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Rocket Lab to launch small satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office

WASHINGTON — Small satellite launch services provider Rocket Lab announced Jan. 20 that its Electron vehicle’s first mission of 2020 will be for the National Reconnaissance Office. Named “Birds of a Feather” (NROL-151) the mission is scheduled to lift off from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 in New Zealand. The launch window opens on Jan. [...]

Rocket Lab to launch small satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office2020-01-20T13:11:15-07:00

Iceye releases dark vessel detection product

SAN FRANCISCO – Radar satellite operator Iceye released a product Jan. 20 to detect dark vessels, ships at sea that are not identifying themselves with Automatic Identification System (AIS) transponders. Iceye combines observations from its constellation of three synthetic aperture radar satellites with other data sources to provide customers with radar satellite images of vessels [...]

Iceye releases dark vessel detection product2020-01-20T13:11:16-07:00

U.S., China set for spring Civil Space Dialogue on exploration, science

HELSINKI — U.S. and Chinese officials are working towards meeting for a bilateral Civil Space Dialogue around March in the first such discussion since 2017. “The U.S. and China were not able to schedule a Civil Space Dialogue in 2019, but are in the planning stage for the U.S. to host the Dialogue during the [...]

U.S., China set for spring Civil Space Dialogue on exploration, science2020-01-20T13:11:16-07:00

BAE Systems to acquire Collins’ military GPS and Raytheon’s airborne tactical radios businesses

WASHINGTON — BAE Systems announced Jan. 20 it intends to buy Collins Aerospace’s military Global Positioning System for $1.9 billion and Raytheon’s Airborne Tactical Radios division for $275 million. These two businesses are being sold in order to clear the antitrust regulatory requirements of the pending merger between Raytheon and United Technologies Corp. “Completion of [...]

BAE Systems to acquire Collins’ military GPS and Raytheon’s airborne tactical radios businesses2020-01-20T13:11:17-07:00

NASA considering extended Crew Dragon test flight to ISS

WASHINGTON — NASA will decide in the coming weeks whether to extend a crewed SpaceX test flight to the International Space Station, a move that could help alleviate a crew time crunch on the station. A successful in-flight abort test of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft Jan. 19 makes it increasingly likely that that the spacecraft [...]

NASA considering extended Crew Dragon test flight to ISS2020-01-20T13:11:17-07:00

SpaceX performs in-flight abort test of Crew Dragon spacecraft

Updated 1:30 p.m. Eastern after post-test briefing. WASHINGTON — SpaceX successfully tested the abort system of its Crew Dragon spacecraft Jan. 19, one of the final milestones before a crewed test flight that could take place as soon as this spring. A Falcon 9 carrying the Crew Dragon spacecraft lifted off from Launch Complex 39A [...]

SpaceX performs in-flight abort test of Crew Dragon spacecraft2020-01-19T13:07:33-07:00

U.S. Space Force nameplates introduced for camouflage uniforms

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Space Force on Friday revealed the nameplates that airmen who are assigned to the Space Force will wear over their utility camouflage uniforms. A picture posted late Friday evening on the U.S. Space Force’s official Twitter account shows a U.S. SPACE FORCE blue name tag on a camouflage battle uniform. Airmen [...]

U.S. Space Force nameplates introduced for camouflage uniforms2020-01-19T13:07:33-07:00

SpaceX to test Crew Dragon launch abort system

Updated 7:30 a.m. Eastern Jan. 18 with new date for the test. WASHINGTON — NASA and SpaceX are ready to perform a test of the launch abort system of the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft Jan. 19 that will also serve as a dress rehearsal of sorts for upcoming crewed flights of the vehicle. At a [...]

SpaceX to test Crew Dragon launch abort system2020-01-18T13:09:45-07:00

Power loss halves Eutelsat 5 West B capacity, hosted payload spared

WASHINGTON — A Eutelsat Communications satellite that launched in October will enter service this month with only 45% of its intended capacity due to an unusable solar array, Eutelsat said Jan. 17.  Eutelsat said an investigation into the Eutelsat 5 West B satellite concluded that one of its two solar arrays was unusable, reducing power [...]

Power loss halves Eutelsat 5 West B capacity, hosted payload spared2020-01-18T13:09:46-07:00

SpinLaunch raises $35 million

WASHINGTON — SpinLaunch, a startup pursuing an alternative approach for placing payloads into orbit, has raised $35 million in a new funding round disclosed Jan. 16. The company, headquartered in Long Beach, California, said the new round featured several funds that included Airbus Ventures, the venture capital arm of aerospace company Airbus. Other investors include [...]

SpinLaunch raises $35 million2020-01-17T13:08:36-07:00