Archive: Space

Artist's illustration of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) heavy lift launch vehicle concept. Photo: NASA.

Pence Calls Moon ‘Stepping Stone’ to Mars

The Trump administration plans to send astronauts to the Moon to lay groundwork for manned missions to Mars and other deep-space destinations, Vice President Mike Pence said Oct. 5. “We will return American astronauts to the Moon, not only to leave behind footprints and flags, but to build the foundation we need to send Americans […]

Rep. Ami Bera (D-Calif.)

Satellite Traffic In Low Earth Orbit Needs Rules, Lawmaker Says

With low Earth orbit (LEO) becoming increasingly crowded with U.S. and foreign satellites, there is a growing need to craft operating rules to prevent collisions, a key congressman said Oct. 2. Policymakers are discussing LEO satellites “but we’re not talking about it fast enough,” said Rep. Ami Bera (D-Calif.), ranking member of the House Science, […]

SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk speaks during an April 25, 2014, press conference in Washington. Photo: SpaceX.

SpaceX Kickstarts Work On New Mars Rocket

SpaceX has begun “serious development” of a new rocket that it plans to use to start colonizing Mars in the 2020s, company founder Elon Musk announced Sept. 29. SpaceX has already ordered tooling and started erecting a facility to assemble the rocket, Musk said at the 68th International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia. The company has […]

Artist's illustration of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS). Photo: NASA.

National Space Council Nears First Meeting, Pence Says

The newly revived National Space Council plans to hold its first meeting “in just a few short weeks” in Washington, D.C., Vice President Mike Pence said late Sept. 25. Pence, the council’s chairman, made his comment while touring NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., to get an update on agency efforts to send […]

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Australia To Create Space Agency

Australia’s government has decided to form a national space agency to coordinate and lead the country’s space activities, which are scattered across many agencies. Michaelia Cash, Australia’s acting minister for industry, innovation and science, said Sept. 23 that the new agency will help the nation’s space companies grab a greater share of the global market. […]

Artist's illustration of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS). Photo: NASA.

Pence To Visit NASA’s Marshall Center

Vice President Mike Pence, President Donald Trump’s point man for space, was scheduled to visit NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., late Sept. 25 to receive an update on the agency’s efforts to send astronauts to deep space. Pence was expected to see an engine section test for the core stage of the […]

Artist’s illustration of the GPS IIF satellite. Photo: Boeing.

Air Force Aims To Make Routine Satellite Operations More Efficient

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The U.S. Air Force is looking for ways to make its routine satellite operations more efficient so that operators have more time to think creatively in contested space environments, according to a space official. Increasing the amount of automation and delegating activities to commercial providers are among the options the Air Force […]

Concept of Stratolaunch's carrier aircraft. Photo: Stratolaunch.

Stratolaunch Begins Engine Tests On Satellite-Launching Airplane

Stratolaunch Systems, which is developing an extra-large airplane to launch small satellites into space, has begun engine testing on the aircraft, the company announced Sept. 19. During the initial tests, the company started all six engines, first with auxiliary power, then with fuel. Made by Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. (UTX), the […]

Lockheed Martin's family of solutions—all now featuring common components—include four series of satellites from nanosatellites to powerful geostationary platforms. (PRNewsfoto/Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin Launches New Satellite Bus Family In Response To Customer Needs

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.–Responding to customer demands for more affordable, flexible and responsive products, Lockheed Martin [LMT] on Tuesday introduced a new family of satellite busses with hundreds of common features able to carry payloads weighing from 22 pounds to more than 5,000 pounds for commercial, civil and military missions. The company invested $300 million over […]

Northrop Grumman Chairman, President and CEO Wes Bush. Photo: Northrop Grumman

Bush Touts Improved Affordability, Enhanced Competitiveness As Drivers In Orbital ATK Deal

Northrop Grumman’s [NOC] proposed $7.8 billion acquisition of Orbital ATK [OA] will drive improved affordability for its customers, strengthen its competitiveness in a number of areas such as space and missile defense systems, and help spur innovation, Wes Bush, Northrop Grumman’s chairman, president and CEO, said Monday on an investor call. Bush said that the […]