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Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:35:00 +0100
Activity for Arianespace’s initial mission in 2017 with the lightweight Vega is fully underway in French Guiana, where the launch vehicle’s build-up is starting and its Sentinel-2B payload has begun the pre-flight checkout process in preparation for an early March liftoff. This Vega mission is part of another busy year for Arianespace’s launch services, with a total of 12 flights targeted during the 12 months from French Guiana using its family of vehicles, composed of Veg...
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:41:00 +0100
Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is helping NASA begin the hunt for dark energy, a mysterious force powering the universe's accelerating expansion. An instrument assembly the company is developing, if selected by NASA for production, will be the core of the primary scientific instrument aboard the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), whose mission aims to uncover hundreds of millions more galaxies and reveal the physics that shapes them. Scientists and engineers recently began work devel...
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:30:00 +0100
ATLAS - the master-planned d--evelopment situated at the epicenter of the Texas A&M Biocorridor, and ViaSat (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global broadband services and technology company - conducted a formal groundbreaking ceremony today for ViaSat's new Texas facility. Set to be completed by mid-2018, the 89,000-square-foot complex will sit on 8.6 acres within ATLAS and is expected to house more than 200 ViaSat employees. The ViaSat team located in Bryan/College Station will primarily focus on the Compa...
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:00:00 +0100
At a ceremony today at ESO's Headquarters four contracts were signed for major components of the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) that ESO is building. These were for: the casting of the telescope's giant secondary and tertiary mirrors, awarded to SCHOTT; the supply of mirror cells to support these two mirrors, awarded to the SENER Group; and the supply of the edge sensors that form a vital part of the ELT's huge segmented primary mirror control system, awarded to the FAMES consortium. The second...
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:00:00 +0100
On the heels of a successful launch of the first ten Iridium NEXT satellites on Saturday, January 14th, Aireon announced today that it has signed a data services agreement with Isavia, the Icelandic Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP). Isavia will deploy Aireon's space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) service throughout the Reykjavik Oceanic Control Area (OCA). In addition to providing enhanced redundancy to existing terrestrial surveillance resources in the southern p...
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:30:00 +0100
The U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) will launch the next Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) satellite on Jan. 19 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The launch window is between 7:46 and 8:26 p.m. EST. SBIRS GEO Flight 3 was designed and built at Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale, California, as the next in a series of Air Force satellites that provide multi-mission surveillance in the areas of missile warning, missile defense, technical intelligence and battlespace awa...
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:00:00 +0100
New images taken with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile have revealed otherwise invisible details of our Sun, including a new view of the dark, contorted centre of a sunspot that is nearly twice the diameter of the Earth. The images are the first ever made of the Sun with a facility where ESO is a partner. The results are an important expansion of the range of observations that can be used to probe the physics of our nearest star. The ALMA antennas had been careful...
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0100
Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) reached another milestone in developing the U.S. Air Force Global Positioning System Next-Generation Operational Control System, known as GPS OCX, with the completion of the Factory Qualification Test of the Launch and Checkout System (LCS). GPS OCX will unleash dramatically increased performance and security of the GPS system that benefits millions of people worldwide. Raytheon tested 74 OCX segment requirements at its Aurora, Colorado, factory in a cyber-hardened enviro...
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:24:00 +0100
ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet completed his first spacewalk last Friday together with NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough. The duo spent five hours and 58 minutes outside the International Space Station to complete a battery upgrade to the outpost's power system. The main task was to replace nickel-hydrogen batteries that store electricity from the Station's solar panels with newer lithium-ion batteries that arrived recently aboard Japan's cargo vessel. Thomas and Shane's speed allowed them to p...
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:07:00 +0100
MCLEAN, Va. -  Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: IRDM) announced today the successful launch of its first ten Iridium NEXT satellites. The satellites were delivered into low-Earth orbit approximately one hour after the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 9:54:39 a.m. PST. Iridium NEXT is the company’s next-generation satellite constellation, replacing and enhancing its existing network of low-Earth orbit satellites spanning the entire globe – the l...
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:37:00 +0100
Searching for planets around other stars is a tricky business. They’re so small and faint that it’s hard to spot them. But a possible planet in a nearby stellar system may be betraying its presence in a unique way: by a shadow that is sweeping across the face of a vast pancake-shaped gas-and-dust disk surrounding a young star. The planet itself is not casting the shadow. But it is doing some heavy lifting by gravitationally pulling on material near the star and warping the inner...
Sat, 14 Jan 2017 21:30:00 +0100
Aireon announced today the successful launch and deployment of the first ten satellites hosting its space-based automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) system. Part of the Iridium NEXT satellite constellation, Aireon's space-based ADS-B network will transform air traffic management capabilities, providing real-time air traffic surveillance and flight tracking across 100 percent of the planet. Currently, more than 70 percent of the earth, including oceanic and remote airspace, has no...
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 22:35:00 +0100
NASA has awarded a contract to KBRwyle Technology Solutions, LLC of Columbia, Maryland, for engineering services to support more than 20 NASA exploration missions. The Ground Systems and Missions Operations-2 contract is cost-plus-award fee, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity, with a total maximum ordering value of $442 million. The effective ordering period begins March 1 and runs through Feb. 28, 2022. KBRwyle will support a wide range of mission operations, including concept studie...
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:52:00 +0100
This week, ESA deep-space radio dishes on two continents are listening for signals from the international Cassini spacecraft, now on its final tour of Saturn. ESA's sensitive tracking antennas at New Norcia, Western Australia, and Malargue, Argentina, are being called in to help with crucial observations during Cassini's last months in orbit, dubbed the 'Grand Finale'. The Cassini-Huygens mission is one of the most successful exploration endeavours ever. Launched in October 1997, the Ca...
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:36:00 +0100
Monster black holes sometimes lurk behind gas and dust, hiding from the gaze of most telescopes. But they give themselves away when material they feed on emits high-energy X-rays that NASA's NuSTAR (Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array) mission can detect. That's how NuSTAR recently identified two gas-enshrouded supermassive black holes, located at the centers of nearby galaxies. "These black holes are relatively close to the Milky Way, but they have remained hidden from us un...
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100
The report, now available on ASDReports, "Aerospace Robotics Market by Type (Scara, Cylindrical, Articulated, Catesian), Component (Controller, Processor, End Effector, Drive, Sensor) Technology (Traditional, Collaborative), Application and Region - Global Forecast to 2022", The aerospace robotics market is projected to grow from USD 1.81 Billion in 2016 to USD 4.54 Billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 16.55% during the forecast period. Factors such as increasing use of robots for efficient aircraft...
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 14:15:00 +0100
Some of us may be easing ourselves gently into the New Year, but for the team readying Sentinel-2B for liftoff on 7 March it's full steam ahead. On 5 January, the satellite was shipped from ESA's site in the Netherlands - where it had been undergoing testing since June - and arrived safe and sound in French Guiana the following day. The Sentinel-2 mission is designed as two satellites working in tandem - Sentinel-2A has been in orbit since June 2015. Offering 'colour vision' for Europe'...
Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:39:00 +0100
Sentinel-2B has touched down in French Guiana, bringing the second satellite for Europe’s Copernicus program closer to its early March orbiting by Arianespace on a Vega lightweight launch vehicle. Arriving at Félix Eboué Airport near Cayenne last week, Sentinel-2B was delivered by a chartered Antonov An-124 cargo jetliner. Following its unloading process, the satellite was readied for transfer by road to the Spaceport. As a follow-on to Sentinel-2A – lofted by a...
Tue, 10 Jan 2017 19:30:00 +0100
The U.S. Air Force's next Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite, built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), was encapsulated on Jan. 7 at Cape Canaveral, Florida, where it will launch on Jan. 19 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. Encapsulation refers to the sealing of the satellite in a protective launch vehicle fairing-one of the last steps a satellite must undergo before launch. The SBIRS GEO Flight 3 satellite is the latest to join an orbiti...
Tue, 10 Jan 2017 14:45:00 +0100
Rocket Crafters, Inc. (RCI) announced today a U.S. patent was granted to co-founder, President & CTO Ronald Jones for a method for designing and fabricating flawless, high-performance, safer handling fuel grains for hybrid rocket engines using additive manufacturing technology (also known as 3D printing) which will allow the fabrication of an inherently safe and less expensive launch vehicle with only two moving parts. Jones stated that 3D printing of the rocket combustion chamber allows RCI's e...
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Launch Systems & Space Transportation

Aerojet Corporation: Aerojet, a GenCorp company, is a major aerospace/defense contractor specializing in missile and space propulsion, and defense and armaments. [Aerojet jobs]
Alaska Aerospace Corporation: The Alaska Aerospace Corporation (AAC) core business area is space launch, and it developed, owns, and operates the Kodiak Launch Complex, a state-of-the-industry spaceport on Kodiak Island, Alaska, that provides access to space for commercial and government interests. [AAC jobs]
Andøya Rocket Range: (ARR), which was founded in 1962, is the world's northernmost permanent facility for launching sounding rockets and balloons. Andøya Rocket Range is an operational unit in Norwegian Space Centre.
Andrews Space: Andrews Space, Inc. is a privately held company developing new and innovative space transportation solutions for government and commercial markets. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Andrews' technical competencies include product/system development, space system design, propulsion system design, systems engineering, and business analysis. [Andrews Space jobs]
Arianespace: Arianespace is the commercial launch services leader, holding more than 50 percent of the world market for satellites to geostationary transfer orbit (GTO). Created as the first commercial space transportation company in 1980, Arianespace has signed contracts for 250 satellite payloads. [Arianespace jobs]
Armadillo Aerospace: Armadillo Aerospace is a leading developer of reusable rocket powered vehicles. We are focused on VTVL (vertical takeoff, vertical landing) suborbital research and passenger flights, with an eye towards eventual paths to orbit.
Asia Pacific Space Centre: Asia Pacific Space Centre is an international commercial space launch services company that is planning to develop a commercial launch space centre on the Australian Territory of Christmas Island. APSC will develop a spaceport facility and a commercial satellite launch capability with use of a Russian launch system. [APSC jobs]
Astrotech: Astrotech Corporation (Nasdaq: ASTC), formerly SPACEHAB, Inc., has led the commercial space industry for 25 years, preparing and sending satellites, cargo and science into space. [Astrotech jobs]
Astrox Corporation: Established in 1987, Astrox is capable if providing quality research related to Single-Stage-to-Orbit (SSTO), and TSTO vehicle designs, hypersonic aircraft and missile design, rocket system design, aviation systems, computational fluid dynamics, theoretical fluid mechanics and advanced studies for workstations.
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Bigelow Aerospace: Bigelow Aerospace vision is to play a major role in drastically altering the current restricted environment surrounding private ownership and use of space stations by making habitable space stations affordable for corporate communities. [Bigelow jobs]
Blue Origin: Blue Origin is a privately funded aerospace company set up by founder Jeff Bezos. Blue Origin is developing New Shepard, a rocket-propelled vehicle designed to routinely fly multiple astronauts into suborbital space at competitive prices. In addition to providing the public with opportunities to experience spaceflight, New Shepard will also provide frequent opportunities for researchers to fly experiments into space and a microgravity environment.
Bristol Aerospace: Bristol Aerospace Limited is a leading Canadian aerospace company. The Black Brant family of sounding rockets, manufactured by Bristol Aerospace, is used for studying the upper atmosphere or conducting micro-gravity research. As well, Bristol plays a key role in the development, manufacture, integration and packaging of space payloads for sounding rockets and NASA's space shuttle program. Bristol is currently involved in small satellite development for the Canadian Space Agency. [Bristol Aerospace jobs]
Bristol Spaceplanes: Bristol Spaceplanes Limited, based in Bristol, England, was formed in 1991 to provide technical assistance to commercial organisations and aerospace companies interested in low cost satellite launches, and in tourism in space. Since then it has prepared plans to develop the Ascender sub-orbital spaceplane, and an experienced core design team has been formed.
California Spaceport: The California Spaceport is a commercially operated complex on Vandenberg Air Force Base. The Spaceport provides commercial payload processing and launch alternatives to cost conscious customers with either polar or ballistic space launch programs.
Coleman Aerospace: Coleman Aerospace has experience in missile system fabrication and integration, flight operations, mission planning, and launch management services. [Coleman Aerospace jobs]
Ecliptic Enterprises: Ecliptic's popular RocketCamT imaging systems and related data-transport systems are used routinely on launch vehicles, spacecraft and other remote platforms in the air-land-sea arenas to provide dramatic engineering and PR-quality color video.  Ecliptic pursues and supports other special projects involving aerospace avionics, ground systems and small space payloads and instrumentation. [Ecliptic jobs]
E'Prime Aerospace: E'Prime Aerospace Corporation (EPAC) was established in February, 1987, to capitalize on the worldwide demand for commercial satellite launching services. EPAC has succeeded in evolving the technology of the Peacekeeper ICBM into a commercial launch vehicle and is marketing a range of launch vehicles with payload capabilities from small communications satellites up to large multipurpose satellites of 20,000 pounds into a geosynchronous earth orbit.
Eurockot: A joint venture of EADS Astrium and Khrunichev Space Center and performs launches of satellites into Low Earth Orbits (LEO) for institutional and commercial satellite operators.
HMX: HMX principals have extensive experience in innovative launch vehicle design. HMX is conducting proprietary research for a new commercial space venture, and preparing to assist an industry team developing a new bipropellant rocket engine for a space launch vehicle with thrust levels above 30,000 pounds.
International Launch Services: International Launch Services (ILS) provides mission management and launch services for the global commercial satellite industry using the premier heavy lift vehicle, the Proton. [ILS jobs]
Interorbital Systems: Founded in 1996, Interorbital Systems (IOS) is located at the Mojave Civilian Flight Test Center in Mojave, California. IOS  manufactures everything in-house, including liquid rocket engines, tankage, and guidance systems. At present, IOS is developing low-cost sounding rockets. Flight tests are in progress. The Research Series and Tachyon Series rockets will soon be available to anyone looking for a low-cost sub-orbital launcher.
JP Aerospace: JPA intends to be the first amateur organization to place a payload into space. The current project is to launch a rocket with a scientific payload to an altitude of 50 miles. This will be accomplished by lofting a launch system to an altitude of 100,000 feet by balloon.
Kelly Space & Technology: Kelly Space & Technology, Inc. (KST) is an engineering design and technology development company incorporated in April 1993 under the laws of the State of California for the purpose of developing a family of low cost, reusable, commercial suborbital and orbital launch vehicles.
Masten Space Systems: Masten Space Systems is developing a line of Vertical Takeoff and Vertical Landing (VTVL) launch vehicles that provide reduced costs and a larger range of mission options by focusing on development and operational processes that ensure speed to market and extremely fast turn around times. [Masten jobs]
Orbital Sciences Corporation: Orbital offers a wide variety of launch vehicles for various mission types and payload sizes. These include the Pegasus launch vehicle, the medium payload Taurus launch vehicle, smaller suborbital rockets, and the next-generation X-34 reusable launch vehicle. [Orbital jobs]
Rocketplane Global: Rocketplane Global is building a highly robust and flexible space launch system based upon rocket powered aircraft and applying in-flight propellant transfer to enable inexpensive satellite launches. The new vehicles thus created will revolutionize space launch and enable greater commercial opportunities in space. This system will open the space frontier to many new and exciting applications. [Rocketplane jobs]
Sea Launch: Sea Launch Company, LLC, is an international partnership of American, Russian, Ukrainian and Norwegian businesses that provides a reliable, cost effective, heavy lift launch service for commercial customers. [Sea Launch jobs]
Solar Skiff: Founded in 2004, Solar Skiff is a start-up spaceplane company based in southeast Wyoming, U.S.A. Their focus is the incremental development of a safe and practical reusable launch vehicle based on sound aeronautical and astronautical principles, with the potential for high-speed intercontinental transport, single-stage-to-orbit, lunar, and interplanetary operations.
Space Vector Corporation: Over the past 30 years, Space Vector has launched 37 rockets in support of various scientific and defense related projects with an enviable 94% success rate. Many of their vehicles are boosted by refurbished Minuteman motors that have proven to be very reliable and cost effective. [Space Vector jobs]
Space Operations: Founded in 2010, Space Operations, Inc. (SOI) was established to satisfy a growing world-wide demand for a reliable and affordable spacecraft vehicle with capacity for carrying flight crews and vital cargo into space.
SpaceWorks Enterprises: SpaceWorks Enterprises, Inc. (SEI) is an aerospace engineering concept design and systems analysis firm focusing on next-generation space transportation systems, future technologies, human and robotic exploration of space, and emerging space markets and applications. [SpaceWorks jobs]
SpaceX:  SpaceX is developing a family of launch vehicles intended to reduce the cost and increase the reliability of access to space ultimately by a factor of ten. The company officially began operations in June 2002 and is located in the heart of the aerospace industry in Southern California. [SpaceX jobs]
Starchaser Industries: Starchaser Industries is a privately held, high technology company that specialises in the development, operation and commercialisation of products and services which enable new space related business opportunities by providing safe, reliable, affordable and reusable access to space for both the Space Tourism and micro-satellite launch markets. [Starchaser jobs]
Starsem:  Created in 1996, Starsem offers the Soyuz for a broad range of mission needs, including satellite telecommunications systems, scientific spacecraft, and Earth observation / meteorological platforms.
Swiss Space Systems: Swiss Space Systems Holding SA is a Swiss company founded in Payerne in 2012, which groups and supervises the activities of its companies. Group S3 aims to develop, build, certify and operate suborbital shuttles to deploy small satellites up to 250 kg. The company currently has 50 employees and its overall budget up to the first satellite launch is approximately CHF 250 m. [S3 jobs]
TGV Rockets: TGV Rockets is an innovative start-up company pioneering a unique new class of reusable, low cost, piloted sub-orbital rocket. TGV Rockets will market vehicles and services to industry, researchers, military organizations and interested individuals. TGV Rockets intend to dominate the high altitude and sub-orbital research operations market, providing high value to customers and investors. [TGV jobs]
TransOrbital:  Transorbital® is the first private company to be authorized by the US State Department for commercial flights to the Moon and authorized by NOAA to image the Earth on the way there.
UTRON: UTRON is a small, closely held Virginia based corporation founded in 1989. UTRON personnel are experts at high velocity launch technologies, launching masses ranging in size from gms to kilograms to velocities over 7 km/s. UTRON is actively putting together a consortium of partners to pursue gun launch to space. [UTRON jobs]
Virgin Galactic: Virgin Galactic is a company within Richard Branson's Virgin Group which plans to provide sub-orbital spaceflights to the paying public, along with suborbital space science missions and orbital launches of small satellites. Further in the future Virgin Galactic hopes to offer orbital human spaceflights as well. [Virgin Galactic jobs]
XCOR Aerospace: XCOR is focused on the research, development and production of safe, reliable, reusable launch vehicles (RLVs), rocket engines and rocket propulsion systems. In just eleven years the firm has developed and built twelve different rocket engines and built and flown two manned rocket-powered aircraft. [XCOR jobs]

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