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 2021-01-16 19:01 

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Policy directive on GPS issued in closing days of Trump administration...

Space Policy Directive-7 highlights the United States' ever growing dependence on space-based positioning, navigation and timing. SpaceNews...

 2021-01-16 00:59 

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FCC C-band auction raised nearly $81 billion so far...

The U.S. Federal Communication Commission's C-band auction of 280-megahertz of C-band has raised nearly $81 billion and it's not quite over. SpaceNews...

 2021-01-16 00:45 

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NASA ceases efforts to deploy Mars InSight heat flow probe...

After nearly two years of struggles, NASA has abandoned efforts to deploy a heat flow probe on its InSight lander into the surface of Mars. SpaceNews...

 2021-01-15 19:34 

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Foust Forward | "Pro-space" lawmakers on wrong side of history after Capitol riot...

The uncomfortable truth now facing the space community, in the days after the horrific events at the Capitol Jan. 6, is that some of the most prominent Republican supporters of space in Congress are on the wrong side of history. SpaceNews...

 2021-01-15 18:25 

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After further review, Space Force confirms selection of NSTXL to manage industry consortium...

National Security Technology Accelerator (NSTXL) on Jan. 15 received a contract to manage the U.S. Space Force's Space Enterprise Consortium for the next 10 years. SpaceNews...

 2021-01-15 12:07 

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OneWeb raises $400 million...

Broadband satellite company OneWeb announced Jan. 15 it has raised $400 million from SoftBank and Hughes Network Systems, allowing the company to continue deployment of its constellation. SpaceNews...

 2021-01-15 11:18 

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SLS core stage ready for Green Run test firing...

NASA officials expressed confidence that a key test of the Space Launch System scheduled for Jan. 16 will go well, keeping open the chances that the vehicle will make its long-delayed debut before the end of the year. SpaceNews...

 2021-01-14 23:18 

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Report: U.S. military space programs at risk of losing domestic sources of key components...

DoD space programs need to invest in new technology and qualify new suppliers to ensure they have access to domestic sources, the Pentagon said in a report released Jan. 14. SpaceNews...

 2021-01-14 20:29 

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Blue Origin launches New Shepard vehicle intended for crewed flights...

Blue Origin flew a new model of its New Shepard suborbital vehicle Jan. 14, a flight the company says brings it "really close" to finally flying people. SpaceNews...

 2021-01-14 18:47 

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Hanwha Aerospace claims 30% stake in Satrec Initiative...

Hanwha Aerospace, South Korea's largest defense company, announced plans Jan. 14 to invest approximately $100 million to purchase 30% of the shares of satellite manufacturer Satrec Initiative. SpaceNews...

 2021-01-14 13:41 

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China moves to next stage of super heavy rocket development...

China's space contractor has announced progress on rocket engines designed for major space missions, including a new engine for future lunar missions. SpaceNews...

 2021-01-14 12:00 

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Next-generation Dragon cargo spacecraft returns from space station...

The first in SpaceX's new generation of Dragon cargo spacecraft completed its mission with a splashdown off the Florida coast Jan. 13. SpaceNews...

 2021-01-14 11:11 

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OneWeb slashes size of future satellite constellation...

OneWeb says it's drastically reducing the size of a proposed next-generation satellite constellation originally envisioned to have nearly 48,000 satellites. SpaceNews...

 2021-01-13 23:55 

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SpaceX wins contracts for lunar lander, environmental satellite launches...

SpaceX secured contracts Jan. 13 for the launches of a commercial lunar lander mission backed by NASA as well as a privately funded satellite to track methane emissions. SpaceNews...

 2021-01-13 19:42 

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Alabama's Redstone Arsenal selected as future home of U.S. Space Command...

The U.S. Army's Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, was picked as the preferred location of U.S. Space Command's headquarters. SpaceNews...

 2021-01-13 12:30 

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Blue Origin preparing for next New Shepard flight...

Blue Origin is gearing up for the next test flight of its New Shepard suborbital vehicle as soon as Jan. 14. SpaceNews...

 2021-01-13 11:18 

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NASA and Japan finalize Gateway agreement...

NASA and the Japanese government have completed an agreement outlining Japan's contributions to the lunar Gateway as NASA works to wrap up international contributions to the outpost. SpaceNews...

 2021-01-12 22:52 

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NGA wants faster access to commercial geospatial data...

The NGA and NRO are stepping up research to better understand the emerging commercial geospatial intelligence market. SpaceNews...

 2021-01-12 20:05 

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45th Space Wing forecasts more than 50 launches in 2021...

As many as 53 space missions are projected to lift off in 2021 from Florida's Space Coast, the vice commander of the 45th Space Wing said Jan. 12. SpaceNews...

 2021-01-12 18:54 

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L3Harris develops electronic antenna for command and control of military satellites...

L3Harris Technologies announced Jan. 12 it completed the development of an electronic phased array ground antenna for the U.S. Space Force. SpaceNews...

 2021-01-12 17:04 

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White House executive order promotes development of space and defense nuclear power systems...

Less than a month after issuing a policy directive on space nuclear power, the White House released an executive order Jan. 12 seeking to promote the development of small nuclear reactors for space and defense applications. SpaceNews...

 2021-01-12 14:01 

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Aerojet Rocketdyne completes assembly of its first AR1 rocket engine...

Aerojet Rocketdyne has completed the assembly of the first AR1, a new rocket engine funded by the U.S. Air Force. SpaceNews...

 2021-01-12 14:00 

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Exotrail demonstrates miniature Hall-effect thruster in orbit...

SAN FRANCISCO French startup Exotrail announced Jan. 12 that its miniature Hall-effect thruster ignited in orbit, and propelled a NanoAvionics R2 cubesat a few hundred meters. "This is the smallest Hall thruster ever flown and the first time a Hall th...

 2021-01-12 11:59 

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NASA to upgrade space station solar arrays...

NASA will start an upgrade this year of the solar arrays of the International Space Station to ensure the station has sufficient power to continue operating at least through the end of the decade. SpaceNews...

 2021-01-12 04:35 

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Iceye to launch three SAR satellites on SpaceX rideshare flight...

Iceye is preparing to send three Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellites into orbit on the SpaceX Falcon 9 small satellite rideshare mission scheduled for launch Jan. 21. SpaceNews...

 2021-01-11 19:50 

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NOAA proposes future geostationary constellation with East, West and Center satellites...

After evaluating priorities for NOAA satellites to follow the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite R Series satellites (GOES-R) in the 2030 to 2050 timeframe, NOAA's National Satellite, Data and Information Service is recommending flying ...

 2021-01-11 11:58 

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Intelsat orders two satellites from Airbus...

Intelsat has ordered two geostationary communications satellites from Airbus Defence and Space that will support the satellite operator's aviation connectivity business. SpaceNews...

 2021-01-10 00:04 

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NASA selects four small astrophysics missions for study...

NASA has selected four small astrophysics missions for further study, although the agency cautions that not all may ultimately be flown. SpaceNews...

 2021-01-09 16:55 

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FCC grants permission for polar launch of Starlink satellites...

The Federal Communications Commission will allow SpaceX to launch 10 Starlink satellites into polar orbit on an upcoming mission, but deferred a decision on a much broader modification of SpaceX's license. SpaceNews...

 2021-01-08 23:33 

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ESA director general to retire early...

The outgoing director general of the European Space agency announced Jan. 8 that he will step down at the end of February, four months ahead of schedule. SpaceNews...

 2021-01-08 20:15 

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Space Force stands up new office to support U.S. intelligence community...

The U.S. Space Force on Jan. 8 officially became the 18th member of the U.S. intelligence community. SpaceNews...

 2021-01-08 16:29 

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Thales Alenia Space given 296 million contract to build European Gateway module...

JOHANNESBURG — The European Space Agency (ESA) signed a nearly 296 million ($362 million) contract with Thales Alenia Space Jan. 7 to build a European module for NASA's lunar Gateway space station. The European System Providing Refueling, Infras...

 2021-01-08 03:59 

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SpaceX launches Turksat 5A...

A SpaceX Falcon 9 launched a Turkish communications satellite Jan. 7 to start what may be the busiest year yet for the launch company. SpaceNews...

 2021-01-08 01:37 

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Arianespace seeks greater support from European governments...

The head of Arianespace asked European governments to provide his company with more support in order to balance what he called government support of American competitors "with no precedent." SpaceNews...

 2021-01-07 19:34 

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SpaceX and L3Harris win again- Space Development Agency contracts to build missile-warning satellites...

Following a series of contract protests, the Space Development Agency again awarded SpaceX a $149 million contract and L3Harris a $193.5 million contract to each build four satellites to detect and track ballistic and hypersonic missiles SpaceNews...

 2021-01-07 11:48 

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Momentus delays first Vigoride launch...

In-space transportation provider Momentus is delaying its first operational mission, which was to fly on a SpaceX Falcon 9 later this month, because of delays completing an interagency review. SpaceNews...

 2021-01-07 10:34 

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China gears up for space station, cargo and crewed mission launches...

China is preparing to launch three major missions in the next few months to initiate the construction phase of the Chinese space station project. SpaceNews...

 2021-01-07 02:07 

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Space Force needs sensors to distinguish weapons from benign objects...

The ability to "characterize threats" is a major challenge for the U.S. Space Force, said Maj. Gen. Leah Lauderback. SpaceNews...

 2021-01-07 00:11 

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DARPA satellites damaged at processing facility ahead of SpaceX launch...

Two satellites from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency that were part of a SpaceX rideshare mission were damaged Jan. 4 at the payload processing facility. SpaceNews...

 2021-01-06 12:28 

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NASA to conduct SLS static-fire test in mid-January...

NASA plans to complete the Green Run test campaign for the Space Launch System core stage with a hotfire test scheduled for mid-January. SpaceNews...

 2021-01-06 00:27 

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Virgin Orbit, Rocket Lab schedule first launches of 2021...

Virgin Orbit has rescheduled its second orbital launch attempt for Jan. 10 as another small launch vehicle company, Rocket Lab, announces plans for its first launch of 2021. SpaceNews...

 2021-01-05 23:06 

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Head of U.S. Strategic Command blasts GBSD critics: 'Minuteman 3 cannot be life-extended'...

The commander of U.S. Strategic Command Adm. Charles Richard said the Pentagon has to procure a new intercontinental ballistic missile and updating Cold War-era systems is not an acceptable option. SpaceNews...

 2021-01-05 18:54 

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Delta Air Lines adds Viasat in-flight connectivity service...

Delta Air Lines announced plans Jan. 5 to rely on Viasat to provide in-flight Ka-band connectivity for passengers flying in more than 300 of the carrier's mainline narrow-body aircraft. SpaceNews...

 2021-01-05 17:14 

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AAC Clyde subsidiary Hyperion to fly CubeCAT laser terminal...

AAC Clyde Space subsidiary Hyperion Technologies won a 150,000 euro contract to perform an in-orbit verification flight for CubeCAT, the company's small satellite laser communications terminal. SpaceNews...

 2021-01-05 12:33 

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SpinLaunch expands New Mexico test site...

SpinLaunch expects to perform the first suborbital tests of a prototype of its centrifugal system for launching small satellites later this year from New Mexico. SpaceNews...

 2021-01-05 01:59 

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Spacety shares first images from small C-band SAR satellite...

Chinese startup Spacety released the first images from Hisea-1, a C-band Synthetic Aperture Radar, launched Dec. 22 on China's new Long March 8 medium-lift rocket. SpaceNews...

 2021-01-05 00:05 

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Lockheed Martin gets $4.9 billion contract to build three missile-warning satellites...

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $4.9 billion contract for the production of three geosynchronous Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared satellites. SpaceNews...

 2021-01-04 15:12 

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Space Force's small launch program looks to pick up pace after a year of delays...

The Space Force says it plans to evaluate as many emerging small launch providers as possible. SpaceNews...

 2021-01-04 13:34 

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China's CASC targets more than 40 space launches in 2021...

China's main space contractor aims to conduct more than 40 orbital launches in 2021, including launching a space station module and human spaceflight missions. SpaceNews...

 2021-01-04 12:04 

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Pace steps down from National Space Council...

The top staff member of the National Space Council resigned last week as the council's future in coordinating space policy remains uncertain. SpaceNews...

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