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The U.S. Air Force formally requested bids for the first competitively awarded contract under its main satellite launching program.
The companies selected are: Boeing, working with Blue Origin; Masten Space Systems working with XCOR Aerospace; and Northrop Grumman with Virgin Galactic.
Following the launch, Orbcomm said all six satellites were healthy in orbit and sending signals.
Two experts in the field of space policy with differing views make their case for and against outer space cooperation with China.
The United States must lead humanity back to the Moon and to the universe beyond.
The attempt at global governance of outer space has been gaining momentum in recent years.
Indirect costs comprise most of our traditional industry contractor costs (the cost of things, their price, as seen by the government).
U.S. government defers tougher decision on imagery restrictions.
Profile | Bruce Yost, Deputy Manager, Small Satellite Integrated Product Team, NASA Ames Research Center
Ames' Silicon Valley location can be a double-edged sword in that regard, says Bruce Yost, whose job is to develop small-satellite technology in support of its mission.
The NASA Office of Inspector General also said NASA might be able to reduce SOFIA science and flight operations costs if it switches to a fixed-price contract.