Airbus to build four imaging satellites for French space agency, mulls 20-plus constellation

Airbus and the French Space Agency CNES have agreed to cofinance a constellation of four Earth observation satellites while leaving the door open for Airbus to finance additional satellites with other partners. 

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Senators working on “bold” new NASA authorization bill

The chairman of the Senate’s space subcommittee says he’s working with colleagues on a “bold” new NASA authorization bill to direct the future of the agency’s human spaceflight program.

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SpaceX preparing for first Starship test flight

The initial prototype of SpaceX’s next-generation reusable launch vehicle will make its first, albeit low-altitude, test flight early next week, Elon Musk announced July 12.

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Bridenstine says leadership changes linked to urgency in NASA’s exploration programs

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said he reassigned the agency’s human spaceflight head, Bill Gerstenmaier, because time was limited to address cost and schedule issues with the agency’s key exploration programs and still meet a 2024 deadline for returning humans to the moon.

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Questions linger about reassignment of NASA exploration officials

NASA’s leadership offered few details July 11 about the sudden reassignment of two top officials in its human spaceflight program the day before, a move that drew criticism from leading House members.

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China set to carry out controlled deorbiting of Tiangong-2 space lab

China appears set to deorbit its Tiangong-2 space lab in the near future, according to a social media release from the China Manned Space Engineering Office.

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NASA awards $73.7 million to Made In Space for orbital demonstration

NASA awarded a $73.7 million contract to Made In Space to additively manufacture beams on the Archinaut One satellite scheduled to launch in 2022.

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NASA shakes up exploration leadership

In a move that took most people in the space industry by surprise, NASA has reassigned two top officials in its exploration program, including Bill Gerstenmaier, the longtime head of NASA’s human spaceflight programs.

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Fresh $18.7 million funding round puts PlanetiQ weather constellation back on track

After years of delays, PlanetiQ says its constellation of commercial weather satellites will be ready to start launching in January thanks to $18.7 million in new capital. 

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Joint Chiefs nominee backs Senate’s piecemeal approach to establish Space Force

Gen. Mark Milley said he fully supports the establishment of a Space Force and rejects the criticism that the new branch is just an “added layer of bureaucracy.”

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