An ever-increasing number of objects and dynamic observation requirements—complicated by the constant motion of sensors, targets, Earth and the Sun—necessitates adaptive machine learning techniques for tracking space objects.
As more nations and commercial entities develop advanced space capabilities, strengthening Space Domain Awareness (SDA) becomes increasingly critical. U.S. space operators need to be cognizant of everything operating in both Earth’s orbit and beyond. Integrating and streamlining information across the space enterprise is crucial in advancing that effort. Currently, data…
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will peer back in time to search for answers. With its longer wavelength coverage and increased sensitivity, Webb could advance humankind’s current knowledge of the universe beyond the capability of any other telescope in history.
Besides unveiling new information, the telescope will build upon and complement discoveries made by its predecessor, the renowned Hubble Space Telescope. Over its lifetime on the ground, the Webb mission has engaged a team of various space stakeholders. …
A renewed interest in launch rideshares for small satellites is enabling more frequent opportunities to reach orbit at a competitive price. We look at who’s involved and what’s next for the industry.
Generally, rockets go to space to place satellites with a payload, like a camera or radio, for observation or communication. Around they year 2000, it became increasingly easy to make small, inexpensive satellites to rideshare into space as part of a larger satellite launch.
The Moon is a hostile environment — extreme temperatures, low gravity, and radiation await the next generation of astronauts. Scientists have patented a method for turning a plentiful lunar resource into building blocks for potential habitats.
Advancing space exploration capabilities has long been an area of intense interest to human civilization, not only for the potential to improve conditions on Earth but also to better understand the mysteries of the universe.
Human settlement of the Moon and Mars presents numerous practical and logistical challenges. In addition…
Emergent behaviors in space, driven by reduced barriers to entry, an influx of private capital and new players, and increasing geopolitical competition, are creating cross-cutting challenges in the space enterprise fundamentally different in nature and complexity than ever before.
The space enterprise is in a state of great transformation. Fully commercial human spaceflight missions, the emerging potential of a multitrillion dollar space economy, and promises of humans returning to the moon are driving opportunities and challenges for humanity.
Our increasingly interconnected world is leading to new behaviors and new…
Shrinking technology and lower costs are making on-orbit servicing, assembly, and manufacturing an area of emerging technology and growth in the space domain.
On-orbit servicing, assembly, and manufacturing (OSAM) refers to the use of refuelers and space tugs for on-orbit maneuvering and refueling. Several companies are now competing in the trade space of these exciting missions in the U.S. and European marketplace.
A 12-year mission to study the Asteroids surrounding Jupiter could reveal archaeological insights about the outer planets.
On Saturday, a ULA Atlas V rocket will launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida carrying NASA’s Lucy spacecraft, a mission with the potential to transform our current knowledge of the solar system and planetary origins.
During its 12-year journey, Lucy will gather valuable insights by studying seven Trojans and one main…