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New Space Debris Rules Stalled By Year-Long Interagency Spat

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


“Of all people, it’s the ‘space warmongers’ doing the most to try to sustain the (space) environment,” one DoD official said.

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Lots of DoD Small Launchers, But What Will They Launch?

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“The external and internal communication regarding [DoD] smallsat strategy is not consistent and not clear,” Carissa Christensen, CEO of Bryce Space and Technologies, said wryly.

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Lockheed Joins Satellite ‘Sustainability’ Rating System

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“Let’s not practice ASAT technology in Low Earth Orbit,” says Rick Ambrose, Lockheed Martin’s executive vice president for Space.

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Commerce Dept. Remote Sensing Rules Reduce DoD Licensing Control

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


Newly proposed licensing rules for commercial remote sensing will eliminate automatic DoD review rights for of a majority of applications.

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FCC Debates Space Debris Rules

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“It is rocket science, after all,” says Trump-appointed FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, who questions the commission’s mandate on orbital debris mitigation oversight for commercial space companies.

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Congress Must Push DoD To LEO, Former Reps Say

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


Congress should pass laws to ensure that the Pentagon fully commits to creating a “large, updatable, and resilient national security constellation” in Low Earth Orbit (LEO).

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Say It With Space Lasers: Optical Comsats For Major War

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Nine years after the Pentagon tried and failed to build laser communications satellites, can the private sector get it done?

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Space Mystery: Are Russian Doll Sats a Threat?

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The State Department and Pentagon are expressing concern over new Russian and Chinese activities in space, while the White House is pushing for the creation of a Space Force.

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