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  • U.S. launch companies not worried about Chinese competition
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    PASADENA, Calif. — Despite a surge in Chinese launch activity and growth of commercial Chinese launch developers, executives with American companies said they’re not worried about potential competition with them. The issue of Chinese competition has become a particular concern in the last year for small launch vehicle developers. Several… Read more »
  • Defense Innovation Unit aims to award contracts in 60 days
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    PASADENA, Calif. — The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), an agency created in 2015 to accelerate the adoption of commercial technology to solve national security problems, is trying to reduce the time it takes to award contracts from 90 days to 60 days. DIU has always aimed for speed. “If you’ve… Read more »
  • Former Ambassador Barbara Barrett tapped to replace Heather Wilson as Air Force secretary
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    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced he will nominate former U.S. ambassador and Arizona gubernatorial candidate Barbara Barrett to be the next secretary of the Air Force. “I am pleased to announce my nomination of Barbara Barrett of Arizona, and former Chairman of the Aerospace Corporation, to be the next… Read more »
  • Industry seeks more time to review revised commercial launch regulations
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    PASADENA, Calif. — Dissatisfied with the length and content of proposed rules to streamline commercial launch and reentry regulations, industry officials say they will ask for an extension of an ongoing public review period for those rules. The FAA released April 15 a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would… Read more »
  • Air Force SMC seeks to expand development testing
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    PASADENA, Calif. – The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) is eager to increase development testing of space technology. “We have to do fast failure and fast learning,” said Roberta Ewart, SMC chief scientist and chief innovation officer. “That implies development testing has to be increased.” For decades,… Read more »
  • Tethers Unlimited developing satellite servicer for LEO missions
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    WASHINGTON — Tethers Unlimited is designing a satellite servicing vehicle that would leverage technologies developed for the U.S. Defense Department and NASA to service spacecraft in low Earth orbit. Tethers Unlimited already has many of the technologies needed for the servicer either completed or in development under Small Business Innovation… Read more »
  • Schedule woes for GPS 3 ground control system far from over, warns GAO
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    WASHINGTON — A troubled ground control system for the Air Force’s Global Positioning System satellites is already five years behind schedule and will likely be delayed further, says a new report by the Government Accountability Office released May 21. The next-generation operational control system for the GPS 3 constellation, known… Read more »

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Launch Date Launch Site Rocket Payload Mission
– 9 March Kourou Ariane 5 ECA Hot Bird 7A, SPAINSAT Communication satellites
– 14 March Vandenberg Pegasus Space Tech 5 3 micro satellites
– 30 March Baikonur Soyuz ISS 12S Expedition 12 crew
– 20 April Cape Canaveral Atlas 5 Astra 1KR Communication satellite
– 10 May Cape Canaveral Discovery STS-121 Manned spaceflight
– 17 May Baikonur Proton-M Hot Bird 8 Communication satellite
– 30 Juin Baikonur Soyuz Fregat METOP Weather satellite
– 22 July Cape Canaveral Delta 2 STEREO Study of the Sun