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SBIRS GEO-3 launch scrubbed Thursday, rescheduled for Friday http://ift.tt/2ju8MWA WASHINGTON — The launch of an Air Force missile warning satellite didn’t go as planned Thursday as technical and range issues scrubbed the launch for a day. Instead, the Air Force and United Launch Alliance will try to launch the rocket on Friday, Jan. 20, during [...]

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OHB Wants to Cut SmallGEO production time to three years http://ift.tt/2iHg4cg WASHINGTON — Spacecraft builder OHB System AG says it is taking steps to rein in the production time for its SmallGEO line of satellites to around three years instead of the seven years the first has taken. Spanish satellite fleet operator Hispasat, which signed [...]

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McCain laments cuts for milspace R&D funding http://ift.tt/2k629Zr WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said the Defense Department has cut too much from investments into space research and development, putting U.S. orbital assets at risk for threats from Russia and China. “This space threat has developed with alarming speed,” McCain said. “And yet, during the [...]

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Fischer named new head of Senate strategic forces subcommittee http://ift.tt/2iXpA9K WASHINGTON — Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) will be the new chairman of the Senate subcommittee responsible for military space issues, the Senate Armed Services Committee announced Jan. 18. Fischer succeeds Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) as chairman of the strategic forces subcommittee. Sessions was nominated Nov. [...]

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Rash of Galileo clock failures cast doubt on timing of upcoming launches http://ift.tt/2k7FJex PARIS – Ten atomic clocks have failed onboard the European Union’s Galileo navigation satellites, casting doubt on when the unfinished constellation’s next batch of spacecraft will be orbited. European Space Agency Director-General Jan Woerner told reporters Jan. 18 that the agency has [...]

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Canadian company UrtheCast sells two satellites to unnamed government http://ift.tt/2jcp1pW Canadian remote sensing company UrtheCast has sold two satellites of a planned constellation to an unnamed government. The company said this week that “a confidential government customer” has purchased the first two satellites of its OptiSAR system, an agreement valued at $180 million that includes [...]

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Bigelow Aerospace seeking additional use of experimental ISS module http://ift.tt/2jORFy7 WASHINGTON — Bigelow Aerospace is in discussions with NASA about extended use of an experimental module added to the International Space Station last year, but both the company and the space agency say no agreement has been reached yet. In a Jan. 18 tweet, the [...]

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Thuraya denies any contact with Chinese suiter http://ift.tt/2jBn89E WASHINGTON — Thuraya Communications says it has had no discussions with a Chinese company that said last week it was raising money to buy the mobile satellite services provider. Hong Kong-based China Trends Holdings Limited told the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong’s Growth Enterprise Market Jan. 10 [...]

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Deputy Sec. Def. Robert Work will remain on the job after the inauguration http://ift.tt/2iQWxVd Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work will remain on the job after the inauguration for a limited time. Work confirmed that he will stay at the Pentagon “just a little bit longer” to provide continuity for the incoming administration. Work has [...]

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Some NASA transition team members to remain after inauguration http://ift.tt/2jmV7QR GREENBELT, Md. — The man who will soon become the acting administrator of NASA said he expects some members of the incoming Trump administration’s landing team to stay on at the agency after the inauguration. NASA Associate Administrator Robert Lightfoot, the agency’s top civil servant [...]