Citing a long-term drought in satellite orders, Space Systems Loral has laid off a number of employees at its California satellite manufacturing facility, the company confirmed June 22.
Russia’s Proton rocket returned to service June 7, almost one year to the date from vehicle’s last flight, delivering a U.S. telecommunications satellite into geostationary transfer orbit.
DARPA program is an opportunity for the Pentagon to let industry lead experimental technology rather than try to adhere to strict requirements guidelines.
Australia’s state-owned National Broadband Network company has placed a satellite originally meant to be a spare into service to keep pace with ramping user demand, and says it has solved around 80 percent of the service issues that have plagued the satellite system since early 2016.
Space Systems Loral announced April 12 that it has completed an agreement with DARPA for a satellite servicing program that triggered a lawsuit from another company.
Satellite manufacturers are turning increasingly to additive manufacturing to reduce the cost and time required to design and build spacecraft.
The San Diego, California, based company won a $10.9 million contract to build a camera for the robotic satellite-servicing mission.
DARPA, undeterred by a lawsuit Orbital ATK filed on Tuesday, formally announced today that it will partner with Space Systems/Loral (SSL) on the Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) program.
Orbital ATK sued the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency on Feb. 7 to prevent a rival firm from getting a contract to collaborate on a government-funded mission to repair a satellite in orbit.
European launch provider Arianespace completed its 11th and final launch of the year Dec. 21, putting satellites for the largest regional operators in Asia and South America on their way to the geostationary arc.
A new contract from NASA to build the agency’s Restore-L satellite servicing spacecraft could bring Space Systems Loral that much closer to launching its own satellite servicing business.
Hughes’ latest high-throughput satellite, Echostar 19, reached Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station last week in preparation for a Dec. 16 launch atop an Atlas 5 rocket.
Europe’s Vega small-satellite launcher on Sept. 15 successfully placed five high-resolution optical Earth observation satellites — one for the Peruvian government and four for Google-owned Terra Bella — into low Earth orbit.
A European Ariane 5 rocket on Aug. 24 successfully placed two Intelsat-owned telecommunications satellites into geostationary transfer orbit, a launch that included the second of Intelsat’s do-or-die Epic high-throughput satellites.
Commercial satellite manufacturer MDA Corp. of Canada on July 28 said “a material amount” of satellite bid requests it receives is for high-throughput satellites (HTS) but that those interest are focused on a broad range of capacities, not just 1-terabit-per-second spacecraft.