Developing new space capabilities, including low-cost responsive launch, remains a priority for DARPA even as it also works on terrestrial alternatives to critical space-based systems.
More than three months after being directed by Congress to explore new ways of procuring commercial satellite capacity using an unusual and specially authorized funding account, the U.S. Defense Department is struggling to make headway on the initiative.
NASA said March 28 it welcomed a Russian commitment to continue operations of the International Space Station beyond 2020, but indicated there were no firm plans to work together on a successor space station.
A Europeanized Russian Soyuz rocket on March 27 successfully delivered two European Galileo navigation satellites into orbit, stabilizing a program that was knocked off balance in August when the same vehicle put the two previous Galileo spacecraft into a badly off-target orbit.
The contract in which Orbital ATK will build one, and possibly three, JPSS spacecraft, is just the sort of medium-sized spacecraft the company hoped to compete for when it bought the Gilbert, Arizona, plant.
The Boeing contract is the first for the ComSpoc, which tracks satellite orbits and space debris using a network of optical and radio-frequency sensors combined with proprietary software.
The U.S. Air Force plans to release a final request for proposals in the coming weeks for modems compatible with a new protected tactical waveform that the service developed as part of a long-term strategy to bolster its ability to provide protected communications via military or commercial satellites.
A senior European Commission official said the commission is determined to have 30 Galileo navigation satellites in orbit by 2020, implicitly endorsing the expenditure of 200 million to 300 million euros to purchase four to six more spacecraft this year or next.
Picking an option for the robotic portion of its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) allows NASA to proceed with development, but does not appear to have won over those skeptical of the mission’s overall utility.
AsiaSat reported a 9 percent drop in revenue and a 27 percent drop in new and renewal contracts in 2014, saying declining military sales and a regional oversupply are putting downward pressure on transponder-lease prices.
The launch, which had been delayed because of Dnepr availability, is the latest sign that despite the year-long hostilities between Russia and Ukraine, cooperative efforts that generate hard currency, such as Denpr, are being maintained despite occasional statements to the contrary in Russia.
The Senate Commerce Committee advanced the nomination of Dava Newman to become NASA deputy administrator on March 25, bringing the university professor one step closer to taking over the second highest ranking position at the space agency.
JWST prime Northrop Grumman last year denied what it has since characterized as an unprecedented request by the GAO for one-on-one interviews with employees overseeing key elements of the program, insisting instead that the workers’ supervisors be present.