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This article was first published in the SN Military.Space newsletter. If you would like to get our news and insights for national security space professionals every Tuesday, sign up here for your free subscription. The Satellite Industry Association’s 14th annual “DoD Commercial Satcom Workshop” is underway this week in Arlington, Virginia. The conference is considered a prized opportunity for
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HELSINKI — China’s Chang’e-4 lander and rover spacecraft successfully entered lunar orbit Wednesday following a four-and-half-day flight to the moon. The spacecraft entered an elliptical lunar polar orbit with a perilune of 100 kilometers at 3:45 a.m. Eastern (08:45 UTC) Dec. 12 following a lunar orbit insertion burn. The spacecraft’s single main variable thruster fired
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Late last month, Amazon announced its entry into an industry new to the global giant: satellite data link services. Through a partnership with defense industry veteran Lockheed Martin, the AWS Ground Station service will eventually have a global network of 12 antenna ground stations – facilities that provide communications between the ground and satellites by using
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WASHINGTON — With both the current Congress and his political career nearing their ends, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) said Dec. 10 he’s continuing to fight to extend operations of the International Space Station through the end of the next decade. In a speech on the Senate floor that will be one of his last in
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WASHINGTON — Spacecraft manufacturers have complained of stress on their supplier base as operators purchase fewer traditional geostationary satellites. One company in France is bucking that trend, however. Sodern, a subsidiary of ArianeGroup that builds star trackers — components that enable satellites to orient themselves in space — plans to double its annual production rate
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WASHINGTON — As NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft enters interstellar space, project officials have high hopes that it and its twin spacecraft will continue to operate for as long as a decade. NASA announced Dec. 10 that Voyager 2 passed what is known as the heliopause, the boundary between where the solar wind from the sun
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This op-ed originally appeared in the Dec. 3, 2018 issue of SpaceNews magazine. In recent years, there has been a boom of announcements for satellite constellations comprising satellites weighing as little as 3 kilograms to address a growing market of machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) via satellite. Traditionally, this market has been serviced
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