NASA’s Laser Communications Relay Demo Reaches Orbit

By Irene Klotz Dec 08, 2021
After a successful launch and 7-hr. ride into geosynchronous orbit, a long-awaited optical communications relay experiment, designed and financed by NASA, is in position to begin a technology demonstration in March.
Commercial Space

Russia Assigns Cosmonaut For SpaceX Crew-5

By Maxim Pyadushkin Dec 08, 2021
Russian cosmonaut Anna Kikina will fly to the International Space Station on the SpaceX Crew-5 mission next fall, Dmitry Rogozin, head of the Russian State Space Corp Roscosmos, announced on Dec. 8.
Space

Japanese Space Tourists Reach Space Station

By Mark Carreau Dec 08, 2021
The Soyuz MS-20 carrying two Space Adventures private spaceflight clients docked to the ISS Russian segment’s Poisk module at 8:40 a.m. EST.
Space

Former Johnson Space Center Director Mark Geyer Dies

By Mark Carreau Dec 07, 2021
Mark Geyer, a former director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center who led the early development and initial test flight of the Orion crew capsule, died here Dec. 7 from pancreatic cancer.
Space

ArianeGroup Eyes 2026 Debut For Reusable Mini-Launcher

By Thierry Dubois Dec 07, 2021
ArianeGroup will develop a reusable mini-launcher for entry into service in 2026, Bruno Le Maire, French minister of economy and finance, announced Dec. 6.
Commercial Space

U.S. Space Development Agency Prepares For Launch

By Brian Everstine Dec 07, 2021
The SDA’s Tranche 0 is slated to launch next September, one month before the agency officially joins the Space Force.
Space

NASA Adds 10 Members To Astronaut Corps

By Mark Carreau Dec 07, 2021
NASA on Dec. 6 presented its 2021 class of new astronaut candidates, six men and four women chosen not only for their diverse professional skills but also their commitment to teamwork.
Space

With PNT, GNSS Increasingly Contested, Safran Buying Orolia

By Michael Bruno Dec 06, 2021
Safran on Dec. 6 said it has entered into exclusive discussions to acquire Orolia from majority shareholder Eurazeo alongside the company’s founders and management to expand its product line and local country footprints.
Sensors & Electronic Warfare

NASA To Add Up To Three ISS Crew Taxi Flights To SpaceX Contract

By Irene Klotz Dec 06, 2021
NASA said it intends to issue a sole-source modification to SpaceX’s Commercial Crew Transportation Capabilities contract that would enable the agency to purchase up to three more crew flights to the International Space Station.
Space

Astra Space Expands To Florida

By Irene Klotz Dec 06, 2021
After reaching orbit on its fourth try from Alaska, startup Astra Space will debut commercial launch services from Florida beginning in January.
Space

Intuitive Breaks Ground On Houston Lunar Production, Ops Center

By Mark Carreau Dec 06, 2021
Intuitive Machines (IM) has begun construction of a $40 million, 115,000-sq.-ft. lunar production and operations center at the Houston Spaceport to support plans to establish an annual cadence of commercial missions to the lunar surface.
Space

South Africa, China Partner On Satellite Navigation Systems

By Irene Klotz Dec 06, 2021
The agreement will see South Africa use China’s Beidou Navigation Satellite System for geophysics, space science, geodetic surveys and other research.
Space

Thales Alenia Space Rehearses With ExoMars 2022 Rover

By Thierry Dubois Dec 06, 2021
Using a twin model of the flight rover, engineers are preparing for a post-landing egress test.
Space

Euclid Telescope Assembly Nears Completion Ahead Of Dark Universe Mission

By Thierry Dubois Dec 06, 2021
The space telescope set to launch in 2023 has been built to address two of the most important questions in cosmology today: How did the universe originate and why is it expanding at an accelerating rate?
Space

International Space Station Conducts Debris Avoidance Maneuver

By Mark Carreau Dec 03, 2021
The debris was forecast to pass as close as 1.86 mi. to the ISS.
Space

Redwire Quarterly Report Delayed by Accounting Investigation

By Michael Bruno Dec 03, 2021
The company acknowledged it had received a warning of noncompliance from the New York Stock Exchange.
Commercial Space

Northrop Grumman Contract To Advance SLS Development

By Mark Carreau Dec 03, 2021
The SLS is a cornerstone of NASA efforts to return to the Moon with human explorers and prepare for human expeditions to Mars.
Space

First Take, Dec. 6, 2021

By Graham Warwick Dec 03, 2021
Our roundup of the main aerospace and defense stories making the news this week.
Aerospace

Blue Origin, Nanoracks, Northrop Win NASA Space Station Awards

By Jen DiMascio Dec 02, 2021
The contracts mark kickoff of two-phase approach to moving from the government-owned ISS to a public-private outpost in low Earth orbit.
Space

Station Spacewalkers Spot Possible Debris Strikes

By Mark Carreau Dec 02, 2021
Initially planned for Nov. 30, the excursion was delayed two days so that NASA could assess a possible orbital debris concern.
Space

Rocket Lab Unveils Neutron Launcher Design

By Irene Klotz Dec 02, 2021
As a reusable booster, Neutron is designed to carry 8 tons into low Earth orbit.
Commercial Space

Japanese Space Tourist To Contribute Medical Data

By Mark Carreau Dec 02, 2021
The data will assist with understanding how spaceflight affects human physical and mental health.
Commercial Space

Opinion: How The U.S. Should Respond To Looming Space Race

Christopher E. Kubasik Dec 02, 2021
With China and Russia demonstrating dangerous new technologies, the U.S. must invest only in solutions that can outpace the threat.
Space

NASA’s DART To Test Planetary Defenses

By Mark Carreau Dec 02, 2021
Spacecraft will collide with asteroid in hopes of learning how to deflect threats to Earth.
Space

White House Unveils Space Framework At National Space Council Meeting

By Jen DiMascio Dec 01, 2021
Vice President Kamala Harris is to kick off the first National Space Council meeting under the Biden administration.
Space