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Soyuz launch completes first-generation O3b constellation - Apr 2019
"European launch provider Arianespace completed SES’s first-generation O3b constellation April 4 [2019] with the Soyuz launch of four satellites."

"SES now has 20 O3b satellites in medium Earth orbit. Franco-Italian manufacturer Thales Alenia Space built the Ka-band satellites, each of which carries 20 gigabits per second of throughput. "

"John-Paul Hemingway, SES Networks CEO, stood by SES’s decision to focus on medium Earth orbit, arguing that low Earth orbit systems will face latency challenges similar to GEO satellites because their closer proximity to the Earth means smaller coverage areas, necessitating routing traffic through multiple stops for long-distance communications. "
SpaceNews  O3b  space  launch  Soyuz  SES  MEO 
april 2019 by pierredv
Telesat signs New Glenn multi-launch agreement with Blue Origin for LEO missions - Jan 2019
"Canadian fleet operator Telesat has agreed to launch satellites for its future low-Earth-orbit broadband constellation on multiple New Glenn missions, Blue Origin announced Jan. 31.

The agreement, for an unspecified number of launches and satellites, makes Telesat the fifth customer to sign up to use the reusable launcher, which is slated for a maiden flight in 2021. "

"Blue Origin already has eight other New Glenn missions in backlog: one each for Paris-based Eutelsat, Sky Perfect JSAT of Japan and Thai startup Mu Space, plus five launches for low-Earth-orbit megaconstellation company OneWeb. "

"Telesat is preparing a constellation of roughly 300 communications satellites for global internet connectivity services. The satellite operator plans to select a manufacturer — either Airbus Defence and Space or a team comprised of Thales Alenia Space and Space Systems Loral — later this year. "

"In a separate Jan. 31 announcement, Telesat said Loon has agreed to deliver a network operating system design that Telesat can use to support its LEO constellation. Loon, a subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet, said last fall it sees non-geostationary satellite operators as customers for a variation of the software-defined network it uses to deliver mobile connectivity via high-altitude balloons."

"The rocket can carry 45 metric tons to low Earth orbit, and features a payload fairing twice the size of any other rocket on the market, according to Blue Origin."
space  satellite  SpaceNews  launch  BlueOrigin  Telesat  Loon  Alphabet  Google 
january 2019 by pierredv
APOD: 2018 November 26 - Rocket Launch as Seen from the Space Station
A close inspection of the featured time-lapse video will reveal a rocket rising to Earth orbit as seen from the International Space Station (ISS).
APOD  space  launch  timelapse  video 
november 2018 by pierredv
Iridium NEXT-8 launch date dependent on satellite manufacturing, availability – Sep 2018
"Iridium Communications is nearing the end of its two-year campaign with SpaceX to place 75 Iridium NEXT communication satellites into orbit. The company has launched 65 of those satellites to date, with the final 10 scheduled to launch on a Falcon 9 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, before the end of the year. The completion of the launch campaign will purposefully leave six NEXT satellites on the ground to serve as launch-replacement spares should they ever be needed over the life of the new constellation."

"The reason for the hiccup in launch processing for this final Iridium mission has to do with a specific and very important part that all of the Iridium NEXT satellites need."
NASASpaceflight  Iridium  launch 
september 2018 by pierredv
Kepler Communications opens launch bids for Gen-1 LEO constellation -, aug 2018
"Kepler Communications announced Aug. 28 it is accepting bids from launch providers to orbit its first-generation constellation of up to 15 cubesats, but with the stipulation that the launches must happen within two years."

"Kepler plans to operate 140 satellites in low Earth orbit to provide Internet of Things connectivity to devices on the ground and to act as a relay network for other satellites by using intersatellite links. Mitry said Kepler intends to scale up fast, with the Gen-1 constellation in service by late 2020 or early 2021, a second generation of up to 50 satellites by the end of 2021, and the full 140-satellite constellation operational by the end of 2022. "

"Kepler has yet to sign a manufacturing agreement for the full 140 satellite constellation."

"Each satellite will have a mass of 12 to 15 kilograms ... the Gen-1 satellites will be slightly heavier than the prototypes because those lack intersatellite links"

"Kepler has also yet to determine if its fleet will have on-board propulsion, he said. From an altitude between 520 and 600 kilometers, Kepler’s satellites will have a design life of three to five years, he said. "
Kepler  NGSO  launch  satellite  IoT 
august 2018 by pierredv
LandSpace Unveils Highly Ambitious New Rocket - Via Satellite - Jul 2018
"The rocket was defined as China’s first medium-size liquid oxygen-methane launch rocket, and is designed to launch a 4000kg payload into 200km LEO, or a 2000kg payload into 500km Sun-Synchronous Orbit (SSO)."

"LandSpace ZQ-2 will be focusing on high efficiency and high cost performance, which LandSpace sees as the main concerns of the current aerospace market. "
China  satellite  launch  ViaSatellite 
july 2018 by pierredv
SpaceX's new price chart illustrates performance cost of reusability - May 2016
"Prices are shown as $62 million for the Falcon 9 Full Thrust and $90 million for the Falcon Heavy"

"pricing information listed is for geostationary missions only and does not apply to Mars missions. Nor should it be used as a guide to launches into low Earth orbit."

"Prices are shown as $62 million for the Falcon 9 Full Thrust and $90 million for the Falcon Heavy." Per, lifts up to 5.5 mT and 8.0 mT respectively
SpaceNews  SpaceX  space  launch  business 
may 2018 by pierredv
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches 10 more Iridium NEXT satellites into orbit - CBS News Mar 2018
"the fifth batch in a $3 billion 81-satellite constellation"

"66 of the 1,896-pound [860 kg] satellites operating in six orbital planes are required to complete the Iridium NEXT network. The company plans to eventually launch 15 in-orbit spares, using SpaceX to put 75 of the 81 planned satellites into orbit at a cost of more than $500 million"

"SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket streaked away from California early Friday, boosting the fifth set of 10 Iridium NEXT relay stations into orbit,"

"The new spacecraft feature a phased-array antenna that can generate 48 beams over a footprint 3,000 miles across"

"Iridium NEXT satellites, designed by the European aerospace giant Thales Alenia Space and built by Orbital ATK in Arizona, feature a different design that will not routinely result in flares"
CBSNews  Iridium  ThalesAlenia  OrbitalATK  launch  SpaceX  antennas  satellite  space 
may 2018 by pierredv
Spaceflight - Schedule and Pricing
Payload Type 50kg 100kg 150kg 200kg 300kg
PRICE-LEO $1,750 $3,950 $4,950 $5,950 $7,950
PRICE-GTO $4,600 $8,400 $9,800 $11,200 $14,000
satellite  launch  business 
may 2018 by pierredv
How Much Does It Cost to Launch a Satellite? Motley Fool June 2016
"ULA says that a "lower-end mission," carrying perhaps 4.75 metric tons aboard one of its Atlas V rockets costs $164 million, while launch costs across its entire fleet average $225 million. (Maximum payload: 8.9 tons.)"
"Ariane 62, designed to launch 5-ton scientific satellites into GTO, is targeting a launch cost of $77 million. Ariane 64, a heavy-lift rocket capable of hoisting two 5-ton satellites into space simultaneously, similar to Boeing's plan, would cost $126 million per launch -- or just $63 million per satellite delivered."
"new and improved Falcon 9 rocket as capable of delivering 5.5 metric tons of cargo to GTO for just $62 million, or up to 8.3 tons for a higher price."
satellite  launch  business  business-model  ULA  Arianespace  SpaceX 
may 2018 by pierredv
NSR: Satellite Manufacturing & Launch Markets Finding a New Normal in $250B Opportunity - Northern Sky Research May 2018
"despite a slow 2017, across the board, the global satellite manufacturing and launch market is poised to generate in excess of $250B in the next decade"

"North America led the market in 2017 and is expected to continue as the global hub of activity, due to both ongoing government demand for high value satellites as well as a robust commercial market. Activity across Asia is closing this gap, however, with China, India, and Japan placing a greater emphasis on competition and capabilities in the space domain. "
NSR  forecasting  trends  satellite  launch  market-analysis  reports  consulting 
may 2018 by pierredv
OneWeb shifts first launch to year’s end - May 2018
"OneWeb has shifted the debut launch for its satellite egaconstellation to the fourth quarter of the year.

The startup’s first launch of 10 satellites aboard an Arianespace Soyuz rocket was scheduled for this month, but was pushed out toward the end of the year to allow for more testing and to incorporate improved components in the final spacecraft design."

"OneWeb is building the first 900 satellites of its constellation through a joint venture with Airbus called OneWeb Satellites. "

"The company still expects to begin service in 2019, starting with the first few hundred spacecraft. "

"Wyler estimated there might be a two month gap between the first launch and the rest of the launch campaign, which consists of a Soyuz launch every 21 days."

"Wyler said OneWeb’s first generation satellites have “actually beat our plans,” on mass, weighing in at around 145 kilograms each instead of the projected 150 kilograms.

“We are at about 14.5 kilograms per Gbps [implying 10 Gbps/satellite]. Each satellite is about the same performance as the satellites I designed for O3b, yet we are putting nine times as many on a rocket,” he said. "
SpaceNews  OneWeb  launch  deployment  commerce 
may 2018 by pierredv
China developing reusable space rocket - Xinhua | Apr 2018
China aims to recover the first stage of the Long March-8 carrier rocket, which is still under development and is expected to make its maiden flight around 2021, according to a Chinese rocket expert.
China  space  launch 
april 2018 by pierredv
May 2018 - Calculating the Economics of Reusable Launch Vehicles | Via Satellite
"With 23 successful first stage recoveries under its belt, SpaceX has proven that reusability is not just a way to save a couple bucks. The advantages it brings over traditional expendable vehicles has completely flipped the industry on its head, forcing every rocket company to take a beat and reconsider the way they approach launch as a business.

But the mathematics driving the resurgence of reusable rockets is more nuanced than it may seem. As it turns out, the economic considerations behind making reusability a core element of your business can be as complex as the rocket science itself."

"This design would increase Firefly Aerospace’s lift from 1 metric ton to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) with Alpha to 4 metric tons, giving the company a quick path to the medium mass market. "

"Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith believes it’s just a matter of time before reusability becomes commonplace across all launch paradigms."
ViaSatellite  launch  economics  space  FireflyAerospace  business 
april 2018 by pierredv
Backed by Government, Telesat to Initiate First Customer LEO Trials This Year - Via Satellite - Apr 2018
"Telesat launched its LEO Phase 1 satellite in January ... Since then, the company has completed orbit raising and is in the midst of testing the satellite’s payload, including demonstrating satellite tracking and Doppler compensation, low latency network performance, and tracking antenna validation, Hudson said. If all continues as smoothly as it has, Telesat will kick off its first demonstrations with customers in the second half of 2018, according to Hudson."

"As for launch options, the matter is somewhat complicated, as Telesat’s constellation will occupy multiple orbital planes at different altitudes and different inclinations. However, Hudson did say Telesat will likely select a heavy launch vehicle for its primary deployments."
ViaSatellite  Telesat  deployment  satellite  LEO  launch 
april 2018 by pierredv
Relativity closes $35 million Series B round - Mar 2018
Relativity Space, a startup developing small launch vehicles using 3D-printing technologies, announced March 27 a $35 million funding round led by a venture fund making its first space investment.
NewSpace  space  launch  manufacturing  3D-printing  VC 
march 2018 by pierredv
Air Force stakes future on privately funded launch vehicles. Will the gamble pay off? - Mar 2018
"The schedule is getting tight for the U.S. Air Force as a 2022 deadline looms to bid farewell to the Atlas 5 and switch to a different rocket that is not powered by a Russian engine."

"... to find alternatives to the United Launch Alliance’s Atlas 5 that uses the Russian RD-180 engine"

"The Air Force signed cost-sharing partnerships with ULA, SpaceX, Orbital ATK and Aerojet Rocketdyne. ... The next step is to select three companies this summer to move forward with enginet [sic] prototypes."

"The selected competitors will face a schedule that seems ambitious even by the standards of commercial space companies."

"A contrarian view comes from the defense industry establishment. Loren Thompson, of the Lexington Institute — a think tank that receives funding from ULA owners Boeing and Lockheed Martin, Aerojet and other defense firms — has called on the Air Force to keep the Atlas 5 and swap the RD-180 engine for Aerojet Rocketdyne’s AR-1 rather than develop a new launch vehicle."
space  launch  USAF  ULA  SpaceX  OrbitalATK  AerojetRocketdyne 
march 2018 by pierredv
FCC Accuses Stealthy Startup of Launching Rogue Satellites - IEEE Spectrum Mar 2018
"Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had dismissed Swarm’s application for its experimental satellites a month earlier, on safety grounds."

"On Wednesday, the FCC sent Swarm a letter revoking its authorization for a follow-up mission with four more satellites, due to launch next month. A pending application for a large market trial of Swarm’s system with two Fortune 100 companies could also be in jeopardy."

"An unauthorized launch would also call into question the ability of secondary satellite ‘ride-share’ companies and foreign launch providers to comply with U.S. space regulations."

"Swarm would provide solar-powered gateways that would collect data from nearby IoT devices using Bluetooth, LoRa, or Wi-Fi, then beam them up to an orbiting SpaceBee using VHF radio. When the SpaceBee passed over a ground station that was connected to the Internet, it would beam the data down again, and on to its end user."
FCC  enforcement  satellite  IoT  launch  space-debris 
march 2018 by pierredv
Firing It Up at Both Ends? New Launch Vehicles Extend Mass Range - Via Satellite - Mar 2018
"Falcon Heavy has nearly doubled the launch range from a former 14.2 tons to Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO), via Delta 4 Heavy, to a whopping 26.7 tons. It has also globalized SpaceX’s addressable market, previously limited to Falcon 9’s capability of 8.3 tons to GTO (and a much smaller 4.5 tons when Falcon Heavy was first announced). Turning to the market’s other new entrant, Rocket Lab’s Electron launch vehicle addresses payloads with a nominal mass of 150 kg and up to 225 kg, reducing the lower limit of the orbital class market by several hundred kilograms."

"With a market Northern Sky Research (NSR) expects to double in the next five years, and a trend of increasing mass from sub-10 kg cubesats to 50 kg-plus microsatellites, Electron’s relevance to the market is evident.

The significance of extended heavy-lift capacity to the market is less clear. "

"Headwinds in the commercial GEO market have gutted demand for manufacturing and launch, with operators striving more than ever for capital expenditure efficiency via delayed procurements and cost-saving designs. Rates of adoption of electric propulsion and digital payloads have surged, reducing average satellite mass. Current demand is thus well addressed by existing launch services, with even new appeal of dual launches on Proton and triple launches on Ariane 5 to further reduce capex with mid-sized GEOs."
ViaSatellite  launch  satellite  SpaceX  RocketLab  GEO  NSR  CarolynBelle 
march 2018 by pierredv
Bad coordinates led Ariane 5 launch astray, investigators conclude -
"The European Space Agency-led independent enquiry commission concluded that Ariane 5’s inertial navigation system was fed the wrong azimuth. That sent the rocket 20 degrees off course, causing alarm nine and a half minutes into the mission when Ariane 5 left the view of the ground station monitoring its intended path."

"SES-14 and Al Yah-3, the two satellites aboard the rocket, are both healthy but will need extra time to reach their operational orbits and enter service. "
Ariane  ESA  space  launch  errors 
february 2018 by pierredv
Satellite entrepreneurs looking for sky-high revenues from internet services in space | Financial Post, Feb 2018
Jeff Foust: "Kepler Communications, a Toronto company planning a constellation of 50 small satellites to provide communications for Internet of Things applications, launched its first satellite last month on a Chinese rocket. As a Canadian company, it faces fewer restrictions on its choice of launch vehicles than U.S. companies, one Canadian entrepreneur noted, allowing it to take advantage of low-cost Chinese launches."

"Another contributor to fast iteration is launch availability. That’s an area in which Canadian companies have an advantage, Slifierz says. “Kepler benefits from being a Canadian company because there are a lot fewer restrictions on where we can launch vehicles from. They were able to use a Chinese rocket. That would not have been possible (if it were a U.S. company).”"
space  satellite  regulations  Kepler  Canada  cubesats  smallsats  China  launch 
february 2018 by pierredv
Gilmour Space Exec on Hybrid Fuel, Smallsat Competition - Via Satellite - Jan 2018
Although constellation operators are the company’s main focus, Gilmour said it is targeting a relatively small slice of market share, aiming at just one launch per month for the first few years. As such, Gilmour said he isn’t particularly anxious about the increasing competition from both established and NewSpace launch providers. “[I’m] not very worried about the old established players, as they have cost models that aren’t competitive for the small launch market,” he said. “Also not that concerned about Virgin or Rocket Lab, as I believe the market is large enough to support a number of small satellite launch companies for now. In fact, it would be very good for the whole smallsat industry to see the two companies launch successfully this year.”

"there are locations in Australia that could potentially be even more ideal for the company, as they would allow for launches to both polar and equatorial orbits, he said. Previously, this wasn’t an option — the stringent aerospace regulations in Australia made setting up a launch site unfeasible."
GilmourSpace  ViaSatellite  launch  Australia  regulations 
february 2018 by pierredv
New companies needed to maintain small satellite market growth - Jan 2018
"The number of small satellites launched in 2017 exceeded even the most optimistic forecasts, but continued growth of the market will require new companies to start deploying constellations in the next few years."

"The increase represents a rebound after two years of declines in the number of such satellites launches, which the company said was linked to a lack of launch capacity from launch failures and other delays."

"That growth was also due, in large part, to a single satellite operator, Planet. "
SpaceNews  space  small-sats  launch  Planet  SpaceWorks  data  statistics 
january 2018 by pierredv
2018 Could Be a Revolutionary Year for Smallsats - Via Satellite -Via Satellite Jan 2018
"2017 was a banner year for the satellite industry in many respects. 2018 could prove to be even more momentous, as the smallsat megaconstellations that have been under development for years finally emerge — along with the dedicated smallsat launch vehicles that will serve them. In an interview with Via Satellite, Northern Sky Research (NSR) analyst Carolyn Belle laid out her expectations for the year ahead"

"Overall, 2017 was a “very good year” for smallsat launch rates, Belle said, with the industry orbiting 329 smallsats (between 1 and 500 kg) in total. This is the highest number launched in one year to date, easily outstripping the mere 130 orbited in 2016."

Demand for Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellites have plummeted in recent years, culminating in just nine orders in 2017. “That was a more significant decline than anything we’ve seen before,” Belle said. “That was the lowest number in more than a decade. Global capacity pricing continues to sink like an anchor, making operators very cautious about their investments, Belle said.”
ViaSatellite  smallsats  cubesats  satellite  NorthSkyResearch  launch  NGSO  GEO  interviews 
january 2018 by pierredv
U.S. GAO - Commercial Space Launch Insurance: FAA Needs to Fully Address Mandated Requirements, Jan 2018
"What GAO Found
The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) report evaluating its maximum probable loss (MPL) methodology did not fully address the evaluation and consultation requirements specified by the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act (CSLCA)."

"FAA said that it ensured this balance by improving its methodology, but it did not reevaluate its probability thresholds after revising its methodology. These thresholds are used to divide the risk of loss between launch companies and the government."
FAA  GAO  space  launch  insurance 
january 2018 by pierredv
A Triumphant Year for SpaceX - The Atlantic Dec 2017
"Despite an explosion of one of its rocket engines during a test at its facility in Texas in November, SpaceX ended the year without any in-flight failures or launchpad explosions. The company’s total comes to 18 launches in 2017—its most in a single year, and more than double that of the previous year."
TheAtlantic  space  launch  SpaceX  BlueOrigin 
january 2018 by pierredv
Six New Entrants to the Satellite Industry in 2017 - Via Satellite - Dec 2017
"Despite tough margins across the market, 2017 marked a number of significant milestones for the global space industry. In March, SpaceX successfully launched and relanded a flight-proven, first-stage booster for the first time; in February, the Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) PSLV broke a record for the most satellites launched simultaneously at 104; and in June, Arianespace launched the heaviest payload in history into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO), lofting the combined weight (21,977 pounds) of ViaSat 2 and Eutelsat 172B.

But 2017 was pockmarked by smaller victories too. A number of countries and universities that previously had lackluster or nonexistent space programs have taken big risks to place some of their first satellites into orbit. Here’s a rundown of the newest entrants to the satellite industry this year, as well as other players who have announced their plans to orbit an asset in the near future."

"Japan and Ghana formed an unlikely partnership this year to help orbit the African nation’s first ever satellite, an optical remote sensing CubeSat called GhanaSat 1."

"In November, Arianespace launched Mohammed 6A for Morocco — a high-resolution surveillance satellite that Moroccan officials claim will only be used for civilian purposes. Nonetheless, according to news agency France 24, Morocco’s neighbors are concerned about the satellite’s potential military applications."

"Formosat 5 — which SpaceX launched in August — was the first [Taiwan] designed and manufactured itself"
ViaSatellite  SpaceX  India  space  launch  Arianespace  Japan  Ghana  JAXA  Morocco  Taiwan  satellite 
december 2017 by pierredv
Military could have truly low-cost launch market in five years — if government puts in the effort, experts say - May 2017
he U.S. military could have access to a robust, competitive, low-cost launch market within five years with the proper investments, a group of experts said May 8 at an event hosted by the Air Force Association’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.

“We’re at a unique moment in time that overlaps technology, policy, business, and national security,” said Lt. Col. Thomas Schilling, chief of the Commander’s Action Group at the Air Force’s Air University. “When launch is reduced to the point where it’s not a $5 billion program, you can really do some great things…Low-cost reusable launch systems offer the potential for us to do many of the same old missions much faster and at much more affordable price points.”

“Our entire system for licensing and regulating launch is set up for infrequent, expensive occasional launch, launches-per-month,” Miller said. “What we’re looking at is going to launches-per-week and eventually even launches-per-day. And it breaks everything in the regulatory structure.”
DoD  SpaceNews  USAF  NewSpace  launch  Pentagon  regulations  satellite 
november 2017 by pierredv
Orbital ATK Sale To Northrop Marks Turning Point | Aviation Week, Sep 2017
"Orbital ATK is known for being ahead of its time, but for once it might be right on the money. Iconoclastic, visionary, sober, failed, successful—these and many other adjectives have aptly described the Dulles, Virginia-based aerospace and defense company founded 35 years ago. And for its stakeholders, including cofounder and CEO David Thompson, another will be added to the list: valuable. On Sept. 18, Northrop Grumman and Orbital announced that the former will buy the latter in a $9.2 billion deal. "

"Thompson and two Harvard Business School classmates founded Orbital Sciences Corp. on April 2, 1982, with the goal of making space technology more affordable and accessible. ... But during the late-1990s, big bets made on space-based imagery and data communications proved disastrous. Orbital-backed Orbimage and Orbcomm ventures were forced to seek bankruptcy protection ..."
AviationWeek  space  launch  people  stories  history 
october 2017 by pierredv
Smallsat constellations – Satellite Observation, Feb 2017
Review of Smallsat

"The launcher side of the industry is evolving too: Europe has recently introduced the Vega rocket to launch small payloads to LEO, OneWeb plans to use the Launcher One rocket from Virgin Galactic to replace failing satellites, Planet is scheduled to launch its next satellites on the Electron rocket from Rocket Labs, and SpaceX sees the reusability of its Falcon 9 rocket as a way to launch its potential constellation cheaply and quickly. The Chinese are also introducing small launchers, to be able to orbit payloads on short notice."
smallsat  LEO  surveillance  PlanetLabs  SkyBox  BlackSky  launch 
september 2017 by pierredv
Stratolaunch Completes Initial Engine Tests | Space content from Aviation Week, Sep 2017
"Stratolaunch Systems, the space launch carrier aircraft venture backed by billionaire Paul Allen, has completed the first phase of engine tests, marking a key step toward the start of taxi and flight tests in the coming months."

"It remains unclear if Stratolaunch is still targeting first flight by year’s end. When the project was launched in 2011, flight tests were due to start in 2015. But development has taken significantly longer than expected, and depending on the progress of ground tests, flight testing may not begin until early 2018."
AviationWeek  space  launch  Stratolaunch  NewSpace 
september 2017 by pierredv
[pdf] Over-flight Risk Considerations for the Launch of an ELV Rocket to an ISS Inclination
Presented by Steven Millard, AIAA Atmospheric and Space Environments Conference, 2 - 5 August 2010, Toronto, Ontario Canada

"Congress granted the FAA the authority to license commercial launch and reentry operations to ensure protection of public, property, the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States and to encourage, facilitate, and promote U.S. Commercial Space Transportation. To meet this responsibility, the FAA performs safety evaluations of license applications to conduct commercial launches from the United States or outside the United States by a U.S. citizen or an entity organized under the laws of the United States. This paper discusses an example FAA analysis of the risk to the public resulting from the launch of a space vehicle to the International Space Station from a launch site at the Eastern Range, headquartered at Cape Canaveral, Florida, and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, located in Wallops, Virginia. This work is presented to address some of the challenges launch operators competing for the Commercial Orbital Transportations Services (COTS) and the FAA face in their efforts to promote commercial space activities while ensuring the launch operator meets their regulatory obligations and responsibility for protecting the public. "
FAA  safety  launch  risk-assessment  space 
september 2017 by pierredv
NextSpace Edition 2017 | Via Satellite
"Meanwhile, 1,500 miles north, the launch industry in the United Kingdom is evolving into another beast entirely. Having recognized the importance of bolstering space in its national industrial strategy, the country is hellbent on securing at least 10 percent market share of the global space market by 2030. Leading the charge is the U.K. Space Agency, which has thrown its full support behind companies such as Orbital Access."
ViaSatellite  nextspace  newspace  launch  space-launch 
august 2017 by pierredv
Rocket Lab | Space is now open for business | Rocket Lab
"Rocket Lab’s mission is to remove the barriers to commercial space by providing frequent launch opportunities to low Earth orbit. Since its creation in 2006 by Peter Beck, Rocket Lab has delivered a range of complete rocket systems and technologies for fast and affordable payload deployment.

Rocket Lab is a private company, with major investors including Khosla Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Data Collective, Promus Ventures, Lockheed Martin and K1W1."
space  launch  NewZealand  small-sat 
august 2017 by pierredv
SpaceX, Blue Origin have opened a “window of opportunity” for US Air Force | Ars Technica
"[Charles] Miller partnered with a number of Air Force officers at Air University and former Air Force officials to study the potential effects of lower-cost access to space on the US military."

"The key concept in the report is “ultra low-cost access to space” enabled by reusable launch vehicle technology. The report says the United States, through developments by SpaceX, Blue Origin, and other companies such as Vulcan Aerospace and Virgin Galactic, has a definitive edge over global competitors in this new area of rocket technology."
ArsTechnica  USAF  satellite  space  launch  NewSpace  SpaceX  BlueOrigin 
may 2017 by pierredv

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