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LOCKHEED MARTIN SELECTED FOR NASA’S COMMERCIAL LUNAR LANDER PAYLOAD SERVICES CONTRACT

Lockheed Martin will apply its expertise in interplanetary spacecraft to a new program designed to deliver commercial payloads to the surface of the Moon. NASA announced today they have selected Lockheed Martin’s McCandless Lunar Lander to provide payload delivery services as part of the agency’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) contract. Lockheed Martin’s lander design […]

NASA ANNOUNCES NEW PARTNERSHIPS FOR COMMERCIAL LUNAR PAYLOAD DELIVERY SERVICES

Nine U.S. companies now are eligible to bid on NASA delivery services to the lunar surface through Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) contracts, as one of the first steps toward long-term scientific study and human exploration of the Moon and eventually Mars. These companies will be able to bid on delivering science and technology payloads […]

ASTROBOTIC SELECTED BY NASA TO BE A LUNAR DELIVERY PROVIDER

Astrobotic has been competitively selected to be a delivery provider of NASA payloads to the Moon on the Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) contract. Through CLPS, Astrobotic will be a 10-year provider of delivery services for NASA payloads to the Moon. The selection was announced today by NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. As part of NASA’s […]

DRAPER RETURNS TO THE MOON, ENABLES THE FUTURE OF EXPLORATION

The first time NASA wanted to send humans to the moon it turned to Draper to develop the guidance, navigation and control system that made that possible. As NASA prepares to embark for the moon once more, it has selected a team led by Draper to once again support its mission needs. The Draper team […]

MONTEITH APPOINTED AS FAA ASSOCIATE ADMINISTRATOR FOR COMMERCIAL SPACE

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced Wayne R. Monteith has been appointed to the position of Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Monteith’s appointment is effective January 20, 2019. Monteith is a proven aerospace leader with nearly 30 years of planning and managing activities […]

VIRGIN ORBIT COMPLETES SUCCESSFUL CAPTIVE CARRY TEST FLIGHT WITH “FLYING LAUNCHPAD”

A new sight appeared in the baby-blue skies over Southern California: A specially modified 747-400 carrying a 70-foot-long rocket under its wing soared through the air as part of a successful test flight for Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne. Sir Richard Branson’s small satellite launch company completed a flawless test flight, proving that its carbon-fiber two-stage rocket […]

NASA SEEKS INFORMATION FOR GATEWAY CARGO DELIVERY SERVICES

NASA will lead the development of the Gateway, a permanent spaceship orbiting the Moon, to serve as a home base for human and robotic missions to the surface of the Moon and ultimately, Mars. The first orbiting lunar laboratory will be a temporary home and office for astronauts for up to three months at a […]

COSMOSPHERE SATELLITE LOCATION TO OPEN EARLY WITH HISTORIC NASA EXHIBIT

Cosmosphere Innovation Space and Bluhawk today announced that a significant piece of American history, the Mercury spacecraft Liberty Bell 7, will be the early centerpiece of a new exhibition by Cosmosphere Innovation Space at Bluhawk in Overland Park. “We have an exceptional plan that meets the needs of Cosmosphere, Bluhawk and the public, which is […]

ASTRONAUT, COSMONAUT SAFE AFTER ABORT DURING LAUNCH TO THE ISS SPACE STATION

American astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin are resting comfortably in the city of Baikonur, Kazakhstan, after an anomaly occurred shortly after their launch. The Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station at 2:40 a.m. MDT Thursday, October 11 (2:40 p.m. in Baikonur time) carrying […]

LOCKHEED MARTIN SOLICITS IDEAS FOR COMMERCIAL PAYLOADS ON ORION SPACECRAFT

Today, at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Bremen, Germany, Lockheed Martin announced it is studying interest in flying commercial payloads aboard NASA’s Orion spacecraft. The market analysis is the first step toward the company’s vision of bringing commercial opportunities to deep space and fostering a thriving commercial marketplace beyond low-Earth orbit. Lockheed Martin is […]

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