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Commerce Department seeks big funding boost for Office of Space Commerce

WASHINGTON — The Commerce Department is once again requesting a large budget increase for its Office of Space Commerce in order to work on...

Commerce Department moves ahead on space traffic management work despite limited...

WASHINGTON — The head of the Commerce Department office with the mandate, but not the money, for civil space traffic management says he hopes...

U.S., China set for spring Civil Space Dialogue on exploration, science

HELSINKI — U.S. and Chinese officials are working towards meeting for a bilateral Civil Space Dialogue around March in the first such discussion since...

SpaceX launches third batch of 60 Starlink broadband satellites, reviving concerns

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket rises from its launch pad, sending Starlink satellites into space. (SpaceX via YouTube)SpaceX sent a fresh batch of 60 Starlink...

Year in Aerospace: Looking back at Boeing’s troubles, looking ahead to...

The first 737 MAX 8 plane undergoes final assembly at Boeing’s Renton plant in 2015. (Boeing Photo)2019 was a tough year for the aerospace...

Spending bill highlights ongoing debate on Commerce Department’s role in space...

WASHINGTON — Language in a fiscal year 2020 spending bill suggests that Congress is unlikely to act soon on the future of the Office...

Satellite mega-constellations stir a debate over avoiding catastrophic orbital crashes

An image of the NGC 5353/4 galaxy group, made with a telescope at Arizona’s Lowell Observatory on May 25, shows the trails of reflected...

How to better manage space traffic: Aeolus/Starlink encounter shows emails and...

It was less a wake-up call than a reminder of the hazards of spaceflight that satellite operators are already acquainted with. On Sept. 2, the...

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...

U.S. Space Command eager to hand over space traffic duties to...

Maj. Gen. Stephen Whiting said the transfer of space traffic management responsibilities can't happen until Commerce gets the necessary resources. WASHINGTON — Military space...

Air Force: SSA is no more; it’s ’Space Domain Awareness’

SDA is the new term replacing Space Situational Awareness, according to an Oct. 4 memo from Air Force Space Command. WASHINGTON — The Air...

ConsenSys Space announces crowdsourced SSA data system

WASHINGTON — A venture linked to a former space mining company announced Oct. 21 a very different project, using blockchain technology to provide crowdsourced...

Switching from asteroid mining to blockchain: ConsenSys Space unveils TruSat satellite...

ConsenSys Space says TruSat will let amateur observers contribute to satellite tracking via an app. (TruSat / ConsenSys Space Illustration)WASHINGTON, D.C. — A year...

Op-ed | The space industry: A closer look at the new...

“One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Those immortal words belong to history. But in the long story of human evolution,...

Op-ed | Priority-one for space policy should be to protect U.S....

Space self-defense and partnership strategies are hardly getting the attention they deserve. Should dominance be our immediate space security priority? The short answer is no....

Clusters, not constellations, pose biggest orbital debris risk

WAILEA, Hawaii — Despite the ongoing debate about the orbital debris risks posed by proposed satellite megaconstellations, one expert believes that an even greater...

Data sharing seen as critical to future of space situational awareness

WAILEA, Hawaii — The future of space situational awareness (SSA) will increasingly rely on governments and companies sharing data that can be used...

Transparency key to the future of space traffic management

WAILEA, Hawaii — It is possible to build improved space traffic management approaches to ensure safe operations in space, a panel of experts in...

New coalition seeks to improve space safety

WAILEA, Hawaii — A group of satellite operators and other organizations have banded together to endorse a set of best practices intended to improve...

EU agency starts space sustainability initiative

PARIS — The European Union’s equivalent of a foreign ministry is starting a new effort to promote the need for sustainable space operations, but...

The United States should follow France’s lead in space

Sometimes, even when you’re No. 1, it pays to follow another’s lead. A case in point is the French Government’s recent announcement to develop...

SpaceX reports a ‘bug’ in its alert system after ESA shifts...

A computer-generated diagram shows the projected orbital paths of SpaceX’s Starlink satellite and the European Space Agency’s Aeolus satellite. (ESA Graphic via Twitter)The European...
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