Honeywell, Lockheed Martin To Provide Critical Components For NASA’s Orion Spacecraft

The Orion spacecraft with European Service Module undergoing environmental testing at NASA’s Plum Brook Station. (Credit: ESA–S. Corvaja)

CLEARWATER, Fla., Jan. 17, 2020 (Honeywell PR) — Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has been awarded a contract by Lockheed Martin to support production of NASA’s Orion spacecraft fleet for the upcoming Artemis missions, which will bring humans back to the moon for the first time since 1972.

The contract to supply key components of the Orion crew module and service module will be managed and performed out of Honeywell’s facility in Clearwater, Florida. Work will also be conducted at the company’s facilities in Glendale, Arizona, and Puerto Rico.

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BAE Systems to Acquire Collins Aerospace GPS, Raytheon’s Airborne Tactical Radios Businesses

ARLINGTON, Va. (BAE Systems PR) — BAE Systems, Inc. announced today it has reached definitive agreements for the proposed acquisitions of Collins Aerospace’s military Global Positioning System (GPS) business and Raytheon’s Airborne Tactical Radios (ATR) business.

These two high-performing businesses are being sold in connection with obtaining the required antitrust clearances for the previously announced pending merger between Raytheon and United Technologies Corporation (UTC).

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European Commission, EIB Group Invest EUR 200 Million in Space Sector

Artist’s view of the configuration of Ariane 6 using four boosters (A64) (Credit: ESA – D. Ducros)
  • EUR 100 million contingent loan for the new Ariane 6 launcher programme, a European Space Agency programme with ArianeGroup as Industrial lead contractor and design authority
  • First EUR 100 million venture capital programme under InnovFin to support innovation and growth of European smaller and medium-sized space technology companies

LUXEMBOURG (EIB PR) — The European Commission is partnering with the European Investment Bank Group, announcing EUR 200 million of investments into the EU space sector, supporting ground-breaking innovation in the industry. During the European Space Policy Conference  in Brussels, EIB Vice-President Ambroise Fayolle is signing an agreement with André-Hubert Roussel, CEO of ArianeGroup, confirming a EUR 100 million loan for the new Ariane 6 launcher programme.

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ICEYE Dark Vessel Detection Now Globally Available for Government Organizations

HELSINKI, January 20, 2020 (ICEYE PR) – ICEYE  announced today the launch of its global Dark Vessel Detection solution for governmental maritime security customers. The unique solution combines synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) satellite data from ICEYE, and automatic identification system (AIS) data from vessels. Dark Vessel Detection is used as a source of actionable information for governments monitoring their Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ), day and night, and even through cloud cover.

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Rocket Lab Moves Headquarters to Long Beach

Photon system (Credit: Rocket Lab)

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (Rocket Lab PR) – Rocket Lab, the global leader in dedicated small satellite launch, has announced it will open a new facility which will serve as its Corporate Headquarters, provide incremental production capacity, and bring Mission Control Center capabilities to Long Beach, California.

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Asteroid Impact, not Volcanic Eruptions, Killed the Dinosaurs

Nannoplankton fossils next to a deep-sea sediment section drilled from the North Atlantic. (Credit: Professor Paul Bown)

LONDON (University College London PR) — Volcanic activity did not play a direct role in the mass extinction event that killed the dinosaurs and about 75 per cent of Earth’s species 66 million years ago, according to a team involving UCL and University of Southampton researchers.

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Rocket Lab to Launch NRO Mission on Jan. 31

Electron lifts off with U.S. Air Force satellites. (Credit: Rocket Lab)

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., 20 January 2020 (Rocket Lab PR) – Rocket Lab, the global leader in small satellite launch, has announced today that it will launch a dedicated mission for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). The launch window is scheduled to open on 31 January NZDT and the mission, called ‘Birds of a Feather,’ will lift off from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1.

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NSRC-2020 Earlybird Registration Ends Friday

BOULDER, Colo. (NSRC PR) — The NSRC-2020 Earlybird Registration Deadline is this Friday, Jan 24!

With a nearly 30% increase in abstract submissions from the last conference, we are expecting a full house with an exciting line-up of talks, presentations and panels, so click here to register:  https://www.boulder.swri.edu/NSRC2020/Site5/Registration.html

Earlybird Registration: $295 (ends Jan 24)

Advanced Registration: $360 (ends Feb 13)

Student Registration (with valid Student I.D.): $110

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Collins Aerospace Signs $320 Million Contract to Provide Critical Subsystems for NASA’s Orion Spacecraft

Orion and European Service Module orbiting the Moon. (Credit NASA/ESA/ATG Medialab)

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (Collins Aerospace PR) – Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), has signed a contract with Lockheed Martin to provide critical subsystems to support production of NASA’s Orion spacecraft fleet for Artemis missions III through VIII.

Valued at $320 million, the systems being provided by Collins Aerospace will play an important role in enabling NASA’s goal of boots on the Moon by 2024, as well as establishing a sustained presence on and around the Moon to prepare for missions to Mars.

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SpaceX Crew Dragon Flight with Astronauts Likely in Second Quarter

NASA and SpaceX completed a launch escape demonstration of the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket on Jan. 19, 2020. The test began at 10:30 a.m. EST with liftoff from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a mission to show the spacecraft’s capability to safely separate from the rocket in the unlikely event of an inflight emergency. (Credits: NASA Television)

by Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

With an in-flight abort test of its Crew Dragon spacecraft on Sunday, SpaceX has apparently cleared the last major hardware milestone along the way to flying crews to the International Space Station (ISS) later this year.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said that if reviews of the test data and hardware do not turn up any show stoppers, the flight would likely take place in the second quarter — i.e., sometime in April, May or June.

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HawkEye 360, Airbus Form Strategic Partnership

Herndon, Va., January 20, 2020 (HawkEye 360 PR) — HawkEye 360 Inc., the first commercial company to use formation flying satellites to create a new class of radio frequency (RF) data and analytics, today announced that it has formed a strategic partnership with Airbus, a global leader in the aerospace and defense industry. Through the partnership, Airbus and HawkEye 360 will deliver high-impact geospatial intelligence solutions not currently available. Both companies can leverage the platforms and services of the other partner to address client mission needs.

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Citadel Space Systems. Applied Ion Systems Partner on New Electric Propulsion and Nanosat Technology

OXFORDSHIRE, UK (Citadel Space Systems PR) – Citadel Space Systems Ltd (CSS) announced today that it has formalised a collaborative agreement with US-based Applied Ion Systems LLC (AIS) to develop a revolutionary new type of electric propulsion for nanosatellites.  Using a type of thruster technology called electrospray propulsion, Applied Ion Systems hope to develop a set of thruster systems that out-perform the current market in cost, efficiency, power and lifetime.

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This Week on The Space Show

This week on The Space Show with Dr. David Livingston:

1. Monday, Jan. 20, 2020; 7 PM PST (9 PM CST; 10 PM EST) No special programming today.

2. Tuesday, Jan. 21, 7-8:30 PM PDT (9-10:30 pm CDT; 10-11:30 PM EDT): We welcome back DR. JEFFREY COUGHLIN for a detailed Exoplanet discussion and more.

3. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, Pre-recorded Hotel Mars Program with John Batchelor. See Upcoming Show on The Space Show website for details.

4. Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020: 7-8:30 PM PST (9-10:30 pm CST; 10-11:30 PM EST): No special program today.

5. Friday, January 24,, 2020; 9:30-11 AM PST; 11:30 AM-1 PM CST; 12:30-2 PM EST. No show today, Dr. Space is on medical leave.

6. Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 12-1:30 PM PST, (3-4:30 PM EST, 2-3:30 PM CST): We welcome back author MARK CANEPA regarding his excellent book, “Large and Dangerous Rocket Ships: The History of High-Power Rocketry’s Ascent to the Edges of Outer Space.”