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SpaceX Wins Potential $297M Contract for USAF, NRO Satellite Launch Services

SpaceX has won a potential $297M contract to send U.S. Air Force and National Reconnaissance Office satellites into orbit during the government’s 2021 fiscal year. The firm-fixed-price contract covers launch services and the production of associated vehicles to support the AFSPC-44 mission as well as the NROL-87 and NROL-85 missions, …

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Aerospace Industry Vets Josh Brost, David Giger, Tim Buzza Join Relativity Executive Team

Former SpaceX senior leaders Josh Brost, David Giger and Tim Buzza have joined the executive team of satellite launch services provider Relativity. Relativity said Thursday it named Brost as vice president of government business development; David Giger as VP of launch vehicle development for the company’s Terran 1 rocket; and Tim Buzza as distinguished engineer. …

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Jim Maser Named Aerojet Rocketdyne Space Business SVP

Jim Maser, a more than 32-year aerospace industry veteran and former president of technical consulting firm James G. Advisors, has been named senior vice president of Aerojet Rocketdyne‘s (NYSE: AJRD) space business in a move that takes effect Aug. 13. Aerojet Rocketdyne said Wednesday Maser will report directly to President and CEO …

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SSL-Built Comms Satellite Performs Post-Launch Maneuvers on Schedule

TYSONS CORNER, VA, July 25, 2018 — An SSL-built communications satellite has begun post-launch operations following its deployment Sunday as part of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, ExecutiveBiz reported Tuesday. The Maxar Technologies (NYSE: MAXR) company said Monday the Telstar 19 VANTAGE satellite it built …

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SpaceX Wins $130M Air Force Launch Services Contract; Gwynne Shotwell Comments

SpaceX has received a potential two-year, $130 million contract to bring into orbit a U.S. Air Force satellite. The firm-fixed-price contract covers launch vehicle manufacturing, spaceflight worthiness activities, integration and launch operations support for the Air Force Space Command-52 satellite, the Defense Department said Thursday. The service’s space and missile …

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Iridium Preps 5 ‘NEXT’ Satellites for May 19 Launch From Vandenberg AFB

TYSONS CORNER, VA, April 27, 2018 — Iridium Communications (Nasdaq: IRDM) has delivered the sixth batch of Iridium NEXT satellites to Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in preparation for their launch on May 19, ExecutiveBiz reported Thursday. The company said Wednesday the five satellites will undergo pre-launch processing procedures, including fueling, …

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Executive Mosaic’s Weekly GovCon Round-Up: Executive Moves, Top 10 Stories & Wash100’s Last Days to Vote

The Week’s Top GovCon News Stories View this email in your browser Weekly Roundup April 23 – April 27, 2018 Click here to see Real-Time GovCon Sector Quotes Executive Mosaic’s Weekly GovCon Round-Up: Executive Moves, Top 10 Stories & Wash100’s Last Days to Vote Jim Garrettson, Executive Mosaic CEO Executive Moves This …

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General Atomics Unit Concludes Pre-Flight Tests on Orbital Test Bed Satellite

TYSONS CORNER, VA, April 25, 2018 — A business unit of General Atomics has completed tests on the Orbital Test Bed satellite platform ahead of its launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket to perform on-orbit demonstrations of various hosted technologies, ExecutiveBiz reported Tuesday. General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems conducted full-system pre-flight tests …

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Govini Report: Federal Investment in Space, Hypersonic Tech Hit $83B in FY 2011-2017

A Govini report says U.S. government investments in space and hypersonic technologies from fiscal years 2011 through 2017 reached approximately $83 billion and annual government spending on such platforms rose by 6 percent over the period, SpaceNews reported Sunday. United Launch Alliance ranked first in the top 15 vendors list …

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Iridium to launch 6th ‘NEXT’ rideshare mission on May 19

TYSONS CORNER, VA, April 11, 2018 — Iridium Communications (NASDAQ: IRDM) targets May 19 to launch the Iridium-6 rideshare mission aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, ExecutiveBiz reported Tuesday. Iridium said Monday the mission is the sixth Iridium NEXT launch overall and would increase …

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