The Ariane 5 rocket that deviated from its expected flight path Jan. 25 and lost contact with ground control was fed the wrong coordinates, according to the independent commission Arianespace tasked last month to find out what caused the close call.
As space launch business heats up in Florida, Air Force commander Wayne Monteith tries to break records
U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith is a military officer who speaks with the enthusiasm of a startup CEO. “When people say the space business is down, they’re not spending much time down here where I have four launches in a month,” he commented.
SpaceX on Feb. 22 launched Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Spanish-owned radar-imaging satellite and two demonstration satellites for SpaceX's proposed broadband Starlink broadband constellation.The 9:17 a.m. Eastern launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California carried all three spacecraft to low Earth orbit, deploying the PAZ radar satellite 11 minutes after liftoff.
The U.S. Air Force and Aerojet Rocketdyne are working to revise an agreement to support development of the company's AR1 rocket engine, as questions continue about the engine's long-term future.
The Air Force creating a budget line for small launch is a “very good thing for the industry,” said Steve Nixon, vice president of strategic development at Stratolaunch.
SN Military.Space | DoD space budget: Billions for next-gen satellites, launch vehicles; New funding lines for ‘rapid acquisitions’
An initial look at the budget documents released on Monday reveals that spending on space is up only modestly but that priorities appear to be shifting.
Elon Musk: "This vehicle opens up a whole new class of payloads and it’s up to customers what they want to launch.”
Mattis incensed there’s still no budget – DepSecDef at Space Command – Military pulling for Falcon Heavy
The budget impasse has been beyond exasperating, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. "I cannot overstate the impact to our troops morale over all of this uncertainty."
SpaceX intends to decrease launch costs over time but it will not offer deep discounts on preflown boosters while it strives to recover its investment in the technology, including ships, it relies on to make rockets reusable.
A SpaceX Falcon Heavy successfully launched on its inaugural flight here Feb. 6, placing a demonstration payload into orbit and boosting the company's interplanetary ambitions.
As SpaceX gears up for the first launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket, the company is backing away from one potential use of the vehicle, launching crewed missions beyond Earth orbit.