Space

SAN FRANCISCO – Blue Canyon Technologies is evolving quickly. The Boulder, Colorado firm that started off selling attitude control systems and now builds and operates individual satellites for customers won a high-profile constellation contract. On Oct. 12, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded BCT a $1.5 million contract to define bus and payload requirements
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WASHINGTON — Rocket Lab said Oct. 30 it plans to perform a long-delayed launch of an Electron rocket carrying several small satellites during a mid-November launch window, as the company seeks to ramp up its launch activity. The company, headquartered in California but with launch operations in New Zealand, said its third Electron mission, dubbed
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NASA announced Tuesday that Kepler, an orbital telescope that’s been spotting and analyzing distant planets for the past nine years, has run out of fuel and will no longer carry out scientific research. Since it launched in March 2009, the telescope identified over 2,600 planets outside of our solar system, and found that as much
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WASHINGTON — NASA’s Kepler spacecraft, which helped astronomers discover thousands of exoplanets since its launch nearly a decade ago, has ended operations after running out of fuel, the agency announced Oct. 30. In a briefing with reporters, agency officials said that Kepler ended operations after exhausting the last of its hydrazine fuel used for attitude
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SAN FRANCISCO – ExoTerra Resources LLC, a Littleton, Colorado, startup obtained a $1.5 million investment to further its campaign to develop solar electric propulsion systems for microsatellites. The investment is significant because “it allows us to fund our flight qualification effort and it shows investor confidence in our business plan and in the growth of
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Mitchell is now considered the father of the U.S. Air Force, but the Air Force has forgotten the lessons of his experience when it comes to the new combat domain of space This op-ed originally appeared in the Oct. 8, 2018 issue of SpaceNews magazine. Since President Trump announced he would form the U.S. Space
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Pentagon official responsible for space policy says he expects an “exciting and interesting discussion” in Congress next year when the House and Senate take up the administration’s proposal to establish a Space Force. In a speech at the American Astronautical Society’s Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium here Oct. 25, Stephen Kitay,
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Mars is a sizable planet about nine times the mass of our moon. The latest scientific research suggests Mars, despite looking like a giant desert, may harbour enough subsurface water and warmth to support microbial life today. But against the deep, dark backdrop of space, the rusty-red world looks as humble and insignificant as Earth. NASA underscored this stark reality with
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