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Spaceflight Industries says sale of rideshare business a “win-win” for all...

WASHINGTON — Spaceflight Industries’ decision to sell its rideshare launch services company, Spaceflight, to two Japanese firms will benefit both Spaceflight and its parent...

Spaceflight Industries to sell rideshare business to Japanese firms

WASHINGTON — Spaceflight Industries announced Feb. 11 it will sell its smallsat rideshare launch business to a pair of Japanese companies, allowing it to...

National Reconnaissance Office awards imagery contracts to Capella Space, HawkEye 360

Pete Muend, director of the NRO Commercial Systems Program Office, said the goal is to understand the capabilities of a variety of commercial vendors. WASHINGTON...

How the Seattle area became a hotspot for satellite builders —...

SpaceX employees in Redmond, Wash., give a cheer during the countdown to a Falcon 9 rocket launch that put dozens of Redmond-built SpaceX Starlink...

Spaceflight Industries is raising more cash as satellite deals heat up...

One of Spaceflight Industries’ most notable projects was the launch of 64 satellites aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in December 2018. (SpaceX Photo)Seattle-based...

Isotropic, Avanti test antenna • Atlas Space to link Aevum launches • Globalstar,...

To receive FIRST UP Satcom, a weekly SpaceNews newsletter for satellite and telecom professionals, sign up here. TOP STORIES Isotropic Systems has completed two-way communications tests of its...

BlackSky secures $50 million financing from Intelsat

The senior secured loan will help fund BlackSky’s infrastructure and product development. WASHINGTON — Geospatial data provider BlackSky announced Nov. 12 it has secured a...

NRO awards imagery subscription contract to Planet

SAN FRANCISCO – The National Reconnaissance Office announced the award Oct. 15 of a commercial imagery contract of undisclosed value to Planet Labs Federal,...

Is there a commercial market for Keyhole-class imagery like Trump tweeted?

What if a company could sell the type of high-resolution imagery President Trump tweeted showing a heavily damaged Iranian launchpad? Would there be a...

Maxar weaving components into new business ventures

Since Jan. 1, Maxar Technologies has revamped operations, installed new leadership and incorporated in the United States. Now, the company is exploring the intersections...

NRO awards first commercial contract for hyperspectral imaging from space

NRO official Pete Muend: "HySpecIQ is developing interesting new hyperspectral imaging capabilities that have the potential to contribute to our current and future overhead...

SpaceX wants to rearrange its Starlink satellites for faster broadband ramp-up

An artist’s conception shows the deployment of SpaceX’s Starlink satellites. (SpaceX Illustration)SpaceX is seeking approval from the Federal Communications Commission for changes in the...

Water propulsion technologies picking up steam

This article originally appeared in the Aug. 19, 2019 issue of SpaceNews magazine. When the Aerospace Corp. launched the Optical Communications and Sensor Demonstration in...

Rocket Lab Electron launches four smallsats

Updated 9:15 a.m. Eastern after payload deployment. WASHINGTON — Rocket Lab launched four small satellites Aug. 19 on a mission that also brings the company...

Spaceflight purchases first commercial flight of new Indian small launcher

Updated 11:20 a.m. Eastern. LOGAN, Utah — Spaceflight announced Aug. 6 that it will purchase the first commercial launch a new Indian vehicle scheduled to...

LeoLabs unveils commercial satellite tracking service for small satellites

LOGAN, UTAH – LeoLabs, a space situational awareness company, unveiled a small satellite tracking service called LeoTrack Aug. 5 at the Small Satellite Conference...

Rocket Lab hits engine production milestone as next Electron launch approaches

WASHINGTON — Rocket Lab passed a milestone in the production of its Electron rocket as the company gears up for its next launch and...

Rocket Lab launches satellites for Spaceflight

WASHINGTON — A Rocket Lab Electron rocket launched an Earth imaging satellite and several smaller satellites on a mission for rideshare services company Spaceflight...

Small launch vehicle companies seek improvements in government contracting

WASHINGTON — As Rocket Lab prepares the next launch of its Electron rocket, it and other small launch vehicle developers say the U.S. government...

Satellite imagery startups to challenge Maxar for big government contracts

The NRO is ready to start buying products from new vendors and move beyond the single-supplier arrangement with Maxar Technologies. SAN ANTONIO — The talk...

NRO shares plans for commercial imagery acquisition

SAN ANTONIO – On the first day of the 2019 GEOINT Symposium here, the National Reconnaissance Office announced three contracts, whetting everyone’s appetite for...

NRO awards study contracts to BlackSky, Maxar and Planet

SAN ANTONIO — The National Reconnaissance Office awarded commercial imagery study contracts to BlackSky Global, Maxar Technologies and Planet, Troy Meink, who leads NRO’s...

Bahrain's first coronavirus case detected – BNA

DUBAI (Reuters) - The first case of the new coronavirus was detected in Bahrain, the state news agency said on Monday, citing the health...
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