Tag Archives: NASA

NASA Picks Luna’s RIO Laser for Navigation Doppler LiDAR

Luna Innovations

NASA has selected a Luna Innovations-built semiconductor laser for use in its Navigation Doppler LiDAR system. “To precisely measure the vehicle speed, direction, and distance, our NDL system uses both Doppler shift and laser beam travel time, which requires a highly stable single-frequency laser source,” said Farzin Amzajerdian, NDL principal investigator from NASA Langley Research Center. “The RIO laser from Luna Innovations has met NASA’s requirements for high reliability, low noise, and ultra-narrow linewidth.”

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SpaceX President, COO Gwynne Shotwell Receives Fourth Wash100 Award

Gwynne Shotwell President

Gwynne Shotwell, president and chief operating officer of SpaceX, has received a 2021 Wash100 Award, the most prestigious award in all of government contracting (GovCon), for driving company growth, developing groundbreaking space technology and expanding our space capabilities. This marks the fourth time in her federal career that Shotwell has won a Wash100 Award. 

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Fluor-BWXT Partnership Receives $690M DOE Contract Extension For Portsmouth Plant Cleanup Work; Ken Camplin Quoted

Ken Camplin President BWXT NSG

A joint venture between Fluor and BWX Technologies will continue to provide environmental management services at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Ohio under a potential $690 million contract extension awarded by the Department of Energy. "We believe that BWXT’s footprint at seven sites supporting the DOE’s Environmental Management mission demonstrates the breadth and depth of our company’s waste management, environmental remediation and site clean-up capabilities,” said Ken Camplin, president of BWXT’s nuclear services group. 

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AT&T Receives NASA Task Order for Managed Communication Services

Telecom services

AT&T has received a $49.1 million task order with an 18-month base performance period to help NASA personnel transmit voice, data and video content using the company's telecommunication services. The company will provide carrier-managed services to NASA-operated centers and facilities under the firm-fixed-price Communications Mission Network Services task order, the space agency said Friday.

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ASRC Federal Subsidiary to Support Space Launch System Under NASA Agreement

ASRC Federal

Arctic Slope Technical Services, a subsidiary of ASRC Federal, has agreed to help NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center augment and further mature a rocket that would fly astronauts to space for future exploration missions. ASTS will use an engineering toolkit to conduct an artificial intelligence-driven analysis of engine and vehicle data sets to determine the failures, oddities and trends surrounding the Space Launch System, ASRC Federal said Wednesday.

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Maxar Ships ‘Psyche’ Spacecraft Tech to NASA Facility; Robert Curbeam Quoted

Robert Curbeam SVP Maxar Technologies

Maxar Technologies has delivered hardware to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California that will serve as a main component of the Psyche asteroid exploration spacecraft, which the agency expects to launch in August next year. JPL received the Maxar-built solar electric propulsion chassis for the agency's mission to study the metallic asteroid that can be found in a region between Mars and Jupiter, the company said Monday.

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Carahsoft Brings Proven Optics Financial Management Platform to Public Sector Market

Carahsoft

Carahsoft Technology has begun offering Proven Optics' suite of financial management applications to the federal and local government sectors via two contract vehicles managed by NASA and the National Association of State Procurement Officials. As a master government aggregator, Carahsoft made the offering available in the public sector through the Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement V and NASPO ValuePoint programs, the company said Thursday.

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NASA Selects Spaceflight’s Orbital Transfer Vehicle for CubeSat Launch Services

Spaceflight

Spaceflight has received a contract from NASA to perform launch services in support of a mission led by The Aerospace Corp. under the space agency's CubeSat Launch Initiative. Spaceflight said Monday it will use its Sherpa-LTC orbital test vehicle to propel two Low-Latitude Ionosphere/Thermosphere Enhancements in Density cubesats to low-Earth orbit aboard a Falcon 9 rocket.

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NASA to Use Crystal Instruments-Built Ground Recorder to Collect Sonic Thump-Related Data

X-59 QueSST

NASA will use a ground recorder developed by Crystal Instruments to measure an aircraft's sonic thumps in the Mojave Desert in California. The space agency will field an aircraft from NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center in California to simulate the X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology's acoustic validation phase as part of the Carpet Determination in Entirety Measurements flight series and then will gather lessons from the CarpetDIEM tests to inform possible modifications that could be integrated into the final design of the Crystal Instruments Ground Recording System.

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Rocket Lab Deploys Six Customer Payloads to Orbit Via Electron Vehicle; Peter Beck Quoted

Peter Beck Founder and CEO Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab on Monday launched into orbit six spacecraft for its government and commercial clients as part of the 19th mission of its Electron rocket. The Electron rocket for the They Go Up So Fast mission lifted off from a launch complex in New Zealand to field the six customer payloads, including a technology demonstrator for the U.S. Army's Space and Missile Defense Command and a CubeSat for Care Weather Technologies.

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Jennifer Felix, ASRC Federal President & CEO, Named to 2021 Wash100 Award for Expanding the Company's Footprint in Federal Market

Jennifer Felix President

Executive Mosaic is honored to announce that Jennifer Felix, president and chief executive officer of ASRC Federal has been recognized in the 2021 Wash100 Award for her strong leadership that guided the company through a notable rebranding effort, which increased the company's growth. Felix's leadership also contributed to the win of multiple valuable contracts with a variety of federal agencies. 

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