U.S. Rep. James Bridenstine (R-Okla.) had only been on the House Science Committee a few months when he sprung a commercial weather satellite bill on his new colleagues in early 2013. It was only the freshman lawmaker’s third bill, and its focus on commercial space was something of a surprise — even to Bridenstine himself.
With three missions launched in 2014 and two scheduled to fly in January 2015, NASA is making significant progress reinvigorating its fleet of Earth observation satellites and space-based instruments.
Inmarsat's second Global Xpress satellite has arrived at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in advance of its early 2015 launch aboard an ILS Proton rocket.
SpaceX has postponed the scheduled Dec. 19 launch of an ISS cargo mission until early January, as a technical issue with the Falcon 9 rocket creates a domino effect of other delays.
A Europeanized Russian Soyuz rocket placed four O3b Networks high-throughput Ka-band broadband satellites into O3b’s unique 8,000-kilometer-altitude orbit, giving O3b a bigger margin for error as it manages its constellation.
In a two-in-one mission, India successfully conducted the first experimental flight of its next-generation launch vehicle and demonstrated the re-entry and recovery of a prototype crew capsule.
Continuing its strategy of making tuck-in acquisitions in Europe to consolidate its business, Switzerland's Ruag Space will purchase the space division of Patria of Finland, a specialist in satellite on-board electronics.
Although SpaceX has made four cargo deliveries to the international space station under contract to NASA and is poised to make its fifth next month, the TESS contract marks only the second time NASA has tapped SpaceX to launch a science satellite.
The Senate Armed Services Committee would be more likely to fund an additional radar on the East Coast to guard against a missile attack from Iran rather than build a third ground-based interceptor site, two committee staff members said Dec. 15.