Jeremy Hansen pathway to the stars

NASA announced the selection of Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut Jeremy Hansen to fly to the Moon on the Artemis II mission. This will be the first crewed flight test of the Orion spacecraft launching on the SLS rocket. Hansen will be the first Canadian to ever venture to the Moon. [node:read-more:link]

Satellite jamming thwarted?

Boeing says its design for a ground-based system to protect communication satellites from signal jamming was validated in a U.S. Space Force test in January. Troy Dawson, vice-president of government satellite systems, said the system Boeing has been developing under contract since 2018, will enable the U.S. and allies to meet “the challenges of an evolving battlefield.” [node:read-more:link]

Russia mounts space rescue mission

Two cosmonauts and a U.S. astronaut aboard the International Space Station are awaiting the arrival February 26 of an uncrewed Russian Soyuz capsule launched today on a rescue mission. Their original ride home was postponed in December due to leaks in two other capsules docked at the ISS. [node:read-more:link]

NATO unveils new space program

Streamlining the collection and sharing of huge volumes of satellite-based data is behind a new NATO initiative. Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said February 13 that he expects the Alliance Persistent Surveillance from Space program would be set in motion this week at the alliance’s annual defence ministerial summit in Brussels. [node:read-more:link]

Domestic space launches planned

The federal government hopes to have domestic commercial space launch facilities within the next three years. “For many years, Canadian satellites have launched from sites in other countries,” Transport Minister Omar Alghabra explained January 20, adding that the government would begin developing the regulatory requirements, safety standards and licensing conditions. He also said the government is ready to approve private-sector launches in the interim on a case-by-case basis. [node:read-more:link]

Satellite imagery firm being sold

Colorado-based Maxar Technologies, a publicly-traded company which supplies satellite imagery to U.S. national security agencies, has announced a $6.4-billion takeover by Advent International, a Boston private equity firm. Both sides say the takeover would benefit Maxar in the long term but a previous acquisition, of the British aerospace company Cobham in 2020 eventually saw it sold off in pieces within 18 months. [node:read-more:link]

U.S. allies limited in space cooperation

The head of U.S. military space policy is trying to untangle a knot of security classifications makes it hard to share key operational information with its friends. John Plumb says that while the “asymmetric advantage” afforded by having allies is something that neither China nor Russia can match, “it’s only true if we actually find a way to train and fight with them at the operational level.” [node:read-more:link]

Space Command restructured

U.S. Space Command has been restructured in a bid to streamline its operations. The announcement effectively formalizes a proposal signed off last year by its commander, General Commander Jim Dickinson. He says “the alignment of task forces and operational centers under one commander will provide . . . a command-and-control structure that enables rapid action to deliver agile and responsive space effects in support of integrated deterrence.” [node:read-more:link]

Canada in upcoming Space Flag exercise

The Department of National Defence confirmed November 17 that three members of 7 wing (Space) will participate alongside Australian and British personnel in a U.S. Space Force exercise next month. Space Flag 23-1 is the latest in a series of exercises which began in 2017 under the auspices of the U.S. Air Force before Space Command was established and it now incorporates more cyber and intelligence personnel. [node:read-more:link]

New Canadian space commander outlines priorities

Brigadier General Mike Adamson, commander of 3 Canadian Space Division, says replacing Canada’s space tracking satellite is “the most important” priority for the new organization which was stood up in July. He says it would emphasize that space is central to “everything that we do” and would align Canada with its allies. [node:read-more:link]

Chinese rocket sparks international fireworks

NASA says the uncontrolled plunge into the southern ocean today of Chinese rocket booster was irresponsibly risky because its counterpart yet again failed to share trajectory information. “It is critical that all spacefaring nations are responsible and transparent in their space activities and follow established best practices, especially . . . debris that could very well result in major damage or loss of life.” [node:read-more:link]

New Space Force commander

Gen Chance Saltzman was sworn in as head of the U.S. Space Force November 2, succeeding Gen Jay Raymond, who had led since its inauguration in December 2019. “A resilient, ready and combat capable Space Force is indispensable to deterrence,” he said, adding that “in the worst case, if deterrence fails, the Space Force will be an indispensable component of our joint force at war.” [node:read-more:link]

Military and space programs trouble Boeing

Reporting a third-quarter loss of nearly US$3.3 billion, Boeing said October 26 that a charge of nearly $1.2 billion on its 737-based KC-46A Pegasus tanker as well as “unfavourable performance” in other military programs were key factors. Another significant cost was a $2.8 billion against its National Aeronautics & Space Administration commercial crew program. [node:read-more:link]

NASA changes asteroid orbit

The U.S. National Aeronautics & Space Administration says it did succeed in changing a 160-metre asteroid’s orbit around a larger body by ramming a spacecraft into it in late September. “NASA is trying to be ready for whatever the universe throws at us,” the agency’s administrator said October 11. [node:read-more:link]


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