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SpaceX’s 2020 ambitions tempered by 2019 outcomes

WASHINGTON — SpaceX enters 2020 with ambitious launch, spacecraft and other plans, but those expectations are modulated by what that company achieved, and didn’t...

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...

Space as a service takes root at RBC Signals

RBC Signals sees ground infrastructure business following path forged by cellular network expansion Ron Faith is well acquainted with high-tech startups. Before becoming president and...

The torture of CFIUS: A 2018 law is changing the way...

The U.S. Treasury Department hasn’t issued final regulations implementing the 2018 Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA), but space industry entrepreneurs already feel...

LeoSat, absent investors, shuts down

WASHINGTON — LeoSat, a company that was seeking to operate a constellation of 78 to 108 satellites for high-speed internet, has suspended operations due to...

China begins preparations for crucial Long March 5 rocket launch

Successful return-to-flight is needed for China to advance with Mars, moon and space station plans. HELSINKI — China is set to attempt a return-to-flight of...

GEOshare says ‘Mondo Condo’ satellite drawing interest from prospective tenants 

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California — Commercial operators have been known to share satellites, splitting the costs of building and launching a big geostationary comsat, like...

Iceye signs pacts with ST Engineering Geo-Insights of Singapore

SAN FRANCISCO – Iceye announced an agreement Oct. 7 to work with ST Engineering Geo-Insights Pte Ltd., a technology, defense and engineering firm based...

EU space envoy calls for satellites to leave orbit soon after...

Satellites in low Earth orbit should reenter the atmosphere soon after they complete their missions instead of waiting many years, said Carine Claeys, who...

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...

UnseenLabs plans to launch half dozen ship-tracking cubesats in 2020

WASHINGTON — French startup UnseenLabs intends to launch up to six more ship-tracking cubesats next year to build on the success of its first...

Top secret Twitter: How trolling Iran with classified satellite imagery could...

In 1991, soon after Operation Desert storm commenced bombing Iraq, the director of the National Reconnaissance Office — the U.S. spy satellite agency whose...

Momentus reports success in testing water plasma propulsion

SAN FRANCISCO – Silicon Valley startup Momentus’ is reporting success in on-orbit testing of water plasma propulsion and other key elements of its Vigoride...

Eutelsat taps Loft Orbital, AAC Clyde to lay cornerstone for ELO...

WASHINGTON — Eutelsat on Sept. 24 said it ordered two cubesats from AAC Clyde Space and hired Loft Orbital to build and fly data-transfer...

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...

Argentina, Turkey wade into tough GEO manufacturing market with joint venture

PARIS — Satellite manufacturers globally have struggled to keep their factories full amid a prolonged lull in geostationary communications satellite orders.  That hasn’t stopped Argentina...

Op-ed | If hackers cripple your satellite, are you covered? Don’t...

An insurer's perspective on defining cyber risk in space As the space community gathers this month in Paris for World Satellite Business Week, we...

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...

Satellite C-band is worth billions, but how many?

PARIS — As the U.S. Federal Communications Commission prepares to decide how to reallocate some or all of the nation’s satellite C-band downlink spectrum...

Iridium lands seven-year, $738.5 million Defense Department contract

WASHINGTON — After five month-long extensions, the U.S. government signed a seven-year agreement with Iridium Communications for unlimited use of the McLean, Virginia-based firm’s...

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...

Coronavirus updates: 2 passengers die after leaving 'chaotic' cruise ship

• 2 people who were on quarantined cruise ship in Japan have died• Quarantine on Diamond Princess cruise ship 'chaotic,' Japanese expert claims• Number...
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