BOSTON – The U.S. Air Force is turning increasingly to U.S. government, industry, academia and international partners for help gathering and making sense of terrestrial and space weather data, Air Force officials said Jan. 13 at the American Meteorological Society annual meeting here. “We are reaching out to the broader community, both in the U.S.
WASHINGTON — Virgin Galactic is making progress in the development of its next SpaceShipTwo suborbital spaceplane, although the company is saying little about when its existing SpaceShipTwo will be ready to resume test flights. In a Jan. 8 statement, Virgin Galactic announced that the next SpaceShipTwo vehicle achieved a milestone called “weight on wheels,” where
WASHINGTON — SpaceX performed a successful static-fire test Jan. 11 of the Falcon 9 booster that will launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft on a test of its abort system. The Falcon 9 first stage that will be used for the in-flight abort test fired its nine main engines in the test shortly at 10 a.m.
The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center earlier this month hosted one-on-one meetings with executives from 30 companies from across the space industry. This was the start of a multiyear market study that will influence Air Force (and Space Force) spending on private sector technologies and services over the coming decade. The market study
HELSINKI — Chinese private space launch firm Galactic Energy has raised $21.5 million for the development and launch of new rockets. The round was led by Puhua Capital and Huaqiang Capital with six further investors. The funding was secured in October and announced by Galactic Energy late December (Chinese). The funds will be used for
A three-year research and development agreement was signed July 10, but AFRL did not disclose it until Jan. 9 at the company’s request WASHINGTON — The Air Force Research Laboratory announced Jan. 9 that it signed an agreement with small launch startup ABL Space Systems to jointly develop and test rocket propulsion components for future
This article originally appeared in the Dec. 11, 2019 issue of SpaceNews magazine. Jim Morhard may be a newcomer to space, but not to astronauts. The NASA deputy administrator often tells the story of how, as a six-year-old in Arlington, Virginia, he and his older brother knocked on the door of a famous neighbor. “He
HONOLULU — A team led by Dynetics that includes Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) is among the bidders for a NASA program to develop landers that will carry astronauts to the surface of the moon. In a Jan. 9 conference call with reporters to discuss their company’s plans for the upcoming year, executives with SNC’s space
Technology entrepreneur Ben Lamm outlines three space opportunities for budding founders not interested in building hardware. I did not start out as a space entrepreneur — in fact, I know almost no one who has. Instead, I created and sold four other companies in different industries before I got into the space business. Yet, in
WASHINGTON — Hispasat purchased a satellite from Thales Alenia Space Jan. 10, marking the operator’s first satellite order since being acquired by Spanish power company Red Eléctrica last year. Thales Alenia Space will build a new satellite called Amazonas Nexus, designed with Ku-band coverage over both American continents, plus Greenland and North Atlantic transportation routes.
SAN FRANCISCO – The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology approved legislation to coordinate federal government space weather research, forecasting and operations with input from academia, commercial firms and groups affected by space weather. The legislation, Promoting Research and Observations of Space Weather to Improve the Forecasting of Tomorrow (PROSWIFT) Act, was introduced in
Walker replaces Keoki Jackson, who will become Lockheed Martin’s chief engineer WASHINGTON — Former director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Steven Walker has been named vice president and chief technology officer of Lockheed Martin Corp. effective Jan. 13. Steven Walker. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Pausic Walker replaces Keoki Jackson, who
HONOLULU — The first core stage for NASA’s Space Launch System finally rolled out of its factory Jan. 8, ready to be shipped to a NASA center for a key series of tests in the coming months. The core stage of the SLS rolled out of the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, accompanied by
Stopher will be a senior fellow at the Prague Security Studies Institute’s space security program WASHINGTON — Former principal assistant to the secretary of the U.S. Air Force for space policy John Stopher has joined the Prague Security Studies Institute as a senior fellow in the space security program. “Stopher will provide expertise on American
HONOLULU — SpaceX says it’s committed to working with the astronomy community to address the brightness of its Starlink satellites, but some astronomers remain concerned about the deleterious effect that system and other megaconstellations will have on their field. One of the 60 satellites in the latest Starlink launch Jan. 6 featured an experimental coating
To receive FIRST UP Satcom, a weekly SpaceNews newsletter for satellite and telecom professionals, sign up here. TOP STORIES Thales Alenia Space and its majority shareholder Thales Group have signed a study contract with the French defense procurement agency DGA to evaluate the use of a Stratobus-type airship for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance applications. The study contract
HONOLULU — As one astronomy cubesat reaches the end of its mission, scientists and NASA officials argue that such spacecraft have demonstrated they can perform useful science often not feasible with larger missions. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced Jan. 3 that it had lost contact with the Arcsecond Space Telescope Enabling Research in Astrophysics, or
HONOLULU — NASA and Boeing will cooperate on an investigation into a timer anomaly that cut short December’s uncrewed test flight of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft as NASA weighs whether to require another such test flight. In a Jan. 7 statement, NASA said the agency and Boeing were establishing a “joint, independent investigation team” to
Arianespace will launch ESA’s Euclid mission to explore the dark universe in mid-2022 on a Ariane 62 or Soyuz rocket. HELSINKI – Arianespace and the European Space Agency announced the signing of a contract Tuesday for launch of the Euclid dark universe exploration mission. Euclid will be compatible with both the Ariane 62 and Soyuz
WASHINGTON — SpaceX launched 60 of its own Starlink broadband satellites on a Falcon 9 rocket Jan. 6, becoming the operator of the world’s largest commercial satellite constellation. The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at 9:19 p.m. Eastern from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on SpaceX’s first launch of the year. The company’s 60 Starlink satellites, built