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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Shay Har-Noy takes the helm at Edgybees

SpaceNews | 2022-11-29 22:34:46

Shay Har-Noy, former Spire Global general manager for aviation and a former DigitalGlobe and Maxar Technologies vice president, has taken the helm at Edgybees, a company that specializes in aligning satellite and aerial still and full-motion imagery.

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SiriusXM orders pair of satellites to expand in Canada and Alaska

SpaceNews | 2022-11-29 21:24:46

SiriusXM said Nov. 29 it has ordered two more satellites from Maxar Technologies to expand its radio broadcasting constellation.

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U.S. Space Command supports use of ‘responsive launch’ to deter China and Russia

SpaceNews | 2022-11-29 20:34:42

Gen. James Dickinson, head of U.S. Space Command, said the U.S. military should take advantage of commercially available launch options and vehicles that can operate from multiple locations

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UK firm to release GEO-compatible smartphone early next year

SpaceNews | 2022-11-29 19:54:41

British handset maker Bullitt said Nov. 29 it will release a smartphone early next year capable of sending and receiving texts via satellites in geostationary orbit.

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Pentagon report: China’s space strategy shaped by technological change

SpaceNews | 2022-11-29 19:04:42

The Pentagon in its 2022 report on China's military capabilities says the PLA continues to develop weapons for use against satellites in orbit

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South Korean leader eyes “landing on moon in 2032, Mars in 2045”

SpaceNews | 2022-11-29 14:54:42

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol said Nov. 28 that the country will land a robotic spacecraft on the moon in 2032 and on Mars in 2045.

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ESA’s ExoMars plans depend on NASA contributions

SpaceNews | 2022-11-29 13:04:41

While the European Space Agency has secured funding to continue the ExoMars mission for a 2028 launch, that plan requires cooperation with NASA that has yet to be finalized.

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Artemis 1 mission reaches halfway point

SpaceNews | 2022-11-29 12:14:53

As the Artemis 1 mission reaches the halfway mark, NASA managers are adding additional test objectives for the Orion spacecraft to prepare for the vehicle’s first crewed flight.

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Demonstration of new layer of missile-warning satellites planned for 2026

SpaceNews | 2022-11-28 23:44:42

The U.S. Space Systems Command announced Nov. 28 that two satellite designs — one by Millennium Space Systems and the other by Raytheon Intelligence & Space — passed critical reviews and will move into the next phase of development.

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China outlines pathway for lunar and deep space exploration

SpaceNews | 2022-11-28 10:56:57

China has laid out its pathway for robotic and crewed lunar and deep space exploration, with a number of missions building towards a permanent moon base.

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Space Force delivers final payload for Space Norway’s arctic broadband mission

SpaceNews | 2022-11-28 01:14:42

The U.S. Space Force announced Nov. 28 it delivered the second and final military communications payloads that will launch in 2023 on Space Norway’s Arctic Satellite Broadband Mission

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Space Force orders three GPS satellites for $744 million

SpaceNews | 2022-11-28 00:04:42

The U.S. Space Force announced Nov. 28 it has ordered three GPS 3F satellites from Lockheed Martin for $744 million.

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Millennium Space’s missile-warning satellite clears design review

SpaceNews | 2022-11-27 22:56:57

Millennium Space Systems announced Nov. 23 its proposed satellite design for a U.S. Space Force missile-warning constellation passed a critical review.

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SpaceX launches new cargo Dragon spacecraft to space station

SpaceNews | 2022-11-26 20:36:58

A brand new SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully launched a new cargo Dragon spacecraft Nov. 26, carrying supplies, experiments and new solar arrays for the International Space Station.

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Join us for a fireside chat with Lori Garver & Jim Bridenstine

SpaceNews | 2022-11-26 19:26:57

Together for the first time. She's a longtime SLS critic who served a decade in senior NASA roles under Clinton and Obama. He's a Republican ex-congressman who ran NASA for three years under Trump.

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India’s PSLV rocket launches nine satellites in final mission of 2022

SpaceNews | 2022-11-26 15:46:58

India’s space agency ISRO launched a one-ton Earth observation satellite and eight nanosatellites to sun-synchronous polar orbit Nov. 26 aboard the nation’s workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket.

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Orion enters lunar distant retrograde orbit

SpaceNews | 2022-11-25 23:46:59

NASA’s Orion spacecraft entered a high-altitude orbit around the moon Nov. 25 in the latest major step in the Artemis 1 uncrewed test flight.

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Rocket Lab to launch remaining NASA TROPICS satellites

SpaceNews | 2022-11-25 17:36:57

NASA has selected Rocket Lab to launch the remaining four cubesats of a constellation to monitor tropical weather systems after the first two were lost in an Astra launch failure.

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Equipment defect delays first commercial Vega C flight

SpaceNews | 2022-11-25 17:16:57

Arianespace said Nov. 25 it is delaying the first commercial flight for Europe’s upgraded Vega C rocket by nearly a month to replace defective equipment.

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ESA announces new astronaut class

SpaceNews | 2022-11-23 23:36:58

ESA has selected its first new astronauts in more than a decade, although long-term flight opportunities for the agency’s astronaut corps remain uncertain.

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ESA secures 16.9 billion euros at ministerial

SpaceNews | 2022-11-23 17:56:57

European Space Agency member states have provided the agency with 16.9 billion euros ($17.5 billion) for the next three years, a significant increase over 2019 but more than 1.5 billion euros below what the agency sought.

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SpaceX launches Eutelsat 10B on expendable Falcon 9

SpaceNews | 2022-11-23 14:06:58

SpaceX overcame a bleak weather forecast to launch a satellite Nov. 22 that expands Eutelsat further into fast-growing markets for providing broadband to planes and ships.

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Maxar to compensate Echostar for Jupiter 3 delays

SpaceNews | 2022-11-23 13:36:57

Echostar said Nov. 22 that Maxar Technologies is providing compensation for production issues that have delayed the launch of its Jupiter 3 satellite to at least the first half of 2023.

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China to use space station to test space-based solar power

SpaceNews | 2022-11-23 12:36:58

China intends to use its newly-completed Tiangong space station to test key technologies required for space-based polar power.

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Hungary to spend $100 million on private astronaut mission to ISS

SpaceNews | 2022-11-23 09:57:28

The Hungarian government plans to spend $100 million to send an astronaut to the International Space Station in two years through a deal with Axiom Space.

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France, Germany and Italy sign agreement on launch vehicle development

SpaceNews | 2022-11-23 08:07:39

An agreement among three European countries could help secure near-term funding for launch vehicle development but have a bigger effect in the long term on how future projects are financed.

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Viasat wins $325 million U.S. Special Operations Command contract

SpaceNews | 2022-11-22 23:07:23

The U.S. Special Operations Command awarded Viasat a $325 million contract to provide communications equipment and networking services over the next five years.

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