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NRO To Use Commercial Launch Providers For Low-Risk Space Missions; Col. Robert Bongiovi Quoted

National

The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) plans to use launch services outside of its usual National Security Space Launch (NSSL) program when needed to launch missions on tight schedules or deploy lower-cost research payloads. The NRO develops and operates the U.S. government’s spy satellites and typically uses the U.S. Space Force run NSSL program to get satellites into orbit. 

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NASA Picks 16 Teams to Develop Deep Space Exploration Mission Proposals

Deep Space Exploration

NASA has chosen 16 academic teams to further their deep-space exploration proposals as part of the agency’s Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts – Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) program. Representatives from Lockheed Martin, SpaceX, Northrop Grumman, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Blue Origin and Boeing were among the industry experts that helped select the many participating teams.

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NASA Eyes Earlier Launch for Lunar Trailblazer; Lori Glaze Quoted

Lori Glaze

NASA is considering its options to move to an earlier date for the launch of its Lunar Trailblazer spacecraft that is expected to be completed in October 2022. The spacecraft will launch as a rideshare payload on the Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) mission aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket.

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Lauren Knausenberger: Air Force Must Automate IT Processes to Address Budget Shortfalls

Lauren Knausenberger

Lauren Knausenberger, chief information officer of the U.S. Air Force and 2021 Wash100 Award, said the service branch must work to automate information technology procedures in preparation for budget flattening or decline. Knausenberger said at an AFCEA event that the Air Force needs to keep up with the private sector which has been experiencing increases in IT spending.

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Anduril Industries To Appoint Zachary Mears as New Head of Strategy

Anduril Industries

Anduril Industries is expected to announce on Tuesday their acquisition of Zachary Mears, a former Pentagon staffer, as head of strategy. Anduril Industries is a company based out of Southern California with over 400 employees. The company has worked with the federal government on border surveillance, unmanned aerial systems and cruise missile defense technologies.

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NASA Centers to Test Lunar Exploration Flight Software; Jacob Hageman Quoted

NASA Lunar

Two NASA-operated facilities will collaborate on the testing and certification processes for flight software the agency intends to use on its mission to land astronauts on the moon in 2024. “The Artemis program provides resources to help us improve the product, which benefits everyone who uses it," said Jacob Hageman, team lead for the Gateway cFS certification effort.

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Executive Mosaic Names 2021 Wash100 Award Recipients; Cast Your 10 Votes TODAY

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Executive Mosaic, the leading provider in connecting, promoting and branding government and government contracting (GovCon) executives of consequence, has announced the recipients of the 2021 Wash100 Award. “We are thrilled to honor the winners of the 2021 Wash100 Award, said Jim Garrettson, founder and CEO of Executive Mosaic. With the announcement, Executive Mosaic will begin to accept votes for this year’s Popular Vote Rankings.

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Jim Bridenstine Addresses Importance of Artemis Program

Jim Bridenstine

Jim Bridenstine, a 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, recently discussed the importance of the Artemis program and moon missions moving into the future. “We need our Artemis program, we need our moon-to-Mars program, to span generations…We need to make sure that we’re leading the world in a return to the moon and on to Mars,” Bridenstine said. 

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SpaceX Launches Additional Starlink Satellites on Falcon 9 Rocket

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SpaceX launched its latest set of Starlink satellites on Jan. 20. With the launch, SpaceX has sent more than one thousand satellites for that broadband constellation. The Falcon 9 lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. “We at SpaceX have certainly enjoyed what I would call a thoughtful and creative technical collaboration with an ever-widening group of astronomers,” said Patricia Cooper.

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