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MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. — OneWeb Satellites, the joint venture of Airbus and OneWeb, formally opened its Florida factory that will soon be producing satellites for OneWeb’s constellation at the rate of two per day. The July 22 ribbon-cutting ceremony at the 9,750-square-meter factory, located just outside the gates of the Kennedy Space Center here, marked
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Observing anniversaries of historic events is part of human culture. It helps us to remember and reflect on transformative moments of our civilization. Too often, however, these anniversaries represent tragedies that have been imprinted on the public consciousness. For example, one will hear people say, “I remember the moment that I learned that JFK had
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WASHINGTON — Satellite and rocket hardware provider Ruag Space signed a contract with Firefly Aerospace to provide payload adapters for its small launch vehicles.  Ruag Space will provide the adapters, which lock satellites in place during launch and release them once in space, as part of a long-term purchase agreement.  Ruag Space spokesperson Carrie Rice
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The U.K. will invest $34 million in small satellites, will increase support for the Combined Space Operations Center. WASHINGTON — British Secretary of State for Defense Penny Mordaunt announced on Thursday that the U.K. will become the first international partner of Operation Olympic Defender, an effort started by U.S. Strategic Command in 2013 to strengthen
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RENTON, Wash. — NASA has decided to extend the lifetimes of all eight astrophysics missions up for review, from large space telescopes to an instrument on the International Space Station. In a July 17 memo, Paul Hertz, director of NASA’s astrophysics mission, announced he was approving extensions through 2022 for the eight missions after accepting
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This op-ed originally appeared in the July 16, 2019 special Apollo 11 at 50 issue of SpaceNews magazine. On July 20, 1989, the 20th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, President George H.W. Bush got up on the steps of the National Air and Space Museum flanked by Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael
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RENTON, Wash. — NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told a Senate committee July 17 that a cost estimate for landing humans on the moon by 2024 likely won’t be ready until the administration submits a budget request next February. Appearing before the Senate Commerce Committee to discuss the agency’s deep space exploration plans, Bridenstine said a
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SAN FRANCISCO – Momentus, a Silicon Valley in-space transportation startup, raised $25.5 million in its Series A funding round announced July 17. With the new funding, Momentus plans to speed up development and testing of its Vigoride and Vigoride Extended shuttles to move small satellites from one orbit to another. Prime Movers Lab led the
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WASHINGTON — 3D Glass Solutions, a company developing radiofrequency devices using glass-ceramics, has raised $12 million from investors in the United States and Japan.  Japanese conglomerate Nagase & Company led the round, with participation from Lockheed Martin’s investor arm Lockheed Martin Ventures, Sun Mountain Capital and Murata Manufacturing Co.  Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, 3DGS
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Esper: “If confirmed, I want to engage both committees to come up with a right solution.” WASHINGTON — President Trump’s pick for defense secretary Mark Esper told the Senate Armed Services Committee that, if confirmed, he intends to get involved in the Space Force legislative debate. Esper testified in front the committee on Tuesday in
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As part of our monthlong commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing,  SpaceNews is proud to present this special digital edition. This issue is packed with great content, including: Jeff Foust with the latest on Artemis, NASA’s renewed effort to return astronauts to the moon in time for Apollo’s 55th anniversary.
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WASHINGTON — SpaceX said July 15 that the explosion that destroyed a Crew Dragon spacecraft during a ground test in April was likely caused by oxidizer that leaked into the spacecraft’s propulsion system and destroyed a valve, but didn’t give a firm schedule for resuming test flights. The April 20 explosion at Cape Canaveral took
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WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Senate’s space subcommittee says he’s working with colleagues on a “bold” new NASA authorization bill to direct the future of the agency’s human spaceflight program. In his opening statement at a July 9 hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee’s space subcommittee on the past and future of NASA’s human
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This article originally appeared in the June 10, 2019 issue of SpaceNews magazine. Founded in 1960 to help the U.S. Air Force develop the first missiles, rockets and satellites, the El Segundo, California-based nonprofit currently finds itself increasingly called upon to help the Defense Department navigate a rapidly evolving commercial space industry. Kevin Bell, vice
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WASHINGTON — The initial prototype of SpaceX’s next-generation reusable launch vehicle will make its first, albeit low-altitude, test flight early next week, Elon Musk announced July 12. In a series of late-night tweets, Musk, the founder and chief executive of SpaceX, said the “Starhopper” vehicle SpaceX is assembling at its test site near Brownsville, Texas,
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