Thursday, August 11

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Op-ed | Deterring Aggression in Space
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Op-ed | Deterring Aggression in Space

To keep peace on Earth, we must keep peace in space. The time has come for America to confront the reality that space has been weaponized by our adversaries. Space has long been a peaceful environment for research and commerce on Earth with conditions that deny tyrants the luxury of concealment, the advantage of surprise, and establishes parity on the battlefield.   But all of this has changed.  China and Russia have carefully studied how the United States is uniquely advantaged by, and dependent upon, space. For the last 20 years, they have invested heavily in developing anti-satellite weapons, deploying them here on Earth and in orbit. There’s a purpose for this — to enable aggression on Earth by denying America and her allies the advantages of space. Allies fight as one force...
South Korean rocket’s second launch rescheduled for June 21
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South Korean rocket’s second launch rescheduled for June 21

SEOUL, South Korea — The second launch of South Korea’s first domestically built rocket is set for June 21, a delay of a week due to strong winds and a technical glitch. “We convened a meeting of the launch management committee and decided to pursue the second launch on June 21,” Kwon Hyun-joon, a senior science ministry official, said June 17 in a live-streamed media briefing.  Kwon said the kerosene and liquid oxygen-fueled three-stage rocket KSLV-2 was lying horizontally in a hangar at the Naro Space Center, after a malfunctioning sensor in the first-stage booster was replaced with a new one.  The rocket will be rolled back to the launch pad June 20, he said. KSLV-2’s second launch was initially set for June 15, with a backup launch window spanning June 16-23.  However, it w...
NASA — NASA’s Artemis I Rocket is on the Launch Pad — and…
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NASA — NASA’s Artemis I Rocket is on the Launch Pad — and…

Our Space Launch System (SLS) rocket is coming together at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida this summer. Our mighty SLS rocket is set to power the Artemis I mission to send our Orion spacecraft around the Moon. But, before it heads to the Moon, NASA puts it together right here on Earth.Read on for more on how our Moon rocket for Artemis I will come together this summer:How do crews assemble a rocket and spacecraft as tall as a skyscraper? The process all starts inside the iconic Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy with the mobile launcher. Recognized as a Florida Space Coast landmark, the Vehicle Assembly Building, or VAB, houses special cranes, lifts, and equipment to move and connect the spaceflight hardware together. Orion and all five of the major parts of the Artemis I ro...
Euroconsult anticipates growing demand for last-mile logistics
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Euroconsult anticipates growing demand for last-mile logistics

SAN FRANCISCO – Euroconsult forecasts 120 orbital transport vehicles to be in operation by 2031, according to the consulting firm’s latest Space Logistics Markets report. “We anticipate constellations to be the most likely customers, accounting for three-quarters of the demand for satellites in the 200- to 350-kilogram mass range,” said Maxime Puteaux, Euroconsult principal advisor and author of the report released in May. Euroconsult expects constellation operators to rely on orbital transfer vehicles to move satellites into multiple orbital planes, decreasing the constellation operators’ reliance on dedicated launch vehicles. “Indeed, most of the small to medium constellations’ demand by orbital planes are either too large for micro or small launchers or too small for medium ...