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UK hopes to stay involved in Copernicus post Brexit

LONDON — The Oct. 13 launch of the air-pollution-monitoring satellite Sentinel 5P was a bittersweet moment for the UK space sector. The craft, part of the European Commission’s Copernicus Earth-observation program was built by Airbus Defence and Space in Stevenage, some 50 kilometers north of London. With the country’s pending withdrawal from the European Union, [...]

UK hopes to stay involved in Copernicus post Brexit 2017-10-16T14:07:13+00:00

DIUx likely to continue radar initiative in spite of setback

SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx), a Pentagon team charged with finding cutting-edge technologies to solve pressing national security problems, is not likely to abandon efforts to obtain radar data and analysis from commercial firms in spite of a recent setback. Bloomberg reported Oct. 6 that House and Senate Defense Appropriations [...]

DIUx likely to continue radar initiative in spite of setback 2017-10-13T14:09:53+00:00

Russia’s Rockot delivers Europe’s Sentinel-5P satellite to orbit

A Russian rocket launched a European Earth sciences satellite early this morning. The Rockot lifted off from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia at 5:27 a.m. Eastern carrying the Sentinel-5P satellite. The spacecraft is designed to demonstrate the ability to monitor air quality for use on later Sentinel-5 satellites. The satellite is the latest in [...]

Russia’s Rockot delivers Europe’s Sentinel-5P satellite to orbit 2017-10-13T14:09:55+00:00

Largest all-electric satellite to date completes orbit-raising in record time

LONDON — Eutelsat’s newest satellite reached its target position in the geostationary orbit this week only four months after its launch, setting an industry record for the fastest all electric orbit-raising. Eutelsat-172b was launched June 1 along with Viast-2 aboard an Ariane 5 rocket. The satellite’s builder Airbus said the record time had been achieved [...]

Largest all-electric satellite to date completes orbit-raising in record time 2017-10-12T14:08:34+00:00

General Atomics ramping cubesat production, muses railgun smallsat launcher

WASHINGTON — General Atomics is better known for building Predator combat drones and mining uranium than building spacecraft, but that could change as the company develops an interest in building defense-focused cubesats. Also in the realm of possibility: using expertise from building railguns to design a large, electromagnetic cannon as a means to orbit small [...]

General Atomics ramping cubesat production, muses railgun smallsat launcher 2017-10-12T14:08:36+00:00

With Kestrel Eye satellite on deck for deployment, Army gears up for direct-tasking exercises

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army’s experimental Kestrel Eye is scheduled to deploy Oct. 24 from the International Space Station to begin a two-year mission testing how the small satellite can speed the delivery of time-sensitive overhead imagery to soldiers on the ground, according to a senior Army official.  The mission will influence whether the Army pushes [...]

With Kestrel Eye satellite on deck for deployment, Army gears up for direct-tasking exercises 2017-10-12T14:08:38+00:00

Pentagon procurement chief Ellen Lord: ‘Lots of needs, opportunity in space’

  WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is coming to grips with the possibility that Congress will pass a law to create a new military service dedicated to space. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Air Force leaders oppose the measure, but regardless of the final legislative outcome, there is a growing recognition that military space issues demand [...]

Pentagon procurement chief Ellen Lord: ‘Lots of needs, opportunity in space’ 2017-10-12T14:08:39+00:00

Lockheed seeing payoff from investments in commercial space technology

ARLINGTON, VA — Electronics in small packages can do big things in space. That sort of sums up the thinking behind defense industry giant Lockheed Martin’s move to invest in commercial companies that build tiny satellites and sensors, and develop data-crunching software. The Orion deep-space exploration vehicle that Lockheed Martin is building for NASA will [...]

Lockheed seeing payoff from investments in commercial space technology 2017-10-11T14:09:26+00:00

Jam-proof satellite terminals to shrink dramatically

WASHINGTON — The satellite communications systems that the U.S. Missile Defense Agency uses to send targeting data to interceptor missiles are huge — about the size of a building. Such high level of SATCOM security has been unheard of in small systems that troops could take to the battlefield aboard a helicopter. But the technology [...]

Jam-proof satellite terminals to shrink dramatically 2017-10-11T14:09:28+00:00

Orbital ATK eyes investments in advanced rocket motors

WASHINGTON — A new market for super high-speed weapons is fueling investments in rocket engine technologies as companies seek to gain an edge. The industry foresees a demand for advanced rocket engines, particularly if the U.S. military moves to acquire revolutionary missiles that fly at hypersonic speeds. The Pentagon expects to invest $2 billion over [...]

Orbital ATK eyes investments in advanced rocket motors 2017-10-10T14:08:26+00:00