Space

WASHINGTON — Satellite broadband startup OneWeb, now three months from the launch of its first satellites, is reducing the size of its initial low Earth orbit constellation by a third. Greg Wyler, OneWeb’s founder, said the company will need only 600 satellites or so instead of 900 after ground tests of the first satellites demonstrated better
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SAN FRANCISCO — Business Finland, a Finnish trade and economic development agency, awarded a 10 million Euro ($11.36 million) grant to radar satellite operator ICEYE. The grant, announced Dec. 14, will help ICEYE “maintain the very tight launch schedule ahead,” Rafal Modrzewski, ICEYE chief executive and co-founder, said by email. ICEYE launched the first SAR
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WASHINGTON — The NASA Advisory Council has recommended that NASA review its existing planetary protection guidelines to balance the needs of science and exploration, an effort that could set the stage for a similar revision at the international level. The council, during a two-day meeting at NASA Headquarters Dec. 10–11, adopted a recommendation calling on
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Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Mike Griffin directed Fred Kennedy, director of DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office, to lead a study team and come up with recommendations for the “implementation of the Space Development Agency.” WASHINGTON — The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — an organization known for its unconventional approach to solving military
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The service, called FlexAir, is targeted at government and military aircraft operators that only want to pay for the broadband they use, without having to make a long-term commitment. WASHINGTON — Satellite communications provider Intelsat announced on Thursday it is launching a new in-flight broadband service aimed at military and government aircraft. The service, called
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Gen. Raymond: “The new acquisition authority better integrates our military and private satcom sectors, ensuring our warfighters have the communications capabilities they need to fight and win.” WASHINGTON — The Air Force Space Command announced on Wednesday that it has officially assumed responsibility for the procurement of commercial satellite communications services for the Department of
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