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Astra, Rocket Lab win launch contracts

WASHINGTON — Astra has won a NASA contract to launch a small constellation of Earth science cubesats, while General Atomics selected Rocket Lab for the launch of a small satellite with a NOAA hosted payload. NASA announced Feb. 26 that it awarded a $7.95 million contract to Astra for three launches of the company’s Rocket [...]

Astra, Rocket Lab win launch contracts2021-02-27T13:09:32-07:00

Roth outlines priorities for Air, Space Forces during virtual ‘fireside chat’

Acting Secretary of the Air Force John Roth made his comments about Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and the new administration as well as a range of other topics during a 30-minute “virtual fireside chat” at the Air Force Association’s Aerospace Warfare Symposium.

Roth outlines priorities for Air, Space Forces during virtual ‘fireside chat’2021-02-27T13:09:47-07:00

Lockheed Martin to upgrade GPS satellites for in-orbit servicing

WASHINGTON — Lockheed Martin is redesigning the bus used for Global Positioning System satellites so they can be upgraded with new hardware on orbit, a company executive said Feb. 25. Eric Brown, senior director of military space mission strategy at Lockheed Martin, said this is significant because the thinking today is that “once something was [...]

Lockheed Martin to upgrade GPS satellites for in-orbit servicing2021-02-26T13:08:19-07:00

AF Week in Photos

This week's photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.

AF Week in Photos2021-02-26T13:09:07-07:00

Automaker Geely gains approval for satellites for self-driving constellation

HELSINKI — Chinese private automaker Geely has got the green light to begin manufacturing satellites for navigation, connectivity and communications needed for self-driving cars. China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) approved a license for a new facility Taizhou, Zhejiang province, in which Geely is based, to begin manufacturing earlier in February. Geely announced plans [...]

Automaker Geely gains approval for satellites for self-driving constellation2021-02-26T13:08:20-07:00

Nicole Robinson named president of Ursa Space Systems

SAN FRANCISCO – After 14 years at satellite communications fleet operator SES, Nicole Robinson is taking on a new role: president of Ursa Space Systems, a geospatial analytics firm based in Ithaca, New York. Robinson was SES senior vice president of global government when she began talking in 2020 with Adam Maher, Ursa Space CEO [...]

Nicole Robinson named president of Ursa Space Systems2021-02-26T13:08:21-07:00

NASA and Roscosmos leaders speak as plans finalized for flying astronaut on upcoming Soyuz flight

WASHINGTON — It is increasingly likely that a NASA astronaut will fly on a Russian Soyuz mission to the International Space Station in April as the agency finalizes an agreement with its Russian counterpart. In a Feb. 25 statement, Roscosmos said that its director general Dmitry Rogozin, spoke that day with NASA Acting Administrator Steve [...]

NASA and Roscosmos leaders speak as plans finalized for flying astronaut on upcoming Soyuz flight2021-02-26T13:08:22-07:00

Report: Space weapons are a fact of life, but there are many ways to counter them

WASHINGTON — Nations around the world — notably China and Russia — are building arsenals of weapons that can destroy or disrupt satellites in orbit. Not much can be done to slow that trend down, but these threats can be countered with technologies and tactics, says a report by the Center for Strategic and International [...]

Report: Space weapons are a fact of life, but there are many ways to counter them2021-02-26T13:08:23-07:00

Virgin Galactic further delays SpaceShipTwo test flights

WASHINGTON — Virgin Galactic says it is delaying the next test flight of its SpaceShipTwo suborbital vehicle by more than two months to address technical issues, part of a revamped flight test program that will postpone flights of space tourists to 2022. In an earnings call Feb. 25 timed to the release of its fourth [...]

Virgin Galactic further delays SpaceShipTwo test flights2021-02-26T13:08:24-07:00

Orbex commissions 3D printer capable of producing 35+ rocket engines a year

VALETTA, Malta — On the heels of raising $24 million in December, Orbex announced Feb. 24 that it has commissioned AMCM to build a large-volume 3D printer for manufacturing its rocket engines.  The Scottish microlauncher startup is currently developing Prime, a two-stage launch vehicle powered by six first-stage and one second-stage biopropane engines. The maiden [...]

Orbex commissions 3D printer capable of producing 35+ rocket engines a year2021-02-26T13:08:25-07:00