Space

WASHINGTON — Despite a new emphasis on a streamlined, “lean” sample return architecture, a NASA official says it’s unlikely that suite of missions will be able to return Martian rock and soil samples to the Earth before the end of the 2020s. Speaking at a virtual meeting of the Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG)
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SAN FRANCISCO – Hawkeye 360 announced Feb. 26 it can pinpoint the location of radio frequency signals with its first three satellites launched in December on the SpaceX rideshare mission. “It took us about two months to do all the commissioning and testing but we are very excited to announce the satellites are working very
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WASHINGTON — As an Israeli-built lunar lander makes its first post-launch maneuvers, a Japanese company announced new partnerships in its plans to mount missions to the moon. SpaceIL announced Feb. 24 that its Beresheet lander performed its first maneuver since being placed into a supersynchronous transfer orbit by a Falcon 9 Feb. 21. The 30-second
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In a memo to Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Mike Griffin designated Kennedy as his choice to become the first director of the Space Development Agency. WASHINGTON — Fred Kennedy, head of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Tactical Technology Office, has been selected to serve as the
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WASHINGTON — Firefly Aerospace announced agreements with state and federal agencies Feb. 22 to build a new factory for producing and launching its rockets from Florida’s Space Coast. The Texas-based company said it had reached an agreement with Space Florida, the state’s space development agency, to help fund development of a launch site at Space
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WASHINGTON — SpaceShipTwo successfully flew to the edge of space for the second time Feb. 22, carrying three people for the first time as the company moved closer to beginning commercial operations of the suborbital spaceplane. VSS Unity, as the second SpaceShipTwo vehicle is named, was released from its WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft at 11:53 a.m.
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