Originally, they planned to build an engine test and acceptance stand as part of their Cape Canaveral launch site—at the old Launch Complex 11. I wonder if getting space at Marshall would change that plan. I have to assume so.
In the last few years, we’ve seen a handful of small satellite production lines open up. Those production lines have mostly been for internal programs, but at least a few have said they want to sell buses, as well. This is a big step in that direction for Airbus and OneWeb.
NASA announced a crew change for Starliner’s Crew Flight Test: Boe is out, and Fincke is in.
I’ll say this about Rocket Lab’s upcoming stretch of launches for 2019: they have a lot more United States Department of Defense launches then you’d expect. Should be a fun year.
I’ve had a lot of people ask how I stay up on space news, so figured it might be worth sharing this.
Good to see them secure a launch site, but they’re still on the hunt for a polar-capaable site. Maybe SLC-3W at Vandenberg?
Pacific Dataport, an Alaskan company looking to provide broadband access to the entire state, is Astranis’ first customer.
Caleb Henry, for SpaceNews, on the past few months at Maxar, including the departure of their CEO, who was replaced by DigitalGlobe’s president.
Rough end to last week for space.
Such a bummer to lose a satellite after just two years in space, especially one that generated $85 million in revenue last year.