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New Lockheed Martin Orders Spur Race for Nuclear Propulsion in Space

Tuesday November 14, 2023

The Defense Department is taking a closer look at powering spacecraft with next-generation nuclear reactors with a pair of programs announced in recent months that test rival methods to unlock the potential fission-powered spaceflight.

While most people may think of ChatGPT or deep fake images when they hear “artificial intelligence”, AI methodologies are proving beneficial for a variety of applications, especially in data-heavy industries such as Earth observation.

As Global Satellite Data Expands, Space Companies Rely on AI

Friday September 1, 2023

While most people may think of ChatGPT or deep fake images when they hear “artificial intelligence”, AI methodologies are proving beneficial for a variety of applications, especially in data-heavy industries such as Earth observation.

Satellites have played a pivotal role in search and rescue efforts for more than 40 years. Visionaries from around the world applied space technology to search and rescue efforts on Earth and built an enduring global humanitarian program. Satellite tracking has saved more than 57,000 people worldwide, since the system’s first rescue in 1982. With new equipment in the marketplace, its role keeps growing.

Satellite Constellations Weave Growing Global Search and Rescue Safety Net

Tuesday July 25, 2023

Satellites have played a pivotal role in search and rescue efforts for more than 40 years. Visionaries from around the world applied space technology to search and rescue efforts on Earth and built an enduring global humanitarian program. Satellite tracking has saved more than 57,000 people worldwide, since the system’s…

Space Force Unveils Antisatellite Weapons Program, Reserve Branch Plans at Senate Hearing

Tuesday May 2, 2023

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.

U.S. Defense Strategy Document Pledges Commercial Space Protection

Wednesday October 19, 2022

In a first-of-its-kind shift in stated strategy, the Biden Administration pledged, in a document that outlines Pentagon plans, to protect growing American commercial interests in space while advancing military space capabilities and international cooperation in orbit. Military space has returned to the spotlight in recent years after a slump that…

After a decades-long hibernation, nuclear fission power has come back into fashion for NASA and other agencies as a way to deliver power to remote locations and drive spacecraft at speeds other fuels cannot deliver.

Advances in Nuclear Reactors Could Power NASA Missions on Moon, Mars

Wednesday June 15, 2022

After a decades-long hibernation, nuclear fission power has come back into fashion for NASA and other agencies as a way to deliver power to remote locations and drive spacecraft at speeds other fuels cannot deliver.

With 15 new launch vehicles expected to make maiden flights this year, 2022 is set to be the busiest year for new rockets since the dawn of the Space Age.

Record Number of New Launch Vehicles Set for 2022 Debut

Monday April 4, 2022

With 15 new launch vehicles expected to make maiden flights this year, 2022 is set to be the busiest year for new rockets since the dawn of the Space Age.

Asteroid Mining: Potential Develops, but so do Regulatory, Technical Issues

Saturday January 22, 2022

Mankind could soon be able to exploit asteroids to obtain natural resources for use on Earth, gather ingredients for missions in space, and support habitation on the Moon and Mars.

The Role Of Intellectual Property In Space Innovation

Saturday December 26, 2020

As the exponential growth of commercial space looms, this is a good time to survey several critical aspects of intellectual property (IP) as an enabler of innovation in commercial space. This article begins with a review of the vital role of. . .

Broadband Constellations: Market Challenges Remain as Launched Satellites Climb to More Than 1,000

Saturday December 26, 2020

At the end of 2020, more communications satellites orbited the Earth than all communications satellites deployed during the previous 10 years. Operators deployed more than. . .