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Air Force leaders enthused as Space Force legislation heads to House floor

LOS ANGELES — A bipartisan deal struck between congressional leaders and the White House would allow the Defense Department to establish a U.S. Space Force as a separate military branch. The compromise language in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 will be introduced Dec. 9 and a House vote is scheduled for [...]

Air Force leaders enthused as Space Force legislation heads to House floor2019-12-08T13:11:49-07:00

Astroscale pursuing military customers for in-orbit services, debris removal

LOS ANGELES — Astroscale, a Japanese company that recently stood up an American subsidiary, sees the U.S. military as a potential customer for the company’s debris removal and other in-orbit services. Astroscale is preparing to demonstrate satellite de-orbiting technology in low Earth orbit next year and is talking to potential commercial and government customers, Ron [...]

Astroscale pursuing military customers for in-orbit services, debris removal2019-12-08T13:11:50-07:00

Falcon 9 cargo mission for NASA demonstrated long-duration coast required by U.S. Air Force

LOS ANGELES — The upper stage of the SpaceX Falcon 9 mission to the International Space Station Dec. 5 successfully performed a six-hour coast and a deorbit burn, a test that had been requested by the U.S. Air Force to demonstrate the vehicle can deliver national security payloads directly to geosynchronous Earth orbit. “I got [...]

Falcon 9 cargo mission for NASA demonstrated long-duration coast required by U.S. Air Force2019-12-08T13:11:50-07:00

New dates set for commercial crew test flights

WASHINGTON — SpaceX will conduct an in-flight abort test of its Crew Dragon spacecraft in early January as the launch of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner on an uncrewed test flight slips another day, NASA announced Dec. 6. In one statement, NASA said the in-flight abort test for Crew Dragon is currently scheduled for no earlier than [...]

New dates set for commercial crew test flights2019-12-07T13:11:21-07:00

SpaceX working on fix for Starlink satellites so they don’t disrupt astronomy

LOS ANGELES — One of the Starlink satellites in the next batch of 60 that SpaceX plans to launch in late December will be treated with a special coating designed to make the spacecraft less reflective and less likely to interfere with space observations, SpaceX president and chief operating officer Gwynne Shotwell said Dec. 6. [...]

SpaceX working on fix for Starlink satellites so they don’t disrupt astronomy2019-12-07T13:11:21-07:00

L3Harris, Northrop Grumman win contracts to connect Air Force hardware with commercial space broadband

LOS ANGELES — The Air Force announced Dec. 6 it awarded L3Harris and Northrop Grumman $17.9 million and $9.9 million contracts, respectively, to integrate commercial space internet services on military aircraft. The contracts are the latest awarded under a project called Defense Experimentation Using the Commercial Space Internet (DEUCSI) led by the Air Force Strategic [...]

L3Harris, Northrop Grumman win contracts to connect Air Force hardware with commercial space broadband2019-12-07T13:11:22-07:00

Kacific, with SpaceX launch imminent, borrows $160 million for satellite refinancing

WASHINGTON — Kacific Broadband Satellites, a startup that ordered a geostationary satellite from Boeing despite reservations about the absence of U.S. export-credit financing, on Dec. 5 said it tapped European and Asian lenders to refinance loans used to buy the satellite.  Kacific’s first satellite, Kacific-1 launches Dec. 15 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Kacific-1 [...]

Kacific, with SpaceX launch imminent, borrows $160 million for satellite refinancing2019-12-06T13:13:07-07:00

On National Security | Government taking steps to better support commercial space industry

The U.S. Air Force just held its inaugural “Space Pitch Day” in which small businesses were given a chance to win contracts on the spot. No red tape. Officials said this will become an annual thing. Live pitch events are one of several avenues the Air Force is pursuing to attract U.S.-owned startups and commercial [...]

On National Security | Government taking steps to better support commercial space industry2019-12-06T13:13:08-07:00

Electron launches smallsats in test of rocket reusability

WASHINGTON — Rocket Lab successfully launched several smallsats Dec. 6 on an Electron mission also designed to test technologies to make the rocket’s first stage reusable. The Electron lifted off from the company’s launch site on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula at 3:18 a.m. Eastern after more than a week of delays caused by ground equipment [...]

Electron launches smallsats in test of rocket reusability2019-12-06T13:13:08-07:00

Bridenstine asks Congress to fully fund lunar lander program quickly

WASHINGTON — NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine used a Dec. 5 speech on Capitol Hill to implore Congress to finish a fiscal year 2020 appropriations bill for NASA as soon as possible to give the agency funding to proceed on a lunar lander program. Bridenstine, speaking at a Space Transportation Association luncheon, told an audience of [...]

Bridenstine asks Congress to fully fund lunar lander program quickly2019-12-06T13:13:09-07:00