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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.

NASA Extends Lockheed Martin ISS Cargo Contract

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ROCKVILLE, Md., April 6, 2015 (Lockheed Martin PR) — Lockheed Martin (LMT) will plan, process and pack a steady supply of cargo for the International Space Station (ISS)—ranging from science hardware to food and the crew’s personal items—-under an extension of NASA’s Cargo Mission Contract.

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Orbital ATK Signs $90 Million Contract for Orion Launch Abort Motor

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Orion abort motor (Credit: ATK)

Orion abort motor (Credit: ATK)

DULLES, Virg., 7 April 2015 (Orbital ATK PR) -- Orbital ATK, Inc. (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, announced today that it has signed a $90 million contract with Lockheed Martin to provide the Attitude Control Motor (ACM) for Orion’s Launch Abort System (LAS). The LAS enables the astronaut crew to safely escape in the event of an emergency during launch, as the capsule is jettisoned away from the launch vehicle.

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NASA Announces 12 NextSTEP Partnerships

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NASA LOGOWASHINGTON (NASA PR) — Building on the success of NASA’s partnerships with commercial industry to date, NASA has selected 12 Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) to advance concept studies and technology development projects in the areas of advanced propulsion, habitation and small satellites.

Through these public-private partnerships, selected companies will partner with NASA to develop the exploration capabilities necessary to enable commercial endeavors in space and human exploration to deep-space destinations such as the proving ground of space around the moon, known as cis-lunar space, and Mars.

“Commercial partners were selected for their technical ability to mature key technologies and their commitment to the potential applications both for government and private sector uses,” said William Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Human Exploration and Operations at NASA Headquarters. “This work ultimately will inform the strategy to move human presence further into the solar system.”

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SpaceX’s Busy To-Do List for Rest of 2015

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SpaceX vehicle integration building at Pad 39A. (Credit: NASA)

SpaceX vehicle integration building at Pad 39A. (Credit: NASA)

By Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell was making the rounds last week in Washington, D.C., speaking before the Satellite 2015 conference and a House Armed Services subcommittee meeting. Much of the focus was on the latter, where Shotwell engaged in a she said-he said battle over launch costs with United Launch Alliance CEO Tory Bruno.

More interesting were the updates Shotwell provided on SpaceX’s plans for 2015 and beyond. What emerged is just how crowded the company’s agenda is for the rest of the year. The table below provides a summary.

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Lockheed Martin Proposes New ISS Cargo & Servicing System

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Lockheed Martin space tug.

Lockheed Martin cargo vessel and space tug.

DENVER, March 13, 2015 (Lockheed Martin PR) – The technologies behind Lockheed Martin’s [NYSE:LMT] proposal for NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS-2) program contain three major elements: a reusable space servicing vehicle called Jupiter™; a large, versatile cargo container named the Exoliner™; and a robotic arm. Unveiled March 12 in Washington, the company’s approach to the CRS-2 program offers NASA extensive cargo capacity and the opportunity to host commercial payloads, and builds a foundation for future deep space exploration systems.

CRS-2 is a NASA program to resupply the International Space Station (ISS) with food, equipment and other critical supplies.

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Lockheed Martin Proposed Space Tug for CRS-2 Contract

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Video Caption: This video explains Lockheed Martin’s safe, reliable, and affordable solution for NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services 2 program. This solution will deliver and dispose of a large quantity of International Space Station (ISS) cargo. In addition to ISS servicing, the solution proposed by Lockheed Martin develops technologies that are needed to support future human-rated deep space missions. Learn more about our Commercial Resupply Services 2 program: www.lockheedmartin.com/crs2

Lockheed Martin space tug.

Lockheed Martin space tug.

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Airbus Delivers NanoRacks External Payload Platform

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NanoRacks External Platform (Credit: NanoRacks)

NanoRacks External Payload Platform (Credit: NanoRacks)

HOUSTON, March 3, 2015 (NanoRacks PR) - NanoRacks is excited to announce that on February 17, 2015, the NanoRacks External Payload Platform (NREP), manufactured by Airbus DS Space Systems Inc., was delivered to Lockheed Martin Cargo Mission Contract to be prepared for launch.

The NREP will be launched on the Japanese HTV-5 International Space Station Cargo Resupply Mission.

The NREP will provide the first ever commercial platform for access to the outer space environment. The platform will be mounted on the Japanese Experiment Module External Facility and will be robotically installed and operated for CubeSat form factor payloads.

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Battle Heats Up for Next Round of ISS Supply Contracts

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Cygnus and ISS robotic arm (Credit: NASA)

Cygnus and ISS robotic arm (Credit: NASA)

It appears as if at least five companies have submitted bids for NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS-2) contract to send cargo ships to the International Space Station.

The Washington Post reports current cargo shippers Orbital ATK and SpaceX have been joined in the bidding by Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Sierra Nevada Corporation. NASA is likely to once again award two contracts for a series of supply missions.

Boeing is working on its CST-100 spacecraft to send human crews to the station. Lockheed Martin recently tested the Orion deep-space capsule it is building for NASA. And Sierra Nevada Corporation has its Dream Chaser shuttle.

Meanwhile, NASA has awarded contracts for four more cargo flights to the space station under an extension of its existing CRS program. SpaceX will fly three additional missions using its Dragon cargo ship; Orbital ATK will get one more flight of the Cygnus freighter.