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SpaceX raises over $1 billion through two funding rounds

NASA seeks a rapid launch of a lunar lander


by Jeff Foust — May 28, 2019

Although NASA’s new goal of landing humans on the moon in five years may sound
aggressive, most of the hardware needed to carry out that mission is already, or soon will be,
under development.
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Price, contract terms helped Maxar secure Gateway contract


by Jeff Foust — May 24, 2019

An ability to get on contract quickly and a price far lower that other companies were key
factors in NASA’s decision to award a contract to Maxar Technologies for the first element of
the lunar Gateway, the Power and Propulsion Element (PPE).
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Boeing completes tests of Starliner thrusters


by Jeff Foust — May 24, 2019

Boeing has completed ground testing of the thrusters for its CST-100 Starliner commercial
crew vehicle, nearly a year after a setback in earlier testing of those thrusters.
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Crunch time: Rocket companies in all-out battle for Air Force award
by Sandra Erwin — May 24, 2019

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Air Force’s formal call for proposals for the
National Security Space Launch Phase 2 Launch Service Procurement, new squabbles have
arisen as bidders scrutinize the final solicitation for anything that might tilt the competition
in a rival’s favor.
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SpaceX launches 60 Starlink satellites, begins constellation buildout


by Caleb Henry — May 23, 2019

The rocket took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 10:30 p.m. Eastern, and deployed the
satellites into a low Earth orbit a little over an hour later.
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Amazon activates ground station business with rst two of 12 stations


by Caleb Henry — May 23, 2019

Ground stations in Ohio and Oregon mark the first two of a planned 12 stations spread out
globally to enable communication with satellites, allowing operators to downlink data such as
imagery and weather. The stations also enable operators to control their satellites.
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NASA selects Maxar to build rst Gateway element


by Jeff Foust — May 23, 2019

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Power and Propulsion Element, for launch in late 2022.
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Op-Ed | Preserving NewSpace innovation while championing M&A in our ecosystem


by Negar Feher — May 23, 2019

The NewSpace sector is expected to grow from a $350 billion global industry in 2018 to a
trillion dollar one by 2040, according to a Morgan Stanley report. Given these forecasts it is
not clear how the market will expand, will there be more mergers and acquisitions, initial
public offerings, initial coin offerings or just companies remaining private?
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Olis Robotics sees many space applications for autonomy software


by Debra Werner — May 22, 2019

Olis Robotics is working to demonstrate the application of its autonomy software for NASA,
the Air Force and others space customers to support internal and external space servicing,
assembly, manufacturing and operational concepts,” said Blaine Levedahl, Olis Robotics’ U.S.
government programs director.
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Momentum grows for nuclear thermal propulsion


by Jeff Foust — May 22, 2019

With congressional funding and industry support, nuclear thermal propulsion technology is
making progress for potential use on future NASA deep space missions, although how it fits
into the agency’s exploration architectures remains uncertain.
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Hawkeye 360 and Windward to offer new maritime product


by Debra Werner — May 22, 2019

Hawkeye 360, a company flying a constellation of small satellites to map radio frequency
signals, announced a partnership May 22 with Windward, a company focused on maritime
risks, to offer customers insights on the maritime environment.
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Are laser links ready for prime time?


by Debra Werner — May 22, 2019

Although NASA’s Mars Laser Communications Demonstration never flew, the project
proceeded far enough to establish a price for terminals to relay data for the Mars
Telecommunications Orbiter: $90 million.
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Companies encourage NASA to press ahead with LEO commercialization efforts


by Jeff Foust — May 22, 2019

Companies interested in developing commercial space stations and related facilities in low
Earth orbit are wondering if NASA’s support for such efforts havsbeen overshadowed by the
agency’s rush back to the moon.
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Bangladesh’s satellite starts service • Starlink autopilot sparks concern • SAS Global secures loan
by Caleb Henry — May 22, 2019

SpaceX says Starlink satellites will directly receive Air Force tracking data and use that to
tweak their orbits when presented with the risk of a collision. Space debris experts say the
probability of a collision varies on a case-by-case basis, making automation difficult.
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An embarrassment of rockets?
by Debra Werner — May 22, 2019

Launch vehicle startups remain focused on unique engine designs. At last count, there were
129 rocket startups, Rich Pournelle, NanoRacks senior vice president for business
development, said at a recent conference. How many will survive?
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In ection point coming for antenna equation


by Debra Werner — May 22, 2019

As the cost of phased array antennas drops, the technology becomes increasing attractive to
commercial customers like Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT), the Norwegian company that
operates 179 antennas at 22 different sites around the world.
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In ection point coming for antenna equation


by Debra Werner — May 22, 2019

As the cost of phased array antennas drops, the technology becomes increasing attractive to
commercial customers like Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT), the Norwegian company that
operates 179 antennas at 22 different sites around the world.
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U.S. launch companies not worried about Chinese competition


by Jeff Foust — May 21, 2019

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.
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Industry seeks more time to review revised commercial launch regulations


by Jeff Foust — May 21, 2019

Dissatisfied with the length and content of proposed rules to streamline commercial launch
and reentry regulations, industry officials say they will ask for an extension of an ongoing
public review period for those rules.
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Tethers Unlimited developing satellite servicer for LEO missions


by Caleb Henry — May 21, 2019

Tethers Unlimited is designing a satellite servicing vehicle that would leverage technologies
developed for the U.S. Defense Department and NASA to service spacecraft in low Earth
orbit.
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Suppliers hope to tap into growing space market


by Jeff Foust — May 21, 2019

A supplier base of hardware and service vendors sees opportunities for new business from the
growing number of satellite and launch vehicle ventures, even if space remains a small part of
their overall business.
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EchoStar selling broadcast business, including nine satellites, to Dish for $800 million
by Caleb Henry — May 20, 2019

The sale includes nine satellites — half of EchoStar’s fleet when counting leased payloads —
plus employees who handled satellite operations, associated properties, and licensing for an
orbital slot.
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Achieving Bezos’ bold vision of space settlement requires bold policy direction
by Steven Wolfe — May 20, 2019

Just as Jeff Bezos, and others like him, are pushing the envelope of technology and business
models, there is a similar need to push the limits of space policy such that it will support a
space settlement agenda.
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SpaceX les bid protest in federal court


by Jeff Foust — May 20, 2019

SpaceX filed a bid protest in federal court against the government May 17, but most details
about the protest, including the specific award being protested, remain undisclosed.
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Industry wants NASA to move ahead quickly on Gateway module


by Jeff Foust — May 20, 2019

In order to meet the goal of landing humans on the moon in 2024, NASA needs to get one
element of its proposed lunar Gateway on contract in the near future so it will be ready in
time.
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Landspace assembles methalox engine, signs international agreements


by Andrew Jones — May 16, 2019

Chinese private launch firm LandSpace has completed assembly of a liquid methane-liquid
oxygen rocket engine for its new Zhuque-2 launch vehicle.
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Senate hearing examines commercial implications of Space Force


by Jeff Foust — May 16, 2019

While most of the debate about establishing a Space Force within the Defense Department
has centered on its national security implications, a recent Senate hearing examined how it
could bolster growing commercial activity in space.
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Musk says Starlink “economically viable” with around 1,000 satellites


by Caleb Henry — May 15, 2019

SpaceX shared details about its largely secretive Starlink constellation program March 15,
providing updated targets for commercial service, details about satellite design and the
thought process behind why the company’s upper target is 12,000 satellites.
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Singtel pro ts dip • Argentine, Turkish companies form small GEO builder • KVH sells Videotel
business for $90 million
by Caleb Henry — May 15, 2019

Singtel reported its lowest profit in 16 years, citing increasing competitive pressure in India
and Indonesia.
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Iceye and APSI enter pact to sell radar imagery in South Korea
by Debra Werner — May 15, 2019

Asia Pacific Satellite Inc. and Iceye, the Finnish company that launched the first synthetic
aperture radar microsatellite, announced a memorandum of understanding May 15 to deliver
radar imagery to government and commercial customers in South Korea.
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Eutelsat’s Konnect Africa business struggles to lift off


by Caleb Henry — May 14, 2019

Eutelsat executives said the challenges getting Konnect Africa off the ground since 2016 are
now largely in the rearview, but have nonetheless pushed any material revenue from the
growth initiative out to the company’s next fiscal year.
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Q&A: The changing assumptions of the small launch market


by Caleb Henry — May 14, 2019

Do small launcher companies need megaconstellation business to survive? How should they
approach a market that sometimes feels like its changing faster than the rockets themselves?
Five launch companies discussed these topics March 13 at a Washington Space Business
Roundtable discussion moderated by SpaceNews.
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Parachute development a challenge for commercial crew


by Jeff Foust — May 12, 2019

An incident involving a test of parachutes for one commercial crew vehicle has heightened
awareness of the challenges involved in developing those systems, as well as determining
what constitutes an anomaly.
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Inmarsat shareholders approve takeover offer


by Caleb Henry — May 11, 2019

The majority of Inmarsat’s shareholders voted May 10 in favor of a $3.3 billion acquisition
offer by a consortium of investors.
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United States and Luxembourg sign space cooperation agreement


by Jeff Foust — May 10, 2019

The governments of the United States and Luxembourg, two of the biggest proponents of
space commercialization, signed an agreement May 10 that could lead to greater cooperation
between the two countries on a variety of space initiatives.
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Virgin Galactic prepares to move vehicles, staff to Spaceport America


by Debra Werner — May 10, 2019

Virgin Galactic plans to move its spaceship, carrier aircraft and flight operations personnel
this summer from Mojave, California, to New Mexico’s Spaceport America, company
executives announced May 10.
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Op-ed | Satellite communications are an essential link for a connected world


by Mario Maniewicz — May 10, 2019

There is no slowdown in the pace of satellite innovations: reading the press, it seems that
every week brings another new example of how satellite industry could have profound impact
on improving people’s lives.
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Maxar quarterly revenues dip as rm restructures satellite business


by Debra Werner — May 10, 2019

Maxar Technologies reported a decrease in quarterly revenues May 9 due to lackluster


geostationary communication satellite sales, completion of a radar satellite constellation and
the loss of the Worldview-4 high-resolution imaging satellite.
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Blue Origin unveils lunar lander


by Jeff Foust — May 9, 2019

Blue Origin revealed new details about a lunar lander concept that the company’s founder
says can support a human return to the moon by 2024.
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Telesat’s LEO plan: dedicated satellite factory, bulk launch contracts and a variety of antennas
by Caleb Henry — May 9, 2019

Telesat wants a factory capable of building 20 to 25 large LEO satellites a month so that it can
have monthly launches. The company is also working with several antenna builders to have
user terminals ready for broadband services.
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ITU wants megaconstellations to meet tougher launch milestones


by Caleb Henry — May 9, 2019

Regulators worry that the ITU’s current bring-into-use rules make it too easy for companies
to warehouse spectrum, potentially tying up valuable non-geostationary satellite orbit
(NGSO) frequencies for years without introducing new satellite services.
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Arianespace completes manifest for Vega dedicated rideshare mission


by Jeff Foust — May 9, 2019

Arianespace has finalized the payload for a Vega launch later this year that will carry more
than 40 small satellites, the first in what the company hopes to be a series of dedicated
rideshare missions.
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Crew Dragon parachutes failed in recent test


by Jeff Foust — May 9, 2019

A test of parachutes for SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft did not go as planned last month,
NASA and SpaceX confirmed May 8.
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Lockheed Martin mulls electronically steered antennas for Verge ground station expansion
by Caleb Henry — May 8, 2019

Lockheed Martin’s Verge ground station network should have coverage for satellites passing
over the continental United States next year, with the timeline for a global build out
determined by what antenna technology the company chooses next.
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Senate con rms Ex-Im board nominees


by Jeff Foust — May 8, 2019

Senators voted overwhelmingly to confirm three nominees for the board of the Export-Import
Bank May 8, giving the bank the ability to approve large deals, including for the space
industry, for the first time in years.
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OneWeb, Intellian partner on terminals • Telesat demos LEO backhaul • Atlas to provide grounds
comms for PlanetiQ constellation
by Caleb Henry — May 8, 2019

OneWeb has partnered with antenna maker Intellian to provide communications terminals
for its low Earth orbit broadband constellation.
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Commercial, not government, demand will drive size of small launch vehicle market
by Jeff Foust — May 8, 2019

Startups in the burgeoning small launch vehicle market acknowledge that only a handful of
vehicles will survive a likely shakeout, driven more by commercial rather than government
demand.
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GEO smallsats emerging as a best-of-both-worlds approach


by Caleb Henry — May 8, 2019

When Swedish broadband service provider Ovzon began shopping around for a small
communications satellite that would work in geostationary orbit, the designs that satellite
manufacturers trotted out weren’t exactly “small.”
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SpaceX to launch “dozens” of Starlink satellites May 15, more Starlink launches to follow
by Caleb Henry — May 7, 2019

Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX’s president and chief operating officer, said the launch will carry
“dozens of satellites,” adding more prototypes to the two currently in low Earth orbit.
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Consortium to develop “space sustainability” rating system


by Jeff Foust — May 7, 2019

The World Economic Forum has selected a consortium of companies, universities and
agencies to develop a system to rate the sustainability of space systems, one that its backers
hope will encourage good behavior in space.
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Satellite operators worried about losing Ka-band spectrum


by Caleb Henry — May 7, 2019

As the next World Radiocommunication Conference looms larger, satellite operators are
growing concerned that they have not made sufficient defense of Ka-band frequencies wanted
for 5G cellular networks.
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Apollo Fusion obtains Hall thruster technology from JPL


by Jeff Foust — May 7, 2019

Satellite electric propulsion startup Apollo Fusion is expanding its product line through an
agreement with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, giving it access to advanced Hall thruster
technology.
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Investors seek disruptive space startups in an overcrowded market


by Jeff Foust — May 7, 2019

Space startups seeking funding should stay away from increasingly overcrowded parts of the
market and instead seek more novel approaches that could offer much bigger returns.
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Measat buying single replacement for two satellites


by Caleb Henry — May 6, 2019

European satellite manufacturer Airbus Defence and Space will build Measat-3d, a new
communications satellite that will “progressively replace” the 13-year-old Measat-3 and the
10-year-old Measat-3a satellites.
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Satcom conumdrum: Air Force contemplating right mix of commercial, military satellites
by Sandra Erwin — May 6, 2019

A “hybrid” architecture that allows users to tap into commercial and military satellites
without knowing the difference has been a much discussed but elusive goal.
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Reprogrammable satellites make cybersecurity more critical, experts say


by Caleb Henry — May 6, 2019

Satellites that increasingly rely on software are also increasingly vulnerable to cyber threats, a
panel of experts said at the Satellite 2019 conference here.
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Space ight signs contract with Relativity for launches


by Jeff Foust — May 6, 2019

Small launch vehicle developer Relativity announced May 6 it has signed an agreement with
Spaceflight for a series of smallsat rideshare launches.
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by Caleb Henry — May 6, 2019

Satellite operators Hughes and Yahsat have formed a second joint venture, this time focused
on broadband in Brazil.
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ArianeGroup applying launch cost reduction targets to satellite components


by Caleb Henry — May 6, 2019

To make Europe’s next-generation rocket more competitive, ArianeGroup aims to build the
Ariane 6 at least 40 percent cheaper than the Ariane 5. ArianeGroup is applying the same cost
targets to reflector antennas that go on geostationary satellites.
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Senate prepares to vote on Ex-Im board nominees


by Jeff Foust — May 5, 2019

The Senate is expected to vote this week on three nominees to serve on the board of the
Export-Import Bank of the United States, giving it the ability for the first time in years to
approve large deals, including for satellites and launches.
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Rocket Lab launches three U.S. military satellites


by Jeff Foust — May 5, 2019
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for the Defense Department May 5 as part of an effort by the military to demonstrate
responsive launch.
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Falcon 9 launches Dragon cargo spacecraft to ISS


by Jeff Foust — May 4, 2019

SpaceX launched a Dragon cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station early May 4
after a one-day delay caused by a droneship problem.
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FAA commercial space of ce reorganization focuses on ef ciency


by Jeff Foust — May 3, 2019

The FAA office charged with overseeing commercial space transportation is planning a
reorganization that will seek the make the office more efficient, but could mean the end of
some of its work promoting the industry.
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FCC asks for more input on C-band


by Caleb Henry — May 3, 2019

The request, issued May 3, suggests it is increasingly unlikely that the agency will make a
decision in the first half of the year as satellite operators had previously expected.
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Indonesian government chooses PSN team for 150 Gbps satellite


by Caleb Henry — May 3, 2019

The ministry said May 3 that PSN will lead a consortium of companies on the project,
expected to enter manufacturing late this year, launch in the second quarter of 2022, and
begin service in 2023.
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Telesat to receive constellation bids this summer


by Caleb Henry — May 2, 2019

The two contenders to build Telesat’s constellation of broadband satellites have nearly
finalized their designs and will submit proposals in the coming months, Telesat CEO Dan
Goldberg said May 2.
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SpaceX offers new details on Crew Dragon test anomaly


by Jeff Foust — May 2, 2019

A SpaceX executive May 2 provided new details about, but no cause of, an incident that
destroyed a Crew Dragon spacecraft during a ground test last month.
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Loft Orbital lls rst condosat, preps for quarterly launches


by Caleb Henry — May 2, 2019

Loft Orbital, a company preparing a constellation to carry payloads for customers who don’t
want to operate their own satellites, has filled up its first satellite and booked a January 2020
launch through Spaceflight Industries.
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Blue Origin reaches space again on latest New Shepard test ight
by Jeff Foust — May 2, 2019

Blue Origin successfully launched its New Shepard suborbital vehicle on its latest test flight
May 2, a flight that the company says brings it one step closer to flying humans later this
year.
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Cloud Constellation selects LeoStella to build 10 data-storage satellites


by Caleb Henry — May 2, 2019

Cloud Constellation CEO Cliff Beek said LeoStella, a joint venture of Thales Alenia Space and
Spaceflight Industries, beat Northrop Grumman on price, among other factors.
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Blue Origin announces next New Shepard suborbital ight


by Jeff Foust — May 1, 2019

Blue Origin plans to conduct the latest test flight of its New Shepard suborbital vehicle May 2
as the company, and others in the industry, seek ways to allow NASA-funded researchers to
fly with their payloads on such missions.
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Intelsat still searching for cause of IS-29e loss, replacement satellite TBD
by Caleb Henry — April 30, 2019

Intelsat estimates the in-orbit failure of its first high-throughput satellite will cost the
company between $45 million and $50 million in revenue for the year.
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Space Adventures reaches settlement with would-be lunar tourist


by Jeff Foust — April 28, 2019

Space tourism company Space Adventures has reached a settlement in a lawsuit brought
nearly two years ago by a man who signed up for the company’s proposed mission around the
moon but later sought a refund of his deposit.
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FCC OKs lower orbit for some Starlink satellites


by Caleb Henry — April 26, 2019

U.S. telecom regulators approved a request from SpaceX to lower the orbit of nearly 1,600
proposed broadband satellites.
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Independent body proposed to ensure commercial space ight safety


by Tereza Pultarova — April 26, 2019

The nonprofit International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) issued
a new report in March calling for the establishment of an independent Space Safety Institute
to speed development of commercial space flight safety standards and certification processes.
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UK Export Finance loans $325 million for Turksat satellites Airbus is building
by Caleb Henry — April 25, 2019

U.K. Export Finance, an agency with a long-standing interest in supporting satellite projects
but with little to show for it until now, has signed a $325 million loan with Turkey to support
two satellites Airbus is building under a 2017 contract.
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Safety panel urges patience in SpaceX Crew Dragon investigation


by Jeff Foust — April 25, 2019

Members of an independent safety panel said it will take time to determine what happened
during a SpaceX Crew Dragon testing incident several days ago, and that its impact to the
overall commercial crew program remains uncertain.
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Northrop Grumman highlights bene ts of Orbital ATK acquisition


by Jeff Foust — April 24, 2019

Nearly a year after Northrop Grumman’s acquisition of Orbital ATK closed, company
executives say they’re getting the benefits they expected from the deal in terms of cost savings
and new business.
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Justice Department reaches deal with company implicated in Taurus launch failures
by Jeff Foust — April 24, 2019

The Justice Department has reached a settlement with the company that provided faulty
components that led to the failure of back-to-back Taurus launches for NASA.
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Discarded Atlas 5 upper stage breaks up in orbit • Viasat, China Satcom partner on IFC • Hughes
signs Jupiter-3 customer
by Caleb Henry — April 24, 2019

The reason for the Atlas 5 upper stage break up, believed to have occurred between March 23
and March 25, is not yet known.
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Clyde Space to build and operate AIS cubesats for Orbcomm


by Debra Werner — April 23, 2019

ÅAC Microtec subsidiary Clyde Space plans to build and begin operating in 2020 two
cubesats equipped with Automatic Identification System (AIS) receivers for Orbcomm in a
contract valued at 54 million Swedish Krona ($5.9 million).
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Iridium says DoD’s new unlimited service contract renewal nearly complete
by Caleb Henry — April 23, 2019

Iridium CEO Matt Desch said April 23 the company expects to finalize a multi-year renewal
of its Enhanced Mobile Satellite Services (EMSS) contract with the Defense Department in
the next 30 days.
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Polish space startup selects Clyde Space as subcontractor for earth observation satellite project
by Jaroslaw Adamowski — April 23, 2019

Polish space industry startup KP Labs has awarded an order to Scottish cubesat manufacturer
Clyde Space which will act as a subcontractor for the company’s Intuition-1 project
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Relativity to launch LEO satellite for mu Space


by Jeff Foust — April 23, 2019

Relativity announced April 23 it has secured a contract to launch a low Earth orbit satellite
for Thai startup mu Space.
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Space ight looks to more rideshare missions with fewer satellites per launch
by Jeff Foust — April 22, 2019

After placing more than 60 satellites into orbit on a single Falcon 9 last year, Spaceflight says
it will focus on launching smaller numbers of satellites at a time on more launches this year.
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NASA moves ahead with cargo Dragon launch
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by Jeff Foust — April 22, 2019

NASA is moving ahead with plans to launch a cargo version of a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft to
the International Space Station next week as the investigation into an explosion of a Crew
Dragon spacecraft continues.
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SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft suffers anomaly during ground tests


by Jeff Foust — April 20, 2019

A SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft suffered what the company said was an “anomaly” during
static fire tests of its abort engines April 22, dealing a setback to the company’s plans to fly a
crewed test flight later this year.
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Ground station startup Leaf Space plans capital raise


by Caleb Henry — April 19, 2019

Italian startup Leaf Space wants to triple the number of ground station locations it has by late
next year, citing customer demand for providing communications services to small satellites.
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U.S. military Electron launch rst test for York satellite


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by Debra Werner — April 19, 2019
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Rocket Lab is preparing to launch in late April or early May three U.S. military satellites
including the Army Harbinger mission, a test to show whether an inexpensive commercial
satellite equipped with a synthetic aperture radar can quickly deliver Earth imagery to
soldiers.
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Virgin Galactic expects rapid conclusion of SpaceShipTwo test ights after downtime
by Jeff Foust — April 19, 2019

Virgin Galactic’s chief pilot believes the company will be able to go through the remainder of
its SpaceShipTwo test program fairly quickly once test flights of the suborbital spaceplane
resume.
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Intelsat-29e declared a total loss


by Caleb Henry — April 18, 2019

Fleet operator Intelsat said its first high throughput satellite, Intelsat-29e, is a “total loss”
after attempts to save the malfunctioning satellite proved unsuccessful.
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Satixfy prepares release of at panel antennas this year


by Caleb Henry — April 18, 2019
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Rajanik Mark, Satixfy’s chief operating officer, said the company has created its own chipsets
that it can build in-house to bring down the cost of antenna modules that are built into full
user terminals.
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Iridium makes GMDSS progress • Kepler’s next cubesat to test new radiator • Scisys breaks ground
in Germany
by Caleb Henry — April 17, 2019

Iridium moved closer to launching an emergency maritime communications service by


signing a public services agreement with the International Mobile Satellite Organization.
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Sky and Space Global, low on cash, seeks new investors for IoT constellation
by Caleb Henry — April 16, 2019

SAS Global, in an April 15 notice to the Australian Stock Exchange, said it needs to raise 7.2
million Australian dollars ($5.2 million) to prevent further delays with its constellation of low
Earth orbit satellites.
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Latest Cygnus mission to ISS includes new features


by Jeff Foust — April 16, 2019

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The next Northrop Grumman Cygnus cargo mission to the International Space Station will
demonstrate two new capabilities, one before launch and the other after the spacecraft
departs the station.
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Aerojet Rocketdyne proposes using AR1 for medium-class launch vehicle


by Jeff Foust — April 16, 2019

Aerojet Rocketdyne says it’s committed to completing development of the AR1 rocket engine
and is seeking potential partners for a new medium-class launch vehicle that could use the
engine.
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Pepsi drops plans to use orbital billboard


by Jeff Foust — April 16, 2019

A major soft drink company says it will not pursue plans to advertise its products in space
using a Russian startup, avoiding what likely would have been significant public criticism.
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Falcon Heavy center core toppled after landing


by Jeff Foust — April 15, 2019

The center core of the Falcon Heavy rocket that launched a communications satellite April 11
fell over after landing in rough seas, but SpaceX said the mishap won’t affect upcoming
launches.
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Stratolaunch plane makes rst ight


by Jeff Foust — April 13, 2019

The giant aircraft built by Stratolaunch to serve as an air-launch platform made its first flight
April 13 amid questions about the future of the venture.
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SpaceIL says “chain of events” led to crash of lunar lander


by Jeff Foust — April 12, 2019

As SpaceIL continues its investigation into its failed lunar landing attempt April 11, its
backers as well as others in the space community remain optimistic about efforts to privately
develop such spacecraft despite technical challenges.
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SAIC increases space startup collaboration


by Caleb Henry — April 12, 2019

Josh Jackson, executive vice president and general manager of SAIC’s Solutions and
Technology Group, said SAIC is working with around a dozen startups through accelerators in
Austin, Texas and Colorado Springs, Colorado, to make their technology more available to
U.S. government customers.
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NASA awards DART launch contract to SpaceX


by Jeff Foust — April 11, 2019

SpaceX will launch a NASA mission to test an asteroid deflection technique at a significantly
lower price than past agency contracts won by the company.
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Falcon Heavy sends rst commercial satellite into orbit


by Debra Werner — April 11, 2019

SpaceX sent the Arabsat-6A communications satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit
April 11, completing the Falcon Heavy rocket’s first commercial launch.
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NASA awards Planet $6.7 million for climate campaign


by Debra Werner — April 11, 2019

NASA awarded Planet a $6.7 million contract to provide Earth imagery for climate research.
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SpaceIL lander crashes on moon


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An Israeli lunar lander originally built to win a prize competition crashed onto the surface of
the moon April 11 when its main engine malfunctioned during descent.
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Atlas Space Operations wins Air Force antenna contract


by Debra Werner — April 10, 2019

The U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) in partnership with the
Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit awarded Atlas Space Operations a contract to prototype
an electronically steered antenna array to support Air Force multi-band, multi-mission
requirements.
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Space investment hits record high in 2018


by Jeff Foust — April 10, 2019

Investment into space companies hit a record high in 2018, exceeding $3 billion with no sign
of an imminent downturn, according to a new report by a consulting firm.
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Astroscale raises $30 million, opens U.S. of ce in Denver


by Jeff Foust — April 10, 2019

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Astroscale, the Japanese company developing technologies to remove orbital debris,
announced April 10 that it has raised an additional $30 million and will open an office in the
United States that the company hopes will lead to new business opportunities.
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Space Development Agency aims to issue rst RFI this summer


by Brian Berger — April 10, 2019

The Pentagon’s brand-new Space Development Agency intends to make a formal request for
information from megaconstellation ventures and their vendors this summer.
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Intelsat-29e satellite suffers fuel leak, spotted drifting along GEO arc
by Caleb Henry — April 10, 2019

Intelsat’s first Epic-series high-throughput satellite, Intelsat-29e, is drifting in orbit after


back-to-back anomalies, forcing the company to shift customers to other spacecraft.
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Space Norway in nal procurement for two highly elliptical orbit satellites
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Stig Nilsson, a colonel in the Norwegian Ministry of Defence’s Department for Defence Policy
and Long Term Planning, said the satellite system, known as the Arctic Satellite Broadband
Mission (ASBM), should be under construction by June, following a downselect among
competing manufacturers.
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Vector isn’t eager for legal ght with Lockheed Martin


by Debra Werner — April 10, 2019

Even though Vector Launch filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Lockheed Martin, the
Arizona startup is not eager to spend millions of dollars fighting the aerospace giant.
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Commerce Department seeks to increase American space industry’s global competitiveness


by Jeff Foust — April 9, 2019

The Commerce Department wants to improve the standing of the American space industry in
an increasingly competitive global market through a combination of regulatory reform and
promotional efforts.
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India ASAT debris spotted above 2,200 kilometers,
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by Caleb Henry — April 9, 2019

At least a dozen fragments from India’s March 27 anti-satellite test reached altitudes above
1,000 kilometers, meaning some debris will stay in orbit much longer than estimated by
India, according to research from Analytical Graphics Inc. (AGI).
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Thales Alenia Space mulls satellite servicing venture


by Caleb Henry — April 9, 2019

Roberto Provera, Thales Alenia Space’s director of human spaceflight and transportation
programs, said the company envisions having a servicing business by 2024 or 2025, and is
currently in concept development.
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Blue Canyon Technologies: Doubling to meet demand


by Debra Werner — April 9, 2019

Blue Canyon Technologies, a company established in 2008 as a satellite component supplier,


is expanding rapidly to meet growing demand for complete spacecraft and mission
operations.
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Rocket Lab unveils Photon smallsat bus


by Jeff Foust — April 8, 2019

At the 35th Space Symposium here, Rocket Lab unveiled Photon, a smallsat based on the kick
stage the company uses on its Electron rocket.
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Maxar, post-RSGS, looks to Dragon y as means to commercialize in-orbit robotics


by Caleb Henry — April 8, 2019

Speaking at the 35th Space Symposium here April 8, John Lymer, Maxar’s chief roboticist,
said the company is committed to finishing Dragonfly, a NASA program to assemble
spacecraft parts in orbit, enabling antennas and other systems to launch more compactly
inside a rocket’s payload fairing.
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Planet’s NGA contract extendedfor Earth imagery, automated data


by Debra Werner — April 8, 2019

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has exercised a $5.9 million contract option to
acquire current and archival Earth imagery from Planet’s small satellite constellation through
mid-September.
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Made In Space unveils small satellite interferometry tool


by Debra Werner — April 8, 2019

Made In Space proposes equipping small satellites with technology to manufacture in orbit a
20-meter optical boom interferometer with a modular internal optics bench the firm
developed with Lowell Observatory.
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SpaceX begins Starship hopper testing


by Jeff Foust — April 6, 2019

SpaceX has started initial tethered tests of the first prototype of its next generation Starship
launch vehicle at its South Texas test site.
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SpaceX drops protest of NASA launch contract


by Jeff Foust — April 5, 2019

SpaceX has withdrawn its protest of a launch contract NASA awarded to United Launch
Alliance earlier this year for a planetary science mission.
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Relativity signs contract with Telesat for launching LEO constellation


by Jeff Foust — April 5, 2019
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a portion of that company’s low Earth orbit broadband satellite constellation.
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Amazon planning 3,236-satellite constellation for internet connectivity


by Caleb Henry — April 4, 2019

The internet shopping giant has asked international spectrum regulators to provide access to
airwaves for a constellation of 3,236 satellites.
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Soyuz launch completes rst-generation O3b constellation


by Caleb Henry — April 4, 2019

European launch provider Arianespace completed SES’s first-generation O3b constellation


April 4 with the Soyuz launch of four satellites.
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SpaceIL lander enters lunar orbit


by Jeff Foust — April 4, 2019

SpaceIL announced April 4 that its Beresheet spacecraft has entered orbit around the moon,
setting the stage for a landing attempt in a week.
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Hawkeye 360 unveils rst RF signal mapping product


by Debra Werner — April 4, 2019

HawkEye 360 unveiled RFGeo, its first radio frequency signal mapping product.
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NASA approves extension of Boeing commercial crew test ight


by Jeff Foust — April 4, 2019

A day after Boeing confirmed delays in test flights of its commercial crew vehicle, NASA said
that the company’s crewed test flight will get an extended stay at the station when it does fly.
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Eutelsat planning small LEO Internet of Things constellation


by Caleb Henry — April 3, 2019

Global satellite operator Eutelsat of Paris is buying additional small satellites for a planned
Internet of Things network, having decided to expand the envisioned low Earth orbit system
before it has launched the first demonstration satellite.
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ThinKom, Phasor, C-Com hit antenna milestones • Hughes, Inmarsat gain India IFC approvals
by Caleb Henry — April 3, 2019

Antenna builder ThinKom and fleet operator Inmarsat recently announced the completion of
a series of tests using ThinKom antennas and Inmarsat’s high-throughput Global Xpress
satellites.
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Rocket Lab to launch Air Force satellites


by Jeff Foust — April 3, 2019

Days after Rocket Lab launched a payload for one U.S. military agency, the company
announced its next mission will place three technology demonstration satellites into orbit for
the U.S. Air Force.
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Boeing delays Starliner test ights


by Jeff Foust — April 3, 2019

Boeing confirmed April 2 it will delay the uncrewed test flight of its commercial crew vehicle,
citing a tight schedule and conflicts with another launch.
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Aireon activates service, begins ight-tracking trials


by Caleb Henry — April 2, 2019

Aircraft tracking company Aireon initiated service with its space-based sensor network April
2, starting global monitoring of aircraft location and velocity on a near real-time basis.
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ExoAnalytic, NorthStar E&S team up on space situational awareness


by Caleb Henry — April 1, 2019

ExoAnalytic Solutions, a company that tracks satellites and space debris using ground-based
telescopes, announced a partnership April 1 with NorthStar Earth and Sky, a Canadian
startup developing a constellation of 40 satellites that will track objects in space.
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Lockheed Martin bottles scent of space


by Debra Werner — April 1, 2019

Lockheed Martin Corp. expanded its business line April 1 with the introduction of Vector, a
fragrance designed to capture the aroma of space.
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Op-ed | Is hyperspectral the next Earth observation frontier?


by Adam Keith — March 30, 2019

A key premise behind new solutions is the opening of the Earth observation market to more
end users across further sectors; the idea of more customers paying for lower-cost solutions
that are increasingly responsive to their needs targets an opening up of the business-to-
business market.
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UK space company Scisys, fearing Brexit, praises decision to become Irish


by Caleb Henry — March 29, 2019

Scisys Group, a formerly British company involved in the European Union’s Galileo satellite
program, says its change of location from Chippenham, England, to Dublin, Ireland, was
immediately positive for its space business.
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Senate reintroduces Space Frontier Act


by Jeff Foust — March 29, 2019

A bipartisan group of senators has reintroduced legislation designed to reform commercial


launch and remote sensing regulations, this time without a provision that led to the bill’s
defeat last year in the House.
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Rocket Lab launches DARPA satellite


by Jeff Foust — March 28, 2019

Rocket Lab successfully launched an experimental satellite for the Defense Advanced
Research Projects Agency March 28 as the company looks to move to a monthly cadence of
launches.
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X Prize Foundation offers “Moonshot Award” to SpaceIL


by Jeff Foust — March 28, 2019

A year after a $20 million prize purse expired, a team in the former Google Lunar X Prize
competition could still pick up a smaller consolation prize if it lands on the moon next month.
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Boycott Indian launchers? Industry reacts to India’s anti-satellite weapon test


by Debra Werner — March 27, 2019

In the wake of the March 27 Indian anti-satellite test, Brian Weeden of the Secure World
Foundation suggested companies consider boycotting India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle
(PSLV).
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ST Engineering to buy Newtec for $281M • C-Band Alliance hires former Intel exec • Phasor picks
antenna manufacturing partner
by Caleb Henry — March 27, 2019

ST Engineering said the acquisition will add “intellectual property, products and market
access,” highlighting Newtec’s European presence, strength in broadcast, and recent
successful low-Earth orbit communications testing with Telesat.
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5G trumps meteorology as FCC rebuffs NASA, NOAA call to halt auction


by Debra Werner — March 27, 2019

Far from ending the fight between members of the Trump administration who see 5G as an
international economic race and meteorologists concerned about interference with weather
satellite data, the auction was just round one.
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Chinese private rm OneSpace fails with rst orbital launch attempt


by Andrew Jones — March 27, 2019

OneSpace of China failed to become the first private launch firm to place a satellite in orbit
after loss of its OS-M1 solid launch vehicle on Wednesday.
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Mixed reactions to accelerated moon plan


by Jeff Foust — March 26, 2019

Shortly after Vice President Mike Pence directed NASA to return humans to the moon by
2024, four years earlier than previous plans, reactions from space companies and
organizations ranged from excitement to bewilderment.
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Swarm CEO talks past mistakes, future goals


by Caleb Henry — March 26, 2019

Swarm Technologies’ self-stated mission is to bring internet access to the whole world, but
it’s best known at this point for defying the U.S. Federal Communications Commission by
launching four tiny SpaceBee satellites last year without a license.
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Q&A | China’s OneSpace ready for rst orbital launch attempt


by Andrew Jones — March 26, 2019

Ahead of the planned March 27 launch of the OS-M1/’Chongqing · Liangjiang Star’ four-stage
solid rocket OneSpace representatives responded to a series of questions on the imminent
launch, the company's ambitions, the nascent Chinese commercial space sector and more.
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How the space industry learned to stop worrying and love the bubble
by Jeff Foust — March 26, 2019

Perhaps the strongest sign to date that the space industry is in some kind of bubble is the
creation of Hypergiant Galactic Systems.
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EchoStar, Khosla Ventures invest $60 million in Wyler-backed broadband venture


by Caleb Henry — March 22, 2019

Tarana Wireless has raised $200 million in total from investors that include AT&T, Deutsche
Telekom and Wyler’s 1010 Holdings, LLC.
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FCC: we won’t rush C-band decision


by Caleb Henry — March 21, 2019

Federal Communications Commission officials urged patience with the repurposing process
for satellite C-band spectrum, saying regulators are more concerned about getting it right
than rushing the process.
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Blue Origin studying repurposing of New Glenn upper stages


by Jeff Foust — March 21, 2019

Blue Origin has studied repurposing upper stages of its future New Glenn launch vehicle to
serve as habitats or for other applications as part of a series of NASA-funded
commercialization studies.
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First Ariane 6 to carry 30 OneWeb satellites • Viasat seeking to raise $500 million• Hispasat trials
Wi-Fi hotspots in Colombia
by Caleb Henry — March 20, 2019

Arianespace’s first Ariane 6 mission will carry 30 OneWeb satellites to low Earth orbit. The
launch, slated for the second half of 2020, will use the “62” version of the rocket, which has
two side boosters.
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Mynaric raises $12.5 million from mystery constellation customer


by Caleb Henry — March 19, 2019

Laser communications terminal provider Mynaric says it raised 11 million euros ($12.5
million) in post-IPO funding from a mystery constellation venture that plans to buy up to
1,000 terminals.
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Maneuver puts SpaceIL lander on course for the moon


by Jeff Foust — March 19, 2019

SpaceIL’s lunar lander performed a maneuver March 19 that puts the privately developed
lander on course to enter orbit around the moon next month.
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APT Satellite revenue up despite continued ‘ erce’ market condition


by Caleb Henry — March 19, 2019

With two new satellites in orbit and a third on the way, APT Satellite of Hong Kong continues
to grow, but company executives remain worried about Asia-Pacific market conditions.
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Inmarsat receives another acquisition offer — this time from a consortium of public and private
investors
by Caleb Henry — March 19, 2019

Inmarsat said it remain in discussion with the consortium, which under British law has until
April 16 to make a binding offer.
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Op-ed | Commercializing Space: Before a commercial
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LEO market can ourish, the ISS must be
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retired
by George Sowers — March 19, 2019

I’m a firm believer that the commercialization of space is absolutely essential for the growth
of the space economy and achieving all of the goals we espouse for human activities in space.
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Ruag revises strategy to win constellation orders


by Debra Werner — March 19, 2019

Long before Ruag began producing structures for OneWeb communications satellites, the
Swiss aerospace equipment supplier noted the market shift toward large constellations and
began investing in automation.
FROM THE MAGAZINE ONEWEB RUAG

What Airbus learned from building satellites with OneWeb


by Caleb Henry — March 19, 2019

Regardless of whether the Airbus-OneWeb joint venture gearing up to crank out dozens of
satellites a month ultimately builds just 648 satellites or closer to the 900 originally
envisioned, OneWeb’s constellation is the first such project large enough to truly incorporate
aviation-style mass production procedures for spacecraft.
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How OneWeb plans to make sure its rst satellites aren’t its last
by Caleb Henry — March 18, 2019

OneWeb’s dream of blanketing the globe in affordable, abundant broadband took an


important step toward reality Feb. 27 when a Russian rocket lifted off from South America to
deliver six French-built satellites into low Earth orbit.
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OneWeb raises $1.25 billion from returning investors


by Caleb Henry — March 18, 2019

Less than a month after the launch of its first six satellites, OneWeb closed a new $1.25
billion financing round to further its internet constellation.
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SpaceX preparing to begin Starship hopper tests


by Jeff Foust — March 18, 2019

SpaceX could begin initial tests of a prototype of the company’s next-generation Starship
vehicle as soon as this week, Elon Musk said March 17.
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DARPA continues work on satellite servicing program as it seeks new ride


by Jeff Foust — March 17, 2019

Nearly two months after Maxar dropped out of a DARPA program to demonstrate satellite
servicing, the agency is continuing to develop the servicing technology as it examines options
to get it into space.
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Op-ed | Protecting low Earth orbit from becoming the new Wild West
by Scott Kordella — March 16, 2019

If outer space is the "final frontier," the private commercialization of low Earth orbit — about
100-1,200 miles up — could become the new Wild West if we're not careful.
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Cubic buys satellite systems provider Nuvotronics


by Caleb Henry — March 14, 2019

Durham, North Carolina-based Nuvotronics will enhance Cubic’s protected communications


portfolio, which includes GATR inflatable satcom terminals used by the U.S. military and
other customers, Cubic said.
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Satellite payload startup raises $12.4 million from Airbus Ventures, other investors
by Caleb Henry — March 14, 2019

Cesium Astro, a startup building advanced antennas and communications systems for
satellites, raised $12.4 million in a Series A round led by Airbus’ venture capital arm Airbus
Ventures.
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Former SpaceX Starlink exec joins German lasercomm startup


by Caleb Henry — March 14, 2019

Mynaric, a German laser communications startup focused on satellite and airborne platforms,
has hired a SpaceX employee previously involved in the Starlink megaconstellation.
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FIRST UP Satcom | Telesat inks rst LEO customer, LeoSat gains customer agreement
by Caleb Henry — March 13, 2019

OmniAccess, a maritime connectivity provider who demonstrated service with Telesat's


prototype satellite, signed a “major, multiyear contract” for broadband service from the
constellation.
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China’s OneSpace completes rocket assembly ahead of rst orbital launch


by Andrew Jones — March 12, 2019

OneSpace has completed assembly and testing of its OS-M rocket in preparation for a launch
at the end of March which, if successful, would make it the first Chinese private rocket firm to
reach orbit.
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Nepal, Thales Alenia Space near satellite contract


by Caleb Henry — March 11, 2019

Thales Alenia Space expects to sign a contract in upcoming months to build a


communications satellite for Nepal, a Himalayan nation of 30 million with no domestic
satellite operator.
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Audacy and Iceye explore cooperation


by Debra Werner — March 11, 2019

Audacy, a space communications startup, announced a memorandum of understanding


March 11 with Iceye, a Finnish radar satellite startup, to explore how Audacy’s planned inter-
satellite data relay network can support Iceye’s planned constellation.
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Spire to host payloads for defense contractor


by Jeff Foust — March 11, 2019

Spire Global announced March 11 that it has signed a deal to host reconnaissance payloads
from a defense contractor on its cubesat constellation.
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AsiaSat revenue up, but regional C-band pressure mounting


by Caleb Henry — March 8, 2019

Hong Kong-based fleet operator AsiaSat reported a third year of increased revenue, but
warned that the C-band spectrum it uses for television broadcasts is now under threat in
several of its markets.
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Crew Dragon departs ISS and returns to Earth


by Jeff Foust — March 8, 2019

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon departed from the International Space Station early March 8, heading
to a splashdown that will mark the end of a successful test flight for the commercial crew
program.
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Inmarsat to place GX Flex next-gen satellite system order this year


by Caleb Henry — March 7, 2019

The satellite system, first discussed almost a year ago, will be markedly different from
traditional communications satellite programs that often take three to four years to build and
launch, he said.
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Exos Aerospace re ies suborbital rocket


by Jeff Foust — March 7, 2019

Exos Aerospace flew its SARGE reusable sounding rocket for the second time March 2, but
winds kept the rocket from achieving its planned altitude.
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Rocket Lab launch of DARPA satellite slips


by Jeff Foust — March 6, 2019

Rocket Lab’s first launch of the year, which was scheduled for late February, has been pushed
back to the second half of March because of the delayed arrival of its payload, an
experimental military satellite.
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FIRST UP Satcom | Preston Padden leaves C-Band Alliance • Telesat earnings down
by Caleb Henry — March 6, 2019

The C-Band Alliance’s head of advocacy and government relations Preston Padden left the
organization Tuesday after less than six months in the position.
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The cosmic vision of Jeff Bezos


by Jeff Foust — March 5, 2019

Blue Origin’s founder explains how New Shepard and New Glenn enable humanity’s future in
the solar system.
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Spire seeks to expand business with Pentagon


by Jeff Foust — March 5, 2019

Spire Global, the company that operates a constellation of cubesats that collects a variety of
radiofrequency data, is hiring a former Marine to help the company grow its business in the
national security sector.
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NASA and NOAA emphasize value of commercial Earth science data


by Jeff Foust — March 5, 2019

The new acting administrator of NOAA and the retiring head of NASA’s Earth sciences
division praised the potential of commercial satellite data purchases to augment their own
satellite systems.
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On National Security | The SpaceX-ULA proxy war is heating up


by Sandra Erwin — March 4, 2019

Reviews of SpaceX and ULA, regardless of whether or how they might be connected, are a
reminder of the dog-eat-dog world of military space launch.
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Crew Dragon docks with ISS


by Jeff Foust — March 3, 2019

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft successfully docked with the International Space Station
March 3, a little more than a day after its launch from Florida.
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by Jeff Foust — March 2, 2019

A SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully launched the first Crew Dragon spacecraft March 2, starting a
critical mission to test the spacecraft before it is ready to carry astronauts.
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Maxar cutting jobs to help stem $1.26 billion loss, stabilize satellite division
by Caleb Henry — March 1, 2019

Maxar Technologies, which will lay off more than 200 people as it seeks to return to
profitability following a $1.26 billion loss, says the struggling satellite division it decided to
keep will need to bring in roughly $500 million annually to break even.
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Foust Forward | The government shutdown’s shadow on commercial space


by Jeff Foust — March 1, 2019

The shutdown created plenty of more figurative messes that NASA and other government
agencies had to clean up after the 35-day shutdown ended in late January.
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SpaceIL back on course for the moon after computer glitch


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A privately-funded Israeli lunar lander performed a maneuver Feb. 28 to raise its orbit after a
computer problem postponed an earlier maneuver.
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More work ahead for Crew Dragon after test ight


by Jeff Foust — February 28, 2019

As SpaceX prepares to launch its Crew Dragon spacecraft on its first test flight, the company
and NASA acknowledge there’s still a lot of work ahead before the spacecraft is ready to carry
astronauts.
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Maxar to retain but restructure GEO satellite business


by Jeff Foust — February 28, 2019

Maxar Technologies has decided not to sell or shut down its commercial geostationary orbit
satellite business, but will restructure it with a greater emphasis on smaller satellites and
government customers.
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Air Force laying groundwork for future military use of commercial megaconstellations
by Sandra Erwin — February 28, 2019
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Low-cost internet access from LEO constellations is one of the products that the Air Force
wants to be able to acquire and use as soon as possible.
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World View hires new CEO


by Jeff Foust — February 28, 2019

World View, a company developing stratospheric balloons that provide capabilities that have
traditionally required satellites, has hired a new chief executive to help transition the
company from development to operations.
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OneWeb’s rst six satellites in orbit following Soyuz launch


by Caleb Henry — February 27, 2019

The first six satellites in a constellation that could one day number close to 2,000 lifted off
at4:37 p.m. Eastern aboard a Soyuz rocket.
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Heavens Above: Seraphim Capital is the archangel of prosperity for ventures ‘collecting and
communicating data from above’
by Debra Werner — February 27, 2019
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Since Seraphim Capital established a dedicated space fund in 2017, European entrepreneurs
who previously made a beeline for U.S. venture capital have started seeking investment closer
to home.
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Iceye expands staff to prepare for constellation


by Debra Werner — February 27, 2019

Iceye, the Earth observation startup based in Helsinki, has hired two vice presidents to help
customers gain access to imagery from its planned constellation of Synthetic Aperture Radar
(SAR) satellites.
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SpaceIL lunar lander makes rst post-launch maneuvers


by Jeff Foust — February 25, 2019

As an Israeli-built lunar lander makes its first post-launch maneuvers, a Japanese company
announced new partnerships in its plans to mount missions to the moon.
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Fire y to establish factory and launch site in Florida


by Jeff Foust — February 23, 2019

Firefly Aerospace announced agreements with state and federal agencies Feb. 22 to build a
new factory for producing and launching its rockets from Florida’s Space Coast.
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NASA gives go-ahead for SpaceX commercial crew test ight


by Jeff Foust — February 22, 2019

NASA managers have given their approval for SpaceX to proceed with an uncrewed test flight
of its Crew Dragon spacecraft on March 2.
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SpaceShipTwo ies to the edge of space again


by Jeff Foust — February 22, 2019

SpaceShipTwo successfully flew to the edge of space for the second time Feb. 22, carrying
three people for the first time as Virgin Galactic moved closer to beginning commercial
operations of the suborbital spaceplane.
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Companies skeptical commercial lunar landers can y NASA payloads this year
by Jeff Foust — February 22, 2019

As NASA selects payloads it plans to fly on commercial lunar landers, companies developing
those spacecraft are skeptical any landers will be ready to fly this year, as the agency desires.
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SpaceX launches satellites, moon mission on Falcon 9


by Caleb Henry — February 21, 2019

A SpaceX Falcon 9 carrying an Indonesian communications satellite, an Israeli lunar lander


and a U.S. Air Force smallsat launched Feb. 21 from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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Echostar’s take on high-throughput satellites: best bought one at a time


by Caleb Henry — February 21, 2019

EchoStar wishes it ordered its latest satellite, Jupiter-3, sooner than it did, but won’t seek to
play catch up by buying another copy of the satellite in order to meet surging demand for
broadband connectivity, executives said Feb. 21.
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Bezos emphasizes altitude advantage of New Shepard over SpaceShipTwo


by Jeff Foust — February 20, 2019

As Blue Origin prepares to start flying people on its New Shepard suborbital vehicle, the
company’s founder says the altitude the vehicle can reach will put it at an advantage over
Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo.
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Falcon 9 launch the nal leg of Indonesian satellite’s roundabout journey


by Caleb Henry — February 20, 2019

The Indonesian communications satellite that is SpaceX’s primary payload for its second
Falcon 9 launch this year overcame a change of manufacturers and the loss of a U.S. Ex-Im
Bank loan to reach the launch pad.
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FIRST UP Satcom | Facebook, Viasat join forces on rural internet • Exotrail wins 1.55M euros •
Es’hailSat to host BridgeSat lasercomm station
by Caleb Henry — February 20, 2019

Facebook and Viasat are collaborating first in Mexico, but are open to expanding globally,
Viasat said.
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Virgin Galactic reschedules SpaceShipTwo ight for Feb. 22


by Debra Werner — February 20, 2019

Virgin Galactic scrubbed the Feb. 20 flight test for SpaceShipTwo, the air-launched suborbital
spaceplane, due to high winds in Mojave, California. The flight test is now scheduled for
Friday, Feb. 22.
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New House space subcommittee chair plans to address commercial space issues
by Jeff Foust — February 19, 2019

The new chair of the House space subcommittee says she’s looking forward to working with
the commercial space industry on a number of issues, including oversight of non-traditional
space activities.
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SpaceShipTwo aims to reach space again


by Debra Werner — February 19, 2019

Virgin Galactic plans to conduct a fifth test flight Feb. 20 of its suborbital spaceplane
SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity.
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Eutelsat, amid revenue decline, says year will rebound


by Caleb Henry — February 19, 2019

A slow start for Eutelsat’s Konnect Africa broadband venture and losses in activities beyond
the fleet operator’s core business contributed to a 4.4 percent decline in revenue during the
last half of 2018.
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UK jump-starts OneWeb-ESA program with $23 million pledge


by Caleb Henry — February 18, 2019

The multiyear investment begins with 18-month contract worth few million pounds.
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LeoStella looks for more customers as it opens satellite factory


by Jeff Foust — February 17, 2019

As LeoStella inaugurated the factory that will be used to produce a series of Earth imaging
satellites, the joint venture of Thales Alenia Space and Spaceflight Industries continues to
look for other customers.
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NASA seeks to accelerate work on lunar missions


by Jeff Foust — February 15, 2019

NASA is now emphasizing speed in its lunar exploration plans, including seeking to fly
payloads on commercial lunar landers before the end of this year as it works with industry on
lander concepts.
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Australian startup Fleet prepares Series A to fund next 10 satellites


by Caleb Henry — February 14, 2019

Fleet Space Technologies will begin raising money next week from investors in a Series A
financing round after service launch immediately filled its four cubesats with customers.
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Relativity adds former SpaceX executives to leadership team


by Jeff Foust — February 14, 2019

Small launch vehicle developer Relativity has added three people, all of whom previously held
key positions at SpaceX, to its leadership team as it refines the technologies it will use on its
rockets.
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FIRST UP Satcom | Six Protons and an Angara launching this year • Airbus invests $25M in German
plant
by Caleb Henry — February 13, 2019

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Gilat issues $25 million dividend while pumping R&D


by Caleb Henry — February 12, 2019

CEO Yona Ovadia said Gilat had $104 million on hand as of Dec. 31 and will have sufficient
resources for significant financial plays even after subtracting the dividend.
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Spanish electricity company buys Hispasat for $1.1 billion


by Caleb Henry — February 12, 2019

Spanish power company Red Eléctrica announced an agreement Feb. 12 to buy out Abertis’
89.7 percent stake in domestic satellite operator Hispasat for 949 million euros ($1.08
billion).
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Techstars and Starburst unveil space startup accelerator


by Debra Werner — February 12, 2019

Starburst Aerospace and Techstars announced plans Feb. 12 to begin accepting applications
for a new space-focused accelerator based in Los Angeles and backed by the U.S. Air Force,
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Lockheed Martin, Maxar Technologies, SAIC and Israel
Aerospace Industries.
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Telesat LEO contenders pitch Canadian production to sweeten deal


by Caleb Henry — February 11, 2019

Companies competing to build hundreds of broadband satellites for Canadian fleet operator
Telesat are considering setting up production facilities in Canada.
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Chile weighs commercial replacement for lone spy satellite


by Brian Berger — February 11, 2019

In a departure from Chile’s previous plan to order an upgraded replacement for its sole
reconnaissance satellite, the air force is now looking at whether it can acquire partial control
of a more advanced satellite of the caliber Maxar’s DigitalGlobe division operates.
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Exolaunch plans ambitious launch campaign


by Debra Werner — February 11, 2019

“We act as an essential interface between a heavy lift launch vehicle and a small satellite
developer," said Jeanne Medvedeva, Exolaunch commercial director.
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Mars One company goes bankrupt


by Jeff Foust — February 11, 2019

The company that was to finance Mars One has been liquidated, dealing a severe setback to
the venture’s quixotic goals of one-way human missions to Mars.
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Virgin Galactic pilots join an exclusive club with FAA astronaut wings
by Jeff Foust — February 10, 2019

The two pilots who flew SpaceShipTwo to the edge of space in December received commercial
astronaut wings last week, joining an elite group that won’t necessarily become much larger
even with the anticipated growth of commercial spaceflight.
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Thaicom revenue shrinks 10 percent as regional competition stiffens


by Caleb Henry — February 8, 2019

Thai satellite operator Thaicom logged a second year of declining revenue, but trimmed losses
by selling its stake in a local telecom provider.
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by Caleb Henry — February 8, 2019

Viasat CEO Mark Dankberg said the company has executed an agreement with Boeing for a
third ViaSat-3 satellite, securing the last spacecraft needed for global Ka-band coverage.
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Investors cautiously optimistic about continued space industry growth


by Jeff Foust — February 8, 2019

Most investors believe that the growth in funding for space ventures will continue for the
near future, despite some concerns about parts of the industry and a lack of returns.
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C-Band Alliance plan will spawn lawsuits, Google, Charter warn


by Caleb Henry — February 7, 2019

Those future lawsuits would also hamstring the C-Band Alliance plan, they said, making it no
faster at reallocating the spectrum for 5G networks than an auction.
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Honeywell to open technology incubator


by Debra Werner — February 7, 2019

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Honeywell Aerospace is preparing to formally open its Space Division Greenhouse, an
incubator focused on slashing the cost and time required to produce optical intersatellite
links and other spacecraft components.
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Small launch vehicle companies see rideshare as an opportunity and a threat


by Jeff Foust — February 7, 2019

Developers of small launch vehicles, who have promoted their vehicles as providing dedicated
access to space for small satellites, say they’re also open to flying rideshare missions as they
face competition from larger rockets.
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Iridium ends legacy satellite service, switches all traf c to Next eet
by Caleb Henry — February 6, 2019

“For the first time since the initial launch of the system over 20 years ago, zero traffic is going
through the old satellites,” Matt Desch, CEO of Iridium, said Feb. 6 at the National Press Club
here.
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Commercial crew test ight schedule slips again


by Jeff Foust — February 6, 2019
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NASA announced Feb. 6 another set of delays to the schedule of commercial crew test flights
by Boeing and SpaceX, increasing concerns that the vehicles won’t be ready to starting
transporting astronauts to the International Space Station by the end of this year.
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What happens to technology, talent when startups fail?


by Debra Werner — February 6, 2019

An undercurrent of the SmallSat Symposium was a widespread conviction that a shakeout is


looming for certain entrepreneurial space sectors, prompting questions about the future of
technology, personnel and business models that never get off the ground, literally or
figuratively.
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Momentus signs in-space transportation pact


by Debra Werner — February 5, 2019

In-space transportation startup Momentus announced Feb. 6 the first contract for its
Vigoride and Vigoride Extended satellite repositioning services at the SmallSat Symposium
here.
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by Jeff Foust — February 5, 2019

The small satellite field, which has enjoyed significant growth and investment in the last few
years, will face new challenges this year demonstrating their business plans, with some
expecting a shakeout in some parts of the sector.
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Space startup investments continued to rise in 2018


by Caleb Henry — February 4, 2019

Investors continue to fund space startups at an accelerating rate, according to two firms that
track activity in the sector.
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GEO satellite orders continued to underwhelm in 2018


by Caleb Henry — February 4, 2019

Last year’s poor harvest of five commercial orders for large geostationary communications
satellites proved even worse than 2017’s surprise low of just seven orders.
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SpaceX tests ight version of Raptor engine


by Jeff Foust — February 4, 2019

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SpaceX test-fired Feb. 3 the first flight version of the Raptor engine the company has
developed for its next-generation launch system.
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Orion Span falls far short of funding goal to support its commercial space station ambitions
by Jeff Foust — February 1, 2019

A startup with visions of developing private space stations raised only a small fraction of the
funding it sought in a recent equity crowdfunding campaign, with no guarantee that it will be
able to retain that funding.
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ABL Space Systems increases performance and cuts price of its small launch vehicle
by Jeff Foust — February 1, 2019

A small launch vehicle company is increasing its vehicle’s payload capacity and reducing its
price as it seeks to find a niche in a crowded market.
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Northrop Grumman pleased with progress integrating Orbital ATK


by Jeff Foust — January 31, 2019

Northrop Grumman executives said Jan. 31 that the integration of the former Orbital ATK
into the company is largely going according to plan but warned there could be financial
impacts to the company if there is another government shutdown.
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Op-ed | We can — and should — democratize the economy of space, from communications to deep
space exploration  
by Laura Overly — January 31, 2019

It's time to rethink manufacturability and seriously consider “pop-up” manufacturing, an on-
site manufacturing center brought to customer hubs.
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Op-ed | Time to give H.R. 4945 another look?


by Richard Parker — January 31, 2019

As space commerce evolves to include new types of assets and activities, insurance continues
to be an essential part of the financing for any commercial space venture and acts as the due
diligence agent of technology.
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Telesat signs New Glenn multi-launch agreement with Blue Origin for LEO missions
by Caleb Henry — January 31, 2019

The agreement, for an unspecified number of launches and satellites, makes Telesat the fifth
customer to sign up to use the reusable launcher, which is slated for a maiden flight in 2021.
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Phase Four wins orders for smallsat electric thrusters


by Jeff Foust — January 31, 2019

Phase Four, a startup developing electric propulsion systems for small satellites, has won its
first major orders for those thrusters from two companies.
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Maxar’s exit from DARPA satellite servicing program a cautionary tale


by Sandra Erwin — January 30, 2019

James Vedda, analyst at Aerospace Corp., said the RSGS setback should not be read “as an
indictment of satellite servicing.”
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Space industry executives optimistic about 2019 despite shutdown and layoffs
by Jeff Foust — January 30, 2019

Despite a recent wave of layoffs and a five-week partial government shutdown, companies
remain optimistic about the overall prospects for the space industry in the coming year.
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Blue eld adds customers for methane detection


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Bluefield Technologies is signing up additional customers in the wake of a recent aerial


demonstration of its optical sensors to detect methane leaks.
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SSL cancels DARPA satellite servicer agreement


by Caleb Henry — January 30, 2019

The company said it backed out the servicer program in order to focus on "other capital
priorities, such as WorldView Legion.”
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Space business buoys Harris, troubles L3 as merger progresses


by Caleb Henry — January 29, 2019

Harris Corp. and L3 Technologies reported contrasting financial performances for their space
activities Jan. 29, with Harris charting growth in classified smallsat programs and L3
recording losses in satellite communications components.
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Nonpro t led by former U.S. lawmakers working to connect DoD with commercial space industry
by Sandra Erwin — January 29, 2019

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The national security space program at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and
Congress is working on a list of recommendations on how the Pentagon could work better
with the commercial space industry.
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Lockheed Martin projects decline in space pro ts in 2019 due to ULA


by Jeff Foust — January 29, 2019

While Lockheed Martin’s space unit reported increased earnings in 2018, the company
cautioned that it expects profits from that unit to decline in 2019 because of decreased
contributions from United Launch Alliance.
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IAI to partner with OHB on lunar delivery services


by Jeff Foust — January 29, 2019

The Israeli company that built a privately funded lunar lander scheduled for launch next
month is partnering with a German firm to offer similar landers for future European Space
Agency missions.
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Foust Forward | Space tourism’s image problem


by Jeff Foust — January 28, 2019

For the very patient advocates of space tourism, the good news is that 2019 may finally be the
year that tourists get to fly on suborbital vehicles.
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Wyler claims breakthrough in low-cost antenna for OneWeb, other satellite systems
by Caleb Henry — January 25, 2019

OneWeb founder Greg Wyler says a self-funded side project of his has developed an antenna
module costing $15, paving the way for OneWeb user terminals priced between $200 and
$300.
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Blue Origin breaks ground for BE-4 factory


by Jeff Foust — January 25, 2019

As Blue Origin breaks ground on a new factory for producing rocket engines, the company
says development of its BE-4 engine will be completed later this year.
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Tempers are when meteorologists discuss commercial weather data


by Debra Werner — January 25, 2019

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commercial companies expand their role in gathering and disseminating weather data,
academic and government researchers are deeply concerned they will lose access to the data
that fuels their work.
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Virgin Galactic lays off staff as test program continues


by Jeff Foust — January 25, 2019

Suborbital spaceflight company Virgin Galactic laid off about 40 people earlier this month as
part of a realignment of “skill sets” in the company’s workforce as it prepares to shift into
commercial operations later this year.
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GHGSat to accelerate business plan


by Debra Werner — January 25, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO — GHGSat of Montreal is accelerating plans to build and launch


greenhouse gas monitoring satellites in response to strong market demand and the success of
its first space-based sensor.

“We have at least a three to five…


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Swarm raises $25 million for smallsat constellation


by Caleb Henry — January 24, 2019

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The new Series A funds will go toward deploying the company’s full constellation over the
next 18 months, as well as adding new hires and boosting technology development.
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Branson expects commercial SpaceShipTwo ights to begin in mid-2019


by Jeff Foust — January 24, 2019

The founder of Virgin Galactic says he now expects to fly on the company’s SpaceShipTwo
suborbital vehicle around the middle of this year after a series of test flights starting in the
next several weeks.
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Shutdown’s toll mounts for NASA and companies


by Jeff Foust — January 23, 2019

A partial government shutdown now nearly five weeks old is affecting a growing number of
space companies and organizations as well as the agencies themselves shuttered by the lapse
in funding.
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Rocket Lab to launch DARPA satellite


by Jeff Foust — January 22, 2019

Small launch vehicle developer Rocket Lab will launch an experimental satellite for the
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in February, the first of a planned dozen
launches in 2019.
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ArianeGroup and PTScientists to study lunar lander mission for ESA


by Jeff Foust — January 22, 2019

ESA has awarded a contract to a group that includes Europe’s largest launch services provider
and a former Google Lunar X Prize competitor to study a concept for a mission to mine lunar
regolith.
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UAE to establish space investment plan


by Jeff Foust — January 22, 2019

The United Arab Emirates will seek to encourage both investment in space ventures in the
country as well as investment by domestic funds into the broader space industry.
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Next steps for the Pentagon’s new space sensors for missile defense
by Sandra Erwin — January 21, 2019

Griffin:“We think the best approach is a network of satellites in low orbit. How many, what
orbit, all that is to be determined.”
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Stratolaunch abandons launch vehicle program


by Jeff Foust — January 18, 2019

Stratolaunch, the company founded by the late billionaire Paul Allen, said Jan. 18 that it is
ending work on a launch vehicle that would be flown on the company’s giant aircraft.
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QuadSat drones test satellite antennas


by Debra Werner — January 18, 2019

QuadSat, a Danish company focused on testing and calibrating satellite antennas with
quadcopters drones, plans to recruit satellite engineers with 700,000 euros ($796,000)
raised in a seed investment round announced Jan. 16.
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Isotropic Systems gains Boeing as investor, partner on satellite user terminals


by Caleb Henry — January 17, 2019

In an interview, Isotropic founder and CEO John Finney said Boeing and Isotropic agreed to
several “strategic elements” that go beyond the cash investment.
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Relativity to build launch site at Cape Canaveral


by Jeff Foust — January 17, 2019

Relativity, the startup developing a small launch vehicle using additive manufacturing
technologies, announced Jan. 17 it has won approval from the U.S. Air Force to build a launch
site at Cape Canaveral.
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Aireon paying back Iridium with help from $200M loan


by Caleb Henry — January 16, 2019

Aireon said it signed the credit facility Dec. 21, and that it used the new funds to pay satellite
operator Iridium $35 million before the end of 2018 for hosting its sensor payloads on the
Iridium Next constellation.
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SpaceX to shift Starship work from California to Texas


by Jeff Foust — January 16, 2019

Less than a week after laying off 10 percent of its employees, SpaceX said Jan. 16 that it plans
to shift work on at least prototypes of its next-generation launch system from Los Angeles to
Texas.
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Astranis lands anchor customer for its rst small GEO satellite
by Caleb Henry — January 16, 2019

Astranis, a startup designing small geostationary satellites for internet connectivity, has
signed an Alaskan telecommunications provider as its first customer.
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Parsons: Geospatial intelligence capability essential to future growth


by Sandra Erwin — January 16, 2019

Parsons has been on a buying spree since 2011 as the company has sought to reinvent itself
from an engineering and critical infrastructure contractor to one that can also play in
intelligence, cybersecurity and cloud computing.
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Satellogic selects China Great Wall to launch satellite constellation


by Jeff Foust — January 15, 2019

Satellogic, a company developing a constellation of Earth imaging satellites with


hyperspectral capabilities, announced Jan. 15 that it will launch its fleet of spacecraft on
Chinese rockets.
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General Atomics’ acquisitions of smallsat companies bearing fruit


by Sandra Erwin — January 14, 2019

General Atomics hopes to win military contracts for customized small satellite missions.
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Maxar replaces CEO Howard Lance with DigitalGlobe president


by Caleb Henry — January 14, 2019

Maxar Technologies has named the president of its DigitalGlobe division to replace Howard
Lance, who resigned Jan. 14 as Maxar’s president and CEO after less than three years on the
job.
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SpaceX laying off 10 percent of its workforce


by Jeff Foust — January 11, 2019

SpaceX is laying off about 10 percent of its workforce, a cost-cutting move the company says
is required to focus on development of its next-generation launch system and a broadband
satellite constellation.
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Ball and SSL win study contracts for methane emission tracking satellite
by Jeff Foust — January 11, 2019

The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has awarded contracts to Ball Aerospace and Space
Systems Loral to develop designs for a privately funded satellite to track methane emissions.
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Thales Alenia Space to build ESA’s FLEX vegetation-monitoring satellite


by Caleb Henry — January 10, 2019

Thales Alenia Space said Jan. 10 it received a contract from the European Space Agency
worth approximately 150 million euros ($172.4 million) to build the Fluorescent Explorer
satellite.
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Stratolaunch airplane nears rst ight


by Jeff Foust — January 10, 2019

The latest taxi test of the giant aircraft being developed by Stratolaunch for its air-launch
system is a sign the plane’s first flight may take place soon.
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Blue Origin still holding off on New Shepard ticket sales


by Jeff Foust — January 8, 2019

Blue Origin expects to start flying people on its New Shepard suborbital vehicle early this
year, but has yet to start selling tickets or even establish a ticket price for future commercial
flights.
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Swarm, after FCC blunder, hires satellite regulatory veteran Kalpak Gude
by Caleb Henry — January 8, 2019

In an interview, Gude said he is not Swarm’s mandated compliance director, but will be
helping Swarm navigate through the global regulatory landscape as its general counsel and
head of regulatory affairs.
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Fire y investor Noosphere Ventures eyes satellite manufacturing sector


by Caleb Henry — January 8, 2019

Noosphere Ventures, two years after providing a lifeline investment in small launcher
company Firefly, is gearing up to make another space investment, this time in the small-
satellite manufacturing sector.
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Defense and security contractor Parsons to acquire geospatial intelligence rm OGSystems


by Sandra Erwin — January 7, 2019

With the acquisition of OGSystems, Parsons gets immediate access to highly skilled
geospatial intelligence analysts.
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DigitalGlobe loses WorldView-4 satellite to gyro failure


by SpaceNews Staff — January 7, 2019

The company said that while efforts are continuing to restore the spacecraft, "Maxar believes
that WorldView-4 will likely not be recoverable and will no longer produce usable imagery."
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Sky and Space Global misses payment to GomSpace on 200-cubesat order


by Caleb Henry — January 4, 2019

GomSpace is holding up production on a 200-cubesat order from telecom startup Sky and
Space Global due to past-due payments.
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Iridium open to rideshares for spare satellite launches


by Caleb Henry — January 3, 2019

Iridium Communications is less than a week away from the final launch of its 75-satellite
Iridium Next constellation, but could opt to launch six additional satellites if the right
rideshare opportunity opens up, CEO Matt Desch said Jan. 3.
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Deep Space Industries acquired by Bradford Space


by Jeff Foust — January 2, 2019

Deep Space Industries (DSI), a company founded to pursue asteroid mining but which more
recently has focused on smallsats, has been acquired by another space technology company.
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Air Force turns to nontraditional contracting for space technology projects


by Sandra Erwin — December 31, 2018

The Space Enterprise Consortium does not follow the arcane defense acquisition regulations.
It requires traditional defense contractors to work with nontraditional vendors.
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Foust Forward | Making Wall Street space-savvy again


by Jeff Foust — December 28, 2018

At least Wall Street is paying attention to the space industry again.


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Cloud Constellation lines up $100 million investment


by Caleb Henry — December 27, 2018

A startup designing a constellation of orbiting cloud data centers has arranged a $100 million
investment from Hughes China Holdings Company Limited (HCH Group) of Hong Kong.
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Runner-up in NASA commercial lunar lander competition plans to try again


by Jeff Foust — December 27, 2018

The one company that failed to win a NASA contract last month for commercial lunar payload
delivery services says it will try again in the future as it continues development of its lunar
lander.
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Russia inaugurates Vostochny Cosmodrome with semi-commercial Soyuz launch


by Matthew Bodner — December 27, 2018

After years of delays, construction mishaps and outrageous corruption scandals, Russia’s new
premier space launch facility — the Vostochny Cosmodrome — saw the first successful flight
of commercial payloads aboard a Soyuz 2.1A rocket.
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NASA opens the oodgates for rms with planetary ambitions


by Debra Werner — December 27, 2018

When NASA revealed the names of nine companies eligible for contracts to deliver payloads
to the moon on robotic landers, it set off a flurry of activity among firms with related
technology.
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Air Force to accelerate deployment of anti-jam satellite communications equipment


by Sandra Erwin — December 26, 2018

Navy aircraft carrier strike groups will get the new technology in 2022, about 18 months
sooner than previously planned.
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Commerce Department seeks to encourage more space industry investment


by Jeff Foust — December 26, 2018

Even amid growing venture capital investment in space companies, the Commerce
Department is making efforts to encourage more institutional investment into the industry.
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FCC nes Swarm $900,000 for unauthorized smallsat launch


by Caleb Henry — December 20, 2018

Swarm Technologies will pay $900,000 to settle an investigation by the U.S. Federal
Communications Commission into the startup’s launch of four picosatellites on an Indian
rocket this January without regulatory approval, the FCC announced Dec. 20.
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C-Band Alliance plan would require 5G networks to pay for eight new satellites
by Caleb Henry — December 20, 2018

The two largest members of the C-Band Alliance would each need four new satellites in order
to continue providing telecom services in the U.S. if the Federal Communications
Commission accepts its C-band plan, the group said Dec. 19.
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New contracts demonstrate continued strong demand for smallsat rideshare launch services
by Jeff Foust — December 19, 2018

A pair of new deals shows that, despite the growing number of small launch vehicles under
development, demand from smallsat developers for rideshares on larger vehicles remains
high.
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Dream Chaser cleared to begin full-scale production


by Jeff Foust — December 18, 2018

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has won NASA approval to begin full-scale production of its
Dream Chaser cargo spacecraft scheduled to make its first flight in about two years.
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Planet to acquire software specialist Boundless Spatial


by Debra Werner — December 18, 2018

Earth observation company Planet plans to acquire Boundless Spatial Inc., a geospatial
software specialist “to accelerate the adoption by government and enterprise customers of
commercial geospatial information services,” said Robbie Schingler, Planet co-founder and
chief strategy officer.
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SpaceIL completes lunar lander for February launch


by Jeff Foust — December 18, 2018

A privately funded Israeli lunar lander originally built for a prize competition is now complete
and ready for launch in early 2019.
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Blue Origin gearing up for next New Shepard test ight


by Jeff Foust — December 17, 2018

Blue Origin plans to conduct the next test flight of its New Shepard suborbital vehicle Dec. 18
as the company moves closer to flying people into space.
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Falcon Heavy customer Ovzon orders GEO satellite from SSL


by Caleb Henry — December 17, 2018

Swedish startup Ovzon, which in October bought a Falcon Heavy launch from SpaceX, has
now purchased a satellite for that mission from Maxar Technologies’ Space Systems Loral
division.
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Virgin Galactic ight wins praise from government and industry


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by Jeff Foust — December 14, 2018
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While some question whether Virgin Galactic’s latest SpaceShipTwo test flight actually went
into space, a number of government officials and industry organizations have few doubts that
it did.
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Business Finland gives ICEYE 10 million Euros


by Debra Werner — December 14, 2018

Business Finland, a Finnish trade and economic development agency, awarded a 10 million
Euro ($11.36 million) grant to radar satellite operator ICEYE.
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Branson looks ahead to beginning commercial SpaceShipTwo ights


by Jeff Foust — December 13, 2018

With a first flight to the edge of space under the company’s belt, Virgin Galactic founder
Richard Branson believes commercial flights of SpaceShipTwo could begin some time next
year.
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OneWeb scales back baseline constellation by 300 satellites


by Caleb Henry — December 13, 2018

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Greg Wyler, OneWeb’s founder, said the company will need only 600 satellites or so instead
of 900 after ground tests of the first satellites demonstrated better than expected
performance.
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Intelsat launches broadband service aimed at military and government aircraft


by Sandra Erwin — December 13, 2018

The telecommunications company COMSAT, which supplies services to the U.S. government,
has signed a deal with Intelsat to market FlexAir to U.S. government aviation users and
coalition partners.
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Virgin Galactic ready for milestone SpaceShipTwo ight


by Jeff Foust — December 13, 2018

A test flight more than a decade in the making is scheduled to take place Dec. 13 as Virgin
Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo suborbital vehicle is set to make its highest and fastest flight to date,
one that, if all goes well, will take it beyond one boundary of space.
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C-Band Alliance members promise to buy American for new satellites under C-band plan
by Caleb Henry — December 12, 2018

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Members of the C-Band Alliance have stipulated that they will only buy U.S.-built satellites to
replace any capacity lost through the transfer of some C-band spectrum to cellular operators
for 5G, a move that could position their plan more favorably with the White House and
Congress.
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Harris says rst cubesat performing well in orbit


by Debra Werner — December 12, 2018

Harris Corp.’s first small satellite, a six-unit cubesat, is fully operational, receiving commands
and transmitting information to the satellite operations center in Palm Bay, Florida.
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Why the “Amazoni cation” of satellite data communications is a good thing


by Mike Carey — December 11, 2018

As a founder and chief strategy officer of ATLAS Space Operations, a satellite data
communications company that has been doing this very same thing for the past four years,
you might think I’d be a little nervous to see Amazon enter the industry. But I’m not.
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Satellite component supplier Sodern seeks to double output by 2020


by Caleb Henry — December 10, 2018

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Spacecraft manufacturers have complained of stress on their supplier base as operators
purchase fewer traditional geostationary satellites. One company in France is bucking that
trend, however.
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Boeing dropping Global IP satellite order


by Caleb Henry — December 10, 2018

“Boeing is terminating the Global IP satellite contract for reasons of default for nonpayment,”
the company said in a Dec. 7 statement to SpaceNews.
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Planet sets sights on the long game: Building robust subscription business
by Debra Werner — December 10, 2018

Planet's employees, customers and investors paint a picture of a company growing steadily
while seeking to dramatically expand the market for data captured via satellite.
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Forecasts call for rapid growth in Earth observation market


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Two consulting firms anticipate strong demand for commercial Earth observation products
and services in the next decade as satellite constellations offer an increasing array of optical,
radar, hyperspectral and video imagery and data.
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Op-ed | IoT smallsats: Ready for launch?


by Alan Crisp — December 9, 2018

In recent years, there has been a boom of announcements for satellite constellations
comprising satellites weighing as little as 3 kilograms to address a growing market of
machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) via satellite.
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Axelspace raises $22.8 million for remote-sensing constellation


by Caleb Henry — December 7, 2018

In an interview, Axelspace Chief Business Development Officer Yasunori Yamazaki, said the
funding will enable the company of 65 people to continue building a constellation called
AxelGlobe, though the company hasn’t decided on a final size for the constellation.
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Maxar sells portion of SSL real estate


by Caleb Henry — December 6, 2018

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Maxar Technologies sold one of satellite manufacturer Space Systems Loral’s facilities in
Silicon Valley for $70 million, the company announced today.
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Inmarsat books Japanese H3 rocket’s rst commercial launch


by Caleb Henry — December 6, 2018

British satellite operator Inmarsat announced Dec. 5 it will be the first commercial customer
of the next-generation H3 rocket from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of Japan.
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Thales Alenia Space to build four radar satellites for South Korea
by Caleb Henry — December 5, 2018

European satellite manufacturer Thales Alenia Space said Dec. 5 it signed separate contracts
with Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) and Hanwha Systems Corp. to develop four high-
resolution radar satellites for South Korea’s Agency for Defence Development.
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Op-ed | Expanding space security options through gender perspectives


by Joan Johnson-Freese and Sahana Dharmapuri — December 5, 2018

A Space Force without the complementary effort of diplomacy and confidence building would
be a recipe for incalculable escalation of unnecessary tension between states.
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Launcher takes long-term view of small launch market


by Jeff Foust — December 4, 2018

A startup that recently hired an experienced Ukrainian engineer is taking a long-term view
for development of a small launch vehicle, believing that performance will win out over time.
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DirecTV owner AT&T says it’s done buying satellites


by Caleb Henry — December 4, 2018

“We’ve launched our last satellite,” John Donovan, CEO of AT&T Communications, said
during a presentation to analysts.
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Smallsat industry hails historic SpaceX rideshare launch


by Sandra Erwin — December 4, 2018

After several launch delays, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 on Monday successfully deployed 64 small
satellites into orbit.
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Maxar schedules spending break after WorldView Legion completion


by Caleb Henry — December 3, 2018

Maxar Technologies plans to significantly reduce its capital expenditures after completing
construction of its next-generation WorldView Legion constellation so that the company can
focus on curbing its $3 billion debt load.
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Here are the winners of the 2018 SpaceNews Awards for Excellence & Innovation
by SpaceNews Editor — December 3, 2018

SpaceNews established these awards to honor the well-known champions and the unsung
heroes shaping the global space industry. We endeavored to celebrate headline-grabbing
breakthroughs as well as outside-the-limelight innovations. The winners recognized in the
pages ahead were chosen by the SpaceNews editorial team after an open nomination process
that concluded with a reader poll.
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Atlas Space Operations wins rst defense customer


by Debra Werner — December 3, 2018

With the SpaceX rideshare launch, Atlas Space Operations welcomed its first Defense
Department customer into its cloud-based ground station network.
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Pentagon criticized for stagnant innovation, lack of investment strategy


by Sandra Erwin — December 2, 2018

Defense officials acknowledge that rearranging budget priorities is like turning around a
battleship.
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Boundary of space being reconsidered as Virgin Galactic test program advances


by Jeff Foust — December 1, 2018

As Virgin Galactic gets closer to its first suborbital flights into space, a potential change in
terminology could make it easier for the company to achieve that milestone.
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NASA selects nine companies for commercial lunar lander program


by Jeff Foust — November 29, 2018

NASA has picked nine companies, ranging from startups to aerospace giants, to be eligible for
future contracts to deliver payloads to the surface of the moon, but with no guarantee of
business for any of them.
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Amazon-Lockheed venture casts shadow on ground station startups


by Jeff Foust — November 29, 2018

A joint effort by Amazon and Lockheed Martin to provide ground station services to satellite
startups could pose a competitive threat to other startups offering similar solutions.
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Telesat wins study contract for DARPA’s experimental constellation


by Caleb Henry — November 29, 2018

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded satellite operator Telesat a
contract to study the use of commercial buses in the agency’s experimental low-Earth-orbit
constellation program known as Blackjack.
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Launch companies reduce vehicle options to lower costs


by Jeff Foust — November 28, 2018

Launch companies that once offered many variants of an individual vehicle to match the
specific needs of payloads are now moving to a smaller number of standardized designs,
trading off optimization for cost savings.
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Teleports ramp cyber defenses as digitization increases hacker threat


by Caleb Henry — November 28, 2018

The satellite industry has so far managed to avoid a high-profile cyber attack, something
experts attribute both to the industry’s vigilance and how oblivious much of the world is to
the magnitude of the services it provides.
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Small launch vehicle industry entering key period


by Jeff Foust — November 28, 2018

The next two years will be a key period for the small launch vehicle industry as several
companies prepare for first flights of their vehicles and try to find their niche in a market of
uncertain size.
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Satellite data business is Amazon’s next disruption target


by Sandra Erwin — November 28, 2018

The AWS satellite ground station service will be administered like Amazon cloud services, on
a “pay-as-you-go basis."
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Three months from application to launch license? A new report says it’s possible.
by Debra Werner — November 23, 2018

A report delivered in October to the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial


Space Transportation recommends a streamlined approach to launch licensing aimed at
significantly speeding up the process and reducing its complexity.
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FCC license application sheds light on SpaceX vehicle testing plans


by Jeff Foust — November 23, 2018

SpaceX has filed a license application with the FCC to cover testing at the company’s South
Texas launch site of what may be the company’s next-generation launch vehicle.
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Small satellite industry stepping up advocacy in Washington


by Sandra Erwin — November 21, 2018

Small satellites have been hailed as a game changer in the space industry, but the
government’s slower than anticipated embrace of smallsat technology has been a
disappointment, according to analysts and industry advocates who spoke at the Space
Foundation's "SmallSat Revolution" event.
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NASA to review safety cultures at commercial crew companies


by Jeff Foust — November 21, 2018

NASA plans to carry out a review in the coming months of the safety practices at Boeing and
SpaceX, an examination reportedly prompted by the actions of SpaceX founder Elon Musk.
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Space tracking is about to become much more demanding


by Debra Werner — November 19, 2018

Spacecraft and debris tracking is a serious problem that is about to get worse as companies
prepare to send hundreds or thousands of satellites into megaconstellations, said Paul
Graziani, Analytical Graphics Inc. chief executive and co-founder.
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Government inertia a problem for small satellite industry


by Sandra Erwin — November 18, 2018

Steve Nixon:“I think there’s some bureaucratic inertia. Also there’s a space industrial
complex that might not want to see a shift to much cheaper assets.”
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LEO startup raises $39.5 million for constellation to watch Earth and space
by Caleb Henry — November 16, 2018

The round brings NorthStar E&S’s total funding to 83 million Canadian dollars and ends a
funding drought from when the company announced its plans three years ago.
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Microsatellite maker Spacety looks to ll the gaps in the new Chinese market
by Andrew Jones — November 16, 2018

Spacety is one of China’s first commercial and private satellite companies in China,
established in January 2016, following new government policies introduced in 2014 and 2015
to deregulate the nation’s space sector.
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AST&Science picks Midland for Micron satellites


by Debra Werner — November 16, 2018

AST&Science announced plans Nov. 15 to begin building extremely satellites in 2019 at its
new North American manufacturing plant in Midland, Texas.
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Solstar seeks strategic investor for WiFi in Space


by Debra Werner — November 15, 2018

Solstar Space, the New Mexico startup planning to offer WiFi to people and machines in
orbit, is looking for a strategic investor.
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Rocket Lab raises an additional $140 million


by Jeff Foust — November 15, 2018

Rocket Lab, the small launch vehicle developer that recently performed its first commercial
launch, has raised an additional $140 million to fund expansion of its launch activities and
research projects.
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Will megaconstellations cause a dangerous spike in orbital debris?


by Debra Werner — November 15, 2018

It’s no secret the megaconstellations will have a dramatic impact on space traffic. Experts
now are turning their attention to ensuring they don’t also create a dangerous spike in orbital
debris.
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Space Tango plans in-orbit manufacturing


by Debra Werner — November 15, 2018

Space Tango, a Kentucky startup that develops microgravity research platforms, announced
plans Nov. 15 to launch in the mid-2020s an autonomous in-orbit manufacturing facility.
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Air Force vice chief says space procurement is on the right path
by Sandra Erwin — November 14, 2018

WASHINGTON — Air Force buyers of space systems are cutting red tape and removing layers
of oversight to expedite programs, Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Stephen Wilson
said on Wednesday.

Wilson said the reorganization of the A…


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Momentus raises $8.3 million for last-mile spacecraft delivery


by Debra Werner — November 14, 2018

Space transportation startup Momentus raised $8.3 million in seed funding for its business of
offering satellite operators rides from one orbit to another, the Santa, Clara, California
company announced Nov. 14.
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DigitalGlobe: New commercial players not threatening our government business


by Sandra Erwin — November 14, 2018

Geospatial imagery and services provider DigitalGlobe secured a $900 million contract
extension from the National Reconnaissance Office to provide commercial imagery until
August 2023.
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ArianeGroup to shed 2,300 employees as Ariane 6 nears completion


by Caleb Henry — November 14, 2018

"The end of the development of Ariane 6 and the need to increase competitiveness in the
European rocket launch business compel ArianeGroup to reduce its capacity by the
equivalent of 2,300 full-time jobs by 2022," the company said in a statement.
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ESA preps Earth observation satellite with onboard AI processor


by Tereza Pultarova — November 13, 2018

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The European Space Agency plans to launch an Earth observation satellite equipped with an
artificially intelligent processor that would enable the spacecraft to make decisions regarding
what to image and which data to send to the ground.
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Inmarsat preps new maritime product to fend off KVH competition


by Caleb Henry — November 13, 2018

Rupert Pearce, Inmarsat’s CEO, said Nov. 8 that the company is taking steps to retain
customers in its largest market segment, having identified broadband for social use among
crews as the missing component of Inmarsat’s maritime service offering.
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Orbit Fab to test refueling technology on ISS


by Jeff Foust — November 6, 2018

A startup company with plans to develop orbiting propellant depots will fly an experiment to
the International Space Station next month to demonstrate some of its key technologies.
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Stratolaunch tests key engine component


by Jeff Foust — November 6, 2018

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Stratolaunch has performed the first test-firing of a key component of a rocket engine it is
developing as the company presses ahead despite the death of its founder and principal
funder.
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Former Google Lunar X Prize teams still working on lunar landers


by Jeff Foust — November 6, 2018

Two former competitors in the Google Lunar X Prize are continuing to pursue commercial
lunar landers that could launch as soon as late 2019.
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Viasat shrinks MEO constellation plans


by Caleb Henry — November 5, 2018

As the U.S. Federal Communications Commission prepares to vote on satellite constellations


from four companies in mid-November, another satellite operator is reducing the size of its
proposed constellation.
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Luxembourg government to continue commercial space initiatives after election


by Jeff Foust — November 5, 2018

A Luxembourg government official said Nov. 4 that he doesn’t think there will be any changes
to the country’s commercial space initiatives as a result of a recent parliamentary election
there.

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Iridium expects Aireon to pay off $200M debt by end of 2021


by Caleb Henry — November 3, 2018

Aireon, the aircraft-tracking venture Iridium Communications founded to help finance


construction of the now nearly completed Iridium Next Constellation, is close to securing a
new credit line that should allow the firm to catch up on $200 million in overdue payload
hosting fees.
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Israel Aerospace Industries to pay $10 million for late delivery of satellite destroyed in Falcon 9
explosion
by Caleb Henry — November 2, 2018

Israel Aerospace Industries was ordered to pay Spacecom $10 million for late delivery of
Amos-6, a satellite that ended up being destroyed in SpaceX’s 2016 Falcon 9 fueling mishap.
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Moon Express issues stock to Intuitive Machines


by Debra Werner — November 1, 2018

Commercial lunar transportation firm Moon Express delivered 590,710 shares of stock worth
an estimated $2.25 million to Intuitive Machines LLC, a firm with autonomous systems
expertise, as ordered Oct. 15 by a federal judge in Delaware.
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Additive machines prompt companies to throw out the rule books


by Debra Werner — November 1, 2018

Space system engineers, who once saw additive manufacturing as a way to trim the size and
weight of conventional components, are beginning to see its true potential.
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SSL additively expands additive manufacturing from brackets to antenna towers


by Debra Werner — November 1, 2018

With four more of its satellites launched between July 22 and Sept. 25, Space Systems Loral
now has more than 1,000 additively manufactured parts in orbit on 15 spacecraft.
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Lockheed Martin extends additive manufacturing to key spacecraft components


by Debra Werner — November 1, 2018

Lockheed Martin’s Additive Design and Manufacturing Center in Sunnyvale, California,


where the company produces military, commercial and civil space technology, attained a
comprehensive safety certification.
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HPE supercomputer in orbit is ready for researchers


by Debra Werner — November 1, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced plans Nov. 1 to offer researchers
and astronauts access to its Spaceborne Computer, the supercomputer the Palo Alto,
California, company sent to the International Space Station in August 2017….
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Asteroid mining company Planetary Resources acquired by blockchain rm


by Jeff Foust — October 31, 2018

Planetary Resources Inc., once a high-flying company backed by billionaires with aspirations
to mine asteroids, only to later suffer funding problems, has been acquired by a blockchain
company, the firms announced Oct. 31.
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Maxar trying to sell GEO business as defective components compound troubles


by Caleb Henry — October 31, 2018

Maxar Technologies executives said selling the company’s struggling geostationary satellite
manufacturing business is now the most likely path it will take to break free from a business
that is operating at a loss.
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Blue Canyon Technologies wins constellation contract


by Debra Werner — October 31, 2018

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded BCT a contract to define bus and
payload requirements for Blackjack, a constellation of satellites in low Earth orbit to offer
persistent global communications and Earth observation.
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Navy’s 3D printing project promises big payoffs for aerospace and defense manufacturing
by Sandra Erwin — October 31, 2018

The aerospace industry is making huge investments in additive manufacturing but producing
parts that can pass quality tests in government programs, for instance, remains a challenge.
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Yahsat planning successor for Thuraya eet


by Caleb Henry — October 31, 2018

With the acquisition of fellow Emirati satellite operator Thuraya completed this August,
Yahsat is planning to order two replacement satellites by the end of 2019 to continue
Thuraya’s L-band connectivity service.
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Rocket Lab sets November date for next Electron launch


by Jeff Foust — October 31, 2018

Rocket Lab said Oct. 30 it plans to perform a long-delayed launch of an Electron rocket
carrying several small satellites during a mid-November launch window, as the company
seeks to ramp up its launch activity.
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Orbital debris removal company Astroscale raises $50 million


by Jeff Foust — October 31, 2018

Astroscale, a company developing technologies to capture and deorbit space debris,


announced Oct. 31 it raised a $50 million Series D round that brings its total to date to $102
million.
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Kymeta founder Nathan Kundtz stepping down as CEO


by Caleb Henry — October 30, 2018

Kymeta announced Kundtz’s departure Oct. 29. Marc Stolzman, president and chief financial
officer of Kymeta, will assume day to day activities.
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ExoTerra banks $1.5 million for solar electric propulsion


by Debra Werner — October 29, 2018

ExoTerra Resources LLC, a Littleton, Colorado, startup obtained a $1.5 million investment to
further its campaign to develop solar electric propulsion systems for microsatellites.
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Air Force launches $100K challenge for ‘space awareness innovators’


by Sandra Erwin — October 29, 2018

Air Force: “The need for timely and accurate object tracking is paramount to the defense of
space."
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Op-ed | Reuse and sustainability in deep space exploration


by Doug Cooke — October 29, 2018

Recent SpaceX and Blue Origin booster landings have reignited hopes that reusability can
change the economics of space activity simply by switching from expendable to reusable
launch vehicles.
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Commercial launch industry seeks updates on regulatory reform work


by Jeff Foust — October 28, 2018

The commercial spaceflight industry expects to learn more this week on the status of
regulatory reform efforts as well as progress on improving the integration of launches into the
national airspace system.
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Voting ends today. Help pick the winners of the SpaceNews awards
by SpaceNews Staff — October 25, 2018

It's time to vote for this year's standout companies, leaders and programs.
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ULA now planning rst launch of Vulcan in 2021


by Jeff Foust — October 25, 2018

ULA now expects to perform the first launch of its next-generation Vulcan rocket in the
spring of 2021, a slip of nearly a year that the company says is due to requirements of a recent
Air Force award.
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Satellite antenna companies divided on near-term feasibility of cheap at panels


by Caleb Henry — October 24, 2018

Builders of satellite antennas disagree on whether flat panel antennas — widely considered a
necessity for planned broadband megaconstellations — can be produced cheaply enough to
address the mass consumer market in the near term.
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Air Force Rapid Capabilities Of ce awards contract to Sierra Nevada for weather satellite
by Sandra Erwin — October 24, 2018

A new office created to accelerate the acquisition of military space technologies awarded
Sierra Nevada Corp. a $119 million contract last month to develop a weather satellite.
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Pradman Kaul details Hughes’ global satellite broadband ambitions


by Caleb Henry — October 23, 2018

Kaul says Hughes' entrance into Africa with Yahsat gives it a head start over Viasat, which has
similarly expanded first into Latin America while also having eyes on Africa and the globe.
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C-Band Alliance doubles spectrum offer to 200 megahertz


by Caleb Henry — October 22, 2018

Members of the C-Band Alliance on Oct. 22 increased the amount of spectrum they are
willing to part with in the United States, aligning their plan more closely with that of the
Federal Communications Commission as a deadline for input looms.
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Thales Group reports boost in space revenue


by Caleb Henry — October 22, 2018

Government demand for space systems drove a “recovery of space orders” for Thales Group
this year, offsetting a slump in commercial telecom satellites, Chief Financial Officer Pascal
Bouchiat said Oct. 18.
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Vector secures $70 million Series B round for small launch vehicle development
by Jeff Foust — October 19, 2018

Vector, one of dozens of ventures developing small launch vehicles to serve perceived high
demand for small satellite launches, announced Oct. 19 that it closed a $70 million Series B
round to move into full operations.
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ABS, Hispasat and Star One cry foul over C-Band Alliance
by Caleb Henry — October 19, 2018

Three regional satellite operators with C-band coverage over the United States have
complained to U.S. telecom regulators about being left out of a group led by four of the
world’s largest satellite operators to arrange a proposed spectrum transfer to the wireless
industry.
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Airbus leveraging partnerships, investments to deliver greater ground truth


by Debra Werner — October 19, 2018

François Lombard, who took the helm at Airbus Intelligence in early 2017, is encouraging this
type of innovation and partnerships like the ones formed recently with Earth observation
constellation operator Planet and Orbital Insight, a geospatial analytics company.
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Satellite operators offer communications for autonomous ships


by Debra Werner — October 18, 2018

SMM Hamburg, the biennial international maritime conference in Germany Sept. 4-7,
attracted not only shipbuilders but also satellite operators eager to offer global
communications for autonomous vessels.
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Does the satellite industry have antenna de cit disorder?


by Caleb Henry and Debra Werner — October 17, 2018

To connect the masses, megaconstellations will need mega antennas mega cheap. Antenna
makers need mega orders to make that happen.
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Rocket Lab selects Wallops for U.S. launch site


by Jeff Foust — October 17, 2018

Small launch vehicle company Rocket Lab announced Oct. 17 that it will build its second
launch pad, and first in the United States, at Wallops Island in Virginia.
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Antenna builder ThinKom makes push for constellation market


by Caleb Henry — October 16, 2018

ThinKom’s recent collaborations with satellite operators Telesat and SES have the antenna
builder jockeying to compete with Viasat, IsoTropic Systems and others in the race to build
affordable high-tech antennas that can link with satellite constellations in non-
geosynchronous orbits.
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Kepler Communications raises $16 million for telecom constellation


by Caleb Henry — October 15, 2018

Canadian satellite startup Kepler Communications raised $16 million from investors,
securing funding to build and launch its first-generation constellation of up to 15 satellites,
the company announced today.
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Eric Béranger leaves OneWeb a month after demotion


by Caleb Henry — October 15, 2018

Eric Béranger, former chief executive of satellite constellation venture OneWeb, has left the
company entirely, OneWeb confirmed Oct. 15.
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Harris, L3 CEOs say merger will catapult company among prime contractor elite
by Caleb Henry — October 15, 2018

Harris Corp. and L3 Technologies expect their $34 billion merger, announced Sunday, will
create the sixth largest defense contractor in the United States while saving $500 million in
corporate costs by three years of closing.
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Phase Four aims for constellation orders


by Debra Werner — October 15, 2018

Phase Four, an El Segundo, California startup, is expanding its leadership team as part of a
campaign to direct its advanced electric propulsion system toward the growing satellite
constellation market.
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Virgin Galactic preparing for next phase of SpaceShipTwo test ight program
by Jeff Foust — October 13, 2018

Virgin Galactic’s chief executive says the company is approaching the “next phase” of the
flight test program for the company’s SpaceShipTwo suborbital vehicle as the company’s
founder predicts the company reaching space in “weeks.”
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Air Force funding three new rockets to compete with SpaceX but only intends to buy launch
services from two providers
by Sandra Erwin — October 11, 2018

Phase 2 of the Launch Service Agreement will be an open competition. All there winners have
to compete - or they would have to return their development funds back to the government.
SpaceX presumably would bid as well.
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LeoSat and partners put satellites on a diet


by Debra Werner — October 11, 2018

LeoSat’s strategic partners, Spanish satellite operator Hispasat and Sky Perfect Jsat of Japan,
are helping the constellation developer update its satellite design.
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SES’s future GEO satellites will be more like O3b, CEO says
by Caleb Henry — October 11, 2018

Fresh off the success of a recent contract win to connect IBM Cloud customers with O3b
satellites, SES’s chief executive said many of the operator’s future geostationary satellites will
have attributes of O3b to appeal to more cloud networks.
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NASA inspector general sharply criticizes SLS core stage development


by Jeff Foust — October 10, 2018

A report by NASA’s inspector general Oct. 10 criticized both NASA and Boeing for delays and
cost overruns in the development of a key component of the Space Launch System, and
warned of more delays and overruns to come.
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GMV wins 250 million euro ground control contract for Europe’s Galileo navigation system
by Megan Gannon — October 10, 2018

The company’s contract with the European Space Agency, signed in September, marks the
biggest deal for GMV and the biggest for Spain's space industry.
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Fire y Aerospace and York Space Systems partner to provide integrated satellite solutions
by Jeff Foust — October 10, 2018

Small launch vehicle company Firefly Aerospace announced Oct. 10 it’s partnering with
smallsat developer York Space Systems to offer customers a combined package of satellite
and launch services.
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Boeing investing in satellite propulsion startup


by Sandra Erwin — October 10, 2018

Boeing: "Accion's scalable technology can help bring game-changing capabilities to satellites,
space vehicles and customers."
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Draper bids on NASA commercial lunar lander competition


by Jeff Foust — October 10, 2018

The organization that helped NASA’s Apollo spacecraft land on the moon a half-century ago is
now working with an industry team that includes a Japanese lunar lander company to
propose a commercial return to the lunar surface.
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Price swings expected during launch industry shakeout


by Debra Werner — October 10, 2018

The next two to three years will be a time of adjustment in the space launch industry,
according to panelists at Satellite Innovation 2018 here.
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Army to introduce new requirements for GPS receivers in weapon systems


by Sandra Erwin — October 9, 2018

Companies in the defense industry see assured PNT as a growing business as the military
looks for equipment that can operate without GPS signals.
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Army still not sold on satellite broadband as a service


by Sandra Erwin — October 9, 2018

One of the Army's concerns is that commercial satellite services may not be compatible with
most of the military’s terminals, antennas and modems.
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Army buying portable satcom gear that ts in soldiers’ backpacks


by Sandra Erwin — October 8, 2018

These kits are a departure from traditional Army communications systems that are large,
bulky and require a lot of setup time.
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Intelsat: losing 200 or more megahertz of C-band will require new satellites
by Caleb Henry — October 8, 2018

Intelsat says some satellite operators will be forced to buy new spacecraft if U.S. telecom
regulators demand the transfer of 200 or more megahertz of C-band spectrum from satellite
operators to cellular companies.
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Airbus CEO calls for reforms to European space governance


by Jeff Foust — October 6, 2018

The chief executive of Airbus used an international space conference to call for reforms in
how Europe manages and funds space activities in order to better compete on the global
market.
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HyperSat reveals hyperspectral plans


by Debra Werner — October 5, 2018

HyperSat LLC emerged from stealth mode in September to announce it raised $85 million to
launch two high-resolution hyperspectral imaging satellites in 2020.
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Big money in small satellites: Space RCO selects three companies to compete for future contracts
by Sandra Erwin — October 5, 2018

Maxar Technologies' SSL, Sierra Nevada Corp. and Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems
were selected to compete for future small satellite development contracts that could be worth
up to $750 million.
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Lockheed Martin considering ying commercial payloads on Orion


by Jeff Foust — October 5, 2018

Lockheed Martin is in the early stages of studying the feasibility of flying small commercial
payloads on future NASA flights of the Orion spacecraft in cislunar space.
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Lockheed Martin selects payload providers for next-generation missile warning satellites
by Sandra Erwin — October 4, 2018

The Air Force made the next-gen OPIR missile warning satellites one its top acquisition
priorities to keep pace with adversaries’ advances in anti-satellite weapons.
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FIRST UP Satcom | BridgeSat, Sitael joint forces on lasercomm; Orbcomm enters China; UK,
Singapore plan quantum cubesat
by Caleb Henry — October 4, 2018

Italian small satellite builder Sitael and American laser communications startup BridgeSat
announced plans to form a joint venture in the European Union.
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Space Tango to form hemp subsidiary


by Debra Werner — October 4, 2018

Space Tango, a Kentucky startup that develops microgravity research platforms, announced
plans Oct. 4 to form a subsidiary focused on the plant biology and properties of hemp.
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Do smallsats even need insurance?


by Jeff Foust — October 4, 2018

Insurers who specialize in the space industry, seeing no quick turnaround, are starting to look
beyond its traditional customers to new markets.
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Small satellites rolling off Raytheon’s missile assembly line


by Sandra Erwin — October 3, 2018

Raytheon wants to show that small satellites operated by military users on the ground can
deliver tactical imagery faster than commercial providers and more economically than aerial
drones.
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First SpaceX commercial crew test ight could slip to 2019


by Jeff Foust — October 3, 2018

A SpaceX executive said Oct. 3 that the company’s first commercial crew test flight could be
delayed until early 2019 because of paperwork issues.
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Lockheed Martin unveils lunar lander concept


by Jeff Foust — October 3, 2018

As NASA gears up to support work on lunar lander designs, Lockheed Martin released details
Oct. 3 about a proposed reusable human lunar lander that leverages technology used on the
Orion spacecraft and concepts that could later be used for missions to Mars.
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Satellite operators don’t know what to buy, but ESA is still helping European manufacturers get
ready to sell
by Caleb Henry — October 3, 2018

How does ESA decide what technology to invest in when few have confidence on what
operators will want? Three experts overseeing ARTES, the European Space Agency’s
Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems division, explain.
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New version of Aerojet’s RL10 upper-stage engine to be almost entirely 3D printed


by Sandra Erwin — October 3, 2018

Years of Pentagon and NASA investments in nontraditional manufacturing technology appear


to be paying off as government contractors step up the use of 3D printed components in space
systems.
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Australia’s new space agency plans commercial focus


by Jeff Foust — October 2, 2018

A year after the Australian government announced plans to establish a national space agency,
that office is now in operation with plans to help support the country’s emerging space
industry.
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Viasat, ULA insist ViaSat-3 launch was competitively procured


by Caleb Henry — October 2, 2018

United Launch Alliance and satellite operator Viasat are defending the “competed” status of a
launch contract that other launch companies say they had no part in.
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Is ISIS Space the new space unicorn? Probably not. But you’ve got to like their odds.
by Debra Werner — October 2, 2018

In an exhibit hall filled with metal spacecraft components, it was hard to miss the pink
unicorn perched on a cubesat at the Innovative Solutions in Space booth.
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Telesat changes tune, joins C-band spectrum group


by Caleb Henry — October 1, 2018

Canadian fleet operator Telesat has joined Intelsat, SES and Eutelsat as part of an industry
consortium it once threatened to oppose.
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What the satellite industry needs to know about where 5G stands


by Caleb Henry — October 1, 2018

As governments, companies and everyone in between prepare to trade out 4G wireless


infrastructure for 5G, questions linger about what the transition will entail.
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Audacy customer MOUs top $100 million
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by Debra Werner — October 1, 2018

Customers for Audacy, a Silicon Valley startup, have signed memoranda of understanding to
spend more than $100 million annually on the company's proposed inter-satellite data relay
network, Audacy announced Oct. 2.
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Moon Express raises $12.5 million


by Jeff Foust — October 1, 2018

Moon Express, a former Google Lunar X Prize competitor developing commercial lunar
landers, has raised $12.5 million to further development of its spacecraft for commercial and
government customers.
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Three American space startups to establish of ces in Luxembourg


by Jeff Foust — September 29, 2018

Three U.S. companies will set up offices in Luxembourg, the latest sign of an ongoing effort
by the small European country to diversify its space economy.
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Op-ed | Commercial space startups should be wary of some foreign investment


by Greg Autry — September 29, 2018
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should be no surprise that space startups are aggressively pursued by global investors.
Properly valuing potential foreign investments requires parsing more than exchange rates.
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LeoLabs forges agreement with New Zealand


by Debra Werner — September 29, 2018

LeoLabs plans to install its next phased array radar on New Zealand's South Island, marking
the space mapping startup’s first move into the Southern Hemisphere.
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Australian startup raises $14 million for smallsat launchers


by Caleb Henry — September 28, 2018

The company’s namesake says he now has sufficient capital to see his Queensland, Australia-
based venture through to a first launch of an orbital rocket in 2020 but acknowledges he’s
still looking for a domestic launch site.
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Stratolaunch releases new details about rocket engine work


by Jeff Foust — September 27, 2018

Stratolaunch revealed new details Sept. 27 about a rocket engine it is developing for use on
future launch vehicles that will fly from a giant aircraft approaching its first flight.
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ULA selects Blue Origin to provide Vulcan main engine


by Jeff Foust — September 27, 2018

United Launch Alliance announced Sept. 27 that it has selected Blue Origin to provide the
main engine for its next-generation Vulcan launch vehicle, a decision long expected by the
industry.
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Former OneWeb Satellites CEO joins Akash Systems


by Caleb Henry — September 27, 2018

Former OneWeb executive Brian Holz, has joined AkashSystems as chief architect to help the
San Francisco startup create communications systems for small satellites.
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Cruz wants NASA to consider revenue opportunities from commercial activities


by Jeff Foust — September 27, 2018

As NASA shows growing interest in commercial activities, from space station research to
merchandise, one senator wants the agency to financially benefit from them.
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World Satellite Business Week: May the satellite industry live in interesting times
by Jeff Foust — September 26, 2018

Satellite operators had long sought less expensive launch as one way of reducing the overall
cost of deploying new satellites. They’ve achieved that with the rise of SpaceX and the
competitive pressures it has placed on other companies who have been forced to adapt or
else.
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FIRST UP Satcom | Thales InFlyt eyes global Ka-band network • Iridium to connect Ocean Cleanup
effort •SES opens Isle of Man teleport
by Caleb Henry — September 26, 2018

Thales InFlyt's new CEO Philippe Carette said he wants the company to offer worldwide Ka-
band satellite connectivity for aircraft, a service that would position the company as a
competitor with Viasat and Inmarsat.
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Air Force con rms it received a second mystery bid for GPS 3
by Sandra Erwin — September 26, 2018

Lockheed Martin vice president Kay Sears said the new GPS 3F is a “brand new” satellite
design and not a “carbon copy” of the GPS 3.
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Lockheed Martin strengthens position in military satellite market


by Sandra Erwin — September 26, 2018

So far the company that has most benefitted from the push for faster acquisitions and more
security is Lockheed Martin.
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Capella Space raises $19 million for radar constellation


by Jeff Foust — September 26, 2018

Capella Space, a startup planning a constellation of radar imaging satellites, has raised an
additional $19 million to fund continued development of its system.
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Japanese company ispace selects SpaceX for lunar missions


by Jeff Foust — September 26, 2018

A Japanese company that has roots in the former Google Lunar X Prize competition
announced Sept. 26 that it has selected SpaceX to launch a pair of missions to the moon in
2020 and 2021.
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by Caleb Henry — September 25, 2018

Israeli satellite operator Spacecom said Sept. 25 that it has terminated contracts awarded
earlier this spring to manufacturer Space Systems Loral and launch provider SpaceX for
Amos-8, a telecommunications satellite the Israeli government said Sept. 3 would be built in
Israel instead.
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Aerojet Rocketdyne seeks other customers for AR1 engine


by Jeff Foust — September 25, 2018

With growing doubts it will be selected by United Launch Alliance for its Vulcan rocket,
Aerojet Rocketdyne is looking to smaller launch vehicles as potential customers for its AR1
engine.
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Where no commercial satellite bus has gone before


by Jeff Foust — September 24, 2018

If all goes as currently planned, sometime in 2022 a rocket will lift off carrying a payload that
at first glance will look familiar. This payload, though, won’t be destined for geostationary
orbit. Instead, the spacecraft will head to cislunar space.
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by Jeff Foust — September 24, 2018

Faced with growing competition from startups entering the field, Northrop Grumman
Innovation Systems is looking to reduce costs on its existing Pegasus and Minotaur rockets.
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Op-ed | Toward a robust space economy


by Ian Fichtenbaum — September 21, 2018

It is evident we need to examine how to build a robust space economy and infrastructure, one
built to accommodate future growth.
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Three companies win NOAA commercial weather data pilot contracts


by Jeff Foust — September 20, 2018

NOAA awarded more than $8 million in contracts this week to three companies in the second
round of a commercial satellite weather data pilot program.
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Northrop Grumman con dent Air Force will continue to fund the company’s new rocket
by Sandra Erwin — September 20, 2018

Whoever signs up for one of two certification flights for the Omega rocket,will get a ride “at a
reduced rate."
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With debt down and cash up, Aerojet Rocketdyne hunting for acquisitions
by Caleb Henry — September 19, 2018

"It doesn't necessarily mean buying a company. It could be buying a product line. It could be
buying a portion of a business that fits with us. We want to make sure that it's strategic."
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Commercial crew providers believe they now meet NASA safety requirements
by Jeff Foust — September 19, 2018

Boeing and SpaceX, who have been struggling to meet safety thresholds established by NASA
for commercial crew vehicles, now believe their vehicles can meet those requirements as they
prepare for test flights scheduled in the next several months.
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Orbital Insight acquires computer vision startup FeatureX


by Debra Werner — September 18, 2018

Orbital Insight, a Silicon Valley geospatial analytics company, announced the purchase Sept.
18 of FeatureX, a Boston-based artificial intelligence firm specializing in computer vision for
satellite imagery. The terms of the purchase were not disclosed.
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Air Force eyes commercial options to gain intelligence on space threats


by Sandra Erwin — September 18, 2018

Melanie Stricklan, Slingshot Aerospace: “We see a big need for SSA solutions, not just in the
military but also in academia and in satellite owners and operators."
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SpaceX signs up Japanese billionaire for circumlunar BFR ight


by Jeff Foust — September 17, 2018

SpaceX announced Sept. 17 that a Japanese billionaire will be paying an undisclosed but
significant sum to buy a flight of the company’s next-generation rocket for a flight around the
moon carrying a group of artists.
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Airlines wary of in ight connectivity disruption


by Debra Werner — September 17, 2018

Airline customers are well aware of the financial troubles plaguing satellite-enabled inflight
connectivity providers.
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Satellite operators see opportunities in Latin America and Africa


by Debra Werner — September 17, 2018

Satellite operators Yahsat of the United Arab Emirates, Brazil's Star One and Bermuda-based
ABS are moving into new markets in Latin America and around the world, according to
speakers at the World Satellite Business Week conference here Sept. 10.
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IAI studying follow-on opportunities for SpaceIL lunar lander


by Jeff Foust — September 17, 2018

As it completes a lunar lander scheduled for launch late this year, an Israeli company says it’s
looking for opportunities to do similar future spacecraft to tap into the growing demand for
lunar missions.
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SSL’s Amos-8 contract in doubt as Maxar eyes a GEO exit


by Brian Berger and Caleb Henry — September 16, 2018

One of the two commercial GEO satellite contracts Space Systems Loral announced this year
now appears in doubt following Israel's announcement that Amos-8 will be built
domestically.
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Air Force to award $7.2 billion contract to Lockheed Martin for 22 GPS satellites
by Sandra Erwin — September 14, 2018

The first GPS 3F satellite is expected to be available for launch in 2026.


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Airbus forecasts 15 to 18 commercial GEO orders as new annual norm


by Caleb Henry — September 14, 2018

As satellite manufacturers grapple with what increasingly looks like a permanent decline in
the number of commercial geostationary communications satellites purchased worldwide,
one offered hope that a partial rebound will ensue in the coming years.
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Yahsat and Hughes Network Systems form partnership


by Debra Werner — September 14, 2018

Emirati satellite fleet operator Yahsat and Echostar’s Hughes Network Systems are seeking
regulatory approval for a joint venture to offer ka-band broadband service in Africa, the
Middle East and southwest Asia.
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Communications providers prepare for spike in demand


by Debra Werner — September 14, 2018

Satellite communications providers are forming partnerships, making acquisitions and


developing new business models in anticipation of new satellite constellations and surging
demand for data links.
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CNES seeks 80 to 100 million Euros for CosmiCapital venture fund


by Debra Werner — September 14, 2018

The French space agency CNES plans to raise 100 million Euros ($1.16 million) by the first
quarter of 2019 for CosmiCapital, a venture fund to support 50 European space-related
startups.
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PlanetWatchers to target sugar cane, energy markets


by Debra Werner — September 13, 2018

PlanetWatchers, a geospatial analytics startup focused to date on forestry, is preparing to


expand its focus from forestry to sugar cane and energy, said Ariel Smoliar, PlanetWatchers
chief executive and co-founder.
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Former Stratolaunch executive to lead smallsat industry group


by Jeff Foust — September 13, 2018

A former vice president of Stratolaunch who previously worked in Congress and the
intelligence community has been named to run a smallsat industry group.
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Luxembourg establishes space agency and new fund


by Jeff Foust — September 13, 2018

The government of Luxembourg continued work to expand its role in the global space
economy Sept. 12 by formally establishing a national space agency, a move designed in part to
ensure the effort continues after an upcoming election.
COMMERCIAL PEOPLE POLICY & POLITICS LUXEMBOURG

GapSat places GEO smallsat order with Terran Orbital


by Caleb Henry — September 12, 2018

GapSat, a company that resells underused satellite capacity, is entering the market with a
satellite of its own through the Lockheed Martin-backed Terran Orbital.
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Airbus, Orbital Insight forge alliance


by Debra Werner — September 12, 2018

Airbus Defense and Space's Intelligence business announced a strategic partnership Sept. 12
with Orbital Insight, a geospatial analytics firm founded in 2013 in Palo Alto, California, to
build a suite of geospatial analytics services and tools.
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Amid concerns, OneWeb gets vague about constellation’s cost


by Caleb Henry and Brian Berger — September 12, 2018

OneWeb in 2015 set the goal of building 900 satellites for no more $500,000 a piece. Now
the startup's president will only say "below $1 million."
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“Golden period” for space startup investment continues


by Jeff Foust — September 12, 2018

Venture capitalists see no sign of a slowdown in funding of space-related startups even


though only a handful of those companies have provided significant returns to their investors.
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Iridium to nish deorbiting legacy constellation early next year


by Caleb Henry — September 12, 2018

Iridium will deorbit the last of its original satellites around the beginning of 2019, entrusting
its second-generation with all network responsibilities, CEO Matt Desch said Sept. 10.
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Defense contractors step up investments in commercial space companies


by Sandra Erwin — September 11, 2018

Boeing's investment in BridgeSat and Raytheon's strategic investment in Hawkeye 360


continues the trend of major defense contractors placing bets on enabling technology.
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Effective Space announces partnership with IAI for satellite servicing development
by Jeff Foust — September 11, 2018

Effective Space, a startup developing a satellite servicing system, announced Sept. 11 an


agreement with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to provide technical and financial support.
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by Caleb Henry — September 11, 2018

Satellite fleet operator Telesat says the desired size of its future low Earth orbit broadband
constellation is more than twice the number of satellites authorized by U.S. regulators, and
could ultimately scale to 512 spacecraft.
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SES wants eet of identical, interchangeable satellites


by Debra Werner — September 11, 2018

Instead of buying individual satellites tailored for a specific job at a precise orbital location,
fleet operator SES wants homogenous satellites with digitally processed payloads it can
reconfigure in orbit to perform any job.
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Bankers see a growing industry shift to smallsats


by Jeff Foust — September 10, 2018

Investment bankers increasingly believe that the satellite industry is fundamentally shifting
from large geostationary spacecraft to constellations of low Earth orbit smallsats, forcing
existing companies to respond while creating opportunities for investors.
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Kepler, Phasor test at panel antenna with LEO cubesat


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by Caleb Henry — September 10, 2018
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Startups Kepler Communications and Phasor said Sept. 10 that they successfully
demonstrated a link between Kepler’s cubesat and a Phasor flat panel antenna.
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The FSS sector and the LEO-GEO stalemate


by J. Armand Musey — September 10, 2018

Is the industry jumping the gun and prematurely dismissing investment in geostationary
satellites? There are a lot of LEO constellations ready to compete with GEO satellites in the
media; there are far fewer of them in the factories, much less in orbit.
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Inmarsat battles to maintain leadership in connecting the high seas


by Caleb Henry — September 10, 2018

Inmarsat’s largest market — connecting ships at sea — is becoming increasingly competitive.


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French IoT company plans $139 million smallsat constellation


by Caleb Henry — September 10, 2018

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French maritime-tracking company CLS is starting a 120 million euro ($139 million) effort to
build, launch and operate a constellation of 20 small satellites for connecting Internet of
Things devices at sea and elsewhere.
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What to look forward to at World Satellite Business Week 2018


by Caleb Henry — September 9, 2018

Big questions that will hopefully find answers at this year’s conference include: how many
satellite manufacturers and launch providers can the market support? Do markets like the
Internet of Things and inflight connectivity hold as much promise as satellite operators hope?
And, of course, what to satellite operators actually want?
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Ursa Major Technologies wants outsourcing engines to be the norm


by Caleb Henry — September 9, 2018

Founded in 2015, Ursa Major wants to build engines for companies building small launch
vehicles. Most such ventures want to make nearly everything in house, just like SpaceX and
Blue Origin.
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Sener eyes larger stake in satellite component market


by Caleb Henry — September 7, 2018

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Spanish space hardware supplier Sener hopes to provide more equipment to satellite
manufacturers thanks to its $93 million acquisition of Tryo Aerospace, but faces challenging
market conditions as satellite operators continue to order fewer telecom spacecraft.
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French space startup raises $4.1 million to develop smallsat electric thruster technology, software
by Jaroslaw Adamowski — September 6, 2018

French space startup Exotrail has secured $4.1 million in funding to develop its electric
thruster technology and software for smallsats.
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Jay Monroe drops Globalstar CEO position to focus on spectrum


by Caleb Henry — September 4, 2018

Jay Monroe, CEO of low-Earth-orbit-satellite operator Globalstar for the past 13 years, is
leaving his position, but not the company, following a failed merger with another company he
controls.
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Airspace usage a priority for new commercial industry group chairman


by Jeff Foust — September 4, 2018

The new chairman of a commercial space industry group says addressing growing demands
for airspace, and conflicts with commercial aviation, will be a major priority for him.
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ÅAC Clyde looks to constellations as future of business


by Caleb Henry — August 31, 2018

ÅAC Clyde, the company being formed by Sweden’s ÅAC Microtec and Scotland’s Clyde
Space, says its primary business is shifting from satellite subsystems to constellations as
smallsat operators begin fielding more satellites.
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Extended: SpaceNews Awards reader nominations close Sept. 30


by Brian Berger — August 31, 2018

The 2nd annual SpaceNews Awards for Excellence & Innovation honor excellence and
innovation among space professionals, companies, programs and organizations during the
previous 12 months.
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Air Force soon to announce decision on future launch vehicles


by Sandra Erwin — August 31, 2018

GAO’s Cristina Chaplain: The Air Force will be challenged to sustain two suppliers, let alone
three or four.
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New NASA advisory committee to explore enhanced commercial activities


by Jeff Foust — August 30, 2018

NASA has tasked a new advisory committee with studying greater commercial activities at the
agency, including selling naming rights for NASA missions and allowing astronauts to
perform commercial work.
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Kepler Communications opens launch bids for Gen-1 LEO constellation


by Caleb Henry — August 29, 2018

Canadian startup Kepler Communications announced Aug. 28 it is accepting bids from


launch providers to orbit its first-generation constellation of up to 15 cubesats, but with the
stipulation that the launches must happen within two years.
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Speedcast buying Globecomm for $135 million


by Caleb Henry — August 28, 2018

Satellite communications provider Speedcast is purchasing Globecomm for $135 million in


cash and debt, further expanding the company’s presence in the defense market.
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Audacy invites partners to sell compatible products, services


by Debra Werner — August 28, 2018

Audacy, a Silicon Valley startup developing a satellite data-relay constellation, is forming a


network of companies to build compatible components, resell communications capacity and
refer customers.
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Startup plans “gas stations” for satellite servicing


by Jeff Foust — August 28, 2018

A startup company planning to develop orbital propellant depots to assist satellite servicing
ventures has raised an initial round of funding to support a first launch as soon as next year.
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ÅAC Clyde to build Kepler Communications TARS satellite


by Debra Werner — August 24, 2018

Kepler Communications, a Canadian startup designing a telecommunications constellation,


selected ÅAC Clyde, the company being formed by Sweden’s AAC Microtec and Scotland’s
Clyde Space, to build TARS, a six-unit cubesat for machine-to-machine communications.
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Luxembourg’s Kleos Space raises $8 million, stock trades in Australia


by Debra Werner — August 23, 2018

Kleos Space, a Luxembourg-based satellite Earth observation startup, raised 6.96 million
Euros ($8 million) from investors and began trading on the Australian Stock Exchange.
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Small satellites are at the center of a space industry transformation


by Debra Werner — August 22, 2018

No longer the province of university researchers and technology developers, small satellites
are moving into the aerospace mainstream.
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Trident Space’s challenge: Standing out from the crowd of SAR satellite startups
by Sandra Erwin — August 22, 2018

More companies and investors are moving to capitalize on the potential of small satellites
equipped with synthetic aperture radar, creating what looks likely to become a highly
competitive market.
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NASA to study use of commercial partnerships for space communications services


by Jeff Foust — August 22, 2018

NASA plans to seek proposals soon for studies on the use of public private partnerships to
develop the next generation of space communications services.
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Stratolaunch con rms launch vehicle development plans


by Jeff Foust — August 21, 2018

Stratolaunch announced Aug. 20 that it is developing a family of vehicles, including a


reusable spaceplane, that could launch from the giant aircraft it is developing.
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Space: The ultimate education disrupter


by Carie Lemack — August 21, 2018

Space is the third — and newest — disrupter in the last 156 years of education. Not since the
passage of the Morrill Act in 1862 and the rise of America’s land-grant colleges has there been
a movement this massive. Not since the enactment of the G.I. Bill in 1944 has there been a
milestone this memorable.
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Op-ed | Talent gap jeopardizes space business, national security


by Bill Beyer and Mary Lynne Dittmar — August 20, 2018

A growing talent gap is one of the biggest economic, cultural, and security risk this nation
faces in the critical next two decades.
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Veteran aerospace executive joins Relativity Space


by Jeff Foust — August 20, 2018

Relativity Space, the startup developing a small launch vehicle making extensive use of 3D-
printing technologies, has brought on board a former SpaceX and Virgin Orbit executive to
help grow the company.
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Foust Forward | Balancing big and small in space science


by Jeff Foust — August 19, 2018

Big missions, in terms of size and cost, will remain a part of NASA’s science portfolio for the
indefinite future, but there’s more room at the other end for small but increasingly capable
missions.
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Small launch industry growing, but with growing pains


by Jeff Foust — August 17, 2018

The number of small launch vehicles under development continues to grow despite some
high-profile setbacks and uncertainty about the demand for such vehicles.
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UrtheCast, amid restructuring, acquires analytics rm from Land O’Lakes


by Caleb Henry — August 16, 2018

Canadian remote sensing company UrtheCast says it has sufficient resources to cover the $20
million purchase of analytics firm Geosys from U.S. dairy giant Land O’Lakes.
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Boeing to acquire Millennium Space Systems


by Sandra Erwin — August 16, 2018

Millennium Space Systems was founded in 2001 and has approximately 260 employees. It
has developed satellites ranging from 50 kg to more than 6,000 kg.
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by Debra Werner — August 16, 2018

SSL, a company known for building communications satellites and spacecraft systems, will
help the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center define its next generation of
protected military communications, the Maxar Technologies company announced Aug. 16.
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Foust Forward | As the launch industry grows, it nds it needs to share


by Jeff Foust — August 16, 2018

The commercial spaceflight industry has been enjoying success both on and off the launch
pad this year.
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Descartes Labs forms imagery partnership with Airbus


by Debra Werner — August 16, 2018

Descartes Labs announced Aug. 15 a partnership with Airbus to feed high resolution global
imagery into its geospatial data platform. The Sante Fe, New Mexico-based startup also
completed beta testing of its cloud-based “data refinery,” and added weather data.
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Lockheed Martin awarded $2.9 billion Air Force contract for three missile-warning satellites
by Sandra Erwin — August 14, 2018

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The Air Force will use “rapid procurement authorities” in this program and is targeting the
first next-generation OPIR launch in 2023.
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Exos Aerospace reschedules rst suborbital launch


by Jeff Foust — August 13, 2018

Exos Aerospace, a Texas company developing a reusable suborbital rocket, now plans to carry
out a first flight of its vehicle in late August as it sets its sights on a follow-on orbital vehicle.
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Viasat’s Dankberg explains medium Earth orbit thinking, global expansion strategy
by Caleb Henry — August 13, 2018

Viasat is still working on a medium-Earth-orbit satellite constellation idea revealed almost


two years ago, but has not finalized what that system would look like, Mark Dankberg, CEO of
Viasat, said Aug. 9.
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Mike Grif n’s tough talk to Pentagon contractors: Be a team player, look at your own red tape
by Sandra Erwin — August 12, 2018

Griffin: "The bumper sticker version of my job is that I don’t have anything to do with
anything that the Defense Department is currently buying. "
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NASA funds commercial technology development and market studies


by Jeff Foust — August 10, 2018

NASA announced more than 20 contracts valued at $55 million Aug. 8 intended to develop
commercial technologies for space exploration as well as study future markets for commercial
activities in low Earth orbit.
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Eutelsat sells shared satellite to Es’hailSat


by Caleb Henry — August 9, 2018

French fleet operator Eutelsat sold a jointly-owned satellite to partner Es’hailSat of Qatar,
expanding Es’hailSat’s fleet as the company awaits the launch of its second satellite late this
year on a Falcon 9 rocket.
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Jim Simpson no longer CEO of eet operator ABS


by Caleb Henry — August 9, 2018

Jim Simpson, chief executive of Bermuda-based fleet operator ABS since December, is no
longer head of the company.
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Harris small satellite business jumps to $100 million in revenues


by Debra Werner — August 9, 2018

Harris Corp.’s small satellite business is growing rapidly, jumping from no revenue in 2016 to
$100 million now. During the same period, Harris small satellite revenues jumped from zero
to $100 million, Bill Gattle, Harris Space and Intelligence president, told SpaceNews in a
recent interview.
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Electric propulsion startup ThrustMe gets $2.8 million from European Commission
by Caleb Henry — August 8, 2018

French propulsion startup ThrustMe received 2.4 million euros ($2.8 million) from the
European Commission to commercialize an electric propulsion system for small satellites.
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Helios Wire sees a hidden fortune in nding lost assets


by Debra Werner — August 8, 2018

Helios Wire is preparing to launch its first satellite in October on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
COMMERCIAL SMALLSAT 2018 HELIOS WIRE SMALL SATELLITES

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EchoStar’s Charlie Ergen: Inmarsat bid refusal a disappointment, industry needs scale and
broadband is the future
by Caleb Henry — August 8, 2018

EchoStar Chairman Charlie Ergen said analyst missed synergies apparent in an EchoStar-
Inmarsat merger, and that the satellite industry needs bigger players to tackle the mammoth
global need for connectivity as satellite operator strength shifts from television to broadband.
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Small satellite sector grapples with cybersecurity requirements, cost


by Debra Werner — August 8, 2018

For cybersecurity experts, it’s clearcut: smallsat operators should take the same precautions
as large satellite operators, including encrypting uplinks and downlinks, safeguarding ground
stations and monitoring network activity.
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Made In Space proposes printing large solar arrays for small satellites
by Debra Werner — August 8, 2018

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on additive manufacturing in orbit, plans to
boost the power available to small satellites with Archinaut, the company’s in-space
manufacturing and assembling technology.
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New thruster aims to help microsats bust out of the kiddy pool
by Debra Werner — August 8, 2018

LOGAN, Utah — Stellar Exploration, a space technology company based in San Luis Obispo,
California, is in the midst of qualification testing of a miniature propulsion system for
planetary microsatellite missions.

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Smallsat developers focus on improving reliability


by Jeff Foust — August 8, 2018

As cubesats and other smallsats transition from technology demonstration and student
projects to operational missions supporting a growing array of applications, companies large
and small are working to improve their reliability.
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Rocket Lab announces order for 10 Electron launches from new Dubai company
by Jeff Foust — August 8, 2018

Rocket Lab announced an agreement Aug. 7 with a new Dubai-based smallsat company for 10
launches of its Electron small rocket.
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Op-ed | SmallSat Alliance is on a path toward a new space horizon


by Charles Beames — August 8, 2018

The early returns of this economic revolution are already on our doorstep: space data
capabilities are exponentially growing elements of the 21st century world economy.
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Capella’s rst satellite launching this fall


by Debra Werner — August 8, 2018

Capella Space is preparing for its first launch on a SpaceX rocket this fall, an important
milestone in the company’s plan to build a constellation of the world’s smallest commercial
radar satellites.
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Fire y ‘back in full force’ following last year’s near-death experience


by Jeff Foust — August 6, 2018

Two years ago, Firefly Space Systems appeared to be flying high. Then the bottom fell out of
the company.
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Iridium posts sharply higher revenue, forecasts decade-long capex holiday


by Caleb Henry — August 6, 2018

Iridium Communications had what Chief Financial Officer Thomas Fitzpatrick called its “best
quarterly revenue growth in company history,” logging $135 million for April, May and June,
an increase of 21 percent over the same time last year.
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Space ight gears up for dedicated Falcon 9 launch


by Jeff Foust — August 6, 2018

Spaceflight announced Aug. 6 that it’s beginning final preparations for a dedicated Falcon 9
launch later this year carrying more than 70 smallsats for a variety of commercial,
government and educational customers.
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Etisalat sells Thuraya stake for $37 million


by Caleb Henry — August 3, 2018

Emirati telecommunications company Etisalat has sold its 28 percent stake in satellite
operator Thuraya to fellow Emirati satellite operator YahSat for $37 million.
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Inmarsat not for sale, CEO says


by Caleb Henry — August 3, 2018

Inmarsat CEO Rupert Pearce said Wednesday the two purchase offers Inmarsat received from
EchoStar this summer priced the company too low to take seriously.
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MEO startup Methera plans “high density” HTS constellation


by Caleb Henry — August 3, 2018

In medium Earth orbit, the only system providing satellite broadband today is SES Networks’
constellation of 16 O3b satellites. A British startup with its own 16-satellite constellation idea
wants to change that.
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Space launch vehicles eyed by the military to move supplies around the world
by Sandra Erwin — August 2, 2018

Virgin Orbit CEO Dan Hart: If the military wanted to transport cargo across the globe, the
technology is available to do that, but a lot of planning and engineering would be required.
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Commercial space technologies a key theme in Air Force intelligence and data strategy
by Sandra Erwin — August 2, 2018

There will be tens of thousands of commercial satellites mapping the globe in minutes. The
Air Force wants to take advantage of that technology.
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Eutelsat to buy two all-electric satellites from Airbus to replace Hotbird constellation
by Caleb Henry — August 1, 2018

Eutelsat will replace a trio of satellites with two larger all-electric satellites from Airbus
Defence and Space, company officials said Wednesday.
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by Caleb Henry — August 1, 2018

Telesat awarded a second constellation design contract Aug. 1, choosing Airbus Defence and
Space to begin studies on the company’s proposed system of 117 low Earth orbit
communications satellites.
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FIRST UP Satcom | Globalstar scraps FiberLight merger • Intelsat nds new Ariane 5 co-passenger
by Caleb Henry — August 1, 2018

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SES lowers video forecast, gives glowing review of O3b mPower progress
by Caleb Henry — July 31, 2018

Satellite fleet operator SES of Luxembourg lowered its revenue forecast for its television
broadcast market July 27 while forecasting stable growth of data services.
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Maxar creating new smallsat division as it shrinks SSL


by Caleb Henry — July 31, 2018

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Maxar Technologies is setting up a new organization focused solely on small satellites while
continuing to downsize its geostationary satellite manufacturing business at Space Systems
Loral.
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Telesat selects Thales-Maxar team for LEO constellation design work


by Caleb Henry — July 30, 2018

Canadian fleet operator Telesat on July 30 selected Thales Alenia Space and Maxar
Technologies’ Space Systems Loral division to collaborate on the design of its low Earth orbit
broadband satellite constellation.
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Pentagon moves to cut procurement red tape in a bid to catch up with technology
by Sandra Erwin — July 29, 2018

How the Pentagon buys technology in the digital age is a major concern as more of the
innovation the military needs is privately funded.
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Northrop CEO offers to link JWST pro t to mission success


by Jeff Foust — July 26, 2018

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The chief executive of Northrop Grumman said July 26 he is willing to make the profit his
company earns on the James Webb Space Telescope contingent on the overall success of the
mission.
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KT Sat aims to nearly triple revenue by 2025


by Caleb Henry — July 26, 2018

With a comfortable business supporting 4.4 million television subscribers for parent
company KT Corp., the largest telco in South Korea, KT Sat hasn’t been very aggressive in
pursuing new sources of revenue. That is changing.
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LeoLabs raises $13 million in Series A funding


by Debra Werner — July 26, 2018

LeoLabs, a Silicon Valley space mapping startup raised $13 million in a Series A funding
round led by WERU Investment of Tokyo and Airbus Ventures, the European aerospace
giant’s early-stage investment group.
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SN Military.Space | Airbus to build ‘combat cloud’ • Major developments in strategic nuclear


systems • Senate panel targets EELV
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Defense contractors for years have floated ideas for how to build the elusive “combat cloud”
bringing together the latest and greatest communications technology.
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Delta Faucet and Goodyear Tires sending experiments to International Space Station
by Debra Werner — July 24, 2018

Delta Faucet Co. and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. announced partnerships July 24 with the
Center for the Advancement of Science is Space to send microgravity experiments to the
International Space Station later this year.
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Introducing Momentus, a Silicon Valley startup focused on water plasma engines


by Debra Werner — July 24, 2018

Russian entrepreneur Mikhail Kokorich is backing Momentus, a Silicon Valley startup


developing water plasma engines.
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Maxar considering exiting GEO satellite manufacturing business


by Caleb Henry — July 24, 2018

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Maxar Technologies, owner of satellite manufacturer Space Systems Loral, may shut down its
geostationary manufacturing line as a result of a multi-year order drought that management
considers the new norm.
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Op-ed | Geospatial Intelligence: The totally made-up term that’s changing the world
by Keith J. Masback — July 24, 2018

USGIF proposes that geospatial intelligence is ready to take its place alongside business
intelligence, artificial intelligence and competitive intelligence in the business world.
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No GPS? No problem, there are increasingly more options


by Sandra Erwin — July 24, 2018

Experts say GPS can be strengthened but the military still needs alternatives.
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More startups are pursuing cubesats with electric thrusters


by Jeff Foust — July 23, 2018

As concerns grow about orbital debris and the need for space traffic management, cubesats
without propulsion have no means to maneuver to avoid collisions or deorbit at the end of
their operational lives.
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Hispasat cites inter-satellite links as pivotal for LeoSat investment


by Caleb Henry — July 23, 2018

Inter-satellite links, a technology that has given some of LeoSat’s would-be investors pause,
were actually what convinced Hispasat to invest in the low-Earth-orbit constellation startup
last week, according to Hispasat’s CEO.
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Op-ed | Networking the space-terrestrial frontier


by Juan Fraire, Jorge Finochietto and Scott Burleigh — July 23, 2018

The planned deployment of thousands of LEO satellites by OneWeb and SpaceX’s Starlink are
proof that the crusade for high throughput, low latency and wide coverage has only started.
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Air Force gets rst real look at future ICBM designs


by Sandra Erwin — July 22, 2018

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Boeing and Northrop Grumman submitted "trade studies” to help the Air Force draft GBSD
program requirements.
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British launch startups optimistic about continued government support


by Jeff Foust — July 20, 2018

Despite missing out in a U.K. government competition, early-stage launch vehicle developers
in the country remain optimistic about their prospects and ability to win future government
support.
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Printing the next generation of rocket engines


by Jeff Foust — July 19, 2018

For the last several years, aerospace companies have been examining ways to use additive
manufacturing, or 3D printing, to aid the production of rocket engines.
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British government to promote space industry exports


by Jeff Foust — July 19, 2018

The British government announced July 19 a new effort to help space companies in the
country win business outside of Europe amid concerns about the effects Brexit will have on
the industry.
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FIRST UP Satcom | Arabsat refutes World Cup piracy involvement • Court lifts ban on Telebras-
Viasat deal • Spanish MoD to buy two satellites
by Caleb Henry — July 19, 2018

To receive FIRST UP Satcom, a weekly SpaceNews newsletter for satellite and telecom
professionals, sign up here.
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Orbex stakes claim to European smallsat launch market


by Jeff Foust — July 18, 2018

With about $40 million in hand and an agreement to use a new launch site, British small
launch vehicle startup Orbex argues that it’s joined the small group of companies in this
sector of the industry that should be taken seriously.
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Earth observation startup Planet trims workforce by “less than ten percent”
by Debra Werner — July 18, 2018

Earth observation startup Planet laid off dozens of employees July 13. The move affected less
than ten percent of the firm's workforce, a company spokesperson said.
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SN Military.Space | Selling U.S. aerospace overseas amid trade tensions • U.S. Air Force excited
about U.K. space • Quantum computing as space weapon
by Sandra Erwin — July 18, 2018

Trump administration officials are at the Farnborough Airshow in the United Kingdom this
week on a mission to sell American aerospace and weapons.
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Astrobotic selects Dynetics for lunar lander propulsion system


by Jeff Foust — July 18, 2018

As Astrobotic prepares to compete for NASA lunar payload delivery contracts, the company
has signed an agreement with Dynetics for the last major component of its lunar lander.
COMMERCIAL ASTROBOTIC DYNETICS LUNAR LANDER

Maxar acquires robotics rm Neptec for $32 million


by Caleb Henry — July 16, 2018

Maxar Technologies on July 16 purchased Neptec, a Canadian company with robotic expertise
deemed useful for in-space activities like satellite servicing and building space stations.
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Gogo considers splitting company, overhauls business plan amid nancial pressures
by Caleb Henry — July 13, 2018

Gogo, an inflight connectivity provider leasing capacity on dozens of satellites, bulldozed its
old business plan July 13 amid looming concerns over unprofitability, encroaching debt
deadlines, and a potential buyout.
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China Satcom’s LEO, HTS projects driven by desire not to fall behind foreign counterparts
by Caleb Henry — July 11, 2018

China’s state-owned fleet operator is making forward-leaning investments in high-


throughput satellites and low-Earth-orbit constellations without worrying, at least initially,
about whether these projects are backed by sound business plans.
COMMERCIAL POLICY & POLITICS CHINA HTS LEO

SN Military.Space | AI race moves to space • China’s heavy rockets a concern for U.S. • Soldiers learn
to operate satellites
by Sandra Erwin — July 11, 2018

Using free data from the European Space Agency, a startup in Finland created a geospatial
information service that is entirely enabled by artificial intelligence.
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Report: U.S. aerospace a trade winner, but tariffs threaten future exports
by Sandra Erwin — July 11, 2018

U.S. aerospace and defense in 2017 posted a positive trade balance. But there are concerns
that escalating trade wars could hurt future growth.
COMMERCIAL EXPORT-IMPORT

Electric satellite propulsion company raises $10 million


by Jeff Foust — July 11, 2018

A Silicon Valley startup developing electric propulsion systems for satellites has raised $10
million and added the billionaire founder of LinkedIn to its board.
COMMERCIAL APOLLO FUSION SATELLITE ELECTRIC PROPULSION

Why Intelsat’s going with life extension over refueling


by Caleb Henry — July 11, 2018

Intelsat-901, a 17-year-old communications satellite running low on propellant, is awaiting a


first-of-its-kind service call from a robotic spacecraft carrying a fresh tank of fuel.
FROM THE MAGAZINE INTELSAT MEV SATELLITE SERVICING

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Kepler to co-develop third satellite with UK’s Satellite Applications Catapult


by Caleb Henry — July 10, 2018

Kepler Communications, a Canadian startup designing a network of 140 telecom cubesats,


has teamed up with the Satellite Applications Catapult in the U.K. to build a third and final
prototype before pressing on with the full constellation.
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RBC Signals forges deal with Antrix to expand global network


by Debra Werner — July 10, 2018

San Francisco RBC Signals is joining forces with Antrix Corp., the commercial arm of the
Indian space agency ISRO, to provide communications services to satellite operators.
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LeoSat gains Hispasat as second investor, drops demo satellite plans


by Caleb Henry — July 10, 2018

LeoSat says Spanish satellite operator Hispasat has matched Sky Perfect Jsat’s investment in
its low Earth orbit broadband constellation, bringing the company closer to completing its
$100 million Series A.
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Blue Origin plans to start selling tickets in 2019 for suborbital space ights
by Jeff Foust — July 10, 2018

Blue Origin expects to start flying people on its New Shepard suborbital vehicle “soon” and
start selling tickets for commercial flights next year, a company executive said June 19.
FROM THE MAGAZINE BLUE ORIGIN NEW SHEPARD SUBORBITAL VIRGIN GALACTIC

Op-ed | We’ll need more than Trump’s Space Policy Directive to x commercial remote-sensing
regulations
by Adam Routh — July 10, 2018

At the rate the commercial sector is innovating, regulatory practices will need to be agile,
evolving quickly while still providing needed order and protections.
FROM THE MAGAZINE COMMERCIAL SPACE SPACE POLICY DIRECTIVE 2

Energomash raises alarm over U.S. ban on Russian rocket engines


by Matthew Bodner — July 10, 2018

With no domestic demand for Energomash’s premier products — the RD-180 and RD-181
engines — the company faces a potentially daunting gap.
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Indonesia seeking industry partner for 150 Gbps national HTS project
by Caleb Henry — July 9, 2018

The government of Indonesia aims to team up with a satellite operator to build, launch and
operate a high-throughput satellite to bring internet access to unreached parts of the island
nation.
COMMERCIAL POLICY & POLITICS ASIA-PACIFIC HTS INDONESIA

Virgin space companies sign new agreements with Italy


by Jeff Foust — July 8, 2018

Virgin Galactic and Virgin Orbit announced a set of agreements July 6 with Italian companies
and the Italian Space Agency that could lead to suborbital and orbital launches from a
proposed Italian spaceport.
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Satellite operators view antennas as weak link in broadband business plans


by Caleb Henry — July 7, 2018

As new high-tech satellite antennas start hitting the market, several satellite operators
expressed concern that existing and future antennas won’t meet their needs.
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Inmarsat rejects second EchoStar merger proposal


by Caleb Henry — July 6, 2018

U.S. fleet operator EchoStar on July 6 abandoned a $4.25 billion effort to buy Inmarsat after
the British satellite operator rejected EchoStar’s second merger offer in less than a month.
COMMERCIAL ECHOSTAR INMARSAT

With a new satellite factory in the U.S., Airbus eyes opportunities in military space
by Sandra Erwin — July 6, 2018

Airbus will be producing at least two 150-kilogram satellites per day at the Florida facility.
Tim Deaver: “We’re confident we can get to 10 per week quickly."
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A trillion-dollar space industry will require new markets


by Jeff Foust — July 5, 2018

Forecasts that predict the space industry to grow to a trillion dollars by the 2040s will require
the development of new markets, even with the modest annual growth rates needed to
achieve that goal.
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Canada’s LEO constellation fund draws interest from Telesat, MDA


by David Pugliese — July 5, 2018

Telesat and MDA will be requesting money from the Canadian government’s new special fund
to finance low-Earth-orbit satellite systems, officials from both companies say.
COMMERCIAL POLICY & POLITICS CANADA LEO CONSTELLATION MAXAR TECHNOLOGIES TELESAT

Measat to join Asia’s HTS stampede with spacecraft in 2021


by Caleb Henry — July 4, 2018

Malaysian fleet operator Measat will soon join the increasingly crowded club of companies
with high-throughput satellites in the Asia Pacific.
COMMERCIAL ASIA HTS

Sirangelo leaving Sierra Nevada Corporation


by Jeff Foust — July 3, 2018

Mark Sirangelo, the longtime leader and public face of Sierra Nevada Corporation’s space
business, has resigned from the company for personal reasons but as part of a “friendly
transition,” the company confirmed July 2.
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Japanese smallsat rocket explodes on second launch attempt


by Caleb Henry — July 2, 2018

Japanese startup Interstellar Technologies’ Momo-2 rocket crashed back to Earth seconds
after liftoff, destroying the vehicle and damaging launch pad infrastructure.
COMMERCIAL JAPAN SMALLSAT

OneWeb says regulatory concerns main reason it’s forgoing inter-satellite links
by Caleb Henry — July 2, 2018

Wyler said OneWeb’s network will use more than 40 gateways around the world, each capable
of “seeing” satellites up to 4,000 kilometers away. OneWeb may add more gateways to
appease regulators, he said, but the current architecture provides global coverage.
COMMERCIAL MEGACONSTELLATIONS ONEWEB TELESAT

Sky Perfect JSAT mulls future technology investments


by Caleb Henry — July 1, 2018

Sky Perfect JSAT operates 18 satellites, more than any other Asian telecom operator. JSAT's
scale has allowed it to make industry-shaping investments in technologies ranging from
antennas to drones. But, like many of the world's largest operators, JSAT's revenue has been
falling.
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Virgin Orbit wins FAA license for rst LauncherOne mission


by Jeff Foust — July 1, 2018

Virgin Orbit has received a license from the Federal Aviation Administration for the first
launch of its LauncherOne vehicle, which the company hopes to perform later this summer.
COMMERCIAL LAUNCH FAA LAUNCHERONE VIRGIN ORBIT

Rocket startup sees big future in military launch


by Sandra Erwin — July 1, 2018

As a member of the National Space Council’s users advisory group, Relativity Space CEO Tim
Ellis sees himself as the voice of privately backed space startups.
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Thaicom weighs life-extension options for pioneering IPstar satellite


by Caleb Henry — June 29, 2018

Thaicom is considering ways to prolong the life of IPstar, its pioneering high-throughput
satellite currently projected to run out of fuel in 2022.
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Satcom companies willing to partner with China to gain market access


by Caleb Henry — June 29, 2018

Multiple satellite communications companies say they are willing to team up with Chinese
companies in order to sell into its sizeable but regulatorily challenging market.
COMMERCIAL CHINA LEOSAT NEWTEC SES VIASAT

To predict the future of military satellite communications, ‘follow the terminals’


by Sandra Erwin — June 28, 2018

There are about 150 program managers who oversee satcom terminals across the Defense
Department.It could take decades to upgrade up to 17,000 systems.
COMMERCIAL POLICY & POLITICS COMSATCOM SATCOM

Virgin Orbit gears up for captive carry test ight


by Jeff Foust — June 28, 2018

Virgin Orbit is planning a key test of its LauncherOne vehicle as soon as next week, a final
step before the vehicle’s first launch later this summer.
COMMERCIAL LAUNCH VIRGIN ORBIT

Satellite industry doing surprisingly well against cyber threats, experts say
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The satellite industry has done a good job bolstering its cyber defenses absent the sort of
high-profile attack that has spurred other industries to step up their efforts. But the risk of a
“defining cyber event” remains, a panel of experts said June 25.
COMMERCIAL

ABS puts 15 unused orbital slots on the market


by Caleb Henry — June 28, 2018

Satellite feet operator ABS says it has more orbital slots than it can use and is willing to sell
the extras to other satellite operators.
COMMERCIAL

Thai startup mu Space seeks builder for satellite bound for leased orbit
by Caleb Henry — June 27, 2018

The request for proposal, released June 25, is for the construction of satellite mu Space says it
will launch in 2021 on Blue Origin’s New Glenn rocket.
COMMERCIAL ASIA HTS MU SPACE THAILAND

Space Force impact on investment • Air Force trying to prove critics wrong
by Sandra Erwin — June 27, 2018

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Wall Street investment bank Morgan Stanley sees big money coming to the space sector
following the president’s announcement that a new military branch for space will be formed.
SN MILITARY.SPACE AIR FORCE MORGAN STANLEY SPACE FORCE

In the wake of Northrop-Orbital merger, Aerojet’s solid rocket engine business teetering on the
brink
by Sandra Erwin — June 27, 2018

There are now technically two companies that still manufacture large solid rockets for
military ICBMs. The industry is poised to become a monopoly, however, as Aerojet’s large
solid rocket motor business is on not-so-solid ground.
FROM THE MAGAZINE AEROJET ROCKETDYNE NORTHROP GRUMMAN INNOVATION SYSTEMS ORBITAL ATK

Boeing constellation stalled, SpaceX constellation progressing


by Caleb Henry — June 27, 2018

Boeing is not actively building any satellites for the constellation it proposed to U.S.
regulators two years ago, an industry executive said June 25.
COMMERCIAL BOEING MEGACONSTELLATIONS SPACEX STARLINK

Commercial laser comm edges closer to reality


by Caleb Henry — June 26, 2018

“If you build it, they will come” is the motto of BridgeSat, a company building a network of
laser-equipped ground stations for high-speed communications with satellites.
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“Optical communications is tech…
COMMERCIAL BRIDGESAT

Asian satellite operators worried U.S. C-band debate will affect their markets
by Caleb Henry — June 26, 2018

Satellite operators in Asia say the debate over C-band in the United States is triggering
similar discussions in their markets, causing concern that cellular operators could end up in
control of the spectrum in other parts of the world.
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SKY PERFECT JSAT

FCC unveils proposal for C-band reallocation


by Caleb Henry — June 26, 2018

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission issued a draft proposal June 21 for giving the
wireless industry access to C-band spectrum commercial satellite operators use to deliver
cable and broadcast network programming.
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RL10 engine added to Air Force agreement with Aerojet Rocketdyne


by Jeff Foust — June 26, 2018

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Aerojet Rocketdyne and the U.S. Air Force have revised an existing agreement supporting
development of a new large rocket engine to include work on an updated version of an upper
stage engine.
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Eutelsat says it’s weighing a bid for Inmarsat


by SpaceNews Staff — June 25, 2018

Eutelsat's disclosure comes less than three weeks after London-based Inmarsat rejects an
unsolicited acquisition offer from EchoStar.
COMMERCIAL BREAKING NEWS EUTELSAT INMARSAT

First order of business for Air Force space innovation of ce: Decide what it wants to build
by Sandra Erwin — June 25, 2018

Randy Walden, Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office:“It’s not the label on the door that actually
makes you rapid. It’s the culture.”
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Viasat leases Hylas-4 capacity from Avanti


by Caleb Henry — June 25, 2018

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Viasat on June 25 acquired a quarter of the steerable capacity on Avanti’s newest satellite,
Hylas-4, providing fresh Ka-band resources the company can use anywhere from the
Americas across the Atlantic to the Middle East.
COMMERCIAL AVANTI HTS VIASAT

Planet, Airbus start joint satellite-imagery product initiative


by Caleb Henry — June 25, 2018

Planet and Airbus Defense and Space’s geospatial division have agreed to co-develop imagery
products that leverage both companies’ satellites.
COMMERCIAL AIRBUS PLANET SAR

Space ight signs agreement with Virgin Orbit


by Jeff Foust — June 25, 2018

Spaceflight announced June 25 an agreement with Virgin Orbit for a future dedicated
rideshare mission as it seeks to diversify its options for launching smallsats.
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Air Force pressing on with space programs amid uncertainty about future reorganization
by Sandra Erwin — June 24, 2018

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“We’re executing exactly the way we’ve been executing to try to speed up acquisition,” said Lt.
Gen. Arnold Bunch Jr., military deputy at the office of the assistant secretary of the Air Force
for acquisition.
COMMERCIAL POLICY & POLITICS AIR FORCE SPACE FORCE

Blue Origin plans to start selling suborbital space ight tickets next year
by Jeff Foust — June 21, 2018

Blue Origin expects to start flying people on its New Shepard suborbital vehicle “soon” and
start selling tickets for commercial flights next year, a company executive said June 19.
COMMERCIAL BLUE ORIGIN NEW SHEPARD SUBORBITAL

C-Com, University of Waterloo test hardware for new phased array antenna
by Caleb Henry — June 21, 2018

Canadian satellite antenna manufacturer C-Com said June 21 it successfully tested the
building blocks of a phased array antenna it hopes to sell next year.
COMMERCIAL ANTENNAS MEGACONSTELLATIONS SATELLITE BROADBAND

SES, Intelsat plead for an extension for C-band dish registration


by Caleb Henry — June 19, 2018

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Fleet operators SES and Intelsat asked the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to
extend the deadline for their customers to register C-band dishes before the commission
decides on the band’s future use.
COMMERCIAL POLICY & POLITICS C-BAND FCC INTELSAT SES

Trump wants a Space Force; will Congress oblige? • DoD: ‘This will be a deliberate process’
by Sandra Erwin — June 18, 2018

The National Space Council meeting at the White House on Monday was supposed to be all
about the Trump administration’s new approach to managing space traffic and debris.
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Defense budget bill creates path for future network of military, commercial communications
satellites
by Sandra Erwin — June 16, 2018

The House Appropriations defense subcommittee approved $49.5 million to create a new
“program of record for commercial satellite communications."
COMMERCIAL POLICY & POLITICS AIR FORCE COMSATCOM CONGRESS

Astranis selects ECAPS green propulsion for geostationary communications constellation


by Debra Werner — June 14, 2018

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Astranis, a startup developing geostationary satellites to offer broadband internet access,
plans to equip its MicroGEO spacecraft with Bradford of the Netherland’s high performance
green ECAPS thrusters.
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Oxford Space Systems raises $8.9 million for spacecraft component business
by Caleb Henry — June 14, 2018

Oxford Space Systems, a British startup that hopes to compete with space industry giants
Harris Corp. and Northrop Grumman in the satellite component business, has raised 6.7
million British pounds ($8.9 million) from investors.
COMMERCIAL ANTENNAS LEO SAR SMALLSAT STARTUPS UK

KT Sat eyes North Korean business • Outdoor Wi-Fi interfering with Globalstar constellation • Viasat
buys British defense company
by Caleb Henry — June 13, 2018

To receive FIRST UP Satcom, a weekly SpaceNews newsletter for satellite and telecom
professionals, sign up here.
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SN Military.Space | Space reforms near decision point • SMC Commander: Procurement slow but not
broken • Mattis downplays impact of Trump trade wars
by Sandra Erwin — June 13, 2018
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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters the Pentagon appreciates the congressional focus
on space issues and is not being passive about space reforms, although he would like to see
further debate on the pros and cons of reorganizing the military.
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Angola eyes new satellite as African space race accelerates


by Jaroslaw Adamowski — June 12, 2018

While Angola’s first telecom satellite, Angosat-1, failed not long after reaching orbit late last
year, the sub-Saharan African nation will get a second shot at satellite ownership with the
planned 2020 launch of Angosat-2.
COMMERCIAL POLICY & POLITICS AFRICA ANGOSAT RUSSIA

PLD Space raises additional $10 million for reusable smallsat launchers
by Caleb Henry — June 11, 2018

Spanish startup PLD Space raised 9 million euros ($10.6 million) last month from public and
private investors to develop a pair of reusable launch vehicles.
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SSL aims to parlay NASA, DARPA work into viable in-orbit repair business
by Debra Werner — June 11, 2018

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SSL is investing in on-orbit servicing because “mission extension is a game changer,” said
Michael Gabor, advanced programs director for SSL Government Systems.
FROM THE MAGAZINE SATELLITE SERVICING SSL

Orbital ATK’s giant leap into satellite servicing begins with baby steps
by Debra Werner — June 11, 2018

Orbital ATK subsidiary SpaceLogistics plans to offer customers a wide range of products and
services, beginning with its Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV) and progressing to in-orbit
spacecraft assembly, repair and cis-lunar transportation.
FROM THE MAGAZINE MEV ORBITAL ATK SATELLITE SERVICING SPACELOGISTICS

Orbital ATK, SSL and others are gearing up to make house calls to ailing satellites
by Debra Werner — June 11, 2018

Satellite owners, satellite manufacturers, NASA and DARPA are planning a series of
demonstrations to prove spacecraft can be repaired or refueled in orbit without the type of
ambitious and expensive effort NASA devoted to servicing the Hubble Space Telescope.
FROM THE MAGAZINE DARPA ORBITAL ATK SATELLITE SERVICING

SpaceX proposing expansion of Florida launch processing facilities


by Jeff Foust — June 11, 2018

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SpaceX plans to significantly expand its footprint at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, a sign
that its Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets will play a key role for the company for years to
come even as it develops a more powerful vehicle.
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In-orbit services poised to become big business


by Sandra Erwin — June 10, 2018

The Mission Extension Vehicle built by Orbital ATK on behalf of subsidiary SpaceLogistics,
will the first of several such robotic craft that are poised to compete for a share of about $3
billion worth of in-orbit services that satellite operators and government agencies are
projected to buy over the coming decade.
FROM THE MAGAZINE IN-ORBIT SERVICING ORBITAL ATK SATELLITE SERVICING

Air Force chief buyer: Don’t believe the hype, space procurement ‘not broken’
by Sandra Erwin — June 10, 2018

Thompson: SMC is a "great industrial age model for building space weapons systems in a
benign environment” butnot suited to the current geopolitical reality.
COMMERCIAL POLICY & POLITICS AIR FORCE SMC

SES, with FCC’s blessing, says O3b constellation can reach global coverage
by Caleb Henry — June 9, 2018
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SES says its constellation of medium Earth orbit O3b satellites now has the ability to expand
from an equatorial system to a global system thanks to new approvals from U.S. telecom
regulators.
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Inmarsat rejects EchoStar takeover proposal


by Caleb Henry — June 8, 2018

British satellite operator Inmarsat rejected an acquisition offer from EchoStar Corp. of
Englewood, Colorado, curbing hopes that consolidation could reduce an oversupply of
satellite capacity.
COMMERCIAL ECHOSTAR INMARSAT

Indonesia ordered to pay Avanti $20 million for missed satellite lease payments
by Caleb Henry — June 8, 2018

Avanti has been awarded $20 million in a dispute with Indonesia's government over missed
payments on a borrowed communications satellite, the British satellite operator announced
June 7.
COMMERCIAL AVANTI INDONESIA

FCC Approves Audacy license for commercial satellite data-relay constellation


by Debra Werner — June 7, 2018

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The U.S. Federal Communications Commission granted a spectrum license June 7 to Audacy,
the Silicon Valley startup planning to establish a space-based commercial communications
relay network.
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Acquisition of Orbital ATK approved, company renamed Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems
by Sandra Erwin — June 5, 2018

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has cleared Northrop Grumman's $7.8 billion purchase
of defense and space contractor Orbital ATK.
COMMERCIAL BREAKING NEWS MERGERS NORTHROP GRUMMAN NORTHROP GRUMMAN INNOVATION SYSTEMS ORBITAL ATK

SSTL orders launches from Fire y Aerospace


by Jeff Foust — June 4, 2018

British smallsat developer Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) announced June 4 it has
signed an agreement for up to six launches from small launch vehicle developer Firefly
Aerospace.
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Maxar’s data analytics division adds jobs to sate U.S. government appetite for arti cial intelligence
by Sandra Erwin — June 2, 2018

“There is a strong desire to take capabilities to teach machines to recognize objects in optical
and radar imagery," said Radiant Solutions president Tony Frazier.
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Solar array glitch sidelines transponders on Apstar-6 satellite


by Caleb Henry — May 31, 2018

APT Satellite turned off several transponders on its 13-year-old Apstar-6 satellite after a
malfunctioning solar array caused a drop in power.
COMMERCIAL APT CGWIC CHINA THALES ALENIA SPACE

DARPA to begin new effort to build military constellations in low Earth orbit
by Sandra Erwin — May 31, 2018

DARPA plans to award $117.5 million in contracts over three phases to up to eight bus or
payload suppliers.
COMMERCIAL MISSIONS DARPA LEO

NOAA declares rst JPSS weather satellite operational


by Jeff Foust — May 30, 2018

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced May 30 that its first next-
generation polar-orbiting weather satellite is now fully operational as the government moves
to procure additional satellites.
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Avanti CTO Retiring in June


by Caleb Henry — May 30, 2018

Bestwick will be the second major executive departure for Avanti in less than a year. David
Williams, chief executive and fellow co-founder, left the company in August 2017.
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Viasat preps big insurance claim for ViaSat-2 antenna anomaly


by Caleb Henry — May 30, 2018

Viasat expects to file an insurance claim soon for an antenna glitch that reduced the
performance of its newest satellite by around 15 percent, CEO Mark Dankberg said May 24.
COMMERCIAL BOEING VIASAT VIASAT-2

Geospatial industry exploiting radar, RF data for maritime security and disaster response
by Sandra Erwin — May 30, 2018

What is making SAR more desirable is the magic that happens when the data is fused with
optical images, radiofrequency and hyperspectral data.
FROM THE MAGAZINE SAR

Second SpaceShipTwo makes second powered test ight


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by Jeff Foust — May 29, 2018
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Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo suborbital spaceplane performed a successful test flight May
29, bringing the company one step closer to realizing its long-delayed dreams of space
tourism and research flights.
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Viasat to start Asia-Paci c ViaSat-3 satellite this year


by Caleb Henry — May 29, 2018

Satellite operator Viasat is in discussions with manufacturers to procure its third high-
capacity ViaSat-3 satellite, CEO Mark Dankberg said May 24.
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Former NASA Astronaut Greg “Box” Johnson becomes Space Nation’s chief space of cer
by Debra Werner — May 27, 2018

Former NASA Astronaut Greg “Box” Johnson is joining Space Nation, the startup offering
space training experiences for people around the world, as its new Chief Space Officer.
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Rocket Lab reschedules next Electron launch


by Jeff Foust — May 25, 2018

Rocket Lab announced May 25 it has rescheduled the next launch of its Electron small rocket
for late June after correcting a problem that delayed an April launch attempt.
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Analysis | The rise of China’s private space industry


by Blaine Curcio and Tianyi Lan — May 25, 2018

The space race of old was between governments, but we may be on the brink of a 21st century
private space race on an international scale.
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AGI establishes commercial deep space radar tracking system


by Jeff Foust — May 23, 2018

AGI, in partnership with a Canadian company, announced May 23 that it has established the
first commercial radar system capable of tracking objects in geostationary orbit and beyond.
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SpaceX won’t seek U.S. rural broadband subsidies for Starlink constellation
by Caleb Henry — May 22, 2018

SpaceX says it will not go after any of the $2 billion in rural broadband subsidies the U.S.
Federal Communications Commission will begin doling out this summer under its Connect
America Fund II program.
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Not convinced of the promise of commercial radar satellites? Meet the radar ma a.
by Debra Werner — May 22, 2018

Startups backed primarily by private venture capital have announced plans to launch dozens
of small SAR satellites within a decade to take advantage of the miniaturization of electronics.
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Q&A | ICEYE achieves the ‘impossible’ with miniature radar satellite


by Debra Werner — May 22, 2018

In January, ICEYE proved it could operate a synthetic aperture radar on a microsatellite. Now
the company is preparing to launch a constellation.
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Spacecom signs $55 million contract with Amos-17 customer


by Caleb Henry — May 21, 2018

Israeli fleet operator Spacecom on May 21 announced a contract worth up to $55 million for
satellite capacity on its upcoming Amos-17 satellite.
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Parsons acquires Polaris Alpha, seeks bigger footprint in defense, space, intelligence
by Sandra Erwin — May 21, 2018

Parsons will be pursuing more Air Force and NASA work, especially in small satellite
prototyping and engineering development.
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Union votes to end ULA strike


by Jeff Foust — May 20, 2018

Striking United Launch Alliance employees will return to work after voting May 19 to accept a
revised contract, ending a two-week strike.
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Study offers pessimistic outlook for commercial space stations


by Jeff Foust — May 18, 2018

As NASA formally requests proposals for studies on the commercialization of low Earth orbit,
another study presented at a congressional hearing May 17 concludes commercial space
stations are unlikely to be financially viable in the mid-2020s.
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Op-ed | NewSpace 2.0: Moving beyond the Minimum Viable Product


by Brad King — May 18, 2018

Owing partly to the emergence of small satellites, NewSpace startups are disrupting
commercial space by addressing these and other questions on shoestring budgets compared
to government programs.
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With six new satellites and more coming, Planet looks to disrupt high-res imagery market
by Sandra Erwin — May 17, 2018

Planet hopes to grab market share by offering “guaranteed collection” twice a day.
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Satcom companies commit free capacity, equipment to UN for emergency responses


by Caleb Henry — May 17, 2018

Nine satellite companies agreed May 17 to donate satellite capacity and equipment to the
United Nations, seeking to coordinate their responses to natural disasters.
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Striking ULA workers to vote on new contract


by Jeff Foust — May 17, 2018

Nearly 600 members of a union that has been on strike against United Launch Alliance for
almost two weeks will vote on a new contract May 19 that would end the labor dispute.
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Internet for the masses not a focus for Kymeta, Phasor


by Caleb Henry — May 17, 2018

SpaceX and OneWeb, two companies building thousands of satellites for broadband services,
both expect to connect billions of the world's least-served to the internet. The two most
prominent developers of electronically steered antennas don’t share that aspiration, however.
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Billionaire invests in British company planning deep space communications network


by Jeff Foust — May 16, 2018

A British billionaire has invested in a company operating a ground station that has
aspirations to support commercial missions beyond Earth orbit.
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by Sandra Erwin — May 16, 2018

Todd Harrison, CSIS senior fellow: “With hosted payloads, there are a lot of great
opportunities to increase resiliency and capacity.”
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Aireon partner invests $69 million in space-based aircraft tracking system


by Caleb Henry — May 16, 2018

Aireon raised $69 million from a British partner, enabling the aircraft-tracking startup to
begin making hosting payments to Iridium Communications.
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Global Eagle to collaborate on Telesat LEO constellation


by Caleb Henry — May 15, 2018

Inflight connectivity provider Global Eagle will help Telesat in design and test the operator’s
low Earth orbit satellite constellation, the companies announced May 15.
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Eutelsat pivots for competition with Viasat on European broadband


by Caleb Henry — May 15, 2018

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market after last month’s decision to forgo jointly funding a satellite with Viasat turned the
two companies into direct competitors.
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Air Force Gen. Pawlikowski: Military satellites will be smaller, more mobile
by Sandra Erwin — May 15, 2018

Gen. Pawlikowski: "The size of satellites will change. The mobility of satellites will change.”
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Iridium to complete next-generation satellite deployment by this fall


by Jeff Foust — May 14, 2018

Iridium expects to have its next-generation satellite constellation deployed and in service by
this fall as it looks to win approvals for new maritime and aviation applications.
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DigitalGlobe unveils subscription service for tasking Earth-imaging satellites without ground
station
by Debra Werner — May 14, 2018

DigitalGlobe is expanding its product line to include a new multi-year subscription service
that allows customers to focus the company’s high-resolution optical imaging satellites on
targets of interest without paying to own and operate a ground station.
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NGA of cial: Arti cial intelligence is changing everything, ‘We need a different mentality’
by Sandra Erwin — May 13, 2018

NGA is modernizing its cloud architecture “to allow our analysts to live in the data."
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ULA selects Aerojet to provide Vulcan upper stage engine


by Jeff Foust — May 11, 2018

United Launch Alliance has picked Aerojet Rocketdyne’s RL10 engine to power the upper
stage of its next-generation Vulcan rocket, the second such contract Aerojet has secured in as
many months.
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Boutique sensors, commercial tasking could expand market for geospatial analytics rms
by Debra Werner — May 10, 2018

Geospatial data analytics firms could expand their commercial markets with custom-built
satellite sensors or the ability to direct existing sensors toward targets of interest.
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GEO order drought bottoming out, Maxar Technologies says


by Caleb Henry — May 10, 2018

Maxar Technologies won't have access to the Canadian military's three-satellite Radarsat
Constellation Mission (RCM), forcing the company to continue relying on the Radarsat-2
satellite launched in 2007 to support its radar business.
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DigitalGlobe brings WorldView-4 imagery into SecureWatch, prepares to add Radarsat-2 data
by Debra Werner — May 9, 2018

Customers of SecureWatch, DigitalGlobe’s geospatial intelligence subscription service, now


have access to imagery from the company’s WorldView-4 high resolution optical imaging
satellite launched in 2016.
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NOAA seeks proposals for second round of commercial weather data pilot
by Jeff Foust — May 7, 2018

NOAA is soliciting proposals for a second round of a commercial satellite weather data pilot
program even as it wraps up the evaluation of the first round.
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CNES creating a space startup fund


by Caleb Henry — May 7, 2018

The French space agency CNES is creating an investment fund of 80 to 100 million euros
($95 to $119 million) to spur innovation in the space sector.
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Panasonic Avionics bribery settlement spurs consolidation talk


by Caleb Henry — May 7, 2018

The conclusion of a year-long federal investigation into Panasonic Avionics could lay the
groundwork for consolidation among satellite-enabled inflight connectivity providers
struggling to turn a profit providing Wi-Fi to airline passengers.
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German startup takes Kymeta-like LCD approach to at panel antenna manufacturing


by Caleb Henry — May 7, 2018

Alcan Systems, whose name stands for “Adaptive Liquid Crystal ANtenna,” is designing
phased array antennas to be priced below 10,000 euros for enterprise-grade units and under
1,000 euros for consumer models.
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DoD taps Hughes, Kratos to prototype joint military-commercial satellite network


by Sandra Erwin — May 7, 2018

A Defense Department pilot program will gauge how multiple satellite communications
system can work together to support the military.
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ULA machinists go on strike


by Jeff Foust — May 7, 2018

Nearly 600 United Launch Alliance workers at three sites voted May 6 to reject the company’s
latest contract and go on strike.
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Air Force moves to acquire new missile-warning satellites: What we know so far
by Sandra Erwin — May 6, 2018

The decision to sole-source the development of a new constellation further solidifies


Lockheed Martin’s and Northrop Grumman's dominance.
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Air Force to award contracts to Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman for future missile-warning
satellite constellation
by Sandra Erwin — May 4, 2018

The Air Force on Friday announced it will award two sole-source contracts to Lockheed
Martin and Northrop Grumman for the next-generation overhead persistent infrared
program.
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Op-ed | Thinking historically about NewSpace


by Geoff Nunn — May 4, 2018

As the business of space becomes increasingly privatized, and companies more frequently
adopt a fast and lean entrepreneurial style, it complicates efforts to establish and preserve a
publicly accessible record of the industry’s progress.
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Inmarsat hints at “GX Flex” next-gen satellite investment


by Caleb Henry — May 3, 2018

Inmarsat said May 2 that the company is drawing up new spacecraft for the early- to mid-
2020s to bolster the two satellite constellations it operates today.
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Arti cial intelligence arms race accelerating in space


by Sandra Erwin — May 3, 2018

Geospatial data manipulation and analysis in real time is the holy grail in the military
intelligence business.
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Telesat comes out against C-band proposal, girds for spectrum ght
by Caleb Henry — May 3, 2018

Fleet operator Telesat, originally undecided about a joint-use spectrum plan put forward by
Intelsat, Intel and SES, is turning against the plan because of how participants would be
compensated.
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Blue Origin expects BE-4 quali cation tests to be done by year’s end
by Jeff Foust — May 3, 2018

The chief executive of Blue Origin says he expects the company’s BE-4 engine to complete
qualification testing by the end of the year as the company ramps up work on its New Glenn
orbital rocket.
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America’s space industry has a hiring problem, and it must battle the Silicon Valley to solve it
by Caleb Henry — May 3, 2018

Today, tech talent is being lured away from the space industry. The result is a “graying”
aerospace industry — one that is losing people to retirement faster than it can backfill jobs
with fresh talent.
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Europe’s space workforce: Same age, less crisis


by Caleb Henry — May 3, 2018

Similar to the U.S., Europe’s median age for members of its space workforce is between 45
and 55, but that doesn’t foretell an impending talent shortage.
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Intelligence agencies rethinking how to buy data from new Earth imaging companies
by Sandra Erwin — May 2, 2018

Officials are working on a transition plan to transfer commercial imagery acquisition from
NGA to NRO in fiscal year 2019.
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Union recommends members reject ULA contract proposal


by Jeff Foust — May 2, 2018

A union representing nearly 600 United Launch Alliance employees is urging its members to
reject a proposed contract in a vote this weekend, a move that could set up a strike.
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Budget addition for WGS resets debate on the future of military space communications
by Sandra Erwin — May 2, 2018

An expansion of the WGS constellation to 12 satellites guarantees that the military will have
more of its own satcom capacity and may need less from commercial services, dealing a
setback to the industry that has argued for years that it can provide a better value for the
money.
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Northrop Grumman sees big future in space • Another round of NDAA space reforms coming • New
concerns about military launch costs
by Sandra Erwin — May 2, 2018

Northrop Grumman sees a big future in space. That’s one of the takeaways from last week’s
earnings call for the first quarter of 2018.
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Fire y Aerospace to take over Vandenberg Delta 2 pad


by Jeff Foust — May 1, 2018

Firefly Aerospace, a small launch vehicle developer, has won approval from the U.S. Air Force
to take over a launch pad at California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base used by the soon-to-
retire Delta 2.
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OneWeb shifts rst launch to year’s end


by Caleb Henry — May 1, 2018

OneWeb has shifted the debut launch for its satellite megaconstellation to the fourth quarter
of the year.
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Israel may eld IAI-built satellite at Amos hotspot, Spacecom says


by Caleb Henry — April 30, 2018

The Israeli government has told Spacecom it intends to operate a satellite at the same
location as most of Spacecom’s fleet, the Israeli satellite operator said April 30.
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Op-ed | A new governance model to grow U.S. space launch capability


by Bill Beyer and Bill Miracky — April 30, 2018

The rapid market development for commercial space launch services over the past several
years threatens to overwhelm the capacity of the federal government to efficiently manage
airspace usage between planes, unmanned aerial vehicles, and spacecraft.
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Croatian space industry players eye European, U.S. export prospects


by Jaroslaw Adamowski — April 30, 2018

Croatian industry players hope a cooperation agreement with the European Space Agency
could pave the way for a closer cooperation with their European counterparts and generate
foreign orders.
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Boeing executive to become ULA chief operating of cer


by Jeff Foust — April 27, 2018

United Launch Alliance has named a longtime Boeing executive who has led work ranging
from the International Space Station to commercial crew vehicles as its new chief operating
officer.
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New concerns about U.S. Central Command’s access to weather satellite data
by Sandra Erwin — April 26, 2018

Air Force asked to submit a plan to provide the United States Central Command with
persistent weather imagery.
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Yahsat takes majority stake in Thuraya


by Caleb Henry — April 26, 2018

Emirati fleet operator Yahsat on April 26 said it is acquiring a majority stake in fellow Emirati
operator Thuraya for an undisclosed amount.
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NASA will pay more for less ISS cargo under new commercial contracts
by Jeff Foust — April 26, 2018

NASA will pay more money for less cargo delivered to the International Space Station under a
set of follow-on commercial cargo contracts awarded in 2016, according to a report by the
agency’s inspector general.
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Eutelsat takes French telecom regulator to court over Inmarsat’s EAN license
by Caleb Henry — April 26, 2018

Continuing its country-by-country fight against Inmarsat’s European Aviation Network,


French satellite fleet operator Eutelsat is returning to its home country regulator to challenge
Inmarsat’s recently granted authorization.
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LEO constellation rush not a threat to Iridium, CEO says


by Caleb Henry — April 26, 2018

Large constellations of satellites planned for low Earth orbit (LEO) present little threat to
Iridium’s business despite sharing the same orbit, CEO Matt Desch said April 26.
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Space resources company co-founder sets sights on next wave of space startups
by Jeff Foust — April 25, 2018

A longtime space advocate is stepping away from the space resources company he helped
found more than five years ago and now plans to help develop the next generation of space
startups.
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Globalstar merging with FiberLight for $1.65 billion


by Caleb Henry — April 25, 2018

Thermo Capital, owner of Globalstar, is merging the satellite operator with a landline
company it owns in a $1.65 billion deal intended to help pay off Globalstar’s debts.
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Northrop Grumman declines to bid on GPS 3 contract


by Jeff Foust — April 25, 2018

Northrop Grumman executives said April 25 that the company declined to submit a proposal
for the next set of GPS 3 satellites, all but guaranteeing that Lockheed Martin will win the
competition.
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Intelligence community,companies give out satellite imagery to motivate app developers


by Sandra Erwin — April 25, 2018

The remote sensing industry is trying to contribute to “global transparency,” said Walter
Scott, chief technology officer of Maxar Technologies and founder of DigitalGlobe.
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SN Military.Space | SecAF Wilson talks space reforms, ‘moving fast’ • SMC: Prototyping is back •
GEOINT 2018 news
by Sandra Erwin — April 24, 2018

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson made news last week at the Space Symposium with major
announcements on the reorganization of Space and Missile Systems Center and the standup
of a new office to eliminate bottlenecks in the system.
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Lockheed Martin con dent about winning GPS 3 competition


by Jeff Foust — April 24, 2018

Lockheed Martin executives said April 24 they are confident they will win an Air Force
competition for the next set of GPS 3 navigation satellites as questions swirl about what other
companies, if any, submitted proposals.
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Speedcast posts 136 percent revenue jump, seeks debt re nancing


by Caleb Henry — April 23, 2018

Speedcast’s revenues more than doubled in 2017 as the satellite network operator began
leveraging its acquisitions of U.S. companies Harris CapRock and UltiSat.
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To keep foothold in government market, satellite imaging companies have to gain trust
by Sandra Erwin — April 23, 2018

NGA Director Cardillo: “I want the market to work … but government shouldn’t be their first
customer. We should be their second customer.”
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With Hylas-4 in orbit, Avanti hopes to take lead in African HTS


by Caleb Henry — April 23, 2018

In the months preceding the launch of Avanti’s Hylas-4 satellite, the British operators didn’t
mince words when it described the importance of a successful mission as “critical.”
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Debris removal missions face technical, legal and nancial hurdles


by Debra Werner — April 23, 2018

Even if a company obtains government permission to collect a defunct satellite or spent


rocket stage in orbit, the project raises legal questions.
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by Sandra Erwin — April 22, 2018

Within the top five space contractors, from 2011 to 2017, ULA surpassed Boeing and became
the top overall vendor.
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A test for Air Force space technology buyers: Fast prototyping


by Sandra Erwin — April 21, 2018

"Other transactions authorities" allow the Air Force to go faster to prototyping.


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Lockheed Martin working to lower Orion costs


by Jeff Foust — April 20, 2018

As Lockheed Martin prepares to complete assembly of the Orion spacecraft flying on the first
SLS mission, the company says it’s making progress in lowering the costs of the future
spacecraft, including through reuse.
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Blue Origin expects BE-4 quali cation tests to be done by year’s end
by Jeff Foust — April 19, 2018

Blue Origin's CEO says he expects the company’s BE-4 engine to complete qualification
testing by the end of the year as the company ramps up work on its New Glenn orbital rocket.
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One way to measure China’s rise as a space power: Patent applications


by Sandra Erwin — April 19, 2018

The number of space-related technology patent applications filed in China over the five-year
period grew by 13.3 percent.
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Eutelsat completes $373 million Hispasat divestiture


by Caleb Henry — April 19, 2018

WASHINGTON — French fleet operator Eutelsat finished a lengthy 302 million euro ($372.9
million) sale of its stake in Spanish fleet operator Hispasat after gaining long-awaited
approval from Spain’s government.
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As space business grows, Ruag ramps up U.S. manufacturing


by Sandra Erwin — April 19, 2018

In anticipation of more business from rocket and satellite manufacturers, Ruag is ramping up
investments in its U.S. operations in Alabama, Florida and in a research center in California’s
Silicon Valley.
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Startup with SoftBank, Airbus investment planning video constellation with several hundred
satellites
by Caleb Henry — April 18, 2018

A satellite startup that today announced SoftBank, Airbus, Bill Gates and OneWeb founder
Greg Wyler as investors says it has plans to field a constellation of hundreds of satellites to
provide global video of the Earth, but provided few details on how it will accomplish that
goal.
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Open Cosmos raises $7M in Series A funding round


by Debra Werner — April 18, 2018

Open Cosmos, a British startup planning to manufacture and operate inexpensive cubesats
for customers, announced April 18 it raised $7 million in Series A funding in an investment
round led by London-based BGF Ventures.
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Boeing bows out of GPS 3 competition


by Sandra Erwin — April 18, 2018

Boeing has decided to not challenge Lockheed Martin for the next production lot of up to 22
GPS 3 satellites.
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34th Space Symposium: A different mood • DoD’s Kitay talks space policy • Orbital ATK’s new rocket
name revealed
by Sandra Erwin — April 18, 2018

Over the next couple of days at the 34th Space Symposium, DoD and military VIPs are
expected to announce new initiatives on space as a domain of war and efforts to “go fast” in
space procurement programs.
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Missile defense engineer takes over Lockheed Martin’s space technology lab
by Sandra Erwin — April 18, 2018

Lockheed Martin picked a veteran missile defense engineer to lead the company’s space
research organization known as the Advanced Technology Center, in Palo Alto, California.
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Op-ed | For active debris removal, today’s concern is tomorrow’s opportunity


by Paola Leoni — April 18, 2018

Despite the pressing need for intervention and technology approaching maturity, it has been
difficult to gather wide public consensus and deploy a maiden active debris removal mission.
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by Debra Werner — April 18, 2018

The megaconstellations promising global broadband service are heightening concern about
orbital debris and creating demand for space-based trash collection.
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SMC 2.0: Air Force begins major reorganization of acquisition of ces


by Sandra Erwin — April 17, 2018

The first test for SMC 2.0 will be the next-generation missile-warning constellation that will
replace the current Space Based Infrared System.
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Technical issue delays next Rocket Lab Electron launch


by Jeff Foust — April 17, 2018

Rocket Lab is postponing its next launch by a few weeks because of a technical problem, but
the company says it is optimistic about its long-term prospects as demand for its small launch
vehicle grows.
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Foust Forward | For commercial space, a question of forgiveness versus permission


by Jeff Foust — April 17, 2018

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Incidents with SpaceX and Swarm Technologies may result in more scrutiny of space
companies by these and other regulators, like the FAA, even as the White House backs efforts
to update and streamline rules governing commercial space activities.
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Op-ed | Dear National Space Council: Please keep doing what you’re doing
by Bob Richards — April 17, 2018

For the first time, NASA is planning to leverage commercial spacecraft for exploration
missions, extending the proven public-private partnership model beyond Earth’s orbit.
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Stratolaunch planning rst aircraft ight this summer


by Jeff Foust — April 16, 2018

Stratolaunch expects to conduct the first flight of its giant aircraft this summer as it develops
a broad spectrum of launch services that will make use of it, the company said April 16.
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AsiaSat CEO Andrew Jordan stepping down


by Caleb Henry — April 16, 2018

Andrew Jordan, chief executive of regional fleet operator AsiaSat, resigned April 16 a year
and a half after taking the position.
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Why Sierra Nevada’s owners are betting big on Dream Chaser


by Debra Werner — April 16, 2018

Sierra Nevada Corp.’s largest investment to date is in Dream Chaser, the spaceplane NASA
selected in the initial rounds of its campaign to encourage companies to build private space
taxis to transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station.
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Pentagon procurement chief Ellen Lord cautiously optimistic about OCX


by Sandra Erwin — April 14, 2018

OCX effective April 1 transitioned to agile software development.


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Bullish Globalstar investor offers $150 million loan to offset operator’s nancial troubles
by Caleb Henry — April 12, 2018

An investor in Globalstar is ready to put $150 million into the low-Earth-orbit satellite
operator in the company’s stock should be trading at five times current prices.
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by Jeff Foust — April 12, 2018

A new report concludes space ventures raised nearly $1 billion in the first quarter of 2018,
half of that as a new funding round for SpaceX that has the company has yet to publicly
announce.
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Pentagon advisory panel: DoD could take a page from SpaceX on software development
by Sandra Erwin — April 10, 2018

The Defense Science Board cited SpaceX as an example of a company that can meet stringent
military requirements and still use agile software development methods.
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Leidos bests Raytheon for FAA hosted payload contract


by Caleb Henry — April 9, 2018

Defense and IT company Leidos triumphed over competitor Raytheon this week in a
competition to build a hosted payload for the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for honing
GPS signals.
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by Sandra Erwin — April 8, 2018

“Today feels like 1998, that was the last time we had the same level of enthusiasm with
startups,” says Randy Kendall, vice president of launch program operations at The Aerospace
Corporation.
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Help wanted to operate and maintain Air Force deep space telescopes
by Sandra Erwin — April 7, 2018

The Air Force Space Command last week posted a “sources sought” notice for the operations
and maintenance of the Ground-based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance System.
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Wall Street analysts balk at Viasat-Eutelsat split on European broadband


by Caleb Henry — April 6, 2018

Eutelsat’s decision to scrap an investment in Viasat’s ViaSat-3 system in favor of a fully-


owned satellite means the two companies will now be competitors in the European
broadband market — a stance analysts view as bad for both operators.
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Startup announces plans for low-cost commercial space station


by Jeff Foust — April 5, 2018
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A startup claims it will be able to place a single-module commercial space station into orbit
by 2022, although the company faces multiple and significant technical and financial hurdles.
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Eutelsat ditches ViaSat-3 investment, buys half-terabit satellite from Thales Alenia Space
by Caleb Henry — April 5, 2018

Global fleet operator Eutelsat, after months of protracted negotiations with partner Viasat, on
April 5 said it would go it alone on a powerful new satellite instead of investing in Viasat’s
second ViaSat-3 satellite.
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Second SpaceShipTwo performs rst powered test ight


by Jeff Foust — April 5, 2018

Virgin Galactic’s second SpaceShipTwo suborbital vehicle successfully performed its first
powered flight April 5, the first such test flight since a fatal crash nearly three and a half years
ago.
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Virgin Orbit aims to offer responsive launch and constellation maintenance services
by Debra Werner — April 5, 2018

Virgin Orbit plans to offer customers a variety of services including responsive launch,
maintenance of large satellite constellations and potentially debris removal.
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Op-Ed | Supporting America’s plan to lead on the moon


by John Thornton — April 4, 2018

As we prepare to mark the 50th anniversary of the first Apollo lunar landings, we’re on the
cusp of an exciting return to our nearest planetary neighbor with the administration’s 2019
proposed budget for NASA.
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Astra Space preparing for suborbital test launch


by Jeff Foust — April 3, 2018

A secretive California company is gearing up for a test flight of a small launch vehicle it has
developed as soon as April 5, according to government notices.
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Global Eagle looks abroad for new aviation business


by Caleb Henry — April 3, 2018

Satellite connectivity provider Global Eagle Entertainment on April 2 detailed three nearly
complete international connectivity deals with airlines in Europe and Asia that have the
potential to increase its number of connected aircraft by a third.
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Military’s focus on space a boon for cloud, IT companies


by Sandra Erwin — April 3, 2018

The Air Force is looking to upgrade its cloud computing systems to support the massive
downloads of weather data from satellites.
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Iridium Next enters the homestretch


by Jeff Foust — March 30, 2018

As Iridium finishes its new constellation, it’s facing a changing competitive landscape.
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Op-ed | Moon Direct:How to build a moonbase in four years


by Robert Zubrin — March 30, 2018

The recent amazing success of the Falcon Heavy launch offers America an unprecedented
opportunity to break the stagnation that has afflicted its human spaceflight program for
decades. In short, the moon is now within reach.
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FCC approves SpaceX constellation, denies waiver for easier deployment deadline
by Caleb Henry — March 29, 2018

U.S. telecom regulators the evening of March 29 accepted SpaceX’s application to launch a
megaconstellation of 4,425 broadband satellites, but denied the company’s request to relax
the deadline by which it must have its entire constellation in orbit.
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National security think tank recommends military invest in small-satellite networks


by Sandra Erwin — March 29, 2018

Study: The Pentagon needs to invest in a new mix of space constellations and information
systems.
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World View raises $26.5 million for near-space balloon systems


by Jeff Foust — March 29, 2018

World View, the Arizona company developing high-altitude balloons to provide services
typically performed by satellites, announced March 29 that it has raised $26.5 million in a
round that marks the entry of another high-profile venture capital firm into the space
industry.
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Thaicom hires new CEO


by Caleb Henry — March 29, 2018

Thai satellite operator Thaicom on March 29 appointed Anant Kaewruamvongs to succeed


Paiboon Panuwattanawong as chief executive May 1.
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Without Amos-8, IAI angling for government lifeline in telecom satellite manufacturing
by Caleb Henry — March 29, 2018

Israeli satellite operator Spacecom’s decision to buy its next satellite from U.S. manufacturer
Space Systems Loral isjeopardizing Israel’s domestic comsat manufacturing capability.
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Surprise addition of military satellites to DoD budget irks commercial industry


by Sandra Erwin — March 27, 2018

Peterman: While WGS is an important capability for the military, it is technology that has
been surpassed by the private sector.
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by Caleb Henry — March 27, 2018

Satellite fleet operator AsiaSat of Hong Kong reported a 6 percent increase in revenue for
2017, bolstering the company’s claim that Asia’s demand for broadcast and connectivity
services is strong enough to gradually overcome a regional oversupply of satellite capacity.
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Relativity closes $35 million Series B round


by Jeff Foust — March 27, 2018

Relativity Space, a startup developing small launch vehicles using 3D-printing technologies,
announced March 27 a $35 million funding round led by a venture fund making its first space
investment.
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Space communications: As the industry launches new products, military can’t decide what to buy
by Sandra Erwin — March 26, 2018

Air Force Col. George Nagy, who oversees the DoD wideband communications analysis of
alternatives study: “Today we operate a hybrid commercial and military architecture."
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SSL bags Amos-8 and BSAT-4b manufacturing contracts


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by Caleb Henry — March 26, 2018
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Satellite manufacturer Space Systems Loral on March 26 announced two satellite operators
contracted the company to build geostationary telecommunications satellites ahead of fast-
approaching 2020 deadlines.
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Air Force stakes future on privately funded launch vehicles. Will the gamble pay off?
by Sandra Erwin — March 25, 2018

The Launch Service Agreement fits the Air Force’s broader goal to get out of the business of
“buying rockets” and instead acquire end-to-end services from companies.
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Scepter Inc. unveils plan for global atmospheric monitoring constellation


by Debra Werner — March 23, 2018

Scepter Inc., a Silicon Valley startup, plans to establish a satellite constellation in low Earth
orbit capable of offering hourly updates on air pollution in vertical air columns globally.
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Exos Aerospace prepares for rst suborbital launch


by Jeff Foust — March 23, 2018

With a key test completed and a launch license in hand, Exos Aerospace is preparing for the
first flight of its reusable suborbital rocket in April.
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Belgian court punches hole in Inmarsat’s European Aviation Network


by Caleb Henry — March 21, 2018

A Belgian court reversed approval for Inmarsat’s European Aviation Network in the country
after fleet operator Viasat challenged the legality of its authorization.
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Relativity reaches deal to use Stennis test stand


by Jeff Foust — March 21, 2018

Relativity, the startup company developing small launch vehicles using additive
manufacturing technologies, announced March 21 an agreement with NASA’s Stennis Space
Center to take over one of its test stands.
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Space Force takes Capitol Hill by storm • What is the true cost of space programs? • Space budget
deep dive
by Sandra Erwin — March 21, 2018

President Trump's riff on creating a military space force captured the public’s imagination,
spawning memes and jokes about starship ninjas gearing up to fight the nation’s wars in
space.

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New fund to boost Japanese space startups


by Jeff Foust — March 21, 2018

The Japanese government, working with private ventures, announced plans March 20 to
establish a nearly billion-dollar fund to support the development of space startups in the
country.
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OneWeb asks FCC to authorize 1,200 more satellites


by Caleb Henry — March 20, 2018

Citing recent reforms that provide more time to orbit a new satellite constellation, satellite
broadband-startup OneWeb asked U.S. telecom regulators to nearly triple the size of its
authorized low-Earth-orbit constellation.
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Spacecom less than two months from Amos-8 purchase


by Caleb Henry — March 20, 2018

Seeking to return a borrowed satellite as soon as possible, Israeli fleet operator Spacecom is
very close to purchasing a new satellite dubbed Amos-8, a company official said March 14.
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Is the cost of military space programs going up or down? Depends on how you count
by Sandra Erwin — March 19, 2018

For the space-based infrared SBIRS satellites 5 and 6, the Air Force says the per-unit cost
went down 12 percent — from $1.9 billion to $1.6 billion.
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Smallsat launch providers face pricing pressure from Chinese vehicles


by Jeff Foust — March 19, 2018

Companies that are developing small launch vehicles or who provide rideshare launch
services say they expect new Chinese launch vehicles to drive down launch prices, raising
concerns among some of unfair competition.
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Loral warns of possible Telesat legal battle, Xtar restructuring


by Caleb Henry — March 16, 2018

Loral Space and Communications wants to move ahead with a “strategic transaction”
involving fleet operator Telesat that may spark a legal fight with Telesat’s other major
shareholder, a Canadian pension fund.
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What would it take for SoftBank to invest in SpaceX?


by Blaine Curcio — March 15, 2018

Broadband megaconstellations are expensive propositions, with SpaceX’s Starlink


constellation expected to cost$10 billion or more, and OneWeb expecting to spend $3 billion.
The actual cost could ultimately be higher.
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Op-ed | Balancing terrestrial & satellite 5G needs for international spectrum harmonization
by Jennifer A. Manner — March 15, 2018

The introduction of 5G services will bring users globally the ability to have true anytime,
anywhere capabilities to support a myriad of user devices and applications never imagined.
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ULA to focus more attention on commercial launch market


by Jeff Foust — March 14, 2018

United Launch Alliance plans to increase its activities in the commercial launch market using
both the current Atlas and future Vulcan rockets, while acknowledging that the U.S.
government will remain its major customer for the foreseeable future.
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by Caleb Henry — March 14, 2018

Satellite manufacturers say they are trying to protect their component suppliers from the
drought of commercial telecom spacecraft that threatens to put such companies out of
business.
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Air Force awards big launch contracts to SpaceX and ULA


by Sandra Erwin — March 14, 2018

WASHINGTON — The Air Force on Wednesday awarded two major launch contracts to
SpaceX and United Launch Alliance.

Under the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program, SpaceX received a $290
million firm-fixed-price contract for thre…
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Satellite capacity prices down 60 percent in some cases and still dropping
by Caleb Henry — March 14, 2018

The downward trend of satellite capacity pricing, brought about largely by the increase in
more powerful high-throughput satellites, has prices trending between 35 and 60 percent
lower than where they were two years ago, according to Northern Sky Research.
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by Debra Werner — March 14, 2018

Inhabitants of the tiny tropical island pay through the nose for internet service that
mainlanders would have considered painfully slow during the pre-Netflix era.
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Orbital ATK unveils new version of satellite servicing vehicle


by Jeff Foust — March 14, 2018

Orbital ATK announced March 13 it is developing a new version of a satellite life extension
vehicle intended to provide more flexibility to customers while also moving the company
closer to more advanced in-space servicing.
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LEO and MEO broadband constellations mega source of consternation


by Caleb Henry — March 13, 2018

The world’s biggest, best established satellite operators talk of broadband as an enormously
lucrative opportunity. But in truth, nothing is causing them more frustration.
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Satellite startup promises communications network that can’t be hacked


by Sandra Erwin — March 13, 2018

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LeoSat sees itself as a disruptor in a military market where GEO satellite operators are the
only commercial options.
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Space ight raises $150 million for BlackSky constellation


by Jeff Foust — March 13, 2018

Spaceflight Industries announced March 13 that it has raised $150 million to fund
development of the next phase of its BlackSky Earth imaging constellation, with Thales Alenia
Space and Telespazio taking minority stakes.
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SoftBank says GEO operators besides Intelsat can sell OneWeb capacity
by Caleb Henry — March 13, 2018

OneWeb’s largest investor SoftBank expects to bring in several partners to help sell OneWeb
capacity, including potentially other geostationary satellite operators.
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Industry worried about regulatory backlash after unauthorized cubesat launch


by Jeff Foust — March 13, 2018

The launch of several cubesats by an American company without authorization from a federal
agency has the rest of the industry worried of a potential regulatory and public relations
backlash.
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Mysteries surrounding July 14 Soyuz ight solved? Not quite.


by Debra Werner — March 12, 2018

For the first time since a Russian Soyuz rocket launched 73 satellites in July 2017,
Glavkosmos, a subsidiary of Russian state space corporation Roscosmos, is confirming a
problem with the Fregat upper stage.
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U.S. military a potential big customer for satellite industry’s new low-cost terminals
by Sandra Erwin — March 12, 2018

An anticipated growth in commercial and government demand for small satellite antennas
means more competitors are breaking into the market.
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Effective Space reserves ILS Proton rideshare for two satellite servicers
by Caleb Henry — March 12, 2018

Effective Space Solutions, a company developing spacecraft that can extend the lives of
telecommunications satellites, has arranged to launch its first two spacecraft on a Russian
Proton rocket in 2020.
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Musk reiterates plans for testing BFR


by Jeff Foust — March 12, 2018

SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk said March 11 the company could begin tests of part of its
Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) launch system as soon as next year, reiterating a schedule he
provided last month.
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Planetary Resources revising plans after funding setback


by Jeff Foust — March 12, 2018

Planetary Resources has successfully tested key technologies needed for future asteroid
prospecting spacecraft on a recently launched cubesat, but the company is revising its
timelines because of a funding setback.
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U.S. satellite manufacturers to discuss impact of Trump’s metal tariffs


by Sandra Erwin — March 10, 2018

Aerospace Industries Association CEO Eric Fanning's letter to President Trump: “We
respectfully ask you to reconsider imposing tariffs on aluminum and steel imports."
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Insurance rm paid Astro Digital’s claim for lost cubesats, sources said
by Debra Werner — March 9, 2018

An insurance company paid Astro Digital’s claim for the loss of two cubesats sent into orbit
on a Russian Soyuz rocket after the Earth imaging and analysis company proved the failure
stemmed from a launch problem, according to two space industry executives.
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Global Eagle raises $150 million, appoints new CEO


by Caleb Henry — March 9, 2018

Satellite connectivity provider Global Eagle Entertainment on March 8 announced $150


million in fresh capital from a private investment firm and the appointment of its second
chief executive in 13 months.
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Trump praises commercial space at Cabinet meeting


by Jeff Foust — March 9, 2018

President Donald Trump offered praise for the U.S. commercial space industry in comments
March 8 that appeared to cement previous policy on the issue rather than create new policy.
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LEO momentum builds with Eutelsat smallsat purchase, Optus-Telesat partnership


by Caleb Henry — March 8, 2018

In a surprise shift, Eutelsat Communications, a staunch defender of geostationary satellites as


the way forward, on March 8 said it is buying a low Earth orbit (LEO) demonstration
nanosatellite.
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Air Force changing how it buys weapons and satellites, but software still a headache
by Sandra Erwin — March 7, 2018

Air Force acquisitions chief William Roper said software acquisition "continues to lead to
overruns.”
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Surge of new space companies has impressed even veteran industry observers
by Jeff Foust — March 7, 2018

The surge of new space companies in the last few years has impressed even veteran industry
observers.
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Aerospace Corp.’s iLab encourages out-of-the-box thinking without leaving home


by Debra Werner — March 7, 2018

Instead of designing satellites years before they launch to perform specific tasks, what if small
multipurpose satellites were designed for a variety of jobs? And what if those satellites could
be launched separately before linking in orbit to perform one mission, then reconfigured to
tackle a different job? That’s the concept behind the Aerospace Corporation’s adaptable
multipurpose satellite concept, called Hive.
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Classi ed cyber event focuses on common threats, common solutions


by Debra Werner — March 7, 2018

When the nonprofit Space Foundation began devoting the first day of its annual Space
Symposium to cybersecurity in 2010, the forum was unclassified. In recent years, however,
the event has been restricted to U.S. citizens with Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented
Information or code-word clearance.
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Grif n rails at DoD procurement culture: ‘We make things expensive that don’t need to be’
by Sandra Erwin — March 6, 2018

Griffin: In the DoD space business there is a culture of “perfect mission assurance” that leads
to overly complex and expensive systems.
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SN Military.Space | Lockheed going after future SBIRS; USAF to bring warrior mentality to space;
DARPA’s plan to kill Battlestar Galactica
by Sandra Erwin — March 6, 2018

One of Lockheed Martin’s most prized military satellite programs is being nixed by the Air
Force as the military seeks to transition to more resilient, less expensive systems.
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SES’s departing CEO takes job at UAE cybersecurity rm


by Caleb Henry — March 6, 2018

The departing CEO of satellite fleet operator SES will return to the United Arab Emirates to
lead a cybersecurity company headquartered there.
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DoD delivers report to Congress on space reforms: Air Force acquisition system a big problem
by Sandra Erwin — March 6, 2018

Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis: “The biggest challenge we face is the acquisition
system."
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First BlackSky operational satellite ready for launch


by Jeff Foust — March 6, 2018

Spaceflight Industries said March 6 that the first operational satellite for its BlackSky Earth
imaging constellation is now complete and awaiting launch later this year.
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SpaceX launches Hispasat satellite, completes 50th Falcon 9 mission


by Caleb Henry — March 6, 2018

SpaceX launched its 50th Falcon 9 rocket on March 6, carrying a large telecom satellite for
Spanish fleet operator Hispasat.
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Lockheed CEO: To lead in space, U.S. needs globally competitive industry


by Sandra Erwin — March 5, 2018

Lockheed CEO Hewson: The industry has to be competitive so "America can continue to be a
leader in space.”
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Xtar hires Comtech exec as CEO


by Caleb Henry — March 5, 2018

Satellite fleet operator Xtar on March 5 said it is hiring a senior executive from satellite
ground equipment company Comtech to replace President and Chief Operating Officer Philip
Harlow.
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Commerce Department pressing ahead with commercial space regulatory reform


by Jeff Foust — March 5, 2018

Backed by a set of recommendations endorsed by the National Space Council, the Secretary of
Commerce says he is moving ahead with efforts to improve the regulatory environment for
commercial space.
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BE-4 engine tests continue as ULA waits to make Vulcan engine decision
by Jeff Foust — March 3, 2018

As Blue Origin continues tests of its BE-4 engine, United Launch Alliance is keeping quiet
about when it might select that engine or an alternative for its Vulcan rocket.
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Telesat touts LEO constellation over M&A as best growth strategy


by Caleb Henry — March 2, 2018

Telesat CEO Dan Goldberg said his company has refrained from running headlong with other
fleet operators in adding new telecom satellites over areas now burdened by an oversupply of
capacity.
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Op-ed | The business ROI on NASA research investments


by Michael Mo — March 2, 2018

President Donald J. Trump’s proposed 2018/2019 NASA budget represents a slight overall
increase in funding while aiming to close out a handful of programs and projects. While the
uptick is welcome, program cuts can still have consequences and may undercut job creation,
research and even private sector business development.
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Globalstar plays up spectrum strategy as debt deadline looms


by Caleb Henry — March 2, 2018

Low-Earth-orbit satellite fleet operator Globalstar is meeting with telecom regulators around
the world in an effort to globally authorize some of its satellite spectrum for mobile
broadband services.
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Startup plans to provide broadband using small GEO satellites


by Jeff Foust — March 1, 2018

Startup company Astranis has raised $18 million to provide broadband internet access from
space using small satellites in geostationary orbit.
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On National Security | Lessons from SpaceX about the power of incentives


by Sandra Erwin — February 28, 2018

Whether it’s space or defense technology, successful innovation doesn’t come easy, even for
SpaceX. CEO Elon Musk revealed that the company almost terminated the Falcon Heavy
program three times after it started in 2011.
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Sky Perfect Jsat investing $4.5 million in maritime satcom company KVH
by Caleb Henry — February 28, 2018

Asia’s largest geostationary satellite operator Sky Perfect Jsat has agreed to buy $4.5 million
worth of stock in U.S. maritime connectivity company KVH Industries.
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Northrop Grumman moves ahead with new ICBM design, impact of Orbital merger still unclear
by Sandra Erwin — February 27, 2018

Boeing and Northrop Grumman initially had been expected to compete the rocket motor work
between Orbital and Aerojet. With Orbital under Northrop Grumman ownership, that type of
competition would not be possible.
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Op-ed | Small businesses, beware of DoD technical support contracts


by James Gill — February 26, 2018

Small businesses are the backbone of the defense industrial base. So why do government
contracting methods sometimes harm, rather than help, small businesses?
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Viasat taps into Brazilian market with Telebras pact


by Caleb Henry — February 26, 2018

Fleet operator Viasat will soon challenge Hughes, Eutelsat, Hispasat, and others with satellite
broadband businesses in Brazil thanks to a new agreement that will let the Carlsbad,
California company use capacity on a Brazilian satellite.
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Iridium raising new debt to cover late Aireon payments


by Caleb Henry — February 26, 2018

A company that fleet operator Iridium formed to help finance its second-generation satellite
constellation is taking longer than expected to pay Iridium back for carrying its sensor
network to orbit.
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KBR to acquire NASA contractor SGT


by Jeff Foust — February 26, 2018

KBR, seeking to expand its government services business, particularly with NASA, announced
Feb. 23 that it will acquire Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc. (SGT) for $355 million.
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Air Force space laboratory invites companies to pitch ideas


by Sandra Erwin — February 25, 2018

The Air Force Research Laboratory is looking to "advance the technology and scientific
knowledge supporting all aspects of space systems.”
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Smallsat ground station operators expect consolidation, eye new antennas, optical links
by Caleb Henry — February 21, 2018

Companies that collect data beamed down from small satellites say they expect partnerships
and mergers will stem the rising number of new entrants offering ground station services in
their market.
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National Space Council backs incremental space regulatory reform


by Jeff Foust — February 21, 2018

Vice President Mike Pence and members of the National Space Council approved a series of
recommendations Feb. 21 that make modest, and expected, reforms to regulations of
commercial space activities.
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Air Force space budget choices under scrutiny; SecAF Wilson explains why SBIRS and JSTARS
must go
by Sandra Erwin — February 21, 2018

For those who have been waiting for the Air Force to shake up its space investment portfolio,
the budget request for 2019 was as disruptive as can be expected from the military.
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Satellite communications rms remain vigilant as cyber threats evolve


by Debra Werner — February 20, 2018

In spite of all the safeguards, companies must continually monitor traffic on their global
networks to detect attempted or successful penetration and take steps to mitigate the impact
of security breaches.
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Bigelow Aerospace establishes space operations company to look at commercial space station
market
by Jeff Foust — February 20, 2018

Bigelow Aerospace has established a space operations subsidiary whose first task will be to
study the market for the company's commercial space stations as it grapples with competition
from China and NASA.
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Foust Forward | SpaceX, Rocket Lab seize the spotlight but miss an opportunity
by Jeff Foust — February 20, 2018

The images that attracted the most interest from the Falcon Heavy launch, though, had
nothing to do with the rocket itself. For several hours after liftoff, SpaceX provided a live feed
from cameras mounted on the upper stage, showing its attached payload: a Tesla Roadster
sports car with a spacesuited mannequin, dubbed “Starman,” sitting in the driver’s seat.
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Vector planning rst orbital launch this summer


by Jeff Foust — February 20, 2018

Vector, one of a growing number of companies developing small launch vehicles, plans to
carry out its first orbital launch this summer from Alaska.
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Plan to modernize air and space systems takes Air Force out of its comfort zone
by Sandra Erwin — February 19, 2018

Air Force leaders say changes in procurement spending are necessary for the military to
ensure air and space supremacy.
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Telesat to announce manufacturing plans for LEO constellation in coming months


by Jeff Foust — February 18, 2018

Telesat, with one demonstration satellite for its planned broadband satellite constellation in
orbit, expects to announce plans for manufacturing the full system in the coming months as it
seeks partners to help fund its development.
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Eutelsat CEO optimistic on shorter broadcast contracts, OTT potential


by Caleb Henry — February 16, 2018

Eutelsat Chief Executive Officer Rodolphe Belmer is taking a contrary view on short-term
capacity leases and the explosive growth of video streaming — two disruptive video trends
causing angst among satellite operators with substantial television broadcast business.
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Air Force and Aerojet Rocketdyne renegotiating AR1 agreement


by Jeff Foust — February 16, 2018

The U.S. Air Force and Aerojet Rocketdyne are working to revise an agreement to support
development of the company's AR1 rocket engine, as questions continue about the engine's
long-term future.
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Gilat courts mobile telcos with self-funded satellite networks


by Caleb Henry — February 15, 2018

Satellite hardware and network builder Gilat of Israel, seeking to interest cellular operators in
expanding their reach by satellite, is pressing forward with a strategy of building the entire
network for them in exchange for multi-year commitments to pay for the service.
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Pentagon budget funds ‘small launch services’ to gain greater access to space
by Sandra Erwin — February 15, 2018

The Air Force creating a budget line for small launch is a “very good thing for the industry,”
said Steve Nixon, vice president of strategic development at Stratolaunch.
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Viasat says ViaSat-2 business plan intact despite antenna glitch


by Caleb Henry — February 15, 2018

Fleet operator ViaSat’s newest satellite could lose around 15 percent of its intended
throughput due to an antenna problem discovered after launch.
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FCC chairman urges approval for SpaceX’s satellite internet constellation


by Caleb Henry — February 14, 2018

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai wants his agency approve SpaceX’s
15-month-old application to serve the U.S. with its proposed megaconstellation.
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Planet sets deadline for Canadian ground station license


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by Jeff Foust — February 13, 2018
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Stymied by extended regulatory delays, Planet is planning to remove a ground station it built
in Canada if it does not receive a government license for it by June.
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SN Military.Space | DoD space budget: Billions for next-gen satellites, launch vehicles; New funding
lines for ‘rapid acquisitions’
by Sandra Erwin — February 13, 2018

An initial look at the budget documents released on Monday reveals that spending on space is
up only modestly but that priorities appear to be shifting.
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Air Force to acquire new jam-resistant GPS satellites


by Sandra Erwin — February 13, 2018

In a Feb. 13 solicitation, the Air Force announced it will “conduct a full and open
competition” for the production of 22 GPS 3 satellites.
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O3b’s Steve Collar to lead SES, Karim Michel Sabbagh stepping down
by Caleb Henry — February 12, 2018

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Satellite fleet operator SES on Feb. 12 announced that CEO Karim Michel Sabbagh will be
leaving the company April 5, exactly four years after assuming the position.
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Largest cubesat operators say 25-year deorbit guideline a priority


by Caleb Henry — February 9, 2018

Planet and Spire, operators of the two largest commercial cubesat constellations in orbit, say
they manage their fleets to prevent retired spacecraft from lingering in space beyond
internationally accepted guidelines.
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SES allies with Intelsat, Intel on revised US C-band proposal


by Caleb Henry — February 9, 2018

Satellite fleet operator SES has agreed to join Intelsat on an amended proposal to let 5G
networks use some of the satellite industry’s coveted C-band spectrum for next-generation
cellular systems in the United States.
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Foust Forward | Space startups face new competition for investment dollars — or bitcoins
by Jeff Foust — February 9, 2018
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The growth of crypto was a theme at the Space Tech Summit conference. It was a new, and
puzzling, experience for some in the space industry, for whom ICO is a failed communications
satellite venture and not “Initial Coin Offering,” a way some startups are raising money
through cryptocurrencies.
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Lockheed Martin posts satellite data online to lure space entrepreneurs


by Sandra Erwin — February 8, 2018

Lockheed Martin has decided to publicly release the technical specifications of its satellite
platforms.
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The still-unrealized promise of commercial Earth science data


by Caleb Henry and Jeff Foust — February 8, 2018

Proponents of commercial satellite weather programs have talked up the promise of


government data buys from such systems. The results so far have been underwhelming.
FROM THE MAGAZINE COMMERCIAL WEATHER DATA GEOOPTICS NOAA SPIRE WEATHER

Sierra Nevada gets NASA approval for rst Dream Chaser ISS cargo mission
by Jeff Foust — February 8, 2018

NASA has given Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) formal approval for the company's first
cargo mission to the International Space Station in late 2020.
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Judge rejects motion to dismiss SSL-Orbital ATK suit


by Jeff Foust — February 8, 2018

A federal judge denied a motion by Orbital ATK to dismiss a lawsuit filed last year by Space
Systems Loral seeking damages for alleged unauthorized access to information about its
satellite servicing technologies.
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Military certi cation the next big test for Falcon Heavy
by Sandra Erwin — February 7, 2018

Elon Musk: "This vehicle opens up a whole new class of payloads and it’s up to customers
what they want to launch.”
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International ground stations tricky for smallsat operators to license


by Caleb Henry — February 7, 2018

Small satellite operators wanting to build ground stations in multiple nations to connect with
their satellites are finding it complicated dealing with different sets of regulations.
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Op-ed | How will the Earth-observation market evolve with the rise of AI?
by Valery Komissarov — February 7, 2018

For the Earth-observation industry, 2017 was an eventful year. Several trends emerged that
could transform the market landscape as profoundly as the proliferation of smallsats already
have.
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Mattis incensed there’s still no budget – DepSecDef at Space Command – Military pulling for Falcon
Heavy
by Sandra Erwin — February 7, 2018

The budget impasse has been beyond exasperating, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told the
House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. "I cannot overstate the impact to our troops
morale over all of this uncertainty."
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Don’t expect deep discounts on pre own SpaceX boosters


by Debra Werner — February 6, 2018

SpaceX intends to decrease launch costs over time but it will not offer deep discounts on
preflown boosters while it strives to recover its investment in the technology, including ships,
it relies on to make rockets reusable.
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SoftBank interested in more satellite, OneWeb-related investments


by Caleb Henry — February 6, 2018

SoftBank is actively considering future investments in the satellite industry, including


investments related to low-Earth orbit broadband startup OneWeb, the head of SoftBank’s
merger and acquisition and corporate finance division said today.
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Inmarsat, Deutsche Telekom complete European Aviation Network


by Caleb Henry — February 5, 2018

British satellite operator Inmarsat and mobile network operator Deutsche Telekom have
finished building the ground infrastructure for the hybrid satellite and cellular European
Aviation Network (EAN).
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Global Eagle submits overdue SEC lings, details $223 million loss
by Caleb Henry — February 2, 2018

Satellite connectivity and content provider Global Eagle Entertainment on Jan. 31 handed in
the last of its late financial documents to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
(SEC), and expects the Nasdaq stock exchange will soon halt its delisting process.
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UK-Ukrainian launch vehicle developer Skyrora to establish smallsat launch site


by Jaroslaw Adamowski — February 1, 2018

U.K.-based Skyrora has unveiled plans to host a suborbital test flight in the fourth quarter of
2018. As part of its strategy to meet the rising demand for small satellite launches in a cost-
effective manner, the company aims to set up a facility to launch smallsats from Scotland.
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Air Force attempts to bring private-sector investment, innovation to space


by Sandra Erwin — February 1, 2018

Efforts to bring commercial technology into military space programs is good news for the
growing population of startups and other businesses that are investing in this sector.
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Thaicom reports sharp revenue decline, blames weak broadcast market


by Caleb Henry — February 1, 2018

Satellite fleet operator Thaicom’s revenue fell by $60 million last year, a nearly 23 percent
decline the regional operator blamed on a slowdown in Thailand’s broadcast sector.
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SpaceX and ULA poised to face off in the next round of military launch competition
by Sandra Erwin — February 1, 2018

The Air Force kicked off the sixth competitive launch service solicitation under the current
phase of the EELV program.
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SN Military.Space | Vice Chief Selva: With no budget ‘We’re gambling’ – Why it’s hard to defend
space – Space industry adapts to changing market
by Sandra Erwin — February 1, 2018

With still no budget four months into fiscal year 2018, the Pentagon is waiting to see where
the chips fall. Defense officials are ready to take the FY19 budget proposal up to Capitol Hill
but that may prove a tricky bet not knowing what Congress will appropriate for FY18.
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Spain’s Indra teams up with balloon operator and launch startup Zero2In nity
by Caleb Henry — January 31, 2018

Spanish IT company Indra will assist Barcelona-based Zero 2 Infinity in developing and
promoting balloon-enabled systems for reaching the stratosphere and low Earth orbit.
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Akash Systems raises $3.1 million to build its own line of energy-ef cient cubesats
by Debra Werner — January 31, 2018

Akash Systems, a San Francisco startup that sells RF power amplifiers for satellites,
announced Jan. 30 it has raised $3.1 million in seed round funding, which it plans to use to
develop its own line of cubesats.
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OneWeb spars with SpaceX, Boeing, SES and Space Norway over FCC coverage rule
by Caleb Henry — January 31, 2018

A U.S. Federal Communications Commission requirement that developers of non-


geostationary-orbit (NGSO) satellite systems provide full coverage of the United States to get
market access hasprospective megaconstellation operators pitted against each other.
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New companies needed to maintain small satellite market growth


by Jeff Foust — January 31, 2018

The number of small satellites launched in 2017 exceeded even the most optimistic forecasts,
but continued growth of the market will require new companies to start deploying
constellations in the next few years.
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CASIS focuses on near-term ISS utilization despite long-term uncertainty


by Jeff Foust — January 30, 2018

Despite reports that the administration will seek to end NASA involvement in the
International Space Station in the mid-2020s, the nonprofit organization that operates the
national laboratory portion of the ISS is more concerned with near-term utilization issues.
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Sigfox’s CTO on where satellite ts in an IoT-only network


by Caleb Henry — January 30, 2018

When it comes to connecting untold scores of low-power devices across broad expanses,
French telecom startup Sigfox is one of the biggest influencers.
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Op-ed | Do we care about orbital debris at all?


by James E. Dunstan — January 30, 2018

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has promised to integrate better economic analysis across the
commission’s work. Orbital debris would be a fine place to start, and the sooner the better.
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Lockheed Martin space sales growth lags


by Jeff Foust — January 30, 2018

Lockheed Martin recorded record sales in 2017, but growth in the company's space division
was far smaller than in its other sectors.
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Quika promises (mostly) free satellite broadband service


by Caleb Henry — January 29, 2018

Satellite network operator Quika Ltd. is launching an “entirely free” internet service this
spring in Afghanistan and Iraq and plans to reach nearly half of all African nations this
summer.
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Jury awards Intuitive Machines $4.1 million in cash and Moon Express equity
by Debra Werner and Jeff Foust — January 26, 2018

A Delaware jury awarded $4.1 million in cash and Moon Express equity to Intuitive
Machines, a Houston-based company Moon Express hired to write flight software and
develop a terrestrial return vehicle for its commercial lunar transportation business.
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Boeing satellite workers keeping busy with commercial orders while awaiting defense work
by Caleb Henry — January 26, 2018

Boeing is striving to keep a core of 4,000 to 4,500 workers busy at its El Segundo, California,
satellite manufacturing plant to prevent losing highly experienced workers during a slow
down in commercial and government satellite orders
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Satellites placed into incorrect orbits by Ariane 5 can be recovered, owners say
by Caleb Henry — January 26, 2018

Two satellites placed into incorrect orbits by an Ariane 5 that suffered an anomaly during its
Jan. 25 launch can be recovered and placed into their desired orbits, their operators said Jan.
26.
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X Prize teams plan to keep shooting for the moon


by Jeff Foust — January 25, 2018

The finalists in the Google Lunar X Prize competition say they will continue efforts to send
spacecraft to the moon despite the expiration of the prize in March.
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Solar panel suppliers adjust to GEO satellite slowdown


by Caleb Henry — January 24, 2018

Suppliers of solar panels and related equipment for the space industry are pivoting to serve
customers planing satellites for low and medium Earth orbits as the slow down in
geostationary satellite orders persists.
FROM THE MAGAZINE GEO SATELLITES SATELLITES SOLAR

To stay competitive in the launch business, ULA courts commercial customers


by Sandra Erwin and Caleb Henry — January 24, 2018

Competition from SpaceX and a projected slump in the demand for defense missions
complicates the outlook for ULA, analysts say.
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Op-ed | Applauding the Google Lunar X Prize


by Bob Richards — January 23, 2018

How do you top the world’s first private spaceship redefining the possible in accomplishing
something only superpowers had done before?
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Eutelsat CEO joins Net ix board of directors


by Caleb Henry — January 23, 2018

Eutelsat CEO Rodolphe Belmer, who ran the French film and television studio Canal Plus
before taking the helm of the world’s third largest satellite fleet operator, has joined the board
of directors of Netflix.
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Google Lunar X Prize to end without winner


by Jeff Foust — January 23, 2018

The foundation running the Google Lunar X Prize announced Jan. 23 that the $20 million
grand prize for a commercial lunar lander will expire at the end of March without a winner.
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Telenor Satellite eyes even split between broadcast, connectivity businesses


by Caleb Henry — January 23, 2018

Morten Tengs, Telenor Satellite’s CEO, says direct-to-home (DTH) broadcasting is still the
largest revenue generator for the operator, but Thor-7 now has “a substantial maritime
datacom business,” as well as some land-based customers in the Middle East.
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Space industry hit hard by military spending downturn


by Sandra Erwin — January 22, 2018

CSIS: From 2013 to 2015, contracts on space products plummeted by 56 percent, and R&D
fell by 47 percent.
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Op-ed | A one-stop-shop for private space exploration


by U.S. Rep. Brian Babin — January 22, 2018

This op-ed originally appeared in the Dec. 4, 2017 issue of SpaceNews magazine.

In the inaugural meeting of the reconstituted National Space Council, Vice President Mike
Pence called for an overhaul of how the U.S. regulates commer…
FROM THE MAGAZINE COMMERCIAL SPACE NASA NATIONAL SPACE COUNCIL

SpaceX, Iridium set March 18 launch date for fth Iridium Next mission
by Caleb Henry — January 22, 2018

SpaceX and mobile satellite services provider Iridium, now halfway through deploying the
Iridium Next constellation, are preparing for their fifth mission on March 18 from
Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
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Foust Forward | Riding a big wave of small rockets


by Jeff Foust — January 19, 2018

At last count, at least 35 small launch vehicles were in development. Some of them may
actually fly. Will that wave of activity continue to swell this year, or will it break and crash?
FROM THE MAGAZINE LAUNCHES ROCKET LAB SMALL LAUNCH VEHICLES

Gettingthe cloud above the clouds(and survivinga dry spell)


by Caleb Henry — January 18, 2018

Sending data to and from different spots on Earth is big business for satellite operators, but
Cloud Constellation sees a lucrative opportunity to offer satellites as the ultimate cloud
storage solution for sensitive data.
FROM THE MAGAZINE CLOUD CONSTELLATION SATELLITES

SpaceX and customers defend Falcon 9 performance after Zuma mission


by Jeff Foust — January 17, 2018

SpaceX reiterated at a congressional hearing Jan. 17 that its Falcon 9 rocket performed as
expected on its most recent launch, despite swirling questions about the potential failure of
the classified Zuma mission.
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GAO warns of further delays in certifying commercial crew vehicles


by Jeff Foust — January 17, 2018

As the two companies developing commercial crew systems reiterated that they were on
schedule to carry out test flights later this year, a government analysis of schedules concluded
those vehicles may not be certified to carry NASA astronauts until late 2019 or early 2020.
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Effective Space signs rst contract for satellite life extension services
by Jeff Foust — January 17, 2018

Effective Space, a U.K.-headquartered company developing spacecraft to extend the life of


communications satellites, announced Jan. 17 that it has signed its first contract with an
undisclosed customer.
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New MDA president seeks opportunities to grow Canadian space business


by Jeff Foust — January 16, 2018

The new president of Canadian space technology company MDA says he sees opportunities
for growth both within the country and beyond, while maintaining the company’s Canadian
roots as part of a larger, and increasingly American, company.
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Air Force launches new project to update missile-warning ground software


by Sandra Erwin — January 15, 2018

The plan is to shift the current ground software architectureto an open-systems platform that
the Air Force would own and update with new technology as it becomes available.
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PSLV launch a milestone for India and several companies


by Jeff Foust — January 15, 2018

The successful launch of an Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) Jan. 11 marked not
just the return to flight of the rocket but also major achievements for several of the companies
with payloads on board the vehicle.
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Cambodia to buy Chinese satellite as relations tighten on Belt and Road Initiative
by Caleb Henry — January 12, 2018

China Great Wall Industry Corp. landed a new satellite order Jan. 11 on the back of a bilateral
meeting between Chinese and Cambodian officials that included an agreement to increase
trade between the countries.
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Rocket Lab sets new window for second Electron launch


by Jeff Foust — January 12, 2018

Rocket Lab announced Jan. 11 it plans to make another attempt to launch its Electron small
rocket on its second mission later this month.
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SpaceX delays commercial crew test ights to latter half of 2018


by Jeff Foust — January 11, 2018

SpaceX has delayed its two commercial crew test flights by four months, according to a new
NASA schedule released Jan. 11, raising questions about whether it or Boeing will be able to
send astronauts to the International Space Station by the end of the year as previously
planned.
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Spain’s PLD Space receives $2.4 million grant for smallsat launchers
by Caleb Henry — January 10, 2018

Spanish rocket startup PLD Space received 2 million euros ($2.4 million) from a European
Commission grant program to further the development of a pair of launchers designed for
small satellites.
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by Sandra Erwin — January 10, 2018

The United States could soon be unpleasantly surprised as China continues to shore up its
domestic capacity to produce high-end weapons, satellites and encryption technologies.
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Boeing investigating antenna glitch on ViaSat-2 satellite


by Caleb Henry — January 9, 2018

An on-orbit antenna issue identified during testing of the ViaSat-2 high-throughput satellite
has Boeing and ViaSat searching for answers.
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Intelsat begins Galaxy eet refresh with Orbital ATK satellite order
by Caleb Henry — January 8, 2018

Satellite fleet operator Intelsat kicked off the beginning of a partial constellation
replenishment focused on replacing the company’s Galaxy line of satellites with a Jan. 8 order
to Orbital ATK for the Galaxy-30 satellite.
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Sierra Nevada clears Dream Chaser test milestone


by Jeff Foust — January 5, 2018

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Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announced Jan. 5 that NASA has confirmed that the
company’s Dream Chaser vehicle passed a key milestone during its November free flight test.
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Orbital ATK lands second Intelsat satellite servicing deal


by Sandra Erwin and Caleb Henry — January 4, 2018

Compared to the MEV-1, the MEV-2 will have new bells and whistles. It will be equipped to
carry hosted payloads from commercial companies and small satellites that could be deployed
for science missions.
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ArianeGroup stands up GEOTracker service to watch geostationary arc


by Caleb Henry — January 4, 2018

An internal research and development program using widely available telescopes has evolved
into a space situational awareness business for ArianeGroup.
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World View sees strong interest in stratospheric balloons despite test incident
by Jeff Foust — January 2, 2018

World View, a company offering stratospheric balloon flights for research payloads, sees a
bright future ahead for a platform that it argues combines the best attributes of satellites and
aircraft, despite a recent testing incident at its Arizona headquarters.
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Angosat-1 communications restored after post-launch glitch


by Caleb Henry — December 29, 2017

Angola’s new satellite Angosat-1 is communicating normally with ground teams again after
losing contact shortly after launch.
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Avanti tallies $114.1 million in impairment charges for Hylas-1 and 2 satellites
by Caleb Henry — December 27, 2017

Avanti says the evolution of high-throughput satellites is outpacing the company’s satellite
fleet, making it difficult to secure business with the Hylas 1 and Hylas 2 broadband satellites.
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Contact lost with Angosat-1, manufacturer says


by Caleb Henry — December 27, 2017

RSC Energia of Moscow said Dec. 27 that the satellite it built for Angola has stopped sending
telemetry data after separating from the Zenit rocket upper stage.
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Swedish company to acquire cubesat manufacturer Clyde Space


by Jeff Foust — December 23, 2017

Swedish space company ÅAC Microtec announced Dec. 22 it plans to acquire Scottish cubesat
manufacturer Clyde Space, creating what the companies believe will be a dominant force in a
growing sector of the industry.
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ViaSat bags $350 million defense contract


by Caleb Henry — December 22, 2017

Satellite operator and hardware provider ViaSat of Carlsbad, California received a $350
million contract from the U.S. Special Operations Command for a mix of tactical radio and
satellite equipment.
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