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Soyuz upper stage issue may delay first OneWeb launch
Posted: Sat, Feb 2 10:34 AM ET (1534 GMT)
OneWeb satellite (Airbus Defence and Space) OneWeb confirmed a Soyuz problem will delay the launch of its first satellites. Greg Wyler, founder and chairman of OneWeb, tweeted that an anomaly with the rocket "will cause us to push out the launch," which was scheduled for mid-February from French Guiana. Neither he nor the company gave a new date for the launch. Russian media reported yesterday that technicians had found a problem with the Fregat upper stage and were studying how to repair it.


SSL backs out of satellite servicing program with DARPA
Posted: Sat, Feb 2 10:31 AM ET (1531 GMT)
Space Systems Loral (SSL) said Wednesday it was terminating an agreement with DARPA to develop a satellite servicing system. SSL, a division of Maxar Technologies, said it backed out of a 2017 agreement with DARPA on the Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satelites (RSGS) program to "focus its resources on ensuring optimal returns when weighed against other capital priorities," such as the WorldView Legion system of remote sensing satellites. Maxar said it also canceled a contract with Space Infrastructure Services, a company it created that would have commercialized the RSGS servicer after a DARPA demonstration. DARPA said it will be "evaluating multiple options for the RSGS program going forward," which could include a recompetition of the program.


Defense Department to seek to create Space Force within the Air Force
Posted: Sat, Feb 2 10:28 AM ET (1528 GMT)
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan confirmed Tuesday that the Pentagon's proposal for the Space Force will place it within the Air Force. Speaking with...


NASA making final bid to restore contact with Opportunity Mars rover
Posted: Sat, Feb 2 10:25 AM ET (1525 GMT)
NASA is making new, and potentially final, efforts to restore communications with the Mars rover Opportunity. JPL announced January 25 it would send new commands...


Virgin Galactic lays off staff
Posted: Sat, Feb 2 10:20 AM ET (1520 GMT)
Virgin Galactic confirmed Jan. 25 that it laid off dozens of employees earlier in the month. The company said about 40 employees, roughly five percent...





Sunday, February 17
The next space race starts in China
Buenos Aires Herald — 7:39 am ET (1239 GMT)
Gaganyaan’s review panel to meet in March
The Hindu — 7:34 am ET (1234 GMT)
When NASA closes, turkeys take over
Mountain View (CA) Voice — 7:32 am ET (1232 GMT)
Russia Could Send Heavy Mining-Capable Rover to Moon After 2030 - Source
Sputnik International — 7:17 am ET (1217 GMT)

Saturday, February 16
Building a better booster (part 1)
The Space Review — 3:49 pm ET (2049 GMT)
A helping hand for giant telescopes
The Space Review — 3:48 pm ET (2048 GMT)
A space-focused alternative to a Green New Deal
The Space Review — 3:47 pm ET (2047 GMT)
Review: War in Space
The Space Review — 3:46 pm ET (2046 GMT)
DIA: China to Deploy ASAT Laser by 2020
Washington Free Beacon — 10:06 am ET (1506 GMT)
S7 Space CEO Sergei Sopov to step down
TASS — 9:59 am ET (1459 GMT)
I Fell Under the Spell of NASA’s Most Notorious Thief
The Atlantic — 9:58 am ET (1458 GMT)


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