Additive Rocket Corp. combines additive manufacturing with a tool called generative design, where computer algorithms develop thousands of different designs that meet a set of constraints and then iterate on them to find the optimal solution. Credit: ARC
Launched in June 2001, Intelsat-901 is healthy but running low on fuel. MEV 1 aims to fix that. Credit: Intelsat
Blue Origin's New Shepard suborbital vehicle on the pad prior to an April 29 launch. Credit: Blue Origin
U.S. commercial remote sensing regulations will be put to the test by new ventures, such as EarthNow, a Bill Gates-and-SoftBank-backed venture that aims to distribute live video of the Earth. Credit: NASA’s Epic camera aboard DSCOVR Satellite
An image accompanying a Chinese Academy of Space Technology announcement of a successful airdrop parachute test in April. Credit: CAST
Expedition 56 Flight Engineer Serena Auñón-Chancellor of NASA in the Destiny laboratory module June 11 with gear for measuring and analyzing red blood cell function to help doctors understand how blood cell production is altered in microgravity. Credit: NASA Johnson via Flickr
U.S. President Donald Trump holds the signed copy of Space Policy Directive 2 in the Oval Office May 24 along with Vice President Mike Pence, National Space Council Executive Secretary Scott Pace and Deputy Executive Secretary and Chief of Staff of the National Space Council Jared Stout. Credit: White House Official Photo
This image from the ISS shows strong tropospheric storm clouds pushing up against and being blocked at the tropopause, illustrating the decoupled and isolated nature of the stratosphere from the troposphere below. This relative isolation allows rocket emissions to accumulate in the stratosphere. Credit: NASA
A five-segment solid rocket motor similar to those Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems will supply NASA for its Space Launch System undergoes a 2011 test in Utah. Credit: NASA/Orbital ATK
The Orbital ATK Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, launches from Pad-0A on May 21, 2018 at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Credit: NASA
“DARPA and NASA have done [servicing] demonstrations in the past but to get traction for a sustained business is a big deal.”
— Al Tadros, SSL vice president for
space infrastructure and civil space.
Credit: SSL
An Orbital ATK technician monitors a ground demonstration of MEV docking systems. Credit: Orbital ATK
This NASA Goddard Space Flight Center illustration shows a servicing spacecraft, left, approaching a satellite needing assistance. Credit: NASA Goddard
An Orbital ATK Mission Extension Vehicle docks with a satellite to take over pointing and station keeping. Credit: Orbital ATK
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis at U.S. Northern Command headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Credit: DoD
OHB System will build the PLATO spacecraft and its instruments at OHB Optics & Science Space Center in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. Credit: OHB System

Load More arrow