Frank Morring Jr

Frank Morring Jr
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ULA Buying RD-180 Replacement From Blue Origin 7
United Launch Alliance (ULA) has picked Blue Origin, the secretive Seattle-based space-vehicle company founded and funded by Amazon.com chief Jeff Bezos, to complete development of a 550,000-lb. thrust rocket engine that could replace the Russian-built RD-180 at the Atlas V power plant in the coming decade.
Curiosity Rover Team Driving Up Mount Sharp 
The mission’s chief scientist and his scientific overseer at NASA headquarters discounted charges from an outside review panel that the plan for an extended rover mission will be "a poor science return for such a large investment."
NASA Taking SpaceX Landing Data for Future Mars Applications 

Engineers in NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) are using data on supersonic retro-propulsion generated by SpaceX in its Falcon 9 flyback first-stage testing as a substitute for government-funded flight tests aimed at landing large payloads on the surface of Mars.

With space-technology budgets tight, the STMD is using partnerships wherever possible to save money on its extensive basket of exploration-enabling technology-development efforts, and SpaceX fit the bill, according to Michael Gazarik, associate administrator for space technology.

NASA Taking SpaceX Landing Data for Future Mars Apps 
With space-technology budgets tight, NASA is using partnerships wherever possible to save money on its extensive basket of exploration-enabling technology-development efforts, and SpaceX's Falcon 9 flyback testing fits the bill.
Flight Test Planning Underway As Commercial Crew Downselect Nears 

As NASA prepares to announce the company or companies that will take crews to the International Space Station in the next round of its commercial crew vehicle development effort, planning is well underway for the flight tests that will certify the commercial vehicles for operational missions.

Scientists Prepare To Observe Close Comet Pass At Mars 

Astronomers, planetary scientists and spacecraft operators are working together to take maximum advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to observe an Oort Cloud comet as it hurtles past Mars on Oct. 19.

Flight Test Planning Underway As Commercial Crew Downselect Nears 
Boeing plans two Atlas V launches that will take its CST-100 capsule to the space station, the first an autonomous unmanned flight and the second with a mixed crew of one company and one NASA astronaut aboard.
Market Growth Predicted For Smallsat Earth-observation Constellations 

LOGAN, Utah – Big players are starting to take notice of the capabilities that small satellites can provide, and they’re putting significant skin in the game.

Market Growth Predicted For Smallsat Earth-observation Constellations
Big players are starting to take notice of the capabilities that small satellites can provide, and they’re putting significant skin in the game.
Orbital Sciences Will Build Hylas-4 Satcom For Avanti
Avanti Communications Group has picked Orbital Sciences Corp. to build its Hylas-4 broadband communications satellite, marking the second order Orbital has received from the London-based telecommunications wholesaler.
NASA Picks Northrop Grumman To Supply Solar Probe Nav Unit
Northrop Grumman has won a $3 million NASA contract to provide a key piece of navigation gear for the agency’s 2018 Solar Probe Plus mission to image and take in-situ measurements of the Sun’s corona.
Cellular Model Driving Darpa’s ‘Satlets’ 

LOGAN, Utah—Work performed on the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (Darpa) Phoenix program to recycle large antennas and other functional gear on inactive orbiting spacecraft is leading toward spacecraft that assemble themselves like growing embryos, one cell at a time.

Heavy-Lift SLS May Take Tiny Cubesats To Lunar Orbit 
The idea is to give small scientific satellites a way to get into deep space, as miniaturization and tight government budgets drive researchers to seek alternatives to large, expensive planetary probes.
Cellular Model Driving Darpa’s ‘Satlets’ 
Work performed on the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (Darpa) Phoenix program to recycle large antennas and other functional gear on inactive orbiting spacecraft is leading toward spacecraft that assemble themselves like growing embryos.
Deep-Space Cubesat May Lead To Radiation ‘Canary In The Coal Mine’ 
Researchers hope to use a cubesat to fly the first biological experiment beyond low Earth orbit (LEO) in four decades, a miniaturized habitat that will evaluate the effects of deep-space radiation on yeast DNA.
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