SpaceNews https://spacenews.com Covering the business and politics of space Thu, 09 Dec 2021 02:20:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://spacenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/spacenews-icon-90x90.png SpaceNews https://spacenews.com 32 32 Planet shares begin trading on New York Stock Exchange https://spacenews.com/planet-goes-public/ Thu, 09 Dec 2021 02:20:51 +0000 https://spacenews.com/?p=122087

Planet completed its merger with special purpose acquisition company dMY Technology Group IV and began trading shares on the New York Stock Exchange Dec. 8 under the ticker symbol PL.

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Space Development Agency to acquire 28 missile-tracking satellites to launch in late 2024 https://spacenews.com/space-development-agency-to-acquire-28-missile-tracking-satellites-to-launch-in-late-2024/ Thu, 09 Dec 2021 00:22:31 +0000 https://spacenews.com/?p=122082

The Pentagon’s Space Development Agency is planning a new procurement of satellites that will be part of a global constellation of missile-tracking space sensors. 

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Europe awards study contract for disruptive satellite constellation ideas https://spacenews.com/europe-awards-study-contract-for-disruptive-satellite-constellation-ideas/ Wed, 08 Dec 2021 23:01:44 +0000 https://spacenews.com/?p=122078

A consortium of more than 20 European space companies said Dec. 8 it won a six-month contract to study disruptive ideas for Europe’s planned satellite broadband constellation.

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ST Engineering leads $30 million fundraising for satellite IoT startup https://spacenews.com/st-engineering-leads-30-million-fundraising-for-satellite-iot-startup/ Wed, 08 Dec 2021 22:57:25 +0000 https://spacenews.com/?p=122072

Israeli startup hiSky said Dec. 8 it raised $30 million to mass-produce compact terminals designed to connect internet of things (IoT) devices to satellites in multiple orbits.

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Space Force official: U.S. has a broad range of options to respond to space aggression https://spacenews.com/space-force-official-u-s-has-a-broad-range-of-options-to-respond-to-space-aggression/ Wed, 08 Dec 2021 22:50:23 +0000 https://spacenews.com/?p=122068

If Russia, China or any other country targeted a U.S. satellite with missiles or other weapons, the United States would respond in a “proportional manner,” said Brig. Gen. John Olson, the senior reserve officer of the U.S. Space Force. 

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Op-ed | Space and SPACs: A COVID Romance? https://spacenews.com/op-ed-space-and-spacs-a-covid-romance/ Wed, 08 Dec 2021 22:00:48 +0000 https://spacenews.com/?p=121851

For SPAC investors, the heavy focus on a quick ROI – and overall risk aversion – may ultimately make SPACs and the space sector an imperfect fit.

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GHGSat to launch three spacecraft on Falcon 9 https://spacenews.com/ghgsat-to-launch-three-spacecraft-on-falcon-9/ Wed, 08 Dec 2021 13:02:06 +0000 https://spacenews.com/?p=122060

GHGSat, a Canadian company planning a constellation of satellites to monitor greenhouse gas emissions, announced Dec. 8 it will launch its next three satellites on a Falcon 9 in mid-2022.

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Soyuz launches Japanese private astronauts to ISS https://spacenews.com/soyuz-launches-japanese-private-astronauts-to-iss/ Wed, 08 Dec 2021 12:34:04 +0000 https://spacenews.com/?p=122056 Soyuz MS-20 launch

A Soyuz spacecraft launched Dec. 8 carrying two Japanese private astronauts and a Roscosmos cosmonaut on the first flight in more than a decade for space tourism company Space Adventures.

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Former JSC director Mark Geyer passes away https://spacenews.com/former-jsc-director-mark-geyer-passes-away/ Wed, 08 Dec 2021 00:52:22 +0000 https://spacenews.com/?p=122033 Mark Geyer

Mark Geyer, former head of the Johnson Space Center and manager of the Orion program, died Dec. 7 of cancer.

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Tomorrow.io to grow weather constellation through SPAC deal  https://spacenews.com/tomorrow-io-to-grow-weather-constellation-through-spac-deal/ Tue, 07 Dec 2021 23:10:04 +0000 https://spacenews.com/?p=122031

Tomorrow.io said Dec. 7 it stands to raise up to $420 million for its planned network of weather satellites by merging with Pine Technology Acquisition Corp., the latest special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) to invest in the space industry.

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Final defense bill nixes space guard, directs classification review of space programs https://spacenews.com/final-defense-bill-nixes-space-guard-directs-classification-review-of-space-programs/ Tue, 07 Dec 2021 21:34:00 +0000 https://spacenews.com/?p=122023

The Senate and House Armed Services Committees in a compromise National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 removed language that would have created a Space National Guard, and included a provision directing DoD to identify space programs that could be declassified.

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Valley Tech Systems wins $94 million missile defense contract https://spacenews.com/valley-tech-systems-wins-94-million-missile-defense-contract/ Tue, 07 Dec 2021 19:07:52 +0000 https://spacenews.com/?p=121954

Valley Tech Systems, a firm recently acquired by Voyager Space, won a $94 million contract from Lockheed Martin to provide a solid propulsion subsystem for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s Next Generation Interceptor.

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China’s SAR satellite surge continues with new constellation plan https://spacenews.com/chinas-sar-satellite-surge-continues-with-new-constellation-plan/ Tue, 07 Dec 2021 18:15:01 +0000 https://spacenews.com/?p=121994 An image returned by the Hisea-1 C-band Chinese SAR satellite in December 2020.

A new Chinese constellation for disaster prevention, early warning and natural resource monitoring will bring yet more players into developing small synthetic aperture satellites in the country.

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Andesat taps Astranis for Peru’s first dedicated telecoms satellite https://spacenews.com/andesat-taps-astranis-for-perus-first-dedicated-telecoms-satellite/ Tue, 07 Dec 2021 18:03:48 +0000 https://spacenews.com/?p=121999

Cellular backhaul provider Andesat has ordered Peru’s first dedicated telecoms satellite in a deal with Astranis, which will build a teleport in the country ahead of the spacecraft’s expected 2023 launch.

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Op-ed | U.S. must stop Russia before space turns into a wasteland https://spacenews.com/op-ed-u-s-must-stop-russia-before-space-turns-into-a-wasteland/ Tue, 07 Dec 2021 17:02:04 +0000 https://spacenews.com/?p=121988

The growth generated from investments will be left unrealized if the government falls short in protecting the space domain.

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India, Russia agree to enhance space cooperation https://spacenews.com/india-russia-agree-to-enhance-space-cooperation/ Tue, 07 Dec 2021 16:19:05 +0000 https://spacenews.com/?p=121984

India and Russia agreed Dec. 6 to strengthen cooperation in the space sector, including human spaceflight programs and satellite navigation.

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Welcome to fast space https://spacenews.com/welcome-to-fast-space/ Tue, 07 Dec 2021 13:07:35 +0000 https://spacenews.com/?p=121912

Reconnecting the ecosystem. From December 13th to 16th Euroconsult will host the World Satellite Business Week in Paris, 822 days after the last one.

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NASA announces new astronauts as safety panel recommends strategic planning for space exploration https://spacenews.com/nasa-announces-new-astronauts-as-safety-panel-recommends-strategic-planning-for-space-exploration/ Tue, 07 Dec 2021 12:44:16 +0000 https://spacenews.com/?p=121976 Astronaut Class 2021

NASA announced a new class of astronauts that will be eligible for missions to the moon on the same day the agency’s safety advisers called for strategic planning to ensure success in those exploration efforts.

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Chinese private firm Galactic Energy puts five satellites in orbit with second launch https://spacenews.com/chinese-private-firm-galactic-energy-puts-five-satellites-in-orbit-with-second-launch/ Tue, 07 Dec 2021 11:23:50 +0000 https://spacenews.com/?p=121967 Liftoff of the second Ceres-1 rocket from Jiuquan on Dec. 6, 2021.

Rocket company Galactic Energy launched its second Ceres-1 rocket late Dec. 6, becoming the first Chinese private firm to reach orbit twice.

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ULA launches STP-3 mission with national security and NASA payloads https://spacenews.com/ula-launches-stp-3-mission-with-national-security-and-nasa-payloads/ Tue, 07 Dec 2021 10:35:35 +0000 https://spacenews.com/?p=121962

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket on Dec. 7 launched the Space Test Program-3 (STP-3) mission for the U.S. Space Force. The rocket lifted off at 5:19 a.m. Eastern from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida.

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Rocket engine supplier Ursa Major raises $85 million in new funding round https://spacenews.com/rocket-engine-supplier-ursa-major-raises-85-million-in-new-funding-round/ Tue, 07 Dec 2021 10:00:59 +0000 https://spacenews.com/?p=121878

Ursa Major, a Colorado-based manufacturer of liquid engines for small space launchers and hypersonic vehicles, announced Dec. 7 it has closed an $85 million Series C fundraising round.

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DoD space agency making contingency plans in case Congress doesn’t pass a budget https://spacenews.com/dod-space-agency-making-contingency-plans-in-case-congress-doesnt-pass-a-budget/ Mon, 06 Dec 2021 23:33:34 +0000 https://spacenews.com/?p=121938

The Space Development Agency’s plans to launch 20 satellites and procure an additional 126 over the coming year could be derailed if Congress doesn’t pass a budget when temporary funding expires in February, SDA director Derek Tournear said Dec. 6.

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BAE Systems to supply space-qualified microchips for DoD programs https://spacenews.com/bae-systems-to-supply-space-qualified-microchips-for-dod-programs/ Mon, 06 Dec 2021 20:30:26 +0000 https://spacenews.com/?p=121933

BAE Systems received a Defense Department contract to qualify a new version of integrated circuit chips for use space electronics, the company announced Dec. 6

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The SpaceNews Awards 2021: Meet the nine winners https://spacenews.com/the-spacenews-awards-2021-meet-the-nine-winners/ Mon, 06 Dec 2021 19:15:18 +0000 https://spacenews.com/?p=121820

In such a remarkable year for commercial, civil and military space, picking winners wasn’t easy. In the end, SpaceNews editors, reporters and trusted advisers agreed on nine individuals, organizations and trends deserving recognition.

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