Tag Archives: Satellites

Exec shifts from biggest plane to smaller satellites

Two years ago, Chuck Beames presided over Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s effort to build the biggest airplane in the world. Now he has his eyes set on another big frontier: small satellites. Beames, who left the president’s post at Allen’s Stratolaunch venture in 2016, is … Continue reading

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Boeing to acquire Millennium satellite venture

Boeing says it’ll expand its already-strong satellite portfolio with the acquisition of Millennium Space Systems, a California-based venture that specializes in small satellites for national security customers. Founded in 2001, Millennium had its first satellite, the 200-kilogram (440-pound) Rapid Pathfinder … Continue reading

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Russians toss satellites in marathon spacewalk

Russian cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev and Sergey Prokopyev tossed four small research satellites into orbit and installed an animal-tracking sensor system known as Icarus on the International Space Station’s exterior today, during a spacewalk that ran more than an hour longer than planned. Get the news brief … Continue reading

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Small-satellite plans soar, but few end up flying

The latest “State of the Industry” report for small orbital-class launch vehicles tracks 101 reported efforts to create such rockets, compared with a mere 31 in 2015. But many of those efforts are defunct or in limbo, Northrop Grumman’s Carlos Niederstrasser said … Continue reading

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NASA official details big plans for small satellites

LOGAN, Utah — NASA is already deep into small-satellite science, but today the space agency’s associate administrator for science signaled that NASA will be getting in even deeper. “We think, in science, smallsats are big,” Associate Administrator Thomas Zurbuchen said in … Continue reading

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‘Launch Unit’ created for medium small satellites

LOGAN, Utah — Tiny satellites have their own 4-inch CubeSat standard size, and bigger satellites have a size standard as well. But there’s an awkward gap where no one can agree on exactly how big a satellite should be. Until now. … Continue reading

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Spaceflight to put 71 satellites on SpaceX launch

LOGAN, Utah — Seattle-based Spaceflight is confirming that it has more than 70 satellites from 18 countries signed up for launch on a first-of-its-kind dedicated rideshare mission, due to fly on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket by the end of the year. The dozens … Continue reading

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