Continuing its strategy of making tuck-in acquisitions in Europe to consolidate its business, Switzerland's Ruag Space will purchase the space division of Patria of Finland, a specialist in satellite on-board electronics.
Although SpaceX has made four cargo deliveries to the international space station under contract to NASA and is poised to make its fifth later this week, the TESS contract marks only the second time NASA has tapped SpaceX to launch a science satellite.
The Senate Armed Services Committee would be more likely to fund an additional radar on the East Coast to guard against a missile attack from Iran rather than build a third ground-based interceptor site, two committee staff members said Dec. 15.
NASA has pushed back a widely anticipated decision on the design of its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) until January as it seeks to understand if the technology offered by one option is worth its additional complexity and cost.
Tests of the Galileo satellite recently moved from its initial bad orbit to an improved one have confirmed that it can be inserted into the broader Galileo constellation to deliver precision results to users.
Rocket maker SpaceX has turned over to the U.S. Air Force the last of the information needed for certification to launch national security missions.
Orbital has contracted with Russia’s Energomash to provide RD-181 engines to power the first stage of Orbital’s Antares rocket, replacing the AJ-26 engine that Orbital suspects was the origin of Antares’ Oct. 28 failure.