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Double success for SpaceX; preps Intelsat launch

SpaceX launched four NASA astronauts to the international space station on October 5th from Cape Canaveral. A few hours later, from the Vandenberg Space Force base in California, another Falcon 9 rocket lofted 52 Starlink satellites into orbit. Both rocket boosters made pinpoint landings on their floating barges a few minutes after launch. The Starlink […]

October 6, 2022By Chris Forrester

Study: Electric propulsion for satellites set for growth

More and more satellite operators are using electric propulsion for their orbit raising and keeping the craft on station. The market, according to a study from Reportlinker, is set to be worth more than $1 billion by 2032. The report, titled Satellite Electric Propulsion Market – A Global and Regional Analysis, says today’s value of […]

September 20, 2022By Chris Forrester

FCC gets tough with LEO operators

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has published proposed tough draft obligations on current and future operators of low Earth orbiting (LEO) satellites. The FCC has issued its draft order requiring LEO operators to safely deorbit their satellites within five years of their mission ending. This order, if adopted, would be a dramatic new requirement. The […]

September 13, 2022

Intense launch schedule for SpaceX

SpaceX rocket engineers and technicians are gearing up for an intense period of launches for its Starlink broadband-by-satellite programme. The five planned launches from July 7th to July 14th will likely carry at least 200 satellites into orbit. Additionally, SpaceX has some commercial obligations to fulfil including a NASA flight (Dragon CRS-2 around July 15th) […]

July 5, 2022

SES wins NASA contract

SES Government Solution (SES GS) division has secured a valuable NASA contract. The new NASA business comes in partnership with Planet Labs PBC (Planet), and has been awarded in the form of a Funded Space Act Agreement from NASA’s Communications Services Project (CSP) to support the development and demonstration of near-Earth communication services in support […]

May 10, 2022By Chris Forrester

Telesat wins NASA space-to-space contract

Telesat Government Solutions, a US-incorporated, wholly owned subsidiary of Canada-based Telesat, has announced a $30.65 million NASA contract to develop and demonstrate RF and Optically linked space-to-space high data rate connectivity. Since NASA plans to decommission its owned and operated Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) system in the coming years, the agency’s Consumer Services […]

May 5, 2022By Chris Forrester

BBC Factual announces new science programmes

BBC Factual has announced three brand new science programmes: Seven Days on Mars, fronted by Professor Brian Cox; Secrets of Size presented by Professor Jim Al-Khalili and an Horizon Special on the James Webb Telescope. Tom Coveney, BBC Commissioning Editor, Science, says: “The scientists exploring space and the workings of our universe are doing some […]

April 29, 2022

Inmarsat wins NASA contract

NASA has selected London-based satellite operator Inmarsat as a delivery partner for its Communications Services Project (CSP). Under the Funded Space Act Agreement (FSAA), NASA will partner with Inmarsat to develop and demonstrate the feasibility of providing commercial satellite communications (satcom) capabilities as a service for future spacecraft users in near-Earth orbit. Inmarsat’s government division […]

April 22, 2022By Chris Forrester

SpinLaunch gets NASA task

SpinLaunch is a technology business that uses a massive centrifugal mass accelerator to launch payloads into space. Based in Long Beach, California, it has signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA. “Through the partnership, we’ll fly a NASA payload on our Suborbital Accelerator to collect the necessary data to enable potential future commercial launch opportunities,” […]

April 7, 2022

SpaceX targets 60 launches in 2022

Elon Musk has confirmed that SpaceX is targeting 60 launches during 2022 for its Falcon 9 rocket. Besides its own Starlink launches, the SpaceX client list includes NASA flights and various scientific missions as well as new obligations this coming winter from OneWeb which has abandoned planned launches by Russia. Musk, in a tweet, added […]

March 31, 2022By Chris Forrester