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  • DARPA Introduces Payload Launch Competition; Todd Master Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    DARPA Introduces Payload Launch Competition; Todd Master Comments

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has unveiled a prize competition that aims to shorten the timeline of payload launch operations. The DARPA Launch Challenge will require multiple teams to deploy two different payloads from two different launch sites that will be announced only days before the scheduled space flight missions, DARPA said Wednesday. Participants will compete for the […] More

  • Frost & Sullivan: Space Industry Could See New Operators, 13K Satellite Launches by 2030 - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Frost & Sullivan: Space Industry Could See New Operators, 13K Satellite Launches by 2030

    A new Frost & Sullivan analysis predicts the space industry to see the launch of at least 13,000 satellites and entry of over 60 new companies into the upstream market by 2030. The market research firm said Tuesday it expects the space market to experience growth by 2030 driven by small form factor sensors and payloads, less expensive […] More

  • NASA Releases Sources Sought Notice for Mars Payload Services - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    NASA Releases Sources Sought Notice for Mars Payload Services

    NASA seeks information on potential industry sources of payload-related services to support current or future non-NASA missions to Mars. The space agency issued a sources sought notice on Feb. 27 in an effort to determine the appropriate level of competition or small business subcontracting goals for a future Mars payload services contract. NASA noted the contract will cover payload integration; provision […] More

  • General Dynamics Accepts Orders for Bluefin SandShark Underwater Drone - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    General Dynamics Accepts Orders for Bluefin SandShark Underwater Drone

    General Dynamics“™ mission systems business has said customers in the defense, science and commercial sectors can place an order for an autonomous underwater vehicle through the company“™s website. Bluefin SandShark is part of General Dynamics“™ Bluefin Robotics suite of underwater drones and is designed to dive down to up to 656 feet and navigate to […] More

  • ULA Launches NRO's National Defense Payload Aboard Atlas V Rocket - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    ULA Launches NRO’s National Defense Payload Aboard Atlas V Rocket

    United Launch Alliance has launched a national security payload into space Thursday as part of the National Reconnaissance Office‘s NROL-61 mission. The Boeing and Lockheed Martin joint venture said Thursday it launched the NROL-61 payload aboard the company-built Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The Atlas V EELV 421 configuration was built to […] More

  • Steve Jurczyk: NASA Aims to Send Payloads to Mars Through SpaceX“™s Red Dragon - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Steve Jurczyk: NASA Aims to Send Payloads to Mars Through SpaceX“™s Red Dragon

    NASA plans to collaborate with SpaceX to use the company“™s Red Dragon unmanned spacecraft concept to send payloads designed for technology demonstrations to Mars, Space News reported Thursday. Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator for NASA“™s space technology mission directorate, said at the Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference that potential payloads could include resource utilization-based platforms that could potentially turn water […] More

  • Henry Finneral: Textron Works on 2 New Variants of Shadow Tactical UAS - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Henry Finneral: Textron Works on 2 New Variants of Shadow Tactical UAS

    Henry Finneral, vice president of tactical unmanned aircraft systems at Textron, has said the company plans to equip two upcoming variants of its Shadow TUAS with modern payload, communications and power systems in an interview with Defense News posted Friday. Jen Judson writes Textron also looks to test new weapons such as a company-built laser guided bomb on its future V2 and […] More

  • Iris Bombelyn: Lockheed MUOS-3 to Expand Navy Satellite Comms Coverage - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Iris Bombelyn: Lockheed MUOS-3 to Expand Navy Satellite Comms Coverage

    The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin team has encased the latest Mobile User Objective System satellite within its payload fairing ahead of the scheduled Jan. 20 launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. Iris Bombelyn, vice president of narrowband communications at Lockheed, said Friday the MUOS-3 satellite will work to expand the coverage of the MUOS mobile satellite communications network. She […] More

  • NRO Defense Payload Sent to Space on ULA-Built Rocket; Jim Sponnick Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    NRO Defense Payload Sent to Space on ULA-Built Rocket; Jim Sponnick Comments

    United Launch Alliance helped the National Reconnaissance Office launch a classified national defense satellite aboard an ULA-built rocket on Friday. The company’s Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle 541 lifted off Friday at 7:19 p.m Pacific Time from Space Launch Complex-3 in California to deliver the NROL-35 payload into orbit, the company said Saturday. The […] More

  • Northrop Hands Lockheed 4th Payload for AEHF Satellite - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Northrop Hands Lockheed 4th Payload for AEHF Satellite

    Northrop Grumman has delivered the fourth protected military communications payload for the U.S. Air Force‘s Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite to prime contractor Lockheed Martin ahead of its integration with the AEHF payload module. Northrop said Monday it will perform payload integration while Lockheed works on satellite bus unit integration as part of a hybrid satellite integration and test approach. The […] More

  • Ball Aerospace Tech Demo Mission to Fly 3 DoD Payloads - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Ball Aerospace Tech Demo Mission to Fly 3 DoD Payloads

    Ball Aerospace & Technologies and NASA will fly a set of experimental Defense Department scientific payloads on the planned Green Propellant Infusion Mission for 2016 under a $3.4 million payload integration contract. The company said Wednesday the DoD Space Experiments Review Board selected the Integrated Miniaturized Electrostatic Analyzer Reflight, Small Wind and Temperature Spectrometer and Space Object Self-tracker payloads to be part of the GPIM […] More

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