Appropriations, Procurement, and Acquisitions

NASA Awards $50M in SBIR, STTR Small Business Contracts (Via Satellite) NASA is awarding nearly $50 million total in awards to small businesses and research institutions to support space technology, the agency announced May

Air Force sticks with incumbents for $950M agile cyber program (Washington Technology) The Air Force Research Laboratory is focusing on sensors, infrastructure and other key technology areas.

Space Force Awards a.i. solutions $217M Contract for Satellite Operations Support (Via Satellite) The U.S. Space Force awarded a.i. solutions a $217 million contract to provide satellite operations support, the company announced May 31. This is a.i.

Space Development Agency chooses satellite ground segment provider (Defense News) Under the seven-year contract, General Dynamics and Iridium will deliver and sustain the ground segment for SDA’s Tranche 1 satellites.

Space Business and Market Trends

LEO Operators Take Aim at the In-Flight Connectivity Market (Satellite Today) The satellite-based on-board Wi-Fi market is dominated by GEO satellite operators, something a new band of LEO providers are seeking to change. Will LEOs revolutionize the IFC space, and how will GEO incumbents defend their turf?

Sony Debuts New Space Company Focused on Optical Communications (Via Satellite) Sony Group Corporation announced Friday that it is launching a new company focused on optical communications in space. The new venture, Sony Space

Raytheon Technologies establishes new global headquarters in Arlington, Va. (WJLA) Raytheon Technologies announced Tuesday morning that it will establish its global headquarters in Arlington, Va. ‘s Rosslyn neighborhood alongside the Raytheon Intelligence and Space business. The company said the new location will allow them to support U. S. government and commercial aerospace customers while building partnerships that will advance the technology industry. They plan to continue to operatethe company’s four business units in Virginia. “Washington, D. C.

Defense Contractor Raytheon Moving HQ Out of Mass. (NBC Boston) Raytheon Technologies, one of the biggest defense contractors in the country, is moving its corporate headquarters from Waltham, Massachusetts, to Arlington, Virginia, the company announced Tuesday. Arlington is home to the U.S. Pentagon, and Raytheon said in a news release that being there “increases agility in supporting U.S. government and commercial aerospace customers and serves to reinforce partnerships that will…

Pair Of Democrats Want DoD To Review Impacts Of Northrop Grumman Purchase Of Orbital ATK (Defense Daily) In the wake of the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) rejection earlier this year of Lockheed Martin’s proposed acquisition Aerojet Rocketdyne on grounds

Building the Space Talent Pipeline (Via Satellite) “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.” So wrote the Lebanese poet and artist Kahil Gibran. I was of a generation

Booz Allen wins $622-million NASA contract (Consulting) Booz Allen Hamilton, a management and technology consultancy focusing on the public sector, has won the first ever NASA Cybersecurity and Privacy Enterprise Solutions and Services (“Cypress”) contrac

Booz Allen Awarded First-Ever NASA Cybersecurity and Privacy Enterprise Solutions and Services (CyPrESS) Contract (Business Wire) Booz Allen was awarded the NASA Cybersecurity and Privacy Enterprise Solutions and Services (CyPrESS) contract.

Raytheon Missile Systems secures $866.6M Defense contract (NYSE:RTX) (SeekingAlpha) Raytheon Missile Systems (RTX) awarded a sole-source, hybrid contract for $866.63M to perform the manufacture and assembly of Standard Missile-3 Block IIA All-Up Rounds for the U.S

New Zealand Space Institute Orders 2 Satellites from NanoAvionics (Via Satellite) Te Pūnaha Ātea Space Institute (TPA-SI) at the University of Auckland, New Zealand ordered two nanosatellite platforms from NanoAvionics to support

SatRev to Build Poland’s First Nanosatellite Factory (Via Satellite) Polish space company SatRev is partnering with a local economic entity to build Poland’s first nanosatellite factory in Legnica, Poland. SatRev announced

Astrocast Acquires Hiber in IoT Market Consolidation (Via Satellite) Satellite IoT network operator Astrocast announced a deal to acquire Hiber on Monday. Hiber, based in the Netherlands, provides IoT services using

Slingshot Aerospace Adds Chief Operating Officer and Chief Scientist to Its Leadership Team to Catalyze the Commercialization of Its Space Simulation (SpaceRef) Slingshot Aerospace, Inc., a company building world-class space simulation and analytics products to accelerate space sustainability, today announced that Erin Defossé is joining the company as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Dr. Belinda Marchand, PhD has been promoted to Chief Scientist.

Northrop Grumman Finalizes Contract for GEM Solid Rocket Boosters (Northrop Grumman Newsroom) Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has been awarded a multi-year contract valued at more than $2 billion from United Launch Alliance (ULA) for increased production of its 63-inch-diameter Graphite Epoxy Motor (GEM 63)…

Mercury Systems awarded $25M contract for RF subsystems (GlobeNewswire News Room) Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com), a leader in trusted, secure mission-critical…

Rocket Lab to Build Solar Array for NASA GLIDE Spacecraft (Via Satellite) Ball Aerospace awarded Rocket Lab a subcontract to manufacture the solar array panel for NASA’S GLIDE heliophysics mission. Ball Aerospace is building the

Palantir Expands Partnership with U.S. Space Systems Command (Business Wire) Palantir Technologies Inc. (NYSE:PLTR) announced today that the U.S. Space Systems Command (SSC) Battle Management Command, Control, and Communication

Launch Services

Joint US-UK experimental satellites will launch this summer from Cornwall (Breaking Defense) The two shoebox-sized CubeSats will each carry five miniature sensors, two provided by the Naval Research Lab and three by the UK Defence Science and Technology Lab.

Launchers Increase Flexibility to Adapt to Changing Customer Demands (Via Satellite) As satellites become more diverse in size and mission requirements, the launch industry is evolving to tailor custom solutions between dedicated missions,

SpaceX Launches Nilesat 301 for Egyptian Operator (Via Satellite) SpaceX launched Nilesat 301 on Wednesday evening, a Geostationary (GEO) communications satellite for Egyptian operator Nilesat. A Falcon 9 rocket took off

AST SpaceMobile Confirms New SpaceX Launch Date for BlueWalker 3 (Via Satellite) SpaceX will launch AST SpaceMobile’s BlueWalker 3 test satellite from Cape Canaveral, Florida during the week of August 15, according to an AST

US Space Force

New ‘strategic space review’ to shape Space Force offensive-defensive capabilities mix (Breaking Defense) The review, to set out Space Force’s “playing field,” was tasked to the Defense Department and the IC by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, said Lt. Gen. Bill Liquori, Space Force head of strategy and plans.

New ‘strategic space review’ to shape Space Force offensive-defensive capabilities mix (Breaking Defense) The review, to set out Space Force’s “playing field,” was tasked to the Defense Department and the IC by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, said Lt. Gen. Bill Liquori, Space Force head of strategy and plans.

For Space Force’s monthly ‘reverse industry days,’ space domain awareness next up (Breaking Defense) The July reverse industry days on space domain awareness will allow Space Systems Command to get a closer look at the myriad industry efforts to see what the service might be able to simply acquire rather than have to develop itself.

Space Force cyber hiring program signs on its first university partner (The Record by Recorded Future) California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) announced Tuesday that the school will be the first to join a new U.S. Space Force program that aims to strengthen the future of space system security.

Lack of Space National Guard Could Hurt Training, Recruiting (Defense One) Guardsmen in space-related jobs have trouble getting into Space Force schools, leaders say.

Navy Unit Transfers Into Space Force, Becomes 10th Space Operations Squadron (Air Force Magazine) The Navy’s Naval Satellite Operations Center was disestablished and reformed as the 10th Space Operations Squadron under the Space Force on June 6.

Military Space Operations

UkraineX: How Elon Musk’s space satellites changed the war on the ground (POLITICO) From artillery strikes to Zoom calls, the tech billionaire’s internet service has become a lifeline in the fight against Russia.

War Stories: Ukraine’s Space Professionals Share Their Experiences (Satellite Today) Ukraine has a vibrant, up and coming space industry with rich heritage that has been thrown into doubt due to Russia’s invasion. In this feature, some of Ukraine’s most prominent space professionals share their personal accounts of the invasion, and how they see the future for the space industry as war rages in their country.

First joint Pentagon-Intel Community space ISR needs assessment nears completion (Breaking Defense) The needs analysis comes as Congress has been keeping a watchful eye on what some lawmakers worry is a brewing turf battle between the Space Force and the spy satellite agencies.

Products, Services, and Solutions

SpaceX’s internet has changed our lives — and saved us money — say some Starlink users (Business Insider) One customer said he couldn’t video call his doctor before SpaceX’s Starlink internet, while another had to drive to restaurants for WiFi.

Raytheon’s Collins Aerospace selected by NASA for spacesuit contract (NYSE:RTX) (SeekingAlpha) Raytheon Technologies (RTX) said on Wednesday its Collins Aerospace business was selected to produce NASA’s next-generation spacesuit, as the agency pushes to replace…

Gilat Subsidiary Wins Follow-on $8M LEO Amplifier Deal (Via Satellite) Gilat Satellite Networks received a follow-on order for gateways for a Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) constellation worth more than $8 million. Gilat’s subsidiary,

Ursa Major to Introduce Arroway Rocket Engine for Military and Commercial Use (Via Satellite) Colorado-based Ursa Major is developing its reusable Arroway 200,000-pound thrust liquid oxygen and methane staged combustion engine for military and

Ligado Taps Sony Semiconductor Israel for Chips for IoT Mobile Satellite Network (Via Satellite) Ligado Networks has selected Sony Semiconductor Israel to develop chipsets for the company’s 5G mobile satellite network for IoT use.  Sony has agreed to

Kepler Selects Tesat Optical Inter-Satellite Links for Constellation (Via Satellite) Kepler Communications has selected Tesat-Spacecom optical inter-satellite links for its next generation of satellites. The Tesat constellation laser

Andesat Taps SES for Capacity Over Peru to Support Remote Communities (Via Satellite) Andesat has tapped SES for capacity on the SES-14 satellite to support enterprise services and universal service obligation (USO) commitments over Chile

Airbus-built Earth observation satellite (SARah-1) ready for launch (Geospatial World) The Airbus-built “SARah-1” Earth observation satellite, under subcontract to OHB System AG, has been transported from Friedrichshafen, Germany, to Vandenberg, California, USA, and is currently being prepared for launch in June 2022 and subsequent operation by Airbus in space.SARah is a new operational reconnaissance system consisting of several satellites and a ground segment, which was […]

Mangata Networks to Deploy Cobham Tracking Systems (Via Satellite) Mangata Networks reached an agreement with Cobham Satcom to deploy multiple Cobham 4.0M Tracker gateway antennas globally to support ​​Mangata’s initial

Mitsubishi Electric Develops Laser Communication Terminal Integrating Space Optical Communication and Spatial Acquisition (Via Satellite) Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced the development of what it says is the first optical receiver for laser communication terminals that integrates

Intelsat Launches New IFC Solution, New ESA-based Antenna (Via Satellite) Intelsat is launching a new IFC solution for use by its airline customers. In an announcement on Tuesday, the satellite operator said that its new 

Satellite and Ground Station Operations

AXESS Networks Deploys Massive Satellite Network Infrastructure for Mexico’s CFE (Via Satellite) CFE Telecomunicaciones e Internet para Todos (CFE TEIT), a subsidiary of Mexico’s Federal Electricity Commission, has deployed AXESS Networks satellite

Satellites and AI Can Help Solve Big Problems—If Given the Chance (Wired) Traditional hurdles stand in the way of ambitious plans to use imagery to help feed people, reduce poverty, and protect the planet.

Eutelsat’s Turin Teleport Receives New Certification (Via Satellite) Satellite operator Eutelsat has just been granted ISO 14001 certification for its teleport in Turin, Italy, the company announced June 10. Issued by

Eumetsat’s Meteosat-9 Takes over Coverage from Meteosat-8 (Via Satellite) Eumetsat announced Wednesday that Meteosat-9 is taking over for Meteosat-8 as the prime satellite offering Indian Ocean Data Coverage (IODC) service.

Euroconsult Report Anticipates Decrease in C-Band Demand and Capacity (Via Satellite) A new Euroconsult report that analyzed C-band frequency use found that demand for extended C-band capacity is on a declining trend, and demand is expected

MDA to Build Antennas for Lockheed Martin SDA Tranche 1 Satellites (Via Satellite) Lockheed Martin has awarded Canadian manufacturer MDA a subcontract for work on its Space Development Agency (SDA) Tranche 1 Transport Layer program. 

Redwire to Manufacture Link-16 Antennas for National Security LEO Constellation (Via Satellite) Redwire Corporation has received a contract for 42 high gain antennas for an undisclosed national security customer for a Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite

Telenor Maritime Signs Capacity Deal with Eutelsat for Cruise Connectivity (Via Satellite) Telenor Maritime signed a capacity agreement with Eutelsat Communications for managed satellite services for cruise connectivity. Under the agreement

OneWeb Ramps Up IFC Aviation Activity with Release of Connected Passenger Report (Via Satellite) OneWeb has released initial findings from its first OneWeb Connected Passenger Report, a survey of passenger attitudes toward air travel and inflight

Policy, Strategy, and Regulation

Paris inks Artemis Accords, sets stage for closer US-France space norms efforts (Breaking Defense) “The space industry is evolving, expanding at an extremely fast pace. As new players come on board the number of risk rises but so does the number of opportunities,” said French Ambassador Philippe Étienne.

Lawmakers Suggest the Space Force Start to Coordinate Space Launches Among Providers (Air Force Magazine) House Armed Services subcommittees included several space-related provisions in its 2023 NDAA markups, including one related to space launch.

HASC intel subcommittee pushes Pentagon, IC on ISR gaps, overlaps (Breaking Defense) The subcommittee is “encouraging the use of commercially available data” to help fill ISR gaps identified by military commanders, but there’s also has concerns about overlap in acquisition of commercial ISR.

House lawmakers urge spy satellite agency to beef up commercial SAR acquisition (Breaking Defense) The markup also calls for a comprehensive report on how DoD plans to leverage ISR data from commercial radio frequency (RF) satellites, noting that lawmakers have been “encouraged” by the successful use of RF geolocation in exercises, including by European Command.

Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation

Inmarsat Tests Signals for United Kingdom PNT System (Via Satellite) A team of U.K. companies led by Inmarsat has broadcast a satellite navigation signal in a project to explore a United Kingdom sovereign positioning,

Northrop Grumman Announces Successful Laser Communication Demonstration for Tranche 1 Transport Layer Prototype Constellation (Northrop Grumman Newsroom) REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – June 14, 2022 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) today announced the successful ground demonstration of a secure networked laser communications system for proliferated-LEO constellations supporting the U.S….

Space Technology

Momentus Manages to Deploy Two Customer Satellites from Malfunctioning Vigoride OTV (Via Satellite) Momentus reported late Monday that it was able to deploy two  customer satellites from its Vigoride demonstration orbital transfer vehicle (OTV), which

US Space Force Starting Tests for Cybersecurity Initiative IA-Pre (Via Satellite) In the coming months, the U.S. Space Force’s Space Systems Command (SSC) is to begin testing cybersecurity qualification of commercial satellite

U.S. Space Force Starting Tests for Cybersecurity Initiative (Defense Daily) In the coming months, the U.S. Space Force’s Space Systems Command (SSC) is to begin testing cybersecurity qualification of commercial satellite

How Lost Hikers Can Send an SOS to Space (Wired) The Sarsat satellite system is a kind of celestial lifeguard for explorers, boaters, and aviators who might be in need of search and rescue.

Threats and Risks to Space Systems

US Cleared Space Execs for Classified Briefing on Hacking Threats (Via Satellite) After Russian military hackers knocked much of Viasat’s KA-SAT network offline at the start of the invasion of Ukraine, U.S. intelligence officials were

Inmarsat CEO Rajeev Suri Shares Thoughts on Viasat, IFC, Cybersecurity, and the Supply Chain (Via Satellite) Inmarsat recently released a financial update showing encouraging signs aviation, maritime, and government market. Inmarsat is not publicly traded and

Miscellanea

NASA Is Building a Team to Study UFOs (Wall Street Journal) Space agency is assembling researchers to examine “unidentified aerial phenomena,” or UFOs. The study is expected to take about nine months.

Head of Nasa: ‘We’re taking UFOs very seriously’ (The Telegraph) Bill Nelson, the former astronaut and US senator, orders an investigation into unexplained sightings

NASA Joins the Effort to Explain UFOs (Time) A new study will seek the answer to 20 years of mysterious sightings

New Space Camps Set to Launch in the U.K. (Via Satellite) National space camps are coming to the United Kingdom. Athena, the UK’s national team in space, formed by CGI, Inmarsat, Lockheed Martin UK and Serco,