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Tue, 24 Apr 2018 02:47:23 +0000
Speedcast’s revenues more than doubled in 2017 as the satellite network operator began leveraging its acquisitions of U.S. companies Harris CapRock and UltiSat. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 01:18:18 +0000
NGA Director Cardillo: “I want the market to work … but government shouldn’t be their first customer. We should be their second customer.” SpaceNews.com
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 23:00:57 +0000
NASA’s new administrator said he’s “very excited” about leading the space agency as he takes office after an extended confirmation process. SpaceNews.com
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 19:24:12 +0000
USD Kernan: "we really haven’t taken all the advantage we can of technology.” SpaceNews.com
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 19:01:42 +0000
Wilson sat down with SpaceNews at the recent Space Symposium in Colorado Springs to discuss the ongoing reorganization of the Space and Missile Systems Center, space investment priorities and her plans to secure congressional support for budgets and management reforms. SpaceNews.com
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:54:23 +0000
In the months preceding the launch of Avanti’s Hylas-4 satellite, the British operators didn’t mince words when it described the importance of a successful mission as “critical.” SpaceNews.com
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:23:19 +0000
"We are trying to effectively link air, land, sea and space. The geospatial context on the ground may give you some type of indications and warning of something happening in space," said Chirag Parikh, director of NGA's Office of Source Strategies. SpaceNews.com
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 00:53:45 +0000
NASA’s next administrator, Jim Bridenstine, is set to be sworn into office April 23 as the space industry breathes a sigh of relief that his extended confirmation process is finally over. SpaceNews.com
Sun, 22 Apr 2018 23:31:54 +0000
Within the top five space contractors, from 2011 to 2017, ULA surpassed Boeing and became the top overall vendor. SpaceNews.com
Sat, 21 Apr 2018 16:53:32 +0000
"Other transactions authorities" allow the Air Force to go faster to prototyping. SpaceNews.com
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 23:19:54 +0000
GEOShare, a Lockheed Martin subsidiary matching missions with orbital slots in an effort to boost satellite sales, has signed up over 150 missions and over 100 orbital locations, said Lon Levin, GEOShare president and chief executive. SpaceNews.com
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:46:40 +0000
As Lockheed Martin prepares to complete assembly of the Orion spacecraft flying on the first SLS mission, the company says it’s making progress in lowering the costs of the future spacecraft, including through reuse. SpaceNews.com
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:03:03 +0000
Air Force and NRO leaders emphasized their close ties at the 34th Space Symposium here and offered proof the relationship is helping them share capabilities. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 22:22:38 +0000
David Hartshorn, one of the satellite industry’s most vocal advocates and a prominent defender of its spectrum rights, is resigning from the Global VSAT Forum. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:46:47 +0000
Blue Origin's CEO says he expects the company’s BE-4 engine to complete qualification testing by the end of the year as the company ramps up work on its New Glenn orbital rocket. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:42:00 +0000
The number of space-related technology patent applications filed in China over the five-year period grew by 13.3 percent. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:23:51 +0000
WASHINGTON — French fleet operator Eutelsat finished a lengthy 302 million euro ($372.9 million) sale of its stake in Spanish fleet operator Hispasat after gaining long-awaited approval from Spain’s government. The divestiture was first announced last May and expected to close that year, but required approval from Spain’s Council of Ministers, which didn’t occur until […] SpaceNews.com
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:55:51 +0000
The most contentious nomination process for a NASA administrator in the agency’s six-decade history came to an end April 19 when the Senate voted to confirm Jim Bridenstine. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:42:07 +0000
Harris Corp. plans to offer the U.S. Air Force an updated version of a legacy sensor for future weather satellite. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:21:02 +0000
Arianespace on April 19 announced a agreement Japan’s Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation BSAT and satellite manufacturer Space Systems Loral to launch the BSAT-4b satellite on an Ariane 5 rocket in 2020. SpaceNews.com
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Tue, 24 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200
Many of NASA's most iconic spacecraft towered over the engineers who built them: think Voyagers 1 and 2, Cassini or Galileo -- all large machines that could measure up to a school bus. But in the past two decades, mini-satellites called CubeSats have made space accessible to a new generation. These briefcase-sized boxes are more focused in their abilities and have a fraction of the mass -- and cost -- of some past titans of space. In May, engineers will be watching closely as NASA
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200
Arianespace announced today that it will launch BSAT-4b, under the term of a turnkey contract between B-SAT and Maxar’s SSL. BSAT-4b will be launched by an Ariane 5 in 2020 from the Guiana Space Center, Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, as part of a turnkey contract between the Japanese satellite operator B-SAT and the California-based satellite manufacturer SSL. Since the creation of B-SAT, Arianespace has launched all nine of its satellites. BSAT-4b will be the 10th
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:30:00 +0200
The European service module that will provide power, water, air and electricity to NASA’s Orion Moon module has taken a large step closer to completion with the installation of its fuel tanks and testing of its solar wings. Orion will eventually fly beyond the Moon with astronauts. The first mission – without astronauts – is getting ready for launch in 2019. The large tanks that will provide propellant for the spacecraft are now fitting snuggly inside the spacecraft at the Airbus assembly
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:40:00 +0200
The next Sentinel satellite for Europe’s environmental monitoring Copernicus programme is poised for liftoff from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in northern Russia. The Sentinel-3B satellite has been at the cosmodrome since mid-March being readied for its ride into space on 25 April at 17:57 GMT (19:57 CEST). After being sealed from view in the rocket fairing last week, it was rolled out to the launch pad and hoisted into the launch tower at the weekend. Bruno Berruti, ESA’s Sentinel-3
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200
A new highly precise MicroWave Radiometer (MWR) built by Airbus is ready to start operations after the launch of the Sentinel-3B satellite built by Thales Alenia Space as prime contractor for this program. It is one of the essential instruments of the Sentinel-3 spacecraft, measuring atmospheric humidity as supplementary information for tropospheric path correction of the altimeter signal. In addition, MWR data is useful to measure surface emissivity and soil moisture over land, surface energy
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200
These NASA Hubble Space Telescope images compare two diverse views of the roiling heart of a vast stellar nursery, known as the Lagoon Nebula. The images, one taken in visible and the other in infrared light, celebrate Hubble’s 28th anniversary in space. The colorful visible-light image at left reveals a fantasy landscape of ridges, cavities, and mountains of gas and dust. This dust-and-gas landscape is being sculpted by powerful ultraviolet radiation and hurricane-like stellar winds
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:24:47 +0200
The Proton M booster with the Breeze M upper stage that was launched on April 19, 2018, at 01:12 am Moscow time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome has successfully delivered a Russian military payload into orbit. This was the first  launch in 2018 and the 417th launch overall of the Proton launch vehicle (including all its modifications starting in 1965). The Proton launch vehicle and the Breeze M upper stage were developed and are manufactured at the Khrunichev State Research and Production
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:23:41 +0200
NanoRacks is pleased to announce that the Company will be pursuing International Space Station opportunities in cooperation with Altec and Thales Alenia Space, a Joint Venture between Thales 67% and Leonardo 33%. To pursue these opportunities, NanoRacks will be staffing its first formal European-based office at Altec’s facilities in Turin, Italy.   The office will serve as a business development hub for European and Asian customers. International customers will enjoy NanoRacks end-to-end
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 02:21:53 +0200
Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, announced that the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), built by the company for NASA, was successfully launched today aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. As the first-ever exoplanet satellite to perform a survey of the entire sky, TESS will identify planets ranging from Earth-sized to Jupiter-sized, orbiting a wide range of stellar types and in various orbital regimes. The principal goal of the TESS mission is
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200
NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) launched on the first-of-its-kind mission to find worlds beyond our solar system, including some that could support life. TESS, which is expected to find thousands of new exoplanets orbiting nearby stars, lifted off at 6:51 p.m. EDT Wednesday on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. At 7:53 p.m., the twin solar arrays that will power the spacecraft successfully deployed. “We
Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:00:00 +0200
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has built two small, Polar Scout satellites for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in partnership with Millennium Engineering and Integration. The satellites have flexible radio frequency receivers to help search and rescue teams locate emergency beacons in remote areas, such as the Arctic. Raytheon assembles small satellites at its advanced missile production facility in Tucson, Arizona. Raytheon assembled the small satellites at the company's advanced
Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:42:55 +0200
Cobham announces at the 34th Space Symposium (Stand 509) it has recently been awarded contracts by Lockheed Martin Space to supply a suite of space-rated life support and propulsion components for NASA’s Orion deep space exploration spacecraft. The components will fly on the Exploration Mission-2 crew module, the first flight of Orion with astronauts onboard.  Components for the Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) include regulators, positive pressure relief valves, check and
Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:00:00 +0200
Astronomers using ESA’s XMM-Newton space observatory have probed the gas-filled haloes around galaxies in a quest to find ‘missing’ matter thought to reside there, but have come up empty-handed – so where is it? All the matter in the Universe exists in the form of ‘normal’ matter or the notoriously elusive and invisible dark matter, with the latter around six times more prolific. Curiously, scientists studying nearby galaxies in recent years have found them to contain three times less
Wed, 18 Apr 2018 01:00:00 +0200
The report, now available on ASDReports, "Satellite Communication (SATCOM) Equipment Market by Product (Receiver, Transmitter/Transponder, Transceiver, Antenna, Modem/Router), Technology (VSAT, SATCOM on the Move, SATCOM on the Pause), End-Use, Vertical, and Region - Global Forecast to 2022", The SATCOM equipment market is estimated to be USD 20.20 Billion in 2017 and is projected to reach USD 30.32 Billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 8.46% during the forecast period. The growth of this market is
Wed, 18 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200
DENVER, April 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has submitted a competitive and fully compliant proposal for the U.S. Air Force's GPS III Follow On (GPS IIIF) program, which will add enhanced capabilities to the most advanced GPS satellites ever designed. The GPS IIIF program intends to produce up to 22 next-generation satellites. The Air Force's first 10 GPS III satellites, currently in full production at Lockheed Martin, are already the most powerful GPS satellites ever
Tue, 17 Apr 2018 19:00:00 +0200
Every day, BAE Systems’ space products are on the job performing national security, civil, and commercial missions. Whether it is helping to monitor the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, tracking international terrorists and drug traffickers, supporting international peacekeeping and humanitarian relief operations, enabling deep space exploration, or assessing the impact of natural disasters, our space products have been reliably processing data on the ground and in all satellite
Tue, 17 Apr 2018 17:00:00 +0200
Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS), a global leader in applied additive technology solutions, and Phoenix Analysis & Design Technologies, Inc. (PADT) jointly announced the companies are teaming with Lockheed Martin Space to deliver next-generation 3D printed parts for NASA’s Orion deep-space spacecraft. Key to the project are Stratasys advanced materials – including an ESD variant of the new Antero™ 800NA, a PEKK-based thermoplastic offering high performance mechanical, chemical, and thermal
Tue, 17 Apr 2018 13:38:00 +0200
ESA has signed a collaboration agreement with Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) and Goonhilly Earth Station (GES) for Commercial Lunar Mission Support Services at the Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, USA. This innovative commercial partnership for exploration aims to develop a European lunar telecommunications and navigation infrastructure, including the delivery of payloads and nanosats to lunar orbit. The partnership allows for a low-risk, phased approach to implementing a
Tue, 17 Apr 2018 02:21:15 +0200
During the 34th annual Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Orbital ATK (NYSE:OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, today provided a detailed update on the important progress being made on its Next Generation Launch System. The company reaffirmed its commitment to the U.S. Air Force’s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program for national security space missions with the announcement of the name of the rocket, OmegA, and the selection of its upper stage
Tue, 17 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200
Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have for the first time precisely measured the distance to one of the oldest objects in the universe, a collection of stars born shortly after the big bang. This new, refined distance yardstick provides an independent estimate for the age of the universe. The new measurement also will help astronomers improve models of stellar evolution. Star clusters are the key ingredient in stellar models because the stars in each grouping are at the same

 
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