Archive: Space

Artist's illustration of Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser connected to ISS. Photo: Sierra Nevada.

Sierra Nevada Taps ULA To Launch Dream Chaser To Space Station

Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) announced July 19 that it has picked the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas 5 rocket to launch the Dream Chaser spaceplane’s first two cargo resupply missions to the International Space Station. “SNC recognizes the proven reliability of the Atlas 5 rocket, and its availability and schedule performance makes it the right choice for […]

Artist's illustration of DARPA's proposed RSGS satellite. Photo: DARPA.

Orbital ATK Loses Bid To Block DARPA Satellite Servicing Program

A federal judge has told the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) that it can proceed with developing a satellite-servicing spacecraft, rebuffing Orbital ATK [OA], which charged that the government program unfairly backs a competitor. Orbital ATK, which is developing its own satellite servicer, argued in a lawsuit filed in February that the DARPA program, which […]

Earth imagery from DigitalGlobe satellite. Image: DigitalGlobe

MDA, DigitalGlobe Re-file Merger Plans With CFIUS

Canada’s MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) and DigitalGlobe, Inc. [DGI], which is being acquired by MDA, on Wednesday, said they have withdrawn and re-filed their voluntary notice to a United States committee that reviews proposed mergers for national security implications. The companies expect the acquisition to close during the third quarter of 2017. Shareholders of […]

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee June 13. (DoD photo)

Secretary Mattis Urges Congress To Nix Proposed Space Corps

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is urging Congress to reject a House proposal to set up a space corps in the Air Force Department, saying that the provision in the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill could harm the Defense Department’s ability to coordinate its space activities. “At a time when we are trying to integrate […]

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

Pence Says Space Council Will Promote Human Spaceflight, National Security

Vice President Mike Pence touted the newly revived National Space Council during a July 6 visit to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, saying the group will help reenergize  U.S. space efforts. For “nearly 25 years, our government’s commitment seems to have not matched the spirit of the American people,” Pence asserted in a speech. […]

Robert Lightfoot, NASA's acting administrator (Photo by NASA)

NASA Defends Plan To End Role In DSCOVR Satellite

Acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot last week defended his agency’s proposal to end its participation in the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), saying that 20 other spacecraft on orbit provide the same or better information. “We’d rather put our research and analysis efforts around those spacecraft instead of DSCOVR,” Lightfoot testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s […]

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

Senators Question Nixing Of NASA’s Satellite Servicing Mission

Three members of the Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) have expressed skepticism over NASA’s decision to scrap its Restore-L satellite-servicing mission. Restore-L was slated to launch in 2020 to refuel the U.S. Geological Survey’s Landsat-7 Earth-imaging satellite. In December, NASA awarded a $127 million contract to Space Systems Loral (SSL) of Palo Alto, Calif., to build […]

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

HASC Votes To Keep Proposal For New Space Corps

The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) has rejected an attempt to derail its proposal to create a space corps in the Air Force Department. During a late-night debate June 28 on its fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill, the committee defeated, by voice vote, an amendment by Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) that would have replaced the […]

Terran Orbital nanosatellite. Photo: Terran Orbital

Lockheed Martin Invests In Nanosatellite Firm

Lockheed Martin [LMT] on Thursday said its venture unit has made an equity investment in Terran Orbital, expanding its access to a technology innovator in the area of nanosatellites for customers in the commercial and government sectors. Terms of the investment, which includes cash and in-kind investments for an equity stake in Terran, were not […]

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

Lockheed Martin Finishes Building Second GPS III Satellite

Lockheed Martin [LMT] has finished assembling the second Global Positioning System (GPS) III satellite for the U.S. Air Force and plans to begin environmental testing of the navigation spacecraft this summer, the company announced June 26. The testing, which will take place at a company plant near Denver, is designed to ensure the satellite can […]