The winners are SpaceX, Xbow Launch Systems, Northrop Grumman, Firefly Aerospace, United Launch Alliance, Aevum, Vox Space and Rocket Lab.
Brig. Gen. Schiess: “We have to improve turnaround both with new technology and processes."
A commercial Kuaizhou-1A rocket launched two satellites late Friday, continuing a recent intense period of light launch vehicle activity in China.
The FAA’s former commercial space transportation describes what he thinks a 21st century licensing system should look like — at the very top level — and offers some ideas on the best way to implement such a regime.
China has recently made it clear it intends to contend aggressively over this important industry and it is worth noting that extremely lax regulation has often played a critical role that nation’s ability to undercut other U.S. industries.
NROL-68 is the second of three missions awarded to ULA under the Launch Vehicle Production Services contract.
SpaceX sent the Arabsat-6A communications satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit April 11, completing the Falcon Heavy rocket’s first commercial launch.
Virgin Galactic scrubbed the Feb. 20 flight test for SpaceShipTwo, the air-launched suborbital spaceplane, due to high winds in Mojave, California. The flight test is now scheduled for Friday, Feb. 22.
Lt. Gen. David “DT” Thompson noted the U.S. is on the verge of a boom in commercial space, although the health of the industry is “always a little bit of a concern."
The Pentagon has to figure out how it will respond to China’s rapid advances in space technology, warned Chris Shank, director of the Pentagon’s Strategic Capabilities Office.
The company’s namesake says he now has sufficient capital to see his Queensland, Australia-based venture through to a first launch of an orbital rocket in 2020 but acknowledges he’s still looking for a domestic launch site.
Bezos: At a time of increasing global competition, “You have to be able to go to space more frequently, with less lead time."
Hyten: At some point someone has to decide it’s time to pull the plug and invest in the future.
The Air Force is seeking to take advantage of American industry investments in launch vehicles and ensure they are modified to meet national security space requirements.