Investors Buy Into Commercial Hypersonic Plans
A nearly $500 million wave of funding shows investors are intrigued by the commercial opportunities of hypersonic flight.
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Boeing’s Starliner Returns To Earth In New Mexico

By Mark Carreau May 25, 2022
Boeing’s uncrewed CST-100 Starliner successfully completed a six-day roundtrip test flight to the International Space Station (ISS) May 25, with an undocking, re-entry and parachute descent at White Sands Space Harbor on the grounds of the U.S. Army’s White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.
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SpaceX Launches Fifth Rideshare Mission

By Irene Klotz May 25, 2022
SpaceX continued its weekly launch pace with liftoff of a Falcon 9 rocket on May 25 carrying 59 small satellites and hosted payloads, marking the company’s fifth rideshare mission.  Following launch at 2:35 p.m. from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, the rocket’s first stage returned to the launch site while the upper stage fired to place the Transporter-5 payloads into a preliminary polar orbit.
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BlackSky, Maxar, Planet Win NRO’s Largest Imagery Contract Effort
The U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) has awarded its largest-ever commercial imagery contract effort—up to billions over the next decade—to BlackSky, Maxar and Planet at a critical time for the industry.
andy.savoie@av… Wed, 05/25/2022 - 21:25
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Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner Departs Space Station For Earth
Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner departed the International Space Station’s U S. segment as scheduled, setting up its autonomous return to Earth under parachute at New Mexico’s White Sands Space Harbor late May 25 to end NASA’s six-day Commercial Crew Program Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2).
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Axiom Space Joins With Italy To Grow Commercial Space Activity
Axiom Space and Italy’s minister for Technological Innovation and Digital Transition have signed a memorandum of understanding to advance existing collaboration, the Houston-based firm announced May 25.
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NASA Psyche Asteroid Mission Delayed By Software Issue

By Irene Klotz May 24, 2022
A NASA robotic spacecraft designed to investigate the metal asteroid Psyche will miss its August launch date due to a software issue.
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Investors: Lunar Outpost One Of Most Financed Cislunar Startups
Another lunar buggy contender is emerging, this time with an autonomous explorer angle: Lunar Outpost on May 24 unveiled a $12 million seed round, promising a new class of autonomous Moon rovers.
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Space Station Astronauts Prep Boeing’s Starliner For Return To Earth

By Mark Carreau May 24, 2022
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station secured hatches between Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner and the seven-person orbital laboratory May 24, preparing the uncrewed capsule for departure and a return to Earth at White Sands, New Mexico, weather permitting.
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BlueHalo Gets $1.4B Space Force Satellite Control Contract

By Brian Everstine May 24, 2022
The U.S. Space Force’s Space Rapid Capabilities Office has awarded BlueHalo a $1.4 billion contract to increase the capacity of the Satellite Control Network as the service projects an increase in demand.
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On-Orbit Metal Cutting ‘Outpost’ Demo Prepared To Launch

By Garrett Reim May 24, 2022
The Outpost Mars Demo-1 payload, an on-orbit metal cutting robotic arm, is being prepared to launch aboard SpaceX’s Transporter 5 rideshare flight on May 25.
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NASA Addresses Spacesuit Water Leak Issue

By Mark Carreau May 23, 2022
Boeing’s automated Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) Starliner has delivered some NASA spacesuit water absorption pads to the International Space Station to help address a worrisome helmet leak experienced by European Space Agency astronaut Matthais Maurer at the conclusion of a March 23 spacewalk.
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Starliner Advances Second U.S. Commercial Crew Launch Capability

By Mark Carreau May 23, 2022
The crew of the International Space Station (ISS) continues to check out Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner following its suspenseful rendezvous and docking on May 20.
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SDA NEXT Will Allow U.S. Military To Experiment With Transport Layer

By Garrett Reim May 23, 2022
NEXT experiments could create path for military service follow-on constellations.
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Boeing’s Starliner Reaches Space Station

By Mark Carreau May 21, 2022
Boeing’s uncrewed CST-100 Starliner executed a successful autonomous docking to the U.S. segment of the International Space Station (ISS) as scheduled on May 20.
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Russia Postpones May Spacewalk Due To Robotic Arm Malfunction

Aviation Week Staff May 20, 2022
A spacewalk by Russian cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev and Denis Matveev outside the International Space Station (ISS) that was planned for May 19 has been postponed due to issues with the European Robotic Arm.
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Mitsubishi Creates 3D Printer Resin That Hardens In Space Via Sunlight

By Garrett Reim May 20, 2022
Mitsubishi Electric has developed a liquid resin that is formulated to remain stable in the vacuum of space and harden into a parabolic spacecraft antenna when exposed to ultraviolet light emitted from the Sun.
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Boeing Starliner Heads To ISS

By Irene Klotz May 19, 2022
The uncrewed Starliner flight test is part of a joint NASA-Boeing program to develop crew transportation services to the ISS and future destinations in low Earth orbit.
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NASA Urged To Step Up Space Science Diversity

By Mark Carreau May 19, 2022
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has presented NASA with 15 recommendations for improving the long-term diversity among those who lead space science missions.
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Space Perspective Lands $17M More For Edge-Of-Space Balloon Tourism

By Michael Bruno May 19, 2022
Commercial flights are targeted to begin in late 2024, according to the company.
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Viasat Still Fending Off Cyberattacks On KA-SAT Satellite Network

By Garrett Reim May 19, 2022
The satellite company is weeks from restoring service to all users but is wary about sharing too many details of the Feb. 24 attack.
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Space Force To Host Industry Day For Tactical ISR

By Brian Everstine May 18, 2022
The U.S. Space Force is meeting with industry representatives in a different way, to see what will be possible for the migration of tactical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to orbit.
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SDA Issues Draft Solicitation For Experimental Satellites

By Brian Everstine May 18, 2022
The Space Development Agency has issued a draft solicitation for its Tranche 1 Demonstration and Experimentation System, outlining plans to use an Other Transaction Authority acquisition strategy to buy 12 space vehicles.
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Boeing Poised For Starliner Flight Test To ISS

By Irene Klotz May 18, 2022
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft was rolled out to its launch pad at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on May 18 in preparation for a launch attempt at 6:54 p.m. EDT May 19.
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SpaceX Launches Third Flight In Five Days, Lifts Starlink Satellites To Orbit

By Irene Klotz May 18, 2022
SpaceX sent its 47th batch of Starlink satellites into orbit on May 18, marking the company’s third launch within five days.
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