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Mon, 25 May 2020 20:15:00 +0000
Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne failed to reach orbit in its first launch attempt May 25, with the mission “terminated” moments after the rocket’s release from its aircraft.
Mon, 25 May 2020 20:04:56 +0000
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration formally petitioned the FCC to reverse its decision to grant a spectrum license to Ligado.
Mon, 25 May 2020 13:15:32 +0000
Raytheon and a Northrop Grumman/Ball Aerospace team designed competing sensor payloads for the Next-Gen OPIR geosynchronous satellites.
Mon, 25 May 2020 11:31:13 +0000
China is gearing up to launch its Tianwen-1 Mars mission following the delivery of a Long March 5 launch vehicle to Wenchang launch center.
Mon, 25 May 2020 01:04:22 +0000
A report sent to Congress last week proposing changes to Space Force acquisition programs was an “initial version” and not the final product, the Air Force said.
Mon, 25 May 2020 00:00:24 +0000
To get a new, state-of-the-art crewed spacecraft ready to carry astronauts, SpaceX and NASA had to overcome problems with a technology long thought to be understood.
Sun, 24 May 2020 17:10:50 +0000
SpaceNews Senior Staff Writer Jeff Foust and Editor-in-Chief Brian Berger lead a live panel discussion about NASA's use of public-private partnerships to develop lunar landers that could return astronauts to the surface of the moon as soon as 2024. Featuring Draper, Dynetics and the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.
Sun, 24 May 2020 01:49:38 +0000
While both the president and vice president plan to attend the Demo-2 commercial crew launch, there will be far fewer people attending the first American human orbital spaceflight in nearly a decade than once expected.
Sat, 23 May 2020 20:36:35 +0000
Virgin Orbit says that it’s ready for its first orbital launch attempt, scheduled for May 24, while acknowledging potentially long odds of successfully placing a payload into orbit.
Fri, 22 May 2020 23:05:28 +0000
NASA has given SpaceX approval to proceed with final preparations for the first commercial crew mission with astronauts on board, although there is still work to complete ahead of the planned May 27 launch.
Fri, 22 May 2020 15:58:59 +0000
Join us the day after NASA’s Demo-2 commercial crew mission, scheduled to launch May 27, for a SpaceNews Live discussion with Maj. Gen. John Shaw, the two-star general responsible for ensuring the renowned 45th Operations Group’s Detachment 3 team is ready at a moment’s notice to lead astronaut-recovery operations.
Fri, 22 May 2020 12:55:39 +0000
Many space companies began working with their banks to apply as soon as PPP was unveiled in March, but were frustrated when the initial tranche of $320 million was committed in less than two weeks.
Thu, 21 May 2020 22:56:58 +0000
The U.S. Space Force is asking for changes in the rules that currently are in place for buying new weapon systems.
Thu, 21 May 2020 21:55:30 +0000
Satellite imaging companies are embracing long-awaited reforms to commercial remote sensing regulations, although one member of Congress doesn’t think the changes go far enough.
Thu, 21 May 2020 20:46:49 +0000
SDA wants information on "potential launch solutions" for its first 30 satellites to be deployed in low Earth orbit.
Thu, 21 May 2020 17:12:00 +0000
Bruno Carvalho, D-Orbit’s vice president of business development, said the company hopes to launch one of its InOrbit Now (ION) propulsive cubesat deployers every two to three months after proving out the system and lining up customers.
Thu, 21 May 2020 15:30:04 +0000
Preparations for the launch of a SpaceX commercial crew test flight with two NASA astronauts on board are continuing despite the unexpected departure of the head of the agency’s overall human spaceflight program.
Thu, 21 May 2020 11:53:09 +0000
The Senate Commerce Committee backed the nomination of Neil Jacobs to be the head of NOAA May 20, despite some lingering concerns by some members.
Thu, 21 May 2020 00:03:53 +0000
Space Force will have a field command focused on acquisition that will bring together several existing organizations
Wed, 20 May 2020 21:50:21 +0000
Virgin Orbit announced May 20 it will make the first flight of its LauncherOne air-launched vehicle as soon as May 24, but is setting modest expectations about the probability of success.
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Mon, 25 May 2020 21:43:54 +0000
The Antarctic Peninsula is the northernmost part of Antarctica, and has the mildest climate on the continent. In January, the warmest part of the year, the temperature averages 1 to 2 °C (34 to 36 °F). And it’s getting warmer. Those warm temperatures allow snow algae to grow, and now scientists have used remote sensing to map … Continue reading "The Coast of Antarctica is Starting to Turn Green" The post The Coast of Antarctica is Starting to Turn Green appeared first on Universe Today.
Mon, 25 May 2020 18:01:55 +0000
In 2017, astronomers used ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-millimeter Array) to look at the star AB Aurigae. It’s a type of young star called a Herbig Ae star, and it’s less then 10 million years old. At that time, they found a dusty protoplanetary disk there, with tell-tale gaps indicating spiral arms. Now they’ve taken another … Continue reading "This is an Actual Image of a Planet-Forming Disc in a Distant Star System" The post This is an Actual Image of a Planet-Forming Disc in a Distant Star System appeared first on Universe Today.
Sun, 24 May 2020 20:34:40 +0000
The US Space Force has announced that it is looking for a place to establish its new HQ, and is encouraging communities across the US to nominate themselves based on a set of criteria. The post U.S. Space Force is Looking For a Place to Put its Headquarters appeared first on Universe Today.
Sun, 24 May 2020 18:50:25 +0000
There are eight classical planets in our solar system, from speedy Mercury to distant Neptune. There are also numerous dwarf planets, such as Pluto and Ceres. While we continue to find more dwarf planets, there are some hints that another large planet could lurk far beyond Neptune. This Planet Nine is thought to be a … Continue reading "Maybe a Fleet of Tiny Spacecraft Could Help Detect a Primordial Black Hole Planet 9" The post Maybe a Fleet of Tiny Spacecraft Could Help Detect a Primordial Black Hole Planet 9 appeared first on Universe Today.
Sun, 24 May 2020 02:52:01 +0000
In honor of NASA's first Chief Astronomer and the "mother of Hubble," the WFIRST has been officially named the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope (Roman Space Telescope for short) The post WFIRST Will be Named After Nancy Grace Roman, NASA’s First Chief Astronomer appeared first on Universe Today.
Sat, 23 May 2020 02:29:53 +0000
Despite an unexpected fire during the latest static fire test, SpaceX's Starship prototype is alive and well and closer to flight-testing. The post The SpaceX Starship Could Fly This Summer! appeared first on Universe Today.
Fri, 22 May 2020 21:41:41 +0000
The date is finally set for OSIRIS-REx’s sampling maneuver. The spacecraft has been at asteroid Bennu since the end of December 2018. During that time, it’s found a few surprises, and mapped the surface in great detail. Now, we can circle October 20th on our calendars, as the date OSIRIS-Rex will collect its sample. OSIRIS-REx … Continue reading "OSIRIS-REx Will Collect a Sample from Bennu on October 20th" The post OSIRIS-REx Will Collect a Sample from Bennu on October 20th appeared first on Universe Today.
Fri, 22 May 2020 19:42:51 +0000
We’ve found thousands and thousands of exoplanets now. And spacecraft like TESS will likely find thousands and thousands more of them. But most exoplanets are gassy giants, molten hell-holes, or frozen wastes. How can we find those needles-in-the-haystack habitable worlds that may be out there? How can we narrow our search? Well, first of all, … Continue reading "Ocean Circulation Might Be the Key to Finding Habitable Exoplanets" The post Ocean Circulation Might Be the Key to Finding Habitable Exoplanets appeared first on Universe Today.
Fri, 22 May 2020 12:35:00 +0000
The North Pole ain’t what it used to be. Well, the geographic North Pole stays fixed over time (mostly because we define it to stay fixed over time) but the magnetic north pole constantly moves. And over the past decade it’s been moving out of Canada towards Siberia four times faster than it has in … Continue reading "Magnetic north is migrating towards Siberia. Here’s why" The post Magnetic north is migrating towards Siberia. Here’s why appeared first on Universe Today.
Thu, 21 May 2020 23:06:32 +0000
The US Space Force just announced that they will begin training so its new officers can become specialists in specific fields, like orbital warfare, electronic warfare, and space battle management. The post Space Force is Starting to Train its Soldiers to Fight… in Space? appeared first on Universe Today.

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