Rocket Lab To Launch Astroscale Large-Scale Debris Mission

By Graham Warwick Sep 24, 2021
Astroscale Japan has selected Rocket Lab to launch the first step in a two-part mission to demonstrate the removal of a large piece of space debris from low Earth orbit.
Commercial Space

NASA’s Landsat 9 Launch Poised To Bolster Earth Observation

Sep 24, 2021
Landsat 9, the latest in a half-century of overlapping NASA/U.S. Geological Survey satellites focused on monitoring changes to the planet’s surface and natural resources, is planned for a Sept. 27 launch.
Space

Leader Spotlight: Jason Kim, Millennium Space Systems CEO

By Jen DiMascio Sep 24, 2021
Under the wing of Boeing, Millennium Space Systems is hitting its stride making smart end-to-end satellite constellations to be deployed in multiple orbital regimes.
Space

USAF Secretary Warns Of Revived 60-Year-Old Chinese Nuclear Weapon

By Steve Trimble Sep 24, 2021
China canceled a Fractional Orbital Bombardment System in 1973, but Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall warns the concept may be revived.
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DLR Opens Launch Coordination Center For Growing Space Traffic

By Guy Norris Sep 23, 2021
In response to the proliferation of new space launch systems and small satellite deployments, German Aerospace Center DLR has developed a Launch Coordination Center to help manage the safe and efficient launch and re-entry of missions through European airspace.
Commercial Space

Podcast: Interview with Inspiration4's Commander Jared Isaacman

By Irene Klotz Sep 23, 2021
The billionaire commander of the three-day mission to space talks about his experience and the importance of humans continuing to explore the heavens.
Defense and Space

Space-Based GMTI Part Of Coming ISR Migration To Orbit

By Brian Everstine Sep 22, 2021
The U.S. Space Force’s recently disclosed effort to field a space-based ground-moving targeted indicator capability is part of a coming migration of aerospace missions to orbit, especially in the realm of tactical intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. 
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SpaceX Completes First Civilian Charter In Low Earth Orbit

By Irene Klotz Sep 22, 2021
After flying three crews for NASA, SpaceX puts civilians into orbit.
Commercial Space

Aerojet Rocketdyne To Provide Future Orion Propulsion

By Mark Carreau Sep 22, 2021
NASA has awarded Aerojet Rocketdyne a $600 million maximum value contract for the design, certification, production and other requirements for the main engine of the Orion crew capsule.
Space

Lawmakers Urged To Back NASA’s Low Earth Orbit Presence

By Mark Carreau Sep 21, 2021
NASA and congressional policy makers face difficult choices as they resolve how to transition a range of research and technology development activities underway aboard an aging International Space Station to a fleet of commercial free-flying platforms, a panel of experts told U.S. lawmakers in Washington Sept. 21.
Space

NASA Restructures Human Spaceflight Directorate

By Irene Klotz Sep 21, 2021
NASA is separating its Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) mission directorate into two new directorates, one focused on current initiatives while the other looks ahead to systems development and plans for the next 20 years, Administrator Bill Nelson announced on Sept. 21.
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NASA’s Viper Rover To Roam Moon’s Nobile Crater
Viper is due to launch in late 2023 on a 100-day mission to gather “hands-on” evidence for water ice.
jeff.morris@av… Mon, 09/20/2021 - 21:32
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The Weekly Debrief: Space BACN Comes To Low Earth Orbit

By Steve Trimble Sep 20, 2021
Low Earth orbit is new home of several small-comsat constellations of enormous bandwidth—but no ability to exchange data with each other.
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L3Harris To Expand Defense Satellite Production At Fort Wayne, Palm Bay

By Michael Bruno Sep 20, 2021
L3Harris Technologies announced plans to grow a classified campus in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to meet expected business demand from the Pentagon’s “growing and urgent need for advanced, resilient satellites.”
Space

Inspiration4 Crew Returns After Three Days In Orbit

By Irene Klotz Sep 19, 2021
The SpaceX Dragon Resilience splashed down off the coast of Cape Canaveral at 7:06 p.m. EDT, concluding the company’s fourth human spaceflight and first without NASA oversight and NASA astronauts.
Commercial Space

FAA Schedules Hearings On SpaceX Boca Chica Launch Plans

By Irene Klotz Sep 17, 2021
SpaceX cannot launch the Starship/Super Heavy vehicle until FAA completes its licensing process, which includes the environmental review and other safety and financial responsibility requirements.
Commercial Space
Shenzhou-12 Crew Returns After 3-Month Mission
Taikonauts from Shenzhou-12 mission to help construct China’s Tiangong-2 space station returned to Earth Sept. 17, ending 90-day stay.
ARTURO.MORA@IN… Fri, 09/17/2021 - 16:31
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Competition For Australia’s Military Satellite Contract Looks Fierce

By Jen DiMascio Sep 17, 2021
Australia searches for a sovereign military satellite communication system.
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European Space Agency Hones Launcher Strategy

By Thierry Dubois Sep 17, 2021
As ESA member states reach agreement on Ariane 6 exploitation and look to microlaunchers, labor unions worry about Eurocentric approach.
Space

Peter Thiel Boosts Hyperspectral Sat  Startup HySpecIQ With Funds

By Michael Bruno Sep 16, 2021
HySpecIQ, the once and future satellite-powered hyperspectral analytics company, has received an endorsement and funding from defense technology…
Space

Inspiration4 Civilian Mission Launches to Orbit on SpaceX Falcon 9

By Guy Norris Sep 16, 2021
A SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully launched Inspiration4, the first all-civilian, non-government human spaceflight, from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, to begin its three-day mission in low Earth orbit.
Space

Space Force Seeks Hub For Electromagnetic Warfare

By Brian Everstine Sep 15, 2021
The U.S. Space Force wants a nerve center to oversee space electromagnetic warfare by 2027.
Space

NASA Astronaut Mark Vande Hei Aims for U.S. Spaceflight Record

By Mark Carreau Sep 15, 2021
Veteran NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei may set a new record of 353 days for the longest U.S. human spaceflight.
Space

NASA Awards Contracts To Advance  Human Lunar Landing Systems

By Mark Carreau Sep 15, 2021
NASA has awarded five companies $146 million in contracts to develop and evaluate lunar Human Landing System concepts beyond the planned Artemis III landing.
Space

Half Of OneWeb Constellation Now In Orbit After 10th Arianespace Launch

By Maxim Pyadushkin Sep 15, 2021
The new satellites join a OneWeb constellation that now numbers 322 spacecraft in low Earth orbit, about half of its initial constellation.
Commercial Space