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Will ThinSats inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists?

When Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket blasts off from Wallops Island, Virginia, this fall on its way to the International Space Station, the rocket’s second stage will carry an unusual payload: one cubesat and 63 ThinSats, miniature satellites shaped like a slice of bread. For a year, the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority, Twiggs Space Lab, Orbital [...]

Will ThinSats inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists? 2018-02-21T13:08:07+00:00

Satellite communications firms remain vigilant as cyber threats evolve

This article originally appeared in the Feb. 12, 2018 issue of SpaceNews magazine. In early January, computer security experts revealed new vulnerabilities in Intel microprocessors potentially affecting millions of mobile phones and laptop computers connected to cloud networks. The disclosure sent cyber sleuths around the world into overdrive to safeguard networks. It’s no different in [...]

Satellite communications firms remain vigilant as cyber threats evolve 2018-02-21T13:08:02+00:00

Bigelow Aerospace establishes space operations company to look at commercial space station market

WASHINGTON — Bigelow Aerospace has established a space operations subsidiary whose first task will be to study the market for the company’s commercial space stations as it grapples with competition from China and NASA. Bigelow Space Operations, formally announced by Bigelow Aerospace founder Robert Bigelow Feb. 20, will handles the sales, customer service and ultimately [...]

Bigelow Aerospace establishes space operations company to look at commercial space station market 2018-02-21T13:07:59+00:00

Op-ed | In defense of astrophysics

NASA’s astrophysics program has an outstanding, decades-long track record of scientific achievement and public engagement. From the Hubble Space Telescope, arguably the greatest space science mission of all time, to the transformational Kepler planet-hunting telescope, NASA’s astrophysics missions have rewritten textbooks and inspired millions. The announcement in President Donald J. Trump’s fiscal year 2019 budget [...]

Op-ed | In defense of astrophysics 2018-02-20T13:09:14+00:00

Engineering a bright future across the Nuclear Security Enterprise

In honor of National Engineer Week, NNSA is taking a look at a variety of ways these creative innovators contribute to nuclear security nation-wide. By definition, engineers design and build, but the exact result depends on their specific discipline. Keep reading to learn about just a few of the wide-ranging careers engineers can embark on [...]

Engineering a bright future across the Nuclear Security Enterprise 2018-02-20T13:09:31+00:00

Vector planning first orbital launch this summer

TORONTO — Vector, one of a growing number of companies developing small launch vehicles, plans to carry out its first orbital launch this summer from Alaska. The Tucson, Arizona-based company announced its launch plans in a Feb. 14 press release announcing that a customer had placed a reservation of five launches of the company’s Vector-R [...]

Vector planning first orbital launch this summer 2018-02-20T13:09:16+00:00

2018 Team Navy Trials Commence

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- The Team Navy trials for the 2018 Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games kick off Feb. 20, at Naval Station (NAVSTA) Mayport, where over 70 seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coastguardsmen will compete for a spot to represent the Navy in this year's DoD Warrior Games.Navy Wounded Warrior-Safe Harbor [...]

2018 Team Navy Trials Commence 2018-02-20T13:09:34+00:00

Regulatory reform to be a topic of next National Space Council meeting

WASHINGTON – When members of the National Space Council meet this week, they are expected to discuss, among other issues, regulatory reforms intended to promote growth of the commercial spaceflight industry. The Council will hold its next formal meeting Feb. 21 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, a meeting formally announced by NASA and the White [...]

Regulatory reform to be a topic of next National Space Council meeting 2018-02-20T13:09:19+00:00

The end of SBIRS: Air Force says it’s time to move on

WASHINGTON — The Air Force will develop a new constellation of missile warning  satellites amid worries that the current system is vulnerable to attack and not a good return on investment. In the budget proposed for fiscal year 2019, the Air Force accelerates the development of the next-generation of missile warning satellites. It provides $643 [...]

The end of SBIRS: Air Force says it’s time to move on 2018-02-19T13:10:04+00:00