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Arianespace’s revised OneWeb contract drops Ariane 6, two Soyuz launches

WASHINGTON — Arianespace and OneWeb on Sept. 21 announced a revised launch contract that covers OneWeb’s constellation deployment with three fewer launches than originally planned.  Arianespace will conduct 16 Soyuz launches for OneWeb, each carrying 34-36 satellites, to complete OneWeb’s internet megaconstellation by the end of 2022. The revised contract canceled two Soyuz launches, and [...]

Arianespace’s revised OneWeb contract drops Ariane 6, two Soyuz launches2020-09-21T14:08:56-06:00

NGA building ‘huge appetite’ for commercial geoint

U.S. military and homeland security organizations rely on the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) for critical data that commanders use to make decisions on the battlefield or in domestic emergencies. David Gauthier, director of NGA’s commercial and business operations group. Credit: NGAAmid a surge of commercial sources of geospatial intelligence and data services, NGA is [...]

NGA building ‘huge appetite’ for commercial geoint2020-09-21T14:08:57-06:00

BlackSky eyes niche role in geospatial intelligence market

Two BlackSky satellites hitched a ride to orbit Aug. 7 on a Falcon 9 rocket deploying SpaceX’s latest batch of Starlink satellites. Within 58 hours of the launch, the commercial geospatial company’s two newest satellites — BlackSky Global-7 and BlackSky Global-8 — were already delivering imagery. “This certainly has had our phone ringing,” BlackSky Chief [...]

BlackSky eyes niche role in geospatial intelligence market2020-09-21T14:08:58-06:00

NASA inspector general criticizes high-risk approach to CLPS program

WASHINGTON — NASA’s inspector general warned in a recent report that the agency’s planetary science division was taking “undue risk” in its current approach to a commercial lunar transportation program. The Office of Inspector General (OIG), in an audit of the agency’s planetary science division released Sept. 16, highlighted several issues with the Commercial Lunar [...]

NASA inspector general criticizes high-risk approach to CLPS program2020-09-21T14:08:59-06:00

Protecting Satellite Communications

A secure system that allows troops at the tactical edge to communicate securely The U.S. Space Force acquires, operates and maintains a constellation of Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellites that are reserved for strategic, high-priority military missions, providing secure, jam-resistant communications. While tactical military forces do use AEHF, its primary mission is to provide 100% assured [...]

Protecting Satellite Communications2020-09-21T14:09:01-06:00

New study looks at space power competition through China’s lens

WASHINGTON — A new study by the U.S. Air Force’s university think tank confirms the widely held view that China’s anti-satellite weapons pose a national security threat to the United States. But the study also highlights China’s use of soft power and diplomacy as potentially powerful weapons that could undermine the United States. “China’s Space [...]

New study looks at space power competition through China’s lens2020-09-20T14:07:39-06:00

Pandemic exacerbates NASA cybersecurity challenges

WASHINGTON — A shift to remote working caused by the coronavirus pandemic has created new cybersecurity challenges for NASA, agency officials said at a Sept. 18 House hearing. NASA effectively closed all its field centers in March, limiting access to essential employees. While NASA has since allowed some more personnel to return to work on [...]

Pandemic exacerbates NASA cybersecurity challenges2020-09-20T14:07:39-06:00

PLD Space raises €7 million as it aims for sounding rocket’s 2021 debut

VALLETTA, Malta — Launch startup PLD Space of Spain raised 7 million euros ($8.2 million) this week from Madrid-based investment bankers Arcano Partners to continue development of its Miura family of partially reusable rockets. PLD Space spokeswoman Lorena Santos said Sept. 17 the new investment will allow the Elche, Spain-based company to add at least [...]

PLD Space raises €7 million as it aims for sounding rocket’s 2021 debut2020-09-19T14:07:44-06:00

Mars smallsat mission bumped from launch

WASHINGTON — A smallsat mission to study the atmosphere of Mars is looking for a new ride after being removed as a secondary payload on the launch of a NASA asteroid mission. The Escape and Plasma Acceleration and Dynamics Explorers, or EscaPADE, mission, was one of three smallsat missions selected by NASA in 2019 for [...]

Mars smallsat mission bumped from launch2020-09-18T14:08:01-06:00

Reliable COTS Components for AOCS – Gyro and IMU Modules

New Space has for the last decade challenged the established design rules for spacecraft, and proved that is it possible to design and launch small spacecrafts at a fraction of the cost of traditional designs. OneWeb being one of the pioneers challenging the established supplier base using new thinking to drive down the cost and [...]

Reliable COTS Components for AOCS – Gyro and IMU Modules2020-09-18T14:08:02-06:00