Commercial Space

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 […]

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 […]

NASA CALLS FOR INSTRUMENTS, TECHNOLOGIES FOR DELIVERY TO THE MOON

NASA has announced a call for Lunar Surface Instrument and Technology Payloads that will fly to the Moon on commercial lunar landers as early as next year or 2020. The agency is working with U.S. industry and international partners to expand human exploration from the Moon to Mars. It all starts with robotic missions on […]

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 […]

MAXAR’S SSL SELECTED BY NASA TO DEVELOP CRITICAL TECHNOLOGIES FOR ON-ORBIT SERVICING AND SPACE EXPLORATION

SSL, a Maxar Technologies company, and a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, announced today it was selected by NASA for two separate public-private partnerships to develop two vital “Tipping Point” spacecraft technologies. NASA’s Tipping Point awards are designed to foster the development of commercial space capabilities and benefit future NASA missions. A […]

NASA UNVEILS SUSTAINABLE CAMPAIGN TO RETURN TO MOON, ON TO MARS

In December of 2017, President Donald Trump signed Space Policy Directive-1, in which the president directed NASA “to lead an innovative and sustainable program of exploration with commercial and international partners to enable human expansion across the solar system and to bring back to Earth new knowledge and opportunities.” In answer to that bold call, […]

CST-100 STARLINER MANUFACTURING

An engineer guides the upper dome of a Boeing CST-100 Starliner as it is connected to the lower dome to complete the first hull of the Starliner’s Structural Test Article, a prototype spacecraft that is identical to the operational versions but not meant to fly in space. The STA is built to endure harsh tests […]

SPACE STATION CREW GETS SPECIAL DELIVERY FROM VIRGINIA

This week, astronauts are unloading more than 5,000 pounds of cargo and crew supplies from the Cygnus spacecraft to support dozens of science and research investigations. However, this shipment has special significance. This shipment arrived via an Antares rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s pad 0A at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. Rocket launches to the […]

ULA AND BOEING UNVEIL THE ATLAS V CONFIGURATION FOR THE CST-100 STARLINER

United Launch Alliance (ULA) and The Boeing Company today unveiled an updated aerodynamic configuration of the Atlas V that will launch Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner capsule for NASA. NASA’s Commercial Crew Program has partnered with Boeing to build and operate the Starliner system, including ULA’s Atlas V rocket, for missions taking astronauts to and from the […]

ATLANTIC STORM SYSTEM DELAYS NASA RESUPPLY LAUNCH TO SPACE STATION

NASA and its partner Orbital ATK have postponed the launch of the company’s next commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station to no earlier than Sunday, October 16, as the agency prepares for Tropical Storm Nicole at its tracking site in Bermuda. A Sunday launch would occur at 8:03 p.m. EDT from NASA’s Wallops […]

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