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Spaceflight to launch startups: stop focusing on cool tech
by Caleb Henry — March 11, 2020 [SN]

Spaceflight is interested in upcoming launch vehicles, but only if they deliver. Credit: Spaceflight.

WASHINGTON — If launch startups want to win business from Spaceflight, they should focus on schedule, reliability and price, not how interesting their technology is, a company representative said March 10.

The Seattle-based rideshare organizer is not afraid to launch smallsats on new rockets, having secured rides for its customers on India’s new Small Satellite Launch Vehicle and Relativity Space’s Terran 1, neither of which have flown.

Launch companies optimistic about future demand
by Jeff Foust — September 9, 2021 [SN]

A partial rebound in the GEO market and emerging demand for satellite megaconstellations has Arianespace optimistic about the business case for the Ariane 6. Credit: ESA

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Launch companies that have suffered from flat or declining traditional markets in recent years say they believe a surge of demand, primarily from satellite megaconstellations, will boost their businesses later this decade.

During a panel session at the Satellite 2021 conference Sept. 9, executives pointed to constellations ranging from Amazon’s Project Kuiper to the second-generation OneWeb system slated to start deployment later this decade as part of a surge of demand they expect to serve.

NASA to start astrophysics probe program
by Jeff Foust — January 12, 2022 [SN]

The probe line of astrophysics missions will fill a gap between the next flagship mission, the Roman Space Telescope (above), and flagship missions recommended by the decadal survey that won’t launch until at least the 2040s. Credit: NASA

ORLANDO, Fla. — NASA is starting to implement recommendations of the astrophysics decadal survey by announcing plans for a new line of missions and laying the groundwork for future large space telescopes.

During an online town hall meeting Jan. 11, originally intended to take place at the American Astronomical Society conference before that meeting was canceled by the pandemic, the agency announced it will go ahead with a line of “probe” class missions intended to fill the gap between large flagship missions and smaller Explorer-class spacecraft.

NASA inspector general warns astronaut corps may be too small
by Jeff Foust — January 15, 2022 [SN]

The 10 members of NASA's latest astronaut class will start two years of training in January. Credit: NASA

WASHINGTON — The size of NASA’s astronaut corps may soon fall below the minimum level the agency needs to support space station and Artemis missions and other activities, the agency’s inspector general warns.

A Jan. 11 report by NASA’s Office of Inspector General found that the agency’s astronaut corps, with 44 active astronauts, could fall below the “minimum manifest requirement” needed to adequately support International Space Station and Artemis missions as soon as this year as astronauts leave the agency. The corps, which had at its peak in 2000 nearly 150 astronauts, is now at its smallest size since the 1970s.


Former NASA administrator Bridenstine endorses candidate in Virginia congressional race
by Sandra Erwin — January 21, 2022 [SN]

Jim Bridenstine testifies before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation July 17, 2019, Credit: NASA

Bridenstine: 'Congress and the space community would benefit by having more members with national security and space policy experience'

WASHINGTON — Former NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine is wading into one of Virginia’s congressional races, backing a Republican candidate with a background in national security space.

Bridenstine told SpaceNews he decided to endorse John Henley, a former U.S. Air Force legislative liaison who worked on the standup of the U.S. Space Force, because of his space and national security expertise. Henley announced Jan. 20 he will be running for the House seat in Virginia’s 10th district currently occupied by two-term incumbent Jennifer Wexton (D).

Proposed NTSB commercial space regulation criticized by industry and FAA
by Jeff Foust — January 24, 2022 [SN]

A Firefly Aerospace Alpha rocket is destroyed by range safety after it started tumbling during its inaugural launch in September 2021. An NTSB proposal would give that agency authority to investigate mishaps like that, a move that both industry and the FAA oppose. Credit: SpaceNews/Jeff Foust

WASHINGTON — A proposal by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) that would give the agency a greater role in investigating failures of commercial launches is facing strong opposition from both the industry and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Living on the edge: Satellites adopt powerful computers
by Debra Werner — January 24, 2022 [SN]

Australian startup Spiral Blue is testing prototype of its Space Edge Zero computer on SatRevolution of Poland’s Earth-observation satellites. Credit: SatRevolution

The latest Apple Watch has 16 times the memory of the central processor on NASA’s Mars 2020 rover. For the new iPhone, 64 times the car-size rover’s memory comes standard.

For decades, people dismissed comparisons of terrestrial and space-based processors by pointing out the harsh radiation and temperature extremes facing space-based electronics. Only components custom built for spaceflight and proven to function well after many years in orbit were considered resilient enough for multibillion-dollar space agency missions.

GEO satellite operators seek multi-orbit strategies
by Jeff Foust — January 26, 2022 [SN]

Viasat chairman Mark Dankberg and Telesat CEO Dan Goldberg participate via video link in a WSBW panel discussion that included executives from SES, Eutelsat and Hughes. Credit: Euroconsult via Flickr

The environment was a little different outside the Paris hotel that hosted Euroconsult’s World Satellite Business Week in December. The Tuileries Gardens across the street, tranquil when the conference is normally held in September, was instead the site of a raucous Christmas carnival. From the middle of the day until late in the evening, crowds packed the park for food, shopping and, especially, amusement park rides.

Star Trek tribute mission to fly on ULA’s Vulcan inaugural launch
by Sandra Erwin — January 26, 2022 [SN]

United Launch Alliance’s future rocket Vulcan Centaur undergoing pathfinder tests at Cape Canaveral. Credit: ULA

The Celestis mission will be named the Enterprise Flight

WASHINGTON — Celestis, a company that provides space memorial services, will launch a Star Trek tribute mission on the first flight of United Launch Alliance’s new rocket Vulcan Centaur, ULA announced Jan. 26.

The rocket will launch Astrobotic’s Peregrine lunar lander and the Celestis mission will ride as a secondary payload.

Reaching the tipping point for 3D printing satellites
by Jason Rainbow — January 27, 2022 [SN]

3D printing enables multiple waveguides to be merged into one unit, facilitating system integration and optimizing weight. Credit: Swissto12

The number of 3D-printed parts on board satellites is growing amid advances in additive manufacturing. Satellite shops are embracing the technology to cut costs and accelerate production for increasingly capable spacecraft. Advances are paving the way to a future where satellites can print parts in orbit. But how close is the industry to 3D printing entire satellites?

NASA selects a dozen companies for smallsat launch services
by Jeff Foust — January 27, 2022 [SN]

Astra test-fired its Rocket 3.3 vehicle Jan. 22 ahead of a launch from Cape Canaveral in the near future for NASA's VCLS program. Credit: Astra/John Kraus

WASHINGTON — NASA awarded contracts Jan. 26 to a dozen companies, ranging from industry stalwarts to startups yet to launch their first rocket, to provide low-cost launches of agency smallsats.

NASA said it selected the companies for its Venture-Class Acquisition of Dedicated and Rideshare (VADR) program, which will provide launches of cubesats and other smallsats, particularly those with a higher risk tolerance. Those payloads will be launched either on dedicated missions or as rideshare payloads on other launches.

Leshin to be next director of JPL
by Jeff Foust — January 28, 2022 [SN]

Laurie Leshin, currently president of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, will start as director of JPL in May. Credit: WPI

WASHINGTON — A planetary scientist and university president will be the next person, and first woman, to run NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The California Institute of Technology announced Jan. 27 that it selected Laurie Leshin to be the next director of JPL, which the university operates for NASA as a center for developing and operating robotic space exploration missions. She succeeds Mike Watkins, who stepped down as director of JPL in August to become a professor at Caltech.

NASA safety panel watching human spaceflight reorganization
by Jeff Foust — January 28, 2022 [SN]

Jim Free (left) will be the associate administrator leading the new Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate, whlie Kathy Lueders runs the Space Operations Mission Directorate. Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani

WASHINGTON — NASA’s safety advisers say they’re closely watching a planned reorganization of the agency’s human spaceflight directorate to ensure it doesn’t adversely affect safety.

NASA announced in September that it was splitting its Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) into two organizations, the Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate and Space Operations Mission Directorate. The former would be responsible for programs linked to the Artemis lunar exploration initiative and future Mars exploration, while the latter handles the International Space Station and low Earth orbit commercialization. The split reverses a merger a decade earlier of NASA’s exploration and space operations directorates that created HEOMD.

More spaceports, more problems
by Jeff Foust — February 25, 2022 [SN]

An earlier concept for Spaceport Camden in Georgia. While the FAA issued a license for the spaceport in December, the site still faces legal and business obstacles. Credit: Spaceport Camden

Steve Howard is not superstitious, at least about a particular number. “Thirteen is my favorite number,” said Howard, the administrator of Camden County, Georgia, in early January.

Just a few weeks earlier, the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) awarded a launch site operator’s license, more commonly called a spaceport license, to Camden County, making it the thirteenth commercial launch site licensed by the agency. The license was the culmination of years of work, including extensive environmental reviews and coordination among many state and federal agencies. “This was a challenging project, with a lot of battle scars,” he said.

Op-ed | Order and Progress – Brazil’s Second Act in Space
by Shelli Brunswick — March 17, 2022 [SN]

Brazil is outlined in yellow in this undated Telebras handout depicting the SGDC-1 satellite the Brazilian telecommunications operator launched in 2017 on an Ariane 5 rocket from neighboring French Guiana.

For decades, journalists and analysts have characterized Brazil as a “sleeping giant” perpetually on the verge of “waking up” to its enormous economic and geopolitical potential. In 1971, the New York Times proclaimed, “The giant of the continent, dismissed as a sleeping giant until recently, has begun to stir, and interest in Brazil’s intentions has grown among her neighbors.”

Accelerating satellite production timelines improving market health
by Jason Rainbow — March 24, 2022 [SN]

Satellite manufacturers discuss the state of the industry at the Satellite 2022 trade show March 22.

WASHINGTON — Satellite makers are hopeful that higher frequency production rates will facilitate more innovation in the market, and fortify supply chains disrupted by the pandemic.

While higher volume and lower cost satellite production “doesn’t sound very sexy,” York Space Systems CEO Dirk Wallinger told the Satellite 2022 trade show March 22 in Washington D.C. that it also accelerates technology cycles in the industry.

Foust Forward | Getting comfortable with orbital space tourism
by Jeff Foust — March 24, 2022 [SN]

The four members of the Ax-1 crew (right) undergo training at NASA's Johnson Space Center for their commercial mission to the International Space Station. Credit: Axiom Space

Last May, the Discovery network announced plans for a new reality TV series: “Who Wants to Be an Astronaut?” Contestants would be put through a “variety of extreme challenges,” the network said, with a winner selected by a panel of expert judges to go to space. And not just a quick suborbital hop, either: Discovery said the winner would go on Axiom Space’s Ax-2 mission to the International Space Station.

The announcement got widespread publicity, but the network has since gone quiet. Some who signed up in the initial call for contestants say they have not heard anything from the show’s producers since then. Discovery has taken down a website for the show and removed from YouTube a promotional video it released last May.

Tech in Orbit Leads to Breakthroughs on Earth
by Boeing — March 28, 2022 Sponsored Post [SN]

Boeing’s Technology in Space program gives a boost to start-ups working on biomedical innovations by funding their experiments on the International Space Station.

In July 2016, Nicole Wagner was sitting at her desk at the MassChallenge co-working space in South Boston. Wagner, president and CEO of Farmington, Conn.-based LambdaVision Inc., was carpooling three times a week with her chief science officer, Jordan Greco, to participate in the startup accelerator program. The commute was 90 minutes each way, including dropping off Wagner’s toddler at her mom’s for childcare. As a scientist, entrepreneur, wife and mom, Wagner said, her days were typically beyond packed.

37th Space Symposium attendance to top 10,000
by Debra Werner — April 2, 2022 [SN]

SAN FRANCISCO — More than 10,000 people are expected to attend the 37th Space Symposium in person at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs and online through a virtual platform.

Roughly seven months after the 36th Space Symposium, which was rescheduled repeatedly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Space Foundation is preparing to welcome 275 exhibitors and representatives of 40 nations to the annual event that showcases military, civil and commercial space activities.

“We had a smaller international presence this past August principally because of travel restrictions,” Space Foundation spokesman Rich Cooper told SpaceNews. “Since a lot of those restrictions have been lifted, a very healthy international presence is going to be on hand.”
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Download the free April issue of SpaceNews magazine
by SpaceNews Editor — April 4, 2022 [SN]

Download the April issue of SpaceNews magazine, provided compliments of Clearplan.

Inside the April issue:

1. Getting a Jump on Traffic
Jeff Foust on the urgency of government-industry partnerships in providing space traffic management.

2. Under Attack
Russian invasion exposes cybersecurity threat facing commercial satellites.

3. Picking Up Soyuz slack
Arianespace and SpaceX are working to adjust their manifests to accommodate payloads stranded by the sudden exit of Russia’s Soyuz from the launch market.

4. Late Comers
United Launch Alliance says Vulcan Centaur is on track for a first launch this year as Blue Origin’s New Glenn rocket slips into 2023

Safeguarding Space: Q&A with Kristin Robertson of RIS
by Raytheon Intelligence & Space — April 5, 2022 Sponsored Post [SN]

Kristin Robertson of Raytheon Intelligence & Space explains why space is critical to life on Earth—and how innovation by industry will help protect it.

Compared to life on Earth—cumbersome, chaotic, combative—life in space seems remarkably quiet and calm. Peaceful, even, if not for the overwhelmingness of its reach.

But past is not necessarily prologue. Just because space has always been a still and neutral void does not mean that it will always be so. In fact, current trends in technology, science and geopolitics suggest that space is on the verge of inevitable transformation. What once was a bastion of international cooperation and exploration might soon become a hotbed of conflict and discord.

Download your ‘News from the 37th Space Symposium’ special digital edition
by SpaceNews Editor — April 11, 2022 [SN]

The SpaceNews editorial team produced four show dailies, a nightly email newsletter and all-day web coverage during the 37th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs the week of April 4.

We’ve compiled all our reporting into a special digital edition that’s free.

Op-ed | Guarding against greenwashing in space
by Ian Christensen — April 12, 2022 [SN]

SpaceNews/Adobe Stock illustration

The private sector is increasingly becoming the most active operator in the space domain. Approximately one-third of currently active satellites are operated by a single company — SpaceX — with several other companies planning to add thousands more in the coming years. This trend draws attention to the role of commercial actors in ensuring the safety and sustainability of the operating environment in space, as both a business domain and as a shared environment. Concurrently, discussions of — and voluntary commitments to — Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) principles in the space sector are becoming more common.

Op-ed | South Africa’s Space Journey Charts a Course for the Continent
by Shelli Brunswick — April 27, 2022 [SN]

Radio bubbles superimposed over a photo of the MeerKAT that observed them. Credit: South African Radio Astronomy Observatory

Five billion years ago, two galaxies collided, mixing astronomical gas clouds that produced a radio-wavelength laser called a megamaser. That laser traveled for billions of parsecs, crossing intergalactic space as all of Earth’s history played out. And in April 2022, it was detected by the MeerKAT radio telescope in South Africa.

Connecting the Digital World by Re-Connecting in the Physical World
by Euroconsult — May 2, 2022 Sponsored Post  [SN]

Pre-2020, the world was incredibly connected. Peak international travel may have arrived in the 2010s when we started to see direct flights from Denver to Beijing, from Auckland to Doha, and from Jeddah to Los Angeles. Several years later, the physical world is an increasingly fragmented place, with supply chains and commercial air traffic routes having been thrown into chaos. And yet, the growth in interconnectedness in the digital world marches on. The pandemic has made internet access even more crucial, and while we as a global community have done well to bring masses of people online, the migration of many essential services onto the internet has made the gap between the digital haves and have-nots even more jarring.

DARPA moving forward with development of nuclear powered spacecraft
by Sandra Erwin — May 4, 2022 [SN]

In the Demonstration Rocket for Agile Cislunar Operations (DRACO) program, DARPA plans to develop a nuclear thermal rocket engine. Credit: DARPA

The next phase of DRACO is a 'full and open competition'

WASHINGTON – The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency on May 4 issued a solicitation for proposals for the next phase of a demonstration of a nuclear powered spacecraft.

FAA and NTSB discussing roles in commercial spaceflight investigations
by Jeff Foust — May 7, 2022 [SN]

NTSB Acting Chairman Christopher Hart surveys one section of the SpaceShipTwo accident site NTSB Acting Chairman Christopher Hart surveys one section of the SpaceShipTwo accident site. Credit: NTSB

WASHINGTON — Two federal agencies in a turf battle over commercial spaceflight investigations say they are now talking with each other to better define their roles and responsibilities.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) triggered the debate when it published a notice of proposed rulemaking in November 2021 to codify the role it would take in investigating accidents involving commercial launches and reentries.

Op-ed | The Fundamentals of a Healthy Space Ecosystem
by Dylan Taylor — May 10, 2022 [SN]

George Nield, the former FAA associate administrator for commercial space transportation, floats inside a New Shepard suborbital capsule during Blue Origin's fourth human spaceflight mission. NS-20 launched and landed March 31, 2022. Credit: Blue Origin

Despite the challenges many industries encountered during the COVID-19 pandemic, the past few years have been phenomenal for the global space sector. Three nations launched missions to Mars, U.S. astronauts returned to the International Space Station, and private space companies have taken all-civilian crews on their first space tourism launches.

Aerospace companies responded to the pandemic by delivering telemedicine, ventilators, modeling techniques, and personal protective gear. Satellite networks helped provide data to assist supply chains in supporting efficiency and delivering life-saving supplies. Telecom networks supported by these satellites kept people connected across the globe.

NASA seeks input on human exploration objectives
by Jeff Foust — May 19, 2022 [SN]

NASA Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy said in a May 17 speech that a set of 50 objectives will serve as “guideposts” for planning human missions to the moon and Mars. Credit: SpaceNews/Jeff Foust

WASHINGTON — NASA is seeking informal public input on a set of 50 objectives for its exploration efforts that agency leadership says will go into a broader effort to guide its activities for the next two decades.

NASA released May 17 a set of high-level objectives for its lunar and Mars exploration campaign. The agency also announced it was soliciting input on those objectives through its website until May 31.

Space Perspective raises $17 million
by Jeff Foust — May 20, 2022 [SN]

Space Perspective says the $17 million it raised will accelerate its growth as it develops a stratospheric balloon system designed to carry passengers. Credit: Space Perspective

TITUSVILLE, Fla. — Space Perspective has raised an additional $17 million to further development of its stratospheric passenger balloon system that simulates one aspect of spaceflight.

The company announced May 19 it raised the funding from several new investors, including Silicon Valley Bank, Trinity Capital and Henry Kravis, co-founder of investment company KKR and Co. Space Perspective has raised more than $65 million to date.

U.S. launch companies not worried about Chinese competition
by Jeff Foust — May 21, 2019 [SN]

Launch of the Landspace Zhuque-1 solid-propellant rocket in October 2018. While the launch failed, Landspace and a number of other Chinese companies are working on small launch vehicles some fear could undercut American vehicles on price. credit: Landspace

PASADENA, Calif. — Despite a surge in Chinese launch activity and growth of commercial Chinese launch developers, executives with American companies said they’re not worried about potential competition with them.

NASA to reexamine space-based solar power
by Jeff Foust — May 28, 2022 [SN]

NASA plans to reexamine the feasibility of space-based solar power, an approach that is finding new support based on lower launch costs, technological advances and interest in clean energy sources. Credit: ESA

WASHINGTON — NASA is starting a study to reexamine the viability of space-based solar power, a long-touted solution to providing power from space that may be getting new interest thanks to technological advances and pushes for clean energy.

In a presentation at the National Space Society’s International Space Development Conference May 27, Nikolai Joseph of NASA’s Office of Technology, Policy and Strategy said the agency was beginning a short-term study evaluating the prospects of space-based solar power, or SBSP, the first by the agency in about two decades.

Op-ed | FAA Overregulation Threatens America’s Future in Commercial Space
by Greg Autry — June 7, 2022 [SN]

The Crew Dragon capsule that carried the Axiom's Ax-1 crew to the International Space Station is shown ahead of its April 8, 2022, launch. Credit: SpaceX via Axiom

President Biden's National Space Council should move the Office of Commercial Space Transportation out from under the FAA

We have reached the tipping point in commercial space traffic, and regulatory thinking is reacting in potentially negative ways. The cadence of commercially provided launches eclipsed governmental rocket launches years ago, and we now see that phenomenon extending to human spaceflight. The FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) is issuing licenses and permits faster than ever, just as airline travelers return to the skies in droves. FAA and AST will be busy doing their usual excellent job of keeping the public, on the ground and in planes, safe during launch and reentry events.

NASA embraces high-risk, high-reward research with UAP study
by Jeff Foust — June 10, 2022 [SN]

Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA associate administrator for science, said the UAP study is one example of high-risk, high-impact” research NASA should do more of. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
WASHINGTON — NASA will commission a small independent study of unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP), a move the agency says is part of its desire to support risky research that has the potential for high payoffs.

The agency announced June 9 it will set up an independent team of researchers who, starting in early fall, will spend about nine months examining what data is available about UAPs and make recommendations on what additional data to collect to better understand the phenomena. A final report will be publicly released at the end of the study.

Op-ed | Protecting the Health, Safety, and Comfort Of Civilians in the Commercialization of Space
by Michael Marge — June 15, 2022 [SN]

Twenty years after founding Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos celebrates New Shepard’s first crewed flight in July 2021 by breaking out the bubbly. Credit: Blue Origin

Until recently, with several exceptions, the only travelers in space have been career astronauts. Most stakeholders envision that space will be populated in the coming decades by average civilians who will travel, live and work in space. In the February 2021 edition of the Harvard Business Review, Matt Weinzierl and Mehak Sarang stated that we are reaching the first stages of a “true space-for-space economy.” They observed that the commercial space industry has the “intention and capability of bringing private citizens to space as passengers, tourists, and — eventually — settlers, opening the door for businesses to start meeting the demand those people create over the next several decades with an array of space-for-space goods and services.”

An In-Orbit Game of Cat and Mouse: Close approaches prompt calls for communications and norms
by Debra Werner — June 16, 2022 [SN]

Credit: SpaceNews illustration

Soon after a pair of Chinese satellites reached geostationary orbit early this year, space surveillance satellite USA 270 maneuvered to get a closer look at its new neighbors.

As USA 270 closed in on Shiyan-12-01 and Shiyan-12-02, the Chinese inspection satellites took off in opposite directions with Shiyan 12 02 moving into position to get a sunlit view of the U.S. surveillance satellite.

“It’s pretty clear that as USA 270 gets close, these guys are getting out of Dodge,” said Dan Oltrogge, COMSPOC Corp. research director. “It also demonstrates that countries are doing what we call counterspace. They’re taking action to avoid disclosure of their capabilities or their activities.”

Foust Forward | This time is different. Maybe.
by Jeff Foust — June 16, 2022 [SN]

Attending the International Space Development Conference (ISDC), the annual conference of the National Space Society, can feel like stepping back in time. While this year’s event, held over Memorial Day weekend, celebrated recent accomplishments like NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter and commercial space station development, entire tracks were devoted to topics like space-based solar power, space elevators and space settlement that have been mainstays of the conference for decades. Even the people giving the presentations haven’t changed.

Getting SSA off the ground
by Jason Rainbow — June 17, 2022 [SN]

Credit: iStock

Investors are funding orbital solutions for tracking space objects

Keeping close tabs on satellites and their increasingly crowded orbits requires exquisite spatial data that multiple startups say can only be gained from space.

At least eight early-stage companies in North America, Europe, and Australia have secured funds for space-based systems they say will be needed to provide more accurate, complete and reliable information about objects in space.

NASA approves demonstration flight for circular DiskSats
by Debra Werner — June 20, 2022 [SN]

Aerospace Corp. engineers are building four DiskSats and a DiskSat dispenser, which they plan to send to low-Earth orbit in 2024 to validate the technology. Credit: Aerospace Corp.

SAN FRANCISCO – NASA approved a demonstration flight for DiskSat, the thin round satellite designed by the Aerospace Corp.

Aerospace Corp. engineers are building four DiskSats and a DiskSat dispenser, which they plan to send to low-Earth orbit in 2024 to validate the technology.

“People ask me, ‘Can you really fly that? Can you keep it under attitude control?’” Richard Welle, DiskSat inventor and senior scientist in Aerospace’s Mission Systems Engineering Division, told SpaceNews. “It’s a very ungainly vehicle compared to other things that are traditionally flown. Can you do the thermal management so that you don’t melt yourself down by collecting all that solar power?”
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Op-ed | NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate is More Important Now Than Ever
by Karina Drees — June 28, 2022 [SN]

University students test NASA technology in microgravity on board a parabolic flight in February 2021. Credit: Zero Gravity Corp.

The role government-sponsored research and development plays in the international economic competitiveness of the U.S. – especially high-risk, high-reward research performed by a mix of academia, industry, and government – has been a major topic of conversation in Washington. One often overlooked, yet successful, entity is NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD). STMD advances the next generation of space technologies through its own R&D, through investments in novel, American-made technologies, and through its partnerships with other government agencies, industry, and academia. It is responsible for helping to bring about the kinds of technologies that humanity has only conceptualized in science fiction, such as innovative power systems for the Moon, in-situ resource utilization, and advanced manufacturing techniques.

NASA administrator tests positive for COVID
by Jeff Foust — June 29, 2022 [SN]

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson (third from left) recently returned from Europe that included an appearance June 23 at the ILA Berlin air show. Credit: ESA

BALTIMORE — NASA Administrator Bill Nelson has tested positive for COVID-19, he announced June 29, but is continuing to lead the agency as he isolates at home.

Nelson revealed the diagnosis when he participated by phone, rather than in person as originally planned, at a media event at the Space Telescope Science Institute here to discuss the status of commissioning of the James Webb Space Telescope.

Escaping Gravity and the struggle to reshape NASA
by Rand Simberg — June 29, 2022 [SN]

Bill Nelson, at the time a U.S. senator, and Lori Garver, at the time NASA’s deputy administrator, at a 2012 event for the Orion spacecraft. Garver recalls in her new book a difficult working relationship with Nelson, then a critic of commercial crew. Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

On Sept. 16, 2021, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket ascended into space with a crew capsule atop it, carrying four private citizens—two men and two women. It was the first orbital spaceflight in history without a government employee aboard. More recently, in April of 2022, another milestone was achieved, with the first fully private flight to the International Space Station, in which the four-man crew performed research there for more than two weeks before returning to Earth.

Streamlined and ready for Africa’s growth markets: Q&A with Avanti Communications CEO Kyle Whitehill
by Jason Rainbow — July 25, 2022 [SN]

An antenna in Lagos, Nigeria, where Avanti expects available satellite capacity will soon be exhausted. Credit: Avanti Communications

SpaceNews spoke with Kyle Whitehill, Avanti’s chief executive officer, to learn more about the British satellite operator’s plans to expand across Africa.

After breaking free from most of its debt restraints, British satellite operator Avanti Communications is ready to expand across Africa.

Investors agreed in April to swap debt for equity in a deal that slashed Avanti’s $810 million debt burden by two-thirds.
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What the wreck of the Titan portends for commercial spaceflight
Brendan Curry June 22, 2023 [SN]

Is private space prepared for a very public failure like the one we just witnessed?

OceanGate Expedition's five-person submersible the Titan was declared lost June 22 after going missing June 18.

Brendan Curry is a space policy consultant with 25 years of experience in Washington operations for the Planetary Society, Space Foundation and former Florida congressman Dave Weldon.

With the loss of the submersible Titan and her five passengers garnering round-the-clock media attention since it went missing June 18, those working in the emergent private space travel industry should pay close attention.

How the Titan submersible tragedy could impact space tourism
June 23, 2023

In this photo provided by Blue Origin, NS-21 (New Shepard-21) astronaut Hamish Harding receives his Blue Origin astronaut pin after a successful flight to space on June 4, 2022, in Van Horn, Texas. Harding was on an OceanGate Expeditions submersible that imploded during a trip to see the Titanic wreckage. Felix Kunze/Associated Press

The submersible that killed five people in a catastrophic implosion near the Titanic is highlighting the hazards of extreme tourism, and it might affect commercial spaceflight as Congress debates extending a regulatory moratorium that’s set to expire in October.
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