Monthly Archives: January 2020

NASA funds in-space manufacturing demo

NASA has awarded a $142 million contract to Maxar Technologies for a demonstration of in-space construction technologies, including the robotic assembly of a communications antenna and the production of a structural beam. The beam-manufacturing device, known as MakerSat, is being provided by Tethers Unlimited, … Continue reading

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Rocket Lab launches top-secret payload for NRO

After waiting out high winds, Rocket Lab’s low-cost Electron rocket launched a top-secret payload for the National Reconnaissance Office from New Zealand, halfway around the world from the U.S. spy satellite agency’s headquarters. Get the news brief from GeekWire.

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Spitzer telescope goes dark, leaving bright legacy

NASA sent its final command to the Spitzer Space Telescope today, ending more than 16 years spent studying alien planets, dusty nebulas and distant galaxies in infrared wavelengths. Get the news brief on GeekWire.

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Tethers Unlimited delivers mesh networking system

Bothell, Wash.-based Tethers Unlimited says it’s delivered a new type of mesh networking system designed to connect small satellites in orbit to a confidential customer. Get the news brief on GeekWire.

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Billionaire quits moonshot matchmaking TV show

It’s not you, it’s me: That’s basically what Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa is saying about his decision to end participation in a reality-TV matchmaking show that would have traced the selection of a woman contestant to accompany him on a … Continue reading

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Xplore, Nanoracks team up on deep-space missions

Seattle-based Xplore says it’s joining forces with Houston-based Nanoracks to create low-cost rideshare opportunities for payloads heading for the moon, Mars and other destinations beyond Earth orbit. The partnership takes advantage of the commercial approach to deep-space exploration that’s being pioneered at NASA under … Continue reading

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Report: Apple nixed Xnor.ai’s work for Pentagon

The Information reports that Seattle-based Xnor.ai played a role in the Pentagon’s controversial Project Maven, but that Apple ended Xnor.ai’s involvement in the project after acquiring the startup. Get the news brief on GeekWire.

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