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Airbus Wins UK Deal For Skynet 6A Military Satellite

August 1, 2017 @ 03:46 PM

Airbus has won UK ministry of defence contract to replace the current Skynet 5 network military satellite communications capability with new Skynet 6A satellite. The British Ministry of Defence said it opted for the noncompetitive route with Airbus, in part, to maintain domestic space capabilities,

Italian Defense Ministry’s OPTSAT-3000 Satellite Ready for Launch

August 1, 2017 @ 04:58 AM

Leonardo announced that the Italian Ministry of Defences OPTSAT-3000 satellite is ready to be launched. The launch is scheduled for Wednesday, 2 August at 1

Iran Conducts Rocket Space Launch

July 28, 2017 @ 09:51 AM

Iran successfully launched a satellite-carrying rocket into space on Thursday, Iranian news outlets reported. The rocket launched is a Simorgh, or Phoenix missile, which experts said was a copy of North Koreas Unha space-launch rocket

Northrop Grumman, ViaSat To Deliver Satellite Communications For Aussie Defence Force

July 27, 2017 @ 12:50 PM

Northrop Grumman has selected Australias ViaSat as a key partner to deliver a next-generation satellite communications (SATCOM) network to the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Under a program known as Joint Project 2008 Phase 5B2, a large multiphase project to deploy an integrated wideband SATCOM system for the ADF, ViaSat will provide...

NASA To Shoot Didmyos Asteroid To Defend Earth From Destroying Impact

July 4, 2017 @ 10:43 AM

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is readying its first mission to deflect an asteroid, a move that is likely to help the space agency to understand how Earth can be defended from a planet-destroying impact. The spacecraft for the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) is now moving to the design...

ISRO Launches Cartosat-2 Series, 30 Other Satellites Into Orbit

June 23, 2017 @ 10:46 AM

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully launched on Friday PSLV-C38 rocket on a mission to send 31 satellites, including Cartosat 2 and NIUSAT satellites along with 29 foreign nano satellites, into orbit, ISRO said in a press release. "India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its 40th flight (PSLV-C38), launched the 712 kg [0

3-D Printed Rocket Could Challenge India, China For Affordable Satellite Launch Services

May 26, 2017 @ 11:27 AM

The successful launch of California-based Rocket Labs' battery-powered and 3-D printed rocket yesterday that costs $5 million per flight could challenge affordable satellite launch services from India and China. The first flight was conducted in New Zealand facility because of the open seas to its south, and a relatively low amount of air traffic, unlike in the United States, boats and flights have to be re-routed for most rocket launches

USAF Awards $46M Contract To Lockheed Martin For Two Infrared Missile Warning...

May 26, 2017 @ 09:43 AM

Lockheed Martin has won nearly $46 million to manufacture two Space Based Infrared System missile warning satellites, the Defense Department said in a press release. "Lockheed Martin Space Systems has been awarded a $45,999,901 modification to previously awarded contract for production of the fifth and sixth Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) geosynchronous missile-warning satellites," the release said Thursday

Boeing, DARPA To Jointly Develop New Experimental Supersonic Spaceplane

May 25, 2017 @ 01:07 PM

Boeing and the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are collaborating to design, build and test a technology demonstration vehicle for the Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program. Boeing will be given $146 million (£112 million) to build the spaceplane to a tight specification so it can carry small satellites into orbit at the drop of a hat

Woman Charged For Smuggling US Space Tech, Military Communications Equipment To China

May 24, 2017 @ 02:47 PM

A Chinese woman residing in California is facing federal law charges for smuggling sensitive space communications technology, including the components in military communications jammers, from the United States to China. The US Justice Department said Si Chen, also known as Cathy Chen, faces 14 charges that accuse her of purchasing and smuggling more than $100,000 (89,000 euros) worth of equipment to China between March 2013 and December 2015, Reuters report

USAF Awards $208M Contract For Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Program

May 20, 2017 @ 09:55 AM

United Launch Services has won more than $208 million contract from the US Air Force to provide production services for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV). “United Launch Services LLC, Centennial, Colorado, has been awarded a $208,140,481 modification (P00163) to previously awarded contract FA8811-13-C-0003 for launch vehicle production services,” the US Department of Defense said in a press release Friday

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