The U.S. and Canadian companies approach the flurry of activity in the past year — new Earth observation constellations announced, existing players merging — from different angles.DigitalGlobeEarth observationMDA Corp.
Swiss rocket-component builder Ruag is opening a production line at customer United Launch Alliance’s Alabama facility to replace capacity in Switzerland used to build parts for ULA’s Atlas 5 rocket and to prepare for ULA’s new Vulcan vehicle.ULAVulcan
Satellite geospatial services provider DigitalGlobe will not sell its highest-resolution imagery to map providers that distribute it free of charge, preferring to pay a revenue penalty in exchange for maintaining the value of data that, for now, only it can offer, company officials said.DigitalGlobe
NOAA does not intend to rework its plan for developing and deploying the three polar-orbiting weather satellites Congress is refusing to fund at the level the White House requested for 2016, the agency’s top satellite official said here July 28.JPSSNOAAU.S. Congress
The Canadian space hardware and services provider said the shutdown of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, the strengthened U.S. dollar and rocket failures have all contributed to a reduced number of telecommunications satellite orders in 2015.CanadaMDA Corp.Satellite Telecom
A group of mostly Republican lawmakers, many of whom represent states with a United Launch Alliance presence, want to know how tough NASA and the U.S. Air Force are getting with SpaceX after a June 28 launch failure that destroyed a load of NASA cargo bound for the International Space Station.SpaceXU.S. Air ForceU.S. Congress
A small Colorado company has successfully tested a new type of propulsion technology that it believes could eventually enable low-cost, single-stage-to-orbit launch vehicles.
After delays because of concerns over funding, the Canadian government has decided to proceed with a project to provide search and rescue repeaters for the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation GPS satellites.CanadaGPS
Lockheed Martin says it can reduce the time it takes to build payloads and satellites for the U.S. Defense Department by about six weeks as a result of closing its Newtown, Pennsylvania, space system factory last year.Lockheed Martin
Satellite fleet operator Intelsat says its investment in start-up OneWeb’s low-orbiting constellation of 700 Internet-delivery and cellular-backhaul satellites came in return for exclusive rights to a wide swath of OneWeb’s future markets.IntelsatMega-constellationsOneWeb
NASA has selected three finalists for its next Small Explorer astrophysics mission and two finalists for the even smaller Explorer Missions of Opportunity Line, the U.S. space agency said July 30astrophysicsNASA
Tory Bruno, the president and chief executive of United Launch Alliance, took to Twitter to discuss the heritage of his company's new Vulcan rocket and unveil a new infographic.ULAVulcan
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency now envisions a partnership with the U.S. Air Force on a system that would also perform space surveillance.MDANorthrop GrummanSpace Threats
Orbital ATK is wrapping up the final report into last October’s Antares launch failure for delivery to the Federal Aviation Administration, but has not indicated when the report will be released to the public.FAAOrbital ATK
In a July 30 filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Iridium said it was having trouble assembling the insurance package that its creditors require as a condition of their loan.insuranceIridiumSatellite TelecomSpaceX
As is the case with its main European competitor, Eutelsat’s near-term forecast has been upset by delayed launches following launch failures of two of the three main commercial providers.EutelsatSatellite Telecom