Jefferson Morris

Jefferson Morris
NOAA Budget Request Boosts GOES-R, Trims JPSS 
WASHINGTON - The budget moves are in line with the criticisms of an external review panel that last year deemed the agency’s satellite efforts “dysfunctional.” (Image: NOAA)
NASA: Commercial Crew Efforts Hit Hard By Sequestration 
NASA says its commercial crew efforts will be hit particularly hard under sequestration
NASA Seeking Common Upper-Stage For Planetary Missions 
NASA is seeking information from industry on a common upper-stage compatible with various launch vehicles the agency plans to use for future planetary missions. (Antares photo: Orbital Sciences)
Reviews Agree On Need For New NASA Strategic Plan
NASA needs a revamp of its strategic plan that follows from a new national consensus on what the agency’s primary mission should be, and what resources it needs to achieve it, according to new reports from the Space Foundation and the National Research Council.
Musk Sounds Cautious Note Prior To ISS Cargo Launch 
“I’m hopeful it’s nothing new, and it goes really smoothly,” Musk said Oct. 5. “I would like to remind people that this is only the second time we’re going to try to go to the space station, so there’s certainly a possibility the mission could abort or something could go wrong." (Image: SpaceX)
Independent Review Finds NOAA Satellite Oversight 'Dysfunctional' 
Part of the problem is that NOAA functional organizations, such as its CFO and CIO, are too involved in execution of the programs, “to adverse effect,” according to the review panel.
Three Companies Make The Cut For JLTV

Lockheed Martin, Oshkosh and AM General all have been chosen to progress into the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program to replace U.S. Army and Marine Corps Humvees.

Lockheed is receiving $66 million for the 27-month EMD phase, with Oshkosh receiving $56 million and AM General $64 million. Navistar International Corp., General Dynamics and BAE Systems also bid for EMD but were not chosen.

Commercial Crew Winners Look Beyond Station Ops 
WASHINGTON - The three teams chosen to proceed in NASA’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) program all have ambitions for their crew vehicles that go beyond the agency’s basic requirement of getting astronauts to and from the International Space Station. (Image: Sierra Nevada)
Boeing, SpaceX, Sierra Nevada Make The Cut For Commercial Crew
NASA has chosen three companies to continue the development of commercial spacecraft to launch crews to the International Space Station
NASA Selects Study Proposals To Improve Advanced SLS Booster 
The proposals are for engineering demonstrations to support the transition of the SLS from its initial 70-metric-ton lift capacity, set to debut in 2017, to an eventual 130-metric-ton capability.
States Eye Commercial Sales To Offset Defense Cuts 
FARNBOROUGH - With politicians not even close to a deal that would avoid "sequestration" cuts to defense, state and local officials are aggressively courting the commercial aircraft and supply chain business. (Image: Boeing)
Inmarsat Sees Growing Market For UAV Data Services, Despite Drawdowns 
WASHINGTON - UAV data services are likely to grow even as troop numbers fall, according to Inmarsat CEO Rupert Pearce. (Predator C photo: General Atomics)
Inmarsat Looks Forward To Expanded Stable Of Launch Providers 
WASHINGTON - “Basically you’ve got a duopoly at the moment for commercial launches,” the CEO for the London-based satellite services provider tells Aviation Week. “I’d like to see four or more [providers], ideally." (Image: Boeing)
GeoEye Holds To Launch Plans Despite Wavering NGA Support 
WASHINGTON - GeoEye executives say they are hopeful that Congress will restore funding to the effort, but even if no additional money is provided for the company’s next-generation satellite beyond the $181 million, it can still be launched on time. (GeoEye 1 image: GeoEye)
GAO: Pentagon Contractors Still Doing Jobs Best Left To Services 
WASHINGTON - Despite directives to the contrary, the U.S. Army and Air Force still have been farming out certain “inherently governmental” tasks out to contractors, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).
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