Tag Archives: ISS

ISS Secures NOAA Professional Services Contract for National Ocean Service Support

NOAA Contract Award

Integrated Systems Solutions has received a three-year contract from NOAA to provide the offices within its National Ocean Service headquarters with administrative and management support services. ISS will help NOS address coastal area threats as well as promote place-based conservation and coastal resilience and intelligence.

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NASA Eyes Commercial Partnerships for Next Space Station Development; Phil McAlister Quoted

Phil McAlister

NASA plans to partner with commercial companies for the development of future space-based facilities as the International Space Station nears the end of service life. Phil McAlister, the agency's director of commercial spaceflight, said at Nextgov’s Emerging Tech Summit that they anticipate the ISS's retirement within the decade's latter part.

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NASA Asteroid Deflection Spacecraft Now in Finishing Touches; Betsy Congdon Quoted

DART

NASA and Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory are in the final phases of building a spacecraft designed to demonstrate asteroid deflection for planetary defense. The space agency said Friday that its Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) will use kinetic impactor technology to alter the motion of an asteroid.

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NASA Promotes Robyn Gatens to Full-Time ISS Director

Robyn Gatens

Robyn Gatens, who served as NASA's acting director for the International Space Station for seven months, has been named to the post permanently. Gatens will also have risk management, program execution and technical advisory responsibilities in her new position. Her career at the space agency began at the Marshall Space Flight Center in 1985.

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NASA Picks 16 Teams to Develop Deep Space Exploration Mission Proposals

Deep Space Exploration

NASA has chosen 16 academic teams to further their deep-space exploration proposals as part of the agency’s Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts – Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) program. Representatives from Lockheed Martin, SpaceX, Northrop Grumman, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Blue Origin and Boeing were among the industry experts that helped select the many participating teams.

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NASA, HPE to Test Edge Computing System to Deliver AI in Space

NASA

NASA and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) have announced a collaborative agreement to test edge computing with a new computer designed to deliver artificial intelligence (AI) in space. The new technology will increase space exploration and astronauts’ self-sufficiency by providing real-time data processing with advanced commercial edge computing in space.

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SPA’s William Vantine to Serve as Member on NASA ISS Advisory Committee

Dr. William Vantine

Dr. William Vantine, president and chief executive officer of Systems Planning and Analysis (SPA), has been appointed as a member of the NASA International Space Station (ISS) Advisory Committee for another term. “It is my honor and privilege to continue to serve on this Advisory Committee,” Vantine said. 

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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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Boeing Completes Starliner Software Qualification; John Vollmer Quoted

CST-100 Starliner

Boeing has completed its formal requalification of the CST-100 Starliner’s flight software. With the qualification, Boeing will prepare for its next test flight.  Boeing’s starliner will fly to the International Space Station (ISS) during Orbital Flight Test-2, a second uncrewed flight test, in March 2021. “The work this team put into exhaustively wringing out our software is a defining moment for the program,” said John Vollmer.

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