Monthly Archives: January 2020
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Boeing doubled its estimate for the financial effect of the 737 MAX crisis today and recorded a net annual loss for the first time since 1997 — but the company’s stock price rose nevertheless, reflecting market sentiment that the worst may be over. An … Continue reading
Bothell, Wash.-based Tethers Unlimited says “Terminator Tape,” an experimental tether-based system designed to drag satellites down from orbit, is working the way it’s supposed to. Get the news brief on GeekWire.