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Chinese rocket maker OneSpace secures $44m in funding; Expace prepares for commercial launch

HELSINKI — Chinese private launch vehicle maker OneSpace has secured $43.6 million  in Series B financing as the company looks to its first orbital launch near the end of 2018. The financing was led by CICC Jiatai Equity Fund, followed by FinTrek Capital, with China Merchants Venture Capital, Qianhai Wande Fund and Qianhai Wutong M&A [...]

Chinese rocket maker OneSpace secures $44m in funding; Expace prepares for commercial launch 2018-08-14T14:10:53+00:00

Exos Aerospace reschedules first suborbital launch

GENOA, Nev. — Exos Aerospace, a Texas company developing a reusable suborbital rocket, now plans to carry out a first flight of its vehicle in late August as it sets its sights on a follow-on orbital vehicle. In a statement, the company said it’s planning a launch of its Suborbital Autonomous Rocket with GuidancE, or [...]

Exos Aerospace reschedules first suborbital launch 2018-08-14T14:10:54+00:00

Viasat’s Dankberg explains medium Earth orbit thinking, global expansion strategy

WASHINGTON — Viasat is still working on a medium-Earth-orbit satellite constellation idea revealed almost two years ago, but has not finalized what that system would look like, Mark Dankberg, CEO of Viasat, said Aug. 9. Viasat is “putting a bunch of work” into optimizing a 24-satellite system disclosed in a 2016 application to the U.S. Federal [...]

Viasat’s Dankberg explains medium Earth orbit thinking, global expansion strategy 2018-08-13T14:09:05+00:00

Mike Griffin’s tough talk to Pentagon contractors: Be a team player, look at your own red tape

WASHINGTON — Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Michael Griffin sees time ticking away and his agenda moving at a glacial pace. “I have two and a half years remaining as a political appointee in this job,” he reminded a large audience of defense contractors last week at the Space & Missile Defense Symposium [...]

Mike Griffin’s tough talk to Pentagon contractors: Be a team player, look at your own red tape 2018-08-12T14:09:12+00:00

NASA launches Parker Solar Probe mission to study the sun up close

GENOA, Nev. — A NASA mission to travel closer to the sun than any previous spacecraft is on its way after a successful launch from Cape Canaveral Aug. 12. The United Launch Alliance Delta 4 Heavy carrying NASA’s Parker Solar Probe mission lifted off from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station [...]

NASA launches Parker Solar Probe mission to study the sun up close 2018-08-12T14:09:14+00:00

As the Pentagon moves to stand up a Space Force, budget fight looms

WASHINGTON — There are no estimates yet for what it will cost to stand up a Space Force as a separate military service. The Pentagon will request funds in next year’s budget to get the process started but Congress will want to know the full costs. Some proponents of the Space Force have argued that [...]

As the Pentagon moves to stand up a Space Force, budget fight looms 2018-08-12T14:09:17+00:00

NASA funds commercial technology development and market studies

LOGAN, Utah — NASA announced more than 20 contracts valued at $55 million Aug. 8 intended to develop commercial technologies for space exploration as well as study future markets for commercial activities in low Earth orbit. In one set of awards, NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate announced 10 awards to six companies as part of [...]

NASA funds commercial technology development and market studies 2018-08-11T14:08:53+00:00

“No encryption, no fly” rule proposed for smallsats

LOGAN, Utah — Small satellites that have propulsion systems, but don’t have encrypted commanding systems, pose a small but real threat of being hacked and endangering other satellites, according to a new study. That research by a team of graduate students, presented at the AIAA/Utah State University Conference on Small Satellites here Aug. 9, recommended [...]

“No encryption, no fly” rule proposed for smallsats 2018-08-10T14:09:53+00:00

Eutelsat sells shared satellite to Es’hailSat

WASHINGTON — French fleet operator Eutelsat sold a jointly-owned satellite to partner Es’hailSat of Qatar, growing Es’hailSat’s in-orbit capacity as the company awaits the launch of its second satellite late this year on a Falcon 9 rocket. The 135 million euro ($156.1 million) transaction gives Es’hailSat, which already shared the Eutelsat-25B/Es’hail-1 satellite, full ownership, Eutelsat [...]

Eutelsat sells shared satellite to Es’hailSat 2018-08-10T14:09:55+00:00