SNC's Dream Chaser. Credit: SNC video capture
Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.). Credit: SpaceNews/Kate Patterson (left), Adam Schiff

Letter | Lockheed Still Exploring Options on SBIRS

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The story “Lockheed Martin Examines Cost-cutting Options for SBIRS” overstates the status of in-process studies Lockheed Martin is conducting on t…

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The Orion crew module is being moved by crane from its crew module recovery cradle and will be placed in the crew module transportation fixture at the Mole Pier at Naval Base San Diego in California. The fixture has been secured on the back of a flatbed truck. Orion is being prepared for the overland trip back to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Orion was recovered from the Pacific Ocean after completing a two-orbit, four-and-a-half hour mission Dec. 5 to test systems critical to crew safety, including the launch abort system, the heat shield and the parachute system. NASA, the U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin coordinated efforts to recover Orion. The Ground Systems Development and Operations Program led the recovery, offload and pre-transportation efforts.
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Commentary | Time for U.S. Focus on Earth Observation, Space Industrial Base

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Commercial remote sensing and Earth observation environment has changed radically since its founding in the mid-1990s. Commercial technology development has accelerated rapidly, bringing new capabilities — like laser communications — that can benefit and enable this sector regardless of its origin.

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Moffett Federal Airfield’s Hangar One, an enormous structure built to house airships in the 1930s, was torn down to its skeletal structure in 2012 because toxic chemicals from its roof and siding were polluting nearby air and groundwater. Credit: NASA
Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla)

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