June 25, 2018

Ground antenna problem scrubs Rocket Lab’s first commercial launch

June 23, 2018

Problems with a downrange tracking station kept Rocket Lab’s Electron launcher on the ground in New Zealand Friday, U.S. time, and the company ordered a two-day delay to resolve the issues and wait for improved weather. Rocket Lab pushed back the launch again to Tuesday because of unfavorable weather.

Live coverage: Electron rocket launch delayed to Tuesday

June 22, 2018

Rocket Lab’s first commercial flight of its privately-developed Electron satellite booster was planned Friday, U.S. time, from the company’s launch base in New Zealand, carrying a suite of satellites for U.S. and German companies and educational institutions. But problems with a downrange ground station forced officials to scrub the launch, and Rocket Lab has decided to wait for improved weather. Liftoff is set for no earlier than 8:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday (0030 GMT Wednesday).

Trump calls for establishment of U.S. “space force”

June 18, 2018

Catching observers off guard, President Trump, in remarks before a National Space Council Meeting at the White House Monday, officially directed to Pentagon to establish a sixth branch of the military, a “space force,” to ensure American dominance on the high frontier.

Northrop Grumman completes Orbital ATK acquisition

June 7, 2018

Northrop Grumman concluded its purchase of Orbital ATK on Wednesday, with the absorption of launch vehicle developer, satellite manufacturer, and munitions supplier as a new business unit named Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems.

Multi-mission telecom craft launched by SpaceX for SES

June 4, 2018

A powerful commercial communications satellite driven by plasma thrusters rode a reused SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket booster away from Cape Canaveral early Monday, climbing into orbit to connect companies, homes, airplanes and ships across much of the Eastern Hemisphere.

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