Tag Archives: space technology

NASA Selects Commercial Partners to Advance Space Technologies; Jim Reuter Quoted

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NASA has selected 17 U.S. companies for 20 partnerships to advance industry-developed space technologies for the agency’s missions, NASA reported on Monday. The partnerships will create a 3D printing system for NASA’s Artemis lunar exploration program, remove dust from planetary solar arrays and mature a first-stage rocket recovery system. 

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Government, Industry Generate Insight to Bolster Space Industrial Base

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Executives from both the public and private sectors attended a four-day virtual conference last week to discuss the U.S. space industry, Space News reported Monday. The State of the Space Industrial Base 2020 conference served as an avenue to tackle how the industry and U.S. space presence would thrive amid challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

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NASA Awards $104M to Small Businesses Under SBIR Program Phase II Funding to Develop Technologies; Jim Reuter, Jenn Gustetic Quoted

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NASA has announced that the agency has selected 139 proposals for Phase II follow-on awards through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program to provide approximately $104 million to 124 small businesses located across 31 states, NASA reported on Wednesday

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NASA Picks 25 Space Tech Platforms Under ‘Flight Opportunities’ Program

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NASA has awarded 20 industry and academic organizations funds worth approximately $10M combined to develop their proposed space technology platforms for commercial test flights under the agency’s Flight Opportunities program. The space agency said Thursday the 25 selected technologies deal with two topic areas meant to support NASA’s lunar exploration objectives through the Artemis program.

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Heather Wilson, Dave Goldfein: US Ready to Demonstrate Readiness to Counter Adversary Threats

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U.S. Air Force officials noted that the nation is prepared to demonstrate space capabilities to adversaries to show readiness to react to threats, Defense News reported Wednesday. “That capability needs to be one that’s understood by your adversary. They need to know that there are certain things we can do, at least at some broad level,” said Air Force Secretary and 2019 Wash100 Award winner Heather Wilson during the recent Space Symposium in Colorado.

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NASA Funding Early-Stage Space Tech R&D Efforts

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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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GAO: DoD Should Adopt Best Practices to Meet Space Tech Procurement Goals

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The Government Accountability Office recommended the Department of Defense implement practices to address cost and schedule challenges facing the department when procuring space technology platforms. GAO said Wednesday that it found that space leadership changes, potential satellite threats, funding issues and workforce gaps could affect the department's acquisition of weather satellites and missile warning, communications and navigation systems. 

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