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Lockheed Martin Taps ABL Space Systems to Provide Launch Services

Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin has contracted ABL Space Systems, a provider of low-cost launch vehicles and launch systems for the small satellite industry, to provide a rocket and launch services for Lockheed Martin’s first UK vertical satellite launch, UK Pathfinder. Lockheed Martin’s UK Pathfinder Launch is planned to be the first vertical small satellite launch from UK soil, which is planned to launch from Scotland in 2022. 

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DARPA Awards Gryphon Task Order to Support the DRACO program; Tabitha Dodson, Pamela Braden Quoted

Gryphon Technologies

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded Gryphon Technologies a $14 million task order to support the Demonstration Rocket for Agile Cislunar Operations (DRACO) program, the company reported on Tuesday. "Gryphon is committed to providing high-end technical solutions to our nation's most critical national security challenges," said P.J. Braden, CEO of Gryphon.

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ULA Announces Launch of the First National Security Space Mission for the U.S. Space Force; Gary Wentz Quoted


A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket has entered final preparations to launch the sixth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) communications satellite for the U.S. Space Force's Space and Missile Systems Center, the organization announced on Tuesday

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Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, NASA Complete Final ACM Tests for Artemis II Mission; Pat Nolan Quoted

Northrop Grumman, NASA and Lockheed Martin have successfully completed the third and final qualification test of the Attitude Control Motor (ACM) integrated into NASA’s Orion spacecraft Launch Abort System (LAS), Northrop Grumman announced on Thursday

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Core Stage of SLS Rocket for Lunar Mission Nears Completion

NASA and Boeing have assembled 80 percent of the core stage of the Space Launch System rocket to bring the Orion spacecraft to the moon as part of the Artemis 1 mission. The agency said Monday that the milestone comes after crews connected the hydrogen fuel tank to the SLS core stage’s upper part, which consists of the intertank, liquid oxygen propellant tank and the forward skirt housing the rocket’s flight computers.

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NASA to Retain 2020 SLS Launch Sched if Requirements Met; Bill Hill Quoted

NASA will still lift off the Space Launch System by 2020 if the vehicle's core stage is completed within this year and tests go according to schedule, Space News reported Wednesday. The space agency intends to retain the 2020 launch schedule amid static-fire test plans for SLS' core stage.

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Report: China-Launched Earth-Imaging Satellites Reach Below-Planned Orbits Due to Rocket Failure

Two recently launched Chinese commercial Earth-imaging satellites are currently orbiting below their intended altitude due to a suspected rocket mishap and might re-enter the atmosphere within months, Spaceflight Now reported Wednesday. Stephen Clark writes the SuperView 1 satellites currently fly in “egg-shaped” orbits that range from 133 to 325 miles above the planet at …

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