SpaceNews : Vast to use Starlink for space station broadband communications

[[{“value”:” COLORADO SPRINGS — Commercial space station developer Vast will use SpaceX’s Starlink constellation to provide broadband connectivity for its Haven-1 station launching next year. Vast announced April 9 that it will install laser intersatellite link terminals on its Haven-1 station to enable communications with Starlink satellites. The agreement between Vast and SpaceX extends to […]

SpaceNews : Banding together for direct-to-smartphone satellite services

[[{“value”:” TAMPA, Fla. — Viasat is considering investing in spacecraft with other Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) operators as the promise of direct-to-smartphone technology drives unprecedented cooperation among historically isolated networks. “What you’ve seen in MSSin the past is every operator has to have its own satellite, its own ground segment, its own type of terminals [and] […]

SpaceNews : ‘Innovation theater’ fills gap between words and action

[[{“value”:” National security space leaders talk the talk on embracing commercial innovation, but are they walking the walk? In speeches and interviews, U.S. Space Force Space Systems Command leaders frequently cite their mantra, “Exploit what we have, buy what we can and build only what we must.” National Reconnaissance Office leaders have a similar saying, […]

SpaceNews : SpaceX launches U.S. military weather monitoring satellite

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SpaceNews : Outer space needs a high-level political summit

[[{“value”:” Outer space issues have never been comprehensively addressed at a global high political level, and 2024 is an excellent year to commit to that goal. Three prior global UNISpace conferences (in 1968, 1982 and 1999) achieved clear multilateral diplomatic progress and shaped key future discussions on how to use space peacefully and to the […]

SpaceNews : Japanese astronauts to land on moon as part of new NASA partnership

[[{“value”:” COLORADO SPRINGS — Japan will become the first nation after the United States to land an astronaut on the moon as part of the Artemis lunar exploration campaign under an agreement between the two countries announced April 10. At an event in Washington, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson and Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, […]

SpaceNews : The digital revolution is finally coming to America’s space launch ranges

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SpaceNews : SDA tests communications network with Norway

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SpaceNews : Kepler partners up for ESA’s optical data relay constellation

[[{“value”:” TAMPA, Fla. — Kepler Communications, a Canadian small satellite operator, is teaming up with Europe’s Airbus Defence and Space and its independent laser terminal subsidiary Tesat-Spacecom to develop an optical relay network in low Earth orbit (LEO). The Canadian company is leading the group to help bid for a greater role in the European Space […]

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