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Chinese telecommunications satellite hit by anomalies after launch

TAMPERE, Finland — A Chinese telecommunications satellite has suffered unspecified anomalies following an apparently successful launch into geosynchronous transfer orbit. Zhongxing-18 (ChinaSat-18), a civilian telecommunications satellite to provide broadcasting and communications services to China, lifted off atop of an enhanced Long March 3B launch vehicle from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, southwest China, at 8:03 a.m. Eastern Monday, with amateur [...]

Indo—Pacific Maritime Forces Kick off 18th SEACAT Exercise

SINGAPORE (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy and maritime forces from 10 Indo-Pacific partner nations began the 18th iteration of Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT) in Singapore, Aug. 19. The goal of the SEACAT exercise is to bring together regional partner nations to engage in "real world, real time" training designed to enhance partner nation ability to communicate, coordinate and [...]

Optus partners with smallsat startup Myriota on Australian IoT service

WASHINGTON — Australia’s largest satellite operator Optus said Aug. 19 it will jointly pursue business connecting sensors and smart devices with Myriota, a startup planning a constellation of around 50 smallsats in low Earth orbit.  Optus, which operates five geostationary satellites covering Australia, said the partnership will combine its “national networks and digital enablement capabilities” with technology Myriota is developing [...]

UNITAS LX Kicks off in Rio de Janeiro

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (NNS) -- Over 3,100 Naval Forces from 13 countries kicked off UNITAS LX (60), the 60th anniversary of the annual multinational exercise, in Rio de Janeiro, Aug. 19. Comprised of both Atlantic and Amphibious phases, UNITAS participants include Naval Forces from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Great Britain, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal and the [...]

New F—35 Modification Facility Brings Strategic Capability to FRCE

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. (NNS) -- A recently-completed facility will bring a new strategic capability to Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE) and the F-35B Lightning aircraft line next year. When the new F-35 laser shock peening facility is fully operational in 2020, FRCE will be one of two sites in the world that will use laser technology [...]

How Satellite Closes the Income Gap

The world is full of sharp disparities between the privileged and those struggling for access: access to good work, to knowledge, to the means to pursue their calling and preserve their communities. Around the world, dedicated people are using technology to close that gap. Technology that is literally out of this world. Building a Better Future in Africa In the [...]

SLS contractors expect first launch in 2021

WASHINGTON — While NASA has yet to update the schedule for the first flight of its Space Launch System, companies working on the heavy-lift rocket now expect the rocket to launch in early 2021 rather than 2020. The first launch of the SLS, on a mission called Artemis 1, had been formally scheduled for the second half of 2020, a [...]

Commercial crew providers prepare for fall test flights

WASHINGTON — Boeing and SpaceX said Aug. 19 that they expect to carry out critical test flights of their commercial crew systems this fall, with SpaceX still hopeful of launching astronauts to the International Space Station this year. During a panel discussion at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ Propulsion and Energy Forum in Indianapolis, Peter McGrath, Boeing’s director [...]

FAA launch office, with mounting workload, prioritizing reorganization over expansion

WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration’s space-related workload is growing faster than its workforce, but the agency wants to complete a reorganization focused on efficiency before seeking more personnel.  That growing workload, the office’s leader warned Friday during a media teleconference, may be exacerbated by planned revisions to regulations for launch licensing. The public comment period for those revisions closed [...]

Atlas, Delta rocket factory begins transition to Vulcan Centaur

DECATUR, Ala. — A booster prototype representative of the first stage of the Vulcan Centaur rocket will roll out of a United Launch Alliance sprawling factory in early September and make the short trip across the parking lot to a test facility run by ULA’s subcontractor Dynetics. The structural test booster will be attached to electronic actuators that will simulate [...]

Viasat taps Blue Canyon Technologies to build Link 16 satellite

SAN FRANCISCO – Viasat selected Blue Canyon Technologies (BCT) to design and manufacture a cubesat for a U.S. Air Force test of a military communications terminal in low Earth orbit. BCT announced plans Aug. 19 to build a 12-unit cubesat bus equipped with Viasat’s Link 16 terminal to launch in 2020. U.S. military and NATO allies rely on Link 16, [...]

Chinese commercial rocket Smart Dragon-1 reaches orbit with first launch

HELSINKI — A Chinese rocket company launched its first rocket Saturday, successfully sending three commercial satellites into orbit and boosting domestic light-lift competition. The Jielong-1 (Smart Dragon-1) four-stage solid propellant rocket developed by China Rocket Co. Ltd., a commercial spinoff from a launch vehicle manufacturer under the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), lifted off from a transporter erector [...]

Rocket Lab Electron launches four smallsats

Updated 9:15 a.m. Eastern after payload deployment. WASHINGTON — Rocket Lab launched four small satellites Aug. 19 on a mission that also brings the company one step closer to reusing the first stage of its Electron rockets. The Electron rocket lifted off from the company’s launch site on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula at 8:12 a.m. Eastern, three days after high [...]

NASA issues call for proposals for Gateway logistics

WASHINGTON — NASA formally issued a call for proposals to provide cargo transportation services for its lunar Gateway Aug. 16, offering up to $7 billion in contracts to support operations of the human-tended facility. The Gateway Logistics Services request for proposals (RFP) is similar to a draft version of the RFP issued by the agency in June. Proposals are due [...]

Gravely conducts PASSEX with Royal Danish Navy

Atlantic Ocean (NNS) -- U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-Class guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107) and Royal Danish navy Absalon-class command and support ship HMDS Absalon (L 16) conducted a passing exercise (PASSEX) in the Arctic waters off the coast of Greenland, Aug 16. PASSEXs are unit exercises requiring cooperation, communication and interoperability between two or more navies, testing advanced ship [...]