Space

Remote sensing is the imaging of Earth from space. It is incredibly valuable for environmental, national security and commercial purposes. Unfortunately, it’s governed by an outdated law that’s in desperate need of updating. Initially, remote sensing technology was only used by government agencies for national security and scientific research. However, in the 1990s, private companies
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SAN FRANCISCO – The European Space Agency is evaluating data from Iceye’s radar satellite constellation, Planet’s electro optical satellites and Spire Global’s weather, maritime- and aviation-tracking satellites. ESA forges agreements to acquire, process and distribute data from dozens of commercial and government satellites, which it refers to as Third Party Missions, to complement data drawn
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Harrison: Space Defense Force “more accurately emphasizes the primary job of military space forces, which is to defend our assets in space.” WASHINGTON — As Congress prepares to write legislation that would authorize the Defense Department to stand up a space service, lawmakers have lots of decisions to make, including the name of the organization.
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ATLANTA — Blue Origin and SpaceX have secured multiple agreements with NASA intended to support the development of technologies for launch vehicles and lunar landers. The two companies are among the 13 that NASA announced July 30 had received non-reimbursable Space Act Agreements through the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate. The agreements do not provide
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WASHINGTON — The Italian Space Agency has launched a new initiative to strengthen Italy’s space expertise by leveraging domestic companies to build spacecraft that complement pan-European programs.  Italian Space Agency President Giorgio Saccoccia said the Ital-GovSatCom satellite contract announced July 23 inaugurates an initiative to create “mirror programs” where Italy provides its own supplemental spacecraft
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WASHINGTON — One of the three companies NASA selected less than two months ago to carry payloads to the moon has informed the agency it won’t be able to perform that mission and has terminated its nearly $100 million contract. NASA announced July 29 that OrbitBeyond informed the agency that “internal corporate challenges” will prevent
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The Air Force proposes shifting $93.2 million from programs funded in fiscal year 2019 and $67.5 million from programs funded in fiscal year 2018. WASHINGTON — The Air Force is seeking congressional approval to transfer $160 million from other accounts to fund a new early warning constellation known as the next-generation Overhead Persistent Infrared system,
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WASHINGTON — As the Federal Aviation Administration extends the deadline for comments to a proposed revision of commercial launch and reentry regulations, a sharp difference in opinion is emerging in industry between companies that support the revisions and those who believe it could be counterproductive. The FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation, or AST, formally
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WASHINGTON — While neither NASA nor the European Space Agency has yet to give formal approval, or funding, for missions to return samples from Mars, both agencies are taking steps to refine plans for what those missions will be. Those plans, discussed at a Mars science conference and working group meeting last week, would involve
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DARPA program manager Joe Parrish: ‘There are new players interested in partnering’ WASHINGTON — The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is considering proposals from potential new partners for its program to send a robot to space to repair satellites. DARPA suffered a major setback in January when Maxar withdrew from the project known as Robotic
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WASHINGTON — The Canadian government is investing 85 million Canadian dollars ($64.7 million) into research and development for Telesat’s broadband satellite constellation, and has agreed to spend up to 600 million Canadian dollars ($456.6 million) more on capacity.  Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains said July 24 that the Canadian government views
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WASHINGTON — Four months after suggesting a critical test for the Space Launch System could be skipped to address development delays, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said July 25 that the test will be retained. In an agency statement, Bridenstine announced that NASA will proceed with the “Green Run” test of the SLS, where its core
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WASHINGTON — Tokyo-based remote sensing company Synspective said July 26 that it had successfully reached $100 million in funding since forming 17 months ago.   Synspective is planning a constellation of around 25 small, synthetic aperture radar satellites for global coverage of the Earth. Synthetic aperture radar satellites can image day, night and through clouds.  Synspective
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WASHINGTON — SpaceX performed a first, brief flight of a prototype of its next-generation launch system July 25 as the company makes plans for more ambitious tests. The prototype vehicle, named Starhopper, fired its single Raptor engine and lifted off its pad at SpaceX’s South Texas test facility near Brownsville, Texas, around 11:45 p.m. Eastern.
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Boeing has informed the Air Force that it will not bid Ground Based Strategic Deterrent engineering and manufacturing development. WASHINGTON — Boeing confirmed on Thursday it is bowing out of the Air Force Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent program, an estimated $85 billion effort to replace the Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile. The GBSD is the ground-based
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