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NASA’s path to the moon leads through Congress. Good thing NASA’s No. 2 knows his way around Capitol Hill.
NASA Deputy Administrator Jim Morhard sat down with SpaceNews to talk about exploration, NASA’s prospects for getting funding to enable those exploration plans, and his first year on the job at NASA.
The United States is on the verge of making a profound strategic mistake. The nation is preparing to spend $85 billion replacing working nuclear-armed Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missiles with a new “Ground Based Strategic Deterrent.” Like the old missiles, the new arsenal will consist of silo-based rockets with nuclear warheads.
In this excerpt from a “fireside chat” at the third annual SpaceNews Awards for Excellence & Innovation Dec. 10, Doug Loverro discusses why he took on this new challenge and Jim Bridenstine explains why he believes Loverro is the right person for the job.
For most people, the term “spaceport” conjures up visions of launch pads and gantries, with rockets taking off vertically. But for some, spaceports are becoming a place where businesses, rather than rockets, take off.
David Shahady, who directs the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer programs, spoke with SpaceNews about Air Force Space Pitch Day and about the Air Force’s SBIR program.
Over the past 60 years, NASA has explored the solar system from the sun to the Kuiper belt. While many of these missions, especially those beyond Saturn, have been one-shot flybys, others have charted many of the moons of Jupiter and Saturn extensively by repeated orbital passes.
Live pitch events are one of several avenues the Air Force is pursuing to attract U.S.-owned startups and commercial businesses that are breaking new ground in space technology.
Foust Forward | Voyager’s stellar achievement: A one-in-many-generations mission beyond the solar system
Given a taste of interstellar space, scientists are looking for ways to follow up on the Voyagers.
In December, Cloud Constellation was finalizing receipt of a $100 million investment that would help the startup deploy a ring of secure data-storage satellites in low Earth orbit. By spring, Cloud Constellation had walked away from the deal, citing a review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, or CFIUS, as one of the reasons.
RBC Signals is expanding its global network of ground stations by combining excess capacity in existing antenna networks with its own antennas. CEO Ron Faith spoke with SpaceNews about the lessons he sees in the growth of cellular networks at the World Satellite Business Week conference in September.
For Telespazio Vega Deutschland, a subsidiary of the spaceflight services company Telespazio of Rome, the challenges faced by a new generation of space companies present enticing opportunities.
The U.S. Treasury Department hasn’t issued final regulations implementing the 2018 Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act, but space industry entrepreneurs already feel the law’s effect.
French propulsion startup ThrustMe unexpectedly made it into orbit early this month with its innovative propulsion system placed aboard a Chinese cubesat.