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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. SpaceNews.com
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. SpaceNews.com
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.  SpaceNews.com
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. SpaceNews.com
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. SpaceNews.com
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. SpaceNews.com
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. SpaceNews.com
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.” SpaceNews.com
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. SpaceNews.com
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. SpaceNews.com
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. SpaceNews.com
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. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 02:01:37 +0000
Also under consideration is what to call the space wings. SpaceNews.com
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. SpaceNews.com
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.  SpaceNews.com
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?” SpaceNews.com
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. SpaceNews.com
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.  SpaceNews.com
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. SpaceNews.com
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. SpaceNews.com
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Thu, 27 Feb 2020 15:00:00 +0100
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq: KTOS), a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced today that it was awarded an $11.5 million contract to build an advanced space radio monitoring system for a government customer. The system will incorporate Kratos technologies and integrated products to help the country regulate and protect the satellite spectrum. As part of the multi-million dollar project, Kratos is responsible for the turnkey design, installation and
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 06:00:00 +0100
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) successfully conducted a full-scale static fire test of the second stage of its OmegA rocket today in Promontory, Utah. Developed to support the U.S. Space Force’s National Security Space Launch program, the OmegA Launch System remains on track for its first certification flight in spring 2021. Northrop Grumman Successfully Completes Second Stage Test for OmegATM Rocket During today’s test, the second stage motor fired for full-duration,
Wed, 26 Feb 2020 19:10:00 +0100
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, SpaceLogistics LLC, have successfully completed the first docking of the Mission Extension Vehicle-1 (MEV-1) to the Intelsat 901 (IS-901) spacecraft in order to provide life-extension services. This historic accomplishment marks the first time two commercial satellites have docked in orbit and the first time that mission extension services will be offered to a satellite in geosynchronous orbit. MEV-1,
Tue, 25 Feb 2020 22:00:00 +0100
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC), along with NASA and Lockheed Martin, successfully completed its third and final qualification test of the Attitude Control Motor (ACM) for NASA’s Orion spacecraft Launch Abort System (LAS). “The qualification test is a critical step toward Artemis II, Orion’s first flight with astronauts,” said Pat Nolan, vice president, missile products, Northrop Grumman. “Completion of this milestone emphasizes Northrop Grumman’s commitment to deliver innovative
Mon, 24 Feb 2020 21:00:00 +0100
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has been selected by the U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center to develop a Protected Tactical SATCOM (PTS) rapid prototype payload for an on-orbit demonstration of assured tactical communications. The company was selected for the award through the Space Enterprise Consortium. “Since the very first protected communications mission, Northrop Grumman has been advancing technology to stay ahead of threats and help ensure this
Mon, 24 Feb 2020 11:25:00 +0100
The first two Airbus-built Pléiades Neo imaging satellites have started comprehensive environmental testing, to ensure they are ready for in-orbit operation. During the tests, the satellites are subjected to extreme temperatures and vacuum, vibration and acoustic noise, as well as electromagnetic interference. This will ensure they can withstand the harsh conditions they will experience during launch and their mission in orbit. These first two new generation very high-resolution
Mon, 24 Feb 2020 00:00:00 +0100
NASA's Juno mission has provided its first science results on the amount of water in Jupiter's atmosphere. Published recently in the journal Nature Astronomy, the Juno results estimate that at the equator, water makes up about 0.25% of the molecules in Jupiter's atmosphere — almost three times that of the Sun. These are also the first findings on the gas giant's abundance of water since the agency's 1995 Galileo mission suggested Jupiter might be extremely dry compared to the Sun (the
Mon, 24 Feb 2020 00:00:00 +0100
Surprising new data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope suggests the smooth, settled "brim" of the Sombrero galaxy's disk may be concealing a turbulent past. Hubble's sharpness and sensitivity resolves tens of thousands of individual stars in the Sombrero's vast, extended halo, the region beyond a galaxy's central portion, typically made of older stars. These latest observations of the Sombrero are turning conventional theory on its head, showing only a tiny fraction of older, metal-poor stars
Thu, 20 Feb 2020 15:00:00 +0100
A star of about eight percent the Sun’s mass has been caught emitting an enormous ‘super flare’ of X-rays – a dramatic high-energy eruption that poses a fundamental problem for astronomers, who did not think it possible on stars that small. The culprit, known by its catalogue number J0331-27, is a kind of star called an L dwarf. This is a star with so little mass that it is only just above the boundary of actually being a star. If it had any less mass, it would not possess the internal
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 00:49:00 +0100
Lockheed Martin's (NYSE: LMT) third satellite based on the modernized LM 2100™ bus launched from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana aboard an Ariane 5 rocket and is traveling to its transfer orbit for a series of in-orbit tests before operations are handed over to Sky Perfect JSAT Corporation (TYO: 9412). JCSAT-17 will provide flexible mobile communications services to users in Japan and the surrounding region. JCSAT-17 is the first Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) communications
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 00:00:00 +0100
Satellites for two operators based in the Asia-Pacific region – Japan’s SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation and the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) – were successfully deployed to geostationary transfer orbit on Arianespace’s latest Ariane 5 mission. Lifting off from the Spaceport in French Guiana, today’s flight delivered an estimated payload lift performance of 10,109 kg. JCSAT-17 was released first, separating from Ariane 5 at 27 minutes after liftoff; followed four minutes later by
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 00:00:00 +0100
Arianespace has delivered another Ariane 5 to the launch zone at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, clearing the way for its February 18 mission with two satellite payloads: SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation’s JCSAT-17 and GEO-KOMPSAT-2B for the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI). The Ariane 5 that will lift off on Arianespace’s Flight VA252 nears completion of its transfer from the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building to the ELA-3 launch zone. Riding atop a mobile launch table, Ariane
Mon, 17 Feb 2020 10:00:00 +0100
Solar Orbiter, ESA’s new Sun-exploring spacecraft, launched on Monday 10 February. It carries ten scientific instruments, four of which measure properties of the environment around the spacecraft, especially electromagnetic characteristics of the solar wind, the stream of charged particles flowing from the Sun. Three of these ‘in situ’ instruments have sensors located on the 4.4 m-long boom. “We measure magnetic fields thousands of times smaller than those we are familiar with on Earth,”
Mon, 17 Feb 2020 07:48:56 +0100
The Cygnus spacecraft, dedicated to deliver supplies to the International Space Station (ISS), has been successfully launched by an Antares rocket from Wallops Island, Virginia. Cygnus comprises two main sections: a Service Module from Northrop Grumman, and an enhanced Pressurized Cargo Module (PCM) developed and built by Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%). This is the 13th operational mission from Cygnus. The Cygnus resupply vehicle is a lifeline
Sat, 15 Feb 2020 22:19:00 +0100
MDA, a Maxar Technologies company (NYSE:MAXR) (TSX:MAXR), today announced that technology developed by its UK division in partnership with the UK Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency has begun its journey to the International Space Station (ISS). The European Space Agency (ESA)’s Columbus Ka-Band Terminal (COLKa) was launched today aboard the NG-13 Commercial Resupply Mission to the ISS. The MDA-built terminal will complement existing communication systems on board the ISS and utilise
Fri, 14 Feb 2020 14:57:00 +0100
At 16:00 CET on Thursday, 13 February, the critical first 83 hours of Solar Orbiter’s unique mission to study our star came to an end. “This early phase is like the birth of a child,” says Operations Director Andrea Accomazzo. “Engineers want to be sure that it can survive on its own in its new environment.” “In the case of a spacecraft, they need it to be powered by its solar arrays, able to communicate with Earth, and able to control its orientation in space.” After a thunderous
Fri, 14 Feb 2020 14:00:00 +0100
Using ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), astronomers have captured the unprecedented dimming of Betelgeuse, a red supergiant star in the constellation of Orion. The stunning new images of the star’s surface show not only the fading red supergiant but also how its apparent shape is changing. Betelgeuse has been a beacon in the night sky for stellar observers but it began to dim late last year. At the time of writing Betelgeuse is at about 36% of its normal brightness, a change noticeable even
Fri, 14 Feb 2020 10:51:00 +0100
It’s a scenario worthy of a Hollywood movie thriller: an approaching asteroid threatens the Earth, and an industry team is busily working on converting a telecommunications satellite into a kinetic interceptor to deflect this incoming menace. At Airbus, fiction has become reality, as the company’s Defence and Space operation in Germany is developing the Fast Kinetic impactor Deflection mission concept (FastKD), which would provide a rapid space-based deflection capability in an
Fri, 14 Feb 2020 00:56:00 +0100
Virgin Galactic has successfully completed another vital step on its path to commercial service, relocating SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity, to its commercial headquarters at Spaceport America’s Gateway to Space building. VSS Unity, attached to the carrier aircraft, VMS Eve, made the journey from Mojave, California, where the Company’s manufacturing facilities are based. The vehicle landed at 15:49MT, where it was greeted by an enthusiastic group of teammates who will operate the spaceship in New
Tue, 11 Feb 2020 11:52:00 +0100
KBR (NYSE: KBR) announced today it has been awarded a $400 million contract by NASA to provide intelligent systems research and development support services at the agency's Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. KBR will provide resources and technical expertise to support the Intelligent Systems Division on scientific research, technologies and applications development. The company's work will assist the division with a variety of research domains and the infusion of advanced information

 
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