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Policy experts named for DoD space, missile defense posts

WASHINGTON — David Zikusoka, aerospace research fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, will serve as special assistant at the office of the assistant secretary of defense for space policy, CSBA announced Jan. 20.  The assistant secretary of defense for space policy is a new post under the undersecretary of defense for policy [...]

Policy experts named for DoD space, missile defense posts2021-01-20T13:08:23-07:00

SpaceX surpasses 1,000-satellite mark in latest Starlink launch

WASHINGTON — SpaceX launched its latest set of Starlink satellites Jan. 20, bringing the total number of spacecraft launched so far for that broadband constellation to more than 1,000. The Falcon 9 lifted off at 8:02 a.m. Eastern from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. The rocket’s upper stage deployed the payload of [...]

SpaceX surpasses 1,000-satellite mark in latest Starlink launch2021-01-20T13:08:23-07:00

Bridenstine, departing NASA, hopes Artemis continues

WASHINGTON — Jim Bridenstine used part of his final full day as NASA administrator to call on the incoming administration to continue the Artemis program and return humans to the moon. A Jan. 19 briefing on the Green Run static-fire test of the Space Launch System three days earlier became an opportunity for Bridenstine, who [...]

Bridenstine, departing NASA, hopes Artemis continues2021-01-20T13:08:24-07:00

Rocket Lab launches secretive communications satellite for OHB

Updated 2:45 p.m. Eastern with OHB statement. WASHINGTON — Rocket Lab successfully launched a communications satellite for German company OHB Group Jan. 20 in the first Electron mission of the year. The Electron lifted off from the company’s Launch Complex 1 at Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand, at 2:26 a.m. Eastern after a brief delay because [...]

Rocket Lab launches secretive communications satellite for OHB2021-01-20T13:08:25-07:00

Air Force acquisition executive unveils next e-Plane, publishes digital engineering guidebook

In a follow-on to his Matrix-themed “There is No Spoon” treatise, Dr. William Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics, released a sequel essay that establishes criteria for digitally-engineered programs, while revealing Next Generation Air Dominance has achieved e-Series status as the service’s next e-Plane.

Air Force acquisition executive unveils next e-Plane, publishes digital engineering guidebook2021-01-20T13:08:42-07:00

Biden’s Defense nominee embraces view of space as a domain of war

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for defense secretary Lloyd Austin told lawmakers Jan. 19 that China is the United States’ “most concerning competitor” and in written testimony identified space as a growing national security concern. “If confirmed, I will ensure the space domain is carefully considered across the range of upcoming strategic reviews,” Austin [...]

Biden’s Defense nominee embraces view of space as a domain of war2021-01-20T13:08:26-07:00

Former U.S. Air Force secretary Heather Wilson joins Maxar’s board of directors

WASHINGTON — Former secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson has joined the board of directors of Maxar Technologies, the company announced Jan. 19.  Wilson currently is president of the University of Texas El Paso. She was the Air Force’s top civilian from May 2017 through May 2019 and previously was a congresswoman representing New [...]

Former U.S. Air Force secretary Heather Wilson joins Maxar’s board of directors2021-01-20T13:08:27-07:00

SLS Green Run static fire cut short by “intentionally conservative” test limits

WASHINGTON — A static-fire test of the Space Launch System core stage ended early Jan. 16 when a hydraulic system for one its four engines hit an “intentionally conservative” limit during the test. In a Jan. 19 statement, NASA said the hydraulic system for Engine 2 on the core stage “exceeded the pre-set test limits [...]

SLS Green Run static fire cut short by “intentionally conservative” test limits2021-01-19T13:11:26-07:00