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  • Virgin Galactic delays SpaceShipTwo commercial flights to 2021
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    WASHINGTON — Virgin Galactic has pushed the beginning of commercial flights of its SpaceShipTwo suborbital vehicle to no earlier than the first quarter of 2021 while announcing plans to sell additional stock to raise money. The company, in its fiscal second quarter financial results released Aug. 3, said it expected… Read more »
  • White House withdraws nomination of FCC commissioner O’Rielly
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    WASHINGTON — President Trump on Aug. 3 withdrew the nomination of Michael O’Rielly for a new five-year term as member of the Federal Communications Commission. The White House on March 18 had nominated O’Rielly for reappointment to the FCC. His first term expired July 1, 2019. The nomination was approved… Read more »
  • U.S. Army expanding space education programs at West Point
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    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army wants more of its officers to specialize in space operations, science and technology. A key step in that direction was to start a new space-focused program at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, said academy professor Chalie Galliand. Galliant, a major in… Read more »
  • Scolese: NRO sees growing opportunities to use small satellites
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    WASHINGTON — Christopher Scolese, director of the National Reconnaissance Office, said the agency is becoming more reliant on small satellites for fast and low cost experiments. “Cubesats allow us to respond more quickly,” Scolese said Aug. 3 on a live webcast at the 2020 Small Satellite Conference which is a… Read more »
  • Cubesat demonstrates Earth science instrument
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    WASHINGTON — A cubesat launched earlier this year has successfully tested a version of an instrument that will fly on a larger NASA mission in development. The Hyper-Angular Rainbow Polarimeter (HARP) cubesat was deployed from the International Space Station in February after being delivered to the station on a Cygnus… Read more »
  • Swarm works with Exolaunch to fly 24 SpaceBees on SpaceX Falcon 9
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    SAN FRANCISCO – Swarm Technologies is working with Exolaunch of Germany to send 24 SpaceBee satellites into orbit on the SpaceX Falcon 9 small satellite rideshare mission scheduled to launch in December. Swarm won FCC approval to offer global internet-of-things service with a constellation of 150 Spacebee satellites, which are… Read more »
  • Ball Aerospace wrapping up green propellant smallsat demo mission 
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    WASHINGTON — Ball Aerospace says it has successfully flight-tested a green propellant developed by the Air Force, and is lowering the satellite’s altitude so that it deorbits later this summer. The Green Propellant Infusion Mission satellite proved that the new fuel, called AF-M315E, could be used to fly a satellite,… Read more »
  • Made In Space highlights defense applications for manufacturing and robotic assembly technology
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    SAN FRANCISCO – Made In Space, a company well known for its work with NASA, is underscoring national security applications for in-space robotic assembly and additive manufacturing technologies at the annual Small Satellite Conference. Made In Space operates 3D printers on the International Space Station. The Florida company acquired in… Read more »
  • Mecano ID wins French government funding for small satellite deployer
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    SAN FRANCISCO – The French government awarded more than one million euros ($1.17 million) to Tououse-based Mecano ID to accelerate development of a small satellite deployer. Mecano ID’s EOS deployer, developed with support from the French space agency CNES, is designed to accommodate 15- to 60-kilogram satellites. With the influx… Read more »
  • Momentus to fly hosted payloads in 2021
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    SAN FRANCISCO – In-space transportation startup Momentus announced plans Aug. 3 to begin flying hosted payloads for customers in 2021. The Santa Clara, California, company plans to offer space for technology demonstrations, qualification missions and short-term demonstrations in its Vigoride transfer vehicle. The hosted payload experiments can be conducted in… Read more »
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