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York Space Systems to use Ruag Space small satellite payload adapter

COLORADO SPRINGS — York Space Systems, a Denver-based satellite manufacturer, announced plans April 18 to work with Swiss satellite and rocket component supplier Ruag Space on payload adapters for its satellites. “We’ve worked with York on a payload adapter for a small satellite mission,” Magnus Engström, Ruag head of marketing sales, told SpaceNews at the [...]

York Space Systems to use Ruag Space small satellite payload adapter 2018-04-19T14:08:09+00:00

Boeing to accelerate production of WGS satellites

COLORADO SPRINGS — In a surprise move last month, Congress inserted $600 million into the Pentagon’s 2018 budget for the procurement of two Wideband Global Satcom satellites made by Boeing. The company already has produced 10, and is making preparations to begin work on the 11th and 12th satellites. The production of  two new satellites [...]

Boeing to accelerate production of WGS satellites 2018-04-19T14:08:07+00:00

New Mexico Tech Students launch rocket through sound barrier and to 24,000 foot altitude

Spaceport America, NM – April 18, 2018 – On Sunday, April 15 at 7:05 AM MDT, The New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NMT) Rocket Team launched the latest of its student rockets from the Spaceport America Vertical Launch Area. The rocket was developed jointly by NMT and White Sands Research and Developers (WSRDs), [...]

New Mexico Tech Students launch rocket through sound barrier and to 24,000 foot altitude 2018-04-18T14:10:26+00:00

Boeing bows out of GPS 3 competition

COLORADO SPRINGS — Boeing has decided to not challenge Lockheed Martin for the next production lot of up to 22 GPS 3 satellites. “We have not put in a proposal for GPS 3,” said Rico Attanasio, Boeing’s director of Department of Defense and civil navigation and communications programs. Bids were due this week. “As you [...]

Boeing bows out of GPS 3 competition 2018-04-18T14:09:24+00:00

International SSA agreements could pave the way for further space cooperation, panelists said

COLORADO SPRINGS — Countries establishing bilateral agreements to share Space Situational Awareness (SSA) data with U.S. Strategic Command hope the deals pave the way for future cooperation, according to speakers at the 34th Space Symposium here. STRATCOM had established 82 international  sharing agreements with nations, companies and intergovernmental organizations prior to the 34th Space Symposium. [...]

International SSA agreements could pave the way for further space cooperation, panelists said 2018-04-18T14:09:45+00:00

Op-ed | In space, no one is powerful enough to boldly go alone

This op-ed was originally published in the April 9, 2018 issue of SpaceNews magazine. Europe is getting stronger and stronger as a global player in space and our two flagship programs, Galileo and Copernicus, are performing even better than we expected. In October 2016, we adopted a space strategy which set the European vision on [...]

Op-ed | In space, no one is powerful enough to boldly go alone 2018-04-18T14:09:41+00:00

Missile defense engineer takes over Lockheed Martin’s space technology lab

Lockheed Martin picked a veteran missile defense engineer to lead the company’s space research organization known as the Advanced Technology Center, in Palo Alto, California. Nelson Pedreiro, formerly the chief engineer for strategic and missile defense systems and director of science and technology at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, is replacing Scott Fouse, who recently retired. [...]

Missile defense engineer takes over Lockheed Martin’s space technology lab 2018-04-18T14:09:37+00:00

Rise of the megaconstellations breathes life into active debris removal schemes

For years, efforts to capture space debris and remove it from orbit faced a conundrum: Who would pay for the service? Little government funding is available. Insurers are not stepping up. And individual satellite operators showed little interest because while the problem is growing, the threat to any single spacecraft remains incredibly small. Finally, entrepreneurs [...]

Rise of the megaconstellations breathes life into active debris removal schemes 2018-04-19T14:08:27+00:00

SMC 2.0: Air Force begins major reorganization of acquisition offices

COLORADO SPRINGS — The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center is being redesigned for speed. After a four-month review, SMC Commander Lt. Gen. J.T. Thompson will begin the restructuring of the massive organization that oversees a $6 billion space portfolio. In a keynote speech Tuesday at the 34th Space Symposium, Air Force Secretary Heather [...]

SMC 2.0: Air Force begins major reorganization of acquisition offices 2018-04-18T14:09:34+00:00