Rocket Reusability, Earth Observation and Big Data Hot Topics at Space SymposiumRocket reusability, Earth observation and big data promise to be hot topics at the 33rd Space Symposium, taking place in Colorado Springs, Colorado this week. Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) President Eric Stallmer told Via Satellite’s sister publication Defense Daily Monday the aspects of Reusability — feasibility, practicality and how it will happen — will be the big talking point at the conference this year. Stallmer said the success of SpaceX successfully launching a used first stage booster last week and Blue Origin’s mammoth used New Shepard rocket on display outside the exhibit hall here demonstrate the prominence of reusability among top industry officials.
Rock Seven launches world’s smallest two-way satellite communications platform with integrated antennaNew miniaturised RockBLOCK system delivers global data connectivity for any application, with a design footprint approximately half the size of the current RockBLOCK product.
Iridium satcom specialist Rock Seven is introducing the worlds’ smallest plug & play two-way satellite communications system with integrated antenna.
RockBLOCK 9603 is an even smaller variant of the sophisticated RockBLOCK MK II Internet of Things (IoT) satellite communication technology platform, which already provides Machine-to-Machine (M2M) data communication over Iridium’s global satellite network for thousands of professional users at sea and on land.
Launchspace pitches debris sweeper that doubles as satellite trackerLaunchspace Technologies Corp. proposes sending platforms as large as football fields into low Earth orbit to sweep up space debris. The platforms also would be equipped with sensors to help U.S. government agencies detect and track orbiting satellites and debris.
Launchspace Technologies’ patented plan to clean up debris calls for sending Debris Collection Units into equatorial orbit to capture debris ranging in size from 1 millimeter to five centimeters. That debris poses a serious problem for government and commercial satellite operators because it remains largely untracked and unavoidable, said Marshall Kaplan, chief technology officer for Launchspace Technologies of Bethesda, Maryland.
Aerojet Rocketdyne Successfully Tests 3-D Printed, Full-Scale RL10 Thrust Chamber AssemblyAerojet Rocketdyne has successfully hot-fire tested a full-scale, additively manufactured thrust chamber assembly for the RL10 rocket engine that was built from a copper alloy using Selective Laser Melting (SLM) technology, often referred to as 3-D printing. The Defense Production Act Title III program management office located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, enabled this recent testing.
Aeroject Rocketdyne has been working over the last decade to incorporate SLM technology into the RL10 and other propulsion systems to make them more affordable while taking advantage of the inherent design and performance capabilities made possible by 3-D printing.
Inmarsat unit chosen to provide satellite communications for US FirstNet emergency networkSatellites operator Inmarsat Plc (LON:ISAT) said its Inmarsat Government subsidiary has been selected by US telecoms giant AT&T Inc (NYSE: T) as a core team member for the US FirstNet emergency services network.
The FTSE 250-listed firm said Inmarsat Government will work with AT&T to deliver satellite communication solutions as part of the network.
FirstNet, the shortened name for the First Responder Network Authority is an independent agency under the US Department of Commerce.
Europa lander work continues despite budget uncertaintyThe NASA team studying a lander mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa says their work is continuing even though the White House is requesting no funding for the mission in its latest budget.
In a presentation at a meeting of the Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science at the National Academies here March 29, Barry Goldstein of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory said that ongoing studies of the proposed lander are continuing, including a mission concept review scheduled for June.
SpaceX demonstrates rocket reusability with SES-10 launch and booster landingSpaceX has completed the first reusable orbital launch since the retirement of the U.S. space shuttle, delivering the SES-10 telecommunications satellite into geostationary transfer orbit with a rocket that first flew last April for NASA.
SpaceX launched the Falcon 9 at 6:27 p.m. Eastern from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center, achieving a historic milestone for the company that hung its cape on the claim that rockets can be re-flown, and that reusability is necessary to take humanity to Mars.
Lockheed Martin Introduces iSpace Software to Protect Space AssetsLockheed Martin has introduced iSpace — intelligent Space — to provide defense, civil, commercial, and international customers with sensor data processing, space domain awareness, command and control, and battle management capabilities to protect their assets and missions in space.
The iSpace software tasks, processes, and correlates data from a worldwide network of government, commercial, and scientific community sensors and command centers. After gleaning information from optical, radar, infrared, and radio sensors, iSpace automatically provides information to users about what is happening in real-time and recommends the best course of action.