Space

WASHINGTON — A smallsat launched a year ago to demonstrate solar sail technologies continues to operate and is now beginning an extended mission. LightSail 2, a cubesat launched in June 2019 to demonstrate that a solar sail could change the orbit of a spacecraft, formally started an extended mission June 25, the one-year anniversary of
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SAN FRANCISCO — Ball Aerospace won four National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration contracts worth a combined $2.32 million for weather satellite and instrument design studies. In announcing the awards June 30, Boulder, Colorado-based Ball also described a fifth initiative with L3Harris Technologies of Melbourne, Florida, and PlanetiQ of Golden, Colorado, called Joint LEO Sounding Mission
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WASHINGTON — Amazon Web Services is increasing its effort to sell cloud services to the space industry through the formation of a dedicated business segment called “Aerospace and Satellite Solutions.”  “AWS is committed to supporting our customers’ missions, even those outside the Earth’s atmosphere,” Teresa Carlson, vice president of worldwide public sector at AWS, said
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WASHINGTON — Key members of the House and Senate say they continue to work on space-related legislation, including a NASA authorization bill, but the two branches of Congress appear to remain far apart on their bills. At the time the coronavirus pandemic hit in March, stopping most legislative activity other than relief measures and other
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SAN FRANCISCO – German launch services provider Exolaunch announced contracts June 29 to integrate NanoAvionics cubesats on SpaceX’s rideshare missions. Under the agreements, Exolaunch is procuring the launch, handling integration and deploying in orbit two six-unit cubesats built by NanoAvionics, a Lithuanian nanosatellite manufacturer. The first NanoAvionics cubesat covered by the new contract is scheduled to
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A report from Quilty Analytics projects Maxar will retain the bulk of future NRO imagery contracts and emerging competitors Planet and BlackSky will gradually gain market share. WASHINGTON — The National Reconnaissance Office will increase spending on commercial satellite imagery over the next several years as the agency seeks to benefit from market competition, analysts
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Reexamining the impact of tech regulation on the satellite industry Until recently, satellites were niche players in the communications industry, used primarily to relay long distance telephone signals and broadcast TV programming. The technology was not sufficiently advanced for a robust and diverse commercial satellite market to emerge.  Today, commercial satellite services are going mainstream,
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SAN FRANCISCO – Atmospheric & Space Technology Research Associates LLC announced June 24 a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration contract for a design study of a cubesat constellation to provide weather data. NOAA awarded ASTRA a $599,885 contract in April for a six-month study called GEO-utilization of Common LEO Architecture for Weather (G-CLAW). ASTRA intends
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