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Navy Announces Delivery of 1st Redesigned Tactical Fighter Under F-5 Block Upgrade Prototype Project; Capt. Ramiro Flores Quoted

F-5N Aircraft

The first F-5N aircraft has been delivered to Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland to kick off flight and ground tests of the redesigned F-5 tactical fighter jet as part of a prototyping project meant to improve readiness and safety. The delivered aircraft is one of the three F-5N planes that will be used as prototypes in the F-5 block upgrade project.

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NASA’s Pam Melroy: Artemis to Involve Longer Lunar Stay, Prepare for Future Mars Trips; Karla Smith Jackson Comments

Pam Melroy

NASA Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy has pointed out that astronauts under the Artemis lunar program will return to the moon “to stay this time” and prepare for future Martian trips. She explained that a 20-year approach to land on Mars is currently in the works with support from an aligned acquisition strategy and the Biden administration's fiscal 2022 proposed budget.

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Orion Spacecraft Production Progresses for Artemis Mission; Program Manager Cathy Koerner Quoted

Orion Spacecraft

NASA is almost finished working on the Orion spacecraft to be used for the first Artemis mission, which will lead to a series of flights aimed at reviving manned space exploration. The space agency said Friday that it is now working on Artemis II's assigned Orion and has also concluded welding activities for Artemis III's pressure vessel, with the support of prime contractor Lockheed Martin.

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NASA Ames Creates Maps of Moon’s Surface for ‘VIPER’ Rover’s Artemis Mission; Anthony Colaprete Quoted

NASA VIPER Mission

A team of mission planners at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California is developing high-resolution maps of the lunar surface to enable the Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover to safely travel across the moon as VIPER looks for ice and other resources at the lunar South Pole.

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Bill Nelson: NASA Needs More Funds to Foster Competition in Lunar Lander Program

Bill Nelson

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson wants the Senate to boost NASA's funds as the space agency seeks to finance a second contractor for an existing lunar lander project. Nelson told the Senate Appropriations Committee that NASA needs more funds to promote competition in the Human Landing System (HLS) program, which seeks to produce a lunar lander. 

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NASA Announces Three Payload Suites for Lunar Surface Research Efforts

NASA VIPER Mission

NASA has selected through the Payloads and Research Investigations on the Surface of the Moon (PRISM) call for proposals three payload suites to support scientific investigations on the lunar surface. David Blewett of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory will lead the Lunar Vertex joint lander and rover payload suite that is headed to Reiner Gamma, also known as lunar swirl.

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NASA Researchers Use Mixed Reality to Study Other-World Environments From Earth; Darlene Lim Quoted

Darlene Lim

NASA has studied how virtual, augmented and mixed reality technologies can support exploration missions on Mars and the Moon. The space agency said Tuesday that its Ames Research Center led three projects that tackled mix reality applications in volcanic environment studies, life-searching in space and operational design for scientific missions in austere environments.

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NASA Ready to Implement Final Design of Upcoming Lunar Rover; Sarah Noble Quoted

VIPER Rover

NASA has decided to move forward with the final design of a rover that would fly to the moon in 2023 in search of water and ice. The Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) will enter the implementation phase of its final design, following the rover's completion of a preliminary design review in August last year. 

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NASA to Address Hot Fire Test of Rocket for Artemis Moon Missions

Space Launch System

NASA will host a media teleconference to discuss the hot fire test in the Green Run testing series for the core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will launch the agency’s Artemis I mission. The test will occur at NASA’s Stennis Space Center. In the first test, the agency ignited all four RS-25 engines successfully. 

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NASA Discusses Northrop Grumman’s Mission to Space Station

Commercial Space Stations

NASA will host a media teleconference to discuss science investigations and technology demonstrations launching on Northrop Grumman’s 15th commercial resupply mission for the agency to the International Space Station (ISS), NASA reported on Thursday. Northrop Grumman has projected its launch of the Cygnus spacecraft no earlier than Feb. 20, 2021.

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