DARPA considers using PSLV rocket for less important missions

SpaceX suffers for a delay with their launch schedule since disaster of Falcon-9 with CRS-7 Dragon cargo spacecraft on 28 June 2015. Another failure on launch pad on 1 September 2016 also not helped in keeping the schedule. It should not be surprising that some potential Customers begun to consider another propositions from different launch […]

DARPA signs agreement with SSL in spite of Orbital ATK law suit

DARPA decided to sign agreement with SSL covering continuing program of creating jointly robotic space vehicle able to service satellites remaining on orbit. It is important step for recovering many government satellites remaining on orbit. Joint effort of SSL developing satellite bus and DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) with advanced work on payload entered […]

SSL won contract for robotic arm for DARPA’s GEO service satellite

DARPA is still developing own spacecraft able to perform service on satellites remaining on GEO orbit. Project is called Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) and just three days ago DARPA chosen one of the key subcontractors for this project. It is second American government project of future space logistic spacecraft along with NASA Restore-L project […]

New life for Landsat-7 !

NASA designated Landsat-7 Earth observation satellite as objective for planned Restore-L mission. NASA is seriously planning robotic service mission on Low Earth Orbit. Since 2009 all NASA efforts which are referring to refueling, tuning or servicing satellites in space are developed by Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office (SSCO). This institution remaining inside NASA and is able to […]

XS-1 program enters in next phase

XS-1 project is under development by by three contractors along with their partners: Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Masten Space Systems chosen by DARPA. On April 7, 2016, it is entering in next phase. XS-1 program of new unmanned spaceplane was started in 2013 as alternative launch vehicle for military purposes. At the beginning following companies joined […]

Orbital ATK with first contract for servicing satellites in space !

It seems that new milestone in human presence in space was achieved. Orbital ATK signed first contract for in-space servicing of satellite constellation of Intelsat Company. Intelsat, Luxembourg based company, is one of the leading operators of fleet of communication and broadcasting satellites decided for pioneer step. Company signed on April 12, 2016, contract with […]

SES is going along with DARPA – plans for refueling satellite !

SES is still increasing its potential on world space market. Now they are starting to expand business profile. SES again surprised with its initiative – just after announcing about will to sign contract for launch with used first stage of Falcon-9, Company is going one step forward. In annual report announced on April 2016, SES stated that […]

Have broken satellite? Call to DARPA for RSV!

It seems that in nearest future science fiction writers will be forced to try harder to earn for their “fiction” in name. DARPA announced on March 25, 2016, their new research program. This time it will be truly creative and peaceful technology; it is called RSGS (Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites) and is perfect solution […]