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This article originally appeared in the August 19, 2019 issue of SpaceNews magazine. When small launch vehicle developer Vector announced it was suspending operations Aug. 9, many in the industry wondered if this was the beginning of a long-anticipated shakeout of an overcrowded market. Instead, the problems may be specific to the company. “In response
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Rocks on the surface of Ryugu, the distant asteroid currently being explored by the Japanese space probe Hayabusa-2, bear a striking resemblance to rocks from meteorites that have crashed down on Earth. That’s according to a team of European and Japanese scientists who analyzed newly-released photos that Hayabusa-2’s robotic lander, MASCOT, took from the asteroid’s
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WASHINGTON — Shareholders of satellite operator AsiaSat have voted overwhelmingly in favor of privatization, setting the company on a course to delist from the Hong Kong stock exchange on Sept. 5. AsiaSat said Aug. 23 that shareholders controlling 99.8% of shares not already held by its majority owners, CITIC and Carlyle, voted in favor of
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This op-ed originally appeared in the August 19, 2019 issue of SpaceNews magazine. During Apollo’s heyday, large organizations like NASA ran on programmatic, linear planning models. MBAs were taught to develop business plans and boards held management accountable to the predefined objectives and milestones within them. “Deviation from plan” was equated with failure. Five decades
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WASHINGTON — United Launch Alliance completed the last launch of a Delta 4 Medium Aug. 22, sending a GPS-3 satellite into a medium Earth orbit for the U.S. Air Force.  The Delta 4 Medium rocket lifted off at 9:06 a.m. from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The GPS-3 satellite,
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WASHINGTON — As United Launch Alliance prepares for the last launch of its Delta 4 Medium rocket Thursday, the company is also counting down its final five missions with the Delta 4 Heavy.  Gary Wentz, ULA’s vice president of government and commercial programs, said the last Delta 4 heavy mission is currently slated for the
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PHOENIX – GHGSat, a Montreal company preparing to operate a constellation of greenhouse gas and air quality monitoring satellites, forged an agreement with a Canadian government foundation to monitor emissions in a region of British Columbia. Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), a foundation that supports environmental technologies, will contribute $3.3 million Canadian dollars ($2.48 million)
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The intelligence community and the DoD agreed to align U.S. Space Command and the NRO into a unified defense structure. WASHINGTON — The newly established U.S. Space Command and the National Reconnaissance Office will form a joint command structure for space operations, the acting director of national intelligence Joseph Maguire announced on Tuesday. For the
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WASHINGTON — Australia’s largest satellite operator Optus said Aug. 19 it will jointly pursue business connecting sensors and smart devices with Myriota, a startup planning a constellation of around 50 smallsats in low Earth orbit.  Optus, which operates five geostationary satellites covering Australia, said the partnership will combine its “national networks and digital enablement capabilities”
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WASHINGTON — While NASA has yet to update the schedule for the first flight of its Space Launch System, companies working on the heavy-lift rocket now expect the rocket to launch in early 2021 rather than 2020. The first launch of the SLS, on a mission called Artemis 1, had been formally scheduled for the
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DALLAS — NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center will manage the agency’s efforts to develop a lander needed to achieve the goal of landing astronauts on the moon by 2024, an announcement overshadowed by political wrangling about what center should be responsible. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, speaking at Marshall and flanked by three House members from
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Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, still wants to drop nuclear bombs on Mars to transform it into a livable planet for humans — as evidenced by his latest tweet on Friday morning. Nuke Mars! — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 16, 2019 Musk believes that by hitting Mars with nuclear weapons, the planet’s polar
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HELSINKI — India’s second lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2, is scheduled to enter lunar orbit Aug. 20 following a relatively circuitous journey to the moon. Back on Earth, India’s future space ambitions are also developing. The Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft entered lunar transfer trajectory Aug. 13 following five orbit maneuvers to raise its initial elliptical geocentric orbit after launch
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To receive FIRST UP Satcom, a weekly SpaceNews newsletter for satellite and telecom professionals, sign up here. TOP STORIES Australian farmers are celebrating the start of less restrictive satellite internet from the country’s twin Sky Muster broadband satellites. NBN, operator of the Ka-band satellites, announced Sky Muster Plus Aug. 11, providing an option for homes and business
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WASHINGTON — NASA will perform an independent review of the non-profit organization that runs the portion of the International Space Station designated a national laboratory while also calling for a “strategic pause” in that organization’s work. In a pair of tweets late Aug. 13, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said he was calling for the independent
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SAN FRANCISCO – Spire Global announced an agreement Aug. 13 to share data and develop new products alongside Concirrus, a London-based insurance analytics company. “The insurance sector is a data-based industry at its core and Spire can add deep intrinsic value to existing forecasting and modeling capabilities,” Peter Platzer, Spire Global CEO, told SpaceNews by
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