The U.S. Air Force is planning to modify its current contracting vehicle for launching its mostly experimental small- and medium-class payloads due to a hiatus in activity that is expected to last for at least a third consecutive year.
SpaceX launched two telecommunications satellites destined for geostationary orbit — the first dual-geostationary launch for Falcon 9, which inaugurated a new all-electric satellite design from Boeing.
A 20-year-old military weather satellite apparently exploded in orbit Feb. 3 following what the U.S. Air Force described as a sudden temperature spike.
The new U.S. law barring the Air Force from using Russian-made rocket engines starting in 2019 could force the Defense Department’s primary launch services provider to battle for future military business with its least competitive product.
Once thought of as a sample-caching mission, NASA now plans for Mars 2020 to extract several surface samples from each region it visits and leave them on the ground for a future rover to cache.
Officials with NASA and its independent safety panel told a House committee Feb. 27 that the agency is now starting to share technical information about its commercial crew contracts after that panel recently complained about a lack of access.
Geospatial imagery and services provide DigitalGlobe on Feb. 27 said its WorldView-3 satellite is the key to driving growth both with the company’s dominant customer, the U.S. government, and in the global commercial market.