SpaceX will drop its lawsuit against the U.S. Air Force in exchange for the service making more national security launch missions available for competition.
SES said it would jump into the market for offering global broadband communications from a low-orbiting constellation if the latest efforts announced by SpaceX, Google, Virgin Group and Qualcomm show signs of proving themselves.
SpaceX’s Jan. 20 confirmation that Google and mutual-fund giant Fidelity Investments had invested a combined $1 billion in SpaceX set the stage for what could be a multi-year competition for capital and engineering resources among consortia aiming to build satellite networks for global Internet connectivity.
As NASA continues to weigh two options for the robotic portion of its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), the agency’s advisers say they are still unconvinced about the general ARM concept and its relevance to the long-term goal of sending humans to Mars.
Despite a desire by industry and policymakers for more details about NASA’s long-term plans to send humans to Mars, agency officials say they have no immediate plans to revise a Mars mission architecture last updated in 2009.
United Launch Alliance has completed the conceptual trade studies for its revamped Atlas 5 rocket and plans to unveil the design at the Space Symposium in April.
The International Telecommunication Union has registered at least a half-dozen filings for massive constellations in the past eight weeks, a development that suggests a Gold Rush mentality may be taking hold.
Moon Express has signed an agreement to use a former launch site at Cape Canaveral for building and testing its lunar lander spacecraft.
NASA space technology chief Michael Gazarik is moving to Boulder, Colorado, to lead technology development efforts at spacecraft builder Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.