Nasa Plans to launch Advanced launch vehicles and signed contracts with two US-based companies namely General Atomics and Precision Mechanical in a deal worth $98.8m. The First Contract Includes a total potential value of $60.3m, for the production, fabrication and installation of a new LH2 storage sphere with a minimum capacity of 1.25 million gallons, which also includes the integration of associated vaporisers, a flare stack and propane system, fill manifold, piping, valves, and controls with latest technology advancements to Liquid Hydrogen (LH2) System at Launch Complex 39B at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, So that Precision Mechanical will be secured. Hence, Launch Complex 39B, a rocket launch site at the John F. Kennedy Space Center, is currently undergoing a complete refurbishment. Once if the Installation and Upgrading process is done, NASA experiences efficient and advanced Orion Spacecraft for their first Integrated Uncrewed flight test”. The Second contract includes will include the delivery of necessary services to host the space agency’s Multi-Angle Imager for Aerosols (MAIA) instrument on a commercial satellite in low-Earth orbit for General Atomics based in San Diego, California which was valued approximately $38.5m, work on the firm-fixed-price contract is slated to continue until 30 August 2027. This contract also includes the integration planning, contractor ground system design, integration, testing, and readiness; MAIA instrument-spacecraft integration, test, and pre-launch processing; spacecraft and launch vehicles; launch and MAIA in-orbit checkout; and on-orbit spacecraft operations to enable instrument operations for the space agency located at Nasa’s Langley Research Centre in Hampton, Virginia, USA.

SSL was selected by NASA to study on Satellite Manufacturing in Space


NASA-plans-satellite-manufacturing-in-space-300x188 SSL was selected by NASA to study on Satellite Manufacturing in SpaceNASA Selects Space Systems/Loral (SSL) to study the potential possibilities of implementing commercial habitats to manufacture and assemble commercial satellites in space.
NASA thinks shifting the production of the satellite to space eliminates the constraints of launch vehicle volumes and schedules as well as the requirement for satellites to survive challenging launch conditions by enabling simple and capable system designs that can be developed more rapidly with an economic budget.
Richard White- SSL Government Systems president stated that “Today’s focus on commercial activity in space is undoubtedly accelerating innovation”
He also mentioned that SSL is primarily involved in the development of spacecraft systems for both commercial and government satellite operators and various space missions. In this Project SSL aims to promote NASA’s vision of a vibrant space economy, and expand opportunities for US space industry by investigating on feasibility of habitable space platforms for building commercial satellites and other essential requirements to establish a Satellite Manufacturing Agency in space will be studied by SSL and that report will be forwarded to NASA for further steps to take place.
SSL always supports NASA to implement next-generation business models and to stimulate private demand for commercial human spaceflight by “Bringing commercial and government innovation together will be a powerful driver of capabilities.”
He concluded saying that, previously the company was selected by Zin Technologies to build and test the Psyche Compute Element which was designed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for its Psyche mission, the Psyche Compute Element serves as the brain of the spacecraft and will work as the coordinating center for command and data handling activity.