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Blue Origin, SpaceX, ULA win military launch contracts
Posted: Sun, Jun 16 10:17 AM ET (1417 GMT)
Blue Origin New Glenn (Blue Origin) Blue Origin has secured a place in the national security space launch market with a contract Thursday. The company, along with SpaceX and ULA, won National Security Space Launch (NSSL) Phase 3 Lane 1 launch contracts Thursday that are worth up to a combined $5.6 billion over five years. The three companies will compete for orders over the contract period in fiscal years 2025 through 2029, with at least 30 Lane 1 missions expected. The three companies were the only ones that met the criteria for less-demanding Lane 1 missions, although there will be on-ramps annually starting in fiscal year 2025 to bring new companies onto the contract. The Phase 3 contract is a big win for Blue Origin, marking the first time it has been selected to launch sensitive national security satellites.


Voyager 1 returning science data again
Posted: Sun, Jun 16 10:14 AM ET (1414 GMT)
Voyager illustration (NASA/JPL) Voyager 1 is returning science data from its instruments after engineers fixed a computer problem. NASA said Thursday that all four operational instruments on the spacecraft are providing data for the first time since a computer malfunction cut off communications in November. Engineers concluded that a corrupted computer memory chip caused the communications problem and rewrote flight software to correct it. At a committee meeting Thursday, Voyager's project scientist expressed hope that Voyager 1 and its twin Voyager 2 could operate into the 2030s as controllers manage declining power levels.


ISS spacewalks postponed
Posted: Sun, Jun 16 10:11 AM ET (1411 GMT)
NASA has rescheduled a spacewalk that was postponed Thursday but provided few details about what caused the scrub. NASA postponed a spacewalk by astronauts Tracy...


Apex raises $95 million for satellite bus production
Posted: Sun, Jun 16 10:07 AM ET (1407 GMT)
Satellite manufacturer Apex has raised $95 million to accelerate production of larger buses. The company announced the Series B round Wednesday, led by XYZ Venture...


Virgin Galactic performs last commercial flight of VSS Unity
Posted: Sun, Jun 16 10:03 AM ET (1403 GMT)
Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity suborbital spaceplane made its final commercial flight June 8 as the company moves on to a new generation of vehicles....





Sunday, June 16
Starliner Will Stay an Extra Few Days at ISS for Additional Tests
SpacePolicyOnline.com — 8:43 am ET (1243 GMT)
How are galaxies destroyed?
SPACE.com — 8:30 am ET (1230 GMT)
Where is the center of the universe?
SPACE.com — 8:28 am ET (1228 GMT)

Saturday, June 15
SpaceX is continuing Texas's legacy as the center of space travel
Austin (TX) American-Statesman — 8:38 am ET (1238 GMT)


Waiting for Launch ebook



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