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.
Weather has pushed back the Atlas 5 launch of a U.S. Navy mobile communications satellite that had been scheduled for Monday morning.
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.
Responding to Congressional criticism that suggested the agency was giving SpaceX special treatment, Administrator Charles Bolden said NASA is conducting an independent review of the company’s June launch failure.
Visions of the future involving space technology can easily drift into the realm of the fantastic, in part because the line between far-fetched and plausible isn’t necessarily clear. As the top science and technology adviser to the commander of U.S. Air Force Space Command, Merri Sanchez’s job is to map out a research agenda that aims high but keeps it real.
NASA's program managers for the Space Launch System (SLS) heavy-lift rocket and its Orion deep-space crew capsule will become the deputy directors of the two field centers in charge of those marquee projects, the agency announced this week.
Despite passing legislation that would extend key provisions of commercial launch law, the House and Senate have yet to start efforts to reconcile their separate bills, a leading House Democrat said Aug. 25.
The chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force said he does not envision the Defense Department relinquishing control of Air Force satellites.