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Xtar sells satellite to Hisdesat, shifts to lease agreement

WASHINGTON — Xtar, a company that provides satellite communications services to the U.S. government, has sold its only satellite to Hisdesat, one of its...

Ariane 5 launch on July 28 • Teledyne logs OneWeb revenue...

To receive FIRST UP Satcom, a weekly SpaceNews newsletter for satellite and telecom professionals, sign up here. TOP STORIES Arianespace’s first launch since the pandemic began is scheduled...

Northrop Grumman delivers a new solid booster for ULA’s Atlas 5

The GEM 63 rocket motors were developed under a cooperative agreement with ULA. WASHINGTON — Northrop Grumman announced July 21 it has delivered three custom...

British military finalizes Skynet-6A contract with Airbus

WASHINGTON — Britain’s military on July 19 agreed to fully fund a gap-filler Skynet satellite it sole-sourced from Airbus Defence and Space three years...

NASA delays launch of Hubble successor James Webb Telescope

NASA delays launch of James Webb Telescope AGAIN pushing the Hubble successor's...

NASA delays JWST launch by seven months

WASHINGTON — NASA announced July 16 that it is delaying the launch of its largest-ever space observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope, by seven...

SLS static-fire test expected in October

WASHINGTON — NASA and Boeing are on track to perform a major static-fire test of the core stage of the Space Launch System in...

Turn Your Relationship Into a Work of Art

As the coronavirus pandemic upended wedding plans and industry jobs, many couples rescheduled their engagement photo shoots in order to adhere to social distancing...

Northrop Grumman Minotaur 4 launches NRO mission, its first from Virginia...

This was the NRO’s 54th launch since 1996 and its first launch on a Minotaur 4. WASHINGTON — A Northrop Grumman Minotaur 4 solid propellant...

NASA 'destroys' oxygen tank of SLS in incredible test video

NASA has shared an amazing video showing a 70ft oxygen tank that will form part of the rocket designed to fly to the Moon...

L3Harris developing a constellation of small spy satellites for U.S. Air...

The classified “responsive space” program moved from contract to deployment in two years. WASHINGTON — L3Harris Technologies has launched the first satellite of a remote...

The long countdown to commercial crew’s liftoff

How a 2005 call for ‘skin in the game’ started a 15-year countdown to the first human orbital spaceflight from U.S. soil since 2011 Success,...

Commercial launch industry off to slow start in 2020

WASHINGTON — The first half of 2020 has been sluggish for the commercial launch industry, but its problems can’t be explained solely by the...

NASA will fund six more Artemis missions as it plans return...

NASA has started preparing for the possibility of launching six more Artemis missions on top of the three it has already confirmed. The space...

Smith encouraged by Senate NDAA proposal to increase funding for space...

HASC Chairman Adam Smith: . “I want to make sure there’s competition.” WASHINGTON — House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) said Congress in...

NASA continues efforts to set up long-term SLS production

WASHINGTON — NASA has taken another step in its efforts to establish a long-term production line for the Space Launch System, although it remains...

Northrop Grumman receives $222 million contract to update aging missile-warning satellites

The contract would keep the Defense Support Program early-warning satellites in service until 2030. WASHINGTON — Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $222.5 million contract...

HASC Chairman adds $150 million in NDAA for space launch technology...

The $150 million addition is for investments focused on the National Security Space Launch Phase 3 competition. WASHINGTON — The House Armed Services Committee next...

Relativity makes deals with Vandenberg AFB and Iridium for California launches

An artist’s conception shows Relativity Space’s Terran 1 rocket lifting off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. (Relativity Space Illustration)Relativity Space, a startup...

Eutelsat to order single replacement C-band satellite for FCC spectrum clearing

WASHINGTON — Fleet operator Eutelsat Communications will need one new satellite to continue to offer C-band communications services in the United States after the...

Astranis prototype completes testing  • Viasat kicks off debt raise •...

To receive FIRST UP Satcom, a weekly SpaceNews newsletter for satellite and telecom professionals, sign up here. TOP STORIES Viasat, still feeling the effects of the coronavirus pandemic,...

Senator criticizes FCC’s $9.7 billion C-band incentive payment program

WASHINGTON — A key U.S. senator who stymied Intelsat and SES’s proposal last year to privately auction a swath of public airwaves to 5G...