NASA estimates that SpaceX is spending on the order of $300 million on its Red Dragon Mars lander mission, a down payment on the company’s long-term ambitions for human Mars missions.
Satellite fleet operator Telesat on July 26 reported slightly higher revenue and gross profit for the three months ending June 30 compared to a year ago even after stripping away the effects of a higher U.S. dollar against Telesat’s home currency, the Canadian dollar.
Jeff Bezos and Neil deGrasse Tyson are joining Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s Defense Innovation Advisory Board to help transfer Silicon Valley technologies and culture to the Pentagon.
The first launch of NASA’s Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket remains on schedule for the fall of 2018 despite delays in one key element of the Orion spacecraft it will launch.
A power failure affecting an encrypted command-and-control system on board the U.S. Air Force's Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Flight-19 spacecraft is to blame for the loss of the two-year-old weather satellite, the Air Force announced July 25.
The Air Force said July 22 it still plans to launch the next Space Based Space Surveillance (SBSS) system in 2021.
Facebook on July 21 said the first flight of its full-scale Aquila solar-powered aircraft designed for regional internet connectivity was a success, lasting longer than expected despite an unspecified “structural failure” just before landing.
A startup developing a small launch vehicle says it’s on schedule for a first launch in 2018 after completing the acquisition of another small launch company.
The U.S. regulatory decision that denied protected status to satellite systems that have been investing in Ka-band spectrum, and cast doubt about the viability for satellite systems of other slices radio spectrum, has been met with a curiously muted response by the satellite sector.
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded Space Systems Loral a $20.7 million contract to design and build two robotic arms, a critical element of the agency’s plan to create an on-orbit servicing demonstration for satellites in geosynchronous orbit, the company announced July 21.
U.S. satellite television and consumer broadband provider Dish Network Corp. on July 21 said it had lost broadband subscribers this year because of a lack of capacity in high-demand regions and the company’s decision to be stricter about who it lets onto the service.
NASA is considering building a replacement for an instrument lost on a Japanese X-ray astronomy satellite earlier this year that could fly on another Japanese spacecraft.