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DoD has not been able to use the system’s advanced capabilities such as its 10-fold increase in communications capacity. WASHINGTON — The U.S. military’s narrowband communications satellites are oversubscribed and there is insufficient capacity to meet the needs of users, says a new report by the Government Accountability Office.  The report released Sept. 2 focuses
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LOMPOC, Calif. — Space technology company Redwire announced Sept. 2 that it closed its merger with a special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC), taking the company public and providing it with capital for future acquisitions. Shareholders of Genesis Park Acquisition Corporation voted Sept. 1 to approve the merger with Redwire, with 97% of votes, representing 73% of
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LOMPOC, Calif. — Rocket Lab announced Sept. 1 that it is expanding production of satellite components to meet demand from companies developing satellite constellations. The company said it is increasing production of reaction wheels, components used for attitude control of spacecraft. The company started offering those components after acquiring Sinclair Interplanetary, a smallsat component manufacturer,
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LOMPOC, Calif. — The Federal Aviation Administration will not allow Virgin Galactic to resume flights of its SpaceShipTwo suborbital spaceplane until it completes an investigation into a problem on the vehicle’s previous flight in July. In a Sept. 2 statement, the FAA said it is overseeing a Virgin Galactic mishap investigation into the July 11
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VANDENBERG SPACE FORCE BASE, Calif. — Firefly Aerospace’s first launch of its Alpha rocket ended in failure when the rocket exploded two minutes after liftoff Sept. 2 The Alpha rocket lifted off from Space Launch Complex 2 here at 9:59 p.m. Eastern. A first launch attempt at 9 p.m. Eastern was aborted in the final
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Plenty of other planets in the Solar System have rings. So why not Earth? ———- Dooblydoo thanks to the following Patreon supporters — we couldn’t make SciShow without them! Shout outs go to Justin Lentz, John Szymakowski, Ruben Galvao, and Peso255. ———- Like SciShow? Want to help support us, and also get things to put
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VOX Space expects to compete for future Space Force tactically responsive launch contracts WASHINGTON — After completing two successful missions this year, Virgin Orbit is looking to grow its military business by proving that rockets launched from airplanes in flight can be instruments of national security. “Anywhere, anytime and unwarned,” is the tag line that
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JOHANNESBURG — German space agency DLR began accepting applications this week for institutional payloads to fly aboard a pair of Isar Aerospace Spectrum launches free of charge. Munich-based launch startup Isar Aerospace beat out Rocket Factory Augsburg and HyImpulse Technologies in May to win a DLR microlauncher competition. As a stipulation to receiving the 11-million-euro
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HASC approved a proposal by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) to add $23.9 billion to the Pentagon’s $715 billion budget request for fiscal year 2022 WASHINGTON —  The House Armed Services Committee in its version of the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed several provisions on national security space policy and DoD procurement of space
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The spiral of the Milky Way is not as smooth as we once thought because an arm not so far from home appears to be broken! And we may have discovered the answer to why a local asteroid puts on the appearance of a comet. Buy your Discovery and OAST1 pin before the end of