The U.S. Air Force released on Aug. 19 a draft solicitation that sets up a competition between SpaceX and United Launch Alliance to launch a multipurpose experimental satellite in late 2018 that's equipped to detect nuclear detonations for the Pentagon and carry out a laser communications demonstration for NASA.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Aug. 14 successfully placed the JCSat-16 commercial telecommunications satellite into geostationary transfer orbit and successfully landed the rocket’s first stage on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.
The U.S. Air Force plans to launch a weather demonstration satellite aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket next year, but has drawn the ire of a key House subcommittee in trying to ensure funding for the launch was available.
Thursday's briefing begins with Orbital ATK postponing Antares' return-to-flight mission from Aug. 22 to mid-to-late-September.
Satellite and rocket manufacturer Orbital ATK on Aug. 10 said global commercial satellite demand is weaker than the company had expected and would be a drag on its financial results in both 2016 and 2017.
Wednesday's briefing begins with China's successful launch of a high-resolution synthetic aperture radar satellite.
The failure of the first launch of the U.S. Air Force’s Super Strypi rocket last year was likely caused by a problem with the rocket’s first stage motor, and the future of the small launch vehicle remains uncertain.
The U.S. Air Force said it plans to award United Launch Alliance a sole-source contract to build and launch two Delta 4 Heavy rockets for National Reconnaissance Office between 2020 and 2023, according to an Aug. 4 announcement.
Satellite fleet operator Sky Perfect JSat of Japan on Aug. 4 sharply reduced its forecast for satellite-related revenue in the coming year following a delay of at least a year in the launch of a Japanese military communications satellite.
The Air Force formally issued a solicitation July 29 for SpaceX and United Launch Alliance to launch the third GPS 3 position, navigation and timing satellite, setting up what is expected to be the first true competition between the two companies for a national security launch contract.
Mobile satellite services provider Inmarsat is all but certain to miss a European regulatory deadline for its satellite-terrestrial aeronautical broadband service, raising the possibility that one or more governments could revoke Inmarsat’s rights to the radio spectrum, industry officials said.
Tuesday's briefing begins with ILS being chosen to launch Korea's Kompsat-6 satellite on an Angara 1.2 rocket.
Mobile satellite services provider Iridium Communications on July 28 said it had opened negotiations with its lenders and its satellite manufacturer to reduce or delay Iridium payments in the event Iridium’s Aireon air traffic surveillance affiliate cannot make its scheduled payment to Iridium.