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KBRWYLE TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS AWARDED $13.5M FOR SATELLITE CONTROL NETWORK ENGINEERING
Friday, July 29, 2022
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Antennae at US Space Force's Kaena Point Installation

.Source: Wikipedia, Xpda (CC Att. 3.0 Unported)


Antennae at US Space Force's Kaena Point Installation

Source: Wikipedia, Xpda (CC Att. 3.0 Unported)


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PETERSON SPACE FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The U.S. Air Force, on behalf of its Space Force branch, awarded KBRwyle Technology Solutions of Colorado Springs, Colorado, a $13.5 million modification (P00047) to a previously awarded contract (FA8806-13-C-0001) related to the Satellite Control Network. The modification allows for additional systems engineering for and integration of the Modularized Transitional Remote Tracking Station - Deployable.

The contracted work will be performed in Oakhanger, England, and is expected to be completed by April 30, 2025. The award raises the total cumulative face value of the contract to $140.2 million.

The U.S. Air Force is obligating $13.5 million in Fiscal Year 2022 Procurement funding at the time of the award. The U.S. Space Systems Command, Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado, is the contracting activity.

Source:  U.S. Department of Defense

 
BLUE ORIGIN SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES 22ND MISSION TO SPACE
Wednesday, August 3, 2022
WEST Texas -- Blue Origin successfully completed its sixth human spaceflight and the 22nd flight for the New Shepard program. The astronaut crew included: Coby Cotton, Mário Ferreira, Vanessa O’Brien, Clint Kelly III, Sara Sabry, and Steve Young.

The crew achieved three historic firsts:

· Sara Sabry became the first person from Egypt to fly to space.

· Vanessa O’Brien became the first woman to reach extremes on land (Mt. Everest), sea (Challenger Deep), and air (pass the Kármán line), completing the Explorers’ Extreme Trifecta, a Guinness World Record.

· Mário Ferreira became the first person from Portugal to fly to space.

The New Shepard is a fully reusable VTOL space vehicle. The system consists of a pressurized capsule atop a booster. The components launch vertically, accelerating for approximately two-and-a-half minutes before the engine cuts off. The capsule then separates from the booster and coasts into space. After a few minutes of free fall, the booster performs an autonomously controlled rocket-powered vertical landing, while the capsule lands using parachutes.

New Shepard test flights lift off from Blue Origin's facility in western Texas. During launch, the system reaches speeds of over Mach 3.7.

Source:  Blue Origin
Associated URL: blueorigin.com

 
ROCKET LAB TO SUPPLY SOLAR POWER FOR NEXT-GEN OPIR GEO SATELLITES
Wednesday, July 27, 2022
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LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Rocket Lab USA announced that its high-efficiency, radiation-hardened Coverglass Interconnected solar Cell (CIC) assemblies will power the three Lockheed Martin Next Gen OPIR GEO (NGG) satellites for the United States Space Force (USSF). The NGG program will deliver resilient global missile warning capabilities to counter emerging missile and counter-space threats and is part of the latest evolution of the USSF’s missile warning system, following the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) program, which was supported by SolAero, a space solar power company acquired by Rocket Lab in January 2022.

Rocket Lab’s CICs will be integrated into the solar panels and arrays on the Lockheed Martin-designed and built spacecraft. The spacecraft recently successfully passed critical design review, a major milestone in becoming certified for space. The first of the three satellites is scheduled to launch in 2025.

Source:  Rocket Lab
Associated URL: rocketlabusa.com

 

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