Pentagon Forms New Space Policy Office

By Lee Hudson Oct 30, 2020
The Pentagon has created the new position of assistant defense secretary for space policy, which Congress directed in the fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.
Budget, Policy & Operations

NASA Leads Space Station 20th Anniversary Celebration

By Mark Carreau Oct 30, 2020
Retired NASA astronaut Bill Shepherd and Russian cosmonauts Sergei Krikalev and Yuri Gidzenko fondly recall their launch and docking to the International Space Station 20 years ago.
Space

Fast Five With Honeywell’s Mike Madsen

Oct 30, 2020
Why Honeywell Aerospace’s chief sees a bright future for the industry despite today’s COVID-19 woes.
Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Osiris-Rex Asteroid Samples Secured For Return To Earth

By Mark Carreau Oct 29, 2020
NASA’s Osiris-Rex asteroid sample return mission spacecraft has successfully secured material gathered last week from the surface of the near Earth object Bennu in the spacecraft’s Sample Return Capsule.
Space

Parsons Buys Braxton Science & Technology For Milspace Growth

By Michael Bruno Oct 29, 2020
Parsons will buy Braxton Science & Technology Group in a deal worth $300 million.
Space

Falcon 9 Launch Abort Probe Impacts Two More SpaceX Missions

By Irene Klotz Oct 29, 2020
A investigation into what caused a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch abort 2 sec. before liftoff on Oct. 2, delaying delivery of a GPS III satellite into orbit for the U.S. Space Force, is impacting two more SpaceX missions, including the first operational International Space Station crew ferry flight for NASA.
Space

SDA Trims Tranche 1 Layer Satellite Quantity Plan

By Steve Trimble Oct 29, 2020
A new request for information released by the SDA on Oct. 23 narrows the quantity for Tranche 1 to 100-150 satellites for the Transport and Tracking layers combined.
Space

NASA Crowdsource Seeks Proposals For Offloading Payloads At Moon

By Mark Carreau Oct 29, 2020
NASA’s Tournament Lab, working with social media crowdsourcing platform HeroX, is reaching out for proposals to offload a range of payload types at the Moon in support of the bold vision of developing a sustained human lunar presence this decade.
Space

U.S. Space Force Still Finalizing Its Acquisition System

By Jen DiMascio Oct 29, 2020
The U.S. Space Force is in the final stages of developing its acquisition system that is designed for speed, senior leaders say. 
Space

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Plans More Powerful H3 To Cut Costs

By Bradley Perrett Oct 29, 2020
An enlarged second stage would have two engines and more propellant. Much more payload space can be provided.
Commercial Space

Report: U.S. Should Consider Benefits Of Space Solar Power

By Jen DiMascio Oct 28, 2020
The U.S. should build a coordinated and consistent approach to developing space-based solar power, beginning with a series of flight experiments leading to a demonstration of a complete on-orbit system with ground components, a new report advocates.
Space

NASA’s Lunar Landing System Partners Embracing Challenges

By Mark Carreau Oct 27, 2020
NASA’s commercial lunar Human Landing System (HLS) partners drew praise from the agency’s program manager as they outlined the biggest challenges they face in returning human explorers to the Moon’s surface in 2024 before a virtual SpaceCom conference audience.
Space

ESA, NASA Sign Agreement For Lunar Gateway

By Irene Klotz Oct 27, 2020
The European Space Agency signed a Memorandum of Understanding with NASA on Oct. 27 to participate in the planned lunar-orbiting Gateway.
Space

Virgin Galactic Bolsters Pilot Corps

By Guy Norris Oct 27, 2020
As Virgin Galactic enters final preparations for the first rocket-powered flight of SpaceShipTwo from its Spaceport America operational facility in New Mexico, the company has added two additional pilots to its ranks.
Commercial Space

SpaceX Crew-1 Launch Reset For Nov. 14

By Irene Klotz Oct 27, 2020
NASA and SpaceX are targeting Nov. 14 for the launch of Crew-1, the first operational crew ferry flight to the International Space Station from U.S. soil in more than 11 years.
Space

Draper Builds On Hypersonic Heritage For Stratolaunch's Talon-A

By Guy Norris Oct 27, 2020
Guidance, navigation and control (GNC) software for Stratolaunch’s Talon-A hypersonic flying testbed has passed a preliminary design review and is being readied by developer Draper for loading next year into the vehicle’s flight control computers.
Space

Chinese Space-Based Trackers May Add Carrier-Targeting Capability

By Steve Trimble Oct 27, 2020
The Oct. 12 launch of the Gaofen-13 satellite highlights China’s growing reconnaissance-strike complex from space.
Space

SpaceX Adds 60 Satellites To Starlink Network

By Irene Klotz Oct 26, 2020
A 15th batch of Starlink satellites reached orbit on Oct. 24, SpaceX’s second launch within a week to build up an initial 1,450-member broadband communications network. 
Space

NASA’s Osiris Rex Team ‘Go’ For Early Asteroid Sample Stow

By Mark Carreau Oct 26, 2020
NASA’s Osiris-Rex mission team has announced plans for an Oct. 27 early stow of the spacecraft’s Touch and Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism collection head into the probe’s Sample Return Capsule to minimize the loss of material collected from the asteroid Bennu.
Space

Space Force Open To Industry ‘Manufacturing On Orbit’

By Lee Hudson Oct 26, 2020
The U.S. Space Force has not closed the door on helping industry fund a “manufacturing on orbit” concept, meaning building parts for satellites while in space, according to the service’s acquisition executive.
Space

Lunar Water Prospects Grow, Research Shows

By Mark Carreau Oct 26, 2020
New research offers unambiguous evidence of widely distributed water on the Moon’s surface, including in more accessible sunlit regions.
Space

NASA Racing To Secure Osiris-Rex’s Bounty As Material Escapes

By Mark Carreau Oct 26, 2020
NASA’s Osiris-Rex mission team is expediting efforts to secure the material collected from the surface of the asteroid Bennu after a camera scan of the sample container revealed some of the scientific bounty escaping.
Space

Lockheed Martin Shifts UK Launch Plans To Shetland

By Tony Osborne Oct 26, 2020
Lockheed Martin has shifted its small satellite launch plans from mainland Northern Scotland to a site in the Shetland Islands. 
Space

Will NASA Use Nuclear Propulsion For Faster Crewed Mission Transport?

By Jen DiMascio Oct 23, 2020
Ask the Editors: Three former NASA administrators agree the U.S. space program needs to use nuclear propulsion.
Space

NASA Reviews Human Landing System Designs

By Jen DiMascio Oct 23, 2020
NASA recently conducted certification baseline reviews of the three U.S. companies vying to make landers that will transport astronauts to the Moon by 2024—Blue Origin, Dynetics and SpaceX.
Space