Tag Archives: Space

Gen. James McConville on Army’s Need for New Talent Management System

Gen. James McConville

Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville discussed the service’s plan to shift to a new talent management system that could help meet the demand for warfighters who are skilled in coding, data management and artificial intelligence. The plan comes as the Army intends to form two multidomain task forces in the Pacific and another unit in Europe. 

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NASA Wants to Fly Mars Helicopter by April; Lori Glaze Quoted

NASA Ingenuity

NASA's Perseverance rover, now on Mars, is preparing to deploy its mini helicopter that will demonstrate flight on the red planet. The space agency said Wednesday that it wants to have the four-pound Ingenuity helicopter fly on April 8th at the earliest. The helicopter would fly over the Martian surface within 30 Mars days or 31 Earth days.

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Lt. Gen. B. Chance Saltzman: Space Force Must Lead Orbital Safety Initiatives

Lt. Gen. B. Chance

Lt. Gen. B. Chance Sdaltzman, deputy chief of space operations at the U.S. Space Force, said the service branch must lead efforts to establish and promote regulations on orbital safety. Saltzman said at a Brookings Institution event that the Space Force should have a central role in addressing space junk and debris that could impact international space operations in the long run.

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Gen. John Raymond: Space Force Begins Work on Declassification Strategy

Gen. John Raymond

Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, chief of space operations and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, said the U.S. Space Force is working on a declassification strategy to help facilitate integration across the joint forces and with international partners. Raymond said Wednesday at a virtual event with the National Press Club that parts of the new service’s mission are being hampered by the classification mechanism.

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NASA Earmarks Grant Funding for Early-Stage Lunar Technology Research

Lunar Surface

NASA has selected researchers that will take part in initial studies focused on technologies for lunar missions including optical systems and “levitation” technology based on autonomous concepts. Jenn Gustetic, director of early-stage innovations and partnerships at STMD, said that providing seed funding for initial research “could benefit NASA greatly in the long run."

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NASA’s Perseverance Rover in Transit to Martian Surface; Jennifer Trosper Quoted

Mars

NASA's Perseverance rover is on the way to Mars, as the space agency expects the vehicle to land on martian ground this Thursday.  NASA reported that the Mars 2020 spacecraft, which contains Perseverance, is operating as expected in transit to the Jezero Crater. “Perseverance is operating perfectly right now, and all systems are go for landing,” Jennifer Trosper, deputy project manager for the mission, said at the briefing. 

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NASA to Address Hot Fire Test of Rocket for Artemis Moon Missions

Space Launch System

NASA will host a media teleconference to discuss the hot fire test in the Green Run testing series for the core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will launch the agency’s Artemis I mission. The test will occur at NASA’s Stennis Space Center. In the first test, the agency ignited all four RS-25 engines successfully. 

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SGT Wins Task Order to Support Space Force 45th Space Wing; Tina Dolph Quoted

Tina Dolph

Siemens Government Technologies (SGT) has been awarded an initial task order for a potential $21 million by the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, to provide electronic security maintenance and support of operations for the Space Force 45th Space Wing. “We look forward to meeting our customers’ highest expectations for new efficiencies," said Tina Dolph, president and CEO of SGT and 2021 Wash100 Award recipient.

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Steve Butow: U.S. Military Eyes New Space Architecture to Facilitate Emerging Tech Integration

Steve Butow

Steve Butow, director of the space portfolio at the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), said the U.S. military is now looking to migrate to a new space architecture that could allow the government to incorporate emerging technologies and use commoditized satellite buses and related components to build modular systems, SpaceNews reported Wednesday.

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