Space

THE WOODLANDS, Texas — SpaceIL’s lunar lander performed a maneuver March 19 that puts the privately developed lander on course to enter orbit around the moon next month. SpaceIL said its Beresheet lander performed a one-minute burn of its main thruster at 8:30 a.m. Eastern, extending the apogee of its orbit around the earth to
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The last two decades have seen a great upswing in commercial space endeavors with hundreds of new companies formed and a few prominent billionaires entering the fray. This is all good, but it remains devilishly hard to make money in space without tapping into government space markets. Nevertheless, I’m a firm believer that the commercialization
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WASHINGTON — Less than a month after the launch of its first six satellites, OneWeb closed a new $1.25 billion financing round to further its internet constellation. Japanese tech giant SoftBank — OneWeb’s largest investor — led the round, as did returning investors Grupo Salinas, Qualcomm Technologies, and the government of Rwanda. The new financing
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WASHINGTON — A day after announcing that NASA was studying the possibility of shifting an Orion mission from the Space Launch System rocket to commercial vehicles, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said he and the agency still support development of the SLS. Speaking at a Space Transportation Association luncheon here March 14, Bridenstine said the ongoing
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This article originally appeared in the March 11, 2019 issue of SpaceNews magazine. The U.S. Global Positioning System — the constellation of military satellites that provides positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) services — is the proverbial glass house that was built before the invention of stones, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson observed last summer when
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This was the second to last mission for the Delta 4 medium. ULA will retire the vehicle later this summer after the launch of an Air Force GPS satellite. The U.S. Air Force’s 10th Wideband Global Satcom communications satellite (WGS-10) atop a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket blasted off on Friday at 8:26 PM
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WASHINGTON — Defense contractor Cubic Corporation on March 14 said it is buying space hardware provider Nuvotronics for $64 million in cash. Nuvotronics builds radio frequency systems for satellites and other applications. Credit: Nuvotronics. Durham, North Carolina-based Nuvotronics will enhance Cubic’s protected communications portfolio, which includes GATR inflatable satcom terminals used by the U.S. military
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Shanahan mentioned space, hypersonic weapons and cyber warfare as three key areas that are getting more attention and resources. WASHINGTON — Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on Thursday was grilled by members of the Senate Armed Services Committee during a hearing on the Pentagon’s budget request for fiscal year 2020. Alongside Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman
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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. It has been a turbulent few days in the Air Force since Secretary Heather Wilson announced on Friday she will be stepping down to become president
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The caucus will seek to promote the economic, national security and infrastructure benefits of GPS technology, and will drive attention to the risks and oversight challenges that face the GPS industry, Sen. Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Sen. Ernst (R-Iowa) said in a joint news release. WASHINGTON — The Global Positioning System constellation will have its own
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SpaceX has a new all-star crew member, though it’s anything but human: It’s a $US20 plush-toy planet that astronauts call “Little Earth” or “Earthy”. Last Saturday, SpaceX launched its new Crew Dragon spaceship designed for NASA astronauts toward the International Space Station (ISS), where the vehicle docked on March 3. No humans flew on the historic commercial mission, called Demo-1 – only a crash-test
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Government Accountability Office has taken a weather satellite program off a list of high-risk projects it is monitoring, but is heightening its concerns about NASA acquisition management. In a March 6 report, timed to testimony before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the GAO announced it was taking the
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In the course of looking for possible signs of Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (ETI), scientists have had to do some really outside-of-the-box thinking. Since it is a foregone conclusion that many ETIs would be older and more technologically advanced than humanity, those engaged in the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) have to consider what a more advanced
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Wilson: “It has been a privilege to serve alongside our Airmen over the past two years and I am proud of the progress that we have made restoring our nation’s defense.” WASHINGTON — Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson informed President Trump on Friday that she will be stepping down May 31 to become president of
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