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NASA, Swift Engineering Fly New Earth Observation UAS for Testing

HALE UAS

NASA's Ames Research Center partnered with Swift Engineering to test-fly a new solar-powered unmanned aircraft system designed for Earth observation and atmospheric research. The High-Altitude Long-Endurance (HALE UAS) flew for two hours to demonstrate low-altitude operations.

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Jacobs Teams with NASA’s JPL to Support Mars Perseverance Rover; Steve Arnette, Trevor Graff Quoted

Mars Rover

Jacobs announced on Thursday that the company has partnered with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to build a new calibration device for the Mars Perseverance Rover. The calibration device is mounted on the front of the rover so that researchers can check SHERLOC's analytical instrumentation's accuracy by directing it to scan the baseline materials on the calibration target. 

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ISS Demos Technologies on Educational CubeSat

TechEdSat-10

The International Space Station (ISS) has deployed a CubeSat that holds new radio, propulsion and communications technologies, as well as improved power performance and increased storage. TechEdSat-10, the 10th entry to the Technology Educational Satellite series, features four cameras, nine processors, one graphics processing unit, eight radios and power storage with the capacity for 150 watt-hours.

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NASA Confirms Integration Schedule of Lucy Asteroid Probe Mission

Jupiter Asteroids

NASA has concluded the systems integration review of a space probe mission that will explore Jupiter's Trojan asteroids, verifying the spacecraft's components for integration. The review evaluated the integration schedule of the Lucy spacecraft's subsystems, electrical components, scientific instruments, navigation systems and communications.

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House OKs $1.3T Appropriations Minibus for FY 2021

US Capitol

The House on Friday voted 217-197 to pass a package of six appropriations bills that would allocate $1.3 trillion in fiscal year 2021 funds for several federal agencies, including the departments of Defense (DoD), Health and Human Services (HHS), Energy (DoE), Commerce (DOC) and Justice (DOJ).

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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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Gov’t-Issued Report Recommends $1B in Allocations for Space Industrial Base; Gen. John Raymond Quoted

Gen. John Raymond

A report from over 120 participants in a NewSpace New Mexico virtual conference has recommended the government allow over $1 billion in existing Department of Defense (DoD) and NASA funding to support renewed space commodification efforts.

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NASA Announces Retirement of Rex Walheim; Mark Geyer Quoted

Rex Walheim

Rex Walheim, astronaut and retired U.S. Air Force colonel, will retire from NASA on July 27, 2020, concluding his 36-year career of government service. "Rex has been a great leader both as an astronaut and as a leader in Johnson Space Center's flight operations and safety organizations," said Johnson Space Center direct Mark Geyer.

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