Archive: Space

Accion Systems' Tiled Ionic Liquid Electrospray 500 thruster. Photo: Accion Systems

Boeing HorizonX Invests In Satellite Propulsion Developer Accion Systems

Boeing [BA] on Wednesday said its venture unit HorizonX has invested in Accion Systems, a startup that is developing tiny thrusters for satellite propulsion. Boeing said that Massachusetts-based Accion’s Tiled Ionic Liquid Electrospray in-space propulsion system offers is smaller, lighter and more cost-effective than traditional ion engines. It also said the postage stamp-size thrusters are […]

The space-based infrared system GEO-5 satellite (Photo: Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin Selects Potential Payload Providers for Next-Gen Missile Warning System

Lockheed Martin [LMT] has down-selected Raytheon [RTN] and a Northrop Grumman [NOC]-Ball Aerospace [BLL] team to compete to provide the mission payload for the Air Force’s next-generation missile warning satellite system, the company said Oct. 4. This competition will be part of the Phase 1 contract for the next-generation overhead persistent infrared (OPIR) Block O […]

Blue Origin's BE-4 engine (Photo: Blue Origin)

Blue Origin Engine Will Fuel ULA’s Vulcan Centaur Rocket

United Launch Alliance (ULA) has selected Blue Origin’s BE-4 engine to power its Vulcan Centaur rocket, the alliance said Thursday. The alliance, which is a joint venture between Lockheed Martin [LMT] Space Systems and Boeing [BA] Defense, Space and Security and produces the Delta IV and Atlas V launch systems, said the engine will fuel […]

The International Space Station (Photo: NASA)

NASA Leader Pushing to Commercialize Low Earth Orbit

NASA must look for ways to commercialize activity in low Earth orbit so that it can focus on getting humans back on the moon and onto Mars, Jim Bridenstine, NASA’s administrator, said Monday. Speaking at a Washington Space Business Roundtable lunch even in Washington, D.C., Bridenstine said he is looking for space industry partners, non-traditional […]

Jeff Bezos, Amazon chief executive officer, speaks with retired Gen. Larry Spencer, Air Force Association president, during AFA's Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Md., Sept. 19, 2018. ASC18 is a professional development conference that offers an opportunity for Department of Defense personnel to participate in forums, seminars, speeches and workshops. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Anthony Nelson Jr.)

Blue Origin to Invest $1 Billion in New Glenn Rocket in 2019

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Blue Origin is planning to invest $1 billion in its forthcoming New Glenn orbital launch vehicle, as the company works to develop more reusable and affordable space launch capabilities, founder Jeff Bezos said Wednesday. Speaking during the final keynote at the Air Force Association’s annual Air, Space and Cyber event here, […]

Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan speaks Sept. 19 at the Air Force Association's annual Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo: Defense Department

Shanahan Highlights Space Force, Hypersonics in Next DoD Budget

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — As Congress appears poised to pass the fiscal year 2019 (FY‘19) defense appropriations budget before the end of the fiscal year for the first time in over a decade, the Department of Defense’s (DoD) deputy secretary is looking at the next year’s budget request to shape the next half-century of military […]

The first GPS III satellite in transport to Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photo: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin Leading Next Generation of Air Force Space Programs

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Lockheed Martin [LMT] is poised to produce the Air Force’s major satellite capabilities over the next decade, but company and service officials deny that there may be a growing dearth of competition for future space programs. The service last Friday announced that Lockheed Martin was chosen to develop the service’s next-generation […]