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Fri, 28 Feb 2020 22:41:52 +0000
NASA awarded a contract to SpaceX Feb. 28 for the launch of a mission to a large metallic asteroid on the company’s Falcon Heavy rocket. SpaceNews.com
Fri, 28 Feb 2020 20:59:18 +0000
As the independent review of last December’s test flight of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner commercial crew vehicle nears completion, the company said it will perform more rigorous testing to catch errors that slipped through on that flight. SpaceNews.com
Fri, 28 Feb 2020 17:18:50 +0000
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Feb. 28 voted to auction a large portion of C-band in December under a plan that includes $9.7 billion in incentives to expedite relocating satellite operators out of the spectrum to make way for high-speed 5G networks.  SpaceNews.com
Fri, 28 Feb 2020 15:00:37 +0000
Relativity Space, a startup using 3-D printing to manufacture small launch vehicles, will move its headquarters to Long Beach, joining several other launch vehicle companies in that Southern California city. SpaceNews.com
Fri, 28 Feb 2020 13:31:49 +0000
China will launch Beidou navigation satellites in March and May, completing a constellation designed for an array of civil and military applications. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 23:23:00 +0000
Northrop Grumman announced it completed a static fire test of the second stage of its OmegA rocket in Promontory, Utah. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 22:26:46 +0000
From an Air Force Academy graduating class of about 1,000, as many as 62 or 63 second lieutenants will go to the Space Force. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 21:56:56 +0000
Thompson: “To those who do not want to be part of the Space Force, we are not going to ask you involuntarily to join.” SpaceNews.com
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 20:38:21 +0000
SpaceX is proposing a significant increase in launch activity in Florida over the next few years, including missions to polar orbits and those that will require the use of a new vertical payload integration tower. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 13:33:59 +0000
India's launch plans for the coming year include Earth observation, communication and navigation satellites, while also making progress in human spaceflight and space transportation. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 12:22:07 +0000
The chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee’s space subcommittee expressed doubts any space-related legislation, or even spending bills, can make it through Congress this year. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 05:16:43 +0000
Telesat and SES are urging the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to reject Intelsat’s request for a larger share of the $9.7 billion in incentive payments the FCC plans to offer satellite operators to hasten the clearing of C-band spectrum the United States wants to repurpose for 5G cellular networks. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 02:01:37 +0000
Also under consideration is what to call the space wings. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 26 Feb 2020 21:32:54 +0000
Sea Launch’s mobile Odyssey launchpad was loaded onto a cargo ship, the Xin Guang Hua, for transport from California. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 26 Feb 2020 20:23:51 +0000
Northrop Grumman’s satellite servicing spacecraft successfully docked with an Intelsat communications satellite Feb. 25 in a bid to keep the nearly 19-year-old satellite in service an additional five years, Northrop Grumman and Intelsat executives said Feb. 26.  SpaceNews.com
Wed, 26 Feb 2020 18:05:42 +0000
The quest to find and investigate life beyond the Earth has reached a tipping point. We stand on the brink of changing the perspective of humanity’s place in the universe and finally answering the question “Are we alone?” SpaceNews.com
Wed, 26 Feb 2020 18:02:18 +0000
This year shows no signs of a let up in space-sector momentum. Here are 20 predictions for 2020 as seen by SpaceNews reporters and correspondents. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 26 Feb 2020 16:31:12 +0000
Satellite broadband and hardware provider EchoStar added 20,000 HughesNet internet subscribers through its Brazilian joint venture with Yahsat, boosting subscriber numbers as EchoStar’s satellite capacity becomes limited.  SpaceNews.com
Wed, 26 Feb 2020 12:04:11 +0000
NASA is asking companies in its commercial lunar landing services program to bid on delivering a NASA rover whose launch has been slightly delayed. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 26 Feb 2020 00:30:00 +0000
Virgin Galactic executives suggested Feb. 25 that the beginning of commercial flights of its SpaceShipTwo suborbital vehicle might slip again, even as the company starts planning to resume ticket sales. SpaceNews.com
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Fri, 28 Feb 2020 22:49:51 +0000
The program manager in charge of Boeing's Starliner crew capsule program said Friday that additional checks would have uncovered problems with the spaceship's software that plagued the craft's first unpiloted orbital test flight in December, but he pushed back against suggestions that Boeing engineers took shortcuts during ground testing.
Wed, 26 Feb 2020 23:59:35 +0000
Northrop Grumman's first Mission Extension Vehicle captured spectacular views of the commercial Intelsat 901 communications satellite as it approached for docking this week, providing the first-ever up-close public views of a spacecraft flying near geosynchronous orbit more than 22,000 miles above Earth.
Wed, 26 Feb 2020 23:55:55 +0000
A Northrop Grumman robotic servicing spacecraft has hooked up with an aging Intelsat communications satellite more than 22,000 miles over the Pacific Ocean, accomplishing the first link-up between two commercial satellites in space, and the first docking with a satellite that was never designed to receive a visitor.
Wed, 26 Feb 2020 23:42:24 +0000
SpaceX is targeting launches March 6 and March 11 for its next two missions after swapping an upper stage for its next Falcon 9 rocket with another stage already being readied for liftoff at Cape Canaveral.
Wed, 26 Feb 2020 21:08:54 +0000
While one of its two science instruments remains sidelined, NASA's InSight probe has proven Mars is seismically active through the detection of hundreds of quakes, some of which can be traced to a volcanic region nearly 1,000 miles away.
Mon, 24 Feb 2020 23:48:41 +0000
Some time in the next few days, a California-based company that has quietly toiled to develop a new light-class satellite launcher since 2016 will attempt to send three CubeSats into orbit from Kodiak Island, Alaska, on the first of two missions scheduled before the end of March to win up to $12 million in prize money from the U.S. military.
Thu, 20 Feb 2020 23:51:40 +0000
Japan's space agency has approved a robotic mission to retrieve a sample from the Martian moon Phobos for return to Earth to begin full development for a planned launch in 2024, officials said Thursday. 
Thu, 20 Feb 2020 16:26:45 +0000
A Russian military communications satellite rode a Soyuz rocket and Fregat upper stage Thursday into an orbit stretching nearly 25,000 miles (40,000 kilometers) above Earth, successfully launching after a one-month delay to replace a suspect third stage on the Soyuz booster.
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 23:13:21 +0000
A Chinese Long March 2D rocket carried four "technology experiment satellites" into orbit Wednesday from the Xichang space center in southwestern China, according to the country's state-run media.
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 22:57:14 +0000
Citing medical reasons, Russia's space agency announced Wednesday that it is replacing two cosmonauts who were scheduled to fly on the next Soyuz mission to the International Space Station in April with backup crew members.

 
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