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Jan. 30, 2018
Category: space launch
WASHINGTON — SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk said Jan. 27 that the company will attempt a first launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket on Feb. 6. The announcement came thr...
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Jan. 30, 2018
Category: space launch
WASHINGTON — Two satellites placed into incorrect orbits by an Ariane 5 that suffered an anomaly during its Jan. 25 launch can be recovered and placed into their desired...
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Jan. 30, 2018
Category: space satellites
The creation of the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize competition in 2007 was a masterstroke to incentivize bold new dreams of commercial space ventures beyond Earth orbit...
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Jan. 30, 2018
Category: space business
WASHINGTON — Boeing is striving to keep a core of 4,000 to 4,500 workers busy at its satellite manufacturing facilities across California to prevent losing highly experie...
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Jan. 30, 2018
Category: space business
WASHINGTON — An experimental command center created to police critical U.S. space systems was declared operational earlier this month. The national space defense cente...
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Jan. 30, 2018
Category: space business
SAN MATEO, Calif. — Intuitive Machines LLC has won a $4.1 million verdict from a federal court jury in a dispute regarding work it was doing on software and a return vehi...
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Jan. 24, 2018
Category: space nasa
Sometime later this year NASA’s Kepler spacecraft, orbiting the sun more than 150 million kilometers from the Earth, will fire its thrusters for the final time. The space...
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Jan. 24, 2018
Category: space business
SAN MATEO, Calif. — The foundation running the Google Lunar X Prize announced Jan. 23 that the $20 million grand prize for a commercial lunar lander will expire at the en...
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Jan. 24, 2018
Category: space launch
WASHINGTON — SpaceX and mobile satellite services provider Iridium, now halfway through deploying the Iridium Next constellation, are preparing for their fifth mission on...
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Jan. 24, 2018
Category: space launch
Canada's Kepler Communications is one of 11 companies that has filed for FCC licenses for Ku- or Ka-band spectrum for non-geostationary orbit satellite services. WASHING...
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Jan. 24, 2018
Category: space business
WASHINGTON — The defense spending downturn that started in 2010 was tough on the space sector, according to a new study by the Center for Strategic and International Stud...
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Jan. 22, 2018
Category: space launch
WASHINGTON – Rocket Lab announced Jan. 20 that the second launch of its Electron small rocket was a success, reaching orbit and deploying three cubesats. The Electron...
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Jan. 22, 2018
Category: space launch
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force says it has made contact with a new missile-warning satellite that was launched Friday night from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florid...
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Jan. 22, 2018
Category: space policy
WASHINGTON – As the federal government begins its first shutdown in more than four years Jan. 20, NASA’s operating plans are little changed from that earlier shutdown, wi...
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Jan. 19, 2018
Category: space policy
WASHINGTON — The United States military can no longer count on having technological dominance over its adversaries. For the Pentagon, this is a pivotal moment that demand...
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Jan. 18, 2018
Category: space policy
MOSCOW — There are many valid critiques of U.S. President Donald Trump’s new direction for NASA. Few, if any, would be new. NASA has, for decades, been redirected by near...
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Jan. 18, 2018
Category: space business
WASHINGTON — Effective Space, a U.K.-headquartered company developing spacecraft to extend the life of communications satellites, announced Jan. 17 that it has signed its...
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Jan. 18, 2018
Category: space policy
WASHINGTON — Space and cyber warfare moved up the national security priority list during the Obama administration, and are expected to rank even higher under the Trump pr...
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Jan. 17, 2018
Category: space launch
SBIRS is the United States’ main source of persistent, space-based surveillance of missile launches around the globe. WASHINGTON — The U.S. military’s newest missile-war...
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Jan. 17, 2018
Category: space launch
WASHINGTON — The successful launch of an Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) Jan. 11 marked not just the return to flight of the rocket but also major achievemen...
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Jan. 17, 2018
Category: space launch
WASHINGTON — An independent safety panel recommended NASA not certify SpaceX’s commercial crew system until the agency better understands the behavior of pressure vessels...
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Jan. 17, 2018
Category: space policy
A new “vice commander of Air Force Space Command" would be based in the Washington, D.C. area — not in Colorado Springs. WASHINGTON — Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson...
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Dec. 22, 2017
Category: space policy
Smith: Any major increase in discretionary spending — whether it’s defense, space or any agency — is unlikely following this massive tax cut. WASHINGTON — The passage of...
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Dec. 22, 2017
Category: space policy
The Fiscal Year 2018 NDAA authorizes the development of a “space-based ballistic missile intercept layer, capable of providing boost-phase defense" WASHINGTON — It’s one...
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Dec. 21, 2017
Category: space
DENVER — NASA has selected missions to return samples from a comet and to explore Titan with a drone as finalists for the next New Frontiers medium-class planetary scienc...
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Dec. 20, 2017
Category: space launch
BROOMFIELD, Colo. — After carrying out a successful test flight of a new version of its New Shepard suborbital spacecraft, a Blue Origin executive said Dec. 18 that the c...
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Dec. 20, 2017
Category: space launch
WASHINGTON — A SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully launched a Dragon cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station Dec. 15 on the first use of a previously-flown first sta...
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Dec. 20, 2017
Category: space launch
WASHINGTON — German satellite builder OHB Systems has secured a slot for the experimental Heinrich Hertz communications satellite on what could be one of the last Ariane...
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Dec. 20, 2017
Category: space business
NEW ORLEANS — NASA expects to purchase Earth science data from constellations of commercial satellites early next year to see how useful they are in meeting the agency’s...
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Dec. 20, 2017
Category: space launch
WASHINGTON — Stymied by poor weather and technical glitches, including one that aborted a launch just two seconds before liftoff, Rocket Lab said Dec. 16 it will delay it...
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Dec. 20, 2017
Category: space politics
Themes in Trump's first national security strategy: Economic and technological dominance, protection of the homeland, confidence to lead abroad. WASHINGTON — President T...
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Dec. 20, 2017
Category: space business
WASHINGTON — Swiss satellite startup Astrocast, formerly named Else, gained an extra $1.1 million in seed financing to help carry the company through the launch of two de...
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Dec. 20, 2017
Category: space business
BROOMFIELD, Colo. — Virgin Galactic will carry out a dedicated research flight of its SpaceShipTwo suborbital spaceplane for the Italian space agency ASI, with an Italian...
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Dec. 20, 2017
Category: space launch
BROOMFIELD, Colo. — In a break from its now-standard practice, SpaceX will not attempt a landing of the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on its next launch this week, t...
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Dec. 20, 2017
Category: space politics
Trump: The U.S. government will team up with commercial firms to “improve the resiliency of our space architecture" WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is elevating th...
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Dec. 13, 2017
Category: earth science
NEW ORLEANS — The new decadal survey for Earth science research will likely be unveiled in early January, slightly later than previously planned. Speaking before a sta...
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Dec. 13, 2017
Category: space
WASHINGTON — Arianespace performed its eleventh and final launch of the year today, sending four Galileo European navigation satellites into medium Earth orbit. The la...
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Dec. 13, 2017
Category: space
NEW ORLEANS — Blue Origin said it carried out a successful test flight of a new version of its New Shepard suborbital vehicle Dec. 12. In a statement issued about 11 h...
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Dec. 13, 2017
Category: space satellites
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Dec. 5 okayed the first part of a satellite-servicing mission Orbital ATK’s Space Logistic subsidiary has with...
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Dec. 13, 2017
Category: space
NEW ORLEANS — A Japanese company planning a series of robotic missions to the moon announced Dec. 13 that it has raised more than $90 million in one of the largest Series...
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Dec. 12, 2017
Category: space
WASHINGTON — An airspace closure notice published by the Federal Aviation Administration Dec. 9 suggests Blue Origin is preparing to resume test flights of its New Shepar...
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Dec. 12, 2017
Category: space
[Editor’s note: President Trump signed SPD-1 at 3 p.m. Eastern during a brief ceremony at the White House] Updated 9:55 a.m. Eastern. NEW ORLEANS — President Donald...
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Dec. 12, 2017
Category: space
NEW ORLEANS — On the eve of the first launch of a reused Dragon capsule on a Falcon 9 with a reused first stage, both NASA and SpaceX said they were comfortable with the...
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Dec. 12, 2017
Category: space satellites
PRINCETON, New Jersey — China Great Wall Industry Corp. launched Algeria’s first telecommunications satellite, Alcomsat-1, aboard a Long March 3B rocket at 11:40 a.m. Eas...
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Dec. 11, 2017
WASHINGTON — More than a year after suffering significant damage in a Falcon 9 explosion, a Florida launch pad is ready to return to service, incorporating improvements t...
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Nov. 22, 2017
Category: space
LONDON — Earth-i, a British startup planning to provide high-resolution images and video of the Earth, has awarded a contract to Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) f...
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Nov. 21, 2017
Category: space satellites
Safety standards and other norms need to be in place to fuel investments and research in space applications. WASHINGTON — A team of researchers and Pentagon contractors...
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Nov. 21, 2017
Category: space satellites
The SBIRS follow-on has been the subject of many studies and much analysis. WASHINGTON — Defense and space industry executives were surprised Wednesday to see a U.S. Air...
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Nov. 21, 2017
Category: space satellites
WASHINGTON — Network service providers are fed up with satellite operators going around them to sell capacity straight to their customers. “There are certain satellite...
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Sept. 24, 2017
We are happy to announce a launch of the Innovative Space Business Platform IAFconnect.org – it’s a new Internet resource that will facilitate the search for investments...