OneWeb files for U.S. license, will debut as B2B broadband wholeseller before expanding to world’s poorest
Internet satellite constellation startup OneWeb LLC on April 28 said it had submitted its license application with U.S. regulators as part of what likely will be a multi-year slog through the world’s capitals as the company seeks global operating rights.
The U.S. Air Force would have access to as many as 18 Russian RD-180 rocket engines under a bill the House Armed Services Committee approved April 28.
Geospatial imagery provider DigitalGlobe Inc. on April 27 reported a sharp increase in business from its 10 Direct Access Partner (DAP) governments in the three months ending March 31 and signed an initial agreement for an 11th DAP customer.
SpaceX has won an $82.7 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to launch a next-generation GPS satellite aboard its Falcon 9 rocket in May 2018, the first of nine competitive launch awards the Defense Department plans to make in the next three years.
NASA is cutting funding for a Mars landing technology demonstration project by about 85 percent in response to budget reductions to its space technology program and the need to set aside funding within that program for a satellite servicing effort.
Satellite fleet operator SES on April 27 said Internet social-media giant Facebook had leased capacity on three in-orbit SES satellites to provide Wi-Fi connectivity in sub-Saharan Africa.
A draft version of a House policy bill would authorize $3 million for the Air Force to determine if commercial weather data could help meet a wide-range of Defense Department weather requirements.
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Thales Alenia Space on April 26 contracted with the French state investment bank, Bpifrance, to build a prototype high-altitude platform for future telecommunications, Earth observation and surveillance missions
Euro Soyuz launches Sentinel-1B Earth observation satellite, Einstein-challenging physics experiment
A Europeanized Russian Soyuz rocket on April 25 successfully placed a European radar Earth observation satellite, a French fundamental-physics experiment and three European university-built cubesats into separate low-Earth orbits.
Rocket engine builder Safran on April 26 said its Airbus Safran Launchers (ASL) joint venture to be “fully operational on the 1st of July” following a resolution of “technical and administrative formalities.”
WASHINGTON — A company led by a number of space industry veterans is the latest to enter the crowded small launch vehicle field, hoping to stand out by focusing on the very small end of the market.
Vector Space Systems announced April 26 …
The House Armed Services Committee is set to take up an authorization bill this week that would insist the Pentagon invest in a new main stage engine — not an upper stage engine, strap-on motors or launch vehicles as the Air Force has planned — as the cornerstone of its effort to wean itself from the Russian RD-180 rocket engine.
The House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee wants to withhold $18 million from the U.S. Air Force's 2017 budget until it provides a clearer plan for a new battle management system meant to help detect and respond to threats in space.