NASA documents about the selection of commercial cargo contracts announced in January show that SpaceX had the highest technical ratings of the three winning companies, but also, by one metric, the highest price.
Satellite broadband provider Avanti Communications Group on Feb. 4 reported flat revenue for the six months ending Dec. 31 compared to a year ago but said backlog had increased and that the next six months should see substantial revenue growth.
SpaceX plans to ramp up the production and launch of its Falcon 9 rocket this year while introducing its Falcon Heavy rocket and completing a key test of its commercial crew vehicle, the company’s president said Feb. 3.
Harris Corp. plans further workforce reductions at its CapRock Communications satellite services division in the face of the decline in satellite-bandwidth demand from energy exploration companies as crude-oil prices test multi-year lows.
The Luxembourg government on Feb. 3 announced it would seek to jump-start an industrial sector to mine asteroid resources in space by creating regulatory and financial incentives.
Satellite fleet operator Sky Perfect JSat Corp. on Feb. 3 said it had selected Lockheed Martin to build the JCSat-17 telecommunications satellite, to be equipped with an S-band antenna to assure communications continuity during disaster relief efforts.
Europe’s Arianespace commercial launch company is preparing for a major change in direction this fall as it becomes a 74-percent-owned subsidiary of Airbus Safran Launchers.
SpaceX’s silence on the schedule delays of its Falcon 9 Upgrade rocket is causing ripples of concern among commercial customers, which like NASA are counting on a high launch cadence in 2016 to meet these companies’ schedule milestones.
An ILS Russian Proton rocket on Jan. 30 successfully placed the Eutelsat 9B commercial telecommunications satellite into orbit.
The company designing Europe’s next-generation Ariane 6 rocket – to be integrated horizontally, not vertically as previous Ariane vehicles — expects to submit a firm, fixed-price bid for a first batch of rockets by the end of this year, the company’s chief executive said Jan. 28.
Europe’s Ariane 5 heavy-lift rocket on Jan. 27 successfully placed the first of Intelsat’s Epic-generation satellites into transfer orbit, a launch so important for Intelsat that the fleet operator was willing to forgo a co-passenger to secure the earliest possible launch slot.
As Lockheed Martin completes one key element of the next Orion spacecraft, a company executive says he is confident the spacecraft will remain on schedule for launch in the fall of 2018.
Satellite broadband provider Avanti Communications’ stock soared on Jan. 27 after months of declines, apparently on the strength of a largely favorable report by Moody’s Investor Service.
Geospatial imagery provider DigitalGlobe on Jan. 27 said it had booked about $200 million in firm contracts for very high-resolution optical imagery from its WorldView-3 and especially its future WorldView-4 satellite from non-U.S. defense and intelligence customers – the market DigitalGlobe targeted when it decided to launch WorldView-4.
Airbus and OneWeb on Jan. 26 announced they had formed the company OneWeb Satellites, which will build the OneWeb constellation.