Space

WASHINGTON — Maxar Technologies has decided not to sell or shut down its commercial geostationary orbit satellite business, but will restructure it with a greater emphasis on smaller satellites and government customers. In an interview with SpaceNews, Walter Scott, executive vice president and chief technology officer of Maxar, said that after months of analysis about
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WASHINGTON — World View, a company developing stratospheric balloons that provide capabilities that have traditionally required satellites, has hired a new chief executive to help transition the company from development to operations. In a Feb. 28 statement, World View announced that it hired Ryan Hartman as its new chief executive. Hartman, formerly the president and
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WASHINGTON — A bill introduced by a bipartisan pair of senators Feb. 27 would authorize an extension of the International Space Station to 2030 and also make permanent human settlement of space a national goal. Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) introduced the Advancing Human Spaceflight Act Feb. 27, with its central provision
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Full disc view of the Earth. Credit: NASA’s Epic camera aboard DSCOVR Satellite Today, the world faces mounting environmental challenges. With rising sea levels, increasing oceanic temperatures, desertification and resource shortages, our planet faces distinct and unprecedented threats. Now more than ever, we must use all means at our disposal to develop cutting-edge sustainability practices
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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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