Locate and Identify Satellites with Laser Reflectors – Parabolic Arc

The innovative laser reflectors for satellites have additional optics to polarize laser beams. (Credit: DLR/Eppler) The DLR Institute of Technical Physics has developed a new generation of laser reflectors for satellites. Satellites equipped with the reflectors should be able to be located with centimeter precision using lasers and at the same time be clearly identified. … Read more

Virgin Orbit on Target for Next Launch Window to Open June 29 – Parabolic Arc

Highlights: Dress rehearsals complete, payload-rocket mating successful June 29 marks the opening of the launch window for the company’s fourth overall mission Is lead-in to historic U.K. launch planned for later this year LONG BEACH, Calif. (Virgin Orbit PR) — Virgin Orbit (Nasdaq: VORB)’s launch system is in place at the Mojave Air and Space … Read more

NASA Introduces 2022 Class of Flight Directors – Parabolic Arc

A photo of NASA’s 2022 class of flight directors who will oversee operations of the International Space Station, commercial crew, and Artemis missions to the Moon. The inductees from left to right: Heidi Brewer, Ronak Dave, Garrett Hehn, Diana Trujillo, Elias Myrmo, Chris Dobbins, Nicole McElroy. (Credits: NASA) HOUSTON (NASA PR) — NASA has selected … Read more

Virgin Orbit Names Stephen Zhang as first VP of Investor Relations – Parabolic Arc

Boeing 747 Cosmic Girl (Credit: Virgin Orbit) LONG BEACH, Calif., June 21, 2022 (Virgin Orbit PR) — Virgin Orbit (Nasdaq: VORB) is pleased to announce the addition of Stephen Zhang as the company’s first Vice President of Investor Relations. Zhang will work as the company’s primary liaison to the investor community, while serving as a … Read more

Tom Markusic Out as Firefly CEO 3 Months After AEI Takes Majority Stake in Rocket Company – Parabolic Arc

Tom Markusic and Lauren Lyons in front of Firefly Alpha rocket on the pad at Vandenberg Space Force Base. (Credit: Firefly Aerospace) by Douglas MessierManaging Editor Firefly Aerospace co-founder Tom Markusic is out as CEO, a move that comes three months after AE Industrial Partners (AEI) led a $75 million Series B funding round and … Read more

Virgin Orbit Announces Renaming of Its National Security Arm and Introduction of New Board Members – Parabolic Arc

LauncherOne ignites after being dropped from Cosmic Girl. (Credit: Virgin Orbit) LONG BEACH, Calif. (Virgin Orbit PR) — Virgin Orbit (Nasdaq: VORB), a leading satellite launch provider, announced today the renaming of its national security arm. Formerly “VOX Space,” Virgin Orbit’s U.S.-based, wholly owned subsidiary engaged with national security organizations in the U.S. and its … Read more

SatRev and Legnica Special Economic Zone Will Build the First Nanosatellite Factory in Poland – Parabolic Arc

REC satellite (Credit: SatRevolution) LEGNICA, Poland (SatRev PR) — SatRev, a leading Polish space company of international reach will manufacture large amounts of nanosatellites in a new factory to be built in Legnica, Poland, close to its headquarters. This is the result of a recent cooperation agreement signed with the Legnica Special Economic Zone (LSEZ). The … Read more

Spaceflight Inc. Successfully Debuts its Latest OTV, Sherpa-AC – Parabolic Arc

SEATTLE (Spaceflight Inc. PR) — Spaceflight Inc., the leading global launch services provider, today announced it has contacted its Sherpa-AC vehicle and confirmed the vehicle is operating nominally. This is the debut launch of Sherpa-AC, the latest variation in the company’s Sherpa orbital transfer vehicle (OTV) portfolio. The Transporter 5 rideshare mission on board a … Read more

Virgin Orbit Plans First UK Launch for Late August – Parabolic Arc

LauncherOne ignites on its way to space. (Credit: Virgin Orbit) by Douglas MessierManaging Editor LONG BEACH, Calif. — With three successful launches under its belt, Virgin Orbit is planning two flights this summer to demonstrate its agile air-launched booster system, including the first-ever satellite launch from the United Kingdom, a company executive said this week. … Read more

Terran Orbital Delivers NASA’s CubeSat Proximity Operations Demonstration To SpaceX Transporter-5 For Launch – Parabolic Arc

CubeSat Proximity Operations Demonstration (CPOD) satellite. (Credit: Terran Orbital) BOCA RATON, Fla. (Terran Orbital PR) – Terran Orbital Corporation (NYSE: LLAP), a global leader in satellite solutions, primarily serving the United States aerospace and defense industry, today announced it delivered its CubeSat Proximity Operations Demonstration (CPOD) satellite to the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida … Read more