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NASA Awards Aerojet Rocketdyne Contract for CubeSat Propulsion System

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SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 8, 2014 (Aerojet Rockedyne PR) — Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp (NYSE:GY) company, has been awarded a contract from the Flight Opportunities Program Office at Armstrong Flight Test Center to develop propulsion technology for miniature satellites that could possibly lower cost and accelerate mission schedules.

Under the first phase of the contract, Aerojet Rocketdyne will develop and perform hot-fire tests on its MPS-120 CubeSat High-Impulse Adaptable Modular Propulsion System. If selected for a flight demonstration in a second phase, the MPS-120 would be the first chemical propulsion system ever used on a CubeSat.

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NASA Selects New Suborbital Technology Payloads, Total Tops 130

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NASA LOGOEDWARDS, Calif. (NASA PR) — NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program has selected 13 space technology payloads for flights on commercial reusable launch vehicles, and a commercial parabolic aircraft. These flights provide cutting-edge technologies with a valuable platform to conduct tests, before they enter use in the harsh environment of space.

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NASA Seeks Suborbital Technology Payloads

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Masten Space Systems' Xombie technology demonstration test bed ascends into the Mojave Desert sky from the Mojave Air and Space Port during a March 2013 flight to validate Draper Labs' GENIE flight control system. (Credit: NASA/Tom Tschida)

Masten Space Systems’ Xombie technology demonstration test bed ascends into the Mojave Desert sky from the Mojave Air and Space Port during a March 2013 flight to validate Draper Labs’ GENIE flight control system. (Credit: NASA/Tom Tschida)

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — NASA is seeking proposals from U.S. commercial suborbital reusable launch vehicle providers to integrate and fly technology payloads for the space agency.

NASA uses companies for suborbital flights to encourage and facilitate the growth of this important aerospace market while also providing a means to advance a wide range of new launch vehicle and space technologies.

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NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program Looks to Busy 2014

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An exterior camera on the forward portion of UP Aerospace' SL-8 sounding rocket captures this spectacular view of the Earth's horizon during its flight from Spaceport America in New Mexico for NASA's Flight Opportunities Program last November. (Credit: UP Aerospace)

An exterior camera on the forward portion of UP Aerospace’ SL-8 sounding rocket captures this spectacular view of the Earth’s horizon during its flight from Spaceport America in New Mexico for NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program last November. (Credit: UP Aerospace)

EDWARDS, Calif. (NASA PR) — NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program of the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate accomplished its busiest year in 2013 since its inception in late 2010, and 2014 promises to be even busier.

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GLXP Upate: Astrobotic Competes in Milestone Awards, Outlines Lunar Landing Plans

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A mission concept to enter and explore a skylight on the Moon using Tyrobot. (Credit: Astrobotic Technology)

A mission concept to enter and explore a skylight on the Moon using Tyrobot. (Credit: Astrobotic Technology)

Pittsburgh, PA (Astrobotic PR) – Astrobotic Technology announced today that it has advanced to the Accomplishment Round of the Milestone Prizes offered by the Google Lunar XPRIZE, qualifying the team to receive up to $1.75 million for reaching its objectives in three categories – Landing, Mobility, and Imaging.

In a major step toward one of those objectives, Astrobotic is testing its autonomous landing technology with a series of flights on a propulsive lander at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California this month. The flight campaign, which will test the guidance sensors for Astrobotic’s lunar lander, is made possible by a NASA Flight Opportunities Program award. Results will be posted on the Astrobotic website, www.astrobotic.com, once they are available.

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Saber Astronautics Tests Satellite De-orbiting Tether

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Saber Astronautics employees test their DragEN satellite de-orbiting tether in microgravity. (Credit: Bill Stafford)

Saber Astronautics employees test their DragEN satellite de-orbiting tether in microgravity. (Credit: Bill Stafford)

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 19, 2014 (Saber AstronauticsPR) — Saber Astronautics, a space technology and analytics company based in Austin TX, recently passed NASA flight tests for a product that addresses the growing threat of “space junk”. The device, called “DragEN”, unrolls a conductive space tether which uses the magnetic field of the Earth to gently drag a dead satellite back to Earth allowing it to burn up safely in the atmosphere at the end of its life.

The rapid growth in the launch of small satellites by governments, universities and commercial interests is dramatically increasing the amount of hardware in low Earth orbit. “Without technologies like the DragEN for safely returning these spacecraft to Earth at the end of their mission life cycles, the danger of space debris will continue to grow exponentially,” Saber Astronautics’ Dr Timothy Meehan cautioned.

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NASA Advanced Space Technology in 2013

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NASA Ames engineers are building PhoneSats, demonstrating how "off the shelf" consumer devices can lead to new space exploration capabilities. (Credit:  NASA Ames Research Center/Dominic Hart)

NASA Ames engineers are building PhoneSats, demonstrating how “off the shelf” consumer devices can lead to new space exploration capabilities. (Credit:
NASA Ames Research Center/Dominic Hart)

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) – NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) made major strides in 2013, pioneering new technologies and capabilities that added breadth to NASA’s tool kit, aiding current and future missions.

The directorate is engaged in nine major technology development programs that are underway at each of NASA’s ten field centers located across the United States.

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Today is Registration Deadline for SRLV Payload Integration RFP Industry Day

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NASA LOGOA note from NASA:

The draft solicitation for sRLV Flight and Payload Integration Services (aka IDIQ 2) has been posted. Commercial entities are encouraged to provide feedback comments within the requested date. A virtual industry day will be held via WebEx on Wednesday, January 22. Registration deadline is Wednesday, January 15.

Organizations desiring to participate in this industry day must provide the following information via email to joel.b.lozano@nasa.gov by 2359 (Pacific Time) on January 15, 2014

(1) Official Company Name/Business Unit participating in the industry day
(2) Cage Code of Company/Business Unit participating in the industry day
(3) First and last name of individual representing your company for industry day
(4) Email that will be used to receive further login information and any necessary documents for IDIQ 2 Virtual Industry Day

The due date for receipt of registration is 2359 (Pacific Time) on January 15, 2014. This industry day is open to any organization desiring to learn more about this requirement, but individuals must register in advance to receive login information. The distribution of login information from organizations who have pre-registered to organizations trying to bypass the registration process is prohibited.

NASA Issues Draft RFP for SRLV Flight and Payload Integration Services

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The draft solicitation for SRLV Flight and Payload Integration Services’ has been posted. Commercial entities are encouraged to provide feedback comments to the contract specialist regarding this draft solicitation within the requested date. A virtual industry day will be held via WebEx in the near future.

A full summary of the draft solicitation after the break.
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NASA Flight Opportunities Program Issues New Solicitation

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NASA LOGOThe National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Dryden Flight Research Center has released a solicitation entitled “NASA Announcement of Flight Opportunities (AFO) for Payloads Maturing Crosscutting Technologies that Advance Multiple Future Space Missions to Flight Readiness Status.” The current solicitation cycle, AFO #8, provides access to parabolic flights and to flights on suborbital Reusable Launch Vehicles (sRLV).

Applications are due on or before 11:59 PM Eastern Time on January 16, 2014, and selections will be announced in March 2014 (target).

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