A Seattle company that provides launch services for small satellites is now able to sell to U.S. government agencies through a standard contract schedule.
Satellite broadband hardware and service provider ViaSat Inc. on Feb. 9 fully unveiled its plan to cover the world with three 1-terabit-per-second-throughput Ka-band satellites and accelerate its near-term market expansion by changing launch-service providers and forming a joint venture with Eutelsat of Europe.
The U.S. Air Force plans to invest more than $1.2 billion over the next five years to develop a new launch system that would aim to end the Defense Department’s reliance on a Russian rocket engine, according to budget documents released Feb. 9.
SES says its planned Feb. 24 launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 Full Thrust rocket likely will need to skip an attempted recovery of the rocket’s first stage in order to place the 5,300-kilogram SES-9 satelite into the targeted orbit.
Satellite fleet operator SES on Feb. 8 said it is targeting Feb. 24 for the launch of its SES-9 telecommunications satellite aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 Full-Thrust rocket, a launch that has been repeatedly delayed since September.
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.