Electronics in small packages can do big things in space. That sort of sums up the thinking behind defense industry giant Lockheed Martin’s move to invest in commercial companies.
Small terminals typically are easily jammed, so having an anti-jam capability in a portable system would be significant.
With both military and commercial customers seeking more choices in satellite size and orbit, Lockheed Martin has rolled out a new family of satellite buses that consolidate the customized spacecraft the company has previously developed.
With the recent launch of its Kestrel Eye electro-optical microsatellite as an Army testbed, Adcole Maryland Aerospace is in the hunt for other related government and commercial business, company President Glen Cameron said.
With a space portfolio that runs a gamut for different requirement needs, Lockheed Martin has started construction on a new $350 million facility the company says will provide the kind of assembly, testing and validation Lockheed needs across the line of satellite programs it has and expects to secure.
“We are very much enamoured with our system engineering processes in the Department,” said Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, the leader of Air Force Material Command.
The report found there were more than 1,450 active satellites in orbit at the end of last year, an increase of nearly 50 percent in five years.
The countdown was proceeding as planned until a guidance computer triggered an abort 10 seconds before the scheduled 7:36 p.m. Eastern liftoff from Florida.
Officials did not provide additional details about the satellite's orbit, but did state that the satellite had deployed its solar panels and was functioning normally.
Satellite manufacturers aren’t yet sure how the policies of the Trump administration will impact their businesses.
A startup that aims to build 200 satellites a year is opening an automated manufacturing facility on a college campus and adding a former Paul Allen hire to its board of director.
Inmarsat and AVI’s satellite data-relay service exits stealth mode after months of secret, in-space tests
For more than a year, Inmarsat has been working with Addvalue Innovation (AVI) to conduct secret tests of a service that lets operators maintain continuous contact with small satellites in low Earth orbit. Now, the companies are ready to offer the Inter-satellite Data Relay Service to satellite operators.
The launch of Japan's first dedicated military communications satellite will be delayed by two years after a mishap with a blue tarpaulin damaged sensitive antennas during transportation to Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana, two government sources told Reuters.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is working to restore communications with a new astronomy satellite that malfunctioned March 26, generating debris.
Britain's Surrey Satellite Technology will develop a demonstration model of a peroxide-based satellite propulsion system under a U.K. government grant as European satellite builders confront a possible future European Union ban on hydrazine under chemical-safety rules.
Israel Aerospace Industries, in its first satellite export contract, has sold a high-resolution optical imaging spacecraft to an unnamed government and is also introducing an all-electric version of its Amos telecommunications satellite line.
Space is becoming “congested, contested and competitive,” as the 2011 National Security Space Strategy report puts it. The time has come for responsible leadership within our industry and government to jointly develop strategies and policies to ensure our satellite launches and operations are conducted within a safe orbital environment.
A few years ago, many in the space industry hadn’t heard of this bank. Even today, its role in the industry is not widely known except among those who build commercial satellites and sell commercial launches. Yet in the last five years it’s become a critical tool for those companies. At least, when the bank is open for business.
In mid-June, UrtheCast announced plans to add another camera and a radar instrument to the ISS; a week later, the company announced it was developing a 16-satellite constellation in partnership with Britain's small satellite specialist Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.