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Wed, 17 Aug 2022 22:33:22 +0000
NASA’s Space Launch System made its third trip to the launch pad Aug. 17, this time with the intent of lifting by early next month. The post SLS arrives at the pad for Artemis 1 launch appeared first on SpaceNews.
Wed, 17 Aug 2022 22:29:55 +0000
U.S. military and allied forces in upcoming exercises will put to the test commercial technologies that could help detect GPS jamming or other activities that disrupt satellite-based navigation. The post Commercial geospatial technologies that detect GPS disruptions to be tested in military exercises appeared first on SpaceNews.
Wed, 17 Aug 2022 13:11:16 +0000
A historical warfare perspective on enhancing satellite survivability and ensuring commercial satellites are more agile in today’s threat environment. The post Op-ed | Preparing for Maneuver Warfare in Space – The Next Battleground appeared first on SpaceNews.
Wed, 17 Aug 2022 08:00:15 +0000
Will regulators show mercy for constellation hopefuls battling unprecedented manufacturing and launch constraints outside their control? The post Seeking Regulatory Mercy: The case for extending constellation deployment deadlines appeared first on SpaceNews.
Wed, 17 Aug 2022 03:22:48 +0000
Ball Aerospace and Seagate Technology Holdings are working together to develop and test high-capacity commercial data processing and storage devices for spaceflight applications. The post Ball and Seagate test data storage devices for satellites appeared first on SpaceNews.
Tue, 16 Aug 2022 22:20:51 +0000
Supply chain issues have delayed the launch of the first operational satellite in AST SpaceMobile’s cellphone-compatible broadband constellation by about six months to late 2023. The post AST SpaceMobile delays commercial satellite debut by six months appeared first on SpaceNews.
Tue, 16 Aug 2022 21:53:18 +0000
A large ship that Blue Origin planned to convert into a landing platform for New Glenn boosters is instead being sent to the scrapyard as the company changes its recovery plans. The post Blue Origin scraps original recovery ship for New Glenn boosters appeared first on SpaceNews.
Tue, 16 Aug 2022 20:48:19 +0000
Orion Space Solutions announced Aug. 16 it was selected by the U.S. Space Force to develop three small satellites for a demonstration of on-orbit services in geostationary Earth orbit. The post Orion Space wins U.S. Space Force contract for on-orbit services experiment appeared first on SpaceNews.
Tue, 16 Aug 2022 14:15:36 +0000
A legislative proposal in the 2023 defense spending bill calling on DoD to leverage commercial space networks marks a victory of sorts for the SmallSat Alliance. The post On National Security | SmallSat Alliance steps up push for a military comms ‘outernet’ appeared first on SpaceNews.
Tue, 16 Aug 2022 11:20:54 +0000
Astrobotic Technology, a lunar lander developer, has made a formal bid for “substantially all” of the assets of Masten Space Systems, another lander company that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month. The post Astrobotic bids for Masten Space Systems assets appeared first on SpaceNews.
Tue, 16 Aug 2022 11:10:43 +0000
A Chinese reusable experimental spacecraft remains in orbit nearly two weeks after launch, despite passing directly over its expected landing site early Monday. The post China’s spaceplane remains in orbit but clues emerge from recovered launch debris appeared first on SpaceNews.
Mon, 15 Aug 2022 21:00:06 +0000
While there have been successful projects demonstrating readily available industry capability, the Department of Defense has not yet successfully institutionalized the imperative of responsive space The post Op-ed | DoD falling short on responsive space capabilities appeared first on SpaceNews.
Mon, 15 Aug 2022 17:02:15 +0000
Space logistics company D-Orbit said Aug. 12 it has canceled plans to go public by merging with Breeze Holdings Acquisition Corp, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). The post D-Orbit cancels SPAC merger plan appeared first on SpaceNews.
Mon, 15 Aug 2022 15:29:26 +0000
The U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command awarded SpaceX a $1.9 million one-year contract to provide Starlink internet services in Europe and Africa starting this month. The post SpaceX gets $1.9 million Air Force contract for Starlink services in Europe and Africa appeared first on SpaceNews.
Sun, 14 Aug 2022 23:22:53 +0000
How pandemic and war dealt a double whammy to a supply chain already struggling to keep up. The post Smallsat’s supply chain woes appeared first on SpaceNews.
Sun, 14 Aug 2022 22:39:58 +0000
Virgin Orbit now expects to perform four launches this year, at the low end of earlier projections, but with a higher per-launch revenue. The post Virgin Orbit reduces launch forecast while increasing per-launch revenue appeared first on SpaceNews.
Sun, 14 Aug 2022 21:00:09 +0000
Once-in-a-generation advances in commercial technology will fundamentally strengthen the U.S. economic and security posture in space The post Op-ed | Why a ‘hybrid’ space architecture makes sense for economic and national security appeared first on SpaceNews.
Sun, 14 Aug 2022 09:15:04 +0000
Satellite ground stations that for decades have been operated by the U.S. Army will be officially handed over to the Space Force on Aug. 15. The post U.S. Army hands over satellite operations to Space Force, but keeps a foothold in space appeared first on SpaceNews.
Sat, 13 Aug 2022 21:43:50 +0000
NASA and the U.S. Space Force have resolved an issue with the flight termination system on the Space Launch System that could have cut short the vehicle’s inaugural launch campaign. The post NASA, Space Force resolve SLS flight termination system issue appeared first on SpaceNews.
Fri, 12 Aug 2022 21:46:55 +0000
Vice President Kamala Harris said Aug. 12 that the National Space Council will work to revise commercial space regulations that have become “simply outdated” as the industry evolves. The post Harris says U.S. to update commercial space regulations appeared first on SpaceNews.
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Wed, 17 Aug 2022 09:25:00 +0200
Even before its launch, NASA’s Lucy mission was already on track to break records by visiting more asteroids than any previous mission. Now, after a surprise result from a long-running observation campaign, the mission can add one more asteroid to the list. On March 27, Lucy’s science team discovered that the smallest of the mission’s Trojan asteroid targets, Polymele, has a satellite of its own. On that day, Polymele was expected to pass in front of a star, allowing the team to observe the
Tue, 16 Aug 2022 14:00:00 +0200
ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) has imaged the result of a spectacular cosmic collision — the galaxy NGC 7727. This giant was born from the merger of two galaxies, an event that started around a billion years ago. At its centre lies the closest pair of supermassive black holes ever found, two objects that are destined to coalesce into an even more massive black hole. Just as you may bump into someone on a busy street, galaxies too can bump into each other. But while galactic interactions
Tue, 16 Aug 2022 10:29:00 +0200
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California has selected Microchip Technology Inc. of Chandler, Arizona, to develop a High-Performance Spaceflight Computing (HPSC) processor that will provide at least 100 times the computational capacity of current spaceflight computers. This key capability would advance all types of future space missions, from planetary exploration to lunar and Mars surface missions. “This cutting-edge spaceflight processor will have a tremendous impact on our
Tue, 16 Aug 2022 09:24:00 +0200
Rocket Lab USA, Inc (Nasdaq: RKLB) today announced its upcoming 30th Electron launch will deliver its 150th payload and 300th Rutherford engine to space. The mission is a dedicated launch for Japanese  Earth-imaging satellite constellation operator Synspective. “The Owl Spreads Its Wings” mission is scheduled to lift-off from Pad B at Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 in New Zealand during a launch window opening in mid-September. The mission is the second of a bulk buy of three Electron launches
Tue, 16 Aug 2022 08:04:48 +0200
The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] built Orion spacecraft has completed its 22-mile, 6-hour journey from the Launch Abort System Facility at Kennedy Space Center, to launch pad 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Orion is now another step closer to its first test flight on Dec. 4, 2014. “This spacecraft is going to push the boundaries of scientific discovery and human achievement,” said Michael Hawes, Lockheed Martin Orion program manager. “One day, not too far in the future, an
Mon, 15 Aug 2022 09:49:00 +0200
Europe’s first commercial satellite capable of being completely reprogrammed while in space is now in commercial use. Satellite operator Eutelsat has sold six of its eight beams – used for data and mobile communications – to organisations including governments and other users. It is expected that the entire satellite capacity will be sold in the coming months. The satellite – called Eutelsat Quantum – was launched on 30 July 2021 by an Ariane 5 from Europe’s spaceport in French
Fri, 12 Aug 2022 10:13:00 +0200
Analyzing data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and several other observatories, astronomers have concluded that the bright red supergiant star Betelgeuse quite literally blew its top in 2019, losing a substantial part of its visible surface and producing a gigantic Surface Mass Ejection (SME). This is something never before seen in a normal star's behavior. Our Sun routinely blows off parts of its tenuous outer atmosphere, the corona, in an event known as a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME).
Fri, 12 Aug 2022 10:05:00 +0200
Astronomers have long sought the launch sites for some of the highest-energy protons in our galaxy. Now a study using 12 years of data from NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope confirms that one supernova remnant is just such a place. Fermi has shown that the shock waves of exploded stars boost particles to speeds comparable to that of light. Called cosmic rays, these particles mostly take the form of protons, but can include atomic nuclei and electrons. Because they all carry an electric
Thu, 11 Aug 2022 21:40:00 +0200
NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) officially marked the handover and commencement of operations of the Landsat 9 Earth observation satellite. Landsat 9 was designed, built and tested by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) at its Gilbert, Arizona satellite facility and was launched into orbit aboard an Atlas V rocket in September 2021. The satellite completed its systems verification and commissioning in late July 2022. “Northrop Grumman-built satellites like Landsat 9 are vital
Thu, 11 Aug 2022 13:12:00 +0200
Astronomers have long sought the launch sites for some of the highest-energy protons in our galaxy. Now a study using 12 years of data from NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope confirms that one supernova remnant is just such a place. Fermi has shown that the shock waves of exploded stars boost particles to speeds comparable to that of light. Called cosmic rays, these particles mostly take the form of protons, but can include atomic nuclei and electrons. Because they all carry an electric
Thu, 11 Aug 2022 12:56:00 +0200
Virgin Orbit (Nasdaq: VORB), a leading launch provider, announced today that it has signed an agreement with South Korean investment group J-Space. The agreement will allow the companies to assess candidate spaceport launch sites in South Korea, with the goal of providing satellite launch services from there using Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne System. The cooperative effort is designed to act as a catalyst to the burgeoning Korean small satellite and space solutions market, stimulate local
Thu, 11 Aug 2022 11:00:00 +0200
We all wish that we could sometimes see into the future. Now, thanks to the very latest data from ESA’s star mapping Gaia mission, astronomers can do just that for the Sun. By accurately identifying stars of similar mass and composition, they can see how our Sun is going to evolve in the future. And this work extends far beyond a little astrophysical clairvoyance. Gaia’s third major data release (DR3) was made public on 13 June 2022. One of the major products to come out of this release was
Wed, 10 Aug 2022 19:00:00 +0200
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) is expanding its solid rocket motor manufacturing facilities with the groundbreaking of new state-of-the art facilities to support nearly every phase of solid rocket motor manufacturing, including case manufacturing, propellant mixing and casting, and final assembly. The infrastructure investment and expansion of solid rocket motor manufacturing will more than triple the company’s capacity to deliver its 63-inch-diameter Graphite Epoxy Motor (GEM 63)
Tue, 09 Aug 2022 13:45:04 +0200
Vaya Space, the vortex-hybrid engine rocket company and emerging leader in sustainable space access, announced today that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has awarded two patents to the Company on its breakthrough vortex-hybrid propulsion technology. Privately held Vaya Space, with operations in both the US and Brazil, has recently emerged as one of the leaders in the space industry and small satellite launch sector.  The Company took a technology-first and different
Tue, 09 Aug 2022 11:49:00 +0200
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and Firefly Aerospace have joined forces to provide an American-built first-stage upgrade for the Antares rocket and a new medium launch vehicle to serve commercial, civil and national security space launch markets. “Through our collaboration, we will first develop a fully domestic version of our Antares rocket, the Antares 330, for Cygnus space station commercial resupply services, followed by an entirely new medium class launch vehicle,” said Scott
Tue, 09 Aug 2022 08:57:00 +0200
NASA’s water-scouting CubeSat is now poised to hitch a ride to lunar orbit. Not much bigger than a shoe box, Lunar IceCube’s data will have an outsized impact on lunar science. The satellite is integrated into the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and ready to journey to the Moon as part of the uncrewed Artemis I mission, launching this year. Orbiting the Moon, Lunar IceCube will use a spectrometer to investigate lunar ice. Earlier missions revealed water ice on the Moon, but Lunar IceCube
Mon, 08 Aug 2022 09:17:00 +0200
Despite signs of wear, the intrepid spacecraft is about to start an exciting new chapter of its mission as it climbs a Martian mountain. Ten years ago today, a jetpack lowered NASA’s Curiosity rover onto the Red Planet, beginning the SUV-size explorer’s pursuit of evidence that, billions of years ago, Mars had the conditions needed to support microscopic life. Since then, Curiosity has driven nearly 18 miles (29 kilometers) and ascended 2,050 feet (625 meters) as it explores Gale Crater
Mon, 08 Aug 2022 09:11:00 +0200
Alongside cultural heavyweights such as Disney’s “Encanto” and Warner Brothers’ “The Batman,” a short film created at Goddard shares the screen next week at a festival honoring standout works of computer animated storytelling. “A Web Around Asteroid Bennu” highlights the tricky navigation it took for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission to collect a sample from asteroid Bennu in 2020. Produced at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, the video will show in Vancouver, British
Fri, 05 Aug 2022 10:00:00 +0200
ESA and NASA’s Artemis I spacecraft is cleared for launch after a series of final tests at the US Kennedy Space Center in Florida. ESA’s European Service Module (ESM) will provide electrical power and propel the uncrewed Orion capsule in an extended orbit around the Moon, setting the scene for future crewed missions. ESA has already delivered its second ESM for Artemis II and is currently building its third ESM. Eventually, Artemis III will return astronauts to the lunar surface for the first
Fri, 05 Aug 2022 09:58:00 +0200
A piece of space hardware set to make the long journey to begin orbiting around a water world in the outer Solar System recently finished its second round of testing this year at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. The High-Gain antenna (HGA) for NASA’s Europa Clipper, which will conduct nearly 50 flybys of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa, was at Langley’s Experimental Test Range (ETR) in March and April and then again in June and July so researchers could assess its ability to

 
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