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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

Lunar Surface Research

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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Report: Paul Hertz to Step Down as NASA’s Astrophysics Lead, Transition to New Role

Paul Hertz

Paul Hertz, director of NASA's astrophysics division, intends to pursue another position within the space agency after he departs his current role at the end of 2021. The two-decade NASA veteran told attendees at an American Astronomical Society meeting Monday he has not determined yet the “next challenge” to pursue and expects his successor to implement recommendations from the Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics.

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Bechtel’s Mike Costas Named to ASCEND’s 2021 Guiding Coalition

Bechtel

ASCEND announced on Monday its 2021 Guiding Coalition. The Coalition is an advisory board of technical, scientific, engineering and business leaders selected to help maximize ASCEND's mission. The board will include Mike Costas, general manager and principal vice president of Bechtel's Defense and Space business line.

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NASA Developing New Earth System Observatory for Guiding Climate Change Mitigation Efforts; Bill Nelson Quoted

Bill Nelson

NASA plans to establish a new Earth system observatory that could help inform efforts on climate change, disaster mitigation and forest fire response as well as support modernization of real-time agricultural processes. The space agency said Tuesday that the observatory is aimed at providing a 3D view of Earth, from bedrock to atmosphere.

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OIG Offers Recommendations to Help NASA Improve Cybersecurity Readiness

IPC Survey on CMMC

NASA’s office of inspector general (OIG) has recommended that the space agency establish metrics to track the performance of its enterprise architecture and integrate it with the enterprise security architecture to help strengthen its cybersecurity readiness. NASA should also work with the chief engineer on strategies to identify enterprise architecture gaps across institutional and mission IT boundaries.

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Ball Aerospace Ships TEMPO Spectrometer For Spacecraft Integration; Makenzie Lystrup Quoted

Ball Aerospace

Ball Aerospace announced on Friday that the company has shipped the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Tropospheric Emission: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) spectrometer, an air quality monitoring instrument, to the spacecraft manufacturer for integration. Ball will work closely with NASA and the manufacturer to support spacecraft integration and testing. The TEMPO mission is scheduled to launch sometime in 2022.

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NASA Announces Winners of Watts on the Moon Challenge’s First Phase

Lunar Surface Research

Seven teams have won awards from a NASA-funded pool of $500,000 for energy infrastructure concepts that would support operations on the Moon. Phase 1 of the $5 million Watts on the Moon Challenge asked teams to submit concepts for harvesting water and oxygen from the lunar south pole's dark craters, the space agency said Friday.

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Astroport Space Technologies Awarded Phase One STTR NASA Contract for Lunar Construction Research; Sam Ximenes Quoted

Lunar Construction

Astroport Space Technologies announced on Friday that it has been awarded a  National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Phase 1 Small Business Technology Transfer contract (STTR) for the development of its lunar regolith melting technology for constructing landing pads on the lunar surface

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Federal Agencies Launch Efforts to Address National Security, Public Safety Risks of Drones

Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Federal agencies are initiating measures to address the potential risk posed by unmanned aircraft systems to national security and public safety amid an increasing number of drones flying near airports and other critical infrastructure. “Remote identification will help law enforcement determine if a drone poses an actual threat that needs to be mitigated,” a spokeswoman for FAA said in a statement.

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