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Trump to Nominate Rep. Jim Bridenstine as NASA Chief

President Donald Trump intends to nominate Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Oklahoma) as administrator of NASA, the White House announced Saturday. Robert Lightfoot, acting NASA administrator, said in a statement he is pleased with Bridenstine’s nomination and looks forward to facilitating a smooth transition. “I look forward to working with a new leadership team, and …

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NASA Eyes Mars Sample Return Mission

NASA is looking into a Mars sample return mission that would collect Martian rocks and transport them to Earth in the late 2020s, Space News reported Monday. Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA associate administrator for science, said at a meeting of a National Academies committee that the sample return effort would involve the …

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NASA Seeks Govt or Industry Partnership for Solar Electronic Propulsion Tech Demo

NASA‘s Space Technology Mission Directorate looks to partner with another government agency or a company to demonstrate solar electronic propulsion technologies. A selected partner will help conduct a flight demonstration of NASA-built SEP systems such as solar arrays and an electric propulsion system equipped with a 13-kilowatt Hall Effect thruster …

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Army’s Microsatellite Demonstrator Launches Aboard SpaceX Rocket to Support Tactical Comms

A U.S. Army microsatellite lifted off aboard SpaceX‘s Falcon 9 rocket Monday to demonstrate collection and delivery of real-time imagery data from space to tactical warfighters on ground. Kestrel Eye launched from NASA‘s Kennedy Space Center in Florida as part of SpaceX’s 12th cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station, the …

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NASA, Norwegian Space Center Ink Combined Data Services Agreement

Norway’s Space Center has landed a potential five-year, $43.8 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract from NASA to provide combined data support services for the Joint Polar Satellite System program and other collaborative international missions. Work under the international agreement will occur at the Svalbard Ground Station in Norway and the Antarctica-based Troll …

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DoD Study Describes Coordination Mechanisms Adopted With NASA for Space Launch Services Acquisition

The Government Accountability Office has found that the Defense Department and NASA implement collaboration platforms and related processes to coordinate the acquisition of space launch services for cargo capsules and satellites. The finding is based on GAO’s assessment of a DoD study that examines how the Pentagon and NASA facilitate coordination on …

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NASA to Install Equipment on Orbital ATK Spacecraft as Part of TESS Explorer Mission

NASA will install cameras and science data processing computers for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology-built Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite onto an Orbital ATK spacecraft in the coming weeks following the platform’s completion of a systems integration review. The space agency said Saturday that independent technical and scientific experts reviewed the TESS …

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