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.
“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)
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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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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