The launch of a U.S. Air Force communications satellite worth $1.8 Billion is supposed to be Brig. Gen. Douglas Schiess’ foremost mission as the launch decision authority. On August 23, 2018, Schiess was confirmed as commander of the 45th Space Wing as well as the director of the Eastern Range, which is based at Patrick Air Force Base. After that, SpaceX was involved in launching a commercial satellite from the range.
However, the Advanced EHF satellite called AEHF-4 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket is supposed to be his foremost national security mission as the commander of the world’s lively spaceport. The wing will ensure the public safety at the time of each launch from Kennedy or Cape Canaveral Space Center. From 2012 to 2014, Schiess has worked as the commander of the 45th Operations Group at Cape Canaveral.
On a similar note, NASA came into the news as it announced its partnership with the Israel Space Agency (ISA). NASA proclaimed that the recent collaboration will be focused on assisting get the regional nonprofit’s spacecraft to the moon within the period of few months. This contract was finalized in the 69th International Astronautical Congress. In July 2018, SpaceIL announced its plans to send a small spacecraft to the moon in December 2018 that would land on February 13, 2019.
SpaceIL’s intention behind creating this spacecraft was to win the contest named Google Lunar X Prize in which the winner was supposed to be awarded the prize money of about $20 Million. Reportedly, some Israeli universities and high-tech firms besides the ISA and private funds have supported SpaceIL. The agency selected to continue this project owing to its stated aspiration to make a big educational impact and inspire students with this mission.