Tag Archives: DARPA

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…
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American nearly SABRE – second Proposers’ Day of AFRE !

Darpa is still continuing different projects to start reducing launch costs in the United States. Today maybe one of the parts of such project has chance to begun-second Proposers' Day is finished ! AFRE is Advanced Full Range Engine project which could operate as combination of jet and rocket engine in little similar way like British…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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DARPA budget request under sign of scramjets

DARPA is still considering scramjet propulsion, with particular emphasis of universal turbojet-scramjet type, as future for missiles and space vehicles. It is not very hard to spot difference between technologies and general trends in USA civilian and military. It is result of different perspectives of NASA and US Air Force, different objectives and different methods…
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Spaceloft after 10th mission – test for NASA passed !

Since 2006, Company called UP Aerospace possess small rocket able to lift up to 50 kg of payload to sub-orbital trajectory and altitude of 225 km.  Small rockets are not necessary most recognizable by laics. They are not lifting up space shuttles, military satellites, and parts of space stations. They are not generating spectacular flames…
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Secret success – Boeing X37

Boeing X37 remains most successful space plane in last decade. Due its designation as military technology demonstrator it is not well known construction. Since 2010 X37, unmanned military test space plane is performing test missions in space. Its success is not well known, but is undisputable. In all test missions two operational X37B spent 1367 days…
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