Sierra Nevada Corp. said July 28 its Dream Chaser vehicle is ready for a second round of test flights in California as it presses ahead with development of a version to transport cargo to the ISS.
Satellite fleet operator Eutelsat on July 29 sought to reassure investors that the bad news it delivered in May was a fair assessment of its markets’ short-term contraction, mid-term stability and longer-term growth and not the beginning of a long downward spiral.
U.S. Defense Department leaders suggested to the Government Accountability Office that to improve the management and oversight of the national security space enterprise, the Pentagon should consider creating a single space force, one that would handle duties currently assigned to the Defense Department and the National Reconnaissance Office.
Mobile satellite services provider Iridium Communications on July 28 said it had opened negotiations with its lenders and its satellite manufacturer to reduce or delay Iridium payments in the event Iridium’s Aireon air traffic surveillance affiliate cannot make its scheduled payment to Iridium.
Satellite fleet operator Intelsat on July 27 positioned itself on both sides of the barricades of the satellite services business -- a company storming the entrenched widebeam satellite pricing structure with its Epic high-throughput spacecraft (HTS) while at the same time maintaining a strong vested interest in that structure with the rest of its fleet.
NASA estimates that SpaceX is spending on the order of $300 million on its Red Dragon Mars lander mission, a down payment on the company’s long-term ambitions for human Mars missions.
Satellite fleet operator Telesat on July 26 reported slightly higher revenue and gross profit for the three months ending June 30 compared to a year ago even after stripping away the effects of a higher U.S. dollar against Telesat’s home currency, the Canadian dollar.
Jeff Bezos and Neil deGrasse Tyson are joining Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s Defense Innovation Advisory Board to help transfer Silicon Valley technologies and culture to the Pentagon.
Satellite fleet operator APT Satellite Holdings of Hong Kong has created a joint venture with mainland Chinese institutions to launch a global mobile broadband satellite network aimed principally at the aeronautical and maritime markets, APT said July 23.
The first launch of NASA’s Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket remains on schedule for the fall of 2018 despite delays in one key element of the Orion spacecraft it will launch.
A power failure affecting an encrypted command-and-control system on board the U.S. Air Force's Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Flight-19 spacecraft is to blame for the loss of the two-year-old weather satellite, the Air Force announced July 25.