The Defense Innovation Unit announced May 17 it selected Ultra Safe Nuclear Corp. and Avalanche to develop small nuclear-powered spacecraft for in-space demonstrations planned for 2027.
The U.S. Space Force in 2025 plans to launch to geostationary orbit three small satellites that will attempt to dock with a propellant tanker so they can be refueled in space.
Lyten, a battery manufacturer based in California, has prototyped an advanced battery design for small satellites under a contract from the Defense Innovation Unit.
Maxar Technologies won a $9.3 million Defense Department contract to design and deliver two in-space servicing robotic arms for the Defense Innovation Unit.
U.S. national security space organizations released a report Nov. 18 proposing ways to boost the nation’s space economy and technology base.
The Defense Innovation Unit in a new solicitation is asking the companies for ideas on how to build a “hybrid architecture” of government and commercial satellites.
The Defense Innovation Unit last week issued a call for bids for small nuclear-powered engines for space missions beyond Earth orbit.
Small launch vehicle developer Astra will carry a test payload for the U.S. Space Force on its next attempt to reach orbit in August.
President Biden’s pick to serve as undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, Michael Brown, has withdrawn his nomination.
Small launch startup ABL Space Systems announced May 17 it was selected by the U.S. Defense Innovation Unit to launch a military payload.
Michael Brown, director of the Defense Innovation Unit, was nominated by President Biden to serve as undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment.
Relativity Space was selected to launch a small U.S. military payload to orbit in 2023 using a 3D-printed rocket.
DoD has to transition to a space architecture that takes advantage of emerging technologies, Steve Butow, director of the Defense Innovation Unit’s space portfolio, said at the SmallSat Symposium.
DIU space director Butow: “We have the power where it make sense of leveraging and using public private partnerships to our advantage.”
One of the narratives in the report is that the United States is at risk of being displaced by China as the world's space superpower.
Three companies have received study contracts from a Defense Department agency regarding concepts for small, uncrewed space stations in low Earth orbit, although none of the awards yet fund spacecraft construction.
A group with more than 150 government and industry officials will recommend greater investments in space technology and education.
The RAND Corp. will identify commercial space technologies that the Space Force could put into use as well as the potential risks.
Technologies of interest include synthetic aperture radar, hyperspectral imaging, electro-optical imaging, infrared imaging and radio frequency sensing.
DIU received 25 proposals for the Dismounted Assured PNT System