Tag Archives: Blue Origin

NASA Engineers Test Blue Origin’s Lunar Navigation Tech

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A team of NASA engineers has tested the geographical image identification and processing functions of a navigation system from aerospace company Blue Origin during a lunar surface landing simulation exercise as part of a public-private partnership. NASA integrated the aerospace company's BlueNav-L technology with agency-made navigation software for the test activity.

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

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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

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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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Lt. Gen. John Thompson on Phase 2 National Security Space Launch Competition

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Lt. Gen. John Thompson, commander of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, said the service branch is in the process of assessing plans that were submitted in response to a solicitation for the second phase of the National Security Space Launch program, Bloomberg reported Monday.

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Report: NASA Chief Jim Bridenstine Set to Announce Human Lunar Lander Program HQ

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NASA Administrator and 2019 Wash100 Award winner Jim Bridenstine is scheduled to announce the selection of the Alabama-based Marshall Space Flight Center as the headquarters for its human lunar lander program on Friday to bring astronauts to the moon by 2024, Reuters reported Friday.

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Col. Michael Hough: Vandenberg AFB Sees ‘Lull’ in Space Launch Activity

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The U.S. Air Force has initiated talks with some commercial launch service providers to lease Western Range launch pads at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California as space launch activity slows down, SpaceNews reported Tuesday. “We are having a lull,” said Col. Michael Hough, commander of the Air Force 30th Space Wing and Western Range.

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Jim Bridenstine Says Industry Could Land on Moon Ahead of NASA

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NASA administrator and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient Jim Bridenstine said the private sector may reach the moon ahead of the agency’s plan to return astronauts to the lunar surface over the next five years, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. He expects commercial missions to make successful landings before the government’s target schedule for 2024.

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Report: Air Force Eyes March 29 Release of Final Launch Service Procurement Solicitation

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An Air Force official said service leaders and Ellen Lord, defense undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment and a 2019 Wash100 Award winner, are scheduled to meet on Thursday to discuss the details of the final request for proposals for the Launch Service Procurement program, SpaceNews reported Saturday. The report said the service issued draft RFPs in December and February with plans to release the final solicitation on Friday, March 29, for the LSP program.

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