NASA Awards Contracts for Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator Development

Illustration of Low-Earth Orbit Flight Test of an Inflatable Decelerator (LOFTID). (Credits: NASA)

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — NASA has awarded a total of seven contracts to six companies including Airborne Systems North America of Santa, Ana California, CFD Research Corporation of Huntsville, Alabama, Jackson Bond Enterprises LLC of Dover, New Hampshire, Ryzing Technologies of Staunton, Virginia, Miller Scientific Inc. of Flagstaff, Arizona, and Anasphere Inc. of Manhattan, Montana. Jackson Bond Enterprises, LLC is receiving two of the seven awards.

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NASA Invites Media to Discuss New Science, Commercial Study Today

NASA will hold a media teleconference today at 4:30 p.m. EDT, Thursday, Sept. 29, to discuss a new study exploring potential commercial space opportunities for NASA science missions. The agency will livestream audio of the teleconference on its website.

Participants include:

  • Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator, NASA’s Science Mission Directorate
  • Kathy Lueders, associate administrator, NASA’s Space Operations Mission Directorate
  • Jessica Jensen, vice president, customer operations and integration, SpaceX
  • Jared Isaacman, commercial astronaut and commander of Polaris Dawn
  • Patrick Crouse, Hubble Space Telescope project manager, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

Satellite Vu Partners with Viasat to Ensure Rapid Service to Customers

LONDON, 28 September 2022 (Satellite Vu PR) – Satellite Vu, the British Earth Observation company set to become the world’s thermometer from space with its planned constellation of high-resolution thermal imaging satellites, has partnered with Viasat, operators of the Real-Time Earth global ground service network of world-class antenna systems, to ensure rapid commanding, reception and dissemination of thermal imagery from Satellite Vu’s satellites. This partnership will enable Satellite Vu to regularly contact its constellation throughout the day and night to ensure rapid responsiveness to customers for tasking new collections, low latency times, and high-speed delivery of its thermal imagery and derived analytics.

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National Reconnaissance Office Awards Commercial RF Capabilities Contract to Kleos Space Inc.

  • Kleos has been awarded a contract with the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) as part of its broad evaluation of new and emerging RF intelligence capabilities and providers
  • Under the contract, Kleos will demonstrate the accuracy of its radio frequency (RF) geolocation data over land and water
  • The NRO builds and operates the U.S. Government’s space-based intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities, providing satellite, signals, and imagery intelligence to government agencies

DENVER (Kleos Space PR) — Kleos Space Inc, a space-powered Radio Frequency Reconnaissance Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) and Mission-as-a-Service (MaaS) provider, has been awarded a first stage contract, from the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) as part of the Strategic Commercial Enhancements Broad Agency Announcement (SCE BAA) Framework.

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ESA Director General Appoints the New Space Advisory Board

Meeting of the New Space Advisory Board (Credit: ESA)

PARIS (ESA PR) — Following ESA’s objective to implement the actions of the Agenda 2025 with a particular focus on commercialisation and ESA’s role and actions in the New Space ecosystem, ESA’s DG appointed in April 2022 the New Space Advisory Board (NAB)It is a senior body of high-level representatives from companies following a New Space approach in the execution of their businessThe NAB has the objective to share lessons learned thus supporting ESA executives in the elaboration of an ESA commercialisation policy and the ESA transformation process to adapt to the New Space needs.

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ESA Business Boosts Small Space Companies

CDF founder Massimo Bandecchi using the facility’s 3D visualistion system. (Credit: ESA)

PARIS (ESA PR) — ESA continues to break down barriers and create more opportunities for small companies to get involved in space. Start-up companies and small enterprises offer agile and bespoke development adding value to Europe’s future space economy.

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Spire Global Awarded NRO Contract for Radio Frequency Data

Spire’s data will be used by the agency to evaluate the integration of commercial radio frequency (RF) into its overhead architecture

VIENNA, Va., September 28, 2022 — Spire Global, Inc. (NYSE: SPIR) (“Spire” or “the Company”), a leading global provider of space-based data, analytics and space services, announced that it was awarded a study contract by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) for commercial radio frequency (RF) remote sensing.

The contract is a part of the NRO’s Strategic Commercial Enhancements program. Spire’s RF data will be used by the agency to evaluate how commercial radio frequency (RF) will be integrated into its overhead architecture. The contract demonstrates the agency’s commitment to continuously evaluate new capabilities and embrace commercial geospatial providers.

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Kayhan Space Awarded SpaceWERX Orbital Prime Contract

Kayhan Space along with Astroscale U.S. and UT-Austin awarded Phase 1 STTR under the SpaceWERX Orbital Prime Program

LAFAYETTE, Colo., September 28, 2022 (Kayhan Space PR) – With the space economy and critical defense initiatives dependent on safe rendezvous and proximity operations (RPO), Kayhan Space, along with partners Astroscale U.S. and the University of Texas at Austin, today announced it has won a U.S. Space Force award to develop an intelligent platform that autonomously enables spacecraft to safely engage with on-orbit support vehicles for services such as refueling, maintenance, debris removal and national security.

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NRO Announces Commercial Radio Frequency Study Contract Awards

CHANTILLY, Va. (NRO PR) – The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) today announced the award of six study contracts for commercial radio frequency (RF) remote sensing. Companies receiving awards under NRO’s Strategic Commercial Enhancement’s (SCE) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) Framework include Aurora Insight, HawkEye 360, Kleos Space, PredaSAR, Spire Global, and Umbra Lab.

“Since the 2019 award of an integration study contract for commercial RF, we’ve seen increasing demand for this data source from across the user community,” said Dr. Chris Scolese, director of the NRO. “Today’s awards are another great example of NRO’s efforts to innovate on all fronts, as we continue to work with our partners in government and the commercial sector to find new ways to build capability, agility, capacity, speed, and resilience into everything we do.”

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Thales Alenia Space Signs Contract with ArianeGroup to Begin Production of Ariane 6 Range Safeguard System

Artist’s view of the configuration of Ariane 6 using four boosters (A64) (Credit: ESA – D. Ducros)

CANNES, France, September 27, 2022 (Thales Alenia Space PR) — Thales Alenia Space, the joint company between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), has signed a contract with ArianeGroup to produce the range safeguard system for the new Ariane 6 launch vehicle. Europe’s new launcher will combine proven and innovative solutions to meet changing market requirements, while maintaining the Ariane family’s track record of reliability. Thales Alenia Space in Belgium has contributed to this family since the outset.

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SAIC and Rogue Space Systems Partner to Deliver Services for Objects Orbiting Earth

A rendering of the Fred and Laura Orbots inspecting a defunct satellite. (Credit: SAIC)

Companies will provide small satellite innovations to Space Force

RESTON, Va. (SAIC PR) — Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAIC) and Rogue Space Systems Corporation have announced a strategic partnership to develop solutions that provide rapidly deliverable In-Orbit Service Assembly and Manufacturing (ISAM), asset inspection and Space Situational Awareness (SSA).

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Video of NASA’s DART Spacecraft Crashing into Asteroid Dimorphos

JHU Applied Physics Laboratory

The final five-and-a-half minutes of images leading up to the DART spacecraft’s intentional collision with asteroid Dimorphos. The DART spacecraft streamed these images from its DRACO camera back to Earth in real time as it approached the asteroid.

This replay movie is 10 times faster than reality, except for the last six images, which are shown at the same rate that the spacecraft returned them. Both Didymos and its moonlet Dimorphos are visible at the start of the movie. At the end, Dimorphos fills the field of view. The final image in the movie shows a patch of Dimorphos that is 51 feet 16 meters) across.

DART’s impact occurred during transmission of the final image to Earth, resulting in a partial picture at the end of this movie. Didymos is roughly 2,500 feet (780 meters) in diameter; Dimorphos is about 525 feet (160 meters) in length. (Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL)

Sateliot Works with Amazon Web Services on Innovative Cloud Native 5G Satellite Network to Connect IoT Devices Directly to Satellites

  • It will allow users secure and reliable NB-IoT connectivity to a non-terrestrial network with low orbiting satellites such as those of Sateliot
  • This service has been built with the Linux Foundation as part of its Magma project, which seeks solutions for Internet access in rural areas

SAN DIEGO, September 26th, 2022 (Sateliot PR) — Sateliot, a satellite telecommunications operator, is working with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to build a cloud native 5G service designed to provide customers with secure and reliable narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) connectivity over non-terrestrial network using its Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite constellation. 

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Satellogic Announces Exclusive Agreement with GREEN+ Jurisdictional Programme to Monitor all Subnational Protected Areas on the Planet

Satellogic will collect high-resolution satellite imagery over all the Earth’s forests until 2025. Derived biomass loss information will be shared publicly, and available to the global citizenry through www.programme.green in agreement with CC35 Capital Cities Secretariat and strategic institutional partners

NEW YORK (Satellogic PR) — Satellogic Inc. (NASDAQ: SATL), a leader in sub-meter resolution Earth Observation (“EO”) data collection, today announced a contract to monitor all subnational protected areas on the planet through the new GREEN+ Jurisdictional Programme. The provision of reliable and consistent high-quality satellite data will be governed by the CC35 Capital Cities Secretariat, the Global Footprint Network and The Energy Coalition, among other respected stakeholders committed to conserving the Earth’s “last lungs.”

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