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  • Last Delta 4 Medium launches GPS-3 satellite
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    WASHINGTON — United Launch Alliance completed the last launch of a Delta 4 Medium Aug. 22, sending a GPS-3 satellite into a medium Earth orbit for the U.S. Air Force.  The Delta 4 Medium rocket lifted off at 9:06 a.m. from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station… Read more »
  • Europa Clipper passes key review
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    WASHINGTON — A NASA mission to a potentially habitable moon of Jupiter has cleared a major review despite uncertainty about when, or how, it will launch. NASA announced Aug. 19 that it had formally confirmed the Europa Clipper mission to proceed into its next phase of development, known as Phase… Read more »
  • ULA’s Delta 4 Heavy down to final five missions
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    WASHINGTON — As United Launch Alliance prepares for the last launch of its Delta 4 Medium rocket Thursday, the company is also counting down its final five missions with the Delta 4 Heavy.  Gary Wentz, ULA’s vice president of government and commercial programs, said the last Delta 4 heavy mission… Read more »
  • GHGSat, Canadian Foundation plan emissions monitoring campaign
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    PHOENIX – GHGSat, a Montreal company preparing to operate a constellation of greenhouse gas and air quality monitoring satellites, forged an agreement with a Canadian government foundation to monitor emissions in a region of British Columbia. Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), a foundation that supports environmental technologies, will contribute $3.3… Read more »
  • Search continues for new NASA human spaceflight leader
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    WASHINGTON — More than a month after he reassigned the longtime head of its human spaceflight division, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said Aug. 21 it may be several weeks before he appoints a successor. Speaking at a press conference at the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Bridenstine said the agency… Read more »
  • NASA awards Aerospace Corp. contract worth up to $621 million
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    PHOENIX – The Aerospace Corp. won one of its largest NASA contracts to date, an engineering, evaluation and testing support contract with a maximum potential value of $621 million over nine years. Under the sole source contract for the NASA-wide Specialized Engineering, Evaluation and Test Services (NSEETS) program, Aerospace Corp.… Read more »
  • No near-term satellite orders for ABS • Amazon joins SIA • Speedcast, Australian Space Agency team up
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    To receive FIRST UP Satcom, a weekly SpaceNews newsletter for satellite and telecom professionals, sign up here. TOP STORIES Fleet operator ABS expects to wait until 2021 before planning additional satellites. Jim Frownfelter, ABS’s new chief executive, said the company’s current focus is gaining customers for its newest satellites. ABS launched three satellites… Read more »
  • Space Council recommendations address exploration and management concerns
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    CHANTILLY, Va. — Despite a strong public endorsement of NASA’s efforts to return humans to the moon as a step towards Mars, a series of recommendations approved by the National Space Council Aug. 20 highlight concerns about the agency’s plans to do so. The council, at its sixth public meeting… Read more »
  • Space Council says NASA’s exploration programs “on track”
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    CHANTILLY, Va. — Nearly five months after directing NASA to accelerate its plans to return humans to the surface of the moon, Vice President Mike Pence said Aug. 20 that the agency’s efforts since then were “on track.” Pence, chairing the sixth meeting of the National Space Council since its… Read more »
  • U.S. Space Command and National Reconnaissance Office will join forces to defend space
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    WASHINGTON — The newly established U.S. Space Command and the National Reconnaissance Office will form a joint command structure for space operations, the acting director of national intelligence Joseph Maguire announced on Tuesday. For the first time, intelligence community assets would be under the operational and tactical control of the… Read more »
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