NASA Administrator Charles Bolden faced strong criticism of his proposed 2016 budget during a pair of congressional hearings in Washington April 16, including questions about the future of the agency’s Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) program.
The German Space Center, DLR, and Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) have renewed for another two years their cooperation on SNC’s Dream Chaser lifting-body spacecraft to focus on both crewed and uncrewed mission applications.
The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has answered with a qualified “yes” the question of whether a British company’s revolutionary air-breathing rocket engine, designed for a vertical-takeoff vehicle climbing to orbit with a single stage, holds promise.
Startup satellite operator NewSat Ltd. of Australia on April 16 filed for bankruptcy protection from creditors, with its executive team stripped of control and bankruptcy managers immediately asking for a restraining order against NewSat’s creditors.
The Brazilian government, which is determined to move from a buyer of technology to a producer of commercial high-technology products is multiplying bilateral agreements around the world with one major exception: the United States.
Technology advances since the space-telecom bust of the 1990s make it unfair to compare low-orbit communications constellations proposed by OneWeb and SpaceX to those that either evaporated from the drawing board or got bullied into bankruptcy by terrestrial competitors before the turn of the century, the chief technology officer of an aspiring launch services company said.
The gigantic welding tool that will piece together the stages of NASA’s Space Launch System rocket has been taken apart and will be put back together around August to correct a misalignment that made it impossible to use the machine, a NASA official said.
The U.S. Air Force plans to award multiple contracts worth up to $6 million this year for companies to demonstrate their ability to build the next batch of GPS 3 positioning, navigation and timing satellites.
Two suspicious and potentially dangerous launches by Russia, including one "a few weeks ago," along with a Chinese launch in July of what U.S. military officials said was an antisatellite missile, are hard indicators that the threat to U.S. satellites is only increasing, according to senior U.S. Air Force officer.
As it considers using the giant aircraft it is developing to launch several different types of launch vehicles, Stratolaunch Systems is pausing work on a crewed spacecraft.
As the flow of private investment into entrepreneurial space companies grows, some investors say they are willing to accept long waits for a return on their investment in companies that have the potential to change entire industries.
Boeing plans to announce this summer the crew that will be on a test flight of the company’s CST-100 crew vehicle in 2017, as well as reveal the pressure suits the crew will wear.
The low Earth orbit constellations planned by upstarts OneWeb and SpaceX have garnered comparisons to the 1990s space-telecom bust.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched a Dragon cargo spacecraft on a mission to deliver cargo to the International Space Station, but the rocket’s first stage failed to survive a hard landing on a ship.