L3Harris Technologies has been selected to maintain and upgrade ground-based space sensors for the Space Force under a contract worth up to $1.2 billion over 10 years. The contract is part of the Maintenance of Space Situational Awareness Integrated Capabilities program.
The Pentagon has awarded an $818.2 million contract with Lockheed Martin for the production and delivery of hundreds of Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles. The JASSM-ER missiles will be used by the US and allies.
A solicitation for proposals to "defeat" coronavirus has been issued by the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research office. The office is seeking "direct to Phase 2" capabilities, meaning technology that is mature enough for the marketplace.
The US Air Force is taking steps to protect priority missions from disruption from coronavirus while also limiting the virus' spread as much as possible. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Dave Goldfein has ordered each command to prioritize essential functions.
Piper Aircraft has announced plans to donate 1,300 3M-brand N95-approved facemasks to the Cleveland Clinic Indian River Memorial Hospital in Vero Beach, Calif. In addition, the company is using its Vero Beach facility to assemble medical face shields.
The coronavirus pandemic has not altered the schedule for Astrobotic and Intuitive Machines to ferry payloads to the moon next year as part of the Artemis mission, according to NASA. "We are talking to them almost on a daily basis to assess any schedule impacts," NASA's Steven Clarke said.
The Earth sciences division of NASA is seeking proposals offering "rapid response and novel research" on the coronavirus pandemic, including "making innovative use of NASA satellite data to address regional-to-global environmental, economic, and/or societal impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic." Separately, the European Space Agency is seeking proposals on how to best use space assets to combat the virus in Italy.
Rocket Lab says its book of business serving both governments and commercial enterprises will help it bounce back quickly following the coronavirus pandemic. For now, the company's New Zealand launch facility is on hiatus.
Boeing is donating the use of three 747-400LCF Dreamlifter cargo planes to aid in the US coronavirus response, the move was recently announced by President Donald Trump. The Boeing 747-400LCF is among the largest cargo aircraft flying.
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