Space

SANTA BARBARA, California — A European Ariane 5 rocket successfully launched two communications satellites June 20. The heavy lift launcher took off from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, at 5:43 p.m. Eastern, carrying the T-16 satellite for AT&T’s DirecTV business, and the Eutelsat-7C satellite for French operator Eutelsat Communications. The 6,330-kilogram T-16 satellite, built
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SANTA BARBARA, California — An Indian satellite propulsion startup with eventual plans to also build a small launch vehicle has raised $3 million from a group of venture capital investors. Bangalore, India-based Bellatrix Aerospace intends to use the funds to demonstrate its thruster technology in space. IDFC-Parampara, StartupXseed, Karsemven Fund and Survam Partners led the
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DoD statement: “An acting director of SDA will be announced soon.” WASHINGTON — Less than five months into his tenure as director of the Space Development Agency, Fred Kennedy is stepping down from the post and will be returning to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. “Dr. Fred Kennedy has been serving on a detail
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SANTA BARBARA, California — Fresh off its purchase of geospatial intelligence firm OGSystems in January, Parsons is searching for more companies to buy that would further expand its presence in space, among other industries. Executives at Parsons, speaking during the company’s first earnings call since completing its $534 million initial public offering in May, said
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In the wake of Shanahan’s resignation, speculation has swirled in the Pentagon about how the transition might affect efforts to stand up a Space Force and modernize the military’s satellites. WASHINGTON — President Trump made a “good choice” naming Army Secretary Mark Esper acting defense secretary following the resignation of Patrick Shanahan, said former Air
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WASHINGTON — U.K. Export Finance’s $325 million loan to Turkey this April is the most the agency’s has ever provided for a space industry deal. Adam Harris, head of civil, infrastructure and energy activity at U.K. Export Finance. Credit: UKEF Britain’s export credit agency has long discussed more involvement in the satellite industry, but didn’t
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WASHINGTON — Boeing announced June 19 it will move the headquarters of its space division from the Washington, DC area to Florida as a number of its major programs shift from development to operations. Dennis Muilenburg, chief executive and president of Boeing, announced the headquarters move from Arlington, Virginia, to Titusville, Florida, in a speech
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SANTA BARBARA, California — Problems with an unnamed component supplier are the reason the first launch of a ViaSat-3 high-throughput satellite won’t happen until 2021. Carlsbad, California-based Viasat, which is building a trio of ViaSat-3 satellites with Boeing for global broadband connectivity, informed the U.S. Federal Communications Commission that it will need an extension of
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