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SpaceShipTwo flies to the edge of space again

WASHINGTON — SpaceShipTwo successfully flew to the edge of space for the second time Feb. 22, carrying three people for the first time as the company moved closer to beginning commercial operations of the suborbital spaceplane. VSS Unity, as the second SpaceShipTwo vehicle is named, was released from its WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft at 11:53 a.m. [...]

SpaceShipTwo flies to the edge of space again2019-02-22T13:09:30+00:00

Companies skeptical commercial lunar landers can fly NASA payloads this year

WASHINGTON — As NASA selects payloads it plans to fly on commercial lunar landers, companies developing those spacecraft are skeptical any landers will be ready to fly this year, as the agency desires. NASA announced Feb. 21 that it has identified a dozen science and technology demonstration payloads from within the agency that will be [...]

Companies skeptical commercial lunar landers can fly NASA payloads this year2019-02-22T13:09:31+00:00

SpaceX launches satellites, moon mission on Falcon 9

WASHINGTON — A SpaceX Falcon 9 carrying an Indonesian communications satellite, an Israeli lunar lander and a U.S. Air Force smallsat launched Feb. 21 from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Falcon 9 lifted off at 8:45 p.m. Eastern, deploying the Beresheet lunar lander 33 minutes later, and the Nusantara Satu telecom satellite with the S5 experimental [...]

SpaceX launches satellites, moon mission on Falcon 92019-02-22T13:09:38+00:00

Pentagon to pitch Space Force plan to skeptical lawmakers

WASHINGTON — Starting as early as next week, Pentagon officials will sit down with members of Congress and staff to go over the details of how the Pentagon would organize the U.S. Space Force within the Department of the Air Force To turn President Trump’s Space Force idea into reality, the Pentagon will need strong [...]

Pentagon to pitch Space Force plan to skeptical lawmakers2019-02-22T13:09:37+00:00

DoD Space Force proposal seeks special authorities to transfer people and programs from other services

WASHINGTON — In a draft proposal to establish a United States Space Force inside the Department of the Air Force, the Pentagon would ask Congress to approve “special temporary authorities” for the secretary of defense to transfer personnel, programs and other resources from other services to the new branch. The special authorities would extend over [...]

DoD Space Force proposal seeks special authorities to transfer people and programs from other services2019-02-22T13:09:36+00:00

Echostar’s take on high-throughput satellites: best bought one at a time

WASHINGTON — EchoStar wishes it ordered its latest satellite, Jupiter-3, sooner than it did, but won’t seek to play catch up by buying another copy of the satellite in order to meet surging demand for broadband connectivity, executives said Feb. 21. Jupiter-2, EchoStar’s newest broadband satellite on orbit, is already filling up with customers just [...]

Echostar’s take on high-throughput satellites: best bought one at a time2019-02-22T13:09:34+00:00

A ‘New Chapter’ in Government Procurement of Satellite Solutions

At the end of 2018, division chief Clare Grason and her entire satellite communications team at the Defense Information Systems Agency moved over to work in the same capacity under Gen. John (“Jay”) Raymond at the Air Force Space Command (AFSPC). SpaceNews.com

A ‘New Chapter’ in Government Procurement of Satellite Solutions2019-02-22T13:09:32+00:00

STRATCOM looking for fresh ideas on nuclear command and control

This article was first published in the SN Military.Space newsletter. If you would like to get our news and insights for national security space professionals every Tuesday, sign up here for your free subscription. The United States is spending billions developing new strategic missiles, submarines and bombers as part of the nuclear triad. The command authorities also have [...]

STRATCOM looking for fresh ideas on nuclear command and control2019-02-21T13:08:14+00:00

Bezos emphasizes altitude advantage of New Shepard over SpaceShipTwo

NEW YORK — As Blue Origin prepares to start flying people on its New Shepard suborbital vehicle, the company’s founder says the altitude the vehicle can reach will put it at an advantage over Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo. In an on-stage interview with SpaceNews during a Wings Club luncheon here Feb. 20, Jeff Bezos reiterated statements [...]

Bezos emphasizes altitude advantage of New Shepard over SpaceShipTwo2019-02-21T13:08:16+00:00

Falcon 9 launch the final leg of Indonesian satellite’s roundabout journey

WASHINGTON — The Indonesian communications satellite that is SpaceX’s primary payload for its second Falcon 9 launch this year overcame a change of manufacturers and the loss of a U.S. Ex-Im Bank loan to reach the launch pad. Set to launch Feb. 21 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, as part of a mission that includes an [...]

Falcon 9 launch the final leg of Indonesian satellite’s roundabout journey2019-02-21T13:08:19+00:00