A pair of briefcase-size satellites prove a “bring your own” communications relay option for deep-space missions.
Experimental cubesats relayed the probe’s entry, descent and touchdown data in near real time.
Twice faced with cancellation, the joint NASA-DLR project now has a budget surplus.
XCOR Aerospace, which eyed a foothold in the suborbital market with its Lynx spaceplane, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy Nov. 8.
Vega has been a great success for Avio, encouraging further innovation for the rocket.