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Virgin Orbit nearing first launch

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Virgin Orbit says it is weeks away from the first orbital launch of its LauncherOne rocket as the company makes...

Boeing drops out of DARPA Experimental Spaceplane program

WASHINGTON — Boeing has decided to no longer continue development of an experimental suborbital spaceplane for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the latest...

Satellite propulsion startup Dawn Aerospace developing small launch vehicle

WASHINGTON — A green propulsion startup with more than $1 million in sales says it is gaining traction in the smallsat market while funding...

Virgin Orbit plans orbital launch in early 2020

WASHINGTON — After falling short of plans to begin launches in 2019, Virgin Orbit now expects to perform its first orbital launch attempt in...

Air Force to schedule nine small launch missions in 2020

Small launch missions planned for 2020 include experimental satellites, a prototype rideshare and missile defense tests. WASHINGTON — The small launch division of the...

Spaceports seek ways to deal with public opposition

HOUSTON — Commercial spaceports say they need to become more proactive in dealing with public opposition to proposed launch sites through a combination of...

OneWeb’s first big deployment launch slips to January

WASHINGTON — OneWeb has delayed the beginning of its regular launch campaign by a month to allow more testing of its small broadband satellites.  “We...

U.K. government to fund spaceport improvements for Virgin Orbit

WASHINGTON — The U.K. Space Agency will provide $9.5 million for infrastructure at a British airport that seeks to host Virgin Orbit’s air-launch system. The...

Virgin Orbit to add extra rocket stage to LauncherOne for interplanetary...

WASHINGTON — Virgin Orbit, while preparing for the first flight of its LauncherOne smallsat rocket, is in the process of choosing an engine for...

Stealth startup lone remaining contender in DARPA responsive launch challenge

WASHINGTON — A three-way launch contest is now down to one unidentified company after two competitors backed out, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects...

ILS Proton launch delayed • Colombian, German teleport operators merge • Telespazio, Cloud...

To receive FIRST UP Satcom, a weekly SpaceNews newsletter for satellite and telecom professionals, sign up here. TOP STORIES The launch of two commercial spacecraft on a Proton...

Virgin Orbit moves closer to first launch

WASHINGTON — Virgin Orbit has shipped the LauncherOne rocket for its inaugural mission from the factory, setting up a launch attempt some time this...

Richard Branson headlines Air Force event, pitches Virgin Orbit’s capabilities for...

Branson: “Hopefully that will be a deterrent to an enemy state to not knock out satellites if America has a capability to replace them...

Smallsat launch services feel pricing pressure

PARIS — Companies that provide both dedicated and rideshare launch services for small satellites say that price remains a major factor for their customers,...

Brexit Britain will have THREE spaceports – find out where! Potential...

The UK is building three spaceports (Image: GETTY)Graham Peters Chair of UKspace, the trade association of the UK space industry, said: “Launch sites in...

Virgin Orbit offers vision of responsive smallsat constellation launch

LOGAN, Utah — As Virgin Orbit prepares to attempt its first orbital launch later this year, the company is offering a long-term vision of...

OneWeb disputes Virgin Orbit lawsuit, says LauncherOne is too expensive

WASHINGTON — Megaconstellation startup OneWeb asked a court to dismiss a June lawsuit by Virgin Orbit, claiming that it doesn’t accurately portray a 2015...

U.K. deepens space ties with U.S., announces investments in small satellites,...

The U.K. will invest $34 million in small satellites, will increase support for the Combined Space Operations Center. WASHINGTON — British Secretary of State for...

Virgin Orbit carries out successful LauncherOne drop test

WASHINGTON — Virgin Orbit performed a key test of its LauncherOne air launch system July 10, dropping an inert vehicle from its carrier aircraft...

Branson's Virgin Orbit moves closer to commercial satellite launch

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit on Wednesday released a rocket from the wing of a modified Boeing 747 jetliner in mid-air in...

Branson's Virgin Orbit completes key rocket test

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit on Wednesday released a rocket from the wing of a modified Boeing 747 jetliner in mid-air in...

Branson's Virgin Orbit to test key rocket Wednesday – source

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit on Wednesday plans to release a rocket from the wing of a modified Boeing 747 jetliner in...

Team news, previews and big weekend in Europe: football countdown – live!

1.01pm GMT13:01 Hello everyone. While we await words of wisdom from the eight Premier League managers not on holiday, here’s a fun activity to get...
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