Space

Boeing is asking the government to force a teaming arrangement with Northrop Grumman for the GBSD program. NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Boeing is asking the Air Force to compel Northrop Grumman to include Boeing it its bid for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program to design the nation’s future intercontinental ballistic missile system. Northrop Grumman
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TEMPE, Ariz. — An independent review of the nonprofit organization that operates the portion of the International Space Station designated a national lab has not affected its day-to-day work, an organization official said Sept. 16. NASA announced Aug. 13 that it would perform an independent review of the ISS National Laboratory, legally known as the
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Last month, we got the exciting news of a rare flash of light on Jupiter, bright enough to be seen through telescopes. According to a new analysis, the cause of this smash was a small asteroid, with a density consistent with meteors that are equal parts stone and iron. The meteor exploded in Jupiter’s upper
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PARIS — As the U.S. Federal Communications Commission prepares to decide how to reallocate some or all of the nation’s satellite C-band downlink spectrum for the coming wave of 5G mobile communications services, experts say appraising the monetary value of the spectrum remains tricky.  Satellite operators Intelsat, SES and Telesat collectively stand to gain billions
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The addition of Aerojet to Northrop’s team guarantees that the nation’s only two manufacturers of large solid rocket motors will be part of the GBSD program. NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Northrop Grumman announced on Monday that Aerojet Rocketdyne will join its Ground Based Strategic Deterrent team to develop a modernized intercontinental ballistic missile for the
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WASHINGTON — NASA has awarded a contract to a small business for the development of a cubesat designed to demonstrate the use of the unique orbit planned for the agency’s lunar Gateway. The $13.7 million contract to Colorado company Advanced Space covers the development of Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment (CAPSTONE),
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PARIS — The European Union’s equivalent of a foreign ministry is starting a new effort to promote the need for sustainable space operations, but that effort will not initially include any new regulation of European satellite operators. Carine Claeys, special envoy for space and head of the Space Task Force for the European External Action
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Barrett voiced strong support for the Trump administration’s proposal to establish a Space Force. WASHINGTON — Former U.S. ambassador Barbara Barrett, the president’s nominee to be the next secretary of the Air Force, said the United States has to prepare to defend its assets in space and deter adversaries by investing in advanced space technology,
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PARIS — Earth imaging startup Satellogic has signed an agreement with a Chinese company that will give it access to its fleet of satellites for imaging a Chinese province. The agreement with ABDAS, a Chinese data science company, gives that company exclusive access to Satellogic’s constellation of imaging satellites for imaging sites within China’s Henan
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PARIS – Kepler Communications is reviewing the architecture for its internet-of-things constellation in response to SpaceX’s plan to revise the architecture of its Starlink constellation.“There is definitely an impact purely from a conjunction basis,” said Kepler CEO Mina Mitry. If there are more satellites at more altitudes, spacecraft nearby “are more likely to encounter an interference
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The $22 million for Tactically Responsive Space Launch was added to the Air Force’s Research, Development, Test and Evaluation account. WASHINGTON — The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday advanced the defense subcommittee’s spending proposal for fiscal year 2020 that provides $622.5 billion in base defense funding, $70.7 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations and $1.7 billion
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PARIS — As operators of Earth observation satellites prepare to update their fleets, with an emphasis on both improved resolution and revisit time, they disagree on how much demand there is for existing and new data. Four companies that currently operate Earth observation satellites, from high-resolution optical spacecraft to synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites, discussed
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PARIS — A former astronaut who was considered last year for the post of NASA deputy administrator will retire from her current position as director of the agency’s Glenn Research Center at the end of September. NASA announced Sept. 10 that Janet Kavandi will step down as director of Glenn and retire after nearly a
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PARIS – Iceye released the first images Sept. 12 from new synthetic aperture radar satellites launched in July and began offering commercial access to its three-satellite constellation. “Iceye SAR satellite constellation is soon becoming the largest of its kind in the world,” Rafal Modrzewski, Iceye CEO and co-founder, said in a statement. “In addition to
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PARIS – Spire Global unveiled Spire Forecast Sept. 11, a product designed to provide the maritime industry with detailed information on atmospheric conditions including global sea surface temperatures, ocean currents, wave heights, surface winds and air temperature. Spire Forecast is the first product from the company’s Spire Weather business unit. “We created Spire Weather to
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PARIS — The launch of a Japanese cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station was postponed Sept. 10 when a fire broke out on a launch platform several hours before the scheduled liftoff. In a brief statement, launch vehicle manufacturer Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) said the fire broke out on the platform carrying the H-2B
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The SAC-D fully funded the $1.2 billion request for the National Security Space Launch program. It also included language to prevent changes to the Air Force launch service procurement schedule. WASHINGTON — The Senate Appropriations Committee’s subcommittee on defense on Tuesday advanced its Fiscal Year 2020 funding bill that provides $622.5 billion in base Department
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It’s called the Palaeocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM): a monumental and mysterious global warming event that scientists have never been able to fully explain. Well over 50 million years ago, this epic climate abnormality produced a massive injection of carbon into the atmosphere. The build-up lasted some 20,000 years, and sent global temperatures soaring by as
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PARIS — A NASA space science mission grounded for nearly two years by problems with its Pegasus rocket is now set to launch in October amid questions about the future of that rocket. In a statement distributed Sept. 9, NASA said it was now targeting an Oct. 10 launch of the Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON)
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WASHINGTON — After a difficult year that saw its stock price plummet and the future of its geostationary satellite business questioned, the head of Maxar Technologies says he’s optimistic about the future of both that satellite business and the overall company. Speaking at the G.research Aerospace & Defense Conference Sept. 5 in New York, Dan
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