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SMDR for Mon., April 24, Vol. 17, Issue 9

NanoRacks Marketing ‘Stash And Deploy’ Capability To DoD

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.--NanoRacks wants to get the Defense Department on board with the company’s stash-and-deploy deploy-on-demand program designed to intermittently release satellites from the International Space Station (ISS), according to NanoRacks CEO Jeff Manber.Manber said DoD is slowly warming to the idea, which he attributed to DoD culture more than stash-and-deploy itself, in which satellites…

DARPA’s RSGS Progresses Despite Lawsuit, Justice Department Moves To Dismiss

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is moving forward with its geostationary earth orbit (GEO) satellite servicing program despite a lawsuit that the Justice Department on April 11 moved to dismiss.Space Systems Loral (SSL) said April 12 it signed and executed a contract with DARPA to develop advanced capabilities for servicing and maintaining spacecraft…

Bipartisan Lawmakers Advocate Air Force Total Rocket System Funding

The next-generation rocket wars continued April 10 on Capitol Hill as 20 bipartisan members of the House of Representatives wrote Defense Secretary James Mattis advocating for total launch system funding as opposed to piecemeal funding.“We write to you in support of the Air Force’s request and focus on the end goal of complete, robust launch…

NASA Center Directors Discuss Agency’s Future

By Kendall Russell / Via SatelliteCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.--Reconstruction of NASA Kennedy Space Center’s (KSC) Launch Pad 39B should be completed by August, according to KSC Director Robert Cabana.Cabana said, furthermore, NASA hopes to support up to 45 launches a year from the Cape after the pad is back in operation. Most of the activity will…

ULA’s Bruno Insists AR1 Still In Contention For Vulcan Next-Generation Rocket

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.--United Launch Alliance (ULA) CEO Tory Bruno insists Aerojet Rocketdyne’s [AJRD] AR1 engine is still in contention to serve as the first stage of ULA’s Vulcan next-generation launch vehicle, despite rumors that the company was heavily favoring Blue Origin’s BE-4 engine.Bruno told sister publication Defense Daily April 5 in an interview here at…

Analyst Says Bezos’ Funding Of Blue Origin Via Amazon Stock Formidable

A prominent defense analyst believes tech billionaire Jeff Bezos’ funding of Blue Origin by selling his Amazon [AMZN] stock is formidable as it is a constantly replenishing pool of money for Bezos to tap.Byron Callan of Capital Alpha Partners said April 10 it is likely Bezos, who founded both the Amazon online marketplace and Blue…

Boundless Wins $36 Million Contract From NGA To Support Software

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) awarded Boundless a $36 million contract to support the agency’s geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) services and purchases services, the company said April 18These services are needed to package, deliver, maintain, and patch accredited open source geospatial software packages.The company’s primary offering is an open geographic information system (GIS) that provides enterprises…

Spaceport Colorado Awaits FAA Licensing Decision Later This Year

Colorado hopes to have an answer from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on its spaceport site operator license application later in 2017, according to a key official.Spaceport Colorado Airport Director Dave Ruppel told sister publication Defense Daily April 18 that paperwork was submitted a year ago and now Colorado is going through the pre-review process.…

ULA Launches Orbital ATK CRS Mission

United Launch Alliance (ULA) on April 18 successfully launched an Orbital ATK [OA] Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) mission to the International Space Station (ISS).Launch took place at 11:11 a.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., aboard an Atlas V rocket. This launch, called OA-7, is Orbital ATK’s seventh operational cargo mission under the…

THAAD Might Become Operational In South Korea After May Election

The U.S. military continues to make progress fielding a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System (THAAD) battery in South Korea but might not declare it operational until after that country’s May 9 presidential election, according to a White House foreign policy adviser.“It should be a decision for the next president,” the adviser told reporters April…

Missile Defense Agency Reviews Redesigned Kill Vehicle

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), which is redesigning the exo-atmospheric kill vehicle that sits atop its long-range interceptor missile, held a preliminary design review for the program in late March, an MDA spokesman said April 17.The spokesman, Christopher Johnson, declined to comment on the results of the review but said MDA is “pleased with…

Missile Defense Agency OK’s Next Design Phase For Long-Range Radar

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA’s) Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR) program completed its preliminary design review in March, clearing the way for the radar effort to enter its detailed design phase, prime contractor Lockheed Martin [LMT] announced April 20.The review, which took place March 21 and 22, will be followed by a critical design…