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Hundreds of military, government and commercial satellites reside today in geosynchronous Earth orbit (GEO) some 22,000 miles (36,000 kilometers) above the Earth - a perch ideal for providing communications, meteorology and national security services.


Future astronauts will require highly reliable habitation systems to keep them healthy and productive during missions that take them farther from Earth than humans have ever gone before.


United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully completed the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) for the Vulcan Centaur launch vehicle with dual Blue Origin BE-4 engines.


Near Infrared Spectrograph NIRSpec and Mid-Infrared Instrument MIRI are installed with two other instruments in JWST's payload module called the Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM).


Orbital ATK, Inc. , a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, successfully launched its CygnusTM spacecraft aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle with approximately 7,900 pounds (3,600 kilograms) of cargo and small satellites that will be deployed directly from the spacecraft.


Africa can now rely on the services of a satellite constellation tailored for the continent to provide reliable data over a wide range of essential human activities and for the protection of the environment.


Having launched LituanicaSAT-1, one of the first Lithuanian satellites, and nearly completed the development of a second satellite, the Lithuanian space technologies start-up NanoAvionics is seeking a EUR 2.5 million investment from the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020.


The numbers continue to add up for Arianespace following today's early morning Ariane 5 mission that orbited the EUTELSAT 65 West A relay satellite extending to 71 the heavy-lift vehicle's streak of consecutive successes, while achieving other numerical milestones for the company as well.


United Launch Alliance (ULA), the nation's premier launch services provider, has awarded XCOR Aerospace with a new contract through the United States Air Force to develop an upper stage propulsion system for Vulcan, ULA's next-generation launch system.


ESA business incubation has passed the milestone of 400 new companies. The initiative to profit from space technology and expertise to create new businesses and jobs in Europe also boosts local economies and Europe's competitiveness.


Sierra Nevada Corporation's (SNC) Space Systems has successfully completed all in-orbit checkout procedures of the final 11 satellites in the ORBCOMM Generation 2 (OG2) constellation designed and built by SNC, culminating in the transfer of operations of these satellites from SNC to ORBCOMM.


Gogo (NASDAQ: GOGO), the global leader in providing broadband connectivity solutions and wireless entertainment to the aviation industry, announced today it is partnering with Intelsat (NYSE: I), operator of the world's first Globalized Network, to leverage the first shared GEO/LEO satellite network for in-flight connectivity.


Aerojet Rocketdyne marked another major milestone in its ongoing effort to incorporate additive manufacturing technology into its products by completing a series of successful hot-fire tests of its RL10 upper-stage rocket engine.


This collection of papers identify a number of important policy questions that will be of rising importance as NASA transitions LEO to the private sector, as well as a number of economic analysis methods of addressing those questions.


SES S.A. announced Friday that its SES-9 satellite was successfully launched into space on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.


Sierra Nevada Corporation's (SNC) Space Systems was recently awarded a contract to provide multiple Passive Common Berthing Mechanisms (PCBM) by Special Aerospace Services (SAS) of Boulder, Colorado for Orbital ATK's Cygnus advanced maneuvering spacecraft in support of NASA's Commercial Resupply Services 1 and 2 (CRS1, CRS2) programs.


Airbus Defence and Space has developed and delivered the qualification model of the solar array for the European Service Module (ESM) of the Orion crewed spacecraft. During a deployment test today at NASA's Plum Brook Station facility in Sandusky, Ohio (USA), the model came through the test with flying colours.