NASA appoints two new center directors

Andrucyk and Pérez-Davis

NASA has selected acting directors at two of its field centers to take those positions on a permanent basis.

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Vector proceeding with sale of assets

Vector, the launch vehicle and smallsat technology company that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in December, announced Jan. 24 it is proceeding with plans to sell its satellite technology to Lockheed Martin or another bidder.

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SpaceX to launch Egyptian satellite in 2022

SpaceX will launch Egyptian operator NileSat’s next communications satellite on a Falcon 9 rocket in 2022, SpaceXsaid Jan. 23.

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NASA prepares to shut down Spitzer Space Telescope

NASA will turn off an aging infrared space telescope in a week, citing the complexities of continuing to operate the spacecraft as it drifts away from the Earth.

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Space industry group focused on cybersecurity to begin operations in spring...

The Space Information Sharing and Analysis Center, or Space ISAC, will launch an unclassified portal where companies can share and analyze cybersecurity information.

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Tethers Unlimited says early results of deorbit hardware test promising

Hoyt said observations from the U.S. military’s Space Surveillance Network showed the Prox-1 satellite deorbiting more than 24 times faster than before deploying the tape. 

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EU reserves four Ariane 6 rockets for Galileo navigation satellites

The European Commission has “pre-booked” four launches using Europe’s next-generation Ariane 6 rocket.

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Firefly suffers anomaly during launch vehicle test

Firefly Alpha static fire preparations

Firefly Aerospace says it had an “anomaly” during a Jan. 22 static-fire test of the first stage of its Alpha rocket under development, an incident that prompted evacuations and road closures in the vicinity in the test site.

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Descartes Labs unveils data refinery, modeling platform

Descartes Labs unveiled Jan. 22 a cloud-based platform for commercial customers that pairs geospatial datasets with modeling tools and applications.

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SpaceX presses on with legal fight against U.S. Air Force over...

SpaceX has asked the U.S. District Court of the Central District of California to hold a hearing on March 2 to consider the company’s protest against the U.S. Air Force.

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Op-ed | A Space Force needs spaceships

artist's concept of X-33 reusable launch vehicle deploying a satellite.

The U.S. Space Force must acquire responsive, routine, and reliable access to space — starting with launch systems optimize for reaching low Earth orbit (LEO).

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DirecTV fears explosion risk from satellite with damaged battery

Boeing 702HP satellite

DirecTV is racing to move its Spaceway-1 satellite out of the geostationary arc after the 14-year-old satellite suffered a crippling battery malfunction that the company fears could cause it to explode. 

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Boeing drops out of DARPA Experimental Spaceplane program

Boeing Phamtom Express XS-1

Boeing has decided to no longer continue development of an experimental suborbital spaceplane for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the latest setback for DARPA’s long-running efforts in space access.

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Firefly, Innovative Space Logistics sign launch agreement • Viasat nabs $90M IDIQ contract

Dutch launch broker Innovative Space Logistics and Firefly Aerospace signed a launch services agreement for launch opportunities on multiple Firefly Alpha missions starting this year.

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Acting NOAA leader stresses importance of public-private partnerships

The acting administrator of NOAA says the private sector is playing an increasingly important role in its work across the board, including space.

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