BlackSky deal underscores growing importance of small sats & big data in space

The Space Alliance has entered into a new partnership with Spaceflight Industries to accelerate the development of BlackSky, the geospatial imagery and multi-media intelligence platform. The announcement, which Spaceflight Industries CEO has dubbed a “major breakthrough,” is the latest development in the burgeoning analytics-driven Earth observation sector that’s increasingly relying on small satellites, higher resolution […]

NASA selects 5 proposals for advancing commercial participation in space development

NASA, looking to study key drivers of investment in the burgeoning commercial space economy, has selected five proposals to further its research into new and “non-traditional” economic opportunities in space development beyond satellites. The proposals were submitted to NASA through a competitive NASA Research Announcement and a comprehensive review process for the Space Technology Mission […]

NASA unveils logo for Orbital Debris Program Office

One of NASA’s important but perhaps less “Hollywood” offices has gone in for something of a makeover. The Orbital Debris Program Office, which operates under NASA’s Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science program, has approved its first logo, according to the program’s publication, the summer/fall issue of  2017 Orbital Debris Quarterly News, released on 1 August 2017. […]

NSS optimistic about Pence’s call for constant LEO presence

National Space Society, a nonprofit organization that promotes (among other things) space settlement, has happily endorsed a few key pieces of U.S. vice president Mike Pence’s recent July 6 speech at Kennedy Space Center. The group is particularly hopeful about Pence’s call for constant human presence in low Earth orbit, which the group sees as […]

New alliances emerge in the space race to the Moon

The Moon could get a little busy in the 2030s. The world’s biggest nations are all now working on developing lunar missions, thrusting the Moon once again to the center of a new global space race. Last week, US vice president Mike Pence reiterated the Trump administration’s desire to see American astronauts back on the […]

Aerospace firms tout solar electric propulsion to Congress

A handful of private firms submitted testimony to Congress touting the potential uses of solar electric propulsion at a hearing on in-space propulsion held last week by the U.S. House of Representatives’ subcommittee on space. SEP systems could replace chemical propulsion for use in deep space exploration, but experts say the technology needs more improvement […]