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Joanne Woytek: SEWP Vehicle Now a Source of Purchasing Data, Client Engagement Services

Joanne Woytek, program manager for Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement at NASA, said the government acquisition contract for information technology services has expanded into a source of purchasing data and "custom engagement" services for agency clients, FCW reported Tuesday.

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NASA Funding Early-Stage Space Tech R&D Efforts

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate will fund 18 early-stage studies on space technologies for the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program, the agency said Wednesday. The selected NIAC studies cover a range of topics including low-cost small satellites, flexible telescopes, heat-withstanding materials and capabilities designed for mining ice in the Moon's south pole.

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NASA Leader Calls for Support from Industry for Moon Exploration

Jim Bridenstine, NASA administrator and a Wash100 winner, called on other nations and the private sector to help the U.S. to return humans to the lunar surface in 2024, Space.com reported Tuesday. He said NASA could meet the mission’s schedule, but the agency needs partnerships outside the government to help reduce its financial burden.  

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NASA Conducts CubeSat Optical Comms Link Experiment

NASA carried out a laser communications pointing test through two deployed CubeSats from space. The satellites recorded a flash of light from a laser communications platform aboard the Optical Communications and Sensor Demonstration spacecraft with a short-wavelength infrared camera within the CubeSat Multispectral Observation System payload, the agency said Wednesday.

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NASA Funding Two Additional Space Habitat Research Institutes

NASA will allocate up to $15 million for each of the two new Space Technology Research Institutes to aid studies for sustaining human presence on the Moon and Mars, the agency said on Tuesday. The university-led and multidisciplinary “smart habitat” institutes will support other NASA research initiatives and receive funding from the Space Technology Mission Directorate over a five-year period. 

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NASA Resumes Work With India After Short Suspension

NASA is resuming cooperation with India’s space agency following a brief suspension due to New Delhi’s March 27 anti-satellite test of a ground-launched missile that destroyed a space satellite, SpaceNews reported Sunday. Al Condes, associate administrator for international and interagency relations at NASA, sent a letter on March 29 to K. Sivan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization, saying the U.S. was suspending its participation in the NASA-ISRO Human Space Flight Working Group. 

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NASA Concludes Four-Year RS-25 Hot Fire Tests

NASA completed tests for engine systems designed to support the deployment of the initial four Space Launch System rockets to space. Sixteen RS-25 engines underwent hot fire demonstrations have accumulated 14,700 seconds through 32 developmental tests since 2015, the agency said Friday

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NASA Says India’s Space Missile Test Could Damage ISS

NASA criticized India for its recent test of a missile targeting a satellite in space. The agency said the debris could hit and damage the International Space Station, CNBC reported Wednesday. “I’m talking about small debris impacts to the International Space Station, the risk went up 44 percent over a period of 10 days,” said NASA Administrator and 2019 Wash100 Award winner Jim Bridenstine.

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