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What would the mission of the United States Space Force be?

President Trump’s recent directive to the Defense Department to create a new branch of the military, a United States Space Force, was not an idle musing. Trump’s proposal derives from a growing debate inside military and political circles about how to best meet the threat posed to American space assets by potential enemies: Russia and [...]

What would the mission of the United States Space Force be? 2018-06-19T14:11:40+00:00

Former astronaut criticizes lunar gateway plans

WASHINGTON — A former NASA astronaut used an appearance at a National Space Council meeting June 18 to argue that a key element of NASA’s plans to return humans to the moon should be reconsidered. Appearing on a panel during the meeting at the White House, Terry Virts said that the proposed Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway, [...]

Former astronaut criticizes lunar gateway plans 2018-06-19T14:11:41+00:00

Trump: ‘We are going to have the Space Force’

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Monday threw a wrench into the Pentagon’s carefully laid out plans to analyze how best to reorganize the military’s space forces. In remarks kicking off a meeting of the National Space Council, Trump pointedly directed the Pentagon to create a Space Force as a “separate but equal” branch of the [...]

Trump: ‘We are going to have the Space Force’ 2018-06-18T14:09:33+00:00

President to sign space traffic management policy

WASHINGTON — President Trump will sign a new space policy directive June 18 addressing space traffic management issues, closely following the proposed policy that Vice President Pence announced in April. The president is expected to sign Space Policy Directive 3 during a meeting of the National Space Council at the White House. The policy addresses [...]

President to sign space traffic management policy 2018-06-18T14:09:35+00:00

Cruz still studying what agency should oversee non-traditional commercial space missions

WASHINGTON — A key senator says he’s keeping an open mind regarding who in the federal government should have responsibility for the oversight of “non-traditional” commercial space activities. Speaking at a meeting of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) June 14, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), chairman of the Senate’s space subcommittee, [...]

Cruz still studying what agency should oversee non-traditional commercial space missions 2018-06-18T14:09:36+00:00

Defense budget bill creates path for future network of military, commercial communications satellites

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has to explain how it will buy communications services from the private sector to supplement military satellites, congressional appropriators said in a report last week. The language from the House Appropriations defense subcommittee picks up where it left off in March when it inserted $600 million in the 2018 Air Force [...]

Defense budget bill creates path for future network of military, commercial communications satellites 2018-06-16T14:10:41+00:00

National Space Council wins industry praise as it prepares for next meeting

WASHINGTON — As the National Space Council prepares for its third public meeting, its activities to date have won widespread praise in the space community, even as there is some skepticism about the effectiveness of the council’s advisory group that will soon meet for the first time. The council is scheduled to meet June 18 [...]

National Space Council wins industry praise as it prepares for next meeting 2018-06-16T14:10:42+00:00

Hearing identifies wide range of causes for NASA cost and schedule woes

WASHINGTON — A House hearing on the reasons for cost and schedule problems with major NASA programs pointed blame at a wide variety of sources, from the tools used to track programs to the agency’s mindset to Congress itself. In his opening statement at a hearing June 14 by the House space subcommittee on cost [...]

Hearing identifies wide range of causes for NASA cost and schedule woes 2018-06-15T14:01:42+00:00

Astranis selects ECAPS green propulsion for geostationary communications constellation

SAN FRANCISCO — Astranis, a startup developing geostationary satellites to offer broadband internet access, announced plans June 14 to equip its MicroGEO spacecraft with Bradford of the Netherland’s high performance green ECAPS thrusters. “This is a huge step towards abolishing hydrazine from spacecraft worldwide,” Ian Fichtenbaum, Bradford ECAPS director, told SpaceNews by email. “We think once people [...]

Astranis selects ECAPS green propulsion for geostationary communications constellation 2018-06-15T14:01:56+00:00

Oxford Space Systems raises $8.9 million for spacecraft component business

WASHINGTON —  Oxford Space Systems, a British startup that hopes to compete with space industry giants Harris Corp. and Northrop Grumman in the satellite component business, has raised 6.7 million British pounds ($8.9 million) from investors. Longwall Ventures, a U.K.-based early stage investor, led the round, with IQ Capital, Foresight Williams, OTIF, Midven and Wren [...]

Oxford Space Systems raises $8.9 million for spacecraft component business 2018-06-15T14:02:07+00:00