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  • NASA seeks bids to deliver VIPER lunar lander
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    WASHINGTON — NASA is asking companies in its commercial lunar landing services program to bid on delivering a NASA rover whose launch has been slightly delayed. NASA announced Feb. 25 it was asking the 14 companies that are part of the Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program to bid on… Read more »
  • Virgin Galactic hints at more delays for start of SpaceShipTwo commercial flights
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    WASHINGTON — Virgin Galactic executives suggested Feb. 25 that the beginning of commercial flights of its SpaceShipTwo suborbital vehicle might slip again, even as the company starts planning to resume ticket sales. The company, which became publicly traded in October after closing a merger with special-purpose acquisition company Social Capital… Read more »
  • Kratos, Bechtel join Northrop Grumman’s bid to develop future ICBM for U.S. Air Force
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    WASHINGTON — Defense and space contractor Kratos and the engineering firm Bechtel have joined Northrop Grumman’s Ground Based Strategic Deterrent team to develop a new intercontinental ballistic missile for the U.S. Air Force. Bechtel will provide launch system design, construction and integration services; Kratos Defense and Security Solutions will supply… Read more »
  • Australian launch industry looks to government for regulatory and financial support
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    WASHINGTON — Australia’s nascent launch industry says it would like to see the country’s government provide more financial and regulatory support to help it get established in the global market. In a panel discussion during the Ninth Australian Space Forum in Adelaide Feb. 18, leaders of launch vehicle companies and… Read more »
  • Lockheed to obtain Vector satellite assets
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    WASHINGTON — Lockheed Martin will acquire the satellite technology assets of Vector by default after a bankruptcy court received no qualified bids by a deadline last week. In a Feb. 24 filing in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, lawyers overseeing the bankruptcy proceedings for Vector… Read more »
  • DoD adopts new ethical principles for the use of artificial intelligence
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    WASHINGTON — The Department of Defense will follow a new set of ethical principles for the use of artificial intelligence, officials announced Feb. 24. The rollout of a code of conduct for the use of AI technology follows a 15-month study led by the Defense Innovation Board, a panel of… Read more »
  • SES and Eutelsat make their own cases for more C-band money
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    WASHINGTON — SES is now arguing that it deserves as much money as Intelsat to clear C-band satellite spectrum for 5G cellular networks, following Intelsat’s solo effort last week to increase its share of the FCC’s $9.7 billion fund.  Meanwhile, Eutelsat, a former partner of Intelsat, SES and Telesat in… Read more »
  • NASA preparing for long-duration SpaceX commercial crew test flight
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    WASHINGTON — NASA is leaning increasingly towards making SpaceX’s crewed test flight to the International Space Station a long-duration mission, a move that could alleviate concerns about a lack of crew on the station later this year. NASA’s Johnson Space Center released Feb. 22 images of NASA astronauts Bob Behnken… Read more »
  • Parsons assembling small satellite to fly on Atlas 5 in upcoming AEHF-6 mission
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    WASHINGTON — A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket scheduled to fly a $1.4 billion Advanced Extremely High Frequency military satellite next month will also carry a small spacecraft as a secondary payload. This will be the second rideshare payload assembled by Parsons under a $100 million five-year contract from… Read more »
  • U.S. military’s annual list of ‘unfunded priorities’ includes $1 billion for Space Force
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    WASHINGTON — Soon after the Pentagon’s budget request is submitted to Congress each year, the military services send to Capitol Hill a separate wish list known as “unfunded priorities.” These are items the military would like Congress to fund if lawmakers decide to add more money to the Pentagon’s proposed… Read more »
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