Airbus Defence and Space wanted to launch a satellite servicer shortly after Northrop Grumman launched MEV-1, but backed away from those plans two years ago because of uncertainty about the commercial market.
A Cygnus cargo spacecraft that was scheduled to reenter in late February will instead remain in orbit for another month so a payload on the spacecraft can perform additional tests.
Under the agreement, DARPA will provide the robotics payload for a Mission Robotic Vehicle.
Northrop Grumman announced it completed a static fire test of the second stage of its OmegA rocket in Promontory, Utah.
The Air Force is expected to award a sole-source development contract to Northrop Grumman for GBSD in August.
A technical issue scrubbed a scheduled Feb. 9 launch a Cygnus cargo mission to the International Space Station as NASA is considering changes to the schedule of future cargo missions and science activities on the station given uncertainties about the size of the station’s crew.
Eutelsat said an investigation into the Eutelsat 5 West B satellite, launched in October, concluded that one of its two solar arrays was unusable, reducing power to support communications services.
Saturn CEO Jim Simpson said making the OmegA launch reservation before it has customers locked down for the NationSat spacecraft OmegA would carry is part of the startup’s strategy for providing a one-stop-shop for its target customers.
The Air Force will begin a sole-source negotiation with Northrop Grumman in anticipation of a GBSD contract.
Northrop Grumman announced Dec. 12 that Saturn Satellite Networks, a startup satellite manufacturer, will be the customer for the first OmegA launch in 2021.
Northrop is pushing the message that its financial strength should be considered by the Air Force as it decides which two providers in 2020 will receive five-year contracts.
Space Launch Complex 6, or SLC-6, is a sprawling facility that the Air Force leases to United Launch Alliance.
Eutelsat said it is still working to understand what impact the power problem may have on the Eutelsat 5 West B satellite.