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Theodore Roosevelt Returns From Deployment

The Nimitz—class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) returned to San Diego July 9, marking the end of their deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.

Apstar-6D launches on Long March 3B rocket

WASHINGTON — The first satellite for a Chinese company planning a global system of geostationary satellites launched July 9 on a Long March 3B rocket.  Apstar-6D, a high-throughput satellite with a total capacity of 50 gigabits per second, launched at 8:11 a.m. Eastern from China’s Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan China. China Great Wall Industry Corporation, the arm of [...]

House Republicans criticize NASA spending bill

WASHINGTON — As the head of NASA emphasized what he saw as bipartisan support for the agency in Congress, several Republican members of the House criticized colleagues for a fiscal year 2021 spending bill they believe inadequately funds the agency. The commerce, justice and science (CJS) subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee favorably reported a fiscal year 2021 spending bill [...]

Three companies selected to develop military GPS handheld devices

WASHINGTON — Collins Aerospace, Raytheon and Technology Advancement Group were awarded contracts to develop Global Positioning System handheld devices for the U.S. military. The U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center said on July 8 that the three companies collectively received $41.1 million to develop small handheld devices that will be used in field tests. “The firm-fixed price agreements [...]

Bunker Hill, Russell Return From Deployment

The Ticonderoga—class guided—missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) and the Arleigh Burke—class guided—missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59) returned to San Diego July 8 after a deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.

Descartes Labs wins U.S. Air Force contract for geospatial data analytics

WASHINGTON — Geospatial analytics company Descartes Labs has been awarded a $1.5 million contract to help the U.S. Air Force draw intelligence from imagery and other data collected by satellites and by autonomous aerial vehicles, the company announced July 8. The 12-month contract was awarded under the Small Business Innovation Research program. The project is sponsored by the Air Force’s [...]

NASA completes reviews of Boeing commercial crew test flight

WASHINGTON — NASA announced July 7 that it has completed two major reviews that stemmed from Boeing’s flawed commercial crew test flight last December as the agency and company prepare for a second test flight later this year. NASA said that an independent review team (IRT), jointly organized by NASA and Boeing to investigate the CST-100 Starliner uncrewed test flight [...]

Space Force proposes headquarters staff led by generals and civilians

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Space Force Pentagon headquarters will have a leaner staff structure than traditional military service headquarters and some senior staff posts will be assigned to civilians, according to a draft proposal. The Space Force headquarters — known as the Office of the Chief of Space Operations, or OCSO — will be led by a four-star general and [...]

House bill offers flat funding for NASA

Updated 1:20 p.m. with Commercial Spaceflight Federation comment. WASHINGTON — A House appropriations bill released July 7 rejected the administration’s proposed major budget increase for NASA, instead offering the agency a flat budget for 2021 that takes particular aim at the agency’s efforts to develop lunar landers. The commerce, justice and science (CJS) appropriations bill, to be marked up by [...]