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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 02:01:37 +0000
Also under consideration is what to call the space wings.
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.
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.
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?”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Fri, 28 Feb 2020 23:54:42 +0000
The Smithsonian has just relinquished its claim on hundreds, if not thousands of space artifacts.
Fri, 28 Feb 2020 22:10:39 +0000
Physicist Freeman Dyson was known for his work on quantum physics and mathematics, as well as his big ideas about the far future.
Fri, 28 Feb 2020 21:57:37 +0000
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Fri, 28 Feb 2020 21:39:13 +0000
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Fri, 28 Feb 2020 21:24:16 +0000
After Boeing's CST-100 Starliner failed to reach the International Space Station in an uncrewed test flight in December, NASA has raised some serious questions about the company's ability to safely launch astronauts into space.
Fri, 28 Feb 2020 18:44:08 +0000
In September 2019, NASA started the second half of an epic game of Marco Polo; early this month the agency declared it over for good.
Fri, 28 Feb 2020 18:26:15 +0000
Relativity Space, which aims to revolutionize spaceflight with its 3D-printed rockets, will soon be based out of a 120,000-square-foot (11,150 square meters) space in Long Beach, California, company representatives announced Friday (Feb. 28).
Fri, 28 Feb 2020 17:29:07 +0000
Chuck Yeager broke the "sound barrier" here. Neil Armstrong flew the X-15 here. Space Shuttles landed here 54 times. Now, Armstrong Flight Research Center is working on an electric airplane and hosting a flying astronomical observatory.
Fri, 28 Feb 2020 14:59:17 +0000
The European Space Agency's Qarman cubesat deploys from the International Space Station on a mission to burn up in Earth's atmosphere to study the physics of its own fiery reentry.
Fri, 28 Feb 2020 12:35:26 +0000
On Feb. 28, 1959, the U.S. Air Force launched a new spy satellite prototype called Discoverer 1. See how it happened in our On This Day in Space video series!
Fri, 28 Feb 2020 12:33:31 +0000
A weird "minimoon" found circling Earth likely won't be there long.
Fri, 28 Feb 2020 12:28:15 +0000
Al Crews was in line to fly on the U.S. Air Force's Dyna-Soar space plane and the Manned Orbiting Laboratory, a secret spy project. But both programs were canceled before Crews could get off the ground.
Fri, 28 Feb 2020 12:00:00 +0000
NASA's Orion spacecraft has achieved a new milestone with a successful final test of the vehicle's attitude-control motor Tuesday (Feb. 25).
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 23:40:10 +0000
She was the human computer who helped land humans on the moon.
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 22:44:45 +0000
Strap yourselves in as "Star Trek: Picard" accelerates from impulse drive to warp factor four with the longest episode yet – and the best we've seen so far.
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 22:30:49 +0000
The second stage for Northrop Grumman's new OmegA rocket roared to life in a test that sent flame and smoke billowing out against the snow-capped mountains of Utah.
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 19:07:12 +0000
A gargantuan explosion tore through the heart of a distant galaxy cluster, releasing about five times more energy than the previous record holder, a new study reports.
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 19:05:28 +0000
Look at that Starship go! A new time-lapse video shows a prototype of SpaceX's Mars-colonizing ship moving toward the launchpad for testing.
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 17:47:56 +0000
"Star Wars" is starting an epic "storytelling initiative" to fill out the history of the franchise some 200 years before the events of the 1999 movie "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace."
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 15:45:35 +0000
In a historic first for satellite operations, one spacecraft "helper" docked with a working satellite to provide life-extension services.

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