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Japanese communications satellite and South Korean weather satellite launch on Ariane...

WASHINGTON — Arianespace completed its third launch of the year Feb. 18, sending a Japanese communications satellite and a South Korean weather satellite into...

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...

Astra unveils plans for frequent, low-cost launches

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — A small launch vehicle company emerged from stealth mode this week, but is still keeping many details about its plans...

Op-ed | SpaceX’s adaptation to market changes

Reusability efforts and Starlink are two sides of the same coin This article originally appeared in the Dec. 23, 2019 issue of SpaceNews magazine. SpaceX’s technical...

Rocket Lab turns attention to satellite efforts

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Small launch vehicle developer Rocket Lab plans to focus on its satellite program in 2020, offering a high-performance spacecraft bus...

Will Space Force oversight constrain SDA? Current and former bosses offer...

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – The current and former directors of the Pentagon’s Space Development Agency (SDA) have differing views of congressional direction to move...

Industry puzzled by NASA withdrawal of CLPS task order

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — NASA withdrew without explanation last week a task order for its commercial lunar lander services program, frustrating many of the...

Opportunities grow for smallsat rideshare launches

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — SpaceX disclosed new details about its small satellite rideshare efforts Feb. 5 as it, and other programs like it by...

Aurora to test deorbit tether on Momentus mission

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Finnish startup Aurora Propulsion Technologies signed a contract at the SmallSat Symposium to fly a deorbiting technology demonstration on a...

Government, industry officials share small satellite cybersecurity concerns

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Cybersecurity was a recurring theme at the SmallSat Symposium here. Defense and intelligence agencies are eager “to leverage the capabilities that...

Ariane 6 launch site gets ready • BulgariaSat-1 capacity sales at 15% •...

To receive FIRST UP Satcom, a weekly SpaceNews newsletter for satellite and telecom professionals, sign up here. TOP STORIES The Guiana Space Center is preparing for the first...

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...

Smallsat industry faces challenges to growth

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — While the smallsat industry continues to grow, experts warn that several blind spots could slow its growth in the near...

SMC wants to take “smart risks” with nontraditional partners

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – In 2020, the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) will expand its campaign to draw on the innovation...

Kinéis raises 100 million euros to build and launch 25 IoT...

WASHINGTON — French Internet of Things startup Kinéis has raised 100 million euros ($110.5 million) from private and public investors to fund a constellation...

Momentus announces customers for in-space shuttle service

Mountain View, Calif. – SteamJet Space Systems is the latest customer to sign up for Momentus’ Vigoride space transportation service. Momentus announced plans at the...

Exolaunch arranges rides for Spire cubesats on Indian rocket

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California – German launch services provider Exolaunch announced plans at the SmallSat Symposium to send four Spire Global cubesats into low inclination...

Accion Systems raises $11 million Series B for space propulsion

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Space propulsion startup Accion Systems has raised $11 million in a new round of funding designed to allow the company...

Rocket Lab kicks off busy year with NRO launch

WASHINGTON — Rocket Lab successfully launched a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office Jan. 30 in the first of up to a dozen...

GMV providing ground infrastructure for Space Norway satellites • AAC Clyde wins...

To receive FIRST UP Satcom, a weekly SpaceNews newsletter for satellite and telecom professionals, sign up here. TOP STORIES Spanish supplier GMV received a contract from Northrop Grumman...

Kepler decides to build its 140-satellite cubesat constellation in-house

WASHINGTON — Kepler Communications has decided to manufacture its cubesat satellite constellation in-house. The company said Jan. 28 it will build its constellation of 140 cubesats...

South Korea city deserted after coronavirus 'super-spreads' through church

SEOUL/BEIJING (Reuters) - The streets of South Korea’s fourth-largest city were abandoned on Thursday, with residents holed up indoors after dozens of people caught...
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