The six Metop Second Generation satellites will be manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space under a 1.3 billion-euro contract signed in October.
The lease of capacity on the Amos-6 satellite — about 18 gigabits per second of throughput — can be extended for up to two years at a reduced rate.
The growing popularity of national imaging satellites should play to Israel’s strength in low-weight, high-performance spacecraft. Isaac Ben-Israel says Israel is doing what’s necessary to better equip — and support — its industry on global markets.
The agency has said it could select two of the five finalists for the latest of its Discovery-class planetary missions — including two Venus concepts and three asteroid concepts — next year for full-scale development.
NASA is taking advantage of a confluence of events, including the discovery of liquid water on the surface of Mars and the release of a Hollywood blockbuster about a Mars mission, to promote its long-term goal of sending humans there, even as it is slow to fill in the details about its plans.
Harris’ contract is being folded into the broader Consolidated AFSCN Modifications, Maintenance and Operations (CAMMO) contract expected to be awarded in the coming weeks
The two companies lease the entire Ka-band payload on Spacecom’s Amos-6 satellite in one of the first concrete projects on behalf of Facebook’s Internet.org plan to connect unconnected populations worldwide.
The decision appears to end a two-year scrap over NASA’s Bioastronautics contract.
United Launch Alliance has multiple options to get around a congressionally imposed ban on the Russian-built main engine on its workhorse Atlas 5 rocket that the company says will prevent it from bidding in a competition to launch a GPS satellite, a senior U.S. Air Force official said.
The fixed-cost nature of buying satellite capacity argues so heavily for fewer and larger service providers that some see consolidation as inevitable.
The successful launch of Mexico’s Morelos-3 satellite will enable Mexico to deploy its MexSat service despite the loss of an identical satellite in May.
Moon Express announced Oct. 1 that it is buying three launches for its lunar lander spacecraft from Rocket Lab, a deal that should unlock a two-year extension of the Google Lunar X Prize competition.