February 2015 Archives

The Senate Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness held a hearing on Tuesday, February 24 on the U.S. Human Exploration Goals and Commercial Space Competitiveness.

After six months of intensive testing, the first Sentinel-2 satellite developed and built by Airbus Defence and Space for the European Space Agency (ESA) is getting ready for its mission in space.

Outside the International Space Station, Expedition 42 Commander Barry Wilmore and Flight Engineer Terry Virts of NASA conducted a spacewalk Feb. 21 to begin rigging cables and other equipment as the precursor to the installation of new docking ports to which U.S. commercial crew vehicles will link up to in the years ahead.

Cape Canaveral's Space Launch Complex-41 pad modifications are underway where Boeing's Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 spacecraft will one day launch atop ULA's Atlas V rocket ferrying astronauts to the International Space Station.

Developing the most advanced and cost efficient observation technologies is absolutely essential to the success of our mission to prospect for asteroid resources in the Solar System. That is why at Planetary Resources' asteroid prospecting spacecraft factory in Redmond, WA. - we are innovating on these technologies today.

A number of commercial off-the-shelf products are used every day in space. One example is Sharpie brand marker pens.

The Inmarsat Developer Conference (IDC2015) was held in January at their headquarters in London. I provided an opportunity to the developer community to access Inmarsat's satellite technology in a way that had never been done before. This video recaps he event.

Virgin Galactic is pleased to announce it has leased a new 150,000 square foot facility that will house design and manufacturing of the company's small satellite launch vehicle, LauncherOne.

SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean about 7:44 p.m. EST Tuesday 259 miles southwest of Long Beach, California, with nearly 3,700 pounds of NASA cargo, science and first-of-its-kind technology demonstration samples from the International Space Station.

Inmarsat announces the successful launch of its second Global Xpress (GX) satellite on board an International Launch Services (ILS) Proton Breeze M rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 1 February at 12:31 GMT.

Registration still open for the 18th Annual FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference, set to take place this week (Feb. 4-5) at the National Housing Center in Washington, D.C.