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The amended language retained two key provisions that help SpaceX and Blue Origin, and removed two others that were opposed by United Launch Alliance and Northrop Grumman. WASHINGTON — After a flurry of negotiations, the House Armed Services Committee early Thursday approved legislation that seeks to increase competition in the national security space launch program.
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This artist’s concept shows NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope in front of an infrared image of the Milky Way galaxy. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech After nearly 16 years of exploring the cosmos in infrared light, NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope will be switched off permanently on Jan. 30, 2020. By then, the spacecraft will have operated for more than
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WASHINGTON — Small launch vehicle Vector has hired a new chief financial officer who previously held similar positions at Blue Origin and Sierra Nevada Corporation. Vector announced June 12 Stephanie Koster as its new CFO, leading the company’s finance and business operations. Koster joined the company in March, according to her LinkedIn profile. Koster previously
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Artist’s impression of a collapsar . Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre That gold on your ring finger is stellar—and not just in a complimentary way. In a finding that may overthrow our understanding of where Earth’s heavy elements such as gold and platinum come from, new research by a University of Guelph physicist suggests
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The job of the principal assistant to the secretary of the Air Force for space would be changed to a Senate-confirmed post titled principal assistant to the secretary of the Air Force for space acquisition and integration. WASHINGTON — In proposed legislation that establishes a U.S. Space Force, the Senate Armed Services Committee includes several
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To receive FIRST UP Satcom, a weekly SpaceNews newsletter for satellite and telecom professionals, sign up here. TOP STORIES Hispasat’s buyer Red Eléctrica Corporación has secured a 500 million euro ($564.7 million) credit line intended to partly finance its purchase of the Spanish satellite operator. Red Eléctrica said the credit line, formalized June 12, is available for five
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It was the year 2000 and scientists had never seen anything like it: astronomers reported evidence of “superflares” on distant stars – solar outbursts many thousands of times more energetic than typical solar flares. As researchers observed over subsequent studies, these intense eruptions were more common on young, rapidly rotating stars, and on stars exhibiting
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A bipartisan amendment to strike Smith’s space launch provisions is expected to be offered by Colorado lawmakers Lamborn and Crow. WASHINGTON — In advance of the House Armed Services Committee markup of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, the nation’s largest defense and aerospace labor union sent letters to committee members urging them to support
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If theorists are right, next month observers should spot a cluster of potentially hazardous asteroids as they cruise past Earth. It’s been 35 years since Victor Clube and William Napier tossed out a radical idea: Periodic Comet 2P/Encke, unusual for its short, 3.3-year orbit, is more than just the source of the annual Taurid meteor
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WASHINGTON — Small launch vehicle developer Relativity announced June 11 it will establish a production facility for its Terran 1 rocket at NASA’s Stennis Space Center. Under an agreement with NASA and the Mississippi Development Authority, Relativity will lease the 20,000-square-meter Building 9101 at Stennis for nine years, with an option to extend the lease
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NASA just announced that it will officially allow regular citizens – not just certified astronauts – on board the International Space Station, as well as commercial and marketing activities. Tickets to the ISS won’t come cheap. NASA will be charging private companies about US$35,000 a night for use of the station’s facilities, according to The
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