Intelsat to FCC: C-Band Alliance is dead, we deserve more money

Intelsat on Feb. 19 urged the FCC to give the company at least $1 billion more of $9.7 billion in proposed compensation for clearing C-band spectrum for 5G networks and to treat the C-Band Alliance Intelsat formed with rivals SES and Telesat as essentially dead.

Op-Ed | Who should join the U.S. Space Force?

Building a military space culture may not require mass transfers of Army, Navy units to the Space Force

White House, NASA emphasize bipartisan support for lunar plans

Pence at Langley

Vice President Mike Pence said in a Feb. 19 speech that the administration’s budget proposal for NASA to support a human return to the moon by 2024 has bipartisan support, a claim echoed by NASA despite criticism about some proposed cuts in the bill.

U.S. Space Force rolls out plan to change how it buys...

The “United States Space Force Vision for Satellite Communications” was approved by Gen. John Raymond on Jan. 23.

Spaceflight Industries says sale of rideshare business a “win-win” for all...

Spaceflight Industries’ decision to sell its rideshare launch services company, Spaceflight, to two Japanese firms will benefit both Spaceflight and its parent company, executives of the two companies say.

China resumes space launch activity amid coronavirus outbreak

A Long March 2D rocket on the pad at Xichang.

China launched a Long March 2D rocket from its inland Xichang launch center Wednesday, marking a return to activity following the Chinese New Year.

Colorado Springs launches national campaign to keep U.S. Space Command

The Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC kicked off a $350,000 national public relations campaign.

Lockheed Martin lost $410 million on latest three commercial satellite orders

Lockheed Martin says it lost $410 million on the first three commercial satellites built on its new LM2100 platform, including the JCSAT-17 satellite Arianespace launched Feb. 18 on an Ariane 5 rocket.

NOAA warns of risks from relying on aging space weather missions

The head of NOAA’s space weather office used a recent hearing to caution that a failure of an aging spacecraft in the next few years could leave the agency “hurting a little bit” in its ability to monitor solar activity.

DARPA makes last-minute change to launch competition rules

Astra launch

With just a week before the first scheduled launch in DARPA’s responsive launch competition, the agency is tweaking the rules to allow the sole remaining company to perform both launches from the same spaceport.

Japanese communications satellite and South Korean weather satellite launch on Ariane...

Arianespace completed its third launch of the year Feb. 18, sending a Japanese communications satellite and a South Korean weather satellite into geostationary transfer orbits.

Kleos Space borrows $3.7 million while awaiting first launch

Radio-frequency-mapping startup Kleos Space on Feb. 18 said it received a $3.4 million loan from Dubai-based Winance to keep the company “well funded” while it awaits the launch of its first satellites.

Space Adventures to fly tourists on Crew Dragon mission

Space Adventures announced Feb. 18 that it has an agreement with SpaceX to fly a dedicated Crew Dragon mission that would send four space tourists on a mission to a relatively high Earth orbit.

Op-Ed | The United States won’t go back to the moon,...

In a recent SpaceNews Op-ed, Louis Friedman, co-founder and executive director emeritus of The Planetary Society, argues that the U.S. should pursue “a policy more directed to Mars and away from commercial participation. With all due respect to Friedman, I totally disagree. Focusing NASA programs on distant (in space, time, and money) goals can only ensure that U.S. space policy remains empty talk with no action.

Blue Origin opens rocket engine factory

ribbon cutting

Blue Origin formally opened a factory Feb. 17 that the company plans to use to produce engines both for its vehicles and for United Launch Alliance’s Vulcan rocket.