As the Federal Aviation Administration reviews the recommendations of a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report on last year’s SpaceShipTwo accident, it is facing new scrutiny that its commercial space office, faced with a heavy workload, may have been under pressure to approve applications without sufficient review.
Stephanie McClellan, reporting for Imperative Space, interviews some of the key players announcing significant partnerships at this year's UK Space Conference, including Ismael Lopez, Managing Director of Deimos Space on their recent agreement with Urthecast, and Magali Vaissiere from the ESA on the new Quantum platform.
The accident that destroyed the SpaceShipTwo suborbital vehicle and killed one its pilots last year was caused by the co-pilot’s premature unlocking of the vehicle’s feathering system and inability of its developer, Scaled Composites, to foresee such an event and take measures to prevent it, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concluded July 28.
The White House would like to boost NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate's budget, but Congress typically has redirected substantial portions of the proposed funding to SLS and other pet projects.
Steve Jurczyk is undaunted. The NASA-lifer is no stranger when it comes to congressional advocacy.
Canada’s pledge to participate in the International Space Station for four more years, to 2024, is a welcome development that hopefully will encourage Europe and Japan to follow suit.
NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft slammed into the surface of Mercury April 30, bringing a groundbreaking mission to a dramatic end. The $450 million MESSENGER probe crashed at 3:26 p.m. EDT, gouging a new crater into Mercury’s heavily pockmarked surface.
A B612 Foundation official said its proposed Sentinel space telescope could detect up to 80 percent of potentially hazardous near-Earth objects (NEOs) at least 40 meters in diameter within 10 years of launch.
Northrop Grumman Corp. will provide up to $17.5 million over the next three years to support the Space Solar Power Initiative at Caltech, which will perform work in the areas of high-efficiency photovoltaics, space structures and power transmission that could be applicable to future space systems that collect sunlight and convert it into power transmitted back to Earth.
All but one of the five big test facilities at NASA’s Plum Brook Station, have few or no customers, and the situation is unlikely to change any time soon, according to a report from NASA’s inspector general.
While Landsat 9's program office is now operational at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, major procurement decisions for the next in the long series of land-imagining satellites may not be made until fall, a senior NASA official said.
The Canadian government budget issued April 21 includes a commitment to increase Canada’s spending on satellite telecommunications at the European Space Agency and to continue as a partner in the international space station to 2024.
Aerojet Rocketdyne believes that additive manufacturing, better known as 3-D printing, can help speed development of its AR-1 rocket engine while also reducing its costs.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said April 16 that Russia would develop its own space station by 2023, raising questions about its future role on the International Space Station just weeks after other officials said Russia would remain committed to it through 2024.
Boeing plans to announce this summer the crew that will be on a test flight of the company’s CST-100 crew vehicle in 2017, as well as reveal the pressure suits the crew will wear.
SES said it would fly a U.S. solar-science mission, called GOLD, as a hosted payload on the company’s SES-14 satellite to launch in 2017 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
Replacing faulty electrical wiring that runs behind the James Webb Space Telescope’s (JWST) primary mirror could delay assembly of the flagship observatory’s primary optics package, although the overall mission remains on schedule, a NASA official said April 8.
NASA, which proposed ending the Mars Opportunity rover’s mission for the second year in a row in its 2016 budget request, is still trying to figure out some way of keeping the 11-year-old vehicle operating on the surface of the red planet.