Maxar Technologies Successful In Securing Gateway Contract – Market News Updates
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Maxar Technologies Successful In Securing Gateway Contract

Maxar Technologies recently proved its capability to manage any deal swiftly. Reportedly, the firm offered a cost far lower than other firms. This move by the firm pushed NASA to offer it with a deal for the first element of the lunar Gateway, the Power and Propulsion Element (PPE).

Recently, NASA released a source selection statement. In this statement, the space agency outlined its assessment of offers for the PPE submitted by Maxar and other four firms. Reportedly, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), and Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems are the firms who submitted their proposals. The document offers detailed information on the management and technical aspects of the firms’ proposals along with their price. The document demonstrates that Maxar, in the document it is identified as Space Systems Loral (SSL), the earlier name of its satellite manufacturing section, offered a price well below the other firms.

On a similar note, NASA came into the news as in test flight carried out in Death Valley, California, a helicopter from Airbus transported Lander Vision System (LVS)’s engineering model. Reportedly, the latest model is supposed to assist guide NASA’s upcoming Mars mission to a secure touchdown on the Red Planet. During the flight, one in a chain, the helicopter and its crew with 2 members flew a pre-scheduled series of maneuvers as LVS gathered and analyzed imagery of the barren, mountainous terrain below. Reportedly, this helicopter was not part of this mission and was used just for testing.

LVS is said to be an essential part of a guidance system named Terrain-Relative Navigation (TRN). This system is supposed to guide NASA’s Mars 2020 rover away from unsafe regions during its concluding drop to Jezero Crater on February 18, 2021. Mars 2020 is supposed to be the foremost spacecraft in the record of planetary exploration. During the landing sequence, this spacecraft can precisely retarget its point of touchdown.a

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