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NASA selects Discovery mission finalists
Posted: Sat, Feb 15 8:23 AM ET (1323 GMT)
NASA has selected four finalists for its next round of the Discovery program of planetary science missions. The four concepts announced Thursday include two missions to Venus, one to Jupiter's volcanic moon Io and one to Triton, Neptune's largest moon. Each concept will receive $3 million for a nine-month concept study, and NASA plans to select one or two of the missions in 2021 for launch in the mid to late 2020s.

Astranis raises $90 million for small GEO satellites
Posted: Sat, Feb 15 8:22 AM ET (1322 GMT)
Small GEO satellite manufacturer Astranis has raised $90 million as its first satellite nears launch. The company announced Thursday that it raised $90 million in a debt and equity round led by Venrock and TriplePoint Capital. The company will use the funding to finish its first satellite, a broadband "MicroGEO" satellite that will deliver internet to Alaska and is scheduled for launch late this year. The company, currently with 100 employees, expects to hire more in anticipation of additional satellite orders.

SpaceShipTwo arrives at Spaceport America
Posted: Sat, Feb 15 8:21 AM ET (1321 GMT)
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo has arrived in New Mexico for a final series of flight tests. The suborbital spaceplane, named VSS Unity, was ferried from...

Astroscale wins contract for orbital debris removal mission
Posted: Sat, Feb 15 8:21 AM ET (1321 GMT)
Astroscale has won a contract from the Japanese space agency JAXA to inspect a discarded rocket stage. The contract, whose value was not disclosed, would...

Spaceflight Industries to sell rideshare business
Posted: Sat, Feb 15 8:20 AM ET (1320 GMT)
Spaceflight Industries announced Tuesday it will sell its satellite rideshare launch business to two Japanese companies. Mitsui & Co., Ltd. and Yamasa Co., Ltd. will acquire...

Thursday, February 20
Virgin Galactic Shares up 200% So Far This Year — 6:22 am ET (1122 GMT)
JAXA to explore Mars' moon 'Phobos'
NHK — 6:19 am ET (1119 GMT)
Hayabusa2 continuing return to Earth
NHK — 6:18 am ET (1118 GMT)
Saunders Replaces DeWit as NASA CFO — 6:11 am ET (1111 GMT)
Roscosmos Replaces Russian Crew of Next Soyuz Mission — 6:11 am ET (1111 GMT)
How to deflect an asteroid
MIT — 6:06 am ET (1106 GMT)
Air Force Funds Hosted Payloads On Japan Sats
Breaking Defense — 6:05 am ET (1105 GMT)
Raymond OKs New Vision For Secure Battlefield Comms
Breaking Defense — 6:05 am ET (1105 GMT)

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