Astrobotic was selected by NASA to develop and deliver an autonomous rover to the moon. The autonomous ‘MoonRanger’ rover will be developed by Astrobotic and Carnegie Mellon University and is expected to be on the moon’s surface in 2021 or 2022. The 13 kilogram rover is currently being developed to “provide high fidelity 3D maps of the Moon’s surface in areas such as polar regions and lunar pits. It will demonstrate transformational high-speed, long-range, communication-denied autonomous lunar exploration”.
For more information about Astrobotic receiving this NASA contract, click here.
In a recent segment by Bloomberg, Astrobotic CEO John Thornton stated that he and Astrobotic are “thrilled to be leading America back to the moon”. Astrobotic was recently chosen by NASA as one of three companies to deliver payloads to the moon. In the coming years, Astrobotic will be delivering 14 NASA and 14 non-NANA payloads to the moon in the coming years.
To learn more about Astrobotic being chosen by NASA to deliver payloads to the moon, click here.
To watch the full Bloomberg segment, click here.
Today, Senator Jay Costa and Representative Austin Davis were happy to announce the award of $100,000 in state grate money to the Carnegie Library of Homestead. The award comes from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission as part of its Keystone Historic Preservation Grant program. These funds will be used to upgrade the safety and historical components of the music hall that is a part of the Carnegie Library of Homestead.
In January, Rep. Tom Marino (PA-12) resigned. Marino represented Pennsylvania’s 12th District, which is comprised of either all or portions of 15 counties. The district has a heavy republican majority which helped pave the way for Fred Keller to win the special election last month against Democrat Marc Friedenberg. Keller ran with the support of President Trump and was sworn into the House by Speaker Pelosi on Monday, June 3rd.
“We are proud to join NASA in returning America to the Moon" said Astrobotic CEO John Thornton after his company was awarded a $79.5 million contract to deliver 14 payloads to the moon in July 2021.
RE2, a Lawrenceville-based robotics company, was awarded $3 million from the Office of Naval Research to develop an underwater robotic hand. The hand will be a component of the STARFISH Program. STARFISH, or Strong Tactile Maritime hand for Feeling, Inspecting, Sensing and Handing, will be used to develop the underwater robotic hand to “locate, identify and neutralize” both hidden and visible explosive threats.
The Tamburitzans, the longest-running live stage show in the U.S., have recently appointed Robin Rosemary Miller to the position of Executive Director. Prior to joining the Tamburitzans, she was the director of the Northside North Shore Chamber of Commerce for more than 18 years. On behalf of the entire Wellington team, we are excited to continue our work with the Tamburitzans under Robin Rosemary Miller’s leadership and expertise.
We are so happy to have Anne join the Wellington Strategies team. And congratulations on being featured in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette,
The Mario Lemieux Foundation recently donated $5 million to construct an Immunotherapy Center at the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. Immunotherapy is a cutting-edge form of treatment that will help patients defeat cancer.
Last month, Congress reauthorized the Federal Aviation Administration and within this legislation, it allocated $5 million in funding to address problems within the aviation industry. This funding will be able to help trade schools like the PIA to train more students and have them enter the workforce in the aviation industry
The Baldwin-Whitehall School District recently completed its audit for the 2017-18 school year and the firm that conducted the audit stated the school district is in “a healthy position” for the future.
After the polls closed on Election Day, the Wellington Strategies team was hard at work tracking races across the state and compiling all of the results into a simple report.
The Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA) was recently featured in a Pittsburgh Business Times article that explained rankings of colleges* in Southwestern Pennsylvania and throughout all of Pennsylvania by comparing median salaries of graduates 10 years after admission. With PIA’s median salary of $57,200, PIA ranked 3rd in the Southwestern PA Region, behind only Carnegie Mellon University and Duquesne University, and then 18th in the state.
*Colleges ranked include four-year institutions, technical/trade schools and community colleges.
“The Center is a great asset for Western Pennsylvania, and demonstrates how our society benefits when the public and private sector work together. Technological innovation and continued workforce development are crucial for sustaining a robust economy now and in the future. The Center also provides a creative environment where entrepreneurs can thrive, and help grow America’s economy.”
- Congressman Rothfus