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Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson made news last week at the Space Symposium with major announcements on the reorganization of Space and Missile Systems Center and the standup of a new office to eliminate bottlenecks in the system.
Iceye, the Finnish company flying a Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) microsatellite, forged an alliance with Ursa Space Systems, a firm that offers economic insights from geospatial data.
Countering WMDs is a major intelligence fusion challenge. Thomas: “Even for an organization that prides itself in agility, which we do, this is some incredibly problem solving.”
Geospatial data companies are focusing intently on acquiring satellite imagery quickly and speeding data delivery to customers.
The light-lift Vega rocket is Europe’s vehicle of choice for small satellites, but has mainly launched spacecraft weighing hundreds of kilograms. While that’s smaller than what Arianespace normally launches on an Ariane 5 or Soyuz, it’s not the “small” that people generally think of when they think smallsats.
Lockheed Martin executives said April 24 they are confident they will win an Air Force competition for the next set of GPS 3 navigation satellites as questions swirl about what other companies, if any, submitted proposals.
An Ariane 5 launch has been cancelled after an unexplained problem with an Indian space agency satellite that was supposed to ride on the mission.
In its quest for cutting edge commercial solutions to military problems, the U.S. Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) is not ignoring the talents of traditional government contractors.
Speedcast’s revenues more than doubled in 2017 as the satellite network operator began leveraging its acquisitions of U.S. companies Harris CapRock and UltiSat.
NGA Director Cardillo: “I want the market to work … but government shouldn’t be their first customer. We should be their second customer.”
USD Kernan: "we really haven’t taken all the advantage we can of technology.”
In the months preceding the launch of Avanti’s Hylas-4 satellite, the British operators didn’t mince words when it described the importance of a successful mission as “critical.”
"We are trying to effectively link air, land, sea and space. The geospatial context on the ground may give you some type of indications and warning of something happening in space," said Chirag Parikh, director of NGA's Office of Source Strategies.
NASA’s next administrator, Jim Bridenstine, is set to be sworn into office April 23 as the space industry breathes a sigh of relief that his extended confirmation process is finally over.
Within the top five space contractors, from 2011 to 2017, ULA surpassed Boeing and became the top overall vendor.