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Kirk Pysher out as president of ILS

WASHINGTON — The president of International Launch Services is out a day after the company’s successful Proton launch. Khrunichev, the owner of ILS, announced Oct. 10 that Kirk Pysher was no longer president, but did not give a reason for his departure. John Palme, COO of ILS, will serve as interim president until a permanent replacement is named. The announcement [...]

CNO to Visit U.S. 6th Fleet

Washington (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday is scheduled to visit the Navy’s 6th Fleet area of operations, Oct. 14-19. During his visit, Gilday will attend the Regional Seapower Symposium (RSS) in Venice as well as conduct fleet engagements in Rota, Spain and Naples, Italy, to see first-hand the work Sailors are doing in this dynamic [...]

Pegasus launches ICON space science mission

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — A long-delayed NASA space science satellite finally reached orbit Oct. 10 on a Pegasus rocket, a launch vehicle with an uncertain future. The Pegasus XL rocket was released from its L-1011 carrier aircraft at 9:59 p.m. Eastern off the Florida coast and ignited its motors to ascend to orbit. Its payload, the Ionospheric Connection Explorer, or [...]

Chief Data Office announces capabilities for the VAULT Data Platform

ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) --The Air Force Chief Data Office announced today additional capabilities for the Visible, Accessible, Understandable, Linked and Trusted Data Platform. The VAULT Platform is designed to provide Airmen with cyber secure, cloud-based tools to connect, find, share and learn from Air Force data to improve readiness and mission success.The VAULT Platform now has a set of tools [...]

Satellites could claim larger share of booming IoT market

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California – The satellite industry could capture two percent of the growing internet-of-things (IoT) market, if companies take a series of steps to appeal to potential customers, said Justin Cadman, partner at Quilty Analytics, a research and consulting firm based in St. Petersburg, Florida, focused on satellites and the space industry. “We are quite bullish on this opportunity [...]

Manufacturers say wider range of satellites they build is stressing mission assurance

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California — Growing demand for small satellites that are built quickly and cheaply is challenging manufacturers who want that business but don’t want to forsake lessons learned from building bigger spacecraft. Manufacturers speaking Oct. 10 at the Satellite Innovation conference here said they are trying to evolve their approaches to mission assurance — making sure what they build [...]

Air Force selects eight launch providers to compete for $986 million worth of orders

WASHINGTON — SpaceX, Xbow Launch Systems, Northrop Grumman, Firefly Aerospace, United Launch Alliance, Aevum, Vox Space and Rocket Lab have been selected to provide launch services in the Orbital Services Program-4 — a $986 million procurement of launch services over nine years. The Air Force announced the winners Oct. 10. OSP-4 is designed to accommodate small and medium payloads greater [...]

CNO Birthday Message to the Fleet

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- 244 years ago the Navy began its watch to protect freedom of the seas with honor, courage, and commitment.  As we celebrate across the fleet, we renew our commitment to be ready; remember those who forged our legacy; and honor our families and loved ones who stand beside us. With 290 ships, about 30 percent of which [...]

Navy Osprey Wing Established in San Diego Ceremony

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Wing (COMVRMWING) 1 was officially established in a ceremony aboard Naval Air Station North Island, Oct. 10. Capt. Dewon Chaney assumed command of the new wing and will be the first commodore to take on the integration and implementation of the CMV-22B Osprey into fleet operations. The mission for the wing will be [...]

Decommissioned Earth science satellite to remain in orbit for centuries

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — A U.S.-European satellite that completed its mission earlier this month has been decommissioned but will remain in orbit for as long as 1,000 years, far beyond existing orbital debris mitigation guidelines. Jason-2, a joint mission of NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the French space agency CNES and European weather agency Eumetsat, ended its mission [...]

Letter to the Editor: CSF’s position on launch and reentry licensing regulations mischaracterized

On Oct. 8, SpaceNews published in its weekly SN Military Space newsletter an article about FAA’s efforts to reform its launch and reentry licensing regulations. Commercial Spaceflight Federation leadership was not contacted in advance of the article being published, and the article erroneously characterizes CSF’s and its member companies’ position on FAA’s proposed licensing regulations. “CSF and our member companies strongly [...]

Earth observation customers want speedy satellite tasking

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California – The September drone attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities touched off a frenzy of activity at Ursa Space, a satellite data and analytics company based in Ithaca, New York. “It was a manual process,” said Derek Edinger, Ursa chief strategy officer and co-founder, said at the Satellite Innovation 2019 conference here. “People were on the phones. [...]

DOE’s representative in Japan discusses his successes in energy and nuclear security there

“Japan is poor in natural resources and relies heavily on imports – particularly U.S. energy imports,” Matzkin-Bridger said as he showed a chart displaying the breakdown of energy production in Japan. He went on to explain how billions of dollars in Japanese investment support thousands of jobs in the U.S. energy sector. Before becoming an attaché Matzkin-Bridger spent six years [...]

Tyndall AFB continues rebuild effort one year after Hurricane Michael

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) --In the early hours of Oct. 10, 2018, many communities in Northwest Florida prepared for a storm expected to make landfall as a Category 2 hurricane.Tyndall Air Force Base was also preparing for the storm named Hurricane Michael.Base leaders evacuated nonessential personnel, stored equipment in protected areas as much as possible and a team [...]