Paul Allen, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft who backed the winning entry in a suborbital spaceflight competition and later funded development of a massive air-launch system, passed away Oct. 15.
Canadian satellite startup Kepler Communications raised $16 million from investors, securing funding to build and launch its first-generation constellation of up to 15 satellites, the company announced today.
Harris Corp. and L3 Technologies expect their $34 billion merger, announced Sunday, will create the sixth largest defense contractor in the United States while saving $500 million in corporate costs by three years of closing.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said he believes launches of crewed Soyuz spacecraft will resume “on schedule” after last week’s launch failure, avoiding the possibility of leaving the International Space Station without a crew.
Phase Four, an El Segundo, California startup, is expanding its leadership team as part of a campaign to direct its advanced electric propulsion system toward the growing satellite constellation market.
The world’s people buy more than 78 million cars every year. They shop for horsepower and acceleration, leg room and cargo space, and how many miles it can go on a tank of fuel or on a single charge. And every year, more of them want to know just how smart their car is. The […]
Virgin Galactic’s chief executive says the company is approaching the “next phase” of the flight test program for the company’s SpaceShipTwo suborbital vehicle as the company’s founder predicts the company reaching space in “weeks.”
As one group of engineers continues to diagnose a gyro problem that has sidelined the Hubble Space Telescope, another is dealing with a problem that has put operations of another large space observatory on hold.
Luck is not a plan. Yet up to now Congressional appropriators and senior NASA officials are mostly relying on luck to keep us safe from catastrophic fatalities resulting from the surprise impact of an unseen asteroid.
The next-generation crewed spacecraft will be the payload for the first flight of the Long March 5B launch vehicle, a variant of the Long March 5 and designed for lofting large modules of the planned Chinese Space Station.
Defense officials have been sounding alarms about what they describe as a glaring national security vulnerability — a new class of ultrafast weapons being developed by China and Russia that would overpower U.S. missile defenses.
Arianespace said Oct. 11 it’s too soon to say whether the Soyuz-ST rockets it uses to launch satellites from South America will be grounded following the failure of a Russian Soyuz-FG rocket carrying crew to the International Space Station.
Phase 2 of the Launch Service Agreement will be an open competition. All there winners have to compete - or they would have to return their development funds back to the government. SpaceX presumably would bid as well.
KBR, Inc. (NYSE: KBR) announced today that its global government services business, KBRwyle, has been awarded a $48 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) to construct, deploy and commission the next generation Space Geodesy (SG) Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR) ground systems.
KBRwyle will deliver up to six SLR systems on this contract. It will also provide project management, engineering development, system build,
The international BepiColombo spacecraft will soon take flight, on a complex journey to the innermost planet of the Solar System, Mercury. Encompassing nine planetary flybys and travelling a total distance of nine billion km over a period of seven years, this will be one of the most intricate journeys ever flown by mission teams at ESA’s ESOC mission control centre.
With launch set for 20 October, flight controllers led by Operations Manager Elsa Montagnon are now busily preparing for the
The following is a statement about Thursday’s Soyuz MS-10 launch abort to the International Space Station:
“The Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station at 4:40 a.m. EDT Thursday, Oct. 11 (2:40 p.m. in Baikonur) carrying American astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin. Shortly after launch, there was an anomaly with the booster and the launch ascent was aborted, resulting in a ballistic landing of the
Space robots play a key role in autonomous vehicles for asteroid mining and space exploration activities such as exploration of Mars, Moon, and other planets. Future space exploration missions will require advanced vehicles, robotic assistants, and self-sufficient spacecraft systems which can adapt to complex, rapidly changing environments.
In recent years, there have been significant technological advancements in the space industry in terms of servicing of satellites, on-orbit manufacturing
Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced its investment in Accion Systems Inc., a Boston, Mass.,-based startup pioneering scalable electric propulsion technology to transform satellite capabilities in and beyond Earth's orbit.
Accion's new Tiled Ionic Liquid Electrospray (TILE) in-space propulsion system aims to increase the lifespan and maneuverability of satellites and other vehicles in space. Leveraging a non-toxic, ionic liquid propellant and postage stamp-size thrusters, the TILE system is
Thales Alenia Space, a joint company between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), announced today that it has signed two study contracts* with the European Space Agency (ESA) in the frame of a joint ESA-NASA study on an international Mars Sample Return mission. This latest mission to the Red Planet is designed to bring samples from the surface of Mars back to Earth. It represents a major new step forward in our exploration of the Solar System, its formation, and especially in our study of Mars and
ESA’s ambitious plans for the next decade of space exploration will take us beyond the International Space Station to the Moon and Mars and promises many scientific discoveries bringing back knowledge for people on Earth. In order to support these endeavors, ESA is kicking off development of a high-performance engine for space exploration.
Space is big and transport is the backbone of many missions, so an efficient, high-thrust and multi-use engine will lead the way to exciting missions
NASA's Voyager 2 probe, currently on a journey toward interstellar space, has detected an increase in cosmic rays that originate outside our solar system. Launched in 1977, Voyager 2 is a little less than 11 billion miles (about 17.7 billion kilometers) from Earth, or more than 118 times the distance from Earth to the Sun.
Since 2007 the probe has been traveling through the outermost layer of the heliosphere -- the vast bubble around the Sun and the planets dominated by solar material and
Today, at the International Astronautical Congress ( IAC ) in Bremen, Germany , Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) announced it is studying interest in flying commercial payloads aboard NASA's Orion spacecraft. The market analysis is the first step toward the company's vision of bringing commercial opportunities to deep space and fostering a thriving commercial marketplace beyond low-Earth orbit.
Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor for Orion , the world's only spacecraft designed for human deep
Using NASA’s Hubble and Kepler space telescopes, astronomers have uncovered tantalizing evidence of what could be the first discovery of a moon orbiting a planet outside our solar system.
This moon candidate, which is 8,000 light-years from Earth in the Cygnus constellation, orbits a gas-giant planet that, in turn, orbits a star called Kepler-1625. Researchers caution that the moon hypothesis is tentative and must be confirmed by follow-up Hubble observations.
“This intriguing finding
The construction of ESA's Plato mission to find and study planets beyond our Solar System will be led by Germany’s OHB System AG as prime contractor, marking the start of the full industrial phase of the project.
The announcement was made today at the 69th International Astronautical Congress in Bremen, Germany, where the contract was formally signed.
The contract covers the delivery of the satellite, including the testing phase leading to launch, support during the launch campaign, and
Preparations are moving ahead for Arianespace’s next Ariane 5 launch, which will send the BepiColombo spacecraft on its way to the solar system’s smallest and least-explored terrestrial planet: Mercury.
Scheduled for an October 19 liftoff from the Spaceport in French Guiana, this upcoming flight will continue Arianespace’s launch services for missions that help unlock mysteries of deep space.
BepiColombo is a joint mission of the European Space Agency and the Japan Aerospace Exploration
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft executed its first Asteroid Approach Maneuver (AAM-1) today putting it on course for its scheduled arrival at the asteroid Bennu in December. The spacecraft’s main engine thrusters fired in a braking maneuver designed to slow the spacecraft’s speed relative to Bennu from approximately 1,100 mph (491 m/sec) to 313 mph (140 m/sec). The mission team will continue to examine telemetry and tracking data as they become available and will have more information on the
Today, at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Bremen, Germany, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) experts revealed the company's crewed lunar lander concept and showed how the reusable lander aligns with NASA's lunar Gateway and future Mars missions.
The crewed lunar lander is a single stage, fully reusable system that incorporates flight-proven technologies and systems from NASA's Orion spacecraft. In its initial configuration, the lander would accommodate a crew of four and 2,000
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has delivered the first Space Enabled Effects for Military Engagements, or SeeMe, satellite to DARPA. Assembled on the company's advanced missile production lines, the new SeeMe satellite will provide greater situational awareness to soldiers on the ground.
DARPA's SeeMe program is designed to show that small satellites can be built affordably to give small squads timely tactical imagery directly from a small satellite. A future constellation of small satellites
The two super elements of the James Webb Space Telescope successfully communicated for the first time. The test was completed by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC), in partnership with NASA, and demonstrated operability of the electrical interfaces between the Optical Telescope element/Integrated Science instrument module (OTIS) and Spacecraft Element (SCE).
With hardware for the telescope 100 percent complete, this is the first in a series of integration and testing efforts for Webb.
A team of astronomers using the latest set of data from ESA’s Gaia mission to look for high-velocity stars being kicked out of the Milky Way were surprised to find stars instead sprinting inwards – perhaps from another galaxy.
In April, ESA’s stellar surveyor Gaia released an unprecedented catalogue of more than one billion stars. Astronomers across the world have been working ceaselessly over the past few months to explore this extraordinary dataset, scrutinising the properties and motions
Europe gets ready to visit the innermost, hot and mysterious planet: Mercury. BepiColombo, Europe's first mission to Mercury is currently being readied at the European Spaceport Kourou (French Guiana) for launch. It was built under the industrial leadership of Airbus, leading a consortium of 83 companies from 16 countries, for the European Space Agency (ESA) and Japanese Space Agency (JAXA). The four-in-one spacecraft will set off in October on-board Ariane 5 flight VA 245 for its journey to
Deep observations made with the MUSE spectrograph on ESO’s Very Large Telescope have uncovered vast cosmic reservoirs of atomic hydrogen surrounding distant galaxies. The exquisite sensitivity of MUSE allowed for direct observations of dim clouds of hydrogen glowing with Lyman-alpha emission in the early Universe — revealing that almost the whole night sky is invisibly aglow.
An unexpected abundance of Lyman-alpha emission in the Hubble Ultra Deep Field (HUDF) region was discovered by an
Thales Alenia Space in the UK achieves the major milestone of delivering its IMU Flight Models to Airbus Defence and Space in UK for integration with the ExoMars Rover. Exomars is a project under international cooperation between ESA (European Space Agency) and Roscosmos (Russian Space Agency), Thales Alenia Space, Joint Venture between Thales (67 %) and Leonardo (33 %) is the prime contractor for the global program.
The Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) designed by Thales Alenia Space in the