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  • Satellite component supplier Sodern seeks to double output by 2020
    Spacecraft manufacturers have complained of stress on their supplier base as operators purchase fewer traditional geostationary satellites. One company in France is bucking that trend, however.SpaceNews.com
    - 2 days ago 10 Dec 18, 5:17pm -
  • Boeing dropping Global IP satellite order
    “Boeing is terminating the Global IP satellite contract for reasons of default for nonpayment,” the company said in a Dec. 7 statement to SpaceNews.SpaceNews.com
    - 2 days ago 10 Dec 18, 4:34pm -
  • NASA lunar orbiter now supporting commercial and international missions
    A NASA spacecraft originally built as part of the previous effort to return humans to the moon is now playing a key role in the new effort at human lunar return, including aiding commercial landers.SpaceNews.com
    - 2 days ago 10 Dec 18, 11:27am -
  • Planet sets sights on the long game: Building robust subscription business
    Planet's employees, customers and investors paint a picture of a company growing steadily while seeking to dramatically expand the market for data captured via satellite.SpaceNews.com
    - 3 days ago 10 Dec 18, 8:50am -
  • Forecasts call for rapid growth in Earth observation market
    Two consulting firms anticipate strong demand for commercial Earth observation products and services in the next decade as satellite constellations offer an increasing array of optical, radar, hyperspectral and video imagery and data.SpaceNews.com…
    - 3 days ago 10 Dec 18, 8:00am -
  • Op-ed | IoT smallsats: Ready for launch?
    In recent years, there has been a boom of announcements for satellite constellations comprising satellites weighing as little as 3 kilograms to address a growing market of machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) via satellite. SpaceN…
    - 3 days ago 9 Dec 18, 12:25pm -
  • Axelspace raises $22.8 million for remote-sensing constellation
    In an interview, Axelspace Chief Business Development Officer Yasunori Yamazaki, said the funding will enable the company of 65 people to continue building a constellation called AxelGlobe, though the company hasn’t decided on a final size for th…
    - 5 days ago 7 Dec 18, 11:03pm -
  • Culberson optimistic about 2019 spending bill and Europa mission funding
    With a two-week extension of the stopgap spending bill funding much of the federal government enacted, the outgoing chairman of the House appropriations subcommittee that funds NASA says he’s hopeful to get a final spending bill approved before t…
    - 5 days ago 7 Dec 18, 10:32pm -
  • China launches Chang’e-4 spacecraft for pioneering lunar far side landing mission
    China launched its Chang’e-4 moon mission Dec. 7, successfully sending the lander and rover into a lunar transfer orbit ahead of an unprecedented attempt at a landing on the far side of the moon early in the New Year.SpaceNews.com
    - 5 days ago 7 Dec 18, 9:09pm -
  • SpaceX’s final Iridium Next launch delayed to January
    The new launch date, announced Dec. 7 by customer Iridium Communications, was driven by the additional two weeks SpaceX ended up needing to launch Spaceflight Industries’ “SmallSat Express” dedicated rideshare mission.SpaceNews.com
    - 5 days ago 7 Dec 18, 8:17pm -
  • NASA and SpaceX still aiming for January commercial crew test flight
    While a SpaceX commercial crew test flight might not launch on a date in early January previously announced NASA, both agency and company officials are optimistic the mission will still fly later in the month.SpaceNews.com
    - 5 days ago 7 Dec 18, 12:03pm -
  • Griffin: Pentagon ‘scrambling’ to figure out space reorganization
    During a Q&A session at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce summit to promote the space industry as an engine of innovation and economic growth, Griffin said he does not know when or how a new military branch will be organized.SpaceNews.com
    - 6 days ago 6 Dec 18, 11:10pm -
  • Maxar sells portion of SSL real estate
    Maxar Technologies sold one of satellite manufacturer Space Systems Loral’s facilities in Silicon Valley for $70 million, the company announced today.SpaceNews.com
    - 6 days ago 6 Dec 18, 9:55pm -
  • Astra Space suborbital launch fails
    A test flight in Alaska of a small launch vehicle by a stealthy startup company ended in failure in late November, the FAA has revealed.SpaceNews.com
    - 6 days ago 6 Dec 18, 9:34pm -

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NASA Watch Headlines

  • newCASIS Pays Big Bucks For Leadership With No Space Experience
    Keith's note: CASIS, the non-profit created to run the ISS National Laboratory, has been on a hiring spree of late. Three high level executives have been hired at $300K+ annual salaries recently. Meanwhile, existing CASIS staff are not getting...
    - 20 hours ago 12 Dec 18, 1:16am -
  • About That New Orion Span Space Station ...
    Went to the @OrionSpan link posted by @FrankBunger. It says It says "we have approximately $998.86 in cash on hand as of 9/30/2018". No launcher identified. No design. No staff. And then there's this, Caveat emptor pic.twitter.com/nEIoX…
    - 2 days ago 11 Dec 18, 12:37am -
  • NASA's Solution To Operating A Human Facility Like Gateway: Droids.
    NAC member asks about 60-90 day/yr visits to Gateway. Gerst's answer is to add AI to let robots do things. That's the solution: robots operating a human-capable facility that replicates the ISS in many ways because they do not have...
    - 2 days ago 10 Dec 18, 7:58pm -
  • Boeing Has No Idea Who Is Buying Their Satellites. Or Do They?
    Boeing Was Going to Build Satellites for a China-Funded Firm. Why It Just Backed Out of the Deal, Fortune "Boeing has canceled a deal to build a communications satellite -- which it has almost completed -- on the basis that...
    - 3 days ago 9 Dec 18, 11:58pm -
  • NASA's Advisors Struggle With Gateway Selling Points
    Keith's note: The NASA Advisory Council's Human Exploration and Operations Committee is having problems trying to explain why NASA needs to build the Gateway. If they can't figure out why it is needed, how is NASA going to sell...
    - 3 days ago 9 Dec 18, 11:39pm -
  • The Asymptotic Path Back To The Moon
    Keith's note: This comment was posted in response to this NASAWatch post. I hear this a lot - sadly with increasing frequency. "This (below) was written on FACEBOOK this week. I know the person who wrote it and it...
    - 5 days ago 7 Dec 18, 5:20pm -
  • NASA Doesn't Want To Talk About A Messy Dragon
    A SpaceX Delivery Capsule May Be Contaminating The ISS, Wired "Part of the problem here, though, is NASA's reluctance to talk about both the problem and the plans to fix it. The presentation, shared during the Payload Operations Integration Working..…
    - 6 days ago 6 Dec 18, 8:27pm -
  • NASA's Administrator Uses Technology Better Than The Space Industry Does
    Keith's note: There is yet another space policy event in Washington, DC today aimed at another session of choir practice in an echo chamber by the proverbial usual suspects in the space policy clique. Its an event by the...
    - 6 days ago 6 Dec 18, 8:06pm -
  • SpaceX Places A Dragon In Orbit - And Lands In The Water
    This is the booster's POV - watch the right grid fin pic.twitter.com/xMFpF0aoT5— Scott Manley (@DJSnM) December 5, 2018 Tracking shot of Falcon water landing pic.twitter.com/6Hv2aZhLjM— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 5, 2018 Keith's n…
    - 7 days ago 5 Dec 18, 7:17pm -
  • NASA Is Not Going To Get Many More Chances
    Want to honor George H.W. Bush? Send astronauts to Mars, Washington Post "The new president was offering NASA, which at the time lacked a clear mission for its human spaceflight program, a lifeline, guaranteeing his support for an assertive Space...
    - 7 days ago 5 Dec 18, 7:04pm -
  • Searching For That Next "Greatest Generation"
    Keith's personal note: I just can't get over this video. My father died a few months ago. He was a few weeks shy of 95. He carried World War II with him every day. This truly was the "Greatest...
    - 8 days ago 5 Dec 18, 5:00am -
  • Doesn't Anyone Remember Space History?
    Not only was this photo taken by a Mars rover years ago but the first sunset photo from #Mars was taken by the Viking 1 Lander in 1976 https://t.co/Ch10JM94AC #factchecking pic.twitter.com/IP9UwANRZW— NASA Watch (@NASAWatch) December 4, 2018...
    - 8 days ago 4 Dec 18, 11:11pm -
  • 64 Satellites Deployed By A Rocket SpaceX Used Three Times
    Falcon 9 launches 64 payloads to orbit for the Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express mission, marking SpaceX's 19th launch in 2018. pic.twitter.com/oeX98v1t2N— SpaceX (@SpaceX) December 4, 2018...
    - 8 days ago 4 Dec 18, 3:56pm -
  • A Strange Way To Do NASA Mission Media Outreach (Update)
    Keith's note: Yesterday I posted a Twitter response to a tweet my New Horizons mission PI Alan Stern. This is what it originally looked like in case it is deleted. My response originally said "Strange media strategy for New...
    - 8 days ago 4 Dec 18, 3:45pm -
  • Soyuz Does Its Thing Again
    Soyuz MS-11 Arrives At The International Space Station "The Soyuz carrying Anne McClain of NASA, David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency, and Oleg Konenenko of Roscosmos launched at 6:31 a.m. EST (5:31 p.m. Baikonur time) from the Baikonur C…
    - 8 days ago 4 Dec 18, 3:18pm -

SpaceRef

  • newNASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 11 December 2018 - Russian Spacewalk Completed
    Expedition 57 Flight Engineers Oleg Kononenko and Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos completed a spacewalk lasting 7 hours and 45 minutes....
    - 5 hours ago 12 Dec 18, 3:59pm -
  • newInSight Takes Its First Selfie
    NASA's InSight lander isn't camera-shy. The spacecraft used a camera on its robotic arm to take its first selfie -- a mosaic made up of 11 images....
    - 19 hours ago 12 Dec 18, 2:14am -
  • NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 10 December 2018 - Preparing for the Russian Spacewalk Tomorrow
    Today - Molecular Muscle: Crewmembers performed sample inserts into the Kubik incubator facility, photography documentation, and a status check of the experiment run....
    - 1 day ago 11 Dec 18, 8:31pm -
  • NIH-funded Tissue Chips Head To The International Space Station
    When traveling in space, astronauts experience physiological changes normally associated with aging, such as bone loss, muscle deterioration and altered immune systems....
    - 2 days ago 11 Dec 18, 1:24am -
  • Newly Discovered Supernova Complicates Origin Story Theories
    A supernova discovered by an international group of astronomers including Carnegie's Tom Holoien and Maria Drout, and led by University of Hawaii's Ben Shappee, provides an unprecedented look at the first moments of a violent stellar explosion....
    - 2 days ago 11 Dec 18, 1:18am -
  • NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 8 December 2018 - Dragon Docked
    Three days after its launch from Florida, the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft was installed on the Earth-facing side of the International Space Station's Harmony module at 10:36 a.m. EST....
    - 2 days ago 10 Dec 18, 8:22pm -
  • Voyager 2 Enters Interstellar Space
    For the second time in history, a human-made object has reached the space between the stars. NASA's Voyager 2 probe now has exited the heliosphere - the protective bubble of particles and magnetic fields created by the Sun....
    - 2 days ago 10 Dec 18, 2:23pm -
  • A New Way To Create Saturn's Radiation Belts
    A team of international scientists from BAS, University of Iowa and GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences has discovered a new method to explain how radiation belts are formed around the planet Saturn....
    - 3 days ago 10 Dec 18, 2:04am -
  • Black Hole 'Donuts' Are Actually 'Fountains'
    Based on computer simulations and new observations from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), researchers have found that the rings of gas surrounding active supermassive black holes are not simple donut shapes....
    - 3 days ago 10 Dec 18, 1:57am -
  • InSight Hears The Winds Of Mars
    NASA's Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport InSight lander, which touched down on Mars just 10 days ago, has provided the first ever "sounds" of Martian winds on the Red Planet....
    - 3 days ago 10 Dec 18, 1:50am -
  • NASA Weekly ISS Space to Ground Report for December 7, 2018
    NASA's Space to Ground is your weekly update on what's happening aboard the International Space Station....
    - 4 days ago 8 Dec 18, 2:00pm -
  • Earth from Space: Chachani, Peru
    The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over the Chachani mountain in Peru. Standing at over 6000 m, Chachani is the tallest of the mountains near the Peruvian city of Arequipa....
    - 5 days ago 7 Dec 18, 8:48pm -
  • NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 6 December 2018
    A Dragon is chasing the International Space Station today to be gracefully captured by a robotic arm early Saturday. The expanded Expedition 57 crew prepared for Dragon's arrival while conducting science, spacesuit checks and a variety of other stati…
    - 5 days ago 7 Dec 18, 8:19pm -
  • Satellite Map Shows Deformation Following Alaska Earthquake
    Scientists have generated a map of the deformation of Earth's surface caused by the November 30, 2018 magnitude 7.0 earthquake beneath the Anchorage area of Alaska....
    - 5 days ago 7 Dec 18, 7:15pm -
  • InSight Lander Flexes Its Arm
    New images from NASA's Mars InSight lander show its robotic arm is ready to do some lifting....
    - 6 days ago 7 Dec 18, 4:46am -

NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day

M43: Orion Falls
M43: Orion Falls
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Arp 188 and the Tadpole's Tail
Arp 188 and the Tadpole's Tail
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Sound and Light Captured by Mars InSight
Sound and Light Captured by Mars InSight
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Aurora Shimmer, Meteor Flash
Aurora Shimmer, Meteor Flash
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Tiny Planet Timelapse
Tiny Planet Timelapse
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December's Comet Wirtanen
December's Comet Wirtanen
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