Archive: Space

The Air Force's X-37B unmanned spaceplane (Photo courtesy of Air Force)

Air Force’s X-37B Spaceplane Might Fly Again In September

The next launch of the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B unmanned reusable spaceplane will occur “no earlier than September,” launch vehicle provider SpaceX said Aug. 14. The Air Force had previously indicated that the launch would occur “no earlier than August,” but it cautioned that the launch date was “still in the process of being manifested […]

SpaceX launched its 12th resupply mission to the International Space Station from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 12:31 p.m. EDT on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. Photo: NASA.

SpaceX Launches 12th Resupply Aircraft to ISS, Completes Successful Rocket Relanding

SpaceX successfully completed the re-landing of another rocket following the launch of its twelfth International Space Station (ISS) resupply aircraft on Monday from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The Falcon 9 rocket launched at 12:31 p.m. Monday lifting off with a SpaceX Dragon resupply spacecraft carrying 6,400 pounds of equipment and supplies for research projects that […]

An artist's illustration of an Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) communications satellite. Image: Air Force.

Air Force Delays Launching AEHF, SBIRS Satellites

The Air Force is pushing back the launches of two Lockheed Martin [LMT]-built satellites that were supposed to lift off this fall. Each spacecraft – the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-4) protected-communications satellite and the fourth Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) geosynchronous Earth orbit (GEO Flight-4) missile-warning satellite – is slated to ride on a […]

NOAA's first Joint Polar Satellite System satellite (JPSS-1). Photo: Ball Aerospace.

Launch Of JPSS-1 Satellite Slips Three Weeks

The launch of the first Joint Polar System Satellite (JPSS-1) has been delayed three weeks, from Sept. 21 to Oct. 12, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). “The date change gives engineers additional time to test a certain type of capacitor, a device that stores an electric charge, used on the spacecraft,” […]

The second GPS III satellite has been assembled. (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin)

Harris To Deliver Navigation Payload For Fourth GPS III Satellite In Fall

Harris Corp. [HRS] said Aug. 9 that it expects to deliver the fourth of 10 navigation payloads for the U.S. Air Force’s Global Positioning System (GPS) III satellites this fall. The first two payloads have already been integrated into the first two GPS III satellites, and the third payload is undergoing that process now. Lockheed Martin […]

WGS Block 2 spacecraft integration. Photo: Boeing.

Australia Looks To Boost Role In Space

The Australian government has tapped a group of experts to study how the nation’s space industry could grab a greater share of the global market. The nine-person group, led by Megan Clark, former chief executive of an Australian scientific research agency, began its review in July and is scheduled to finish it in March. “The […]

An artist's rendering of Restore-L. (Photo courtesy of NASA)

NASA’s Satellite Servicing Program Passes Preliminary Design Review

NASA’s Restore-L program, which aims to demonstrate the ability to robotically service satellites in space, has completed its preliminary design review (PDR), according to Space Systems Loral (SSL), which is building the mission’s spacecraft bus. The three-day review, which took place in late July at SSL facilities in Palo Alto, Calif., concluded that the Restore-L […]

Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command. Photo: U.S. Air Force.

Hyten Argues For Faster Development, More Risk Tolerance

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The commander of U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) said the American defense establishment has to move faster under the threat of being outpaced by its adversaries, particularly in the space and missile defense realms. The U.S. is currently being outpaced by its adversaries in defense matters because in recent decades the country has […]

Landsat-9 Satellite Passes Preliminary Design Review

Landsat-9, an Earth-imaging satellite that Orbital ATK [OA] is building for NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey, has undergone its preliminary design review, the company announced Aug. 8. The review, which took place July 18 to 20 at an Orbital ATK plant in Gilbert, Ariz., demonstrated that the satellite meets all system and schedule requirements, […]