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Green Run hotfire test ends early

Updated 11:30 p.m. Eastern after post-test briefing. BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. — NASA performed a hotfire test of the core stage of the Space Launch System Jan. 16, but the stage’s four main engines shut down a little more than a minute into a test designed to last eight minutes. The core stage ignited its four RS-25 engines at 5:27 [...]

Policy directive on GPS issued in closing days of Trump administration

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Jan. 15 issued a policy memo focused on the United States’ dependence on the Global Positioning System and the need to prepare for a day when GPS might not be available.  A constellation of 31 GPS satellites operated by the U.S. Space Force use radio navigation to provide positioning, navigation and timing information to [...]

FCC C-band auction raised nearly $81 billion so far

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Federal Communication Commission’s auction of 280 megahertz of C-band has raised nearly $81 billion and it’s not quite over. Still to come is the assignment phase, where companies awarded spectrum blocks bid for frequency-specific licenses. Prior to the auction, companies struggled to put a price tag on the bandwidth. ACA Connects, a collection of cable [...]

FCC C-band auction raised nearly $81 billion so far

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Federal Communication Commission’s auction of 280 megahertz of C-band has raised nearly $81 billion and it’s not quite over. Still to come is the assignment phase, where companies awarded spectrum blocks bid for frequency-specific licenses. Prior to the auction, companies struggled to put a price tag on the bandwidth. ACA Connects, a collection of cable [...]

NASA ceases efforts to deploy Mars InSight heat flow probe

WASHINGTON — After nearly two years of struggles, NASA has abandoned efforts to deploy a heat flow probe on its InSight lander into the surface of Mars. In a Jan. 14 statement, NASA said that a final effort to hammer the “mole” into the surface of Mars Jan. 9 failed to make any progress. The mole performed 500 hammer strokes, [...]

Spaceport America Podcast Number 1

Welcome to the Spaceport America Podcast! In this episode, we wanted to explore why the world’s first commercial spaceport was built in our state and what the future holds for the aerospace industry in New Mexico. Hosted by New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA) PR Coordinator Alice Carruth. Guests include Joe Bullington, Commercialization Manager at Jacobs, […] The post Spaceport America [...]

Foust Forward | “Pro-space” lawmakers on wrong side of history after Capitol riot

The U.S. Capitol is seen in this Maxar Technologies satellite image the day after a pro-Trump mob breached the building Jan. 6 to disrupt the formal certification of President Trump’s election loss.One of the central tenets of space politics for decades is that the issue is bipartisan. Debates about NASA programs and funding levels are more likely to be along [...]

AF Week in Photos

This week's photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.

OneWeb raises $400 million

WASHINGTON — Broadband satellite company OneWeb announced Jan. 15 it has raised $400 million from SoftBank and Hughes Network Systems, allowing the company to continue deployment of its constellation. The new round includes $350 million from SoftBank, who was the biggest shareholder in OneWeb before it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in March 2020. The remainder is from Hughes Network [...]

SLS core stage ready for Green Run test firing

WASHINGTON — NASA officials expressed confidence that a key test of the Space Launch System scheduled for Jan. 16 will go well, keeping open the chances that the vehicle will make its long-delayed debut before the end of the year. NASA has scheduled a full-duration static-fire test of the SLS core stage at the Stennis Space Center for Jan. 16. [...]

Report: U.S. military space programs at risk of losing domestic sources of key components

WASHINGTON — U.S. military satellites and missiles continue to rely on customized hardware and niche components that are no longer manufactured domestically, the Pentagon said in a report to Congress released Jan. 14. These programs need to invest in new technology and qualify new suppliers to ensure they have access to domestic sources, said the Defense Department’s Fiscal Year 2020 [...]