United Launch Alliance has multiple options to get around a congressionally imposed ban on the Russian-built main engine on its workhorse Atlas 5 rocket that the company says will prevent it from bidding in a competition to launch a GPS satellite, a senior U.S. Air Force official said.
The fixed-cost nature of buying satellite capacity argues so heavily for fewer and larger service providers that some see consolidation as inevitable.
The successful launch of Mexico’s Morelos-3 satellite will enable Mexico to deploy its MexSat service despite the loss of an identical satellite in May.
Moon Express announced Oct. 1 that it is buying three launches for its lunar lander spacecraft from Rocket Lab, a deal that should unlock a two-year extension of the Google Lunar X Prize competition.
A continuing resolution passed by Congress Sept. 30 narrowly avoided a shutdown of the federal government, keeping agencies funded through early December.
The contract appears to be the first with a U.S. military customer for the company’s Commercial Space Operations Center service.
The challenger is expected to square off with incumbent United Launch Alliance for the right to launch the next-generation navigation satellite in 2018.
The satellites — the first of two Sky Muster Ka-band broadband satellites for Australia’s NBN Co. and the Arsat-2 Ku- and C-band telecommunications satellite for Arsat of Argentina — were both reported by their owners to be healthy in orbit and sending signals.
A European entrepreneur and engineer are betting they can raise $1 million in a month-long crowdfunding campaign that began Oct. 1 to start work on a spacecraft to land on the moon.
Five robotic mission concepts — two for Venus, three for asteroids — will duke it out to become NASA's next Discovery-class small planetary science mission. The winner would launch in 2021.
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 also would end annual U.S. Air Force payments to ULA that critics have long branded as a subsidy.
NASA has added five years to Boeing’s International Space Station support contract and asked the ISS prime contractor to evaluate whether the orbital outpost can remain in service through 2028, Boeing announced Sept. 29.