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Lawmakers are concerned DoD is not satisfying the military’s growing demand for high-speed internet aboard Navy ships and other locations WASHINGTON — The 2022 National Defense Authorization Act passed by the House Dec. 7 and sent to the Senate directs the Pentagon to brief lawmakers on military use of commercial satellite communications services, specifically those
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WASHINGTON — The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded Parsons a $10.8 million contract to prototype a ground operations center for the agency’s Blackjack constellation. The contract, announced Dec. 10, is a Small Business Innovation Research Phase 3 award for a “Blackjack Prototype Ground Operations Center.” DARPA started the Blackjack program in 2018 to demonstrate
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WASHINGTON — The government of Mexico announced Dec. 9 that it is signing the U.S.-led Artemis Accords outlining best practices for space exploration. Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon, Mexico’s secretary of foreign relations, announced that Mexico would become the fourteenth country to sign the Artemis Accords, a document addressing various issues regarding safe and sustainable space exploration,
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WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration will stop awarding commercial astronaut wings at the end of this year, five months after it revised the criteria for receiving the wings. The FAA announced Dec. 10 that it will award wings to all non-government individuals that flew on FAA-licensed commercial vehicles to date in 2021, as well
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WASHINGTON — Virgin Orbit will fly a Spire cubesat in addition to several other payloads on its next LauncherOne launch, scheduled for no earlier than Dec. 22. Virgin Orbit announced Dec. 9 that Spire’s ADLER-1 three-unit cubesat had been added to the manifest for that upcoming launch, called “Above the Clouds” by Virgin Orbit. The
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Astronomers have found a new celestial object, and it’s moving really, really fast! Hosted by: Hank Green SciShow has a spinoff podcast! It’s called SciShow Tangents. Check it out at https://www.scishowtangents.org ———- Support SciShow by becoming a patron on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/scishow ———- Huge thanks go to the following Patreon supporters for helping us keep SciShow
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WASHINGTON — A SpaceX Falcon 9 launched a small NASA X-ray astronomy satellite Dec. 9 to study black holes and neutron stars, an “appetizer” for the launch later this month of the much larger James Webb Space Telescope. The Falcon 9 lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center at 1 a.m.
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WASHINGTON — 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. The company said the three nanosatellites, GHGSat-C3, -C4 and -C5, will go on SpaceX’s Transporter-5 rideshare mission scheduled for the summer of 2022.
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WASHINGTON — Mark Geyer, former head of the Johnson Space Center and manager of the Orion program, died Dec. 7 of cancer. Geyer stepped down as director of JSC May 3 after three years leading the Houston-based center, citing the need to focus on his cancer treatment. At the time of his death he was
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HELSINKI — 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. The “36 Tiangang” constellation project is being led by Tianjin Satcom Geohe Technologies Co., Ltd., with involvement from Satellite (Zhuhai) Aerospace Technology Co, Ltd., and facilities
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Did you grow up thinking there were nine planets in the solar system? You might have been right all along! Today we discuss the possibility of distant worlds in our solar system. Large Scale Synoptic Survey Telescope Image Courtesy of http://www.lsst.org/lsst/ ———- Dooblydoo thanks to the following Patreon supporters — we couldn’t make SciShow without
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WASHINGTON — Small launch vehicle developer Astra Space announced Dec. 6 that it will conduct its next launch from a pad at Cape Canaveral in January, carrying a set of cubesats for NASA. Astra announced that it will conduct a launch of its Rocket 3.3 vehicle from Space Launch Complex 46 at Cape Canaveral Space
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WASHINGTON — Space industry startups focused on satellite propulsion, in-orbit manufacturing and debris tracking won prize money from a business accelerator funded by the U.S. Space Force. The accelerator known as Hyperspace Challenge, run by the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Space Force’s SpaceWERX program, announced Dec. 2 that Varda Space Industries, SCOUT and
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WASHINGTON — India’s Chandrayaan-2 lunar orbiter maneuvered in October to avoid a close approach to NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft, a conjunction both agencies have acknowledged but have said little more about. In a Nov. 15 statement, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said Chandrayaan-2 performed a maneuver Oct. 18 to avoid a predicted
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WASHINGTON — NASA announced Dec. 3 its intent to purchase three more commercial crew missions from SpaceX as a hedge against further delays in the certification of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner. NASA issued a contract notification announcing its plans to issue a sole-source award to SpaceX for three missions. Those missions would be in addition to
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A new senior procurement executive for space programs will oversee the transfer of the Space Development Agency and a restructuring of the Space Systems Command WASHINGTON — The Pentagon next year for the first time will have a senior procurement executive for space programs, a post mandated by Congress.  Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall told
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Political fights that delay government funding bills are only helping U.S. adversaries, said Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall WASHINGTON — The House and Senate approved a stopgap spending bill Dec. 3 that funds the U.S. government until Feb. 18. By passing a “continuing resolution,” Congress averted a government shutdown and federal agencies can continue to
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WASHINGTON — Rocket Lab released new details Dec. 2 of the design of its Neutron medium-class rocket, a vehicle with a unique design the company says is intended to enable frequent and low-cost reuse. Rocket Lab unveiled the updated design of Neutron in a brief video presentation. The vehicle, made of carbon composite materials, is
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We might be getting a little closer to making interstellar travel a reality… just not for humans. ———- Support SciShow by becoming a patron on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/scishow ———- Dooblydoo thanks go to the following Patreon supporters — we couldn’t make SciShow without them! Shout out to Justin Ove, Coda Buchanan, Lucy McGlasson, Accalia Elementia, Mark
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TAMPA, Fla. — Antenna maker Kymeta announced a partnership Dec. 1 to jointly develop a flat panel, electronically steered user terminal for stationary land applications on OneWeb’s low Earth orbit broadband network. Kymeta said the antenna will be based on the u8 terminal it launched commercially in November 2020 and will be available to purchase
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As concerns grow about military threats to U.S. satellites, DoD’s top space policy post remains unfilled WASHINGTON — At the first meeting of the Biden administration’s National Space Council Dec. 1, Vice President Kamala Harris said a top concern is keeping space safe for military, civilian and commercial operations.   Harris said efforts to establish “rules
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WASHINGTON — The White House released Dec. 1 a document that outlines its space policy priorities, including addressing growing military threats and supporting “a rules-based international order for space.” The seven-page United States Space Priorities Framework document, released ahead of the first meeting by the National Space Council under the Biden administration, represents the first
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Our friends at MinuteEarth just released a new book! To check out “How Did Whales Get So Big?” head to: https://www.minuteearth.com/books/ We’ve been sitting on samples of the lunar surface for decades and, with better technology than when they were taken, we are opening them back up to take another look! Hosted By: Hank Green
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WASHINGTON — Lockheed Martin has named a former acting administrator of NASA as the new head of its space business unit. The company announced Nov. 30 that Robert Lightfoot will take over as executive vice president of its space business unit on Jan. 1. He will replace Rick Ambrose, who is retiring from the company
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William LaPlante, if confirmed by the Senate, will fill the post of undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment WASHINGTON — President Biden has nominated William LaPlante to be the Defense Department’s top procurement official, the White House announced Nov. 30. LaPlante, if confirmed by the Senate, will fill the post of undersecretary of defense
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WASHINGTON — The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in a new program will explore options to conduct biomanufacturing in space, using biological systems like microbes to construct materials for use in orbital operations. The project, led by DARPA’s biological technologies office, is called B-SURE, short for biomanufacturing, survival, utility and reliability beyond Earth. “The B-SURE
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HELSINKI — Chinese satellite operator and remote sensing data firm ADA Space raised $55.6 million in a Series B investment round for its artificially intelligent satellite network plans. The short announcement from ADA Space Nov. 20 states that the 355 million yuan in funding will be used for satellite network capacity building and research and
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WASHINGTON — A SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully launched a NASA mission that will deliberately collide with a near Earth asteroid to test a technique that could be used to deflect the trajectory of any future asteroid on a collision course with the Earth. The Falcon 9 lifted off on schedule at 1:21 a.m. Eastern Nov.
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An article of faith among cryptocurrency enthusiasts is the promise of digital currency to extend banking services to people around the world. “If you believe that there is a market for bringing internet to underserved regions of the world, then it’s hard to argue why there wouldn’t be a market for bringing financial capabilities of
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WASHINGTON — A node module billed as the final Russian element of the International Space Station docked with the station Nov. 26. The Prichal, or “Pier,” module, propelled by a modified Progress cargo spacecraft, docked with the nadir port of the Nauka module at 10:19 a.m. Eastern, a little more than two days after its
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Ambitions include constellations, spaceplanes, new launchers and suborbital and orbital tourism HELSINKI — Players in China’s emerging commercial space sector have outlined big plans for the coming years at a space forum hosted in Wuhan, central China. The seventh China Commercial Aerospace Forum (CCAF), held in Wuhan Nov. 25-26, saw state-owned defense and space giant
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