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Avio anticipates Vega C upgrade funding at ESA ministerial, Vega return to flight in March

WASHINGTON — The European Space Agency is considering programs to make Vega light-lift rockets more competitive, according to the chief executive of Vega manufacturer Avio.  Avio CEO Giulio Ranzo said during a Nov. 7 earnings call that Vega is on track for a return to flight by March, though what payload will launch on the [...]

Avio anticipates Vega C upgrade funding at ESA ministerial, Vega return to flight in March2019-11-08T13:09:25-07:00

Missing pin blamed for Boeing pad abort parachute anomaly

WASHINGTON — Boeing said Nov. 7 that a misplaced pin prevented a parachute from deploying during a pad abort test of its CST-100 Starliner vehicle three days earlier, the only flaw in a key test of that commercial crew vehicle. In a call with reporters, John Mulholland, vice president and program manager for commercial crew [...]

Missing pin blamed for Boeing pad abort parachute anomaly2019-11-08T13:09:25-07:00

FOMS reports high-quality ZBLAN production on ISS

SAN FRANCISCO – Fiber Optic Manufacturing in Space (FOMS) Inc. presented the results Nov. 7 of its successful campaign to produce optical fiber on the International Space Station. FOMS “successfully completed the calibration of the manufacturing hardware and demonstrated the first optical fiber manufacturing on orbit,” FOMS Principal Investigator Dmitry Starodubov announced at the 6th Workshop [...]

FOMS reports high-quality ZBLAN production on ISS2019-11-08T13:09:26-07:00

Defense intelligence chief paints bleak picture of the space battlefield

RESTON, Va. — The director of the Defense Intelligence Agency said it’s not a matter of if, but when anti-satellite weapons developed by China and Russia take aim at U.S. spacecraft. “These capabilities exist now,” Army Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, said Nov. 7 at the CyberSat 2019 conference. In [...]

Defense intelligence chief paints bleak picture of the space battlefield2019-11-08T13:09:27-07:00

Goldfein outlines risks of budget uncertainties

Funding for the entire U.S. government expires Nov. 22 at 12:01 a.m. unless Congress acts. While progress on forging a budget agreement has been slow, congressional aides say there is movement toward approving a short-term spending plan that keeps the government running into December.

Goldfein outlines risks of budget uncertainties2019-11-07T13:08:29-07:00

Ursa raises $15 million in Series B funding round

SAN FRANCISCO — Ursa Space Systems, a geospatial analytics company specializing in applications for synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data, raised $15 million in a Series B funding round led by Razor’s Edge Ventures. With the additional funding announced Nov. 7, Ithaca, New York-based Ursa plans create new data products. “We’re seeing a number of new [...]

Ursa raises $15 million in Series B funding round2019-11-07T13:08:09-07:00

White House warns Congress about Artemis funding

WASHINGTON — The White House warned Congress in a recent letter that without funding increases for its exploration programs, NASA won’t be able to achieve the goal of landing humans on the moon in 2024. The Oct. 23 letter from Russell Vought, acting director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), to Sen. Richard [...]

White House warns Congress about Artemis funding2019-11-07T13:08:11-07:00