The company expects to complete its final report on the June 28 failure within a month, but does not yet have a firm timetable for resuming flights.
The lease of Ka-band capacity on Spacecom’s Amos-6 satellite is far more modest a commitment than industry observers had been expecting from Facebook.
The mobile satellite services provider says the U.S. military has been particularly hungry to use the company’s new Global Xpress Ka-band service.
A NASA official says the orbiter could carry the mechanisms needed to collect and store sealed Martian surface samples for a return trip to Earth.
Stalled legislation to reauthorize the U.S. Export-Import Bank could be headed for a vote as soon as Oct. 26.