Space

MOSCOW — Accident investigators confirmed that the failed Soyuz launch to the International Space Station three weeks ago was caused by a damaged sensor in the booster package, a fault attributed to the final assembly stage of the rocket at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Oleg Skorobogatov, deputy director of Russia’s Central Research Institute of Machine Building (TsNIIMASH)
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This article originally appeared in the Oct. 22, 2018 issue of SpaceNews magazine. Engineers and researchers stand near one of the two metal laser-deposition machines at Lockheed Martin’s Additive Design and Manufacturing Center. Credit: Lockheed Martin Lockheed Martin’s Additive Design and Manufacturing Center in Sunnyvale, California, where the company produces military, commercial and civil space
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LOS ANGELES — SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk says he supports the concept of establishing a separate Space Force, using an argument that mirrors statements made by administration officials. In an extended interview with the technology site Recode published Nov. 2, Musk drew parallels between the Space Force and the creation of the U.S. Air
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WASHINGTON — Aireon, the aircraft-tracking venture Iridium Communications founded to help finance construction of the now nearly completed Iridium Next constellation, is close to securing a new credit line that should allow the firm to catch up on $200 million in overdue payload hosting fees. McLean, Virginia-based Iridium said Oct. 25 that Aireon expects to
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On October 19th, 2017, the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System-1 (Pan-STARRS-1) in Hawaii announced the first-ever detection of an interstellar asteroid, named 1I/2017 U1 (AKA ‘Oumuamua). In the months that followed, multiple follow-up observations were conducted that allowed astronomers to get a better idea of its size and shape, while also revealing that it had the
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WASHINGTON — A NASA spacecraft that visited two of the largest objects in the solar system’s main asteroid belt has run out of fuel, ending its mission, NASA announced Nov. 1. NASA announced that the Dawn spacecraft was silent during two communications sessions on the Deep Space Network Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. After eliminating
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SAN FRANCISCO – Commercial lunar transportation firm Moon Express delivered 590,710 shares of stock worth an estimated $2.25 million to Intuitive Machines LLC, a firm with autonomous systems expertise, as ordered Oct. 15 by a federal judge in Delaware. “I recently received the shares per the judge’s order,” Steve Altemus, Intuitive Machines president, told SpaceNews by
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WASHINGTON — As NASA works to keep the James Webb Space Telescope on track for a 2021 launch, the chairman of the mission’s independent review board believes that the mission was “a step too far” for the agency. Speaking at a meeting of the Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics of the National Academies’ Space Studies
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This article originally appeared in the Oct. 22, 2018 issue of SpaceNews magazine. Space system engineers, who once saw additive manufacturing as a way to trim the size and weight of conventional components, are beginning to see its true potential, said Stewart Deadman, Burloak Technologies’ space products manager. “I’ve seen the biggest change in mindset
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WASHINGTON — Planetary Resources Inc., once a high-flying company backed by billionaires with aspirations to mine asteroids, only to later suffer funding problems, has been acquired by a blockchain company, the firms announced Oct. 31. Planetary Resources said in a statement that it was acquired by ConsenSys, Inc. in an “asset-purchase transaction.” The companies did
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