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Thank you for the donations and merchandise purchases from last week. 2021 got off to a good flying start! Let’s not put the brakes on and stop there.

We have seen a further uptake in donors coming forward to make regular payments for Diamond & Platinum packages. Regular payments towards a fab reward package is a simple way to get a seat on the front row for the first flight.

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NASA Conducts Test of SLS Rocket Core Stage for Artemis I Moon Mission

NASA Conducts Test of SLS Rocket Core Stage for Artemis I Moon Mission

The hot fire is the final test of the Green Run test series
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The core stage for the first flight of NASA’s Space Launch System rocket is seen in the B-2 Test Stand during a hot fire test Jan. 16, 2021, at NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.
Credits: NASA Television
The hot fire is the final test of the Green Run test series, a comprehensive assessment of the Space Launch System’s core stage prior to launching the Artemis I mission to the Moon.

Credits: NASA Television

The four RS-25 engines fired for a little more than one minute and generated 1.6 million pounds of thrust.

Credits: NASA Television

NASA conducted a hot fire Saturday of the core stage for the agency’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will launch the Artemis I mission to the Moon. The hot fire is the final test of the Green Run series.

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NASA Updates Times for TV Coverage, Test of Rocket Core Stage for Artemis Moon Missions

NASA Updates Times for TV Coverage, Test of Rocket Core Stage for Artemis Moon Missions

This image shows liquid hydrogen being safely vented and burned as it naturally warms and boils off
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Teams at NASA’s Stennis Space Center will perform a hot fire test of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket core stage on Jan. 16, 2021. This image shows liquid hydrogen being safely vented and burned as it naturally warms and boils off during a rehearsal of a countdown to hot fire of the stage’s engines on Dec 20, 2020.
Credits: NASA

Editor’s note: This advisory was updated Jan. 16 to update the window for the hot fire test, as well as start time for NASA TV coverage. Because test preparation is running ahead of schedule, NASA TV coverage will begin at 3:20 p.m. EST for a test start time of 4 p.m. Continue reading

NASA to Host Virtual Briefing on February Perseverance Mars Rover Landing

NASA to Host Virtual Briefing on February Perseverance Mars Rover Landing

Illustration of NASA’s Perseverance rover begins its descent through the Martian atmosphere
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This illustration shows NASA’s Perseverance rover deploying a supersonic parachute from its aeroshell as it slows down before landing on Mars. Hundreds of critical events must execute perfectly and exactly on time for the rover to land safely on Feb. 18, 2021.
Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA is hosting a media briefing on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 4:30 p.m. EST to discuss the upcoming landing of the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover. The event will air live on NASA TV, the agency’s website, and YouTube.

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Boeing Elects Lynne Doughtie to Board of Directors, Following Resignation of Director Caroline Kennedy

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Boeing elects Lynne Doughtie as new director

– Caroline Kennedy resigns following three years of dedicated service

CHICAGO, Jan. 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) board of directors today announced that Lynne Doughtie has been elected to the board, replacing Caroline Kennedy who has resigned following three years of dedicated service.

 

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Lockheed Martin-Built Orion Spacecraft is Ready for its Moon Mission

The finished Orion spacecraft for the Artemis I mission was handed over for launch processing for a mission to the Moon later this year.

Team Hands Over Completed Orion to NASA to Prepare for Launch

DENVER, Jan. 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — NASA’s Orion spacecraft is ready for its mission to the Moon. Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has completed assembly and testing of the Orion Artemis I spacecraft and has transferred possession to NASA’s Exploration Ground Systems (EGS) team today. Assembled at Kennedy Space Center, the EGS team will then perform final preparations on the spacecraft for its mission to the Moon later this year

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AeroVironment to Acquire Arcturus UAV, Expanding Product Portfolio and Reach into Group 2 and 3 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Segments

• Total transaction value of $405 million in cash and stock

• Arcturus UAV’s complementary capabilities provide program diversification, increase key customer penetration and enhance shareholder value

• Arcturus UAV is well positioned for ongoing United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Mid-Endurance UAS (MEUAS) task orders, United States Army Future Tactical UAS (FTUAS) program delivery orders and international contracts

• Expected to be immediately accretive to revenue growth, adjusted EBITDA margin and non-GAAP diluted EPS, excluding intangible assets, amortization expense and deal and integration costs, and accretive to GAAP diluted EPS by fiscal year 2022

• AeroVironment to host conference call and audio webcast at 2:00 pm Pacific Time today

 


AeroVironment, Inc. to Acquire Arcturus UAV, Expand Reach into Group 2 and 3 UAS Segments (Photo: AeroVironment)

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. Jan 13, 2021AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems, and Arcturus UAV, Inc., a privately-held leading provider of Group 2 and 3 unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and services, today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which AeroVironment will acquire Arcturus UAV for a total purchase price of $405 million, including $355 million in cash and $50 million in AeroVironment stock.  The transaction, which was unanimously approved by the AeroVironment and Arcturus UAV Boards of Directors, is expected to accelerate AeroVironment’s strategy to drive profitable growth and value by expanding into attractive adjacent segments and by broadening its capabilities and customer footprint. Continue reading