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Sierra Nevada, Lockheed Martin Expand Dream Chaser Manufacturing

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Dream Chaser shuttle. (Credit: NASA)

Dream Chaser shuttle. (Credit: NASA)

Sparks, Nev., March 25, 2014 (SNC PR) – In a press conference held today at the Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) in Michoud, La., Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and Dream Chaser® strategic partner Lockheed Martin announced the expansion of SNC Dream Chaser spacecraft orbital vehicle manufacturing operations.

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Orbital Drops Lawsuit Against ULA

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RD-180 test firing. (Credit: NASA)

RD-180 test firing. (Credit: NASA)

Orbital Sciences Corporation has dropped its anti-trust lawsuit against ULA over the RD-180 rocket engine — at least for the time being.

“The parties will now undertake to negotiate a business resolution for Orbital’s access to the RD-180 rocket engine, subject to all necessary approvals from the U.S. and Russian governments,” Orbital said in the filing. “If a mutually agreeable resolution is not reached, Orbital will have the option to refile its lawsuit.”

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Industry Team Vows to Meet Deadlines for Orion, SLS Flights

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At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Orion ground test vehicle has been lifted high in the air by crane in the transfer aisle of the Vehicle Assembly Building. (Credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis)

At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Orion ground test vehicle has been lifted high in the air by crane in the transfer aisle of the Vehicle Assembly Building. (Credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis)

Washington, D.C. (Aerojet Rocketdyne/ATK/Boeing/Lockheed Martin PR) – The biggest accomplishments on the next-generation deep space programs will take place this year, including Orion’s first mission, Space Launch System (SLS) booster and engine firing, and the opening of the SLS Vertical Assembly Center (VAC) – all important steps in preparing for deep space human exploration missions.

NASA’s SLS and Orion four prime contractors met recently at an industry-team meeting to discuss progress to date and ensure the teams are on track for the 2014 and 2017 launches.

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SNC Announces Plans for First Orbital Dream Chaser Flight, Expanded Florida Operations

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Dream Chaser (Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation)

Dream Chaser (Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation)

Sparks, Nev., Jan. 23, 2014 Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announces that it has confirmed that the first orbital flight of its Dream Chaser® Space System will occur on November 1, 2016.  Dream Chaser will be brought to orbit on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket that is being built in Decatur, Alabama and will launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

During SNC’s press event at the John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC), which was carried live on NASA TV, Mark N. Sirangelo, corporate vice president and head of Sierra Nevada Space Systems also unveiled the plans for Dream Chaser flight operations and vehicle processing in Florida through a detailed multi-part presentation.

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Cool Orion Forward Bay Cover Jettison Video

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Video Caption: The first test to ensure Orion will successfully jettison its Forward Bay Cover (FBC) was conducted by Lockheed Martin on Dec. 19. The FBC protects the top portion of the crew module during launch, orbital flight, and re-entry. When Orion reenters the Earth’s atmosphere from deep space, the FBC will be jettisoned at an altitude of approximately 23,000 feet. This event is crucial to mission success and crew safety—a successful jettison is required for deployment of the main parachutes.

This test will be followed by two more ground jettison tests, simulating different stress scenarios, and two air-drop tests which are meant to will simulate more flight-like aerodynamic conditions.

SLS, Orion Year in Review

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At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Orion ground test vehicle has been lifted high in the air by crane in the transfer aisle of the Vehicle Assembly Building. (Credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis)

At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Orion ground test vehicle has been lifted high in the air by crane in the transfer aisle of the Vehicle Assembly Building. (Credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis)

Four of the lead contractors working on the Space Launch System and Orion — Aerojet Rocketdyne, ATK, Boeing and Lockheed Martin — issued the following press release last week highlighting progress during 2013. I’ve added photos illustrating some of the major milestones.

Washington, D.C., Jan. 7, 2014 – The NASA Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion teams accomplished unprecedented progress in 2013 with the design, development and testing of the next-generation vehicles destined to explore deep space.

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Mars One Contracts Lockheed Martin, Surrey Satellite for Mission Concept Studies

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Mars One 2018 lander (Credit: Mars One)

Mars One 2018 lander (Credit: Mars One)

Amersfoort, 10th December 2013 (Mars One PR) — Mars One has secured lead suppliers for its first mission to Mars. The mission, slated for a 2018 launch, will include a robotic lander and a communications satellite. Mars One has contracted Lockheed Martin and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) to develop mission concept studies. The Mars lander will be built by Lockheed Martin and the communications satellite will be built by SSTL.

This 2018 mission will be a demonstration mission and will provide proof of concept for some of the technologies that are important for a permanent human settlement on Mars; the ultimate goal of the non-profit Mars One foundation.

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Mars One to Announce Plans for First Private Robotic Mission to Mars

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MarsOne_logoAMERSFOORT, Netherlands – December 2, 2013 (Mars One PR) — Mars One will hold a press conference on December 10, 2013. An announcement will be made in collaboration with Lockheed Martin and Surrey Satellite Systems Limited regarding the first private robotic mission to Mars. Mars One will also share new information on its public involvement activities leading up to this mission. The event will take place in Washington DC.

The venue for the conference is The National Press Club, 529 14th St NW, Washington, DC, USA. Presentations will start at 10:30 AM, followed by Q&A until 12:00 PM.

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Lockheed Plans “Affordable” Hypersonic Mach 6 Aircraft

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Artist's conception of SR-72. (Credit: Lockheed Martin)

Artist’s conception of SR-72. (Credit: Lockheed Martin)

Aviation Week has quite the scoop on Lockheed Martin’s plans for a successor to the legendary SR-71:

After years of silence on the subject, Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works has revealed exclusively to AW&ST details of long-running plans for what it describes as an affordable hypersonic intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and strike platform that could enter development in demonstrator form as soon as 2018. Dubbed the SR-72, the twin-engine aircraft is designed for a Mach 6 cruise, around twice the speed of its forebear, and will have the optional capability to strike targets.

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It’s Alive! Orion Powered On for First Time

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Technicians work inside the Orion crew module being built at Kennedy Space Center to prepare it for its first power on. Turning the avionics system inside the capsule on for the first time marks a major milestone in Orion’s final year of preparations before its first mission, Exploration Flight Test. (Credit:  Lockheed Martin)

Technicians work inside the Orion crew module being built at Kennedy Space Center to prepare it for its first power on. Turning the avionics system inside the capsule on for the first time marks a major milestone in Orion’s final year of preparations before its first mission, Exploration Flight Test. (Credit:
Lockheed Martin)

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (NASA PR) — NASA’s first-ever deep space craft, Orion, has been powered on for the first time, marking a major milestone in the final year of preparations for flight.

Orion’s avionics system was installed on the crew module and powered up for a series of systems tests at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida last week. Preliminary data indicate Orion’s vehicle management computer, as well as its innovative power and data distribution system — which use state-of-the-art networking capabilities — performed as expected.

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