Space

WASHINGTON — 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. The company said in a statement that it current plans to perform its inaugural LauncherOne mission May 24, with “Cosmic Girl,” the
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Space Force will have a field command focused on acquisition that will bring together several existing organizations WASHINGTON — One unfinished piece of business for the leaders of the U.S. Space Force is figuring out the organization of space acquisition agencies that currently operate independently. A plan to consolidate diverse procurement organizations under a single
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SMC awarded a six-month extension while it reviews bids for launch systems engineering and integration services. WASHINGTON — The U.S. Space Force’s launch enterprise awarded ManTech a $20.9 million six-month contract extension to provide systems engineering and integration services until September 2020. The Space and Missile Systems Center said last month it would extend ManTech’s
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The contract announced May 18 is for two Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared missile warning satellites to be deployed in polar orbits. WASHINGTON — Northrop Grumman received a $2.37 billion contract to develop two satellites that will be part of a future constellation that provides the U.S. military early warning of incoming missiles. The contract announced
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SAN FRANCISCO – Isotropic Systems won two defense contracts in two months, an important sign the satellite terminal developer is diversifying its customer base, John Finney, Isotropic founder and CEO, told SpaceNews. On May 18, Isotropic announced a contract with the Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), an organization established in 2015 to help the U.S.
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HELSINKI — China’s commercial satellite sector is expecting to see a boost after satellite internet was added to a list of “new infrastructures” to receive government support. The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) added ‘satellite internet’ to a list of “new infrastructures” in an April meeting (Chinese). The NDRC provided a clearer definition of
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The flag is derived from the Space Force seal that Trump approved in January. WASHINGTON — President Trump on May 15 was presented with the official flag of the U.S. Space Force by Chief of Space Operations Gen. John Raymond and senior enlisted adviser Chief Master Sgt. Roger Towberman. In attendance at the Oval Office
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WASHINGTON — Intelsat hopes it can eliminate around half of its $15 billion debt load through its recent bankruptcy, a change that would free the company to invest in next generation satellite technologies, according to a company executive.  “This was something that we’ve had to deal with for a while,” Samer Halawi, Intelsat’s chief commercial
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WASHINGTON — Three satellite operators whose fleets have at least some C-band coverage of the United States are taking the Federal Communications Commission to court over their exclusion from an upcoming spectrum auction that stands to transfer billions of dollars to competitors with larger shares of the market.  Bermuda-based ABS and Hispasat of Spain have
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SAN FRANCISCO – Silicon Valley space mapping startup LeoLabs unveiled a service May 13 to help commercial and government satellite operators avoid collisions with debris and other satellites in low Earth orbit. LeoLabs operates three ground-based phased array radars to track satellites and debris in low Earth orbit. Drawing on the radar data, LeoLabs created
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WASHINGTON — Richard Branson, the founder and largest shareholder of suborbital spaceflight company Virgin Galactic, will sell more than a fifth of Virgin Group’s majority stake in the company to raise funds to aid its other companies affected by the pandemic. In a statement May 11, the company announced that Vieco 10, the Virgin Group
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WASHINGTON — The United Arab Emirates plans to double the size of its astronaut corps by early next year with the selection of two new astronauts from a pool of more than 4,000 applicants. The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre announced May 10 that it received 4,305 applications from citizens of the UAE to become
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WASHINGTON — NASA has selected an official with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s satellite division to lead its Earth science programs, a search that took more than a year to complete. Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA associate administrator for science, announced May 5 that the agency had hired Karen St. Germain as the new director of
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WASHINGTON — Despite sticker shock from some quarters, Aerojet Rocketdyne says a new contract for producing engines for NASA’s Space Launch System will result in cost reductions compared to the engines used on the space shuttle. NASA announced May 1 it had awarded a contract to Aerojet valued at $1.79 billion to produce 18 RS-25
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WASHINGTON — As the Federal Aviation Administration licenses another commercial spaceport, it has formally opened an office to address the issues facing such launch sites. The FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) issued a launch site operators license, better known as a spaceport license, May 5 to the Titusville-Cocoa Airport Authority. The license allows
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The House Armed Services Committee said the FCC’s approval of Ligado’s proposal disregards federal law. WASHINGTON — The House Armed Services Committee fired the latest salvo in a growing dispute over the Federal Communications Commission’s approval of a 5G network that could interfere with GPS. In a May 7 letter committee leaders asked FCC commissioners
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SAN FRANCISCO – Finland’s Iceye is demonstrating for customers its ability to detect millimeter-scale vertical differences by comparing data in multiple Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite images of the same location. In the past, this product, called satellite interferometry, has been provided by operators of large satellites. Airbus Defence and Space, for example, performs interferometry,
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WASHINGTON — Seven members of the European Parliament, the legislative branch of the European Union, are pushing for a recovery plan for space companies hurt by the coronavirus pandemic.  The parliamentarians wrote to Thierry Breton, a commissioner overseeing space in the EU’s executive branch, the European Commission, estimating that the European space sector could contract
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At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, DoD officials argued that Ligado’s 5G network will cause interference both for civilian and military users of GPS. WASHINGTON — The Pentagon says it will formally appeal the Federal Communications Commission’s unanimous approval of the Ligado proposal to create a cellular network by repurposing a portion of radio
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WASHINGTON — Spacecraft technology company Tethers Unlimited on May 6 announced its acquisition by Amergint Technology Holdings, a Colorado company specialized in satellite ground systems.  Amergint Technology said it is acquiring Tethers Unlimited for an undisclosed sum. Based in Bothell, Washington, Tethers Unlimited was founded in 1994 by Robert Hoyt, its chief executive, and the
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WASHINGTON — NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine wants the space agency to play a bigger role in national strategy, including requiring countries interested in participating in the Artemis program to accept “norms of behavior” for safe space operations. Bridenstine, speaking May 5 at a Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) webinar, said that the agency’s
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