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Space Florida, Israel Award R&D Funding

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Space FloridaEXPLORATION PARK, Fla., (Space Florida PR) – Space Florida, the aerospace and spaceport development authority for the State of Florida, and the Israeli Office of the Chief Scientist through MATIMOP, Israel’s Industrial Center for Research and Development, announce the third-round winners of industrial research and development funding tied to the Space Florida-Israel Innovation Partnership Program.

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DARPA Releases XS-1 Phase II/III Solicitation

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Credit: DARPA

Credit: DARPA

DARPA released a solicitation for bids for its XS-1 Phase II/III program on Monday. The private-public partnership includes $140 million in DARPA funding for the reusable booster. According to the solicitation:

“The overall objective of the XS 1 Phase II/III program is to design, build, and flight test a reusable booster system prototype to support an upper stage capable of inserting a minimum of 3,000 pounds to orbit, with a design goal of less than $5M cost per launch for an operational system. The program will demonstrate on-demand and routine flight operations by flying the booster ten times in ten days and launch a demonstration payload greater than 900 pounds to orbit.

“This program solicitation solicits proposals that either, 1) propose a system at a preliminary design review level of rigor tailored for a demonstration rather than an acquisition program, or 2) propose a preliminary design derived from vehicle hardware the proposer has developed and tested. Phase II includes the final design, fabrication, integration, assembly, and ground test of the XS-1 reusable booster system prototype. Phase III is the flight test campaign.”

The solicitation is open to all U.S. companies. Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Masten Space Systems received contracts under Phase I.

The deadline is July 22.

Lockheed Martin Lays Out Deep Space Exploration Plans

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Humanity Becomes an Interplanetary Species: Artist’s rendition of the Mars Base Camp architecture in Martian orbit. By leveraging developed technologies and the taxpayers’ investment in SLS and Orion, Lockheed Martin believes a human science Mission to Mars is feasible by 2028. (Credit: Lockheed Martin)

Artist’s rendition of the Mars Base Camp architecture in Martian orbit. By leveraging developed technologies and the taxpayers’ investment in SLS and Orion, Lockheed Martin believes a human science Mission to Mars is feasible by 2028. (Credit: Lockheed Martin)

At a House Space Subcommittee meeting on Capitol Hill last week, several companies laid out plans for deep space exploration. Lockheed Martin Vice President Wanda A. Sigur discussed the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle the company is building for NASA, proposed cis-lunar space operations, and a Mars base camp orbiting the Red Planet.

Lockheed Martin of a number of companies working with NASA under the Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) program, which is a private-public partnership that focuses on advance concept studies and technology development projects for deep space exploration.

Relevant excerpt’s from Sigur’s prepared testimony follow.

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Boom Boasts Impressive List of Personnel

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Supersonic passenger jet (Credit: Boom)

Supersonic passenger jet (Credit: Boom)

Supersonic jetliner developer Boom has an impressive leadership team that includes veterans of Gulfstream, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Scaled Composites and other companies. The programs they have worked on include the 787, SpaceShipTwo, F-35 and and X-47A.

The company’s advisory board includes two former officials from Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works and former NASA astronaut Mark Kelly.

Brief biographies of the leadership team and advisory board members taken from Boom’s website follow.

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Schedule of LA County Air Show Set

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121103-N-LD780-003 PENSACOLA, Fla. (Nov. 3, 2012) U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, diamond formation flies the Diamond 360 maneuver at the Pensacola Home Show at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., Nov. 3. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eric Rowley/Released)

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PENSACOLA, Fla. (Nov. 3, 2012) U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, diamond formation flies the Diamond 360 maneuver at the Pensacola Home Show at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., Nov. 3. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eric Rowley/Released)

LOS ANGELES (LA COUNTY AIR SHOW PR) — The Los Angeles County Air Show, powered by Lockheed Martin, today announced additional gravity-defying performers that will take your breath away! Fans won’t want to miss the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, scheduled for March 19-20, 2016, at William J. Fox Airport, along with jaw-dropping excitement of jets, gravity-defying aerobatic performers, wing-walking, historic aircraft, a tribute to Pearl Harbor featuring the Commemorative Air Force’s Tora! Tora! Tora! and Texas Flying Legends Museum, a Wall of Fire that will knock your socks off and so much more.

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SpaceX Has Highest CRS2 Score and Mission Cost

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SpaceX Dragon freighter at ISS. (Credit: NASA)

SpaceX Dragon freighter at ISS. (Credit: NASA)

SpaceX had the highest rating and mission price in the Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS2) contract competition, with Orbital ATK and Sierra Nevada Corporation running neck and neck for second place. Meanwhile, Lockheed Martin and Boeing finished out of the running due to cost.

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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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