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The nominee for the Department of Defense’s space policy underlines the United States’ complicated security problems

The Biden administration’s candidate for assistant secretary in charge of the defense for space policy, John Plumb, told senators on January 13 that the US faces a dynamic security environment and that…

NASA invests in thermal control technology for the harsh lunar environment

NASA has awarded Advanced Cooling Technologies (ACT) funds for thermal control systems that will allow vehicles and other devices to endure harsh lunar settings without the use of an active…

SPACs in space are expected to recover in 2022

In 2021, space companies grew their businesses through mergers with SPACs (special purpose acquisition corporations), but many owners were left underwater by the end of the year. All but one…

In 2023, Japan wants to launch the world’s first wooden satellite

Japan is working on a proposal to launch the world’s first satellite made primarily of wood in 2023, as part of a larger effort to use wood’s environmental benefits and…

The first-ever ViaSat-3 satellite is overcoming pandemic obstacles in preparation for a launch in 2022

Despite continued pandemic-related problems, Viasat’s newly recruited chief operating officer (COO) Kevin Harkenrider said the first-ever ViaSat-3 broadband satellite will deploy in the very first half of 2022. The Viasat-built payload for…

SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy) can be achieved through the use of space technologies

The seventh Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 7) aspires to provide humanity with affordable, reliable, sustainable, and contemporary energy. The United Nations established 5 targets and 5 indicators to effectively monitor…

On the Sherpa tug, benchmark green propellant thrusters have been mounted

Spaceflight has fitted the first pair of green bipropellant thrusters created by in-space propulsion business Benchmark Space Systems on the Sherpa tug for deployment in January. Benchmark stated on December…

The National Defense Authorization Act of 2022 is passed by Congress

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the Fiscal Year 2022 was enacted by the Senate on December 15 with 89-10 bipartisan support. The bill was approved by the House on December…

China launches classified Shijian satellites into the orbit with landmark Long March deployment

The Shijian-06 (05) set of satellites was launched by a Long March 4B on December 9, commemorating the 400th flight of China’s Long March series of launch vehicles. At 7:11…

Microsoft’s Azure Space ecosystem is growing

Microsoft announced new Azure Space solutions and revealed partnerships with Blackshark.ai, ESRI, Airbus, Orbital Insight, Kongsberg Satellite Services and STE iDirect, demonstrating its commitment to a broadening role in the…