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NASA has partnered with Deployable Space Systems and Space Systems Loral to develop solar cell structures designed to power government space vehicles or commercial communications satellites. Roll Out Solar Array will work to convert the sun’s rays into energy that could drive ion thrusters of solar electric propulsion spacecraft for NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission and other deep-space exploration programs, the agency said […] More
Orbital ATK aims to build a rocket technology offering for the U.S. Air Force as part of the company’s push into the national security satellite market, Reuters reported Tuesday. Irene Klotz writes John Steinmeyer, director of business development at Orbital ATK, said at the Space Congress held Tuesday in Florida the company would base its “Next Generation Launcher” on solid-rocket […] More
Doha, Qatar-based satellite operator Es’hailSat has chosen Harris subsidiary Harris CapRock Communications to build a very small-aperture terminal hub to support the Qatari company’s government and corporate clients. Steve Brannan, a senior project manager at Harris CapRock, said Wednesday the business worked with multiple vendors to develop and install an “advanced” VSAT network for Es’hailSat under a tight deadline. Harris CapRock obtained a government license […] More
Orbital ATK has delivered the Thaicom 8 communications satellite that it built for Thaicom to Cape Canaveral, Florida, to prepare for a scheduled May launch. The Dulles, Virginia-headquartered company said Friday Thaicom 8 is based on its GEOStar-2TM platform and is designed to support Thailand’s broadcast industry and deliver broadcast and data services to clients across South Asia, Southeast Asia and Africa. […] More
Iridium Communications remains on schedule to launch the first 10 satellites of the Iridium NEXT constellation in July aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, Space News reported Friday. Peter de Selding writes the initial launch date may change by a few weeks based on SpaceX’s availability and will be followed by six sets of 10 satellites that are expected to […] More
NASA will test a Bigelow Aerospace-developed human-rated expandable habitat to collect data for deep space habitat designs after the structure is installed on the International Space Station. The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module will be attached to the space station’s Tranquility node using the Canadarm2 robotic arm on April 16 during an estimated four-hour attachment period, NASA said […] More
NASA has completed a series of environmental and functional tests on software and systems in a Ball Aerospace & Technologies-built spacecraft designed to demonstrate a green propellant alternative to hydrazine. The space agency plans to launch in 2017 the Ball Configurable Platform-100 small satellite in an effort to carry and demonstrate the AF-M315E fuel as part […] More
Iridium Communications has delayed the launch of its 66-satellite Iridium NEXT constellation from April to July after the launch provider notified of delays in obtaining government approvals for the launches, Iridium CEO Matt Desch told investors Thursday. SpaceX will launch 10 Iridium NEXT satellites in December on its Falcon 9 rocket and joint Russian-Ukrainian spaceflight company Kosmotros will subsequently launch two […] More
Boeing has built devices that NASA intends to use to prepare four astronauts for a planned 2017 manned flight test of the company-built CST-100 Starliner spacecraft. The company said Thursday it offered astronauts Bob Behnken and Eric Boe a trial run of training equipment designed for management of CST-100 switches and display panels. “We have been learning about the spacecraft displays through […] More
Boeing has received its second task order from NASA to transport crews and their cargo to the International Space Station under the company’s potential $4.2 billion Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract. The company secured the order after it completed internal design assessments and interim developmental milestones for its CST-100 Starliner space capsule, United Launch Alliance-built Atlas V […] More
The International Space Station captured an Orbital ATK-built spacecraft at 6:19 a.m. Eastern time to start a 50-day berthing period for astronauts on the ISS to carry out scientific studies with cargo and other research supplies delivered by the company’s Cyngus ship. NASA said Wednesday astronaut Kjell Lindgren used the space station’s robotic arm to take in Cyngus and the spacecraft […] More
William LaPlante, assistant secretary for acquisition of the U.S. Air Force, has said the U.S. could face difficulties in its efforts to simultaneously maintain access to space, advance competition in space launches and cease dependence on Russian-built rocket engines, Reuters reported Tuesday. “I don’t think you can get all three in the next four or […] More
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