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DigitalGlobe has released the first picture from its latest high resolution commercial imaging satellite, launched three weeks ago.
The first crewed flight of NASA’s Orion spacecraft may fly a shorter mission than previously considered, with only a loop around the moon rather than an extended stay there.
The National Reconnaissance Office is set to take over some weather missions from the Air Force after the House of Representatives voted Thursday to give the agency “the acquisition programs necessary to meet the national security requirements for cloud characterization and theater weather imagery."
The 22-nation European Space Agency on Dec. 2 forced its science program to lay an offering at the alter of the agency’s struggling ExoMars mission with Russia, allowing a European rover to be launched in 2020 to complement the Mars orbiter already in service.
TeamIndus, an Indian team competing in the Google Lunar X Prize, announced Dec. 1 it has a launch contract for its lunar lander mission with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
Mobile satellite services provider Iridium Communications will entrust its first 10 next-generation satellites to SpaceX for a Falcon 9 return-to-flight mission now slated for Dec. 16.
Israeli satellite operator Spacecom, whose relationship with Facebook could be summed up as “it’s complicated” following the loss of its Amos-6 satellite in September, will borrow part of AsiaSat’s newest satellite for at least four years, Spacecom and Hong Kong-based AsiaSat announced Dec. 1.
An interactive website unveiled by United Launch Alliance Nov. 30 both offers potential customers the ability to get price estimates for launches as well as serves as the latest sign of the ten-year-old company’s self-described transformation in a more competitive launch market.
A Spanish space startup is designing a set of rockets that it hopes will be the first reusable launch vehicles from a European company.
The next Wideband Global Satcom satellite is ready for a planned Dec. 7 launch, U.S. Air Force officials told reporters during a press call-in Tuesday.
Two leading members of the House Science Committee called on NASA Nov. 29 to provide more details about a recent report from a science group that appeared to endorse the agency’s controversial Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM).
Australia’s national satellite broadband service continues to suffer regional outages seven months after its introduction, with a majority of users reporting installation or connection problems, according to a survey conducted by a national broadband association.
The advent of new high-throughput systems, growing acceptance of commercial input for space situational awareness, and a surprise U.S. election outcome are all pieces of the shifting industry landscape at a time when the U.S. government is actively preparing for its next iteration of satellite communications.