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Fri, 16 Feb 2018 21:45:19 +0000
NASA has certified the current version of the SpaceX Falcon 9 to launch some categories of science missions, a milestone needed for the upcoming, but delayed, launch of an astronomy spacecraft.
Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:38:53 +0000
Eutelsat Chief Executive Officer Rodolphe Belmer is taking a contrary view on short-term capacity leases and the explosive growth of video streaming — two disruptive video trends causing angst among satellite operators with substantial television broadcast business.
Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:20:41 +0000
The U.S. Air Force and Aerojet Rocketdyne are working to revise an agreement to support development of the company's AR1 rocket engine, as questions continue about the engine's long-term future.
Thu, 15 Feb 2018 23:05:27 +0000
The president of the Canadian Space Agency said he is taking a "wait and see" approach to NASA's plans to end funding of the International Space Station in the mid-2020s, citing the lack of detail.
Thu, 15 Feb 2018 22:38:59 +0000
NASA’s topline budget will be flat for the foreseeable future — which means an effective decrease in real dollar funding for the agency. As a result, President Trump may see his moon plans come crashing down to Earth.
Thu, 15 Feb 2018 20:09:54 +0000
Satellite hardware and network builder Gilat of Israel, seeking to interest cellular operators in expanding their reach by satellite, is pressing forward with a strategy of building the entire network for them in exchange for multi-year commitments to pay for the service.
Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:33:42 +0000
The Air Force creating a budget line for small launch is a “very good thing for the industry,” said Steve Nixon, vice president of strategic development at Stratolaunch.
Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:31:01 +0000
Fleet operator ViaSat’s newest satellite could lose around 15 percent of its intended throughput due to an antenna problem discovered after launch.
Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:34:06 +0000
A United Nations committee reached agreement last week on nine guidelines intended to reduce the risk of collisions in space and other harmful space activities.
Wed, 14 Feb 2018 19:25:22 +0000
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai wants his agency approve SpaceX’s 15-month-old application to serve the U.S. with its proposed megaconstellation.
Wed, 14 Feb 2018 18:17:22 +0000
U.S. intelligence report: “Russia and China aim to have nondestructive and destructive counter-space weapons available for use during a potential future conflict.”
Wed, 14 Feb 2018 11:27:31 +0000
The fiscal year 2019 budget proposal for NOAA restores an earlier schedule for two future polar-orbiting weather satellites that faced potential delays last year.
Tue, 13 Feb 2018 23:21:14 +0000
Stymied by extended regulatory delays, Planet is planning to remove a ground station it built in Canada if it does not receive a government license for it by June.
Tue, 13 Feb 2018 23:19:33 +0000
An initial look at the budget documents released on Monday reveals that spending on space is up only modestly but that priorities appear to be shifting.
Tue, 13 Feb 2018 23:06:28 +0000
In a Feb. 13 solicitation, the Air Force announced it will “conduct a full and open competition” for the production of 22 GPS 3 satellites.
Mon, 12 Feb 2018 22:26:43 +0000
“We are in a more dangerous security environment than we have seen in a generation,” said Maj. Gen. John Pletcher, the Air Force budget director.
Mon, 12 Feb 2018 17:15:39 +0000
The Trump administration is offering $19.6 billion for NASA in its fiscal year 2019 request, while seeking to cancel a flagship astronomy mission and end NASA funding of the International Space Station in 2025.
Mon, 12 Feb 2018 16:31:08 +0000
Satellite fleet operator SES on Feb. 12 announced that CEO Karim Michel Sabbagh will be leaving the company April 5, exactly four years after assuming the position.
Mon, 12 Feb 2018 15:25:56 +0000
DARPA, which has a checkered history of supporting development of new launch vehicles, is planning to start a competition offering prizes for responsive launch systems.
Sun, 11 Feb 2018 18:05:54 +0000
NASA's fiscal year 2019 budget proposal will include plans to end funding for the International Space Station in 2025, but leaves open the possibility of handing part or all of the station over to private operators.
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Sat, 17 Feb 2018 13:20:50 GMT
Former astronaut Duane Carey demonstrates the importance of preparation with Pine River-Backus fourth-grader Addison Poehler and second-grader Hunter Trujillo. Travis Grimler / Echo Journal Former astronaut Duane Carey gives Pine River-Backus students "knucks" instead of high fives because it is flu season.
Sat, 17 Feb 2018 09:03:33 GMT
Suzanna Randall, a European Southern Observatory astronomer, has been chosen as a new trainee of the initiative Die Astronautin, which aims to train the first female German astronaut and send her on a research mission to the International Space Station. Suzanna Randall, an astronomer with ESO, the European Southern Observatory in Garching, was announced as the new trainee for Die Astronautin on Friday , replacing a fighter pilot who dropped out of the privately-run program in December.
Sat, 17 Feb 2018 04:49:52 GMT
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Sat, 17 Feb 2018 00:36:49 GMT
To continue reading this premium story, you need to become a member. Click below to take advantage of an exclusive offer for new members: This photo provided by NASA shows astronauts Norishige Kanai of Japan, left, and NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei during a spacewalk on the International Space Station on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018.
Fri, 16 Feb 2018 20:13:14 GMT
Two astronauts from Japan and the United States went on a spacewalk Friday to repair the International Space Station's robotic arm and put equipment in storage. The spacewalk was the first for Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Norishige Kanai and the fourth for his U.S. counterpart Mark Vande Hei.
Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:52:54 GMT
Britain's first astronaut Helen Sharman is made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George during an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle Helen Sharman was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George by the Queen at Windsor Castle on Friday. Speaking after the investiture ceremony, Ms Sharman told the Press Association: "While I've always been delighted to be a role model in whatever way, I think it's very powerful that I was the first British astronaut regardless of gender.
Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:15:39 GMT
Scientists have confirmed nearly 100 new planets outside our solar system, bringing the total number of exoplanets found using NASA's K2 mission to almost 300. "We started out analysing 275 candidates, of which 149 were validated as real exoplanets.
Fri, 16 Feb 2018 07:01:26 GMT
This image obtained from the European Southern Observatory shows size comparison of the planets of the TRAPPIST-1 system, lined up in order of increasing distance from their host star. Earlier this week, the president released a 2019 budget request that would axe five NASA earth science missions, kill the planned flagship telescope WFIRST, privatize the international space station and close NASA's office of education.
Fri, 16 Feb 2018 02:43:18 GMT
Leaders of the American Astronomical Society released a statement today denouncing the proposed cancellation of NASA's Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope in the White House budget proposal that was released this week. The AAS leadership also expressed its intention to rally support for the mission in Congress, where the final fiscal year 2019 budget will have to be approved.
Thu, 15 Feb 2018 22:22:33 GMT
Elon Musk's SpaceX moved closer to another orbital frontier as regulators advanced its application for a low-orbit constellation of satellites - and join a jostling field of operators from Canada, Norway and elsewhere trying to cash in on broadband service from space. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Wednesday recommended the agency approve Space Exploration Technologies Corp.'s application to provide broadband services using satellite technologies in the United States and on a global basis.
Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:57:57 GMT
Dr. Guion "Guy" Bluford Jr., the first African- American to travel in space, will speak at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville'sa Arts & Issues a presentation at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19 in the Morris University Center's Meridian Ballroom. The SIUE Graduate School and Department of Physics William C. Shaw Lectures Series are jointly presenting Bluford's "The Future of the Space Program and the International Space Station."
Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:18:45 GMT
In this file photo distributed by Roscosmos Space Agency Press Service on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, Russian cargo ship Souz 2,1A takes off from the launch pad at Russia's main space facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. An unmanned Russian cargo ship has docked successfully at the International Space Station, delivering a fresh batch of supplies for the crew.
Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:11:27 GMT
Author Nathalia Holt spoke last week at Aurora University about the women who helped shape space exploration. Mulling over names for their new baby on a road trip from California to Boston, the husband of researcher and science writer Dr. Nathalia Holt suggested the name Eleanor Frances.
Thu, 15 Feb 2018 06:53:13 GMT
In a nondescript meeting room in a fluorescent-lit office park in Silicon Valley, a group of computer and planetary scientists were given the problem of deciding what to do with an asteroid on a collision course with Earth. The group–split into teams representing different world leaders, scientists, and citizens with different ideas of how to deal with impending doom–proposed solutions to the theoretical threat.
Thu, 15 Feb 2018 02:11:17 GMT
This image from video provided by SpaceX shows the company's spacesuit in Elon Musk's red Tesla sports car which was launched into space during the first test flight of the Falcon Heavy rocket on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. The Tesla Roadster blasted into orbit around the sun by Elon Musk's SpaceX is going to pass close to Earth, according to a new study, and young earthlings may still be alive when it happens.
Wed, 14 Feb 2018 21:28:04 GMT
THE winner of BBC2's Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes? programme inspired Sheldon School pupils with her talk on her quest to become a fully-fledged astronaut. Dressed in her royal blue flight suit, Suzie Imber told 80 GCSE and A-level pupils about her research project in the NASA and scaling unchartered mountains in the Andes on February 6. To demonstrate the impact those challenges had on her life and the competition, Dr Imber challenged groups of pupils to complete a series of workshops following the talk, which included building the tallest tower without speaking.
Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:44:28 GMT
Ryan Roberts, B2 stand manager at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, discusses the various rocket engine testing that occurs at the stand during a tour on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018.( Plans for Stennis Space Center to build out an 1,100-acre technology corridor have sparked interest among possible partners, and one of the space center's top officials sees the corridor as a way for Stennis to continue fulfilling its promise of regional economic development . Randy Galloway, the center's deputy director, said the recent call to "non-federal partners'' to help develop the corridor, which will be called "Enterprise Park,'' drew interest from 16 "entities'' and 58 people.

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