The NEOCam sensor (right) is the lynchpin for the proposed Near Earth Object Camera, or NEOCam, space mission (left) managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  Credit: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
A U.S. Navy Standard Missile-3 Block IB interceptor launches from a Japanese destroyer during a Sept. 12 test of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System off the coast of Hawaii. Aegis is part of the missile defense network that protects U.S. and allied warships from ballistic missile attacks. The Missile Defense Agency wants to add a new layer of space sensors to detect and track hypersonic weapons that China and Russia are developing. Credit: U.S. Missile Defense Agency
United Launch Alliance's updated diagram of the Vulcan Centaur finally reflects what many saw as a foregone conclusion: the main stage will be powered by Blue Origin's BE-4 engine.
ESA Director General Jan Woerner (center) and Nicolas Chamussy, executive vice president of space systems at Airbus Defence and Space (second from right) get some help from organizers of The Moon Race holding up the inflatable moon that made the rounds at the 2018  International Astronautical Congress in Bremen, Germany, Oct. 1-5. Credit: ESA photo by Philippe Sebirot
“The constellation has enough redundancy built into it in terms of the numbers of satellites that we don’t need to insure the performance of any specific
satellite.”
— Mike Safyan, Planet's vice president
of launch and global ground station networks.
Credit: iStock/SpaceNews
ULA won a contract to launch one of three ViaSat-3 satellites being built for Viasat. Credit: Boeing Satellite Systems
A "space unicorn" on display at the ISIS (Innovative Solutions in Space) exhibit at the Small Satellite Conference at Utah State University in Logan, Utah Aug. 7, 2018. Credit: Keith Johnson for SpaceNews
Satellite operators, analysts and industry observers remain optimistic that space-based communications will play a significant role in connecting 5G devices. Credit: iStock
Canada-based MDA had to resubmit paperwork to CFIUS during its acquisition of DigitalGlobe of Colorado last year for reasons that weren’t entirely clear. CFIUS approved the merger, enabling the creation of the combined company Maxar Technologies, following a 30-day extension of its review process. DigitalGlobe’s WorldView 4 satellite, which launched in 2016, is shown above being prepared for shipping. Credit: Lockheed Martin
“Involving everyone is something that I believe is really crucial for the future of space.”
— Jan Woerner, European Space Agency director general.
Credit: ESA
Maxar's Space Systems Loral is one of several firms proposing to use a commercial satellite bus as the basis for a Power and Propulsion Element for NASA’s planned lunar Gateway. Credit: Space Systems Loral
Ian Fichtenbaum writes about the need to examine how to build a robust space economy and infrastructure, one built to accommodate future growth.
The silver ring depicted in the Spaceflight illustration above is an ESPA ring developed by Moog under a U.S. Air Force contract. The black ring is called Hub and was manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space. It is similar to the ESPA Grande payload adapter.
Construction workers at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, move a protective enclosure in February as part of transition to new terminals that work with Wideband Global SATCOM satellites. Credit: U.S. Defense Department
NASA's hobbled Kepler telescope continues to hunt exoplanets by using solar pressure along with the remaining two reaction wheels and thrusters to orient the spacecraft. Credit: NASA illustration

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