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
Inmarsat's largest market, connecting ships at sea, is becoming increasingly competitive. Around 40 percent of the company's revenue comes from maritime customers using Inmarsat products for voice and data services. Credit: Inmarsat
"Almost every first meeting we have with someone, whether they have an engine or not, their answer is 'we have to build our own.'"
— Joe Laurienti, Ursa Major CEO
By creating a demand function for propellant for future exploration and providing key investments…the U.S. government can create an environment where free enterprise can thrive and the nation and world economy can prosper by expanding the Earth’s economic realm into space. Credit: SpaceNews illustration
“There are definite limitations to small spacecraft,” said NASA’s Small Spacecraft Technology program executive Chris Baker (left). “They are not the solution for everything but they can be part of the solution.” Credit: Keith Johnson for SpaceNews
Trident Space Inc. of Fairfax, Virginia, plans to launch its first SAR smallsat in 2021, followed by six more satellites in 2023, and 12 each year thereafter, eventually building a 48-satellite constellation in low Earth orbit. Credit: iStock
"A growing talent gap is one of the biggest economic, cultural, and security risk this nation faces in the critical next two decades."
This chart from “Small Launch Vehicles – A 2018 State of the Industry Survey” shows the growth of the Small launcher market from 2015-2018. Some 34 small rockets are in active development worldwide.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (left) and Defense Secretary James Mattis share a light moment during the Aug. 9 rollout of the Trump administration’s plan for establishing a Space Force. Credit: Department of Defense
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The French space agency CNES is funding construction of the Ariane 6 launch pad at the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Credit: ESA
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After years of efforts within the British government, and lobbying by the country’s space industry, the U.K. is taking steps to get back in the launch business.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine recently compared the commercial satellite remote-sensing sector to the market for cheeseburgers. Credit: SpaceNews illustration

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