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Wed, 20 Nov 2019 16:52:45 +0000
Feng Yang, Spacety CEO and founder, talked with SpaceNews about his plans for small synthetic aperture radar satellites and the origins of the company at the Space Tech Expo Europe.
Wed, 20 Nov 2019 16:00:47 +0000
China used signals sent from NASA’s Juno probe orbiting Jupiter to test the capabilities of ground stations vital to its deep space ambitions.
Wed, 20 Nov 2019 14:49:44 +0000
The European Space Agency is preparing to allocate a few million euros to ensure Vega doesn’t have any repeats of its July launch failure, an agency official said Nov. 20.
Wed, 20 Nov 2019 14:39:49 +0000
While the physics associated with getting into orbit have not changed, the people, methods and ways we access and enable space have evolved. Credit the fuel of federal policy changes and innovation environments as the real force multipliers.
Wed, 20 Nov 2019 14:02:27 +0000
SpaceX’s plan to slash the cost of space transportation is shaking up the small satellite propulsion market.
Wed, 20 Nov 2019 13:02:50 +0000
OHB hopes to have a small launcher capable of sending 200 kilograms to low Earth orbit conduct a first flight by the end of 2021.
Wed, 20 Nov 2019 12:12:33 +0000
Commercial spaceports say they need to become more proactive in dealing with public opposition to proposed launch sites through a combination of education and community involvement.
Wed, 20 Nov 2019 10:40:05 +0000
Glavkosmos, the commercial subsidiary of Roscosmos, unveiled a web portal Nov. 20 for Russian rocket and space products.
Wed, 20 Nov 2019 09:32:22 +0000
The government of Brazil is ready to move into the next phase of efforts to attract commercial launch business to the country with the ratification of an agreement with the United States.
Tue, 19 Nov 2019 20:06:30 +0000
The report titled ”Iran Military Power” is part of a Defense Intelligence Agency effort to inform government leaders and the public on major foreign military challenges.
Tue, 19 Nov 2019 18:29:10 +0000
At the Space Tech Expo, space agency leaders said artificial intelligence will play key roles in many space programs of the future.
Tue, 19 Nov 2019 18:00:53 +0000
Dawn Harms, the former Boeing Satellite Systems International vice president for global sales and marketing, has joined Momentus to serve as chief revenue officer for the In-space transportation startup.
Tue, 19 Nov 2019 17:12:26 +0000
Portugal’s newly created space agency is considering a national constellation focused on maritime activity in the Atlantic Ocean.
Tue, 19 Nov 2019 16:27:10 +0000
China Satcom has filed an insurance claim for the loss of a communications satellite after failing to establish contact with the spacecraft.
Tue, 19 Nov 2019 15:58:24 +0000
Rather than waiting for international consensus on measures to mitigate the problem of space debris, space agencies and companies should take immediate action, said Jan Woerner, European Space Agency director general.
Tue, 19 Nov 2019 12:26:30 +0000
Boeing said Nov. 18 that a report issued last week by NASA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) regarding the commercial crew program, including claims that the company considered withdrawing from the program, was inaccurate.
Tue, 19 Nov 2019 12:11:16 +0000
Sweden, Germany, Italy, Scotland, Portugal and Norway all have spaceport ideas being discussed, OHB CEO Marco Fuchs said Nov. 19 at Space Tech Expo Europe here.
Tue, 19 Nov 2019 11:38:24 +0000
The European Commission is recommending a space budget of 16.2 billion euros ($17.9 billion) for 2021 through 2027, a nearly 50 percent increase over the 11 billion euros budgeted for 2014 through 2020.
Tue, 19 Nov 2019 04:50:22 +0000
NASA announced Nov. 18 that it was adding five companies to a contract to perform commercial deliveries of payloads to the surface of the moon, a group that ranges from small ventures to Blue Origin and SpaceX.
Mon, 18 Nov 2019 22:42:51 +0000
BREMEN, Germany — FCC Chairman Ajit Pai informed Congress Nov. 18 that the agency will run a public auction of C-band spectrum instead of allowing a consortium of satellite operators to sell it directly to 5G wireless operators.  Satellite operators Intelsat, SES and Telesat, acting as the C-Band Alliance, have been lobbying the Federal Communications […]
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Wed, 20 Nov 2019 08:04:57 +0100
The all-electric KONNECT communications satellite built by Thales Alenia Space, the joint company between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), for the international operator Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) is now undergoing final preparation prior to being shipped to the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, for a launch planned mid-January 2020. KONNECT will provide high-speed Internet services for markets in Africa and Western Europe. Offering total capacity of 75 Gbps,
Tue, 19 Nov 2019 14:03:00 +0100
The Euclid mission is taking shape in Airbus cleanrooms:  engineers are now finishing assembly of the telescope, the main instrument of the Payload Module, for which Airbus is responsible within this European Space Agency (ESA) mission led by Thales Alenia Space (TAS) as industrial prime contractor. The Euclid Payload Module contains the largest telescope with such optical performance ever designed and integrated by Airbus. After mounting the truss on the base plate, both made of silicon
Mon, 18 Nov 2019 21:11:00 +0100
A little robotic explorer will be rolling into Antarctica this month to perform a gymnastic feat - driving upside down under sea ice. BRUIE, or the Buoyant Rover for Under-Ice Exploration, is being developed for underwater exploration in extraterrestrial, icy waters by engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. It will spend the next month testing its endurance at Australia's Casey research station in Antarctica, in preparation for a mission that could one day
Mon, 18 Nov 2019 17:00:00 +0100
In response to the Nov. 14 Office of the Inspector General report titled “NASA’s Management of Crew Transportation to the International Space Station,” Boeing today issued the following statement: “We strongly disagree with the report’s conclusions about CST-100 Starliner pricing and readiness, and we owe it to the space community and the American public to share the facts the Inspector General [IG] missed,” said Jim Chilton, vice president and general manager of Boeing Space and Launch.
Mon, 18 Nov 2019 09:14:00 +0100
If a sci-fi spaceship does not come with hyperdrive then it is usually fitted with hibernation capsules instead. In movies from 2001: A Space Odyssey to Event Horizon, Alien to Passengers, fictional astronauts get put into ‘suspended animation’ to cross the vastness of space. Now ESA has investigated how real life crew hibernation would impact space mission design. Human hibernation has been the subject of initial research within the Discovery element of ESA’s Basic Activities, then
Fri, 15 Nov 2019 12:27:00 +0100
Airbus has completed another successful space mission. On 15 November, the TEXUS-56 rocket completed a scientific research flight. The research rocket took off at 10:35 CET from Kiruna, north Sweden, and gave the scientists involved six minutes of research in microgravity.  After the parachute landing of the rocket, the experiments were recovered by a helicopter team. The research teams will now evaluate the results. "Mission accomplished! Our TEXUS team from Bremen has once again done a
Fri, 15 Nov 2019 10:23:00 +0100
Airbus space engineers are currently testing the Copernicus Sentinel-6A satellite at the Space Test Centre of Industrieanlagen-Betriebsgesellschaft mbH (IABG) in Ottobrunn - near Munich - to prove its readiness for space. During the test campaign, which will last until spring 2020, the Airbus team will check that the satellite is able to survive the severe conditions of launch and the space environment. "Copernicus Sentinel-6" is an operational ocean altimetry mission to provide continuity
Thu, 14 Nov 2019 21:11:00 +0100
Even by the wild standards of the outer solar system, the strange orbits that carry Neptune's two innermost moons are unprecedented, according to newly published research. Orbital dynamics experts are calling it a "dance of avoidance" performed by the tiny moons Naiad and Thalassa. The two are true partners, orbiting only about 1,150 miles (1,850 kilometers) apart. But they never get that close to each other; Naiad's orbit is tilted and perfectly timed. Every time it passes the slower-moving
Thu, 14 Nov 2019 14:27:00 +0100
How are celestial bodies created? Aside from philosophical questions, researchers are taking practical steps to investigate the very first moments when planets are born – on a sounding rocket launching from Sweden next week. Astronomers conclude that planets are formed out of cosmic dust and gas from an interstellar cloud around a new-born star, but exactly how dust particles start to assemble into larger celestial bodies is still a mystery. Go back far enough in time and Earth will not
Wed, 13 Nov 2019 11:46:00 +0100
The platform for the International Space Station (ISS) is intended to provide new opportunities for research in weightlessness. Now the first hardware is being integrated at Airbus. Premiere in the clean room of Airbus in Bremen. The first parts of the Bartolomeo research platform have arrived and are now being integrated. In March next year, Bartolomeo will be launched to the ISS and mark a new phase of ISS utilisation.  Fast access to the ISS, the provision of high-speed data connections
Wed, 13 Nov 2019 11:00:00 +0100
In June, NASA’s Curiosity rover reported the highest burst of methane recorded yet, but neither ESA’s Mars Express nor the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter recorded any signs of the illusive gas, despite flying over the same location at a similar time. Methane is of such fascination because on Earth a large proportion is generated by living things. It is known that methane has a lifetime of several hundred years before it is broken down by the Sun’s radiation, so the fact that it is detected on
Tue, 12 Nov 2019 21:11:00 +0100
Scientists with NASA's Mars 2020 rover have discovered what may be one of the best places to look for signs of ancient life in Jezero Crater, where the rover will land on Feb. 18, 2021. A paper published today in the journal Icarus identifies distinct deposits of minerals called carbonates along the inner rim of Jezero, the site of a lake more than 3.5 billion years ago. On Earth, carbonates help form structures that are hardy enough to survive in fossil form for billions of years, including
Fri, 08 Nov 2019 21:11:00 +0100
NASA will contribute an instrument to a European space mission that will explore the atmospheres of hundreds of planets orbiting stars beyond our Sun, or exoplanets, for the first time. The instrument, called the Contribution to ARIEL Spectroscopy of Exoplanets, or CASE, adds scientific capabilities to ESA's (the European Space Agency's) Atmospheric Remote-sensing Infrared Exoplanet Large-survey, or ARIEL, mission. The ARIEL spacecraft with CASE on board is expected to launch in 2028.
Fri, 08 Nov 2019 18:00:00 +0100
Aerojet Rocketdyne and NASA recently demonstrated an Advanced Electric Propulsion System (AEPS) thruster at full power for the first time, achieving an important program milestone. Aerojet Rocketdyne-developed AEPS thrusters are slated to be used on the Power and Propulsion Element of NASA’s Gateway, the agency’s orbiting lunar outpost for robotic and human exploration operations in deep space. The state-of-the-art AEPS Hall thruster operated at 12.5 kilowatts (kW) as part of its final
Fri, 08 Nov 2019 11:19:00 +0100
The date is set for ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano’s first spacewalk of his Beyond mission. Friday 15 November marks the start of a series of complex spacewalks to service the cosmic-particle-hunting Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02). It is the first time a European astronaut will take a leading role and the full spacewalk will be streamed live via ESA Web TV from 12:50 CET (11:50 GMT). Luca and his spacewalking partner NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan will exit the International Space
Thu, 07 Nov 2019 21:11:00 +0100
In this time-lapse video, taken on Oct. 9, 2019, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, bunny-suited engineers move the Mars 2020 rover from a high bay in the Spacecraft Simulator Building into the facility's large vacuum chamber for testing in Mars-like environmental conditions. "Whenever you move the rover, it is a big deal," said Mars 2020 engineer Chris Chatellier of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. "There is a technician on every corner,
Thu, 07 Nov 2019 20:00:00 +0100
Boeing issued the following statement regarding the successful CST-100 Starliner pad abort test. The Nov. 4 pad abort test of our CST-100 Starliner was a success. The propulsion and flight and guidance systems each performed to plan, as did the separation of the service module, forward heat shield, and base heat shield. The parachute system also successfully worked to land the capsule safely and without damage. Although one of three parachutes in the parachute system did not deploy, the test
Thu, 07 Nov 2019 18:11:00 +0100
The era NASA called "Faster, Better, Cheaper" started with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory agreeing to land something on Mars - cheaply - and to do it in a radically different way. The documentary film "The Pathfinders" tells the story of how a small group of JPLers rose to the challenge, ignoring warnings that attempting to land a spacecraft on Mars with airbags wouldn't likely be a career-enhancing move. Caltech's Beckman Auditorium in Pasadena will host the documentary's screening on
Wed, 06 Nov 2019 09:08:00 +0100
Bremen/Friedrichshafen/Ottobrunn, 06 November 2019 – This year has already marked 50 years since the first landing on the Moon and 50 years since Airbus was founded. Now there is another 50th anniversary on the horizon: 50 years ago, Germany was elevated to the status of a spacefaring nation following the successful launch of Azur, its first research satellite. On 8 November 1969 at 2:52 am (CET), a Scout launch vehicle lifted off from Vandenberg, California, USA, carrying Azur into space. In
Wed, 06 Nov 2019 00:00:00 +0100
With multiple pre-flight milestones achieved in recent months, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) – which will succeed the Hubble Space Telescope – is on course for its historic launch by Arianespace on an Ariane 5. As the world’s premier space science observatory, the JWST will solve mysteries of the solar system, look for distant worlds, and probe the mysterious structures and origins of the universe. It is an international project led by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space

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