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One thing a highball estimate does accomplish is “shift the debate to how expensive this is going to be."
NOAA awarded more than $8 million in contracts this week to three companies in the second round of a commercial satellite weather data pilot program.
Whoever signs up for one of two certification flights for the Omega rocket, will get a ride “at a reduced rate."
"It doesn't necessarily mean buying a company. It could be buying a product line. It could be buying a portion of a business that fits with us. We want to make sure that it's strategic."
Bezos: At a time of increasing global competition, “You have to be able to go to space more frequently, with less lead time."
Kleos Space, a company developing a constellation of satellites for radiofrequency geolocation work, will launch its first satellites in 2019 with Rocket Lab under a deal announced Sept. 19.
A Georgia county seeking to develop a spaceport has attracted a small launch vehicle company to set up operations and, hopefully, launch from there.
Shanahan on space reorganization: “We’re going to find the best way. There will be some hammering and arm wrestling. "
Air Force Space Commander: ‘Our constellations are like slow kids in gym class that can’t run very fast’
Gen. Jay Raymond: “There’s an explosion of things happening in the commercial industry. We want to capitalize on that."
Boeing and SpaceX, who have been struggling to meet safety thresholds established by NASA for commercial crew vehicles, now believe their vehicles can meet those requirements as they prepare for test flights scheduled in the next several months.
Orbital Insight, a Silicon Valley geospatial analytics company, announced the purchase Sept. 18 of FeatureX, a Boston-based artificial intelligence firm specializing in computer vision for satellite imagery. The terms of the purchase were not disclosed.
Wilson suggested her proposal is only the opening salvo. “I expect there will be a lot of discussion about how to implement the president’s vision.”
Melanie Stricklan, Slingshot Aerospace: “We see a big need for SSA solutions, not just in the military but also in academia and in satellite owners and operators."
Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson’s Space Force proposal dropped on the first day of the Air Force Association’s Air Space Cyber symposium, and it took the community by storm.