From the Magazine
The satellite communications industry could be just years away from being able to run modems and other ground station hardware in the cloud, although many technical challenges remain to be solved.
The Space Force is bucking traditional military procurement programs with a shop built to buy technologies that the space industry provides as a service.
Secrecy is innate to military space, and it’s been that way since the start. But officials are increasingly expressing frustration with a classification system that at times appears to be doing more harm than good.
The time is now for governments, technologists, and investors to collaborate on how to define and allocate orbital slots and capacity – namely the positions above Earth occupied by satellites — as part of an improved approach to space traffic management.
This time we want to go to the moon and stay, sustainably and permanently. And then Mars. Apollo was a false start, but Artemis could be the real start.
While tracking more and more objects orbiting Earth is crucial to ensure a safe operating environment, so is the ability to identify them correctly. Space-Track, provided by the U.S. Space Force’s 18th Space Squadron, offers one of the most comprehensive databases of orbital observations.
The war in Ukraine has prompted European civil and military space to revise budgets, programs, and policies to fortify launch capabilities and meet emerging needs.
For all the optimism about the development of commercial space stations, the International Astronautical Congress also showed the lingering concern about the business case for such stations, be it for research, tourism or other space agencies.
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SpaceNews spoke with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s new director to learn more about the JPL’s future vision.
The first chief of the U.S. Space Force, Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, is preparing to hand over the reins of the newest military branch to his successor Gen. B. Chance Saltzman.
Responsive space launch capabilities are gaining more attention as world events that underline the strategic value of satellites also makes them more attractive targets for adversaries.