Samantha Lambert

Samantha Lambert
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NASA Official Backs Equal Projects Funding 

Stephen Squyres, Chairman of the NASA Advisory Council, stressed the importance of equally funding the Orion/Space Launch System (SLS) project as well as the current Curiosity mission on Mars and potential future red planet missions during a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation committee hearing on Sept. 12.

“I would sincerely hope it is not an either/or proposition,” said Squyres.

NASA Official Backs Equal Projects Funding 
Stephen Squyres, Chairman of the NASA Advisory Council, stressed the importance of equally funding the Orion/Space Launch System (SLS) project as well as the current Curiosity mission on Mars and potential future red planet missions during a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation committee hearing on Sept. 12.
ATK To Perform GEM-60 Rocket Motor Test 

MOTOR RUNNING: Alliant Techsystems (ATK) will perform a horizontal test-firing of their GEM-60 solid rocket motor on Sept. 6 at 11:15 a.m. MDT at the company’s facility in Promontory, Utah. The 43-ft.-long, 60-in.-dia. graphite epoxy motor will be cooled to 30F and will produce up to 270,000 lb. of thrust. The GEM-60’s fixed nozzle is needed to accurately test at the colder temperature. The nozzle, previously built by a supplier, is now built by ATK. A public viewing area will be available along route 83 North, approximately 20 mi. west of Corinne, Utah.

Curiosity Test Drive Successful
Confirmed full mobility before 400-meter trek to a spot dubbed 'Glenelg'
Curiosity Team Plans Test Drive, Assesses Sensor Damage
The rover will move its own length forward (about three meters), turn right and then move backward the same distance
Curiosity Test Drive Successful 
NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory “Curiosity” rover performed its first test drive Aug. 22, confirming its full mobility.
Curiosity Team Plans Test Drive, Assesses Sensor Damage 
After the initial movement tests, controllers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., hope that Curiosity will start to move 10-20 meters per day, eventually building up to more than 100 meters per day. (Image: NASA)
USAF Eyes SpaceX For Future GPS Launches
Whelan also was asked by board members whether the service would consider triple launches of GPS satellites
IG: Progress Made But Risks Remain In NASA Cybersecurity
Efforts to improve cybersecurity have borne some fruit, potential blind spots remain
UAV Panelists Offer Reassurances On Safety Concerns 

As efforts to introduce routine UAV operations into the U.S. National Airspace System gain momentum, work is progressing to make the system safer and more secure from potential hacking, according to FAA and industry officials.

USAF Eyes SpaceX For Future GPS Launches

The U.S. Air Force is considering Space Exploration Technologies’ (SpaceX) Falcon rocket for future Global Positioning System (GPS) launches, according to Maj. Gen. Martin Whelan, director of requirements for Air Force Space Command.

During a presentation to the Space-based Positioning Navigation & Timing (PNT) national advisory board meeting in Arlington, Va., Aug. 14, Whelan also was asked by board members whether the service would consider triple launches of GPS satellites.

IG: Progress Made But Risks Remain In NASA Cybersecurity 
NASA’s efforts to consolidate and improve its cybersecurity efforts have borne some fruit, although potential blind spots remain, according to the agency’s Inspector General (SOC).
Work On UAV Safety, Security Progressing, FAA, Industry Offcials Say 

As efforts to introduce routine UAV operations into the U.S. National Airspace System gain momentum, work is progressing to make the system safer and more secure from potential hacking, according to FAA and industry officials.

Work On UAV Safety, Security Progressing, FAA, Industry Offcials Say 

As efforts to introduce routine UAV operations into the U.S. National Airspace System gain momentum, work is progressing to make the system safer and more secure from potential hacking, according to FAA and industry officials.

UAV Panelists Offer Reassurances On Safety Concerns 

As efforts to introduce routine UAV operations into the U.S. National Airspace System gain momentum, work is progressing to make the system safer and more secure from potential hacking, according to FAA and industry officials.

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