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The European Space Agency on Oct. 19 successfully placed its Trace Gas Orbiter satellite in Mars orbit, where it will examine Mars’s atmosphere before changing orbit to become a data relay station for future U.S. and European Mars rover missions.
Shenzhou-11's two-person crew will remain at Tiangong-2 for a month on the longest Chinese human space mission to date
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has transferred operations of a telescope designed to track objects in Earth orbit to the U.S. Air Force, ahead of a move of that telescope to Australia.
Defense Department and FAA officials foresee a gradual transition of space traffic management responsibilities from one agency to the other should the federal government decide to move head with such proposals.
In its first flight in nearly two years, an Orbital ATK Antares successfully launched a Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station Oct. 17.
Statements attributed to SpaceX founder Elon Musk suggest he remains concerned that Falcon 9 rocket operations are vulnerable to attack by “a long list” of SpaceX adversaries even if it’s unlikely that such an event was behind the Sept. 1 explosion during preparations of a static fire test.
Incoming International Astronautical Federation (IAF) President Jean-Yves Le Gall on Oct. 14 said his term of office will be dedicated to broadening IAF’s geographic reach, bringing more young people and women into its ranks and diversifying its financial base beyond the annual conference.
Nearly two years after the last Antares rocket crashed seconds after liftoff, Orbital ATK is ready to launch an upgraded version of the vehicle to send a Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station.
The U.S. must rely on defense rather than offense in deterring a space war, one of the Pentagon’s top space officials said Friday.
A “picture perfect” in-flight abort test last week by Blue Origin’s New Shepard suborbital vehicle keeps the company on schedule to begin crewed test flights by the end of next year, the company’s president said Oct. 13.
Representatives of the U.S. Air Force and international allies plan to meet in Norway next month to iron out the details of an effort to bolster cooperative research, development, testing and evaluation of space technologies critical to joint military operations.
Satellite manufacturers said they are being pulled in every direction by customers who want their spacecraft to last longer in orbit, or maybe only half as long, and who hesitate to finalize a purchase because it could be obsolete in a few years.