Space Systems Loral announced April 12 that it has completed an agreement with DARPA for a satellite servicing program that triggered a lawsuit from another company.
Satellite manufacturers are turning increasingly to additive manufacturing to reduce the cost and time required to design and build spacecraft.
The San Diego, California, based company won a $10.9 million contract to build a camera for the robotic satellite-servicing mission.
DARPA, undeterred by a lawsuit Orbital ATK filed on Tuesday, formally announced today that it will partner with Space Systems/Loral (SSL) on the Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) program.
Orbital ATK sued the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency on Feb. 7 to prevent a rival firm from getting a contract to collaborate on a government-funded mission to repair a satellite in orbit.
European launch provider Arianespace completed its 11th and final launch of the year Dec. 21, putting satellites for the largest regional operators in Asia and South America on their way to the geostationary arc.
A new contract from NASA to build the agency’s Restore-L satellite servicing spacecraft could bring Space Systems Loral that much closer to launching its own satellite servicing business.
Hughes’ latest high-throughput satellite, Echostar 19, reached Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station last week in preparation for a Dec. 16 launch atop an Atlas 5 rocket.
Europe’s Vega small-satellite launcher on Sept. 15 successfully placed five high-resolution optical Earth observation satellites — one for the Peruvian government and four for Google-owned Terra Bella — into low Earth orbit.
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.
Commercial satellite manufacturer MDA Corp. of Canada on July 28 said “a material amount” of satellite bid requests it receives is for high-throughput satellites (HTS) but that those interest are focused on a broad range of capacities, not just 1-terabit-per-second spacecraft.
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded Space Systems Loral a $20.7 million contract to design and build two robotic arms, a critical element of the agency’s plan to create an on-orbit servicing demonstration for satellites in geosynchronous orbit, the company announced July 21.
MDA Corp. of Canada on May 4 said bidding activity for commercial telecommunications satellites is at record levels and that the company had received seven requests for information (RFI) on terabit-per-second-throughput satellites from prospective customers.
Telkom-4 satellite contract with Indonesian operator, announced Dec. 30, helps salvage what had been shaping up as a mediocre year for SSL.