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NASA picks 5 companies for Artemis lander work: Who ranked best?

NASA picks 5 companies for Artemis lander work: Who ranked best?

NASA's Artemis lander concept process reached a point where 5 companies were awarded further millions to mature sustainable human landing system concepts. The awards will be given under the Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP-2) Appendix N broad agency announcement, and represent a combined total of $146 million USD for work over the next 15 months.

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Lockheed Martin LINUSS CubeSats are ready to upgrade satellites in space

Lockheed Martin LINUSS CubeSats are ready to upgrade satellites in space

Lockheed Martin has announced that its In-Space Upgrade Satellite System (LINUSS) is ready to be launched into space. These CubeSats are designed to upgrade existing satellites, adding new capabilities while extending the lifespan and usefulness of the satellites. The LINUSS CubeSats are described as demonstration units.

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Lockheed Martin won a $1 billion contract for operating and maintaining SBIRS

Lockheed Martin won a $1 billion contract for operating and maintaining SBIRS

Lockheed Martin is thrilled after receiving a $1 billion contract that will see it operate and maintain the ground control systems of the Space Based Infrared System or SBIRS ground control centers. The US Space Force announced the contract on June 4. SBIRS is a component in the DOD missile warning network that is designed to detect ballistic missile launches.

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GM and Lockheed Martin are making a self-driving Moon buggy for NASA

GM and Lockheed Martin are making a self-driving Moon buggy for NASA

NASA's astronauts need a new Moon ride, and GM and Lockheed Martin are aiming to hand them the keys to not just one but a whole fresh generation of lunar vehicles. The Lunar Terrain Vehicle, or LTV, is the first of a series of electric transportation options which NASA has put the call out for, as it tries to replicate the success of the commercial crew program for a new Moon rover.

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Lockheed Martin makes changes to GPS satellites so they can be upgraded in orbit

Lockheed Martin makes changes to GPS satellites so they can be upgraded in orbit

Typically when a satellite needs to be upgraded, it's simply replaced with a new satellite. Lockheed Martin is looking to change that and is redesigning the bus used for GPS satellites so they can be or upgraded with new hardware while in orbit. Word of the satellite changes came from a Lockheed Martin executive earlier this week.

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DARPA taps three companies to develop LongShot UAV missile concept

DARPA taps three companies to develop LongShot UAV missile concept

DARPA has announced the three companies it selected to develop concepts for its LongShot program. The agency didn't reveal the financial details for its selection, but did state that the contracts are for concepts on a UAV that would be launched in the air, after which point the drone would be able to launch its own air-to-air weapons.

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Lockheed Martin tapped to design large autonomous ships for US Navy

Lockheed Martin tapped to design large autonomous ships for US Navy

The United States Navy has tapped Lockheed Martin to study the potential for large autonomous ships that will be able to operate for long periods of time at sea without any human crew members. The company is now the main contractor behind the US Navy's Large Unmanned Surface Vessel (LUSV) competition, joining multiple other companies in working toward the eventual development and launch of a large autonomous ship.

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NASA’s stealthy supersonic X-59 just got a schedule change

NASA’s stealthy supersonic X-59 just got a schedule change

NASA has pushed back the maiden flight of its experimental X-59 Quiet SuperSonic aircraft, confirming today that the sound-barrier-breaking jet won't be ready in time for the original 2021 launch plan. Currently in production and assembly, the X-59 will test a cutting-edge engine and body design that could eventually help remedy one of Concorde's most significant problems.

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NASA’s bleeding-edge X-59 supersonic jet is ready to build

NASA’s bleeding-edge X-59 supersonic jet is ready to build

It looks like something straight out of a sci-fi movie, but NASA's X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology aircraft is ready for final assembly and, after that, taking to the skies, the US space agency has confirmed. Known as QueSST, the X-59 won't only be able to break the speed of sound, but do so without triggering the sonic boom that would traditionally go with that.

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NASA awards major Artemis contract for at least six Orion spacecraft

NASA awards major Artemis contract for at least six Orion spacecraft

NASA anticipates a long line of Artemis missions -- as many as 12, the space agency said today -- which is why it has awareded a new contract to Lockheed Martin for as many as six Orion spacecraft. Called the Orion Production and Operations Contract (OPOC), this deal taps Lockheed for between six and 12 Orion spacecraft through the year 2030.

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NASA Orion spacecraft’s crew module is ready for the next moon landing

NASA Orion spacecraft’s crew module is ready for the next moon landing

The world and especially the US is celebrating the 50th anniversary of man's historic and still controversial first landing on the moon. Unfortunately, that first has yet to be repeated to prove that it isn't just a one-time thing. NASA has received the mandate, not to mention the budget, to do exactly that and on the anniversary of the Apollo lunar landing, it is announcing the completion of the crew capsule for its upcoming uncrewed Artemis1 lunar mission.

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NASA Mars 2020 rover’s heat shield passes intense, critical test

NASA Mars 2020 rover’s heat shield passes intense, critical test

Lockheed Martin has announced that the heat shield for NASA's Mars 2020 rover has passed a critical testing milestone. The component was exposed to "flight-like thermal conditions," according to the company, which confirmed its "physical integrity." The heat shield will be used to help protect the rover as it enters the Martian atmosphere.

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