Dynetics to Develop NASA’s Artemis Human Lunar Landing System

Artist concept of the Dynetics Human Landing System on the surface of the Moon. (Credits: Dynetics)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (Dynetics PR) — Dynetics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Leidos (NYSE: LDOS), has been awarded a contract under NASA’s Artemis program to design a Human Landing System (HLS) and compete to build a system to take the first woman and next man to the lunar surface by 2024.

Dynetics is one of three prime contractors selected.


Ecliptic Enterprises to Launch Hosted Payloads on Rocket Lab’s Electron Rockets

Electron launch (Credit: Rocket Lab)

PASADENA, Calif., Aug. 7, 2018 (Ecliptic PR) – Rocket Lab USA and Ecliptic Enterprises Corporation have entered into an agreement to support Rocket Lab launch of Ecliptic-managed hosted payloads on the kick stage of Rocket Lab’s Electron rockets.

A Memorandum of Understanding between the two California-based firms was signed on August 1 and announced on August 7 at the 32nd annual Conference on Small Satellites, held at Utah State University in Logan, Utah August 4-9.


Ecliptic Enterprises to Produce Sensors for NASA JPL’s FireSat

NASA LOGOPASADENA, Calif. (NASA PR) — Wildfires can wreak havoc on human health, property and communities, so it’s imperative to detect them as early as possible. That’s why NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, is developing a network of space-based sensors called FireSat in collaboration with Quadra Pi R2E, San Francisco.

FireSat would be a constellation of more than 200 thermal infrared imaging sensors on satellites designed to quickly locate wildfires around the globe. Once operational, FireSat would represent the most complete monitoring coverage of wildfires ever from space.


LightSail-A Named Smallsat Mission of the Year

LightSail spacecraft with solar sail deployed. (Credit: The Planetary Society)
LightSail spacecraft with solar sail deployed. (Credit: The Planetary Society)

LOGAN, UT (Planetary Society PR) — At the 29th annual American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)/Utah State University (USU) Conference on Small Satellites, The Planetary Society’s citizen-funded LightSail spacecraft test mission (LightSail-A) was named Mission of the Year by the AIAA Small Satellite Technical Committee. Eleven standout small satellite projects from around the world were nominated by a committee of experts. A voting period during the conference engaged the engineering and scientific community and the public.


SpaceVR Adds Ecliptic’s Rex Ridenoure to Advisory Board

SpaceVR_logoSAN FRANCISCO, CA, July 27, 2015 (SpaceVR PR)– SpaceVR, the world’s first virtual reality platform with the ability to share live 3D, 360-degree content from the International Space Station (ISS), signs agreement with Rex Ridenoure, CEO at Ecliptic, to join the advisory board of the company.

Ecliptic is a space avionics and sensor systems company and the leading global supplier of systems used to capture in-space video content. The Pasadena, California-based firm is best known for its RocketCam™ product family used successfully on more than 130 rocket and spacecraft applications. Ecliptic has multiple contracts to provide experiment control and data-handling avionics for experiments scheduled for operation on the International Space Station (ISS) in the 2016-2017 timeframe, and is also lead system contractor on the LightSail CubeSat program.


This Week on The Space Show

This Week on The Space Show with David Livingston….

1. Monday, May 28, 2012, 2-3:30 PM PDT (5-6:30 PM EDT, 4-5:30 PM CDT): We welcome back DR. JOHN LEWIS to discuss asteroid mining, the Chinese space program and more.

2. Tuesday, May 29 2012, 7-8:30 PM PDT (10-11:30 PM EDT, 9-10:30 PM CDT): We welcome back GARY HUDSON to discuss his G-Lab concept with the Space Studies Institute for a variable gravity research station. See www.ssi.org.

3. Friday, June 1, 2012, 9:30-11 AM PDT (11:30- 1 PM CDT, 12:30PM-2:00 PM EDT) : We welcome back REX RIDENOURE of Ecliptic Enterprises with information on new projects, new developments, and commercial space information.

4. Sunday, June 3, 2012, 12-1:30 PM (3-4:30 PM EDT, 2-3:30 PM CDT). We welcome back JIM MUNCY on space policy issues and developments.

MoonKAMs Begin Operations Aboard GRAIL Lunar Orbiters

The two MoonKAM systems before attachment to the GRAIL-A (“Ebb”) and GRAIL–B (“Flow”) spacecraft. Each system consists of a Digital Video Controller electronics unit and four separate color video cameras. (Credit: Ecliptic Enterprises Corporation.)

Pasadena, CA – March 22, 2012 – Two four-camera color video systems supplied by Ecliptic Enterprises Corporation to NASA’s dual-spacecraft Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) project have been turned on and are generating stunning video views of the Moon’s surface from a vantage point in low lunar orbit.

The video systems, called Moon Knowledge Acquired by Middle school students (MoonKAM) by the GRAIL project, were designed, built and tested by Ecliptic and benefit from the strong heritage of Ecliptic’s popular RocketCam™ product family.  Over two-dozen similar systems have been launched on rockets and spacecraft since 2005, and all operated successfully, including RocketCam’s first lunar mission:  NASA’s LCROSS lunar impactor in 2009.

Ecliptic RocketCams Provide Video During Robot Refueling Mission

Pasadena, CA (Ecliptic PR) – Six rugged RocketCam™ color video cameras captured close-up views of the first phase of NASA’s teleoperated Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) demonstration, conducted March 7-9 on the exterior of the International Space Station (ISS).

The RRM demo involves a complex, washing machine-sized experiment package conceived, designed, built and integrated by the Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office at NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center in Maryland (https://ssco.gsfc.nasa.gov), leveraging the group’s decades of expertise leading Hubble servicing mission activities. The RRM module was launched to ISS onboard the final Shuttle mission in July, 2011 and transferred to the ISS exterior by spacewalking astronauts.


Ecliptic Over the Moon as 2012 Begins

ECLIPTIC PR — Pasadena, CA – January 3, 2012 — The year 2011 was a record year of launch activity for Ecliptic Enterprises Corporation and its RocketCam™ product family, with a total of 17 RocketCam systems successfully launched–12 onboard various rockets and 4 onboard various spacecraft.

The firm closed out the year celebrating the successful Lunar Orbit Insertion maneuvers executed by the twin NASA GRAIL spacecraft, each of which carries a 4-camera RocketCam video system to be used for the project’s education and public outreach program. Both “MoonKAM” systems will begin operating in March this year.


Commercial Spaceflight Federation Adds 7 Members


The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is pleased to announce that seven companies providing support services to the commercial spaceflight industry have joined the Federation as Associate Members: ARES Corporation, Cimarron Software Services, Ecliptic Enterprises Corporation, Innovative Health Applications, MDA Corporation, RS&H, and SEAKR Engineering. With the addition of these new Associate Members – in locations ranging from Kennedy Space Center, Florida and Denver, Colorado to Houston, Texas and Pasadena, California – the Commercial Spaceflight Federation now includes over 40 leading aerospace companies contributing to the growth of commercial human spaceflight.


New Space 09: NewSpace Case Studies


Rich Pournelle – Advocate, Space Frontier Foundation (Session Chair)
Ken Davidian – Program Lead, FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST)
Rex Ridenoure CEO, Ecliptic Enterprises
Dave Masten – CEO, Masten Space Systems


Rex Ridenoure Offers Advice on Entrepreneurism

Out of the Cradle has an interesting interview with Rex Ridenoure, whose Ecliptic Enterprises Corporation provides RocketCams provide views during launches. He discusses his career and his love of space, and he also has some advice for young entrepreneurs who wish to follow in his footsteps.