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SpaceX Falcon Lifts Commercial Satellite Into Orbit

Space Exploration Technologies launched Tuesday a Falcon 9 rocket into space to deliver its first commercial satellite into orbit, Reuters reported. Irene Klotz writes the Merlin engine-powered rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 5:41 p.m. EST carrying its 7,000-pound payload, the SES-8. The SES-8 is a …

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Orbital Sciences, SpaceX Conclude NASA COTS Mission; Charles Bolden, Frank Culbertson Comment

NASA has concluded the Commercial Orbital Transportation Service program with participation from Orbital Sciences and Space Exploration Technologies. The two companies helped develop the rockets and spacecraft under the COTS initiative to design a budget space transport that can ferry supplies and humans from Earth to the International Space Station, NASA …

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NASA Selects Commercial Partners to Advance Space Technologies; Jim Reuter Quoted

Jim Reuter

NASA has selected 17 U.S. companies for 20 partnerships to advance industry-developed space technologies for the agency’s missions, NASA reported on Monday. The partnerships will create a 3D printing system for NASA’s Artemis lunar exploration program, remove dust from planetary solar arrays and mature a first-stage rocket recovery system. 

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Boeing Names Jinnah Hosein VP of Software Engineering; Dave Calhoun, Greg Hyslop Quoted

Jinnah Hosein

Boeing has appointed Jinnah Hosein as vice president of Software Engineering, effective immediately, to strengthen the company’s software engineering across the enterprise. Hosein will report to Greg Hyslop, Boeing chief engineer and senior vice president of Engineering, Test and Technology. "Jinnah will be a transformational leader for Boeing," said Dave Calhoun.

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USTRANSCOM Eyes Study on Space-Based Global Logistics Ops; Gen. Stephen Lyons Quoted

Gen. Stephen Lyons

U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) plans to start evaluating the feasibility of integrating space-based transport into logistics operations next year ahead of a point-to-point proof of concept exercise with industry and Department of Defense partners. USTRANSCOM is looking to address its doctrinal, statutory, diplomatic and organizational matters in its efforts to deploy commercial space launches for point-to-point logistics operations.

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Lisa Watson-Morgan: NASA Eyes Ways to Stretch Out Funding for HLS Program

Lisa Watson-Morgan

Lisa Watson-Morgan, Human Landing System (HLS) program manager at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, said the HLS program is considering “some interesting methods” that could help stretch out its budget for an additional month or so in the event that Congress faces further delays in passing a final appropriations bill for fiscal year 2021. 

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SMC’s Brig. Gen. D. Jason Cothern on Continuing Partnerships With Heavy-Lift Launch Providers

D. Jason Cothern

Brig. Gen. D. Jason Cothern, vice commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), said the U.S. Space Force will continue working with launch providers after selecting two contractors for a national security mission. The Space Force previously awarded contracts to SpaceX and United Launch Alliance (ULA) to utilize the former’s Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy vehicles.

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Space Force, Lockheed Ship GPS III SV04 Satellite for Launch Preparations

Space Force

The U.S. Space Force and Lockheed Martin have delivered a new GPS satellite to Florida-based Astrotech Space Operations for launch preparations. GPS III Space Vehicle 04 will deliver anti-jam capabilities and work alongside other GPS satellites to provide positioning, navigation and timing across the globe.

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NASA Unveils Crew for Second Operational Crew Dragon Mission

Crew Dragon

NASA has named the astronauts who will embark on the second operational mission with SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft. Astronauts Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough will represent NASA in the Crew-2 mission that will send the spacecraft to the International Space Station under the Commercial Crew Program, the space agency said Tuesday.

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Kathy Lueders Named Head of NASA’s Human Spaceflight Directorate; Jim Bridenstine Quoted

Kathy Lueders

Kathy Lueders, former head of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, has been appointed as associate administrator of the agency’s Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) mission directorate replacing Douglas Loverro. Lueders' appointment comes after Loverro resigned as HEO head last month.

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