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Alaska Selects Lockheed Martin for Medium-Lift Launch Deal

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Alaska Aerospace Corporation has selected Lockheed Martin to launch medium-lift rockets from the Kodiak Launch Complex:

Lockheed Martin beat out three other bidders to reconfigure launch pad one at the Kodiak site, officials with the Alaska Aerospace Corp. said during a news conference in Anchorage.

“It’s is a great day,” said Craig Campbell, the corporation’s CEO and president. “It’s what we’ve been trying to achieve for a number of years. And we’re at the point now, we’re at the cusp of being able to really expand our operation and do the stuff that Alaskans have always wanted.”

The Kodiak facility is capable of launching small rockets, but the more lucrative market is with medium-sized rockets, which have larger payloads and go into higher orbits.

Lockheed Martin’s proposal calls for modifications to the launch pad so its Athena IIS rocket and other medium-lift rockets can be launched from the site. The goal is to have three launches by 2020.

The Athena IIS is an all-solid fuel launch vehicle capable of launching up to 3,000 kg into sun-synchronous orbit. It is an upgraded version of the Athena rocket that was launched seven times with five successes before being mothballed.

Lockheed Martin is working with ATK to bring back the Athena booster for small and medium payloads.

ULA Delta Heavy IV Launches NASA’s Orion on Successful Test Flight

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Delta IV Heavy lifts off with Orion capsule. (Credit: Lockheed Martin, United Launch Alliance)

Delta IV Heavy lifts off with Orion capsule. (Credit: Lockheed Martin, United Launch Alliance)

90th ULA Mission – Enabling the Next Phase of Human Space Exploration

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Dec. 5, 2014 (ULA PR) – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying NASA’s Orion spacecraft for Lockheed Martin successfully launched from Space Launch Complex-37 at 7:05 a.m. EST today. This uncrewed flight test called Exploration Flight Test-1 tested Orion’s systems critical to crew safety.

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Lockheed Martin Opens Commercial Space Headquarters in Denver

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Commercial Space Headquarters (Credit: Lockheed Martin)

Commercial Space Headquarters (Credit: Lockheed Martin)

Denver, Colo., Oct. 29, 2014  (Lockheed Martin PR) – Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper today celebrated a growing aerospace presence in Colorado by cutting the ribbon for the company’s Commercial Space headquarters and announcing an economic incentive program designed to bring jobs to the state.

“The aerospace technology created in Colorado – from GPS to communications and scientific exploration – improves our lives every day, and the economic incentives announced today encourage job growth in this extremely high-tech, high-value sector,” said Gov. Hickenlooper. “It’s a winning proposal for the state because each job created benefits Colorado businesses and our economy.”

“Colorado has been a leader in space exploration and innovation since the founding of our industry, and it continues to be a place where space-based business thrives,” said Rick Ambrose, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. “By basing this important segment of our business in Colorado, alongside our world-class test and manufacturing facilities, we’ll be able to accelerate innovation and lower costs for commercial and government customers worldwide.”

“The consolidation into our new headquarters and the technical refresh of our workhorse A2100 satellite platform will position Lockheed Martin to be a leader in the global commercial space market for years to come,” said Mike Hamel, vice president and general manager of Commercial Space at Lockheed Martin. “Multiple A2100-based programs, including GPS-III and GOES-R, are produced here in Denver today and this site will be the center of excellence for design and production of the most capable and affordable satellites in the industry.”

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MAVEN Enters Martian Orbit

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Members of the mission team at the Lockheed Martin Mission Support Area in Littleton, Colorado, celebrate after successfully inserting NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft into orbit around Mars at 10:24 p.m. EDT Sunday, Sept. 21. (Credit:  Lockheed Martin)

Members of the mission team at the Lockheed Martin Mission Support Area in Littleton, Colorado, celebrate after successfully inserting NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft into orbit around Mars at 10:24 p.m. EDT Sunday, Sept. 21. (Credit: Lockheed Martin)

WASHINGTON, DC (NASA PR) — NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft successfully entered Mars’ orbit at 10:24 p.m. EDT Sunday, Sept. 21, where it now will prepare to study the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere as never done before. MAVEN is the first spacecraft dedicated to exploring the tenuous upper atmosphere of Mars.

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Lockheed Martin, Electro Optic Systems To Establish Space Debris Tracking Site In Western Australia

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In addition to active satellites, a large number of items of debris that originated from collisions, decommissioned satellites or the spent upper stages of launch vehicles are currently in Earth orbit.  Credit: ESA.

In addition to active satellites, a large number of items of debris that originated from collisions, decommissioned satellites or the spent upper stages of launch vehicles are currently in Earth orbit. Credit: ESA.

New Electro-Optical Tracking Site to Complement Radar Tracking Systems

DENVER, Colo., and CANBERRA, Australia, Aug. 25, 2014 (Lockheed Martin/Electro Optic Systems PR) – Under a new strategic cooperation agreement, Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] and Electro Optic Systems Pty Ltd are developing a new space object tracking site in Western Australia that will paint a more detailed picture of space debris for both government and commercial customers.

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Khrunichev Investigation Focuses on Acquisition of ILS Shares

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In 2008, Khrunichev paid two and a half times more for a 51 percent share in the U.S.-based International Launch Services (ILS) than the company it bought it from had paid only two years earlier, according to Izvestia.

The disparity between the purchase prices has vexed Russian investigators, as have the identities of those who controlled the British Virgin Islands company that sold its shares in ILS to Khrunichev.

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ULA Changes Leadership at Top

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CENTENNIAL, Colo., Aug. 12, 2014 (ULA PR)
– United Launch Alliance (ULA) today named veteran aerospace industry executive Tory Bruno as its next president and chief executive officer, succeeding Michael Gass, who has served as president and CEO since ULA’s founding in 2006. Bruno’s appointment is effective immediately; he and Gass will work collaboratively to ensure a smooth leadership transition and continued commitment to mission success.

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Sierra Nevada, Lockheed Martin Unveil First Dream Chaser Orbital Structure

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SNC's Dream Chaser® orbital structural airframe at Lockheed Martin in Ft. Worth. (Credit: Lockheed Martin)

SNC’s Dream Chaser® orbital structural airframe at Lockheed Martin in Ft. Worth. (Credit: Lockheed Martin)

SPARKS, Nev., Aug 1, 2014 – In a joint press conference, Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Space Systems and Dream Chaser® program partner, Lockheed Martin unveiled the Dream Chaser orbital spacecraft composite airframe. This structure will be used to conduct the first orbital launch of the Dream Chaser spacecraft due to launch in November, 2016, atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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Space Access Society Update

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Space Access Update #136 7/27/14
Copyright 2014 by Space Access Society

In this Issue:

– Bill Gaubatz
– Experienced Engineering Teams And US Space Launch Development Policy
– SLS Sole-Sourcing
– 2014 Space Politics: Halftime Report

  • Senate Appropriations Impasse, Other Legislation
  • Commercial Crew & Cargo at Crossroads
  • Defense Launch & Propulsion Politics

– Supporting Space Access

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A Closer Look at Altius Space Machines Projects — Part II

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Altius_logo_newBy Jonathan Goff
CEO and President
Altius Space Machines

Part 2 of 2

In the last post, I introduced the two SBIR Select Phase 1 contracts that Altius has commenced work on. This blog post will focus on the other two Asteroid Redirect Mission contracts which mentioned there. These have been selected for contract negotiation, but aren’t active contracts yet, so I will try to be a little more high-level in this blog post.

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