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Commerce Department seeks big funding boost for Office of Space Commerce

WASHINGTON — The Commerce Department is once again requesting a large budget increase for its Office of Space Commerce in order to work on space traffic management activities after Congress rejected a similar request last year. Parts of the department’s fiscal year 2021 budget proposal were not released with the rest of the White House’s [...]

Commerce Department seeks big funding boost for Office of Space Commerce2020-02-16T13:07:22-07:00

Cygnus launches to space station

WASHINGTON — A Cygnus cargo spacecraft launched Feb. 15 carrying more than three tons of supplies and experiments for the International Space Station. A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket lifted off from Pad 0-A the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at 3:21 p.m. Eastern, carrying a Cygnus spacecraft on a mission designated NG-13. The Cygnus, now in orbit, [...]

Cygnus launches to space station2020-02-16T13:07:22-07:00

Rocket Lab wins contract to launch NASA lunar cubesat mission

WASHINGTON — NASA awarded a contract to Rocket Lab Feb. 14 for the launch of a cubesat mission that will serve as a precursor for the agency’s planned lunar Gateway. A Rocket Lab Electron will launch the Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment (CAPSTONE) satellite from the company’s Launch Complex 2 site [...]

Rocket Lab wins contract to launch NASA lunar cubesat mission2020-02-15T13:10:28-07:00

Astra emphasizes rapid iteration in its quest for low-cost, rapid launch

WASHINGTON — As Astra prepares for its first orbital launch attempt, the company is setting expectations accordingly and taking the long view towards its goal of frequent, low-cost access to space. The launch window for Astra’s first orbital launch from Pacific Spaceport Complex – Alaska now opens Feb. 25, according to a U.S. Coast Guard [...]

Astra emphasizes rapid iteration in its quest for low-cost, rapid launch2020-02-15T13:10:29-07:00

Spaceport America Welcomes Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Unity

Virgin Galactic Holdings, Inc., a vertically integrated aerospace company, has successfully completed another vital step on its path to commercial service, relocating SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity, to its commercial headquarters at Spaceport America’s Gateway to Space building. Dan Hicks, Spaceport America’s Executive Director, congratulated the Virgin Galactic team, saying “This truly is the dawn of a [...]

Spaceport America Welcomes Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Unity2020-02-15T13:10:38-07:00

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 Photos2020-02-15T13:10:35-07:00

DirecTV’s defunct Spaceway-1 reaches high graveyard orbit in one piece

WASHINGTON — DirecTV’s Spaceway-1 satellite has been retired to a graveyard orbit 500 kilometers above the geostationary arc, eliminating the risk of the malfunctioning satellite exploding in an orbit populated by active satellites.  Ground-based observations from ExoAnalytic Solutions’ network of space surveillance telescopes show that Spaceway-1 has been moved out of harm’s way and deactivated.  [...]

DirecTV’s defunct Spaceway-1 reaches high graveyard orbit in one piece2020-02-14T13:07:51-07:00

NASA selects four finalists for next Discovery mission

WASHINGTON — NASA is considering missions to Venus and two outer solar system moons as the next in its Discovery line of planetary science missions. NASA announced Feb. 13 it selected four finalists in the next round of the Discovery program from an unspecified number of proposals submitted last summer. Each of the mission proposals [...]

NASA selects four finalists for next Discovery mission2020-02-14T13:07:51-07:00