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WASHINGTON — Harris Corp. and L3 Technologies reported contrasting financial performances for their space activities Jan. 29, with Harris charting growth in classified smallsat programs and L3 recording losses in satellite communications components. Chief executives from both companies said their $34 billion merger, announced in October, remains on track for completion by mid-2019 despite the
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White House draft policy memo: After the Space Force is established, the secretary of defense has to conduct a “periodic review” and recommend a timeline for spinning off the Space Force into its own military department. WASHINGTON — A draft space policy directive that President Trump is expected to sign in the coming weeks orders
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This article originally appeared in the Jan. 21, 2019 issue of SpaceNews magazine. At the largest conference of astronomers in the United States, the biggest astronomy mission under development was virtually a no-show. The partial government shutdown that started Dec. 22 kept NASA civil servants from attending the winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society
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SAN FRANCISCO — GHGSat of Montreal is accelerating plans to build and launch greenhouse gas monitoring satellites in response to strong market demand and the success of its first space-based sensor. “We have at least a three to five year lead in the market versus anybody else who wants to be able to measure emissions
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WASHINGTON — Suborbital spaceflight company Virgin Galactic laid off about 40 people earlier this month as part of a realignment of “skill sets” in the company’s workforce as it prepares to shift into commercial operations later this year. In a statement to SpaceNews, Virgin Galactic confirmed the layoffs that accounted for roughly five percent of
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This article was first published in the SN Military.Space newsletter. If you would like to get our news and insights for national security space professionals every Tuesday, sign up here for your free subscription. One of the most closely watched programs in the military space sector is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Blackjack. Led by the agency’s Tactical
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WASHINGTON — A partial government shutdown that had shuttered NASA and a number of other agencies involved with civil and commercial space activities came to at least a temporary end Jan. 25, five weeks after it started. President Trump signed a continuing resolution (CR) late Jan. 25 restoring funding to government agencies whose appropriations lapsed
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This article originally appeared in the Jan. 21, 2019 issue of SpaceNews magazine. Everyone seemed calm at the annual American Meteorological Society (AMS) conference in Phoenix, sharing research and discussing public policy, until someone mentioned commercial weather data. Suddenly voices grew louder, one speaker interrupted another and tempers flared. The annual American MeteorologicalSociety conference met
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WASHINGTON — As Blue Origin breaks ground on a new factory for producing rocket engines, the company says development of its BE-4 engine will be completed later this year. Blue Origin held a groundbreaking ceremony in Huntsville, Alabama, Jan. 25 to formally mark the start of construction of a factory that will be used for
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This article was first published in the SN Military.Space newsletter. If you would like to get our news and insights for national security space professionals every Tuesday, sign up here for your free subscription. Few people in the Pentagon or the space industry have heard of Col. Russell Teehan. In July, he was named “portfolio architect” of the Air Force
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