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President Donald Trump holds up the Space Policy Directive-1 after signing it, directing NASA to return to the moon, alongside members of the Senate, Congress, NASA, and commercial space companies in the Roosevelt room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. Photo: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani.

Manned Flights to the Moon Will Lead to Mars, Says President Trump

President Donald Trump signed a directive Dec. 11 instructing NASA to send American astronauts to the Moon for the first time since the Apollo 17 mission 45 years ago. At a White House signing ceremony for Space Policy Directive-1, Trump said that “long-term exploration and use” of the Moon will restore U.S. leadership in space […]

By | December 12, 2017

Rendition of a Galileo satellite on orbit. Photo: ESA.

RUAG Space to Build the Brain for Next 12 Galileo Satellites

Arianespace launched four additional Galileo satellites this afternoon from Kourou in French Guiana, aboard an Ariane 5 rocket. These are all carrying a control and data unit from RUAG Space, as well as further electronics and mechanical products designed and manufactured at sites in Sweden, Switzerland and Austria. OHB System, which is the prime contractor for […]

By | December 12, 2017

Frontal view of Dream Chaser vehicle. Photo: Sierra Nevada Corporation.

Azur Space to Build Solar Panels for Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser

Sierra Nevada has selected Azur Space to provide solar panels for its first Dream Chaser spacecraft. The Dream Chaser is scheduled to provide cargo services to and from the International Space Station (ISS) for at least six missions between 2019 and 2024 as part of NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services Contract (CRS2). Azur Space will manufacture the […]

By | December 12, 2017

Photo: 4K Universe.

SES Launches New Ultra-HD Channels in Germany, Switzerland

Travelxp 4K will start delivering its programs in Ultra High Definition (Ultra-HD) and High Dynamic Range (HDR) to HD+ viewers across Germany as of Dec. 13. SES will broadcast the channel via Astra 19.2 degrees east, while MX1 will provide playout and uplink services. The Ultra-HD HDR channel first launched on SES’ North American Ultra-HD […]

By | December 12, 2017

Connected car. Photo: Via Satellite

The Connected Car and Where Satellite Fits In

The dream of hybrid sat-cell connectivity in moving vehicles lives on in the commercial vehicle space with satellite connections providing tracking and some communications capability and cellular providing dispatching and emergency coms. The applications for satellite connections have expanded as the variety of satellite players has grown and interest in the automotive market has increased… […]

By | December 11, 2017

Alcomsat 1 before integration with the Long March 3B rocket. Photo: ASAL.

Algeria Joins the Space Club with New Satellite in Orbit

The Algerian Space Agency (ASAL) announced that the China Great Wall Industry Corp. (CGWIC) successfully launched the country’s first telecommunications satellite, Alcomsat 1, just after midnight on Sunday, Dec. 10. A Chinese Long March 3B rocket carried the satellite into orbit from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province. ASAL engineers will control and monitor […]

By | December 11, 2017

Satellite Images of the Wildfires Scorching Southern California

Thick layers of smoke and ash still hover over the Los Angeles metropolitan area Monday as fire crews continue to defend against the wildfires that have raged on the West coast for more than a week. According to the Los Angeles Times, the blaze had scorched more than 230,000 acres by Sunday evening. Authorities are […]

By | December 11, 2017

mu Space's executive team. Photo: Mu Space.

Mu Space Receives 15-Year Satellite License in Thailand

Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has awarded mu Space a license to operate a satellite service in the country. The 15-year license covers the operation of a satellite and provision of satellite-based services until 2032. According to Thailand’s telecom industry database, nearly 12 percent or 8 million of the country’s 68 million population […]

By | December 11, 2017

Rendition of Orbital ATK's ESPAStar platform. Photo: Orbital ATK.

Orbital ATK Will Build a SmallSat Deployer for the Air Force

The U.S. Air Force Space and Missiles Center (AFSMC) has awarded Orbital ATK a contract to build the Long Duration Propulsive Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) Secondary Payload Adapter (ESPA) space platform, or LPDE. The platform, positioned between the launch booster and a primary space vehicle, will be used to carry small payloads or deploy […]

By | December 11, 2017

Detail shot of SSL's PODS. Photo: SSL.

SSL’s PODS to Deploy SmallSats to Supersynchronous Orbit

SSL has partnered with a team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the University of Michigan (UM) to conduct a Phase A mission study under NASA’s Explorers Program. SSL’s role in the mission, called the Sun Radio Interferometer Space Experiment (SunRISE), is to provide a ride beyond Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) for a constellation […]

By | December 11, 2017

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