In the 1990s, NASA’s Faster, Better, Cheaper mantra almost drove the U.S. robotic Mars exploration program into oblivion. And the recent drumbeat from “boots on Mars” advocates appears to have human spaceflight headed toward the same end circa 2033, if not sooner.
Last year, U.S. President Barack Obama signed off on extending the life of the International Space Station for a few more years. The Russians and Canadians have followed suit, and the Europeans and Japanese will also, presumably, soon. The decision resolves important issues, enabling long-lead-time items to be bought, resupply missions to be scheduled and paid for, and limited life components to be replaced.
After a nine-and-a-half-year journey covering nearly 5 billion kilometers, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is on the verge of its history-making encounter with Pluto and its moons, the most distant and least-understood planetary system in the solar system.
One of the most important benefits from Exploration Flight Test (EFT)-1 is being able to evaluate the designs and verify that the models match actual flight performance.
To no one’s surprise, congressional critics of the U.S. Export-Import Bank have seized on the opportunity afforded by the bankruptcy of startup Australian satellite operator NewSat to hammer the institution, which faces a July 1 shutdown unless lawmakers act to keep it open.
A new category of space-based protected tactical communications passed an important test in April. Intelsat General participated in tests led by the U.S. Air Force that validated the protected tactical waveform (PTW) modem performance over the upcoming high-throughput satellite (HTS) Intelsat EpicNG platform.
More often than not the outside observer may find that the European space program is a difficult to grasp if not entirely mystifying object. The mixture of national, intergovernmental and community-based entities and processes that makes Europe a unique case in the international space landscape is prone to misunderstanding.
NASA in recent years has demonstrated a willingness to embrace innovations in the space industry to everyone’s benefit, hosted payloads being one example. The latest case in point is its proposed Venture Class Launch Services procurement, in which the agency is attempting to simultaneously leverage and support the ongoing cubesat revolution.
Cubesats, the complete satellite platform that fits in a shoebox, offer unique advantages and interesting opportunities. This satellite platform is measured in millimeters and grams, dollars and cents.
Our servicemen and women only want results, in the form of maximum capability, flexibility and resiliency.
Where is the push for a space arms control agreement?
The U.S. House Armed Services Committee has fired a shot across the Pentagon’s bow concerning the latter’s plan for providing and maintaining satellite-based weather coverage to support military operations.
“Let’s get humans farther and deeper into space,” writes Bill Nye in a response to recent op-eds from Robert Zubrin and Rick Tumlinson. “Let’s go to Mars and look for living things.”