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Ariane 5 launches two satellites on first mission in nearly a year

An Ariane 5 successfully launched two commercial communications satellites July 30 in the first flight of the rocket in nearly a year, and the first of two missions before it launches a NASA space telescope. SpaceNews

Ariane 5 launches two satellites on first mission in nearly a year2021-07-31T14:08:54-06:00

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 Photos2021-07-30T14:10:30-06:00

Nelson remains hopeful Congress will provide additional lunar lander funding

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson says he remains confident that Congress will provide NASA with additional funding so it can select a second lunar lander developer but declined to comment on Blue Origin’s proposal to lower its costs to enable a contract. SpaceNews

Nelson remains hopeful Congress will provide additional lunar lander funding2021-07-30T14:10:18-06:00

Station loses attitude control after Nauka docking, Starliner launch delayed

A Russian module that docked to the International Space Station July 29 started firing its thrusters hours later, briefly knocking the station out of its normal attitude and forcing NASA to delay a commercial crew test flight that was scheduled to launch July 30. SpaceNews

Station loses attitude control after Nauka docking, Starliner launch delayed2021-07-30T14:10:18-06:00

Inmarsat unveils multi-orbit Orchestra constellation

British operator Inmarsat plans to add at least 150 low-Earth-orbit satellites to its global fleet, stepping up competition against OneWeb and others developing megaconstellations for mobility markets.  SpaceNews

Inmarsat unveils multi-orbit Orchestra constellation2021-07-29T14:08:42-06:00

Op-ed | The costs of extreme weather and climate are soaring. Commercial space data should be a bigger part of the solution

There is no one magic bullet to improving forecasts and reining in the costs of extreme weather and climate. To truly tap into the powerful innovation of the private sector, we must think beyond a few targeted, yet piecemeal commercial data buys. SpaceNews

Op-ed | The costs of extreme weather and climate are soaring. Commercial space data should be a bigger part of the solution2021-07-29T14:08:43-06:00