The willingness of United Launch Alliance’s parent companies to fund a next-generation rocket hinges on winning relief from the ban on the Russian-made engine that powers its current government workhorse, the Atlas 5.
The space agency wants to avoid a repeat of what has happened with two of its Earth Explorer missions, ADM-Aeolus and EarthCare.
Jeffrey R. Tarr says those that survive the inevitable shakeout could become DigitalGlobe imagery partners.
Aquila Space and Astro Digital are preparing to launch four digital imagery satellites in 2016 as they begin forming the Landmapper-BC and Landmapper-HD constellations to gather multispectral imagery for agricultural applications.
ViaSat said it is facing capacity limits on more than half the beams on its ViaSat-1 satellite and that the situation will worsen until ViaSat-2, slated to launch on a Falcon Heavy rocket next year, is in orbit.
Exelis Geospatial Systems of Rochester, New York, tapped Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) Space Systems of Louisville, Colorado, to build a rotating mount for an instrument Exelis is providing for a U.S. civilian weather satellite launching in 2021.
Russia’s Proton rocket failure on May 16 is having immediate ripple effects on future missions for commercial and government customers — starting with mobile satellite services operator Inmarsat.
A Virginia-owned launchpad damaged in October when Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket exploded moments after liftoff is almost fixed, but the company is at loggerheads with the state and the federal government over who should pay the last $2 million owed in repairs.
Satellite and rocket-component builder OHB SE of Germany on May 13 reported a sharp drop in revenue for the three months ending March 31 but said it remains on track to meet its full-year revenue goal.
Satellite fleet operator Eutelsat on May 12 said downward pressure on its U.S. Defense Department business is longer-lasting than expected and that the struggles of its Russian television customers is also weighing on results.
The two commercial geostationary-orbit telecommunications satellites launched March 1 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket — a launch that debuted a new all-electric satellite design by Boeing — are expected to reach their final orbits at least a month ahead of schedule, their owners said.
“The commercial space sector is vital in contributing to our space industrial base, but the demonstrated growth and capabilities come with the need to readdress the regulatory framework for this sector,” writes Commercial Spaceflight Federation President Eric Stallmer.
Thaicom expects all of its satellite-delivered TV channels to be in high definition by 2030, with ultra-high-definition making its full commercial impact starting in 2019.
Interrupting the question-answer session with analysts at the Boeing 2015 Investor Conference, Boeing CEO James McNerney threw a zinger at the head of the Boeing Defense, Space and Securty division.