Marc Boucher: February 2017 Archives

Orbital ATK Sues DARPA Over MDA's SSL GEO Satellite Servicing Contract, SpaceQ

"The days of on-orbit servicing, or satellite servicing, living in obscurity are over. On February 7, Orbital ATK, Inc. and their subsidiary Space Logistics LLC, filed a lawsuit in the Eastern District of Virginia to stop the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) from awarding Space Systems Loral (SSL), a subsidiary of Canada's MDA, a contract to to develop satellite servicing of spacecraft in geostationary orbit (GEO) for the Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) program."


- DARPA Selects SSL as Commercial Partner for Revolutionary Goal of Servicing Satellites in GEO

- NASA Awards Contract for Refueling Mission Spacecraft

- Orbital ATK sues Pentagon over plans to award a space robots contract to a Canadian-owned firm, Washington Post

"Orbital argues that the federal program, called the Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites, would unfairly compete with its own privately funded effort, a system called the Mission Extension Vehicle 1, backed by at least $200 million from investors. The company has set up at a production facility in Northern Virginia, with a launch planned for next year."

NASA OIG: Security of NASA's Cloud Computing Services

"While NASA has made improvements since our 2013 audit, continuing weaknesses in its governance and risk management processes have prevented the Agency from fully realizing the benefits of cloud computing and continue to leave Agency information stored in cloud environments at unnecessary risk."



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