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A Comprehensive Look at the Impact of COVID-19 on the Space Community

Coronavirus updates: The latest COVID-19 news for the global space industry by SpaceNews Staff — March 22, 2020   MARCH 24 Four ESA space missions have been temporarily halted due to on-site personnel reductions at its mission control center in Darmstadt, Germany, in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Instrument operation and data gathering has been suspended for the four-spacecraft Cluster […]

Elon Musk Proposes a New Commercial Space Architecture

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says there’s nothing to fear from Starlink broadband satellites (and no spin-out) BY ALAN BOYLE on March 9, 2020 at 6:29 pm Will SpaceX’s Starlink broadband satellite constellation ruin astronomy? Will it threaten the telecom industry? Will SpaceX spin out Starlink anytime soon? SpaceX’s billionaire CEO, Elon Musk, answered all three questions today at a fireside […]

First Fully Private Space Mission Scheduled for 2020

SpaceX to fly private astronauts to space station for startup Axiom in 2021 By Chelsea Gohd 19 hours ago They’re going to the International Space Station for Axiom Space.  Axiom Space, a Houston-based startup, has signed a deal with SpaceX to fly a commander and 3 private astronauts to the International Space Station as early as late […]

Constellations Are Raising the Stakes Over the Space Debris Crisis

Avoiding space debris might require new legal framework, US lawmakers say By Elizabeth Howell 10 days ago To stop dangerous space debris, the U.S. government must work together with private companies and international partners. An artist’s concept of the orbital debris field around Earth, based on real data from the NASA Orbital Debris Program Office. (Image: © […]

Women Paving a Way Forward in Aerospace

How the space industry is making space for women By Allison MatyusFebruary 8, 2020 Women are doing some pretty amazing things here on Earth, but women in the space sector are going the extra mile to create a stronger female presence in space and beyond. While, like on Earth, there’s more work to be done as […]

What Do You Think About This List?

20 space industry predictions for 2020 By SpaceNews Staff — February 26, 2020 This article originally appeared in the Jan. 20, 2020 issue of SpaceNews magazine. It was updated Feb. 26 to reflect OneWeb and SpaceX launches that have happened since.   In 2019, the U.S. Space Force was formally established, NASA received a 2024 […]

The Hybrid Architecture Hype – The Next Frontier of Space?

Raymond: U.S. Space Command needs satellites to be built fast, to be survivable by Sandra Erwin — September 17, 2019   Raymond: “It’s no longer good enough just to have a satellite that can survive launch and can survive initial operations. You have to have a satellite that is defendable.” NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — In his first major […]

Satellites Are Cool – But What About Cybersecurity?

Hackers could shut down satellites – or turn them into weapons February 12, 2020 8.14am EST Last month, SpaceX became the operator of the world’s largest active satellite constellation. As of the end of January, the company had 242 satellites orbiting the planet with plans to launch 42,000 over the next decade. This is part of its ambitious […]

Costly “Performance Issues” for Three Lockheed Satellites

Lockheed Martin lost $410 million on latest three commercial satellite orders by Caleb Henry — February 19, 2020 WASHINGTON — 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. The other two commercial satellites built […]