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orbital atk unveils new version of satellite-servicing vehicle


orbital atk announced march 13 it is developing a new version of a satellite life extension vehicle intended to provide more flexibility to customers while also moving the company closer to more advanced in-space servicing.






private space company sues to stop darpa's robotic satellite serviceman


orbital atk claims the government-backed program rivals its own planned satellite life-extension business, violating provisions of the 2010 u.s. national space policy.






orbital atk tests component of future launch vehicle


as the deadline nears for an air force competition to fund development of new launch vehicles, orbital atk announced nov. 7 what it called an "important milestone" for its proposed launcher.






on this day in space! feb. 4, 1995: sts-63 launches 'orbital debris calibration


on february 4, 1995, astronauts aboard the space shuttle discovery launched an itty bitty satellite called an orbital debris calibration sphere into orbit around the earth. see how it happened in our on this day in space video series.






decommissioned earth science satellite to remain in orbit for decades


a nasa earth science satellite whose mission is ending this week will remain in orbit through the middle of the century, far longer than the limit set by orbital debris mitigation guidelines.






on-orbit satellite servicing: the next big thing in space?


safety standards and other norms need to be in place to fuel investments and research in space applications.






in photos: india's pslv rocket launches cartosat-2 satellite & 30 more!


on thursday, jan. 11, 2018, the indian polar satellite launch vehicle successfully launched 31 satellites, making a comeback from a launch failure in august 2017. see photos from the cartosat-2 satellite mission here!






image of the day


nasa technicians test out the solar panels on the agency's new transiting exoplanet survey satellite inside the payload hazardous servicing facility at kennedy space center in florida. scheduled to launch next month, tess will search for alien worlds.






virgin galactic unveils spin-off virgin orbit for small-satellite launches


richard branson's virgin galactic space company is spinning off its launcherone rocket program into a separate firm to better position itself to serve the booming small satellite industry, the company said thursday (march 2).






planetary resources' asteroid-mining goals move closer with satellite launch


planetary resources' arkyd-6 satellite rode to space last night (jan. 11) atop an indian polar satellite launch vehicle on a mission to prove out technology needed for planetary resources' next spacecraft, the asteroid-prospecting arkyd-301.






indian pslv rocket launch of navigation satellite fails


an indian polar satellite launch vehicle (pslv) failed to place a navigation satellite into its planned orbit aug. 31 when the rocket’s payload fairing failed to deploy.






rome from space - italy’s capital gets orbital look | video


esa’s copernicus sentinel-2a satellite captured imagery of the area in january 2016. ’earth from space’ host kelsea brennan-wessels explains.






northrop grumman aims for space with $7.8-billion bid to buy orbital atk


with its $7.8-billion bid to buy orbital atk inc., northrop grumman corp. is betting that the militarization of space and missile defense will get increasing attention — and dollars — from the pentagon. orbital, based in dulles, va., has developed several small to medium-sized rockets that can...






air force space plane lands after 718 days | video


the orbital test vehicle mission 4 (otv-4) landed in florida on may 7, 2017.






spacex successfully launches commercial satellite


spacex launched a commercial communications satellite monday afternoon, the sixth launch of the year for the elon musk-led company. the inmarsat-5 f4 satellite took off on a falcon 9 rocket from pad 39a at kennedy space center in florida at about 4:20 p.m. pacific time. the satellite was deployed...






space debris problem needs 'global response' | video


a collision between a 1 centimeter fragment and a satellite at orbital velocities can be compared to a “exploding grenade,” according to holger krag, head of esa’s space debris office. there are over 18,000 objects in orbit around earth.






northrop grumman is buying orbital atk for $7.8 billion


defense giant northrop grumman corp. is acquiring aerospace and defense firm orbital atk inc. for about $7.8 billion in cash, a deal that would boost northrop’s presence in the space and missile businesses. orbital shareholders are to receive $134.50 per share in cash, a 22.2% premium over friday’s...






northrop grumman is buying orbital atk for $7.8 billion


defense giant northrop grumman corp. is acquiring aerospace and defense firm orbital atk inc. for about $7.8 billion in cash, a deal that would boost northrop’s presence in the space, launch and missile industries. orbital shareholders are to receive $134.50 per share in cash, a 22.2% premium over...






l.a. auto show 2017: subaru unveils 2019 ascent, its largest suv


subaru unveils the 2019 ascent three-row suv, its largest vehicle ever built






northrop grumman is buying orbital atk for about $7.8 billion


defense giant northrop grumman corp. is acquiring aerospace and defense firm orbital atk inc. for about $7.8 billion in cash, a deal that would boost northrop grumman’s presence in the space, launch and missile industries. orbital shareholders are to receive $134.50 per share in cash, a 22.2% premium...






l.a. auto show 2017: toyota unveils all-terrain concept vehicle


toyota is using this year’s l.a. auto show to show off a concept all-terrain, crossover sport utility vehicle called the future toyota adventure concept, or ft-ac. toyota said that while the ft-ac remains “a design experiment,” it’s seen as a gasoline-powered vehicle with an advanced all-wheel-drive...






scientists, engineers push for servicing and assembly of future space observator


a group of astronomers and engineers is seeking to convince nasa to study in-space servicing and assembly of future space telescopes, including the role the proposed deep space gateway could play to support it.






spacex military satellite mission may have failed


officials familiar with the launch said that the second-stage of spacex’s falcon 9 booster rocket failed. the satellite was lost, one said, and the other said both the satellite and the second-stage satellite fell into the ocean after the failure.






air force's mysterious x-37b space plane nears orbital record


if the robotic vehicle stays aloft until march 25, it will break the x-37b mission-duration mark of 674 days, which was set back in october 2014.






new weather-watching satellite brings suite of advanced tools


say hello to the joint polar satellite system 1 (jpss-1), a new weather satellite with a wide range of capabilities.






ocwen will pay $225 million to settle allegations it violated mortgage servicing


mortgage servicing giant ocwen will pay $225 million in refunds and loan forgiveness to californians, settling allegations that sloppy practices led to violations of state and federal mortgage rules over the past several years. the california department of business oversight, which announced the...






spacex to send commercial satellite into space today


spacex plans to launch a commercial communications satellite monday afternoon in what will be the elon musk-led company’s fifth launch of the year. the launch of the inmarsat-5 f4 satellite is scheduled for 4:21 p.m. pacific time from pad 39a at kennedy space center in florida. the satellite will...






this new satellite could produce the most accurate weather predictions yet


nasa has just sent the newest noaa weather satellite into space. the joint polar satellite system-1, or jpss-1, will give the nation a powerful new tool for predicting natural disasters.






spacex to launch commercial satellite into space today


spacex plans to launch a commercial communications satellite monday afternoon in what will be the elon musk-led company’s fifth launch of the year. the launch of the inmarsat-5 f4 satellite is scheduled for 4:21 p.m. pacific time from pad 39a at kennedy space center in florida. the satellite will...






british company reveals details about its smallsat launch vehicle


a british company has released new details about a small satellite launch vehicle it expects to have ready in the next few years, part of a growing number of ventures seeking to build and launch rockets from the country.






rocket issue delays launch of advanced new jpss-1 weather satellite


the launch of an advanced new weather satellite, the joint polar satellite system 1, was delayed just minutes before its planned liftoff tuesday (nov. 14) due to an issue with satellite's delta ii rocket.






harmonious universe on display again in trappist-1 system | video


similar to the lockstep “dance” between jupiter and its moons, the “orbital resonance” of the outermost planets of ultra cool dwarf star system can predict orbital periods. learn more about it.






more launch delays for next orbital atk cargo ship, ariane 5 rocket


two rocket launches scheduled for this week, one for orbital atk and the other for european launch provider arianespace, have been delayed.






john glenn's orbital mission tested the mysteries of the human body in space


nasa's first orbital spaceflight 55 years ago asked big questions about the unknowns of human spaceflight — many of which we're still asking today.






art-ificial satellite: museum wants to launch satellite sculpture into orbit


artist trevor paglen and the nevada museum of art want to launch the first-ever satellite with the sole purpose of existing as a work of art.