Tag Archives: small satellite

Raytheon-Built Small Satellites to Support DHS’ Search-and-Rescue Missions

Raytheon has produced two small satellites for the Department of Homeland Security in support of search-and-rescue operations. The Polar Scout satellites have radio frequency receivers that work to help search-and-rescue personnel track emergency signals in the Arctic and other remote areas, Raytheon said Wednesday. The company partnered with Millennium Engineering …

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European Space Agency Picks 5 Firms to Conduct Satellite Microlauncher Feasibility Studies

The European Space Agency has selected five companies to study the feasibility of using a commercial microlauncher to deploy small satellites into orbit. ArianeGroup, MT-Aerospace, ELV, Deimos and PLD Space will conduct research on their proposed concepts, ESA said Thursday. France-based ArianeGroup, a joint venture of Airbus and Safran, proposed to develop …

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Carissa Christensen: Venture Capital Firms Show Increased Interest in Space Companies

Carissa Christensen, CEO of Bryce Space and Technology, has said venture capital firms have made “consistent” investments in space companies amid the lack of “megadeals” involving space startups in 2017, Space News reported Tuesday. Christensen said Tuesday at the SpaceCom Expo in Houston, Texas, that the previous two years each recorded …

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Telespazio-Thales Alenia Space JV Enter Satellite Tech Partnership With Spaceflight Industries

The Space Alliance, a joint venture of Telespazio and Thales Alenia Space, has partnered with Spaceflight Industries on a number space technology-related efforts. The partnership would include an investment in Spaceflight Industries as well as the creation of a U.S.-based joint venture between Thales Alenia Space and Spaceflight Industries that would focus on …

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Fifth Air Force Spaceplane Mission to Launch Aboard SpaceX Rocket

The U.S. Air Force has entered final launch preparations for the fifth mission of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle ahead of its scheduled Sept. 7 deployment aboard SpaceX‘s Falcon 9 rocket. The service branch said Thursday the Boeing-built X-37B OTV spaceplane will carry ride-sharing small satellites and perform on-orbit tests of new space technologies. X-37B will also demonstrate experimental …

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NASA’s Michael Johnson: Reliability Issues Could Limit Use of Cubesats in Space Missions

Michael Johnson, chief technologist for the applied engineering and technology directorate of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, has said reliability issues associated with Cubesats would hamper NASA from advancing the use of such small satellites in some space missions, Space News reported Tuesday. “Because we cannot quantify the mission confidence of …

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3 CubeSat Challenge Winners Secure Slots on NASA’s 1st Integrated SLS, Orion Flight

NASA has awarded three teams slots to launch their small satellites aboard the first integrated flight of the Space Launch System rocket and the Orion spacecraft dubbed Exploration Mission-1. Winners of the Cube Quest Challenge include Cislunar Explorers from Cornell University, CU-E3 from the University of Colorado and Team Miles from Tampa, Florida-based company Fluid …

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