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Biden Administration Names Steve Jurczyk as Acting NASA Administrator

Steve Jurczyk

President Biden's administration has appointed Steve Jurczyk, NASA’s associate administrator, to serve as the agency’s acting administrator until the role is permanently filled. Jurczyk has served with NASA since May 2018. “We also could not be prouder of how every civil servant and contractor has stepped up to move the NASA mission forward,” Jurczyk and White House appointee Bhavya Lal wrote in the joint message

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NASA Completes Green Run Test Series for Artemis Mission’s Engines; Jim Bridenstine Quoted

Jim Bridenstine

NASA, at Stennis Space Center, concluded green run tests of four RS-25 engines that would ignite for the Artemis program's first lunar mission. The space agency said Sunday it test-fired the engines of the Space Launch System on Saturday for the first mission under Artemis, a NASA-led effort to revive crewed space exploration.

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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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NASA Taps Poland to Build Instrument for Interstellar Research Program

Interstellar Research

Poland's science ministry will build a new space mapping technology for NASA under an agreement between the two organizations and a larger effort to study the sun's heliosphere. GLOWS' function will support the U.S. space agency's Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) that aims to assess and map the sun's heliosphere.

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NASA Assigns New Administrative Roles to Four Executives

Executive Moves

NASA has made four new executive moves in its administrative team, including both current officials and newcomers to the space agency. Mike Gold, who formerly led NASA’s Office of International and Interagency Relations on an acting basis, has been named the agency's associate administrator for space policy and partnerships, NASA said Wednesday in a notice posted by Space Ref.

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NASA, Japan Sign Agreement for Gateway Life Support Capabilities

Gateway Life Support

The Japanese government has inked an agreement with NASA to provide capabilities to sustain the habitation module of the agency's Gateway orbital outpost as part of the Artemis program. Gateway is designed to support scientific research efforts and function as a rendezvous point for astronauts that will fly to the Moon via the Space Launch System and the Orion spacecraft. 

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NASA to Conduct Final SLS Core Stage Test

Space Launch System

NASA intends to hold the final green run test for the core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS) on Jan. 16th. The agency seeks to thoroughly evaluate the SLS rocket's core stage prior to the first Artemis mission through the green run tests. NASA wrapped up seven of the eight tests under the green run effort.

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DHS, NASA Demo First Responder Location Tracker

First Responder Tracker

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have conducted initial field tests of a technology designed to locate first responders during emergency response missions even when they are inside a burning building. The POINTER technology is intended to use magnetoquasistatic fields and generate 3D-based location data to help first responders find an injured or lost team member.

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NASA Picks Four Concept Studies for ‘Pioneers’ Astrophysics Research Program

Space

NASA has unveiled four astrophysics research proposals for the agency’s Pioneers program that will receive funding to support agency efforts to explore topic areas such as exoplanets, galaxy evolution, neutron star merging and high-energy neutrinos. Paul Hertz, director of the astrophysics division at NASA, said the agency received more than 20 proposals from NASA centers, research laboratories and universities for the program.

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NASA, FAA Partner to Increase Space Transportation Capabilities; Jim Bridenstine Quoted

Jim Bridenstine

NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) signed a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) to foster commercial space transportation capabilities, including commercial crew and cargo. “Our partnership with the FAA will support the growth of American commercial aerospace capabilities that will benefit NASA, the nation, and the entire world,” said NASA administrator and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, Jim Bridenstine

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