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Buyers emerge for ULA

The United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint-venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin (L-M), is up for sale. The rocket builder now has potential bidders emerging. The three names currently being reported on include a private equity business, Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin rocket company and an unnamed aerospace firm which is said to be well-capitalised. The […]

November 16, 2023

Terran Orbital wins satellite order from Lockheed

Terran Orbital is holding its Town Hall meeting on October 26th but management will be strengthened by a new 36-craft order from Lockheed Martin (LM) for Terran’s satellite buses, the main structural component of a satellite. LM is a shareholder in Terran. The order comes because of LM contract with the US Space Development Agency […]

October 25, 2023By Chris Forrester

Lockheed Martin opens satellite factory

Lockheed Martin (LM) has opened a new 20,000 sq ft production facility in Denver, Colorado, to manufacture small to medium-sized satellites. The company says it is targeting producing up to 180 satellites annually. LM has a long record of producing larger satellites. The new facility has six production lines with the first client lined up […]

August 8, 2023By Chris Forrester

Lockheed Martin wants UK satellite factory

US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin is looking to build a UK satellite factory. The news emerged at an event organised with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) and RTC North to “provide an opportunity for over 100 attendees from suppliers across the North East to fulfil their potential in delivering defence capabilities and contribute to […]

February 17, 2023By Chris Forrester

Aerojet wins 116-rocket engines order

Aerojet Rocketdyne has won an order from the United Launch Alliance (ULA) for the delivery of 116 RL10C-X rocket engines that will be used in the giant Vulcan Centaur rocket. Aerojet Rocketdyne says the order is a direct result of the deal between ULA and Amazon “as part of the largest commercial launch contract in […]

April 13, 2022

Eutelsat 80A goes to graveyard orbit

Eutelsat’s 80A satellite has reached its end-of-life having more than exceeded its minimum design life of 12-years of operation. Eutelsat 80A was launched from Florida in May 2000. It was also called Eutelsat W4 and has thus completed well over 20 years service. Various technical data suggests that the satellite was being raised by about […]

November 5, 2021By Chris Forrester

Musk “figuring out” India Starlink

Elon Musk says his team are busy “figuring out the regulatory approval process” for launching the Starlink broadband service over India. Musk was asked the question on Twitter as to when his service might start in India, and responded a few hours later. India could well be extra important in Starlink’s ambitions given that Bharti-backed […]

September 8, 2021

Lockheed Martin to enter space rescue mission business

Lockheed Martin is building a couple of small cube-sats as demonstration space-craft for its new LINUSS system (Lockheed Martin In-Space Upgrade Satellite System). The concept is designed show how even smallish satellites can help upgrade satellites and even provide in-orbit refuelling and rescue tasks. The initial concept is that LINUSS satellites will aid next-generation GPS […]

August 13, 2021By Chris Forrester

Scottish battle over rocket launch decision

Frank Strang, CEO at the Shetland Space Centre at Unst has complained about a decision from Historic Environment Scotland (HES) over a negative decision to permit development at Shetland for the launching of small rockets. He said that HES had done nothing to preserve the remote site for the past 50 years, and in that […]

April 1, 2021

Lockheed-Martin picks Shetland Space Centre

Aerospace giant Lockheed Martin is to relocate its UK small satellite launch operations centre from Space Hub Sutherland to Shetland Space Centre. The move, say officials, could support a total of 605 jobs including 140 local positions and 210 across the wider Shetland region. An additional 150 jobs will be created from the wider manufacturing […]

October 23, 2020By Chris Forrester