India’s GSLV placed the GSAT-6 satellite into geostationary transfer orbit Aug. 27 in the second straight success for the rocket's domestic upper stage.
The U.S. Air Force will award SpaceX $1 million to study the ins and outs of mating national security satellites to the company’s Falcon 9 rocket.
Responding to Congressional criticism that suggested the agency was giving SpaceX special treatment, Administrator Charles Bolden said NASA is conducting an independent review of the company’s June launch failure.
Commercial space transportation company Blue Origin said Aug. 24 that it will make an announcement in Florida in September widely believed to be linked to proposals to build and launch rockets from there.
The U.S. Army’s efforts to field a rocket for launching small, low-orbiting satellites on short notice continue to come up empty.
Europe’s Ariane 5 heavy-lift rocket on Aug. 20 launched two commercial telecommunications satellites in the vehicle’s 67th consecutive success and the fourth of six missions planned for 2015.
Having delayed the award of follow-on Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contracts until at least November, NASA is considering ordering more International Space Station cargo deliveries from Orbital ATK and SpaceX, both of which had already quietly hauled in additional orders under CRS deals signed in 2008.
Former SpaceX Business Development Senior Vice President Barry Matsumori has joined Virgin Galactic’s start-up LauncherOne launch service, Virgin Galactic confirmed Aug. 19.
NASA ordered two more cargo deliveries to the International Space Station from Orbital ATK under a 2008 Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract, a company spokeswoman said Aug. 12.
The chairman of the House Science Committee added his voice to allegations that SpaceX is getting special treatment from NASA after one of the company’s cargo delivery missions to the International Space Station failed.
U.S. Defense Department officials would prefer that industry share the cost of developing a new rocket main engine, but are well aware of the possibility that companies will not be able to justify a substantial investment amid uncertainty about the future payoff.