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NASA Names Joel Montalbano International Space Station Program Manager

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - 12:30am

"We look forward to seeing Joel continue to make great contributions to the International Space Station and know he'll do a great job leading the program."

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  • "We look forward to seeing Joel continue to make great contributions to the International Space Station and know he'll do a great job leading the program."
  • Montalbano had served as deputy program manager for NASA's space station program since 2012, a role in which he shared responsibility with the program manager for day-to-day management, working across organizations and with NASA centers, other government agencies, and partners to ensure seamless and efficient space station integration.
  • "The International Space Station has allowed us to accelerate the power of a space economy in low-Earth orbit throughout the past 20 years," said Mark Geyer, director of NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, which is home to the space station program office.
  • "It is an honor to be named as the International Space Station Program Manager," Montalbano said.

NASA Invests $51 Million in Innovative Ideas from US Small Businesses

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 10:12pm

The contracts will provide approximately $51 million to 312 small businesses in 44 states and Washington, D.C.

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  • The contracts will provide approximately $51 million to 312 small businesses in 44 states and Washington, D.C.
    "NASA depends on America's small businesses for innovative technology development that helps us achieve our wide variety of missions," said Jim Reuter, associate administrator for NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate in Washington.
  • Additionally, 27% of the small businesses are from underrepresented groups, including minority and women-owned businesses.
  • "A Phase I award is just the first step in helping these small businesses bring their technologies and ideas to market," said NASA SBIR/STTR Program Executive Jenn Gustetic.
  • The program encourages small businesses to develop innovative ideas that meet the federal government's specific research and development needs with the potential for commercialization.

NASA Science Hosts Public Town Hall to Provide Updates

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 5:45pm

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA's Science Mission Directorate will hold a virtual community town hall with Associate Administrator for Science Thomas Zurbuchen and other members of the Science leadership team at 3 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 9, to discuss updates on the agency's science activities.

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  • WASHINGTON, June 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA's Science Mission Directorate will hold a virtual community town hall with Associate Administrator for Science Thomas Zurbuchen and other members of the Science leadership team at 3 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 9, to discuss updates on the agency's science activities.
  • Members of the science community, academia, the media, and the public are invited to participate by joining at:

NASA Plans for More SLS Rocket Boosters to Launch Artemis Moon Missions

Monday, June 29, 2020 - 10:07pm

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --NASA has taken the next steps toward building Space Launch System (SLS) solid rocket boosters to support as many as six additional flights, for a total of up to nine Artemis missions.

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  • WASHINGTON, June 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --NASA has taken the next steps toward building Space Launch System (SLS) solid rocket boosters to support as many as six additional flights, for a total of up to nine Artemis missions.
  • The twin solid rocket boosters , which are mounted on the side of the SLS core stage, will produce more than 75% percent of the thrust for each SLS launch.
  • "We're ready to process and stack the boosters for the Artemis I mission, and we are making great progress producing boosters for the Artemis II and III missions," said Bruce Tiller, manager of the SLS Boosters office at Marshall.
  • "NASA is committed to establishing a sustainable presence at the Moon, and this action enables NASA to have boosters ready when needed for future missions."

V3Gate Honored on CRN's 2020 Solution Provider 500 List

Monday, June 29, 2020 - 8:20pm

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., June 29, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- V3Gate announced today that CRN a brand of The Channel Company, has named V3Gate as #108 on the 2020 Solution Provider 500 list.

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  • COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., June 29, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- V3Gate announced today that CRN a brand of The Channel Company, has named V3Gate as #108 on the 2020 Solution Provider 500 list.
  • This is V3Gate's first year on the Solution Provider 500 list, which ranks the top integrators, service providers and IT consultants in North America by services revenue.
  • V3Gate is an established IT solutions provider for the federal government, and is a leading NASA SEWP V and DHS FirstSource II contractor.
  • "It is an honor to be named to the Solution Provider 500," said V3Gate CEO, Oscar Valdez.

NASA Astronaut Kate Rubins, Crewmates to Discuss Upcoming Spaceflight

Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 7:50pm

This will be a virtual event with no media present due to the safety restrictions related to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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  • This will be a virtual event with no media present due to the safety restrictions related to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
  • Born in Farmington, Connecticut, and raised in Napa, California, Rubins was selected as a NASA astronaut in 2009.
  • She launched on her first spaceflight July 6, 2016, spending 115 days in space as part of Expedition 48/49 .
  • Inspiring the next generation of explorers the Artemis Generation ensures America will continue to lead in space exploration and discovery.

NASA and HeroX Launch Lunar Loo Challenge to Find Way for Astronauts to Poop on the Moon

Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 1:39pm

NASA is preparing to return to the Moon by 2024 and needs to develop a new way for astronauts to urinate and defecate in microgravity and lunar gravity.

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  • NASA is preparing to return to the Moon by 2024 and needs to develop a new way for astronauts to urinate and defecate in microgravity and lunar gravity.
  • Competitive toilet designs will align with NASA's overall goals of reduced mass and volume, lower power consumption, and easy maintenance.
  • This effort is all part of NASA's Artemis program to return astronauts to the moon in 2024.
  • "NASA's previous challenge, Space Poop , went viral, demonstrating how effective the power of the crowd is to solve galactic problems," said Christian Cotichini, CEO, HeroX.

NASA Names Headquarters After 'Hidden Figure' Mary W. Jackson

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - 7:37pm

WASHINGTON, June 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced Wednesday the agency's headquarters building in Washington, D.C., will be named after Mary W. Jackson, the first African American female engineer at NASA.

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  • WASHINGTON, June 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced Wednesday the agency's headquarters building in Washington, D.C., will be named after Mary W. Jackson, the first African American female engineer at NASA.
  • "Mary W. Jackson was part of a group of very important women who helped NASA succeed in getting American astronauts into space.
  • "Today, we proudly announce the Mary W. Jackson NASA Headquarters building.
  • "We are honored that NASA continues to celebrate the legacy of our mother and grandmother Mary W. Jackson," said, Carolyn Lewis, Mary's daughter.

NASA Awards the Follow-on for the Very Long Baseline Interferometry Systems Contract

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - 7:33pm

GREENBELT, Md., June 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA has awarded the follow-on contract for the Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) Systems to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Haystack Observatory (MIT/HO), Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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  • GREENBELT, Md., June 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA has awarded the follow-on contract for the Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) Systems to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Haystack Observatory (MIT/HO), Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • This is a sole source, cost-no-fee completion-type contract, with a base value and four 1-year options totaling $14,824,588 and a period of performance from June 22 through June 21, 2025.
  • Under this contract the MIT/HO will provide the personnel, materials, facilities and equipment to support the continued enhancement and maintenance of NASA's VLBI stations, the processing of the data, and support for the International VLBI Service for Geodesy and Astrometry and related services for the NASA Space Geodesy Project located at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
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NASA Awards Azul Placement in the EIS Agency Catalog

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 - 2:01pm

The NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) Agency is a government-wide acquisition contract (GWAC) managed by NASA.

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  • The NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) Agency is a government-wide acquisition contract (GWAC) managed by NASA.
  • Department of Defense, U.S. Coast Guard, and Intelligence Community customers may now order Azul software through the NASA SEWP Agency Catalog located on https://www.esi.mil/contentview.aspx?id=1045 .
  • Because Oracle Java and Azul Zulu OpenJDK are based on the same open-source OpenJDK code, they have identical features and performance.
  • Azul Systems (Azul) is the largest company 100% focused on Java and the Java Virtual Machine (JVM), providing the worlds most trusted open source Java enterprise platform.