A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on May 27 successfully placed the Thaicom 8 commercial telecommunications satellite into geostationary transfer orbit in the fifth of what SpaceX has said would be a year with up to 18 launches.
U.S. Strategic Command is considering a follow-on satellite as one of several options to replace a one-of-a-kind tactical surveillance satellite that is expected to reach the end of its design life by 2017.
Planetary Resources, a company with long-term plans to perform asteroid mining, announced May 26 it has raised $21.1 million to develop a satellite system for Earth observation.
Senate appropriators said the ground control system for the next-generation of GPS satellites “remains in jeopardy” and that as a result, the Air Force should slow its launch cadence for future GPS satellites and terminate development efforts for latter parts of the new system.
Blue Origin plans to find out if New Shepard can land with a failed parachute when it launches the suborbital spacecraft on its fourth roundtrip flight.
Bigelow Aerospace and NASA are reevaluating their plans for the expansion of the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) after astronauts on the International Space Station were unable to expand the module to its full size on Thursday.
Thursday's briefing begins with a top U.S. Air Force launch official saying the Pentagon is looking at using Ariane 5 rockets to launch U.S. military satellites as a potential stopgap measure.
Satellite fleet operator SES on May 26 said it would raise new equity to purchase 100 percent of medium-Earth-orbit Internet-delivery constellation O3b Networks, exercising a call option with O3b minority shareholders and eliminating the possibility of an O3b stock offering.
For decades, U.S. government agencies, both civil and military, have sought to develop a reusable launch vehicle (RLV), seeing it as a critical tool for lowering the cost of space access. The space shuttle is the best known such effort, but it’s hardly the only one: the National Aerospace Plane, Delta Clipper, X-33, X-34 and Space Launch Initiative all tried to develop reusable launchers — and all failed.
Satellite broadband hardware and service provider ViaSat Inc. on May 24 said it would accelerate investment in its terabit-per-second-throughput ViaSat 3 satellite program and continue to invest in licenses for its airline-connectivity business.
A National Academies report recommends that NASA and the National Science Foundation make greater use of cubesats for science missions, while also centralizing the management of NASA’s diverse cubesat efforts.
A U.S. Senate panel is concerned the National Reconnaissance Office, which builds and operates the country’s spy satellites, is at risk of program mismanagement and cost overruns.
Wednesday's briefing begins with Orbital ATK disclosing new details about its proposed EELV-class launcher during a conference in Florida.
At first glance, the news looks good for a new wave of small launchers under development. Interest in cubesats, either for constellations or standalone missions, also seems to be growing by the year. Less clear, though, is just how big that market is, and how much of it can be captured by small launchers.