WASHINGTON — Small satellite launch services provider Rocket Lab announced Jan. 20 that its Electron vehicle’s first mission of 2020 will be for the National Reconnaissance Office. Named “Birds of a Feather” (NROL-151) the mission is scheduled to lift off from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 in New Zealand. The launch window opens on Jan. [...]
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SAN FRANCISCO – Radar satellite operator Iceye released a product Jan. 20 to detect dark vessels, ships at sea that are not identifying themselves with Automatic Identification System (AIS) transponders. Iceye combines observations from its constellation of three synthetic aperture radar satellites with other data sources to provide customers with radar satellite images of vessels [...]
HELSINKI — U.S. and Chinese officials are working towards meeting for a bilateral Civil Space Dialogue around March in the first such discussion since 2017. “The U.S. and China were not able to schedule a Civil Space Dialogue in 2019, but are in the planning stage for the U.S. to host the Dialogue during the [...]
WASHINGTON — BAE Systems announced Jan. 20 it intends to buy Collins Aerospace’s military Global Positioning System for $1.9 billion and Raytheon’s Airborne Tactical Radios division for $275 million. These two businesses are being sold in order to clear the antitrust regulatory requirements of the pending merger between Raytheon and United Technologies Corp. “Completion of [...]
WASHINGTON — NASA will decide in the coming weeks whether to extend a crewed SpaceX test flight to the International Space Station, a move that could help alleviate a crew time crunch on the station. A successful in-flight abort test of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft Jan. 19 makes it increasingly likely that that the spacecraft [...]
Updated 1:30 p.m. Eastern after post-test briefing. WASHINGTON — SpaceX successfully tested the abort system of its Crew Dragon spacecraft Jan. 19, one of the final milestones before a crewed test flight that could take place as soon as this spring. A Falcon 9 carrying the Crew Dragon spacecraft lifted off from Launch Complex 39A [...]
Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly will name a future Gerald R. Ford—class aircraft carrier in honor of World War II hero Ship's Cook Third Class Doris Miller during a ceremony in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Jan. 20.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Space Force on Friday revealed the nameplates that airmen who are assigned to the Space Force will wear over their utility camouflage uniforms. A picture posted late Friday evening on the U.S. Space Force’s official Twitter account shows a U.S. SPACE FORCE blue name tag on a camouflage battle uniform. Airmen [...]
The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG) departed San Diego for a scheduled Indo—Pacific deployment, Jan. 17.
Curriculum changes at Recruit Training Command (RTC) will provide boot camp graduates with more college credits and potentially save the Navy millions in tuition costs.