As India and Russia race to land spacecraft on the Moon’s south pole, America’s space agency is staring down proposed budget cuts that could threaten its ambitions to return astronauts to the lunar surface.
The Pentagon placed a big bet on commercial space services when it issued its first open-ended contracts worth as much as $900 million to 16 companies offering communications and remote sensing services from low-Earth orbit.
The incredible power in rocket boosters is magnificent when they are safely in the sky, but basic laws of physics are problematic closer to the ground, with every action creating an equal and concrete-shredding reaction. Now, with the Moon and Mars in NASA’s sights, engineers are working to overcome the dangers rocket thrust could bring when landing and taking off without the safety of a launchpad.
Government space budgets appeared poised for large increases in March as a new Congress expressed zeal for exploration and national security space programs. By July, jeopardy loomed, with deep cuts in domestic spending that threaten NASA spending in the House and an automatic cut that could drive down the Pentagon budget on tap if lawmakers can’t reach a timely accord.
Transaction activity in the space and satellite sector echoed broader market trends during the second quarter, with fairly steady deal volumes as compared to the prior quarter. Volatility in the markets has subsided somewhat over the past year
Artificial Intelligence (AI) will play key roles for the military, from helping humans parse through oceans of Earth observation data to maneuvering satellites as constellations grow ever larger, Space Force Lt. Gen. John Shaw predicted Tuesday during an online discussion with America’s Future Series.
Officials from NASA and the U.S. State Department gathered in Madrid Tuesday as Science and Innovation Minister Diana Morant signed off for Spanish agreement to the Artemis Accords, marking the 25th nation to join the U.S.-led treaty to govern conduct in orbit and beyond.
Space Force leaders pulled back the veil of secrecy on one of the service’s most-secretive programs and made a push for congressional authorization of a new part-time branch during a May 2 hearing before the Senate.
In 2022, more than 201,009 individuals worked in key sectors of the U.S. space economy, an increase of approximately 1% from 2021. Understanding trends in private sector and government space employment can provide insight into the health and future direction of the U.S. space industry.
While all U.S. space companies with at least 100 employees (or at least 50 employees if they do work for the government) are required to collect information on diversity and report it to the U.S. government, most do not make this data available to the public.