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Shareholders approve extension of Momentus deal

WASHINGTON — Shareholders in the special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) seeking to merge with in-space transportation company Momentus have narrowly approved a three-month extension of a deadline to complete the deal. Stable Road Acquisition Corporation said May 13 a little more than 65% of the company’s shareholders had voted in favor of extending the deadline [...]

Shareholders approve extension of Momentus deal2021-05-13T14:07:39-06:00

DAF to allow officers to opt out of promotion in certain circumstances

Eligible officers, who meet certain conditions, may soon request exclusion from consideration for the next higher grade. The new policy will go into effect beginning with the major, lieutenant colonel and colonel Space Force promotion boards set to convene Oct. 16, and will provide more flexible talent management options.

DAF to allow officers to opt out of promotion in certain circumstances2021-05-14T14:09:47-06:00

Starlink teams up with Google for ground infrastructure

TAMPA, Fla. — SpaceX will install ground stations within Google’s data centers for its Starlink broadband satellites under a new cloud partnership. The alliance aims to expand the reach of Google Cloud customers to their data, services and applications without the need for nearby cell towers.  After connecting to a Starlink constellation that is becoming [...]

Starlink teams up with Google for ground infrastructure2021-05-13T14:07:40-06:00

Newest KC-46A Pegasus candidate bases announced

A total of 12 KC-46As will replace Air Force Reserve Command KC-135 Stratotankers at one of the six candidate locations and 24 KC-46As will replace active-duty KC-135s at one of the two candidate locations.

Newest KC-46A Pegasus candidate bases announced2021-05-13T14:07:49-06:00

Acting SecAF visits Robins AFB

Acting Secretary of the Air Force John P. Roth visited Robins Air Force Base May 10-11 to receive briefs on the base’s depot maintenance operations and Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, along with meeting with Robins AFB Airmen and Middle Georgia community leaders.

Acting SecAF visits Robins AFB2021-05-13T14:07:50-06:00

OneWeb agrees SoftBank alliance to get Japanese regulatory approvals

TAMPA, Fla. — Japanese internet giant SoftBank has agreed an alliance with OneWeb to expand its low Earth orbit (LEO) broadband services in Japan and worldwide. The collaboration with SoftBank, which has invested in OneWeb, is an important step toward getting regulatory approvals and setting up ground stations in Japan for the startup’s growing constellation. [...]

OneWeb agrees SoftBank alliance to get Japanese regulatory approvals2021-05-13T14:07:41-06:00

Ariane 5 issue could delay JWST

WASHINGTON — Ongoing work to address a problem seen on two previous Ariane 5 launches has kept that launch vehicle grounded for months and could delay the high-profile launch of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope later this year. The Ariane 5, one of the world’s most reliable launch vehicles, last launched in August 2020, placing [...]

Ariane 5 issue could delay JWST2021-05-13T14:07:42-06:00

Senate bill would direct NASA to select a second HLS company

WASHINGTON — An amendment to a Senate bill would require NASA to select a second company for its Human Lander System program, a provision some fear could upend the overall effort to return humans to the moon as soon as 2024. The Senate Commerce Committee approved in a markup session May 12 a NASA authorization [...]

Senate bill would direct NASA to select a second HLS company2021-05-13T14:07:43-06:00

Space Force looking to deploy radar satellites to track moving targets on the ground

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force wants to use small radar satellites to track moving objects on the ground and the Space Force will help to make it happen, chief of space operations Gen. John Raymond said May 12. A project to look at the use of radar satellites for GMTI — short for ground [...]

Space Force looking to deploy radar satellites to track moving targets on the ground2021-05-13T14:07:43-06:00