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NASA Awards Contracts for Early ARM Robotic Spacecraft

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Artists concept of NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Robotic Mission capturing an asteroid boulder before redirecting it to an astronaut-accessible orbit around Earth's moon. (Credit: NASA)

Artists concept of NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Robotic Mission capturing an asteroid boulder before redirecting it to an astronaut-accessible orbit around Earth’s moon. (Credit: NASA)

PASADENA, Calif. (NASA PR) — NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., has selected four companies to conduct design studies for a solar-electric-propulsion-based spacecraft for the agency’s Asteroid Redirect Robotic Mission (ARRM). The aerospace companies selected for the initial studies include: Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Littleton, Colorado; Boeing Phantom Works, Huntington Beach, California; Orbital ATK, Dulles, Virginia; and Space Systems/Loral, Palo Alto, California.

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Colorado School of Mines Receives $2.5 Million for 3D Metal Printing Consortium

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This rocket engine fuel pump has hundreds of parts including a turbine that spins at over 90,000 rpms. This turbopump was made with additive manufacturing and had 45 percent fewer parts than pumps made with traditional manufacturing. It completed testing under flight-like conditions at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. (Credits: NASA/MSFC)

This rocket engine fuel pump has hundreds of parts including a turbine that spins at over 90,000 rpms. This turbopump was made with additive manufacturing and had 45 percent fewer parts than pumps made with traditional manufacturing. It completed testing under flight-like conditions at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. (Credits: NASA/MSFC)

GOLDEN, Colo., Dec. 14, 2015 – Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professors Aaron Stebner and Douglas Van Bossuyt were awarded a $2.5 million Advanced Industries Accelerator grant from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) to establish a 3D metal printing research consortium.

Mines is building out 2200 sq. ft. of dedicated laboratory space in the new Coorstek Center for Applied Science and Engineering for the consortium, while industry members Lockheed Martin, Ball Aerospace, Fauston Tool and Manufacturer’s Edge, are providing more than $4.5M of initial investment in the program. The combination of funds will help position Colorado as the leader in the advancement of standardization, qualification, and intelligent digitization of 3D metal printing.

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NASA to Award ISS Cargo Contracts on Thursday

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Dragon CRS-4 spacecraft berthed at the International Space Station. (Credit: NASA TV)

Dragon CRS-4 spacecraft berthed at the International Space Station. (Credit: NASA TV)

On Thursday, NASA is scheduled to announce contracts to fly cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) for 2018 until 2024.

Four companies reportedly remain in the Commercial Resupply Services 2 competition: incumbents Orbital ATK and SpaceX, and challengers Boeing and Sierra Nevada Corporation. Lockheed Martin has been reportedly eliminated from the competition.

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Lockheed Martin Moves into Full-Scale Assembly and Test of NASA’s Orion Spacecraft

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NASA's Orion with the European Service Module (Credit: ESA–D. Ducros)

NASA’s Orion with the European Service Module (Credit: ESA–D. Ducros)

DENVER, Colo. (Lockheed Martin PR) – Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and NASA have completed the majority of Orion’s Critical Design Review (CDR) which means the spacecraft’s design is mature enough to move into full-scale fabrication, assembly, integration and test of the vehicle. It also means that the program is on track to complete the spacecraft’s development to meet NASA’s Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1) performance requirements. The complete Orion EM-1 CDR process will conclude after the European Service Module CDR and a presentation to the NASA Agency Program Management Council in the spring.

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NASA Cargo Resupply Decision Set for Next Week

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Cygnus and ISS robotic arm (Credit: NASA)

Cygnus and ISS robotic arm (Credit: NASA)

On Nov. 5, NASA will announce contracts worth up to $14 billion to fly cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) for 2018 until 2024.

Four companies reportedly remain in the Commercial Resupply Services 2 competition: incumbents Orbital ATK and SpaceX, and challengers Boeing and Sierra Nevada Corporation. Lockheed Martin has been reportedly eliminated from the competition.

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Report: Lockheed Martin Eliminated From NASA Cargo Competition

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Lockheed Martin's concept for NASA's Commercial Resupply Services 2 program.

Lockheed Martin’s concept for NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services 2 program.

The Wall Street Journal reports Lockheed Martin has been eliminated from the Commercial Resupply Services 2 competition:

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration made its decision this past summer, according to the people familiar with the matter, and since then it has been a topic of discussion in industry circles. NASA made the call largely on the basis of price, according to one of these people….

Industry officials said Lockheed is expected to continue pursuing many of those same long-term goals, though probably at a slower pace, while it seeks to snare other federal dollars or related commercial business.

Slated to be announced in early November, NASA’s coming awards will be the next phase of cargo-delivery contracts currently totaling as much as $6.2 billion that the agency issued years ago to Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. and a predecessor company to Orbital ATK Inc.

Both of those companies remain in the running for additional commercial cargo awards, along with Boeing Co. and Sierra Nevada Corp.

The Future Ain’t What It Used to Be: SpaceShipOne & the Triumph of Hype

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Mike Melvill stands atop SpaceShipOne after a suborbital flight on Sept. 29, 2004. (Credit: RenegadeAven)

Mike Melvill stands atop SpaceShipOne after a suborbital flight on Sept. 29, 2004. (Credit: RenegadeAven)

Eleven years ago today, Brian Binnie flew SpaceShipOne to  an altitude  of 112.014 km (69.6 miles),  breaking a record of 107.8 km (67 miles) set by Joe Walker in the X-15 rocket plane 41 years earlier. As Binnie landed the small, experimental space plane at the Mojave Air and Space Port before a cheering crowd, he clinched the $10 million Ansari X Prize for Burt Rutan and his financial backer, Paul Allen.

The air during the post flight events was full of promises, boasts and hopes that today appear positively cringe worthy.

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ULA Launches 100th Successful Mission

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An United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the Morelos-3  mission lifted off from Space Launch Complex 41 at 6:28 a.m. EDT. (Credit: ULA)

An United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the Morelos-3 mission lifted off from Space Launch Complex 41 at 6:28 a.m. EDT. (Credit: ULA)

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., Oct. 2, 2015 (ULA PR) –United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully launched its 100th mission today with an Atlas V rocket carrying the Morelos-3 satellite for Mexico’s Ministry of Communications and Transportation. The mission, procured for Mexico by Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services, launched at 6:28 a.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex-41.

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Boeing: We’re Not Selling ULA

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Orion Exploration Flight Test launch. (Credit: NASA)

Orion Exploration Flight Test launch. (Credit: NASA)

Boeing didn’t take Aerojet Rocketdyne’s $2 billion bid for United Launch Alliance (ULA) very seriously. Boeing co-owns ULA on a 50-50 basis with Lockheed Martin.

Boeing’s top defense official said the company has no interest in selling off the United Launch Alliance (ULA), despite a bid by Aerojet Rocketdyne to buy the company.

Chris Chadwick, president and chief executive officer of Boeing Defense, Space & Security, said ULA will be “a huge part of our portfolio going forward” and that there was “no serious consideration” given to the bid offer, reportedly for $2 billion.

“This bid, we’ve really not spent much time on it at all, because we’re focusing in a totally different direction,” he said.

A Lockheed spokesman declined to respond to Chadwick’s comments, and an Aerojet representative did not respond by deadline.

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NASA Again Delays CRS2 Contract Awards

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NASA LOGONASA now expects to award new International Space Station cargo supply contracts on Nov. 5, about five months behind the original schedule.

On its website, the space agency said it needed “additional time to evaluate Final Proposal Revisions (FPRs)” for the Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS-2) contracts.

NASA released its request for proposals on Sept. 25, 2014, with proposals due last Dec. 2. The award date was originally set for May, but it then slipped to June then September and now November.

Orbital ATK and SpaceX, who now hold CRS contacts. The companies have submitted proposals for the CRS-2 contract along with Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Sierra Nevada Corporation.

Lockheed Martin Wins Commercial Launch Contract for Atlas V

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Atlas V liftoff (Credit: ULA)

Atlas V liftoff (Credit: ULA)

Denver, Aug. 5, 2015 (Lockheed Martin PR) – Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT), has been selected by EchoStar Corporation to provide commercial launch services for the EchoStar XIX communications satellite. The satellite is scheduled to launch in late 2016 on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

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Space Florida-Israel Partnership Announces R&D Funding

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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., July 20, 2015 (Space Florida PR) – Space Florida, the Sunshine State’s aerospace and spaceport development authority, and the Israeli Office of the Chief Scientist through MATIMOP, Israel’s Industrial Center for Research and Development, today announced second-round winners of industrial research and development funding tied to the Space Florida-Israel Innovation Partnership Program.

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Orbital ATK Signs $98 Million Contract for Orion Abort Motor

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orbital_atk_logoMAGNA, Utah, July 7, 2015 (Orbital ATK PR) – Orbital ATK, Inc. (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, today announced that is has signed a $98 million agreement with Lockheed Martin to provide the launch abort motor for the Orion human spaceflight capsule’s Launch Abort System (LAS). The Orion spacecraft will launch aboard NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), enabling humans to explore new deep space destinations.

The launch abort motor, manufactured at Orbital ATK facilities in Magna, Promontory and Clearfield, Utah, is a powerful solid rocket motor designed to ensure crew safety. Orion’s LAS is a unique safety feature, similar to an ejection seat found in a fighter jet. If an emergency were to occur at the launch pad, or during lift-off and ascent, the abort system would rapidly lift the capsule and crew away from the rocket.
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Brevard Board Approves Incentives for Blue Origin, Lockheed Martin

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Blue_Origin_logo1The North Brevard Economic Development Zone board has approved economic incentives for Blue Origin to build a facility in the county and for Lockheed Martin to expand its operations there.

The board voted 8-1 to approve $8 million in incentives for rocket company Blue Origin. The company — being referred to by the code name “Project Panther” — is considering building a 330-employee facility at Exploration Park, near the Kennedy Space Center.

Separately, the board voted 9-0 in favor of a $1.735 million grant for Lockheed Martin Corp., which is considering a 300-employee facility at 1515 Chaffee Drive in Titusville.

Lockheed on Tuesday also will ask the Brevard County Commission to consider property tax abatements totaling $397,043 a year over a 10-year period for its project….

The incentives for both projects would come back to the zone board for a second vote once deals are worked out with the companies. Additionally, the Brevard County Commission must approve the $8 million commitment to Blue Origin….

Lockheed Martin said its project involves its Space Systems Company operations.

The proposed Chaffee Drive expansion is on the site of an Astrotech facility. Lockheed Martin in August completed its acquisition of Astrotech Space Operations business of Astrotech Corp, including operations in Titusville and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

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News Briefs: CRS2 Delayed, Accident Updates, Blue Origin & Dream Chaser Flights

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SpaceShipTwo disintegrates as its two tail booms fall away. (Credit: Kenneth Brown)

SpaceShipTwo disintegrates as its two tail booms fall away. (Credit: Kenneth Brown)

Several agencies gave presentations yesterday before the National Research Council’s Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board. Jeff Foust of SpaceNews reported on the following updates:

  • NASA Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations Bill Gerstenmaier said the agency has delayed a decision on its Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS-2) contracts from June to September to allow more time to evaluate bids. Known bidders include SpaceX, Orbital ATK, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Sierra Nevada Corporation.
  • Gerstenmaier said Sierra Nevada’s final funded commercial crew milestone — a second drop test of the Dream Chaser shuttle — is now scheduled for December.
  • FAA Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation (FAA AST) George Nield reported that Blue Origin will be flying its suborbital New Shepard spacecraft within weeks.
  • Nield said the NTSB will be providing FAA AST with a report on the SpaceShipTwo accident within a month or two. He expects a final report to be published sometime in the summer.
  • Nield said he expects an accident report from Orbital ATK on last October’s Antares failure within the next several weeks.