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 2021-04-22 22:37 

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Lockheed Martin wins $27 million contract modification for integration of DARPA's Blackjack satellites...

DARPA announced it has increased Lockheed Martin's contract for satellite integration work for the Blackjack program by $27.3 million. SpaceNews...

 2021-04-22 20:14 

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NASA and the new urgency of climate change...

When Joe Biden was elected president, many expected NASA would shift direction, emphasizing climate change over human spaceflight. Three months into Biden's term, it's increasingly clear those changes aren't nearly as radical as some might hav...

 2021-04-22 20:09 

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Space Force selects Boeing, Northrop Grumman to develop jam-resistant communications satellites...

Boeing's and Northrop Grumman's payloads will be launched to space in 2024 for an on-orbit demonstration. SpaceNews...

 2021-04-22 19:08 

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SPAC rule changes add complexity and delays for space companies eying public markets...

New accounting rules have thrown a wrench into a SPAC machine that has been catapulting space companies to the public markets. SpaceNews...

 2021-04-22 18:44 

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Ingenuity makes second flight on Mars...

NASA's Ingenuity helicopter successfully made its second flight on Mars April 22, expanding its flight envelope as the project considers more ambitious tests in the coming days. SpaceNews...

 2021-04-22 18:01 

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SpaceX and OneWeb spar over satellite close approach...

An alleged close approach between satellites from OneWeb and SpaceX led to a meeting between the companies and the FCC, but the companies don't completely agree on what resulted from that discussion. SpaceNews...

 2021-04-22 17:00 

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LeoLabs declares Costa Rica Space Radar operational...

LeoLabs' announced April 22 that two S-band radars in Costa Rica have started tracking objects in low Earth orbit and delivering data to customers. SpaceNews...

 2021-04-22 16:16 

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Op-ed | The Senator and the Commander...

"The sure hand of an astronaut and the skill of a policy expert will maintain the necessary continuity of purpose for NASA and secure funding to get Americans — including the first women and people of color — to the moon and on to Mars,...

 2021-04-22 15:00 

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Albedo raises $10 million for business to offer ultra-high-resolution Earth imagery...

Albedo, the space startup planning to offer Earth imagery with a resolution of 10 centimeters per pixel, raised $10 million in a seed funding round led by Initialized Capital. SpaceNews...

 2021-04-22 12:47 

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OQ Technology secures launches for propriety satellites as connected device market ramps up...

OQ Technology, a Luxembourg space startup created to connect internet of things (IoT) devices to 5G technology, has signed a multi-launch deal with rideshare specialist Spaceflight to loft its own small satellites. SpaceNews...

 2021-04-22 12:00 

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Op-ed | Space is Vital for Earth Day...

"While some advocate that humans should become a multi-planetary species because Earth is not salvageable and should be abandoned, I kindly disagree," writes ULA CEO Tory Bruno. SpaceNews...

 2021-04-22 11:27 

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NASA emphasizes good relationship with Roscosmos as Russia mulls exiting ISS...

NASA's acting head says the agency's relationship with Russia remains good despite comments by Russian officials in recent days that the country could abandon the International Space Station as soon as 2025. SpaceNews...

 2021-04-21 23:28 

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Lawmakers continue to question Space Command's move to Alabama...

Gen. James Dickinson said Space Command could continue to do its job without major disruption if it has to move to Alabama. SpaceNews...

 2021-04-21 23:19 

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Nelson sails through NASA administrator confirmation hearing...

The Biden administration's nominee for NASA administrator, Bill Nelson, got a friendly reception from former colleagues on the Senate Commerce Committee during a confirmation hearing April 21 but offered few specifics about how he would run the agency...

 2021-04-21 19:25 

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Space Development Agency to add more laser links to satellites if the price is right...

The Space Development Agency needs "affordable" optical terminals that can be mass produced. SpaceNews...

 2021-04-21 19:00 

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Downrange weather delays Crew-2 launch...

NASA has delayed the scheduled April 22 launch of the Crew-2 commercial crew mission by a day because of weather not at the launch site but at potential abort locations in the Atlantic Ocean. SpaceNews...

 2021-04-21 18:19 

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Optical imagery-focused EarthDaily Analytics emerges from UrtheCast...

Private equity firm Antarctica Capital has formed a Canadian optical satellite imagery provider called EarthDaily Analytics, after buying parts of UrtheCast that sought creditor protection last year to avoid bankruptcy. SpaceNews...

 2021-04-21 17:22 

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Space Force pushing procurement reforms but culture change is a slow go...

Gen. David Thompson said a shift to buying commercially provided space services is going to take time and will require a cultural adjustment. SpaceNews...

 2021-04-21 15:45 

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Op-ed | Conjunction risk drives need for information sharing...

Space is busy and getting busier. Given the anticipated increased utilization of space largely in low Earth orbit, robust data dissemination of active satellite operations as well as orbital debris mitigation plans must be a part of international norms of...

 2021-04-21 10:46 

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China is developing plans for a 13,000-satellite megaconstellation...

China is to oversee the construction and operation of a national satellite internet megaconstellation by coordinating the country's major space actors. SpaceNews...

 2021-04-21 07:47 

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Lockheed Martin removes Momentus from NASA technology demonstration mission...

Six months after including it on the team that was a NASA technology contract, Lockheed Martin has quietly dropped in-space transportation company Momentus from that project. SpaceNews...

 2021-04-21 00:54 

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Noosphere Ventures aims to build an integrated space powerhouse: Q&A with managing partner Max Polyakov...

Max Polyakov is on a mission to build out a vertically integrated space business with Noosphere Ventures Partners, his Silicon Valley-based investment vehicle. He tells SpaceNews how COVID-19 has affected these plans, and how a surge in public companies i...

 2021-04-21 00:22 

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Congested orbits a top concern for U.S. Space Command...

Gen. James Dickinson told lawmakers that congestion in space mostly fueled by commercial activity could create safety problems if it's not managed. SpaceNews...

 2021-04-20 21:23 

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NASA completes launch readiness review for Crew-2 mission...

The next commercial crew mission to the International Space Station passed its final review before its scheduled April 22 launch, with weather the only major issue. SpaceNews...

 2021-04-20 20:25 

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AE Industrial Partners' American Pacific Corp. invests in Frontier Aerospace...

AE Industrial Partners subsidiary American Pacific Corp. announced a multimillion-dollar investment in Frontier Aerospace, a space propulsion startup based in Simi Valley, California. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. SpaceNews...

 2021-04-20 14:37 

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Canada budgets for next-generation EO satellites and ground systems...

The Canadian government will fund upgrades to aging ground-based infrastructure for receiving satellite data as well as provide seed money to begin planning for the country's next generation of Earth observation satellites. SpaceNews...

 2021-04-20 07:05 

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Ingenuity success opens door for future Mars helicopter missions...

The successful flight of NASA's Ingenuity helicopter on Mars paves the way for its use on future missions, agency officials said, but exactly when and how remain to be determined. SpaceNews...

 2021-04-19 23:59 

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U.S. Army approves plans for a future 'tactical space layer'...

The U.S. Army has approved plans to explore the use of satellites in low Earth orbit to give soldiers dedicated communications, navigation and imaging capabilities. SpaceNews...

 2021-04-19 19:41 

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NRO to sign deals with commercial providers of satellite radar imagery...

The National Reconnaissance Office wants to better understand the capabilities of commercial satellite radar imagery providers. SpaceNews...

 2021-04-19 16:25 

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Amazon contracts nine Atlas 5 missions for Kuiper broadband satellites...

Amazon has ordered nine Atlas 5 rockets from United Launch Alliance to help place its 3,236-strong Project Kuiper broadband constellation. SpaceNews...

 2021-04-19 15:32 

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Download our April 19 issue of SpaceNews magazine...

Download the digital edition of the April 19 issue of SpaceNews magazine, provided compliments of Blacksky. SpaceNews...

 2021-04-19 15:01 

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Gulf Energy excludes Thaicom in $5.4 billion buyout deal for parent company InTouch...

Gulf Energy Development, a Thailand-based power producer, offered April 19 to buy out the parent company of Thai satellite operator Thaicom for as much as 169 billion baht ($5.4 billion). SpaceNews...

 2021-04-19 13:36 

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Op-ed | Canada's space sector set for a relaunch...

Canada's space industry seems to be on the path of a relaunch. The relaunch is two-pronged — backed by an ambitious and hungry private sector and increasing government support. SpaceNews...

 2021-04-19 11:56 

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Ingenuity performs first flight on Mars...

NASA's Ingenuity helicopter successfully performed the first powered flight on another planet April 19, briefing hovering above the surface of Mars. SpaceNews...

 2021-04-19 00:07 

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Next Starliner test flights slips to late summer...

Boeing said April 17 that the next test flight of its CST-100 Starliner commercial crew vehicle won't take place until at least August, confirming a lengthy delay widely expected because of the schedule of other launches and International Space Statio...

 2021-04-18 14:22 

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NASA reschedules Ingenuity first flight...

NASA now plans to attempt a first flight of the Mars helicopter Ingenuity early April 19 after finding a workaround to a software problem that delayed the flight earlier this month. SpaceNews...

 2021-04-16 22:35 

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NASA selects SpaceX to develop crewed lunar lander...

NASA has selected SpaceX as the sole company to win a contract to develop and demonstrate a crewed lunar lander, while keeping the door open for others to compete for future missions. SpaceNews...

 2021-04-16 22:25 

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Larger late-stage deals dominating space investment landscape...

Private investors deployed another $1.9 billion in SpaceX, OneWeb and other space infrastructure companies in the first three months of 2021, according to data from New York-based Space Capital. SpaceNews...

 2021-04-16 19:46 

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Analysts: China's space programs are a security concern to the U.S. but not all are nefarious...

Analysts said a U.S. intelligence report painted China's space program with a broad brush and failed to draw distinctions between civilian and military pursuits. SpaceNews...

 2021-04-16 19:43 

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White House nominates Melroy to be NASA deputy administrator...

The White House announced April 16 it will nominate former astronaut Pam Melroy to be NASA's deputy administrator. SpaceNews...

 2021-04-16 12:07 

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China to launch a pair of spacecraft towards the edge of the solar system...

China is developing a mission to send a pair of spacecraft to study the far reaches of the solar system and reach interstellar space by mid-century. SpaceNews...

 2021-04-16 11:41 

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NASA approves plans for Crew-2 launch...

NASA managers approved plans to launch a SpaceX commercial crew mission to the International Space Station next week, pending the resolution of one minor issue with the Falcon 9 rocket. SpaceNews...

 2021-04-15 22:51 

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NASA delays starting contract with SpaceX for Gateway cargo services...

More than a year after selecting SpaceX to deliver cargo to the lunar Gateway, NASA has yet to formally start that contract as it performs a broader review of its Artemis program. SpaceNews...

 2021-04-15 21:28 

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LeoLabs adding new services to support growing space activity in low Earth orbit...

LeoLabs is adding more sensors and data processing capacity to its network in preparation for a surge in satellites launches. SpaceNews...

 2021-04-15 20:54 

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Top EU court rejects European Aviation Network challenge, but legal action continues...

Inmarsat's competitors have vowed to continue pursuing legal action to block its hybrid satellite and cellular European Aviation Network (EAN), after the European Union's highest court rejected their challenge. SpaceNews...

 2021-04-15 16:52 

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Consortium unveils greenhouse gas monitoring constellation Carbon Mapper...

A consortium led by the State of California, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Planet announced plans April 15 for a constellation of hyperspectral satellites to pinpoint, quantify and track point sources of methane and carbon dioxide. SpaceNews...

 2021-04-15 12:00 

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Iceye establishes U.S. headquarters and manufacturing facility in Irvine, California...

Iceye has established a satellite manufacturing facility, research and development laboratory, and mission operations center for U.S.-licensed spacecraft at its new Iceye US headquarters in Irvine, California. SpaceNews...

 2021-04-15 11:26 

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SpaceX adds to latest funding round...

SpaceX has added more than $300 million to a fundraising round announced earlier this year to support continued work on its Starship launch system and Starlink satellite constellation. SpaceNews...

 2021-04-14 22:42 

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Space Development Agency could select three manufacturers to produce its next batch of satellites...

The Space Development Agency is considering buying its next 150 satellites from three different vendors, SpaceNews...

 2021-04-14 21:15 

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DoD space agency: Cyber attacks, not missiles, are the most worrisome threat to satellites...

The Space Development Agency is less worried about missile strikes than it is about cyber attacks and intrusions into the supply chain. SpaceNews...

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