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Op-ed | Remembering America’s fallen space heroes

Tucked into the details of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act that President Trump signed into law Dec. 12 is a long overdue recognition of the first American astronauts who were lost in service to their country while practicing for a mission – a provision authorizing a memorial to the crew at Arlington National Cemetery. [...]

Op-ed | Remembering America’s fallen space heroes 2017-12-12T13:11:18+00:00

Tethers Unlimited expands to fulfill additive manufacturing orders

SAN FRANCISCO — Tethers Unlimited, one of three companies NASA selected Dec. 7 to build a prototype space-based 3-D printer called FabLab has grown dramatically in recent years due to interest among government and commercial customers in this type of work. NASA selected Tethers Unlimited of Bothell, Washington, Techshot of Greenville, Indiana, and Interlog Corp. of [...]

Tethers Unlimited expands to fulfill additive manufacturing orders 2017-12-09T13:08:27+00:00

Space commander enthusiastic about NDAA reforms

WASHINGTON — Air Force Space Command chief Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond has nothing but praise for Congress for the recently passed defense policy bill. And for obvious reasons. Air Force Space Command emerged as a big winner in the reorganization of the national security space enterprise directed by Congress in the National Defense Authorization [...]

Space commander enthusiastic about NDAA reforms 2017-12-08T13:11:30+00:00

Space modernization up in the air as budget fight continues

WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders on Thursday agreed to fund the federal government until Dec. 22 while parties continue to hash out major disagreements over spending priorities. A stopgap measure means the Defense Department must continue to operate at the 2017 base budget level of $523.2 billion, far less than the $574.5 billion requested by the Trump administration [...]

Space modernization up in the air as budget fight continues 2017-12-08T13:11:33+00:00

Independent review to examine JWST launch plans

WASHINGTON — NASA will provide an updated launch date for the James Webb Space Telescope early next year, even as some warn that the mission might face further delays. At a Dec. 6 hearing of the House Science Committee’s space subcommittee, Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA associate administrator for science, said the revised launch date would come [...]

Independent review to examine JWST launch plans 2017-12-08T13:11:32+00:00

Russia looks past Soyuz-2 failure to Soyuz-5

The article originally ran in the Dec. 4 issue of SpaceNews Magazine as “Like a Phoenix, Russia looks past Soyuz-2 to Soyuz-5.” MOSCOW — Try as they might, the Russian space program is having a hard time sustaining a positive news cycle. For every small step forward, it seems they take one giant leap back. Budget [...]

Russia looks past Soyuz-2 failure to Soyuz-5 2017-12-06T13:11:04+00:00

Relativity Space aims to 3D print entire launch vehicles

This article originally appeared as “A relativistic shift in launch vehicle manufacturing” in the Nov. 20 issue of SpaceNews Magazine There’s no question that additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, has become an important technology in the aerospace industry. A growing number of companies are using the technology to make components for satellites and launch vehicles that [...]

Relativity Space aims to 3D print entire launch vehicles 2017-12-06T13:11:08+00:00

Space policy experts lay out their concerns: Will the Trump administration listen?

WASHINGTON — Officials in the Trump administration have been known to ignore advice from experts. But this White House should listen to what a group of space analysts and scholars have to say, asserts a white paper released Tuesday. The United States needs a “national space policy” that looks broadly at issues like space traffic [...]

Space policy experts lay out their concerns: Will the Trump administration listen? 2017-12-05T13:10:56+00:00

Google Lunar X Prize teams make last-ditch fundraising appeals

WASHINGTON — With less than four months remaining in the competition, two of the remaining teams in the Google Lunar X Prize are seeking to raise tens of millions of dollars to complete their spacecraft. In a Nov. 29 statement, Israeli team SpaceIL said it needed to raise $20 million by the end of the [...]

Google Lunar X Prize teams make last-ditch fundraising appeals 2017-12-05T13:11:05+00:00

Battle brewing in the Pentagon over military space investments

WASHINGTON — The space arms race is accelerating and rivals are closing in on the United States, military officials have warned. But on the question of what to do next, opinions diverge. Military and civilian leaders have warned that the Pentagon is taking for granted its access and dominance in space while adversaries keep plugging [...]

Battle brewing in the Pentagon over military space investments 2017-12-05T13:11:03+00:00