Space

IntuitiveMachines NASA 400x275NASA has announced it awarded Intuitive Machines of Houston a contract to deliver research, including science investigations and a technology demonstration, to the Moon in 2024. The commercial delivery is part of NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative and the Artemis program.

 

MachinaLabs400x275Machina Labs, which aims to advance manufacturing through robotics and artificial intelligence, has emerged from stealth mode and announced it closed a $16.3 million Series A round of funding. The financing will be used to grow Machina’s team in Los Angeles and to expand R&D and manufacturing capacity to meet increasing customer demand.

 

NASALunaboticsJunior400x275NASA has announced the Lunabotics Junior Contest, looking for young engineers to help design a new robot concept for an excavation mission on the Moon. The contest is open to K-12 students in U.S. public and private schools, as well as home-schoolers.

 

PickNikFormant400x275PickNik Robotics and Formant have announced forming a working partnership to help expand both companies’ capabilities of bringing cloud-based mobile manipulation tasks to the forefront of robotics.

 

RocketLab ACS3 400x275Rocket Lab USA, which develops launch services and space systems, has announced it was selected to launch NASA’s Advanced Composite Solar Sail System (ACS3) on the Electron launch vehicle.

 

Honda eVTOL400x275Honda Motor Co. has announced the technology development direction the company is pursuing while leveraging its core technologies. The direction will lead to the fulfillment of Honda’s 2030 Vision of serving people worldwide with the “joy of expanding their life’s potential.”

 

StarfishSpace Otter 400x275Starfish Space, a satellite servicing company founded by former Blue Origin engineers, has announced it raised $7 million in funding. The company is developing the Otter space tug, an efficient and versatile satellite servicing vehicle that can capture and move objects in orbit.

 

NASA ViperSiteMoon400x275NASA has announced that its lunar rover will land near the western edge of the Nobile Crater at the Moon’s South Pole in 2023, and then explore the region’s surface and subsurface for water and other resources. 

 

ACT Viper400x275NASA has awarded Advanced Cooling Technologies (ACT) a $3.7 million contract to finalize the design and fabricate the flight thermal control system for the Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER), which will explore the South Pole of the Moon.

 

NASA MarsRock400x275NASA has announced that its Perseverance rover has completed the collection of the first sample of Martian rock, a core from Jezero Crater slightly thicker than a pencil. Mission controllers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Southern California have received data that confirmed this historic milestone.

 

ICON founders400x275ICON, which develops advanced construction technologies including robotics, software, and building materials, has announced completing a $207 million Series B funding round. The latest round brings ICON’s total funding to $266 since launching in 2018.

 

MDA IM IM 1 400x275MDA Ltd., which develops advanced technology and services for the global space industry, has announced it signed an agreement with Intuitive Machines to provide lunar landing sensors to support its upcoming IM-1 and IM-2 missions. The sensors will support the first soft landing U.S. mission to the Moon since 1972, scheduled for early 2022. MDA landing sensors will also support the first-ever mining mission to the South pole of the Moon in late 2022, the company said.

 

ARM ProjectCall400x275The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute has published its latest “Special Call for Technology Projects”, which aim to address specific needs in the manufacturing industry and support the Department of Defense. ARM Institute Members are free to submit proposals, which are due on June 28, 2021 at 5 p.m. ET.

 

MoonVehicle400x275Lockheed Martin and General Motors Co. have announced teaming up to develop the next generation of lunar vehicles to transport astronauts on the surface of the Moon as part of NASA’s Artemis program. Artemis is sending humans back to the Moon, where they will explore and conduct scientific experiments with several different rovers. NASA sought industry approaches to develop a Lunar Terrain Vehicle (LTV) that will enable astronauts to explore the lunar surface farther than ever before. The LTV is the first of many types of surface mobility vehicles needed for Artemis, the companies said in a statement.

 

Astroport400x275Astroport Space Technologies has announced it was awarded a NASA Phase 1 Small Business Technology Transfer contract (STTR) for the development of its lunar regolith melting technology that could potentially be used to construct landing pads on the Moon.

 

IngenuityFlying400x275NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter has a new mission. Having proven that powered, controlled flight is possible on the Red Planet, the Ingenuity experiment will soon embark on a new operations demonstration phase, exploring how aerial scouting and other functions could benefit future exploration of Mars and other worlds.