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NASA’s First Planetary Defense Mission Propelled by Aerojet Rocketdyne

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REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 24, 2021 – NASA’s first planetary defense mission—the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART)—launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, on Nov. 23, equipped with a full suite of Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion. The mission is designed to assess if kinetic impact is a reliable method to deflect asteroids. The DART spacecraft will be flown head-on…

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Sierra Space Secures Record $1.4 Billion Series A Growth Investment and Achieves $4.5 Billion Valuation

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Investment led by General Atlantic, Coatue and Moore Strategic Ventures, with participation from funds and accounts managed by BlackRock Private Equity Partners and AE Industrial Partners Sierra Space secures $1.4 billion Series A capital raise; represents largest aerospace and defense capital raise globally in 2021, second-largest private capital raise globally in the aerospace and defense sector ever…

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SNC President and Owner Eren Ozmen Honored with Prestigious James Forrestal Industry Leadership Award from NDIA

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SPARKS, Nev. (Nov. 16, 2021) – The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) awarded its highest honor, the James Forrestal Industry Leadership Award, to Eren Ozmen, Chairwoman, President and Owner of Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), in recognition of her contributions and visionary leadership in business, and tireless advocacy for the U.S. industrial base. The James Forrestal Industry Leadership Award is…

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Ball Aerospace Delivers NASA’s X-Ray Observatory to Kennedy Space Center for Launch

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The Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer will study exotic objects in the universe, including black holes BROOMFIELD, Colo., Nov. 9, 2021 — NASA’s Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE), built by Ball Aerospace, safely arrived Friday at Cape Canaveral in Fla. A collaboration between Ball, NASA, and the Italian Space Agency (ASI), IXPE is an astrophysics observatory set…

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Firefly Names Former Department of Defense and Intelligence Community Air Force Colonel to Lead Firefly Space Transport Services

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Jason Mello tapped to lead efforts in spaceflight customer acquisition as Firefly continues its momentum into large-scale production CEDAR PARK, Texas – November 3, 2021 – Firefly Aerospace, Inc., an emerging leader in economical launch vehicles, spacecraft, and in-space services, today announced that Jason B. Mello will join the team as President of Firefly Space…

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SNC Delivers Two Additional Fully Integrated EMARSS Aircraft to U.S. Army

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Mission Enhancement Kit Continues to Enhance Fleet Capabilities SPARKS, Nev., November 3, 2021 – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), the global aerospace and national security company owned by Eren and Fatih Ozmen, recently delivered two more fully integrated Mission Enhancement Kit (MEK) aircraft in support of the U.S. Army’s surveillance operation. SNC’s MEK adds enhanced mission capabilities to…

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L3Harris Selected For Second Major US Weather Satellite Study

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  Confirms company’s leadership in weather satellite technology Study will accelerate production of advance satellite sensors for severe storm tracking Follows NOAA’s recent imager design study award MELBOURNE, Fla. Oct. 14, 2021 — NASA has selected L3Harris Technologies (NYSE:LHX) to conduct a second advanced study to significantly improve the accuracy and timeliness of U.S. weather…

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Ball Aerospace Selected for NOAA Geostationary Extended Observations Sounder Instrument Study

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BROOMFIELD, Colo., Oct. 28, 2021 — Ball Aerospace was selected by NASA for a 20-month contract for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Geostationary Extended Observations (GeoXO) Phase A sounder (GXS) study within NOAA’s GeoXO program. Ball will study hyperspectral infrared (IR) sounder instrument design options. Hyperspectral IR sounder observations from GEO will provide a…

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Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. Reports 2021 Third Quarter Results

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Oct. 26, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AJRD) (the “Company”) today reported results for the three months ended September 30, 2021. Financial Overview Three months ended September 30, Nine Months ended September 30, 2021 2020 2021 2020 (In millions, except percentage and per share amounts) Net sales $ 545.3 $ 527.7 $…

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Blue Origin & Sierra Space Developing Commercial Space Station

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New Orbital Destination Opens Up Space For Business And Travel, Creating New Ecosystem LOUISVILLE, Colo., October 25, 2021 – Blue Origin and Sierra Space today announced plans for Orbital Reef, a commercially developed, owned, and operated space station to be built in low Earth orbit. The station will open the next chapter of human space exploration and…

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