Virgin Galactic founder Sir Richard Branson said April 28 he remained optimistic that the company’s SpaceShipTwo suborbital vehicle will carry him and other customers into space, but declined to give a specific schedule about when those flights might begin.
Global satellite fleet operator Intelsat says mobility customers have become the “power users” of its first high-throughput satellites, providing reliable demand while other sectors warm to the new systems at a slower rate.
OmniEarth, a company that once planned to launch a constellation of Earth imaging satellites and later shifted into analysis of satellite imagery, has been acquired by another data analytics company, EagleView.
The chairman of the Senate space subcommittee said at a hearing April 26 that it may be time for the United States to update a key space treaty to reflect growing commercial space activities.
Content and satellite-connectivity provider Global Eagle Entertainment shot down swirling concerns that its recent changes in executive leadership and concurrent overdue financial statements were the result of any misbehavior on the company’s part.
Lockheed Martin Space Systems reported an increase in profit in its fiscal first quarter April 25 thanks in part to an increase in earnings from its stake in United Launch Alliance, but company officials cautioned that it expected ULA’s contributions to decline later this year.
The owners of satellite operator Spacecom have reopened their search for someone to buy the Israeli company after a month of trying without success to rekindle the interest of a once-eager Chinese suitor.
Some analysts speculate that Apple is pursuing a broadband satellite constellation by backing proposals made by Boeing.
Sources said the company planned to extend the deadline for bondholders to exchange current bonds with new ones until mid-May.
Few events at the NASA Ames Research Center draw the crowd that greeted Luxembourg’s royal delegation April 12. The Grand Duchy’s prince, princess and deputy prime minister met with NASA officials, Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and investors to discuss Luxembourg’s campaign to harvest valuable materials from asteroids, moons or planets.
A bill would create a legal framework for companies to have rights to space resources they extract.
As Planet announced it has completed its acquisition of rival satellite imaging company Terra Bella April 18, it confirmed that Google is now a shareholder in Planet as part of that deal.
The White House announced April 14 that President Donald Trump had nominated to the board of the Export-Import Bank two former members of Congress, one of them a staunch critic of the bank’s lending practices.
Space Systems Loral announced April 12 that it has completed an agreement with DARPA for a satellite servicing program that triggered a lawsuit from another company.
Lockheed says the technology has cut down on production time by two-thirds, while Aerojet is already testing a 3-D printed thrust chamber.
Dave Davis, Global Eagle Entertainment’s chief executive from July 2014 until February this year, left the company at the same time as Chief Financial Officer Tom Severson. Their departure also coincided with the company’s announcement that it would be late filing its annual financial report.