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U.S. Space Force Declares ‘Offensive’ Communications Jammer Ready for Deployment

The Counter Communications System Block 10.2 was declared operational by the Space and Missile Systems Center’s special programs directorate. A new version of a ground-based communications jammer used to block adversaries’ satellite transmissions is ready to be used in combat operations, the U.S. Space Force announced March 13. The Counter Communications System Block 10.2 was declared

NASA Seeks Bids to Deliver VIPER Lunar Lander

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 a task order for sending the agency’s

Virgin Galactic Hints at More Delays for Start of SpaceShipTwo Commercial Flights

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 Hedosophia, released its fourth-quarter and full-year 2019 financials

Lockheed Martin Lost $410 Million on Latest Three Commercial Satellite Orders

Lockheed Martin says it lost $410 million on the first three commercial satellites built on its new LM2100 platform, including the JCSAT-17 satellite Arianespace launched Feb. 18 on an Ariane 5 rocket. The other two commercial satellites built at a loss were Arabsat-6A and SaudiGeoSat-1/Hellas Sat-4, two Arabsat spacecraft that launched last year following manufacturing

SpaceX Wins NASA Contract to Launch Earth Science Mission

NASA awarded a contract to SpaceX Feb. 4 for the launch of an Earth science mission that has successfully staved off cancellation several times. NASA announced it selected SpaceX to launch the Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) spacecraft on a Falcon 9 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in December 2022. The agency said the contract

Air Force to Schedule Nine Small Launch Missions in 2020

Small launch missions planned for 2020 include experimental satellites, a prototype rideshare and missile defense tests. WASHINGTON — The small launch division of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, based at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, is preparing to launch nine missions in 2020, more than doubling the number of launches conducted

NASA Awarded $22.6 Billion in 2020 Spending Bill

WASHINGTON — A final fiscal year 2020 spending bill released by congressional appropriators Dec. 16 would give NASA more than $22.6 billion, but falls short of the agency’s request for lunar lander development. House and Senate appropriators released a pair of spending packages that would fund the federal government for the rest of the fiscal

Starliner Test Flight Passes Launch Readiness Review

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft passed another in a series of final reviews Dec. 17 as it proceeds towards a critical uncrewed test flight. NASA announced the Orbital Flight Test (OFT) mission passed a launch readiness review Dec. 17, five days after a separate flight readiness review. Officials with both Boeing

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