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NASA Invests $105 Million in US Small Business Technology Development

Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 10:37pm

The agency\'s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is furthering that legacy with 140 new Phase II awards to 127 U.S. small businesses that will help them move their innovations to market.\nThe awards to these small businesses, located across 34 states and Washington, D.C., total $105 million.

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  • The agency\'s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is furthering that legacy with 140 new Phase II awards to 127 U.S. small businesses that will help them move their innovations to market.\nThe awards to these small businesses, located across 34 states and Washington, D.C., total $105 million.
  • NASA\'s small business program is dedicated to finding the most useful technologies for the agency and the commercial marketplace, and sourcing those innovations from a diverse group of entrepreneurs with different backgrounds and perspectives.
  • "As the government helps get small businesses back on track, we value their commitment and dedication to supporting NASA missions and goals.
  • "\nCalifornia-based Micro Cooling Concepts has worked with NASA\'s SBIR and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program since 2004 on various thermal management innovations.

NASA Goddard Visitor Center Offering Free Virtual Field Trips This Summer

Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 2:32pm

b"GREENBELT, Md., May 13, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --The visitor center at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is offering virtual field trips for groups looking for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) engagement this summer.

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  • b"GREENBELT, Md., May 13, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --The visitor center at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is offering virtual field trips for groups looking for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) engagement this summer.
  • The field trips, which are free for the public, feature a live presentation and question-and-answer session led by trained staff.
  • Participants will explore the engineering design process and how scientists and engineers at Goddard use it to solve problems.
  • Participants will receive an overview presentation focused on current missions.\nThese 30 to 45-minute virtual field trips are available to groups with a minimum of eight participants.\nAs an alternative to a field trip, the Goddard Visitor Center posts self-guided virtual experiences with activities, videos and public events focusing on different missions each month.\nTo schedule a virtual field trip, please email GSFC-VisitorCenter@mail.nasa.gov .\nFor more information about virtual field trips with the Goddard Visitor Center and virtual experiences, visit: https://www.nasa.gov/content/nasa-virtual-field-trips-goddard-space-flig... or www.nasa.gov/visitgoddard\nView original content to download multimedia: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nasa-goddard-visitor-center-offe...\n"

Brightstar Capital Partners Acquires Majority Stake in ERC Incorporated, a Leading Provider of Mission Critical Engineering and Consulting Services

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 2:33pm

Terms of the private transaction were not disclosed.\nHeadquartered in Huntsville, AL, ERC is a leading provider of mission critical engineering and consulting services to the US Department of Defense, NASA and other high-tech governmental entities.

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  • Terms of the private transaction were not disclosed.\nHeadquartered in Huntsville, AL, ERC is a leading provider of mission critical engineering and consulting services to the US Department of Defense, NASA and other high-tech governmental entities.
  • Susan Wu, the first woman to be awarded a Ph.D. in Aeronautical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology.
  • "\n"We look forward to enhancing ERC\'s already proven ability to deliver mission critical systems engineering and technical assistance services," said Reidar Brekke, a Partner at Brightstar.
  • "\nHeadquartered in Huntsville, AL, ERC is a leading provider of mission critical engineering and consulting services to the US Department of Defense, NASA and other high-tech governmental entities.

NASA Announces New Associate Administrator

Monday, May 10, 2021 - 7:55pm

b'WASHINGTON, May 10, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA Administrator Sen. Bill Nelson announced Monday Robert D. Cabana, who has served as director of NASA\'s Kennedy Space Center in Florida since 2008, will serve as associate administrator effective Monday, May 17.

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  • b'WASHINGTON, May 10, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA Administrator Sen. Bill Nelson announced Monday Robert D. Cabana, who has served as director of NASA\'s Kennedy Space Center in Florida since 2008, will serve as associate administrator effective Monday, May 17.
  • "Bob is the real deal he has the vision and management skills to bring NASA to even higher heights.
  • "\n"I\'m honored to have been selected by Sen. Nelson to serve as associate administrator of NASA," Cabana said.
  • "Bill and I have a shared passion for America\'s space program, and I look forward to serving NASA and our nation in this new capacity.

Jurczyk Retires as NASA Associate Administrator

Monday, May 10, 2021 - 7:40pm

b'WASHINGTON, May 10, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Steve Jurczyk, who served as acting NASA administrator from Jan. 20 to May 3, 2021, announced Monday he will retire on Friday, May 14, after more than three decades of service at NASA.\nJurczyk has served as associate administrator, the agency\'s highest-ranking civil servant, since May 2018.

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  • b'WASHINGTON, May 10, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Steve Jurczyk, who served as acting NASA administrator from Jan. 20 to May 3, 2021, announced Monday he will retire on Friday, May 14, after more than three decades of service at NASA.\nJurczyk has served as associate administrator, the agency\'s highest-ranking civil servant, since May 2018.
  • Steve\'s legacy at NASA is one of excellence, and I wish him well in his future endeavors.
  • "\n"It has been an honor to lead NASA and see the agency\'s incredible growth and transformation throughout my time here," Jurczyk said.
  • "\nBefore being named associate administrator, Jurczyk served in a number of leadership roles at the agency, including as associate administrator of the Space Technology Mission Directorate and director and deputy director of NASA\'s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

NASA, Axiom Agree to First Private Astronaut Mission on Space Station

Monday, May 10, 2021 - 5:10pm

b'WASHINGTON, May 10, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA and Axiom Space have signed an order for the first private astronaut mission to the International Space Station to take place no earlier than January 2022.\n"We are excited to see more people have access to spaceflight through this first private astronaut mission to the space station," said Kathy Lueders, associate administrator for human exploration and operations at NASA Headquarters.

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  • b'WASHINGTON, May 10, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA and Axiom Space have signed an order for the first private astronaut mission to the International Space Station to take place no earlier than January 2022.\n"We are excited to see more people have access to spaceflight through this first private astronaut mission to the space station," said Kathy Lueders, associate administrator for human exploration and operations at NASA Headquarters.
  • "\nThe spaceflight, designated as Axiom Mission 1 (Ax-1), will launch from NASA\'s Kennedy Space Center in Florida and travel to the International Space Station.
  • NASA and Axiom mission planners will coordinate in-orbit activities for the private astronauts to conduct in coordination with space station crew members and flight controllers on the ground.\nAxiom will purchase services for the mission from NASA, such as crew supplies, cargo delivery to space, storage, and other in-orbit resources for daily use.
  • Trainers will familiarize the private astronauts with systems, procedures, and emergency preparedness for the space station and the Crew Dragon spacecraft.

NASA Administrator Statement on Chinese Rocket Debris

Sunday, May 9, 2021 - 5:31am

b'WASHINGTON, May 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA Administrator Sen. Bill Nelson released the following statement Saturday regarding debris from the Chinese Long March 5B rocket:\n"Spacefaring nations must minimize the risks to people and property on Earth of re-entries of space objects and maximize transparency regarding those operations.\n"It is clear that China is failing to meet responsible standards regarding their space debris.\n"It is critical that China and all spacefaring nations and commercial entities act responsibly and transparently in space to ensure the safety, stability, security, and long-term sustainability of outer space activities.

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  • b'WASHINGTON, May 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA Administrator Sen. Bill Nelson released the following statement Saturday regarding debris from the Chinese Long March 5B rocket:\n"Spacefaring nations must minimize the risks to people and property on Earth of re-entries of space objects and maximize transparency regarding those operations.\n"It is clear that China is failing to meet responsible standards regarding their space debris.\n"It is critical that China and all spacefaring nations and commercial entities act responsibly and transparently in space to ensure the safety, stability, security, and long-term sustainability of outer space activities.
  • "\nFor more information on NASA and agency activities, visit:\nView original content to download multimedia: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nasa-administrator-statement-on-...\n'

Texas Students to Hear from Astronauts on International Space Station

Friday, May 7, 2021 - 9:04pm

b"WASHINGTON, May 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --Students from Brownsville, Texas will hear from astronauts aboard the International Space Station during a call at 10:15 a.m. EDT Tuesday, May 11 that will air live on NASA Television, the NASA app , and the agency's website .\nNASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet will answer prerecorded video questions from high school students at the Brownsville Independent School District.

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  • b"WASHINGTON, May 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --Students from Brownsville, Texas will hear from astronauts aboard the International Space Station during a call at 10:15 a.m. EDT Tuesday, May 11 that will air live on NASA Television, the NASA app , and the agency's website .\nNASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet will answer prerecorded video questions from high school students at the Brownsville Independent School District.
  • The downlink is being coordinated by the Children's Museum of Brownsville, the Brownsville Independent School District, and the South Texas Astronomical Society.
  • Their Harnessing Opportunities through Perseverance in Exploration initiative is intended to spark interest in science and space exploration among students in the Brownsville and greater Rio Grande Valley communities.\nLinking students directly to astronauts aboard the space station provides unique, authentic experiences designed to enhance student learning, performance, and interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
  • Through NASA's Artemis program , the agency will return astronauts to the Moon, with eventual human exploration of Mars.

NASA, Axiom Space to Host Media Briefing on Private Astronaut Mission

Friday, May 7, 2021 - 7:28pm

b"WASHINGTON, May 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA and Axiom Space have signed a mission order for the first private astronaut mission to the International Space Station and will host a teleconference with media at 11 a.m. EDT on Monday, May 10, to discuss more details about the mission.\nNASA has opened up the space station for commercial activities, including private astronaut missions, as part of its plan to develop a robust and competitive economy in low-Earth orbit.

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  • b"WASHINGTON, May 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA and Axiom Space have signed a mission order for the first private astronaut mission to the International Space Station and will host a teleconference with media at 11 a.m. EDT on Monday, May 10, to discuss more details about the mission.\nNASA has opened up the space station for commercial activities, including private astronaut missions, as part of its plan to develop a robust and competitive economy in low-Earth orbit.
  • NASA's needs in low-Earth orbit such as human research, technology development, and in-flight crew testing will continue after the retirement of the International Space Station.
  • The Axiom Space crew will launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.\nMichael Lpez-Alegra, vice president and Ax-1 commander, Axiom Space\nMedia may ask questions via phone only.
  • The agency's goal is a low-Earth orbit marketplace where NASA is one of many customers, and the private sector leads the way.

NASA Invites Public, Media to Watch Asteroid Mission Begin Return to Earth

Friday, May 7, 2021 - 12:05am

b"WASHINGTON, May 6, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA invites the public and the media to watch its first asteroid sample return mission begin a two-year cruise home at 4 p.m. EDT Monday, May 10, on NASA Television , the NASA app , and the agency's website .

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  • b"WASHINGTON, May 6, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA invites the public and the media to watch its first asteroid sample return mission begin a two-year cruise home at 4 p.m. EDT Monday, May 10, on NASA Television , the NASA app , and the agency's website .
  • Answers will post to NASA Solar System's Instagram stories on May 11.\nOrigins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) is the first NASA mission to visit a near-Earth asteroid, survey the surface, and collect a sample to deliver to Earth.
  • During the broadcast, scientists will reveal new imagery from the mission's final flyover of the asteroid Bennu and discuss the tense moments from the sample grab in October 2020.
  • OSIRIS-REx is the third mission in NASA's New Frontiers Program, managed by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, for the agency's Science Mission Directorate Washington.\nFor more information on OSIRIS-REx, visit:\n"