The U.S. government is interested in procuring weather data from commercially operated satellites and instruments provided that the data meets government standards and can be used in a way that complies with U.S. obligations to share such information with other nations.
DARPA is studying technology that would enable the installation of antennas aboard satellites already on orbit, the latest of a series of exploratory efforts in satellite servicing and on-orbit assembly.
A Kickstarter campaign to reissue the 1975 graphics standards manual that guided NASA’s post-Apollo rebranding effort surpassed its $158,000 goal Sept. 1, the same day it went live.
European suppliers of satellite navigation chipsets, user terminals and related services said they risk being overrun by U.S., Chinese and Russian competitors, all of which benefit from government support.
The return to flight of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, still a “couple of months” away, will also be the first launch of an upgraded version of the vehicle with increased performance, the company’s president said Aug. 31.
Weather has pushed back the Atlas 5 launch of a U.S. Navy mobile communications satellite that had been scheduled for Monday morning.
Competition for NASA’s fourth New Frontiers class of medium-sized robotic solar-system missions won’t start for at least a month, but the agency is planning to give some would-be competitors a head start with a small round of technology development funding.
Inmarsat confirmed that the satellite was healthy and had been placed in the correct super-synchronous transfer orbit 15 hours and 31 minutes after the launch from Russia’s Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
AsiaSat blamed market conditions and slow licensing approvals for two new satellites for an 8 percent sales drop for the six months ending June 30.
Emerging companies in the space industry, ranging from launch vehicle developers to satellite services providers, have raised more than $2 billion from investors since 2012, although the vast majority of that funding came from just two deals earlier this year.
A Proton M rocket launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 7:44 a.m. EDT on its first mission since a failed launch in May. Confirmation of a successful mission, however, is not expected until the rocket's upper stage releases the Inmarsat-5 F3 satellite more than 15 hours after liftoff.
India’s GSLV placed the GSAT-6 satellite into geostationary transfer orbit Aug. 27 in the second straight success for the rocket's domestic upper stage.
The U.S. Air Force will award SpaceX $1 million to study the ins and outs of mating national security satellites to the company’s Falcon 9 rocket.