Space Commerce

Release: NASA Seeks to Evolve Space Station for New Commercial Opportunities

Release: NASA Seeks to Evolve Space Station for New Commercial Opportunities

  The first paragraph sort of says it all, but it is still worth emphasizing. All though some things remain the same, in other ways this is not your father’s (or mother’s) NASA. April 28, 2014 RELEASE 14-118 NASA Seeks to Evolve Space Station for New Commercial Opportunities As part of NASA’s continuing effort to […]

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Planet Labs Announces 100 Satellite Fleet in LEO

Planet Labs Announces 100 Satellite Fleet in LEO

Coming on the heels of releasing its “Flock 1” of 28 Earth Observation cubesats into Low Earth Orbit from the International Space Station, Planet Labs announced today that it has confirmed launch orders for 100 more of its tiny spacecraft to be carried out over the next year.  The announcement does not specify which boosters […]

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Orbital to Launch Six Skybox Smallsats on Minotaur C

Orbital to Launch Six Skybox Smallsats on Minotaur C

Orbital Sciences Press Release ORBITAL SIGNS LAUNCH AGREEMENT WITH SKYBOX IMAGING — Company to Launch Six Commercial High-Resolution Imaging Spacecraft for New Customer Aboard Commercial Version of Minotaur Rocket in Late 2015 — (Dulles, VA 20 February 2014) – Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB), one of the world’s leading space technology companies, today announced that […]

EADS Changes to Name to Airbus Group

EADS Changes to Name to Airbus Group

The European Aeronautic, Defense and Space Company, EADS, is changing its name to Airbus Group in order to both capitalize on its best known brand, and to reflect the fact that with defense budgets under pressure,  it sees the commercial aircraft business as its main sector of growth for the foreseeable future. Of particular interest […]

Planetary Resources Kickstarter Campaign Takes Off

Planetary Resources Kickstarter Campaign Takes Off

In what is already turning out to be one of the more fascinating space oriented crowdsourcing efforts yet seen, Planetary Resources introduced what amounts to a public access prototype of its planned Arkyd space telescopes at a press conference yesterday.   The broadcast started late, was horribly garbled, and at times seemed more like the sort […]

Texas Passes SpaceX Launch Law

Texas Passes SpaceX Launch Law

Source : Brownsville Herald With the stroke of a pen on Friday,  Texas Governor Rick Perry signed into law legislation allowing for the temporary closure of part  of Boca Chica beach during SpaceX launch windows.  The legislation, House Bill 2623, allows  for the beach to be closed except for holiday and weekends during the summer.  An exception is made […]

Posted in: Space Commerce, SpaceX
As NewSpace Prepares to Take Off, Will Congress Let NASA Get On Board?

As NewSpace Prepares to Take Off, Will Congress Let NASA Get On Board?

  Earlier this week, yet another Congressional committee held hearings on the direction of NASA and  future of human spaceflight.   Even for policy wonks, this gets old.  Maybe though, that is about to change.    It has been a long eight years since SpaceShip 1 won the Ansari X-Prize and began to focus the world’s attention on the […]

Exploring NASA’s Agreement with Bigelow

Exploring NASA’s Agreement with Bigelow

On Thursday, May 23 at 1:30 p.m. EDT, NASA Associate Administrator Bill Gerstenmaier and Bigelow Aerospace founder and president Robert Bigelow will hold a “media availability” to discuss the Space Act Agreement between the two organizations.  The event comes two months after the original document outlining the participation was signed in late March of this year, and almost midway through […]

Posted in: Moon, NASA, Space Commerce
Northrop Grumman Presents Lunar Lander Concept for Golden Spike

Northrop Grumman Presents Lunar Lander Concept for Golden Spike

  Northrop Grumman News Release Photo Release — Northrop Grumman Completes Lunar Lander Study for Golden Spike Company Study Identifies a New Minimalist Ascent Pod Lunar Lander Concept REDONDO BEACH, Calif. — May 8, 2013 — Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has completed a feasibility study for a new commercial lunar lander for the Golden Spike […]

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Sea Launch Failure Review Final Conclusion

Sea Launch Failure Review Final Conclusion

Sea Launch released the results of its Failure Review Oversight Board last week regarding the January 31st loss of Intelsat 27. As earlier reports indicated, the failure was assigned to the BIM hydraulic pump built in Ukraine, which provides steering pressurization for the Russian built main engine.  Since emerging from  Chapter 11 bankruptcy in late 2010, Sea Launch […]

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