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Advisory panel to examine DoD’s demand for commercial space systems

SpaceNews | 2022-12-05 23:04:42

The Pentagon’s top research official has directed the Defense Science Board to examine the military’s growing reliance on commercial space technology and its implications.

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Ukraine’s Promin Aerospace on track for 2023 flight test

SpaceNews | 2022-12-05 22:44:42

Ukrainian startup Promin Aerospace remains on track to conduct the first test of its small satellite launch technology early next year, in spite of the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian war.

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Artemis 1 capsule beams back spectacular farewell views of the moon

Spaceflight Now | 2022-12-05 20:04:39

Flying just 80 miles off the lunar surface, NASA’s Orion capsule fired its main engine Monday to slingshot around the moon and set a course for splashdown Dec. 11 in the Pacific Ocean to complete the Artemis 1 test flight. The unpiloted spacecraft relayed home ethereal real-time views of the moon’s cratered surface and a crescent Earth suspended in the blackness of space a quarter-million miles away.

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NASA Administrator Names New Leadership at Two Agency Centers

NASA | 2022-12-05 17:44:00

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson has named Bradley Flick director of the agency’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, effective immediately. The administrator also has named Dave Mitchell to fill the role as acting director of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, effective Jan. 1.

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SpaceX unveils ‘Starshield,’ a military variation of Starlink satellites

CNBC | 2022-12-05 16:09:25

Elon Musk’s SpaceX is expanding its Starlink satellite technology into military applications with a new business line called Starshield.

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Dmitry Rogozin may be in some trouble in Russia

Arstechnica | 2022-12-05 14:42:23

Wagner Group soldiers are well-trained to identify those attired in NATO clothing.

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E-Space buys RF hardware developer CommAgility

SpaceNews | 2022-12-05 14:34:42

Greg Wyler’s megaconstellation startup E-Space said Dec. 5 it plans to buy radio frequency module developer CommAgility in a $14.5 million deal.

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Growth of SSA systems could create problems for satellite operators

SpaceNews | 2022-12-05 12:34:48

The growth of space situational awareness (SSA) capabilities worldwide, intended to better track satellites and debris in orbit, could instead create confusion for satellite operators, one official warned.

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After the Artemis I mission’s brilliant success, why is an encore 2 years away?

Arstechnica | 2022-12-05 12:00:56

"I would say that we’re going to try our best to get there."

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Chris Pearson takes the reins at Agile Space Industries

SpaceNews | 2022-12-05 10:04:44

Chris Pearson, former Roccor CEO and Redwire executive vice president, is the new CEO of Durango, Colorado-based propulsion startup Agile Space Industries.

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Chinese crew back on Earth after six months on Tiangong space station

Spaceflight Now | 2022-12-04 18:24:38

Three Chinese astronauts landed Sunday after 182 days on China’s Tiangong space station, completing the busiest mission yet for the country’s human spaceflight program. The astronauts performed three spacewalks and assisted in the arrival and outfitting of two new lab modules at the Tiangong outpost.

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U.S. Space Force chief: The use of space technology in Ukraine ‘is what we can expect in the future’

SpaceNews | 2022-12-04 16:44:42

The war in Ukraine has put on display military forces’ growing reliance on satellites and has created incentives to disrupt opponents’ access to space systems, said Gen. B. Chance Saltzman, chief of space operations of the U.S. Space Force

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Astronauts install new solar array outside International Space Station

Spaceflight Now | 2022-12-03 22:04:38

NASA astronauts Josh Cassada and Frank Rubio headed outside the International Space Station Saturday for a seven-hour spacewalk to install and unfurl a new roll-out solar array recently delivered by a SpaceX cargo ship.

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Power upgrade: Station crew install new iROSA, work power channel issue on ISS

NASASpaceflight | 2022-12-03 20:10:55

Two NASA astronauts conducted a spacewalk outside the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday, Dec. 2, to install a new iROSA (ISS Roll-Out Solar Array).

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SpaceX rolls out new business line focused on military satellite services

SpaceNews | 2022-12-03 15:34:43

SpaceX on Dec. 2 revealed a new business segment called Starshield aimed at U.S. national security government agencies.

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Space Force establishes component at U.S. Central Command

SpaceNews | 2022-12-02 22:14:43

U.S. Central Command on Dec. 2 activated a Space Force component known as U.S. Space Forces-Central

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NASA Sets Coverage of Orion’s Historic Moon Mission Return, Splashdown

NASA | 2022-12-02 21:24:00

NASA will provide live coverage of the Artemis I uncrewed Orion spacecraft’s return flyby of the Moon on Monday, Dec. 5, as well as its return to Earth on Sunday, Dec. 11.

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RS-25 engine performance “perfect” on Artemis I debut launch

NASASpaceflight | 2022-12-02 19:32:17

The four RS-25 engines from Aerojet Rocketdyne successfully propelled the Core Stage, Interim Cryogenic Propulsion System, and Orion/Service Module stack into its initial Earth orbit during the system’s debut launch on Nov. 16, 2022.

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After bankruptcy and war, OneWeb turns to a competitor for help

Arstechnica | 2022-12-02 15:06:05

OneWeb, as ever, is doing what it needs to do to survive.

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OneWeb aims to deploy a record 40 satellites in SpaceX mission

SpaceNews | 2022-12-02 14:14:44

OneWeb said SpaceX is slated to launch 40 of its satellites as early as Dec. 6 to complete almost 80% of its low Earth orbit broadband constellation.

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Astra chief engineer resigns, CEO shakes up management ‘to execute faster’

CNBC | 2022-12-02 14:09:44

Beleaguered rocket builder Astra is losing its highly touted chief engineer, Benjamin Lyon, the company disclosed in a securities filing Friday.

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Rocket Report: SpaceX launch delayed indefinitely; Virgin Orbit cancels funding round

Arstechnica | 2022-12-02 13:00:22

"Due to current market conditions, the company has elected not to proceed."

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FCC grants partial approval for Starlink second-generation constellation

SpaceNews | 2022-12-02 12:04:42

The FCC has partially approved SpaceX’s application for the second generation of its Starlink constellation, allowing the company to launch up to a quarter of the proposed 30,000 satellites while deferring action on the rest.

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Orion begins return leg of Artemis 1 mission

SpaceNews | 2022-12-02 09:34:47

NASA’s Orion spacecraft started its trip back to Earth Dec. 1 with the first of two maneuvers that will put the spacecraft on course for a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean in a week and a half.

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SpaceX Starlink Gen2 constellation weakened by “partial” FCC grant

Teslarati | 2022-12-02 08:05:06

More than two and a half years after SpaceX began the process of securing regulatory approval for its next-generation Starlink constellation, the...

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Rocket Lab launches subsidiary focused on national security market

SpaceNews | 2022-12-01 23:54:42

Rocket Lab USA is creating a separate entity to focus on U.S. defense and intelligence agency customers.

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Orion capsule leaves lunar orbit, heads for moon flyby and return to Earth

Spaceflight Now | 2022-12-01 23:24:38

Continuing a “drama-free” test flight, NASA’s Orion spacecraft is set to fire its main engine Thursday to leave a distant orbit around the moon, heading for a flyby close to the lunar surface next week to swing onto a trajectory to bring it back to Earth for splashdown in the Pacific Ocean on Dec. 11.

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Eutelsat orders GEO broadband satellite with LEO in mind

SpaceNews | 2022-12-01 22:14:43

Eutelsat said Dec. 1 it has ordered a geostationary broadband satellite to support multi-orbit services in the Americas from 2026.

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FCC authorizes SpaceX to begin deploying up to 7,500 next-generation Starlink satellites

CNBC | 2022-12-01 21:59:19

The Federal Communications Commission issued a key authorization to Elon Musk’s SpaceX on Thursday, granting approval for the company to move forward with launching up to 7,500 next-generation satellites in its Starlink internet network.

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NASA Awards Environmental Compliance, Restoration Services Contract

NASA | 2022-12-01 21:14:00

NASA has awarded the Architect-Engineer Services Contract for Environmental Compliance and Restoration Services to Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. of Dallas, to provide environmental compliance, monitoring, and remediation services at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) located in Ventura County, California.

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Solid Rocket Boosters meet performance targets in first-look data review for Artemis I

NASASpaceflight | 2022-12-01 19:17:08

The Artemis I launch of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket from LC-39B at the Kennedy Space Center on Nov. 16, 2022, marked the first time in 11 years that the Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs) formerly used for the Space Shuttle program lit on a launch pad and hauled a spaceship out of Earth’s dense lower atmosphere.

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Investing in Space: Moon rising

CNBC | 2022-12-01 16:16:18

2022 feels a lot like 1969. 

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Astronomers say a new, huge satellite is as bright as the brightest stars

Arstechnica | 2022-12-01 15:49:49

"BlueWalker 3 is a big shift in the constellation satellite issue."

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Cognitive Space hires retired general as strategic advisor

SpaceNews | 2022-12-01 15:34:43

Cognitive Space, a startup based in Houston, Texas, announced Dec. 1 that retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Aaron Prupas has joined the company as a strategic advisor.

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NASA to Provide Live Coverage of US Spacewalks Outside Space Station

NASA | 2022-12-01 15:14:00

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station will conduct a pair of U.S. spacewalks in December to install rollout solar arrays to increase electrical power in support of station operations and scientific research.

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AST SpaceMobile plots $86 million share sale

SpaceNews | 2022-12-01 14:24:42

AST SpaceMobile said Nov. 30 it could raise more than $86 million from selling a chunk of shares as the company looks to accelerate its direct-to-smartphone constellation plans.

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Wide-Field-of-View missile warning satellite transmits first images

SpaceNews | 2022-11-30 21:34:44

The U.S. Space Force has received initial images from a new missile-warning satellite launched in July.

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US Vice President, French President Visit NASA Headquarters

NASA | 2022-11-30 20:25:00

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson welcomed Vice President Kamala Harris and French President Emmanuel Macron to NASA Headquarters in Washington Wednesday.

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Hiber demands Astrocast cash after failed acquisition

SpaceNews | 2022-11-30 20:24:44

Dutch remote monitoring specialist Hiber is demanding $1.5 million from cash-strapped Astrocast after plans to be sold to the company ran out of time, according to the Swiss small satellite operator.

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OroraTech raises funding for additional thermal mapping satellites

SpaceNews | 2022-11-30 19:44:42

OroraTech, a German company developing a constellation of thermal mapping satellites for tracking wildfires and other applications, has raised an additional 15 million euros ($15.4 million) to support work on future satellites.

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Boeing talks Core Stage performance on Artemis I, looks ahead to future Core Stages and EUS debut

NASASpaceflight | 2022-11-30 19:06:40

Following a successful first launch of the Space Launch System (SLS) and its critical Core Stage, Boeing is looking ahead to “the SLS fleet” as the aerospace company moves to complete the next three core stages for Artemis missions II through IV.

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SpaceX set to launch two spacecraft to the Moon tonight

Arstechnica | 2022-11-30 17:49:32

ispace is seeking to become the first private company to successfully land on the Moon.

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NASA Responds to Independent Review of Earth System Observatory

NASA | 2022-11-30 17:04:00

NASA shared a response Wednesday, Nov. 30, on an independent review board established to assess plans and goals for the next generation of Earth-observing satellites: NASA’s Earth System Observatory, a cutting edge suite of spacecraft that will forward understanding of our changing planet.

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Vega C to launch five Copernicus spacecraft

SpaceNews | 2022-11-30 11:14:42

The European Commission awarded a contract to Arianespace Nov. 29 for launches of five Copernicus Earth observation spacecraft on Vega C rockets between 2024 and 2026.

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China’s Tianzhou-4 cargo spacecraft deployed a small satellite before deorbiting

SpaceNews | 2022-11-30 10:14:43

China’s Tianzhou-4 cargo spacecraft released a small satellite after its departure from the Tiangong space station and ahead of its controlled deorbiting.

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SpaceX rocket trouble postpones Japanese moon lander launch

Spaceflight Now | 2022-11-30 06:44:38

SpaceX is expected to roll a Falcon 9 rocket back into its hangar at Cape Canaveral for troubleshooting, postponing the planned launch of a Japanese commercial moon lander for an unspecified period. SpaceX provided no details about the reason for grounding the rocket.

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France joins ASAT testing moratorium

SpaceNews | 2022-11-30 03:34:42

The French government said Nov. 29 it will join the United States and several other countries in a pledge not to conduct anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons tests that can leave hazardous debris in orbit.

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SpaceX indefinitely delays second Falcon 9 launch in two weeks

Teslarati | 2022-11-30 03:15:00

For the second time in less than two weeks, SpaceX has indefinitely delayed a Falcon 9 launch after discovering apparent issues with...

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Shenzhou 15 astronauts arrive at China’s space station for first crew handover

SpaceNews | 2022-11-29 23:14:46

China has six astronauts aboard its recently-completed space station for the first time following the arrival of three crew members aboard Shenzhou-15.

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NASA cancels GeoCarb greenhouse gas monitoring mission

SpaceNews | 2022-11-29 22:54:45

NASA has canceled a greenhouse gas monitoring mission once intended to fly as a commercial hosted payload after the mission lost its ride to orbit and suffered severe cost overruns.

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