Space

Rocket Lab is getting D.C. representation as it seeks to grow its U.S. government business. WASHINGTON — Small satellite launch provider Rocket Lab has hired the government affairs firm DLA Piper, according to a lobbying registration form filed April 22. DLA Piper is a multinational firm with a large presence in Washington and a growing
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NASA Television shares this inspiring production by Italian videomaker, Giacomo Sardelli, about the International Space Station, its inhabitants, and its role in space exploration. Sardelli writes of the video, “I’m not the first one to use NASA’s pictures taken from the International Space Station to craft a Timelapse video. You can find many of them
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WASHINGTON — Firefly Aerospace has signed a contract with Spaceflight to be the primary customer for a rideshare mission on Firefly’s Alpha small launch vehicle in 2021. Under the launch services agreement announced April 22, Spaceflight will provide the payloads for the “majority” of the payload capacity of the Alpha mission, projected to take place
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SAN FRANCISCO – The COVID-19 pandemic is prompting Spacebit to rethink some elements of its strategy for building and testing robotic vehicles like the miniature rover scheduled to reach the moon next year. London-based Spacebit plans to ward off supply chain disruption with two rover designs. The firm also is expanding its engineering staff and
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“Houston, we’ve had a problem.” Apollo 13 has become known as “a successful failure” that saw a safe return of the crew in spite of a catastrophic explosion in the middle of their lunar journey. This 30-minute documentary features interviews with Apollo 13 Astronauts Jim Lovell and Fred Haise, as well as Flight Directors Gene
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Survival of the fittest? COVID-19 is a global Darwinian event for businesses around the world, including space development. Just as a revolution was underway in the space field that was destined to transform all aspects of our relationship to the heavens, the hand of nature has knocked down many of the very dreamers making it
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An international team of scientists have discovered an exciting, Earth-sized exoplanet that’s capable of supporting liquid water. “This intriguing, distant world gives us even greater hope that a second Earth lies among the stars, waiting to be found,” Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington, who was not part of the
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Ellen Lord: “We’re looking where the greatest pain points are, and again, it’s really aviation, shipbuilding and small space launch.” WASHINGTON — Among the domestic industries that provide equipment and services to the Pentagon,  suppliers in the aviation, shipbuilding and small space launch sectors have been the most impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, top procurement
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WASHINGTON — A Mars orbiter developed by the United Arab Emirates will ship to its launch site in Japan this week, its launch preparations affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The Emirates Mars Mission, an orbiter also known as Hope, is scheduled to launch on an H-2A rocket from Japan during a three-week launch window that
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WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) office responsible for licensing commercial launches and reentries has completed a reorganization announced nearly a year ago intended to improve its efficiency. In an April 3 memo, Wayne Monteith, associate administrator for commercial space transportation at the FAA, said the reorganization of the Office of Commercial Space Transportation,
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WASHINGTON — A 19-year-old Intelsat satellite resumed service April 2 after getting a new lease on life through Northrop Grumman’s MEV-1 satellite servicer, the companies announced Friday.  Intelsat transferred 30 commercial and government communications customers to the Intelsat-901 satellite, which now uses the Mission Extension Vehicle-1 for propulsion. The transfer took six hours to complete,
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