Tag Archives: Space

NASA, Psionic Sign Lidar Tech Licensing Deal

OSAM-1 mission

NASA has granted Psionic rights to use a light detection and ranging technology that the space agency originally developed for use in on-orbit robotic servicing of a satellite. NASA is allowing the company to further develop and integrate the Kodiak 3D lidar system with similar technologies under a signed licensing agreement, the agency said Saturday.

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Peraton Awarded $483M In Classified Contract Awards; Mike King Quoted

Mara Motherway Named

Peraton announced on Thursday that the company received an additional $483 million in classified awards during the first six months of 2021. The contracts make up new and expanded work across space, intel, federal and cyber, and demonstrates Peraton's position as an important contractor for the federal government

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Maxar’s Lunar Gateway PPE Passes First Design Review; Chris Johnson Quoted

Chris Johnson

Maxar Technologies announced on Monday that the company's Power and Propulsion Element (PPE) it is developing for NASA’s Lunar Gateway has passed its first Preliminary Design Review (PDR) and remains on track for launch in 2024. The PPE is the foundational element of the Lunar Gateway as it provides power, maneuvering, attitude control and communications systems for the lunar orbiting outpost. 

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Maxar Technologies Providing WorldView Legion Satellite Capacity to International Defense, Intelligence Customers; Tony Frazier Quoted

Tony Frazier

Maxar Technologies announced on Thursday that the company secured a multi-year $35 million contract for WorldView Legion satellite constellation capacity through an expanded agreement with a key international defense and intelligence customer. The contract will extend the customer's ability to easily task and download 30 cm-class satellite imagery to its ground station from Maxar’s current constellation under the Direct Access Program. 

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Air Force Research Lab Publishes Guidance on Cislunar Space

Lunar Mission

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has released a document designed to help military servicemen understand the cislunar space concept, which refers to the space between Earth and the moon. The document, titled “A Primer on Cislunar Space,” features a description of cislunar space, related details and specific measurements to help readers determine the space's physical coverage.

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Darlene Costello: DOD, Space Industry Work Together to Combat IP Theft

Darlene Costello

Darlene Costello, acting assistant secretary of the U.S. Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics, said the Department of Defense (DOD) and space companies “have their best people” working to counter China’s attempts to steal and compromise intellectual property data. Costello noted that companies offer incentives to protect their intellectual property.

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GAO: DOD Should Adopt Leading Practices for Space Systems Acquisition

Pentagon

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Department of Defense (DOD) implement leading practices for acquiring space systems, including the development of a comprehensive acquisition strategy for the Space Command and Control program and a plan to obtain additional knowledge before launching a new initiative, in order to help accelerate the delivery of new capabilities.

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Gen. John Raymond: Space Force Seeks to ‘Move at Speed’ Through Partnerships

Gen. John Raymond

Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, chief of space operations and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, said the U.S. Space Force, which was created in December 2019, is accelerating efforts to meet its near-term priorities. He said there has been a “critical elevation of capability” since the establishment of the Space Force. 

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John Hill Testifies Before House Panel on Need for Common Guidelines for Space Operations

John Hill

John Hill, who is performing the duties of the assistant secretary of defense for space policy at the Department of Defense, said having standard guidelines for operations in space comes with many benefits. "Among these are a safer, more sustainable, more stable and more predictable space operating environment for all space operators," Hill said Wednesday during his testimony before the House Armed Services Committee.

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Space Force Accelerating Efforts to Develop Into a Fully Digital Service; Gen. John Raymond Quoted

Gen. John Raymond

The U.S. Space Force (USSF) released its most recent vision document on Thursday, presenting the service’s desire to be the world’s first fully digital service. USSF believes it needs to be fully digital because technological solutions are necessary to accelerate its ability to develop, field and operate space capabilities quickly to protect U.S. space supremacy. 

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