Four New Space Companies Awarded NASA Contracts

Four New Space Companies Awarded NASA Contracts

Another Clearancejobs.com post of mine about NASA’s announcement last week of their awarding four “new space” companies a few contracts.  Just go there a for the details:  New Space Firms Awarded NASA Contracts.

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I just got hired by Masten Space Systems! I will be a real rocket scientist come the fall… unless you count Kerbal Space Program. This song has been playing my head ever since.

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Space Drones - Moon Landing Technology Flight Test - Astrobotic and Masten Flight Video
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On February 21, 2014, Astrobotic Technology tested the hazard avoidance capabilities of the Astrobotic Autolanding sensor in a flight aboard the Masten Space Systems XA.01-B “XOMBIE” rocket-powered commercial vertical testbed.

The test was made possible through funding by the NASA Flight Opportunities Program, which is managed by NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center.

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Global Race to Harvest the Moon

Global Race to Harvest the Moon

As a child growing up in rural India in the 1960s and 1970s, Naveen Jain would gaze up at the moon and imagine a life beyond his modest surroundings. Today he’s still gazing at the moon, but for far different reasons.

Jain, 55, is co-founder of Moon Express, a Mountain View, Calif.-based company that’s aiming to send the first commercial robotic spacecraft to the moon next year. This serial…

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This simulated a worst-case spacecraft landing maneuver and forced the G-FOLD algorithm to calculate, in real time, a flight path that crossed over itself to reach the safe landing site.

The accurately executed half-mile-long (0.8-kilometer), three-dimensional divert shows the potential of what G-FOLD could mean for future space missions. Compared to the software used to land NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover in August 2012, G-FOLD can provide six times more divert range for a lander of that class. Such a capability would be needed for landing on Europa or for human missions to Mars. G-FOLD also may reduce the difficulty of future robotic missions to Mars, allowing rovers to land closer to features of interest instead of driving long distances to reach them. A future rover similar to Curiosity might be able to land right next to a target of scientific interest like Mount Sharp instead of driving for a year to get there.

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Masten Space Systems designs, builds, tests and operates reusable launch vehicles. Reusable launch vehicles will enable an increase in flight rate, drive down the cost of space access, and allow more people to reach space.

Commercial Spaceflight Federation Elects Frank DiBello As Chairman
September 13, 2014 at 12:06PM

Welcomes Interflight Global As A New Member The Commercial Spaceflight Federation has elected Frank DiBello, President and CEO of Space Florida, as its new Chairman succeeding Stuart Witt, CEO of Mojave Air & Space Port. At its semi-annual Board of Directors meeting this week in Jacksonville, Florida, the CSF also elected Mike Gold of Bigelow Aerospace and Sean Mahoney of Masten Space Systems to …

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Growing up I always laughed at the movies that had the rockets landing vertically. This just blows my mind, stunning!

The Masten Space Systems suborbital rocket executed a successful lift off, horizontal flight (sky-walking) of 50 meters down range and landing at the Mojave Air and Space Port on Feb. 2, 2012.

NASA Picks Four More Companies For High-Altitude Space Research Flights

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate has added four flight-services providers to its list of companies eligible to integrate experimental payloads for suborbital and high-altitude flight testing.

Masten Space Systems, Paragon Space Development Corp., Up Aerospace Inc., and Virgin Galactic will all receive indefinite- delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts worth at least $100,000 each to fly NASA-backed technology payloads. 

Each company’s contract is for three years, with a two-year extension option.

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NASA Picks Four More Companies For High-Altitude Space Research Flights

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate has added four flight-services providers to its list of companies eligible to integrate experimental payloads for suborbital and high-altitude flight testing.

Masten Space Systems, Paragon Space Development Corp., Up Aerospace Inc., and Virgin Galactic will all receive indefinite- delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts worth at least $100,000 each to fly NASA-backed technology payloads. 

Each company’s contract is for three years, with a two-year extension option.

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Masten Space Systems, Paragon Space Development Corp., Up Aerospace Inc., and Virgin Galactic all will receive indefinite delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts worth at least $100,000 each to fly NASA-backed technology payloads.

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