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Limited work continues on JWST

WASHINGTON — While NASA has resumed some work on the James Webb Space Telescope, project officials say even that limited level of activity will soon come to a halt because of the coronavirus pandemic. NASA announced March 20 that it suspended work on the space telescope, which had been undergoing integration and testing, or I&T, [...]

Limited work continues on JWST2020-04-02T14:07:45-06:00

NASA planning reorganization of human spaceflight directorate

WASHINGTON — NASA is planning to implement changes in the structure of its human spaceflight directorate in the coming weeks, including moving a scientific research program to another part of the agency. During an April 1 presentation at an online meeting of the National Academies’ Committee on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space, Craig Kundrot, [...]

NASA planning reorganization of human spaceflight directorate2020-04-02T14:07:49-06:00

Space Micro wins $3 million for laser communications terminal

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center awarded satellite component supplier Space Micro a $3 million contract for a laser communications terminal designed to transmit data at a rate of 100 gigabits per second. The award stems from Space Micro’s presentation at Air Force Space Pitch Day in November. During [...]

Space Micro wins $3 million for laser communications terminal2020-04-02T14:07:53-06:00

Momentus signs up Taiwanese customer for Vigoride flight

This article was updated on April 2 at noon Eastern time to correct Odysseus Space’s role in the project. SAN FRANCISCO – Momentus, a Silicon Valley in-space transportation startup, announced a launch service agreement April 1 with Odysseus Space, a satellite applications startup based in Taiwan. Under the agreement, Momentus will provide in-space transportation for [...]

Momentus signs up Taiwanese customer for Vigoride flight2020-04-02T14:07:54-06:00

Rocket Lab executive says company is well positioned to weather crisis

WASHINGTON — Rocket Lab’s primary launch site in New Zealand is temporarily shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak. But the small launch provider expects to get back on track later this year and is optimistic about both its launch and small satellite business, said Richard French, director of global government launch services at Rocket [...]

Rocket Lab executive says company is well positioned to weather crisis2020-04-02T14:07:56-06:00

NASA and ESA to fund coronavirus projects

WASHINGTON — NASA and the European Space Agency are separately soliciting proposals to either do research related to the coronavirus pandemic or to help provide relief services. ESA announced April 1 it was seeking proposals for a project called “Space in response to COVID-19 outbreak,” in cooperation with the Italian government. ESA is asking companies [...]

NASA and ESA to fund coronavirus projects2020-04-02T14:07:58-06:00

Air Force small business program seeks technologies to help counter COVID-19

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force Small Business Innovation Research office has posted a new solicitation that includes COVID-19 countermeasures as an area of interest. The March 30 Small Business Innovation Research solicitation, like most SBIR calls, is open to proposals on any topic that addresses a defense-focused need. But this is the first one [...]

Air Force small business program seeks technologies to help counter COVID-192020-04-01T14:11:31-06:00

NASA selects astronauts for Crew Dragon mission

WASHINGTON — NASA has completed the crew for the first operational SpaceX commercial crew mission to the International Space Station, one that will not include any Russian cosmonauts after Roscosmos officials said they would not fly on what they consider an unproven vehicle. NASA announced March 31 that it had assigned veteran astronaut Shannon Walker [...]

NASA selects astronauts for Crew Dragon mission2020-04-01T14:11:32-06:00

Space Force report on acquisition reforms awaiting final reviews

WASHINGTON — A report due to Congress on March 31 recommending changes to the acquisition process and organization for Space Force programs has been completed but is awaiting final reviews by senior leaders before it goes to Capitol Hill. Shawn Barnes, a member of the senior executive service with the assistant secretary of the Air [...]

Space Force report on acquisition reforms awaiting final reviews2020-04-01T14:11:36-06:00

Raytheon to replace OCX hardware by 2022 for $378 million

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center announced on March 31 that it has reached an agreement with Raytheon for the company to replace by April 2022 the hardware used in the next-generation ground control system for the Global Positioning System constellation. Under the agreement, Raytheon was awarded a $378 million [...]

Raytheon to replace OCX hardware by 2022 for $378 million2020-04-01T14:11:39-06:00