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Mon, 10 Aug 2020 12:47:31 +0000
SpaceNews talks with top NOAA officials about the agency's strategy for replacing its current constellation, the breadth of concepts it's considering and the path to defining a next-generation architecture. SpaceNews
Sun, 09 Aug 2020 19:53:18 +0000
Following the Phase 2 decision, the Air Force is preparing for the possibility of contractor protests. SpaceNews
Sun, 09 Aug 2020 00:03:28 +0000
If confirmed, Thompson will be the second four-star general in the U.S. Space Force under Gen. John “Jay” Raymond. SpaceNews
Sat, 08 Aug 2020 23:07:02 +0000
Kitay has submitted his resignation effective August 21. SpaceNews
Fri, 07 Aug 2020 23:11:55 +0000
Six years ago, SpaceX was the upstart launch company seeking to break United Launch Alliance’s monopoly on national security space launches. Now, it’s part of the establishment. SpaceNews
Fri, 07 Aug 2020 21:24:06 +0000
The Pentagon has selected SpaceX and United Launch Alliance to conduct potentially dozens of national security launches between fiscal year 2022 and fiscal year 2027 SpaceNews
Fri, 07 Aug 2020 20:40:49 +0000
Satellite fleet operator SES has selected Thales Alenia Space to build two C-band satellites, making the Franco-Italian manufacturer the first European company to win one of nine replacement satellite orders placed this year as a result of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s upcoming C-band spectrum auction.  SpaceNews
Fri, 07 Aug 2020 12:16:09 +0000
A SpaceX Falcon 9 launched the latest set of the company’s Starlink satellites, along with two BlackSky imaging satellites, Aug. 7 after weeks of delays. SpaceNews
Fri, 07 Aug 2020 12:05:41 +0000
Boeing will build four additional O3b mPower satellites for SES under an order announced Aug. 7 to expand the constellation to 11 satellites in medium Earth orbit.  SpaceNews
Fri, 07 Aug 2020 04:25:17 +0000
Manufacturers agreed the cost of cubesats and small satellites of all sizes will decline as constellation developers and operators begin placing larger orders. SpaceNews
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 20:39:16 +0000
As small satellites become more powerful, manufacturers say they need better ways to manage excess heat generated by their electronics systems. SpaceNews
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 18:00:08 +0000
Maxar Technologies no longer expects, at least initially, to win any manufacturing contracts for Telesat’s future broadband megaconstellation of 300 satellites.  SpaceNews
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 17:52:57 +0000
The launch of a NASA astronomy smallsat mission next year will be postponed by several months after the pandemic delayed assembly of key elements of the spacecraft. SpaceNews
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 11:21:30 +0000
The percentage of small satellites that successfully complete their missions has improved in recent years even as the number of such satellites has dramatically increased. SpaceNews
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 22:30:08 +0000
Revenues for Lithuanian Nanosatellite manufacturer NanoAvionics tripled in the last 12 months as the company signed contracts with startups and industry veterans. SpaceNews
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 22:03:48 +0000
Col. Russell Teehan said commercially developed technologies will be part of the future capabilities of the U.S. Space Force. SpaceNews
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 20:39:00 +0000
The state will look at the required infrastructure, human capital development and financing necessary to support a commercial spaceport at Vandenberg. SpaceNews
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 18:42:42 +0000
ExoTerra Resources, a Colorado firm focused on propulsion and in-situ resource utilization, is preparing to quadruple production capacity to meet government and commercial demand. SpaceNews
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 16:12:48 +0000
The Russian company that markets commercial Soyuz launches says it is offering capacity on a launch of a Russian lunar mission next year for smallsat secondary payloads. SpaceNews
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 15:00:14 +0000
Commercial satellite operatorSES has selected SpaceX and United Launch Alliance to each launch two geostationary satellites designed to replace C-band capacity in the United States that the Federal Communications Commission is repurposing for 5G cellular networks.  SpaceNews
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Fri, 07 Aug 2020 23:22:57 +0000
United Launch Alliance and SpaceX beat out Northrop Grumman and Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin for billions of dollars in U.S. military rocket contracts, and will share the load in launching the Pentagon's highest-priority national security space missions through 2027, officials announced Friday.
Fri, 07 Aug 2020 16:49:03 +0000
With a Falcon 9 rocket launch Friday, SpaceX added 57 more satellites to the Starlink broadband fleet and deployed a pair of piggyback commercial Earth-imaging reconnaissance satellites for BlackSky, wrapping up a busy week that began with SpaceX's return of two NASA astronauts to Earth and the first low-altitude test flight of the company's next-generation Starship vehicle.
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 22:23:36 +0000
Cameras mounted on United Launch Alliance's Atlas 5 rocket show the fiery ride into space for NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover after taking off from Florida's Space Coast.
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 17:10:18 +0000
China sent an Earth observation satellite and a university-built research payload into orbit Thursday aboard a Long March 2D rocket.
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 16:35:40 +0000
SpaceX launched 57 Starlink broadband satellites and a pair of Earth observation smallsats for BlackSky on top of a Falcon 9 rocket at 1:12 a.m. EDT (0512 GMT) Friday. The 90th launch of a Falcon 9 rocket took off from pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 16:07:50 +0000
After a six-week delay for undisclosed reasons, SpaceX raised a Falcon 9 vertical on its launch pad Thursday at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for another try early Friday to send into orbit the company's next batch of Starlink Internet relay stations and a pair of commercial BlackSky Earth-imaging microsatellites.
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 22:42:28 +0000
Carrying a $2.7 billion NASA mission to Mars, a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket took off July 30 from Cape Canaveral and fired into a summer sky powered by four powerful solid rocket boosters and a kerosene-burning main engine.
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 19:54:01 +0000
SES has selected United Launch Alliance and SpaceX to launch up to five new commercial C-band communications satellites from Cape Canaveral in 2022 aboard Atlas 5 and Falcon 9 rockets, officials announced Wednesday.
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 01:11:51 +0000
A prototype rocket for a massive reusable vehicle SpaceX is designing to fly people to the moon and Mars took off from a launching stand in South Texas on Tuesday, flew to a height of roughly 500 feet, then made a controlled descent to a nearby landing pad.
Tue, 04 Aug 2020 23:31:48 +0000
Two days after becoming the first U.S. space fliers splash down in the sea in more than 45 years, astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken on Tuesday described their fiery ride back to Earth aboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule to cap a "flawless" test flight, setting the stage for operational flights beginning later this year.

 
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