ASTROBOTIC AWARDED $79.5 MILLION CONTRACT TO DELIVER 14 NASA PAYLOADS TO THE MOON

Astrobotic was selected by NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program to deliver 14 payloads to the Moon on its Peregrine lunar lander in July 2021. With this $79.5 million CLPS award, Astrobotic has now secured 28 payloads for lunar delivery as part of its first mission. The firm fixed price contract to deliver NASA […]

HERA MISSION XIX DEPARTS FOR MARS MOON PHOBOS

While NASA is planning a human mission to the Moon in 2024, researchers on the ground are preparing the most precious cargo that will be aboard: the human body and mind. By studying the effects of isolation and confinement in ground-based analogs, scientists are learning how to counter the hazards of human spaceflight without leaving […]

SNC TO DEVELOP PROTOTYPES FOR ARTEMIS LUNAR EXPLORATION PROGRAM

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has been selected to develop prototypes of key human lander elements for NASA’s accelerated Artemis lunar exploration program. During the next six months, SNC will perform studies and develop prototypes to help NASA reduce schedule risk for the descent, transfer and refueling elements of a potential human landing system. “SNC is […]

NASA SELECTS FIRST COMMERCIAL MOON LANDING SERVICES FOR ARTEMIS

NASA has selected three commercial Moon landing service providers that will deliver science and technology payloads under Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) as part of the Artemis program. Each commercial lander will carry NASA-provided payloads that will conduct science investigations and demonstrate advanced technologies on the lunar surface, paving the way for NASA astronauts to […]

FAA EXTENDS COMMENT PERIOD ON RULEMAKING TO STREALINE COMMERCIAL SPACE ACTIVITIES

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is extending the public comment period for 45 days to July 30 for a proposed rule that would streamline federal commercial space transportation requirements for launch and reentry operators and maintain safety during launches and reentries. The proposed rule follows the National Space Council’s 2018 ‘Space Policy Directive 2’, which called on the […]

SIERRA NEVADA CORPORATION TEST FIRES NEXT-GENERATION ROCKET ENGINE

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) recently showcased its patented VORTEX rocket engine, showcasing next-generation technology available to NASA, the U.S. Air Force (USAF) and commercial launch companies. The engine, which uses green and clean propellants, will be used for the SNC Dream Chaser spacecraft when it services the International Space Station for NASA missions starting in […]

LOCKHEED MARTIN CONDUCTS ORION FORWARD BAY COVER JETTISON TEST

Lockheed Martin recently tested a critical event on NASA’s Orion spaceship – the jettison of the forward bay cover on the program’s structural test article. As an Orion spaceship returns to Earth, it will travel through the atmosphere at about 24,700 mph. A series of parachutes will deploy to stabilize and slow the crew module […]

THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE IS ISSUING FIRST MOON LANDING FOREVER STAMPS

On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the Moon: an achievement that had long been confined to the realm of science fiction. A breathless world watched as Armstrong stepped onto the Moon’s surface and famously said, “That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.” […]

SEMI-FINALISTS SELECTED FOR MARS COLONY PRIZE COMPETITION

Twenty-five teams, including entrants from the U.S., the U.K., Japan, Poland, France, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland and Israel, have been selected out of a field of 100 competitors as semi-finalists in the Mars Society’s Mars Colony Prize design contest. The Mars Colony Prize design contest challenged people from all walks of life anywhere in the world […]

BOEING COMPLETES STARLINER HOT FIRE TEST

Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner propulsion system was put to the test on May 23 at NASA’s White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico in support of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Teams ran multiple tests on Starliner’s in-space maneuvering system and the spacecraft’s launch abort system, which are key elements on the path to restore America’s capability […]

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