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Thu, 18 Apr 2019 18:12:08 +0000
The European Space Agency’s 22 member states agreed April 17 to a workaround to get Ariane 6 production in full swing despite a dearth of public sector launch contracts.
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 14:38:32 +0000
Rajanik Mark, Satixfy’s chief operating officer, said the company has created its own chipsets that it can build in-house to bring down the cost of antenna modules that are built into full user terminals.
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 13:28:27 +0000
An independent report concluded that NASA has no chance of sending humans to Mars by 2033, with the earliest such a mission could be flown being the late 2030s.
Wed, 17 Apr 2019 21:26:06 +0000
A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket successfully launched a Cygnus spacecraft April 17 carrying nearly three and a half tons of cargo bound for the International Space Station.
Wed, 17 Apr 2019 19:20:47 +0000
Iridium moved closer to launching an emergency maritime communications service by signing a public services agreement with the International Mobile Satellite Organization.
Wed, 17 Apr 2019 15:59:14 +0000
NASA has proposed to build a lunar orbiting space station, called the lunar Gateway, to use as a base for lunar exploration. This plan is severely defective.
Wed, 17 Apr 2019 14:43:00 +0000
Two NASA astronauts will get extended stays on the International Space Station, NASA announced April 17, a move intended to support research on long-duration spaceflight and address uncertainties in the availability of commercial crew vehicles.
Wed, 17 Apr 2019 12:38:32 +0000
Machine learning and other artificial intelligence techniques could help forecasters get more out of these data by improving accuracy and speed in almost every step of turning satellite observations into actionable forecasts.
Wed, 17 Apr 2019 12:27:01 +0000
A letter sent to Shanahan questions DoD's decision to shift missions away from the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center.
Wed, 17 Apr 2019 12:21:38 +0000
After four years of stealth mode, LyteLoop, a startup planning to store massive amounts of data by moving it continuously between satellites, is coming out of the shadows.
Wed, 17 Apr 2019 10:44:34 +0000
For many years, the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) and the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) have recognized the importance of developing industry voluntary consensus standards.
Wed, 17 Apr 2019 02:35:46 +0000
SAS Global, in an April 15 notice to the Australian Stock Exchange, said it needs to raise 7.2 million Australian dollars ($5.2 million) to prevent further delays with its constellation of low Earth orbit satellites.
Wed, 17 Apr 2019 00:18:30 +0000
The next Northrop Grumman Cygnus cargo mission to the International Space Station will demonstrate two new capabilities, one before launch and the other after the spacecraft departs the station.
Tue, 16 Apr 2019 19:20:42 +0000
Even “responsible” ASAT tests put other space users at risk.
Tue, 16 Apr 2019 17:47:20 +0000
Aerojet Rocketdyne says it’s committed to completing development of the AR1 rocket engine and is seeking potential partners for a new medium-class launch vehicle that could use the engine.
Tue, 16 Apr 2019 11:13:48 +0000
A major soft drink company says it will not pursue plans to advertise its products in space using a Russian startup, avoiding what likely would have been significant public criticism.
Tue, 16 Apr 2019 00:34:11 +0000
The center core of the Falcon Heavy rocket that launched a communications satellite April 11 fell over after landing in rough seas, but SpaceX said the mishap won’t affect upcoming launches.
Mon, 15 Apr 2019 20:10:10 +0000
We've compiled all our 35th Space Symposium reporting, more than 50 stories in all, into a special digital edition that's brought to you with support from Ball Aerospace.
Mon, 15 Apr 2019 12:00:29 +0000
Emerging digital technologies and innovative operating models will expand the role of space in multiple economic sectors, according to, “Tech Trends 2019: Space industry perspective,” a report released April 15 by Deloitte.
Sun, 14 Apr 2019 23:23:19 +0000
As NASA develops its plans to accelerate a human return to the surface of the moon, international partners are left wondering what roles, if any, they will have in that effort.
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Thu, 18 Apr 2019 02:00:00 +0200
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) successfully launched its Antares TM rocket carrying a Cygnus TM spacecraft today at 4:46 p.m. EDT from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A on Wallops Island, Virginia, at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. The launch marks Northrop Grumman’s 11th cargo mission carrying supplies to the astronauts aboard the International Space Station for NASA. “This launch marks a new innovative capability for Antares and Cygnus, which enables a 24-hour late load
Tue, 16 Apr 2019 22:15:00 +0200
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) announced it is set to launch the company’s AntaresTM rocket carrying its CygnusTM cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station for NASA. Pending completion of cargo late load, final vehicle testing and acceptable local weather conditions, the launch will take place April 17 with lift-off scheduled for 4:46 p.m. EDT from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A on Wallops Island, Virginia, at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. The Cygnus spacecraft
Mon, 15 Apr 2019 03:25:48 +0200
BAE Systems Australia welcomes today’s announcement to establish a space industry focused SmartSat co-operative research centre (CRC). BAE Systems is a partner member of this national CRC to be based in South Australia and expects it will be a catalyst that will transform Australia’s space industry through the development of advanced technologies. The company has a long involvement in the space sector. In the 65 years that BAE Systems has worked in Australia, the company has grown its
Mon, 15 Apr 2019 00:00:00 +0200
On Thursday, April 11 at 6:35 p.m. EDT, Falcon Heavy launched the Arabsat-6A satellite from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The satellite was deployed approximately 34 minutes after liftoff. Following booster separation, Falcon Heavy’s two side boosters landed at SpaceX’s Landing Zones 1 and 2 (LZ-1 and LZ-2) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Falcon Heavy’s center core landed on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship, which was
Mon, 15 Apr 2019 00:00:00 +0200
NASA has selected SpaceX in Hawthorne, California, to provide launch services for the agency’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission, the first-ever mission to demonstrate the capability to deflect an asteroid by colliding a spacecraft with it at high speed – a technique known as a kinetic impactor. The total cost for NASA to launch DART is approximately $69 million, which includes the launch service and other mission related costs. The DART mission currently is targeted to
Fri, 12 Apr 2019 13:00:00 +0200
Spain’s PLD Space, supported by ESA, has demonstrated the technologies for a reusable first stage of their orbital microlauncher, Miura 5. Miura 5 (formerly Arion 2) is aimed to provide dedicated launches for small satellites of up to 300 kg to low Earth orbit, in 2021. It weighs 14 t at liftoff, and is powered by liquid oxygen–kerosene engines. This drop test was carried out yesterday from El Arenosillo Experimentation Center in Spain. A Chinook CH-47 helicopter lifted the 15 m long
Fri, 12 Apr 2019 10:59:00 +0200
The discarded ‘upper stage’ from a rocket launched almost ten years ago has recently crumbled to pieces. “Leaving a trail of debris in its wake, this fragmentation event provides space debris experts with a rare opportunity to test their understanding of such hugely important processes”, explains Tim Flohrer, ESA's Senior Space Debris Monitoring Expert. Fragmentation events like this one – either break ups or collisions – are the primary source of debris objects in space in the range of a
Fri, 12 Apr 2019 00:00:00 +0200
The NASA Chromospheric Layer Spectropolarimeter-2 or CLASP-2 sounding rocket mission was successfully conducted April 11 from the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, Launched aboard a NASA Black Brant IX sounding rocket at 12:51 p.m. EDT, the CLASP-2 payload flew to an altitude 170 miles before descending by parachute.  The payload was recovered and is reported in good condition. Good data was received and the science team is reported to be happy with the results of the mission. NASA
Thu, 11 Apr 2019 16:00:00 +0200
Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) will celebrate a major space satellite antenna milestone – the production of its 100th unfurlable mesh reflector, which provides the critical communications link between satellites and ground stations. The company is the world reflector leader, producing significantly more than any other company over the past 40-plus years. Harris employees, customers and other dignitaries will gather next week at the company’s Palm Bay, Florida, facility to commemorate the
Thu, 11 Apr 2019 14:25:00 +0200
The first batch of charge-coupled devices, or CCDs, to be flown on ESA's PLATO space observatory was accepted by ESA last month. This is an important milestone on the road to creating a groundbreaking spacecraft that will detect Earth-sized exoplanets in orbit around nearby stars. PLATO, or PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars, is the second ESA-led mission to be dedicated to exoplanets – planets beyond our Solar System – and the third with ESA participation. Currently planned to be
Thu, 11 Apr 2019 14:20:00 +0200
ESA and Arianespace are giving full support to European institutional customers to launch their missions on Ariane 6 and Vega-C. Daniel Neuenschwander, ESA’s Director of Space Transportation and Stéphane Israël, CEO at Arianespace welcomed about 100 attendees to a conference last week on Ariane 6 and Vega-C at ESA-ESTEC in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. In-depth information on the status of development of Europe’s next-generation launchers, and answers to mission specific technical
Wed, 10 Apr 2019 22:15:00 +0200
NASA awarded Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAIC) the Safety and Mission Assurance Engineering Contract (SMAEC) II worth up to $292 million. Under this contract, SAIC will continue to provide safety engineering, reliability engineering, quality engineering, quality assurance, and software assurance in support of NASA programs and projects at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston and White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico. “SAIC has a proud legacy of providing NASA
Wed, 10 Apr 2019 19:00:00 +0200
New evidence of the impact of the recent planet-encompassing dust storm on water in the atmosphere, and a surprising lack of methane, are among the scientific highlights of the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter’s first year in orbit. Two papers are published in the journal Nature today describing the new results, and reported in a dedicated press briefing at the European Geosciences Union in Vienna. A third paper, submitted to the Proceedings of the Russian Academy of Science, presents the most
Wed, 10 Apr 2019 08:00:00 +0200
TESAT, KSAT and GomSpace have partnered up to introduce full optical communications capability for new innovative small satellite missions and space-based services. Until now this technology has mainly been used on large and expensive satellites but is now further developed, miniaturised and ready for use on small satellites and new constellations. The new technology will be launched in the PIXL demonstration mission later in 2019. The benefits of optical communications in
Wed, 10 Apr 2019 01:30:00 +0200
Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the Australian Space Agency have signed a Statement of Strategic Intent to help advance the agency’s goals to expand Australia’s domestic space industry. By 2030, Australia would like to grow the space market segment from AU$3.9 billion to AU$12 billion and double space industry employment from about 10,000 today to 20,000. The agreement features Boeing support for investments in R&D, innovation, STEM education and government programs aligned with the Australian
Wed, 10 Apr 2019 00:00:00 +0200
For five months in mid 2017, Emily Mason did the same thing every day. Arriving to her office at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, she sat at her desk, opened up her computer, and stared at images of the Sun — all day, every day. “I probably looked through three or five years' worth of data,” Mason estimated. Then, in October 2017, she stopped. She realized she had been looking at the wrong thing all along. Mason, a graduate student at The Catholic University of
Wed, 10 Apr 2019 00:00:00 +0200
An international collaboration presents paradigm-shifting observations of the gargantuan black hole at the heart of distant galaxy Messier 87 The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) — a planet-scale array of eight ground-based radio telescopes forged through international collaboration — was designed to capture images of a black hole. Today, in coordinated press conferences across the globe, EHT researchers reveal that they have succeeded, unveiling the first direct visual evidence of a
Tue, 09 Apr 2019 14:00:00 +0200
Today, at the 35th Space Symposium, held in Colorado Springs, Colo., BlackSky, a leading provider of geospatial intelligence, satellite imaging, and global monitoring services, announced it has successfully achieved several significant on-orbit milestones of its first two Earth-imaging spacecraft, Global-1 and -2. Demonstrating the full operational performance of the spacecraft, the company showcased several images of economic points of interest taken by the first two smallsats in its
Tue, 09 Apr 2019 11:30:00 +0200
Today’s interconnected world is ever more vulnerable to cyberattacks, emphasising the importance of secure encryption to protect Europe’s critical infrastructure and communications. An agreement forged today between the European Commission and the European Space Agency marks the first steps towards creating a highly secure, pan-European quantum communication infrastructure. The development of terrestrial components of the quantum communication infrastructure will be under the responsibility
Mon, 08 Apr 2019 23:30:00 +0200
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq: KTOS), a leading national security solutions provider, today announced that the company will serve as the founding member of the Space Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Space ISAC), which was unveiled today during a classified session at the 35th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado. As a service to the industry and with the support of the U. S. Government, Kratos has provided the initial funding and support required to set up

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