Satellite manufacturers are trying to figure out how to maximize their share of the electric propulsion market while not abandoning more conservative customers.
Both NASA and the two companies developing commercial crew vehicles say those efforts remain on schedule for test flights that are in some cases less than a year away.
NASA announced July 21 that the launch of a communications satellite previously scheduled for early August will be postponed to replace an antenna damaged during launch preparations.
The CEO of Boeing Defense, Space, and Security said that the goal of reshuffling the company’s upper management is to streamline operations.
Boeing, DARPA will base XS-1 experimental spaceplane at Cape Canaveral when it begins testing in a few years
The XS-1 vehicle, known as Phantom Express, will launch vertically from an unspecified pad at Cape Canaveral and make a landing at one of two runways there.
British satellite operator Inmarsat announced June 2 that it is ordering a fifth Global Xpress satellite, switching manufacturers from Boeing, which built the original four, to Thales Alenia Space.
One of the NASA astronauts training for commercial crew test flights said he expects the agency to make crew assignments for them as soon as this summer.
Global-IP Cayman, a Cayman Islands-based startup, has picked SpaceX to launch a high-throughput satellite it has under contract to Boeing.
Boeing and United Launch Alliance showed off an astronaut safety system during a media event the day before the 33rd Space Symposium.
Satellite manufacturers are turning increasingly to additive manufacturing to reduce the cost and time required to design and build spacecraft.
Satellite manufacturers aren’t yet sure how the policies of the Trump administration will impact their businesses.
The commercial market for geostationary communications satellites shows no signs of rebound, according to Boeing executives who attribute lackluster demand to the rapid pace of innovation in the satellite market, few launch opportunities and the inability of the U.S. Export Import Bank to finance large transactions.
Telecom satellite operator Inmarsat says that it plans to continue building up Global Xpress beyond the four Boeing-built satellites initially meant to comprise the entire system.
Since filing its license last summer with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission for a constellation of broadband communications satellites, Boeing has focused on developing some of the project’s key technologies, Bruce Chesley, vice president and program manager for Boeing’s Global Broadband Systems, told reporters at a March 7 press briefing.