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Next Giant Leap team member, Sierra Nevada Space Systems, is changing how we explore and use space. The Space Systems business area of Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) was established in 2009 with the combination of SNC subsidiary, MicroSat Systems, SpaceDev, which was acquired by SNC in late 2008, and Starsys which was acquired by SpaceDev in 2006. MicroSat Systems, SpaceDev, and Starsys have a combined twenty year history in space, providing hardware for over 300 Earth orbiting and interplanetary missions.
March 22, 2011 - by Three Steps
In simplest terms, 3 steps to winning the GLXP: Step 1. Assemble a team and design a low cost solution to meet the GLXP requirements. Step 2. Secure the financial resources needed to implement the solution. Step 3. Implement the solution and execute the mission. Next Giant Leap is currently spending most of our efforts on Step #2. Perhaps Step 2 is not the most interesting part of the challenge, but it's certainly the most critical. Everything else is just rocket science.
March 7, 2011 - by Update on TALARIS
Draper Labs is developing an Earth based Hopper test bed called TALARIS. TALARIS allows NGL to develop and test the Guidance Navigation and Control systems required to control our hopping lander.
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February 25, 2011 - by NGL weekly update
This week team Next Giant Leap continued to refine the engineering for our overall flight design while also running our earth based hopper test bed, "TALARIS", through testing. Video of TALARIS testing will be posted next week.
02/05/2011 - Boulder, CO. NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver visited Boulder, Colo. today to meet with entrepreneurs and discuss innovations in space exploration and technology development critical to America's future in space. "It's a pleasure to see commercial space making rapid progress in Colorado," Garver said. “As NASA becomes more nimble, companies like Sierra Nevada and others will help the U.S. out-innovate, out-educate and out-build any competitor in the world”.
Coming Soon: Hopping Moon Robots for Private Lunar Landing by Mike Wall A privately funded team trying to win a multimillion-dollar race to the moon has scored a big grant to help develop its hopping lunar landers.
Move Over, Rover: Next Giant Leap Gets $1 Million Grant To Build Hopping Moon Landers by Lora Kolodny Next Giant Leap in Boulder, Colorado— a startup that’s making robots that will land and hop around on the surfaces of other planets in order to gather data, detect resources valuable to humans, and more — attained a $1 million grant from the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, to advance their technology and pursue the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize ...
January 13, 2011 - by eSpace Provides 2nd Round of Funding
Boulder, CO – January 13th, 2011 – Next Giant Leap LLC (NGL) announced that it has received a second round of funding from eSpace: The Center for Space Entrepreneurship (eSpace). NGL was initially selected for the eSpace incubator program last April. Based upon NGL's continuing progress, including their recent NASA Innovative Lunar Data Demonstrations contract award, the eSpace board approved a second round of funding.
November 1, 2010 - by Our Business is Hopping
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