Although the U.S. Air Force hasn’t concluded its investigation of the Feb. 3 incident that caused a 20-year-old military weather satellite to strew debris, experts say the public details are consistent with a catastrophic battery failure.
United Launch Alliance is tapping the wisdom of the crowd to choose a name for the rocket it is developing to replace the Atlas 5 and the Delta 4 launch vehicles around the end of the decade.
Iridium Communications has pushed back the inaugural launch of its second-generation constellation to October, saying payload-software issues need more time to validate.
A company with offices in the U.S. and New Zealand announced March 2 that it closed a new round of funding to allow it to complete development of a small low-cost launch vehicle by 2016.
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Loral says if Xtar's current losses continue it might have to write off the investment completely.