NASA is proposing to purchase, through Boeing, additional Soyuz seats for International Space Station missions to both take advantage of Russian plans to decrease the size of its crew and as insurance against potential additional commercial crew delays.
Spacecom is buying its newest spacecraft from an American supplier without relying on financial support from the Export-Import Bank of the United States, according to a company official.
Boeing and Engility received multi-million contract options to support U.S. Air Force space operations.
SpaceX has delayed by several months a pair of test flights of its Crew Dragon spacecraft being developed for NASA’s commercial crew program, in part because of a Falcon 9 pad explosion in September.
In the wake of a launch accident and a critical report, the two companies with NASA commercial crew contracts say they’re committed to maintaining their development schedules, but not at the expense of safety.
A European Ariane 5 rocket on Aug. 24 successfully placed two Intelsat-owned telecommunications satellites into geostationary transfer orbit, a launch that included the second of Intelsat’s do-or-die Epic high-throughput satellites.
Boeing and a Russian company it was once partners with on the Sea Launch joint venture are in discussions about a settlement to a long-running legal dispute, a deal that could involve cooperation on future projects.
Satellite broadband services and hardware provider ViaSat Inc. on Aug. 9 sought to deliver a decisive blow to airline-connectivity competitors including Inmarsat, Gogo, Global Eagle Entertainment and Panasonic Avionics.
Although Boeing and SpaceX remain on schedule to have their commercial crew vehicles completed by 2018, a NASA advisory group is worried about a potential gap in access to the ISS should they experience delays.
Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems wants U.S. and international regulators to relax constraints on low-orbiting satellite broadband constellations using C- and V-band and has specifically asked for a license to launch and operate a network of 1,396-2,956 V-band satellites.
Boeing has delayed the first crewed flight of its CST-100 Starliner commercial crew vehicle until early 2018, later than NASA’s original deadline, because of a series of technical issues and new requirements that the company argues are typical for an aerospace development program.