore the red planet’s deep interior. The Lockheed-built Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport lander is scheduled to launch on May …

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NASA Issues Europa Mission Lidar Sensor RFP

NASA has begun to solicit proposals for a light detection and ranging sensor system that will support the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s lander mission to Jupiter’s Europa moon. The agency said Friday in a FedBizOpps notice the LIDAR sensor should feature altimetry and hazard mapping functions to help the spacecraft perform …

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AWS Eyes GovCloud East Region Launch in 2018

Amazon Web Services plans to launch in 2018 a second region for its cloud platform designed to host regulated data workloads and sensitive information. The AWS GovCloud (US-East) Region will work to provide government clients with additional disaster recovery options and help them comply with several regulatory requirements, the company said …

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NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft With Northrop’s Navigation Tool Travels Through Gap Between Saturn, Rings

A Northrop Grumman-built navigation platform has worked to provide attitude control capabilities for NASA’s Cassini space vehicle in support of the Saturn exploration mission. The spacecraft with Northrop’s Space Inertial Reference Unit maneuvered through a 1,500-mile gap between the planet and its rings on April 26, the company said Thursday. Northrop’s …

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Parsons Awarded NASA JPL Office Upgrade Support Contract; Carey Smith Comments

Parsons has secured a contract of an undisclosed value to provide program management services for an office upgrade project at NASA‘s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The company said Thursday it will also provide architectural design and construction management support at JPL, which the California Institute of Technology.manages for the space agency. Carey Smith, Parsons …

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AT&T to Help NASA Update Deep Space Network’s Comms Capacity Through VPN; Mike Leff Comments

AT&T has been selected by NASA to provide a high-speed virtual private network intended to connect the radio antennas of a scientific telecommunications system that supports the agency’s interplanetary spacecraft missions. The company said Wednesday its VPN technology will work to increase the Deep Space Network‘s data transmission capacity up to three times faster than its current bandwidth without …

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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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NASA OKs May 2018 Launch Date for Lockheed-Built InSight Mars Lander

NASA‘s science mission directorate has cleared the space agency’s new plan to launch a Lockheed Martin-built robotic spacecraft May 5, 2018 as part of efforts to investigate the deep interior of Mars. The agency said Friday it expects the Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport lander to reach the Red Planet by Nov. 26, …

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Harris Delivers Comms, Connectivity Services to Support NASA Juno Mission on Jupiter

Harris has provided communications and monitoring connectivity to support the NASA mission to insert the Lockheed Martin-built Juno spacecraft into an elliptical polar orbit around Jupiter. Harris said Tuesday a team of more than 100 employees supported operations, maintenance and engineering work for the space agency and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Deep Space Network. “Harris …

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