Archive: Space

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launches June 28, 2015, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Photo: NASA.

SpaceX Aims To Launch Secretive Zuma Spacecraft This Week

The U.S. government’s mysterious Zuma spacecraft, whose launch was postponed from November, is now slated to lift off Jan. 5, according to SpaceX. The Falcon 9 rocket that will carry Zuma to low Earth orbit underwent a propellant loading test Jan. 3 on its launch pad at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, SpaceX tweeted. […]

Artist rendering of Coast Guard cubesat.

Coast Guard Planning Launch Of First Satellites

The Coast Guard in 2018, with the help of other government partners, is planning to launch its first ever satellites, which will be used to demonstrate the use of the platforms for search and rescue mission in the Arctic region. One of the Coast Guard’s partners, the Science and Technology branch of the Department of […]

Artist's rendering of a GPS III satellite. Image: Lockheed Martin.

New GPS Receiver Cards To Exceed DoD Cost Estimate By Billions, GAO Says

Installing new Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver cards on more than 700 different weapons systems will cost billions of dollars more than the Department of Defense’s estimate of $2.5 billion through fiscal year 2021, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). DoD’s estimate reflects the existence of full or partial funding […]


Air Force Eyes Autonomous Flight Safety For All Space Launches

The U.S. Air Force says it plans to implement an autonomous flight safety system (AFSS) for all of its space launches in the next five years to make its operations more efficient. During traditional Air Force launches, a flight termination system uses various sensors, including telemetry, radars, optics and command destruct antennas, to allow operators […]

President Donald Trump. Photo: White House.

Trump Tells NASA To Return Humans To The Moon

President Donald Trump signed a directive Dec. 11 instructing NASA to send American astronauts to the Moon for the first time since the Apollo 17 mission 45 years ago. At a White House signing ceremony for Space Policy Directive-1, Trump said that “long-term exploration and use” of the Moon will restore U.S. leadership in space […]

The sunshield for the James Webb Space Telescope. (Photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman)

Webb Telescope’s Launch Slips To 2019

The launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, which was scheduled for October 2018, will be delayed five to eight months because integration and testing are taking longer than expected, a NASA official said Dec. 6. The liftoff of the $8.8 billion, Northrop Grumman [NOC]-built observatory is now expected to occur sometime between March and June […]

Lockheed Martin employees encapsulate the Air Force's SBIRS GEO 3 satellite before its launch. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

New Missile-Warning Satellites Must Be Easier To Defend Than Current Ones, General Says

The U.S. Air Force should make its next generation of missile-warning satellites easier to defend than the existing spacecraft due to growing threats from potential enemies, according to the head of U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM). The current Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) missile-warning satellites “are not easy to defend, and that is a significant problem […]

The International Space Station. Photo: NASA

NASA Finalizing Plan To Promote Commercial Human Spaceflight In Low Earth Orbit

NASA is putting the finishing touches on a congressionally mandated plan to increase commercial human activity on the International Space Station (ISS) and other potential low-Earth-orbit platforms, an agency official said Nov. 29. The plan, which is due to Congress Dec. 1, is required by the NASA transition authorization act of 2017, which President Donald […]

Technicians work on the the U.S. Air Force’s third GPS III satellite. (Credit: Lockheed Martin)

Air Force Nears Final RFP For GPS III Follow-On Production

The final request for proposals for building the next batch of Global Positioning System (GPS) III satellites will be released on or near Dec. 7, the U.S. Air Force announced last week. The Air Force had previously indicated that it would issue the final RFP for “follow-on production” sometime in the current quarter. The service […]

A Delta 2 rocket lifts off with the JPSS-1 satellite. (Credit: NASA)

NASA, NOAA Launch JPSS-1 Weather Satellite On ULA Rocket

NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have launched the first of four Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) satellites, which are designed to provide more accurate weather forecasts than existing polar-orbiting satellites. JPSS-1 lifted off on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta 2 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 1:47 […]