WASHINGTON — Tory Bruno, president and CEO of United Launch Alliance, received a phone call last Friday from the Air Force’s senior procurement executive Will Roper. “I was told by Roper that ULA was the overall best value, and second place was SpaceX, so those were the two awards,” Bruno said in an interview with [...]
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WASHINGTON — Nearly a third of commercial geostationary communications satellites in orbit are operating beyond their design lives, a far higher figure than in previous years, according to a study. Research firm TelAstra of Los Angeles found that in 2020, some 31% of commercial geostationary comsats remained in service past their expected retirement, more than [...]
The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps coordinated with leadership within Junior ROTC and its aviation program, the AFJROTC Flight Academy, to find rising college freshmen that had demonstrated leadership ability, aviation competencies, a propensity to serve in the U.S. military and an interest in attending an HBCU.
WASHINGTON — Rocket Lab says it’s on track to test recovering an Electron booster later this year as it also improves the payload performance of the small launch vehicle. Rocket Lab announced last week it completed drop tests of a dummy Electron first stage at its New Zealand launch site, demonstrating that its parachute would [...]
WASHINGTON — The coronavirus pandemic has slowed work on the first ViaSat-3 broadband satellite, making a launch in mid-2021 unlikely, Viasat CEO Mark Dankberg said Aug. 7. Speaking during an earnings call for the quarter ended June 30, Dankberg said the pandemic continued to weaken demand for inflight connectivity services, but did not have as [...]
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Space Force on Aug. 10 issued a new guiding document for the use of space in military operations. The document titled “Spacepower” lays out a vision for what the space branch of the armed services will do, and explains why the United States considers space a domain of warfare. “This is [...]
Thursday, Aug. 2011 a.m. Eastern via Zoom SpaceNews correspondent Debra Werner SpaceNews and Editor-in-Chief Brian Berger talk with NOAA Assistant Administrator Stephen Volz, and Vanessa Griffin, director of the Office of Systems Architecture and Advanced Planning in the NOAA Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service, about NOAA’s strategy for replacing its current constellation, the breadth [...]
A new study of the biggest Main Belt asteroid, Psyche, finds it might be the remnant of a planet that never fully formed
Initiative is a successful collaboration among LANL, Questa Independent School District, the New Mexico Building and Construction Trades Council, UA 412 Local Plumbers & Pipefitters, the Questa Economic Development Fund and UNM-Taos
Air Force to end agreements with Blue Origin and Northrop Grumman, prepares for launch contract protests
WASHINGTON — The Air Force made the call to stick with SpaceX and United Launch Alliance as its launch providers for the next five years. Now it has to decide if and how to continue working with the companies that lost the National Security Space Launch Phase 2 competition — Blue Origin and Northrop Grumman. [...]