Tag Archives: space technology

NASA, ULA Partner for Cryogenic Fluid Mgmt, Spacecraft Retrieval Projects

NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center has partnered with United Launch Alliance to develop systems to manage cryogenic liquid and retrieve space vehicles in midair. The Lockheed Martin–Boeing joint venture will receive $2 million to demonstrate how very-low cryogenic fuel boil off can support long-duration missions with the Centaur Cryote-3 rocket stage under the Cryogenic Fluid Management Technology Demonstration effort, NASA said …

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Maxar to Transfer Corporate HQ to Westminster, Colorado

Maxar Technologies will relocate its corporate headquarters from San Francisco, California, to DigitalGlobe’s existing facility in Westminster, Colorado. “This move represents an opportunity to bring together our executive leadership team in a common location, as well as to establish a base for our future shared-services organizations,” Howard Lance, Maxar president and …

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NASA Seeks Grant Applications for University Space Tech Research Projects

NASA plans to award up to $600,000 over three years to university-led research projects that aim to address “high-priority” technology areas of interest to U.S. space programs. The space agency said Saturday its Space Technology Mission Directorate seeks proposals from accredited universities through the Early Career Faculty appendix of the “Space Technology Research, Development, …

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DARPA, Space Systems Loral Reach Draft Partnership Agreement on On-Orbit Robotic Servicer R&D

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and Space Systems Loral have drafted a partnership agreement to develop technologies that would facilitate autonomous repair and maintenance of satellites in geosynchronous orbit. Both parties aim to jointly fund and perform technology development efforts under the Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites program as part of the agreement, DARPA said Thursday. The RSGS …

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NASA Seeks Early Stage Tech Proposals from Universities for Future Space Missions

NASA has started its solicitation of early-stage space technology proposals from universities to support the agency’s future space programs that include a human exploration of Mars. The agency said Thursday its space technology mission directorate plans to grant $500,000 each for 10 to 12 proposals from accredited U.S. universities. “We’d like to see Early Stage Innovations proposals that address …

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BAE, IDT Offer RapidIO Microchip for Data Transfer in Space; Ian McDonald Comments

The U.S. subsidiary of BAE Systems and Integrated Device Technology have collaborated to develop a space-grade microchip that works to support high-speed, high-volume data transfers during space operations. IDT said Wednesday its 240 Gbps CPS-1848 RapidIO switch serves as the foundation for BAE Systems Inc.’s RADNET1848-PS technology. Ian McDonald, director of space products and processing at BAE Systems Inc., …

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Orbital ATK to Help UAE Start Space Technology Academic Program

Orbital ATK will collaborate with the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, satellite communications firm Yahsat and the United Arab Emirates Space Agency to form a new academic program focused on space technology. Masdar Institute will start to accept graduate students in UAE for the master’s degree program by January 2016 under the memorandum of …

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NASA OKs 15 Space Tech Proposals for Initial Studies Under NIAC Phase 1; Steve Jurczyk Comments

NASA has chosen 15 proposals that will continue to the initial definition and analysis study of advanced space technology concepts over nine months under the $100,000 NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts phase-one awards. The agency said Friday the proposals cover the use of technologies such as robotics and unmanned aerial vehicles to support space …

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NASA’s Messenger Spacecraft to End Nearly 4 Years at Mercury’s Orbit

NASA‘s Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry, and Ranging spacecraft has uncovered several key information about the planet Mercury during its nearly four years of on-orbit operations. NASA said Thursday the Messenger spacecraft is now anticipated to crash-land on Mercury by the end of the month as it runs out of helium gas propellant following a series …

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