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Virgin Orbit, the small satellite launch venture spun out of commercial space company Virgin Galactic, has secured a contract to demonstrate its air-launched rocket technology through the Defense Department‘s Space Test Program, TechCrunch reported Thursday. The report said Long Beach, California-based Virgin Orbit expects the LauncherOne prototype flight to take place as early as January 2019. LauncherOne […] More
Dan Hart, a 34-year veteran of Boeing and former vice president of its government satellite systems business, has been appointed president of Virgin Orbit — a small satellite launch services venture spun out of Virgin Group‘s commercial space company Virgin Galactic. Virgin Orbit is headquartered in Long Beach, California, and aims to help clients launch small satellites with the LauncherOne […] More
Chris Thompson, former chief engineer of advanced projects at Astra, was named chief technology officer of Phantom Space, where he will lead the development of launch vehicles and satellites and oversee related efforts. The Tucson, Arizona-based space transportation technology development and manufacturing company said Thursday Thompson brings to his new role decades-long experience in the […] More
The Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Research Laboratory has opened a new field office in Colorado as the organization looks to establish a presence in the aerospace hub. The office will host staff members tasked to directly engage with stakeholders in Colorado Springs, including government contractors and U.S. Space Force commands, amid increasing interest in space, […] More
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory has completed a recent flight test of a sensor aboard the Virgin Galactic-made VSS Unity spacecraft and demonstrated its ability to assess the inside conditions of a suborbital space vehicle and its payload. The JHU APL Integrated Universal Suborbital platform was able to specify VSS Unity’s electromagnetic field environment […] More
James F. Palmer, former corporate vice president and chief financial officer at Northrop Grumman, has been appointed as a member of Vector‘s board of directors. He holds over 45 years of financial expertise in the aerospace industry, having formerly held executive roles at Boeing and Visteon in addition to Northrop, Vector said Monday. As a […] More
NASA will help mature six space technologies through the agency’s Flight Opportunities program that will facilitate low-gravity simulation tests onboard aircraft and suborbital rockets. The space agency said Thursday it will award funds to cover the integration and flight, and limited payload development costs for the selected demonstrations that will validate the technology’s feasibility to reduce technical risks. […] More
Boeing has launched a parachute system of its crew capsule at Spaceport America‘s purpose-built commercial spaceport in New Mexico to verify the inflation characteristics and landing system performance of the platform during touchdown. Spaceport America said Friday the CST-100 Starliner Parachute System Test Launch utilized a giant helium-filled balloon that carried a flight-sized boilerplate spacecraft 40,000 feet above the San Andres Mountains and […] More
Blue Origin has received a spot on NASA‘s contract for suborbital reusable launch vehicle flight and payload integration services with a maximum combined value of $45 million. NASA said Friday Blue Origin will work to integrate payloads into its New Shepard suborbital rocket and fly the spacecraft near the boundary of space as part of NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program. […] More
Airbus’ defense and space business has teamed up with satellite Internet provider OneWeb to launch a new joint venture that will work to develop a constellation of 900 satellites designed to provide Internet communications services worldwide. Brian Holz, vice president of space systems at OneWeb, will serve as CEO of OneWeb Satellites joint venture, Airbus said […] More
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