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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

ESA chooses Leicester for new incubation effort

The European Space Agency (ESA) has chosen to build a £100 million space-tech incubation centre in Leicester, UK. The ESA is not part of the European Union Space Park Leicester is an extension of ESA’s existing Business Incubation thrust for R&D.  It joins Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire, Sci-Tech Daresbury in the North West and the […]

June 30, 2020By Chris Forrester

Delays for SpaceX’s Starlink

First it was bad weather at the Cape which slipped the June 23rd launch to June 25th, then June 26th, but then the Falcon 9 rocket with a cargo of 57 Starlink satellites – plus a few guest craft – was postponed again just 2 hours before the planned launch – even though the weather […]

June 29, 2020By Chris Forrester

US satellite builders prepare for sales bonanza

The US satellite industry is about to get a few billions-worth of order for new craft. The new satellites will provide the fresh bandwidth to replace the C-band frequencies being given up as a result of the FCC’s push for 5G adoption in the US. Maxar Technologies has already said it has received a “multi-satellite” […]

June 12, 2020