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  • NASA to Launch 5 CubeSats to Orbit for ELaNa 45 Mission - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    NASA to Launch 5 CubeSats to Orbit for ELaNa 45 Mission

    NASA will liftoff five small research satellites aboard a SpaceX spacecraft to the International Space Station for the latest Educational Launch of Nanosatellites mission. As part of SpaceX’s 25th Commercial Resupply Services mission, the ELaNa 45 will launch to orbit on June 7 from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, the space agency […] More

  • SES, Planet Labs Partner to Develop Connectivity Platform for NASA Space Comm Program; Pete Hoene Quoted - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    SES, Planet Labs Partner to Develop Connectivity Platform for NASA Space Comm Program; Pete Hoene Quoted

    SES’ government arm has partnered with Planet Labs to develop a satellite-powered connectivity platform under a NASA program that aims to demonstrate near-Earth communications by 2025. The partnership seeks to create a commercial space relay service that will use SES’ O3b mPOWER system and other satellites, the company said Tuesday. SES Government Solutions booked a […] More

  • Northrop Taps L3Harris for NASA Lunar Mission Rocket Avionics Development - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Northrop Taps L3Harris for NASA Lunar Mission Rocket Avionics Development

    L3Harris Technologies has been selected to develop the avionics system for rocket boosters Northrop Grumman will manufacture to help NASA send astronauts to the lunar surface. L3Harris said Thursday it will provide avionics to IV-VIII missions under the Artemis program and its technology will be designed to also support the IX booster. Northrop received a […] More

  • Telesat Receives NASA Funding to Demo Space-to-Space Data Connectivity - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Telesat Receives NASA Funding to Demo Space-to-Space Data Connectivity

    NASA has selected the U.S.-incorporated subsidiary of Telesat to demonstrate the potential of its satellite-based broadband connectivity network to provide space-to-space relay capabilities to support communications for future near-Earth missions. Telesat Government Solutions said Tuesday it received $30.7 million in funding from the Communications Services Project to co-develop space-based radio frequency terminals that will be […] More

  • NASA Requests Public Input on Potential Environmental Impacts of Mars Sample Return Campaign - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    NASA Requests Public Input on Potential Environmental Impacts of Mars Sample Return Campaign

    NASA is seeking feedback on its initial plans for a proposed initiative to collect samples on the surface of Mars using the Perseverance rover and return the scientifically selected items to Earth for analysis and research. The space agency said Friday comments about the scope of an upcoming Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Mars […] More

  • Sierra Space's 1st Dream Chaser Nears Completion; Tom Vice Quoted - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Sierra Space’s 1st Dream Chaser Nears Completion; Tom Vice Quoted

    A Sierra Nevada subsidiary is close to completing the first Dream Chaser spaceplane being built at a facility in Colorado, SpaceNews reported Friday. Sierra Space has yet to install thermal protection systems and other components into the vehicle, dubbed Tenacity. Sierra Space CEO Tom Vice said the spaceplane’s structural testing is already completed and the […] More

  • MagniX Taps AeroTEC & Air Tindi to Support Electric Propulsion System Demo Program With NASA - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    MagniX Taps AeroTEC & Air Tindi to Support Electric Propulsion System Demo Program With NASA

    MagniX has added engineering company AeroTEC and Canadian operator Air Tindi to its industry team for a NASA demonstration program aimed at developing and testing commercial electrified propulsion systems. The Everett, Washington-based electric motor manufacturer said Thursday AeroTEC and Air Tindi will help it advance electric flight technologies for commercial aviation under the NASA Electrified […] More

  • Viasat to Develop Space Relay Service for NASA; Craig Miller Quoted - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Viasat to Develop Space Relay Service for NASA; Craig Miller Quoted

    Viasat has been tapped to develop a space relay capability for NASA to support near-Earth communications services. As part of NASA’s Communications Services Project, Viasat will leverage its ViaSat-3 global satellite constellation, along with its upcoming geostationary orbit network – which features three Terabit-class high-throughput satellites – to enable rapid, low-latency communications for LEO spacecraft, the Carlsbad, […] More

  • Northrop Looks to Address Satellite Order Backlog With Arizona Campus Expansion - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Northrop Looks to Address Satellite Order Backlog With Arizona Campus Expansion

    Northrop Grumman has completed a 120,000 square-foot expansion project that almost doubles the satellite manufacturing space of the company’s facility in Gilbert, Arizona. The defense and aerospace company said Thursday the expansion work enables the production of various spacecraft, from mission-unique large units to mass-produced small satellites, to meet a growing order backlog. The facility, […] More

  • BAE Joins GE Aviation-Led Hybrid Electric Aircraft Tech Demonstrator Program - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    BAE Joins GE Aviation-Led Hybrid Electric Aircraft Tech Demonstrator Program

    GE Aviation has selected BAE Systems to provide equipment needed for a NASA research project aimed at developing a megawatt-class hybrid electronic propulsion system for single-aisle aircraft. As part of the GE-led initiative, BAE said Thursday it will design, test and produce energy management components including controls, cables and batteries for the hybrid electric technology […] More

  • Axiom Astronauts Board ISS to Conduct Experiments - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Axiom Astronauts Board ISS to Conduct Experiments

    Axiom Space astronauts have boarded the International Space Station for an eight-day period of working on over 25 research experiments aimed at supporting human spaceflight and life on Earth. The Axiom Mission 1 crew entered ISS on Saturday with the welcome of Expedition 67 including astronauts from NASA and the European Space Agency, Axiom said […] More

  • Ansys Books NASA Contract for Modeling, Simulation Software - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Ansys Books NASA Contract for Modeling, Simulation Software

    Software company Ansys has secured a potential five-year, $39.1 million contract from NASA to deliver a range of modeling and simulation technologies to the space agency’s centers across the U.S. NASA said Thursday the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract allows it to procure the company’s simulation capabilities in electromagnetics, orbit determination, photonics, semiconductors, thermal, structures and other engineering […] More

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