A startup that aims to build 200 satellites a year is opening an automated manufacturing facility on a college campus and adding a former Paul Allen hire to its board of director.
Inmarsat and AVI’s satellite data-relay service exits stealth mode after months of secret, in-space tests
For more than a year, Inmarsat has been working with Addvalue Innovation (AVI) to conduct secret tests of a service that lets operators maintain continuous contact with small satellites in low Earth orbit. Now, the companies are ready to offer the Inter-satellite Data Relay Service to satellite operators.
The launch of Japan's first dedicated military communications satellite will be delayed by two years after a mishap with a blue tarpaulin damaged sensitive antennas during transportation to Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana, two government sources told Reuters.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is working to restore communications with a new astronomy satellite that malfunctioned March 26, generating debris.
Britain's Surrey Satellite Technology will develop a demonstration model of a peroxide-based satellite propulsion system under a U.K. government grant as European satellite builders confront a possible future European Union ban on hydrazine under chemical-safety rules.
Israel Aerospace Industries, in its first satellite export contract, has sold a high-resolution optical imaging spacecraft to an unnamed government and is also introducing an all-electric version of its Amos telecommunications satellite line.
Space is becoming “congested, contested and competitive,” as the 2011 National Security Space Strategy report puts it. The time has come for responsible leadership within our industry and government to jointly develop strategies and policies to ensure our satellite launches and operations are conducted within a safe orbital environment.
A few years ago, many in the space industry hadn’t heard of this bank. Even today, its role in the industry is not widely known except among those who build commercial satellites and sell commercial launches. Yet in the last five years it’s become a critical tool for those companies. At least, when the bank is open for business.
In mid-June, UrtheCast announced plans to add another camera and a radar instrument to the ISS; a week later, the company announced it was developing a 16-satellite constellation in partnership with Britain's small satellite specialist Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.
Canada could play a prominent role in a deorbiting mission for the European Envisat Earth observation satellite, with robotic arm technology the most feasible method for such a job.
Satellite builders Boeing and Lockheed Martin said they would use their global presences to create at least the semblance of satellite production facilities outside the United States to tap into export-credit agency funding if the U.S. Export-Import Bank did not reopen.
Large institutional investors have begun to sell their holdings in the stock of the large satellite fleet operators out of fear of an impending oversupply.
Boeing Co. on Monday told its workers that it expected to cut as many as "several hundred" jobs in its satellite business through the end of 2015 due to a downturn in U.S. military spending and delays in commercial satellite orders.
The U.S. Export-Import Bank, as expected, closed its doors to new business July 1 following the U.S. Congress’s inability to renew bank authorization, but said all existing loans and guarantees will be maintained and carried to their maturity.