Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, said that he seeks to simplify the approval process for satellites below 400 pounds during a Chamber of Commerce event, FCW reported Tuesday. Pai noted that small satellites have the potential to expand broadband access to underserved areas and that the streamlined application process will promote better spectrum use while also mitigating radiofrequency interference.Read More »
Ellen Lord, undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment at the Department of Defense, has said she thinks DoD should collaborate with launch service providers to ensure the availability of services to bring small and large satellites to space on short notice, SpaceNews reported Monday. “I think we need to look at launch service capability for small sats as well as large,” she said Monday at the Pentagon.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency plans to launch a mission for experimental small satellites, also known as satlets, aboard a rocket from India, Space News reported Monday. The eXperiment for Cellular Integration Technologies mission seeks to demonstrate the capability to establish a satellite bus around a sensor and other …Read More »
NASA has awarded a total of $3.6 million in grants to 10 mission concept studies that will use small satellites to explore Venus, Earth’s moon, asteroids, Mars and outer planets. The agency said Thursday awardees on the Planetary Science Deep Space SmallSat Studies program will use satellites that weigh less than 400 pounds while CubeSats will …Read More »
NASA has awarded $30,000 in prize money to each of the five teams that won in the third ground tournament round of a $5 million competition that seeks to promote the development of small satellites for future space exploration missions. The space agency said Tuesday the winning teams in the …Read More »
NASA hired interns during the summer to support the explorations and space communications projects division at the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. Forty-eight students from 25 different U.S. schools participated in internship programs run by the Space Communications and Navigation Program Office that works to integrate NASA’s deep space, space and near-Earth networks, the …Read More »
Rep. James Bridenstine (R-Okla.) has unveiled a bill aimed to help the Defense Department establish a distributed system of small satellites and focus on the procurement of Earth observation data and other services from commercial providers, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. Christian Davenport writes Bridenstine introduced the American Space Renaissance …Read More »
NASA has launched its Cube Quest Challenge comprised of three sub-competitions designed to examine new space exploration technologies and capabilities for small satellites for a total prize money of $5 million. The agency said Nov. 24 that teams will also vie for an opportunity to launch their own CubeSat as a secondary payload on …Read More »