Space

MOSCOW — With the collapse of a major U.S.-Russia arms treaty last week, much attention is being paid to new Russian rockets. In Moscow, the Kremlin has ordered its generals to begin crash development of an array of intermediate-range missiles. But while all of this was going on, President Vladimir Putin has also been reviewing
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This article was first published in the SN Military.Space newsletter. If you would like to get our news and insights for national security space professionals every Tuesday, sign up here for your free subscription. The Pentagon is moving forward with plans to create a Space Force as a new military branch. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said the Space Force
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This article was first published in the SN Military.Space newsletter. If you would like to get our news and insights for national security space professionals every Tuesday, sign up here for your free subscription. Since President Trump signed the order on Dec. 18 to stand up U.S. Space Command, questions have swirled about who will run it, where
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA – In February, Honeywell Aerospace plans to formally open its Space Division’s Greenhouse, an incubator focused on slashing the cost and time required to produce key technologies like optical intersatellite links for small satellites. The satellite industry is changing quickly and “we have to evolve,” Marina Mississian, Honeywell Aerospace Space Payloads senior
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA – An undercurrent of the SmallSat Symposium was a widespread conviction that a shakeout is looming for certain entrepreneurial space sectors, prompting questions about the future of technology, personnel and business models that never get off the ground, literally or figuratively. Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon have established close relationships with small satellite
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA – Exolaunch, the German launch services provider formerly known as ECM Space, signed a contract to pay in-space transportation startup Momentus more than $6 million to move satellites in low Earth orbit in 2020 with a service called Vigoride and from low Earth to geosynchronous orbit in 2021 with Vigoride Extended. With Vigoride, Exolaunch
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WASHINGTON — European launch provider Arianespace completed the first Ariane 5 mission of the year Feb. 5, lofting two telecom satellites into geostationary transfer orbits. The Ariane 5, Europe’s heavy-lift rocket, took off from Kourou, French Guiana, at 4:01 p.m. Eastern. Saudi Geostationary Satellite-1/Hellas Sat-4, a hefty 6,500-kilogram “condominium satellite,” carrying payloads for two operators,
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WASHINGTON — Investors continue to fund space startups at an accelerating rate, according to two firms that track activity in the sector. Venture capitalists poured $3.25 billion into space technology companies in 2018, an increase of 29 percent, according to Seraphim Capital, a London-based venture fund focused on space. An annual report from Space Angels,
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