Cape Congestion: World’s busiest spaceport stretched to its limits
Cape Canaveral’s infrastructure is being stretched to its limits as the world’s busiest launch site continues to get busier.
China loses UAE as partner for Chang’e-7 lunar south pole mission
An agreement for a United Arab Emirates’ rover to fly on China’s Chang’e-7 lunar mission has apparently been hit by U.S. export control rules.
Advisory group backs European human spaceflight program using commercial approaches
An advisory committee called on the European Space Agency to develop a comprehensive human spaceflight program using a more commercial approach.
Rocket Lab launches BlackSky satellites
Rocket Lab launched a pair of BlackSky imaging satellites March 24 on a launch that was also a test of its ability to recover and reuse boosters.
First crewed Starliner launch slips again
The first flight of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner commercial crew vehicle with astronauts on board, previously scheduled for late April, has been delayed, likely until the summer.
NASA warns of “devastating” impacts of potential budget cuts
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson claims proposed spending reductions for fiscal year 2024 could have “devastating and potentially unrecoverable” effects on NASA programs, delaying or canceling many missions.
Relativity launches first Terran 1
Relativity Space’s first Terran 1 rocket successfully got off the launch pad March 22 but failed to reach orbit because of an upper stage malfunction.
SpaceX experiencing problems with first upgraded Starlink V2 satellites
The first set of larger second-generation Starlink satellites is experiencing problems that could require SpaceX to deorbit at least some of them.
Avio secures Italian government funding for methane engine and small launch vehicle prototype
Avio is moving ahead with efforts to develop a larger methane-fueled rocket engine and a prototype small launch vehicle with more than $300 million in funding from the Italian government.
NRO signs agreements with commercial providers of hyperspectral imagery
The National Reconnaissance Office has signed five-year agreements with six commercial providers of hyperspectral satellite imagery
Virgin Orbit begins “incremental” return to work as it seeks new funding
A small set of Virgin Orbit employees will return to work after a week-long furlough as the company attempts to raise money to remain solvent.
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