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NASA successfully tested an engine with a new computer that will be used on the Space Launch System. The static-fire test of the RS-25 engine, which took place at the Stennis Space Center, was the third such test of a new flight controller intended for use on the SLS.
U.S. regulators have thwarted a proposed joint venture between satellite connectivity provider Global Eagle Entertainment of Marina del Rey, California, and Beijing Shareco Technologies of China.
As Senate appropriators prepare to mark up a NASA spending bill, agency officials are both downplaying the effects of proposed cuts on its Earth science program while also hoping the Senate reverses them.
WASHINGTON — Satellite connectivity provider Speedcast of Australia is buying UltiSat, a U.S. satellite network operator whose teleport is in Denmark, for at least $65 million, Speedcast announced Sunday night.
With the end of the International Space Station program looming just over the horizon, the national space agencies that back the project are scrambling to make plans for what comes next. Nowhere is this discussion more fraught than in Russia, where the issue of post-ISS efforts are wrapped up in questions about Russia’s entire future in space.
Germany’s space agency, DLR, signed a delayed but long-expected contract with Bremen-based satellite manufacturer OHB Systems for an experimental telecommunications satellite that will be used in part by the Bundeswehr, Germany’s Federal Armed Forces.
Both NASA and the two companies developing commercial crew vehicles say those efforts remain on schedule for test flights that are in some cases less than a year away.
The German Aerospace Center, Germany’s space agency, will fly two experiments on a suborbital flight by Blue Origin’s New Shepard vehicle later this year as part of an effort to diversify its microgravity research efforts.
Greg Clark, business secretary in the British government, said this week that "we want our companies and universities to continue participating in key EU space programs" such as Copernicus.
NASA announced July 21 that the launch of a communications satellite previously scheduled for early August will be postponed to replace an antenna damaged during launch preparations.
Inflight connectivity provider Gogo is causing sparks to fly over its claim that leasing capacity is superior to owning satellites and that proponents of pure satellite ownership are only promoting ownership models to protect their business.
NASA is taking the next small step in the development of a proposed Deep Space Gateway in cislunar space by requesting information about one of its core modules.