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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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Lockheed Martin’s finalized lunar habitat is one step closer to the moon

Lockheed Martin’s finalized lunar habitat is one step closer to the moon

Multiple companies are working on the technology needed to return man to the moon. Part of the tech is giving the astronauts a place to live and work while they are on the moon. Lockheed Martin is working on a moon habitat and has announced that its full-scale prototype, known as Habitat Ground Test Article (HGTA) has been finalized.

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NASA commercial lunar payload service CLPS starts this year

NASA commercial lunar payload service CLPS starts this year

This year NASA wants to get their Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) started, and it want it to happen as fast as possible. In fact, they want it to happen so fast, "We do not expect that every one of those launches, or every one of those landings, will be successful." That was said by Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, who spoke up about the future of lunar delivery on a webcast. "We care about speed. We want to start taking shots on goal."

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NASA OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully tests arm in space

NASA OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully tests arm in space

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has successfully extended its robotic sampling arm in space. This is the first time the arm was extended after deployment, indicating that its planned future mission to retrieve an asteroid sample will go according to plan. According to the space agency, the arm completed a series of motions as part of the test.

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Lockheed Martin is hard at work on the X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology aircraft

Lockheed Martin is hard at work on the X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology aircraft

NASA awarded the contract to build its experimental X-59 supersonic aircraft to Lockheed Martin and the company's famous Skunk Works. Some of the coolest aircraft of all time have been made at the Skunk Works. Lockheed has announced that the building of the aircraft has commenced with the manufacturing of the first part for the X-59 recently completed.

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This reusable Moon lander is Lockheed Martin’s vision for space colonies

This reusable Moon lander is Lockheed Martin’s vision for space colonies

Lockheed Martin unveiled a new lunar lander concept at the International Astronautical Congress in Germany today, giving the public a look at a lander that may one day take a crew to the Moon. This is a reusable lander, the company explained, and it involves systems from NASA's own Orion spacecraft, among other things. In addition to four people, the lander's initial configuration would support a 2,000lbs cargo payload.

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US Army taps Lockheed Martin for anti-drone microwave weapons

US Army taps Lockheed Martin for anti-drone microwave weapons

Forget nets and drone-catching eagles -- the US Army plans to blast unmanned aerial vehicles out of the sky using microwave weapons. The Department of the Army published a document revealing plans to purchase such a device from Lockheed Martin, also using the company for integration and support. Though the US Army isn't soliciting proposals from competing companies, it says it will accept them for a period of time.

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