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NASA Announces New Tipping Point Partnerships for Moon and Mars Technologies; James Reuter Quoted

NASA has selected 14 American companies as partners whose technologies will enable the agency's Moon to Mars exploration approach, NASA announced on Monday. NASA’s selections are based on the agency’s fourth competitive Tipping Point solicitation with a combined value of about $43.2 million.

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Lt. Gen. John Thompson on Phase 2 National Security Space Launch Competition

Lt. Gen. John Thompson, commander of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, said the service branch is in the process of assessing plans that were submitted in response to a solicitation for the second phase of the National Security Space Launch program, Bloomberg reported Monday.

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Report: NASA Chief Jim Bridenstine Set to Announce Human Lunar Lander Program HQ

NASA Administrator and 2019 Wash100 Award winner Jim Bridenstine is scheduled to announce the selection of the Alabama-based Marshall Space Flight Center as the headquarters for its human lunar lander program on Friday to bring astronauts to the moon by 2024, Reuters reported Friday.

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Col. Michael Hough: Vandenberg AFB Sees ‘Lull’ in Space Launch Activity

The U.S. Air Force has initiated talks with some commercial launch service providers to lease Western Range launch pads at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California as space launch activity slows down, SpaceNews reported Tuesday. “We are having a lull,” said Col. Michael Hough, commander of the Air Force 30th Space Wing and Western Range.

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Jim Bridenstine Says Industry Could Land on Moon Ahead of NASA

NASA administrator and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient Jim Bridenstine said the private sector may reach the moon ahead of the agency’s plan to return astronauts to the lunar surface over the next five years, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. He expects commercial missions to make successful landings before the government’s target schedule for 2024.

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NASA to Launch Satellites for Signal Distortion Study

NASA plans to launch two small satellites for a mission to study the distortions of radio signal transmissions through the ionosphere, a region where particles ionize into plasma this month. The Enhanced Tandem Beacon Experiment or E-TBEx CubeSats will launch on a SpaceX-made Falcon Heavy rocket as part of the Department of Defense's Space Test Program-2, the space agency said Monday.

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NRL Launches Plasma Sensor Experiment on SpaceX’s Dragon Spacecraft

The Naval Research Laboratory has deployed a plasma sensor platform aboard SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft as part of the company's 17th cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station. The Space PlasmA Diagnostic suitE is built to track space weather conditions around ISS and detect potential hazardous charging levels for the station, the U.S. Navy said Monday.

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