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Thu, 20 Jun 2019 13:57:26 +0000
Blue Origin has performed the first hotfire test of the engine it plans to use on its Blue Moon lunar lander. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 20 Jun 2019 00:05:39 +0000
DoD sources said Esper is likely to continue to advocate for space investments. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 19 Jun 2019 21:50:03 +0000
Britain’s export credit agency has long discussed more involvement in the satellite industry, but didn’t have any major deals to show for it until now. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 19 Jun 2019 20:58:41 +0000
A new report from the Government Accountability Office found that the prime contractors for the Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft received hundreds of millions of dollars in award fees despite continued issues that will likely lead to further delays in the programs. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 19 Jun 2019 20:30:18 +0000
An agreement reached in the U.S. House of Representatives June 18 could keep the Export Import Bank of the United States open until 2026. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 19 Jun 2019 14:52:11 +0000
Boeing announced June 19 it will move the headquarters of its space division from the Washington, DC area to Florida as a number of its major programs shift from development to operations. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 19 Jun 2019 04:27:31 +0000
Problems with an unnamed component supplier are the reason the first launch of a ViaSat-3 high-throughput satellite won't happen until 2021. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 18 Jun 2019 22:12:01 +0000
An executive order calling for an across-the-board reduction in federal advisory groups could force NASA to shut down several of the committees that support the agency. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 18 Jun 2019 21:16:42 +0000
Gen. Paul Selva: Military forces in the field need “ubiquitous communications” SpaceNews.com
Tue, 18 Jun 2019 19:16:32 +0000
In a letter to President Trump, Stopher said he plans to return to the private sector. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 18 Jun 2019 18:43:15 +0000
Shanahan “has decided not to go forward with his confirmation process so that he can devote more time to his family,” President Trump tweeted. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 18 Jun 2019 15:30:24 +0000
Selling capacity to other satellite operators is now one of Avanti’s main priorities, followed by selling to the U.S. Defense Department, Avanti CEO Kyle Whitehill said in a June 10 financial report. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 18 Jun 2019 13:13:43 +0000
A startup company that plans to develop tankers for refueling satellites has completed a key test of its technology on the International Space Station. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 18 Jun 2019 01:16:13 +0000
The full House is unlikely to make major changes in NASA funding when it takes up an appropriations bill this week, but members will seek changes for two other agencies involved in space issues. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 18 Jun 2019 00:36:35 +0000
RBC Signals, a startup creating a global network of satellite ground stations, aggressively pursuing and beginning to win government business, Ron Faith, RBC Signals president and chief operating officer, told SpaceNews. SpaceNews.com
Mon, 17 Jun 2019 22:50:58 +0000
Kinéis, a subsidiary formed last year by French maritime company CLS, has taken over operation of the Argos hosted payload system, and finalized manufacturing agreements for a constellation of 25 small satellites for Internet of Things connectivity. SpaceNews.com
Mon, 17 Jun 2019 22:33:31 +0000
Senators are taking a new approach to winning passage of a commercial space bill, offering it as an amendment to a defense authorization bill. SpaceNews.com
Mon, 17 Jun 2019 18:46:03 +0000
A new report warns of China’s stealth investments in U.S space companies and the country’s coordinated public-private efforts to dominate markets. SpaceNews.com
Mon, 17 Jun 2019 16:39:29 +0000
Trump’s recent tweet will only sow confusion and complicate the already herculean task of building a permanent, manned American presence in the space beyond Earth orb SpaceNews.com
Mon, 17 Jun 2019 16:03:17 +0000
Saturn Satellite Networks will build satellites ranging from 600 kilograms to 1,700 kilograms, and already has a customer order, Tom Choi, Saturn’s executive chairman, told SpaceNews. SpaceNews.com
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Wed, 19 Jun 2019 15:20:00 +0200
‘Comet Interceptor’ has been selected as ESA’s new fast-class mission in its Cosmic Vision Programme. Comprising three spacecraft, it will be the first to visit a truly pristine comet or other interstellar object that is only just starting its journey into the inner Solar System. The mission will travel to an as-yet undiscovered comet, making a flyby of the chosen target when it is on the approach to Earth’s orbit. Its three spacecraft will perform simultaneous observations from multiple
Mon, 17 Jun 2019 17:00:00 +0200
The Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer, Juice, will ride into space on an Ariane launch vehicle, Arianespace and ESA confirmed today at the International Paris Air Show. Juice is the first large-class mission in ESA's Cosmic Vision 2015–2025 programme. Its mission is devoted to complete a unique tour of the Jupiter system. Juice will spend at least three years making detailed observations of the giant gaseous planet Jupiter and in-depth studies of three of its largest moons and potentially
Mon, 17 Jun 2019 15:34:00 +0200
--Growing demand expected across commercial air travel, defense, space and services markets --20-year commercial outlook projects $16 trillion market, powered by rising requirement for 44,040 new jets and related services LE BOURGET, France, June 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- A strong commercial aviation industry, stable defense spending and the need to service all platforms throughout their lifecycle are driving a growing aerospace and defense market, according to the Boeing Market Outlook.
Mon, 17 Jun 2019 15:00:00 +0200
Viasat Inc., (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global communications company, and satellite launch company, Arianespace, announced today a modification to their original ViaSat-3 satellite launch contract, signed in 2016. Under the new agreement, the two companies agreed to move the ViaSat-3 satellite from an Ariane 5 ECA launch vehicle to the next-generation Ariane 64 (A64) launcher. With this contract, Viasat will become the first commercial customer to commit to launch on the A64. The A64 launcher is
Mon, 17 Jun 2019 11:17:41 +0200
A contract that benefits all European citizens – this is the unanimous mood today at the Paris Air Show, where DLR GfR mbH announced the contract signature of its framework agreement with Thales Alenia Space, Joint Venture between Thales (67 %) and Leonardo (33 %) for the Galileo Mission Segment (GMS) maintenance. Paris Air Show, June 18 - After a long and fruitful negotiation phase, Thales Alenia Space  (represented by Mr. Benoit Broudy) and DLR GfR Germany (represented by Mr. Simon Plum
Fri, 14 Jun 2019 21:06:00 +0200
NASA navigators are helping build a future where spacecraft could safely and autonomously fly themselves to destinations like the Moon and Mars. Navigators today tell a spacecraft where to go by calculating its position from Earth and sending the location data to space in a two-way relay system that can take anywhere from minutes to hours to deliver directions. This method of navigation means that no matter how far a mission travels through the solar system, our spacecraft are still tethered
Thu, 13 Jun 2019 21:06:00 +0200
After nearly 16 years of exploring the cosmos in infrared light, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope will be switched off permanently on Jan. 30, 2020. By then, the spacecraft will have operated for more than 11 years beyond its prime mission, thanks to the Spitzer engineering team's ability to address unique challenges as the telescope slips farther and farther from Earth. Managed and operated by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, Spitzer is a small but transformational
Thu, 13 Jun 2019 11:52:00 +0200
KBR (NYSE: KBR) announced today it has been awarded a $200 million contract by NASA to provide launch range operations support at the agency's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia.  This is a new contract award for KBR.   Under this five-year contract, KBR will perform a broad range of work, such as radar, telemetry, logistics, tracking, and communications services for flight vehicles. These will include orbital and suborbital rockets, aircraft, satellites, balloons, and
Wed, 12 Jun 2019 21:06:00 +0200
When a female astronaut first sets foot on the Moon in 2024, the historic moment will represent a step toward another NASA first: eventually putting humans on Mars. NASA's latest robotic mission to the Red Planet, Mars 2020, aims to help future astronauts brave that inhospitable landscape. While the science goal of the Mars 2020 rover is to look for signs of ancient life - it will be the first spacecraft to collect samples of the Martian surface, caching them in tubes that could be returned
Wed, 12 Jun 2019 18:19:00 +0200
MDA, a Maxar company (NYSE: MAXR) (TSX: MAXR), announced today that the three RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM) satellites developed by MDA for the Canadian Space Agency are performing according to plan. The satellites launched this morning aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, and began sending and receiving signals from space. The satellites will now go through a series of in-orbit manoeuvres and tests before entering service later this
Wed, 12 Jun 2019 14:00:00 +0200
Spaceflight, the leading satellite rideshare and mission management provider, today announced it will launch seven spacecraft from five organizations later this month on Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket from Launch Complex 1 at the southern tip of Mahia Peninsula, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island. This mission, also called “Make It Rain” by Rocket Lab as a nod to the weather in both Seattle and New Zealand, represents Spaceflight’s first of five launches scheduled with Rocket Lab
Tue, 11 Jun 2019 21:06:00 +0200
Anyone who's ever seen aircraft engaged in formation flying can appreciate the feat of staying highly synchronized while airborne. In work sponsored by NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program (ExEP), engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, are taking formation flying to a new extreme. Their work marks an important milestone within a larger program to test the feasibility of a technology called a starshade. Although starshades have never flown in space, they hold the
Tue, 11 Jun 2019 21:06:00 +0200
Designed to explore a metal asteroid that could be the heart of a planet, the Psyche mission is readying for a 2022 launch. After extensive review, NASA Headquarters in Washington has approved the mission to begin the final design and fabrication phase, otherwise known as Phase C. This is when the Psyche team finalizes the system design, develops detailed plans and procedures for the spacecraft and science mission, and completes both assembly and testing of the spacecraft and its
Tue, 11 Jun 2019 15:00:00 +0200
Relativity, the world’s first autonomous rocket factory and launch services leader, today announced that it has secured an agreement with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and an incentive package from the Mississippi Development Authority to expand facilities and infrastructure at NASA’s historic Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, Mississippi. Through this agreement, Relativity will leverage valuable existing NASA infrastructure and capital investment incentives
Tue, 11 Jun 2019 10:17:00 +0200
At the heart of ESA’s Hera mission to the double Didymos asteroids will be an onboard computer intended to be failure-proof. Designed to operate up to 490 million km away from Earth and withstanding four years of harsh radiation exposure, Hera’s computer must run smoothly without locking up or crashing – on pain of mission failure, while pushing the limits of onboard autonomy. Development of the Hera mission for planetary defence is taking place across Europe, to finalise a ready-to-build
Tue, 11 Jun 2019 00:00:00 +0200
NASA's Mars Helicopter flight demonstration project has passed a number of key tests with flying colors. In 2021, the small, autonomous helicopter will be the first vehicle in history to attempt to establish the viability of heavier-than-air vehicles flying on another planet. "Nobody's built a Mars Helicopter before, so we are continuously entering new territory," said MiMi Aung, project manager for the Mars Helicopter at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. "Our flight
Mon, 10 Jun 2019 15:00:00 +0200
Breakthrough Watch, the global astronomical program looking for Earth-like planets around nearby stars, and the European Southern Observatory (ESO), Europe’s foremost intergovernmental astronomical organisation, today announced “first light” on a newly-built planet-finding instrument at ESO’s Very Large Telescope in the Atacama Desert, Chile. The instrument, called NEAR (Near Earths in the AlphaCen Region), is designed to hunt for exoplanets in our neighbouring star system, Alpha Centauri,
Mon, 10 Jun 2019 11:52:00 +0200
KBR (NYSE: KBR), is proud to be part of the groundbreaking NASA Twins Study, whose newly published findings will help prepare humans for long-term space travel and propel NASA closer to its recently announced goal of sustaining a permanent lunar presence. KBR experts, Dr. Marisa Covington and Dr. Stuart Lee, played integral roles in NASA's first full genetic sequencing study, as did other KBR employees who supported investigator teams, data collection, review boards, logistics, inflight
Fri, 07 Jun 2019 16:00:00 +0200
Europe is part of a new era in space transportation with new commercial initiatives offering services to space, in space, and back from space springing up within the privately led and funded space sector. ESA welcomes this development towards further European industrial growth and competitiveness. ESA, tasked with growing and supporting European businesses, is proposing a Commercial Space Transportation Services and Support Programme (C-STS) beyond 2019, which will be presented at the Space
Fri, 07 Jun 2019 16:00:00 +0200
Senior Alabama officials joined Aerojet Rocketdyne’s CEO Eileen Drake and Executive Chairman Warren Lichtenstein today at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the company’s newest state-of-the-art rocket propulsion Advanced Manufacturing Facility (AMF), marking the latest milestone in the company’s ongoing expansion in the Rocket City. Surrounded by company employees and Alabama state and local officials, including Governor Kay Ivey, Drake officially declared the AMF open for operation. The

 
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