While no final decisions will be made until a Nov. 2-27 meeting of global governments at the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) in Geneva, it now appears many nations want to permit terrestrial broadband into the lowest part of the spectrum being contested.
A company that has it roots in a Romanian venture that competed for the Ansari X Prize more than a decade ago plans to carry out tests of high-altitude drones and suborbital rockets at New Mexico’s Spaceport America, spaceport officials announced Sept. 1.
On the International Space Station, a surprising amount of astronauts’ work is done manually, with little computerized assistance. Draper Laboratory and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute aim to change that with new software providing astronauts with automated alerts to guide their work.
U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) is unmoved by Air Force assurances that it is keeping close tabs on SpaceX’s rocket failure investigation.
The European GNSS Agency said the L-band navigation payload on the SES-5 is performing well and will replace the payload on a satellite that Inmarsat plans to relocate.
Satellite builder Thales Alenia Space on Sept. 2 said it had signed a contract with the Italian government to build one of the two planned next-generation radar reconnaissance satellites and to purchase the needed equipment for the second.
While Orbital ATK says it is on schedule to have the new version of its Antares launch vehicle ready for flight in March, the vehicle’s first launch may be delayed by other missions to the International Space Station, including a Cygnus cargo spacecraft launching on an Atlas 5.
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.