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The space community waited for weeks for the transition to name its “landing team” for the agency while rosters for the teams handling other departments filled up.
In the Nov. 21 issue of SpaceNews, senior staff writer Jeff Foust and and several outside experts examine what Donald Trump's presidency could mean for civil, national security and commercial space.
In the Oct. 10 issue of SpaceNews, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump answer nine space policy questions in a SpaceNews exclusive while senior staff writer Jeff Foust breaks down Elon Musk's chances of making it to Mars.
For good or ill, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton haven’t said much about U.S. space policy during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. SpaceNews put nine identical questions to the Clinton and Trump camps. Here’s what they had to say.
It’s time for the U.S. government to rethink the basic premise underlying commercial remote sensing regulation.
The Aug. 15 issue features a cover story on startups looking to make the leap into hyperspectral imaging.
The July 4 issue of SpaceNews Magazine leads off with a cover story by Peter de Selding on Britain's decision to exit the EU and what it means for Europe's space sector, plus features from Jeff Foust, Mike Gruss, Rob Pearlman and more.
The June 20 issue of SpaceNews Magazine, landing in mailboxes and email inboxes this week, features a special tribute to Patti Grace Smith and a five-page special report on the burgeoning satellite sector.
SpaceNews Magazine's June 6 Issue features an in-depth look at the state of the Ukrainian space agency including a comprehensive interview with Lyubomyr Sabadosh, chairman of the State Space Agency, and a focus on the effect of the Russian annexation of Crimea on Ukraine's space program. For more visit spacenewsmag.com
The head of one of the companies that would become Airbus once gave journalists a translation lesson.“Whenever you hear us say a program is ‘strategic,’ what we mean is we don’t earn a dime on it,” he said. “Launchers are strategic for us.”
For decades, U.S. government agencies, both civil and military, have sought to develop a reusable launch vehicle (RLV), seeing it as a critical tool for lowering the cost of space access. The space shuttle is the best known such effort, but it’s hardly the only one: the National Aerospace Plane, Delta Clipper, X-33, X-34 and Space Launch Initiative all tried to develop reusable launchers — and all failed.
At first glance, the news looks good for a new wave of small launchers under development. Interest in cubesats, either for constellations or standalone missions, also seems to be growing by the year. Less clear, though, is just how big that market is, and how much of it can be captured by small launchers.
The diversity, distribution and protection of orbital assets are essential attributes of resiliency that enhance the government’s integrated SATCOM architecture, ensuring the government can operate in all environments, even when contested.
Since we first started placing objects into space there have been 11 known low Earth orbit collisions, and three known collisions at geostationary orbit. Think of it: 135 space shuttle flights, all of the Apollo, Gemini and Mercury flights, hundreds of telecommunications satellites, 1,300 functioning satellites on orbit today, half a million total objects in space larger than a marble, and fewer than 15 known collisions. Why do people worry?