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Media Availability by Acting Secretary Shanahan Prior to an Honor Cordon Welcoming Albania’s Minister of Defense Olta Xhaçka to the Pentagon

Acting Secretary Of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan ACTING SECRETARY OF DEFENSE PATRICK SHANAHAN:  Courtney said today's the day that I should come out and talk. (UNKNOWN):  (inaudible) Because it's a nice day. SEC. SHANAHAN:  Right?  Yeah, yeah.  That's right. (CROSSTALK) Q:  Can you help us a little bit on the North Korea test?  Has the U.S. determined that anything at [...]

NAVY TriStar Air, LLC,* Newport News, Virginia, is awarded a $121,425,707 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity task order contract for aerial refueling services in support of the Department of the Navy, other Department of Defense agencies, and Foreign Military Sales customers. Work will be performed in Riverside, California (50 percent); Brunswick, Georgia (40 percent); and various locations outside the continental U.S. (10 percent), and [...]

ArianeGroup starting Ariane 6 production after new ESA agreement

WASHINGTON — The European Space Agency’s 22 member states agreed April 17 to a workaround to get Ariane 6 production in full swing despite a dearth of public sector launch contracts. ArianeGroup had reached an impasse with ESA, which is paying the Franco-German company to design and build the Ariane 6 rocket, after the number of expected government missions fell [...]

Satixfy prepares release of flat panel antennas this year

WASHINGTON — British and Israeli satellite antenna developer Satixfy says it is nearing the release of flat-panel products designed first for connecting internet of things devices, with variants for other markets following shortly. Rajanik Mark, Satixfy’s chief operating officer, said the company has created its own chipsets that it can build in-house to bring down the cost of antenna modules [...]

France, UK and U.S. Navies Complete Artemis Trident 19

MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- France’s Marine Nationale, the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy and the U.S. Navy completed the U.S. 5th Fleet mine countermeasures exercise Artemis Trident in the Arabian Gulf. The scenario for the defensive exercise was for coalition forces to provide safe passage to humanitarian relief vessels through a mined area. “Mines threaten maritime traffic indiscriminately,” U.S. Navy Capt. [...]

Independent report concludes 2033 human Mars mission is not feasible

WASHINGTON — An independent report concluded that NASA has no chance of sending humans to Mars by 2033, with the earliest such a mission could be flown being the late 2030s. The report, while completed prior to the March 26 speech where Vice President Mike Pence directed NASA to return humans to the moon by 2024, does offer insights into [...]

Data mining digs up hidden clues to major California earthquake triggers

LOS ALAMOS, N.M., April 18, 2019—A powerful computational study of southern California seismic records has revealed detailed information about a plethora of previously undetected small earthquakes, giving a more precise picture about stress in the earth’s crust. A new publicly available catalog of these findings will help seismologists better understand the stresses triggering the larger earthquakes that occasionally rock the [...]

Antares launches Cygnus on ISS cargo mission

Updated 9:00 p.m. Eastern WASHINGTON — A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket successfully launched a Cygnus spacecraft April 17 carrying nearly three and a half metric tons of cargo bound for the International Space Station. The Antares lifted off from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at 4:46 p.m. Eastern after a countdown marred by only a brief issue with the rocket’s transporter/erector [...]

ARMY General Dynamics - Ordnance and Tactical Systems, Garland, Texas, was awarded a $125,000,000 modification (P00001) to domestic and Foreign Military Sales (Iraq, Bahrain and Singapore) contract W52P1J-19-F-0062 for MK80 series general purpose and BLU-109 tritonal bomb components.  Work locations and funding will be performed with each order, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2023.  U.S. Army Contracting [...]

New Air Force Science & Technology Strategy puts focus on speed

ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) --Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson unveiled a new and ambitious Science and Technology Strategy designed to better identify, develop and deploy breakthrough technologies, April 17.The 32-page report is a blueprint for the next decade and beyond. The strategy includes an array of changes allowing the Air Force to maximize – and expand – its technological [...]

Iridium makes GMDSS progress • Kepler’s next cubesat to test new radiator • Scisys breaks ground in Germany

To receive FIRST UP Satcom, a weekly SpaceNews newsletter for satellite and telecom professionals, sign up here. TOP STORIES Iridium moved closer to launching an emergency maritime communications service by signing a public services agreement with the International Mobile Satellite Organization. The agreement sets the regulatory framework for IMSO to oversee Iridium’s provision of Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) services. [...]

Op-ed | Lunar Gateway or Moon Direct?

This op-ed originally appeared in the April 8, 2019 issue of SpaceNews magazine. NASA has proposed to build a lunar orbiting space station, called the lunar Gateway, to use as a base for lunar exploration. This plan is severely defective. The Gateway project may be compared to a deal in which you are offered a chance to rent an office [...]

Nunn-Perry Awards Recognizes Excellence in DOD Mentor Protégé Program

IMMEDIATE RELEASE WASINGTON, April 17, 2019 – The Defense Department announced the winners of the 2018 Nunn-Perry Awards today, recognizing excellence in the DOD Mentor Protégé Program.  The nomination review process, completed during the second quarter of fiscal year 2019, evaluated 21 submissions. The competition was rigorous and the results incredibly close, with ten awardees who support three military departments [...]

USS Ross Arrives in Varna

VARNA, Bulgaria (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) arrived in Varna, Bulgaria, April 15 for a scheduled port visit.While in port, the ship will host officials from the Bulgarian Navy and local Varna government. Ross will provide tours of the ship before a luncheon in preparation for bilateral naval exercises. These operations enhance regional maritime [...]