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Mon, 20 Sep 2021 23:02:50 +0000
The Space Warfighting Analysis Center will brief industry representatives Oct. 27 on the results of its first “force design” study focused on space-based missile warning and missile tracking SpaceNews
Mon, 20 Sep 2021 22:02:03 +0000
Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall in a keynote speech Sept. 20 warned that China’s rapid advances in nuclear and conventional weapons will challenge the United States both in the air and space domains. SpaceNews
Mon, 20 Sep 2021 20:21:57 +0000
Increasingly capable satellites are driving demand for more complex thermal management solutions to keep them from overheating as they work harder, according to heat pipe manufacturer Advanced Cooling Technologies (ACT). SpaceNews
Mon, 20 Sep 2021 14:29:21 +0000
Diplomats and other experts see signs of progress at the United Nations on addressing space sustainability but caution it may will take many years before any sort of binding agreement emerges. SpaceNews
Mon, 20 Sep 2021 14:21:24 +0000
China's Tianzhou-3 cargo spacecraft docked in orbit with the Tianhe space station module Monday following launch from the coastal Wenchang launch center. SpaceNews
Mon, 20 Sep 2021 13:00:21 +0000
L3Harris announced Sept. 20 that the Space Development Agency has approved the company’s proposed design for a missile tracking satellite. SpaceNews
Mon, 20 Sep 2021 05:24:44 +0000
A draft environmental assessment released by the Federal Aviation Administration suggests that SpaceX will be able to proceed with orbital Starship launches from Texas, but with a number of mitigations required. SpaceNews
Sun, 19 Sep 2021 17:01:26 +0000
The growing number of satellites in orbit is leading to calls to develop formal “right of way” rules, although there is no consensus on what those rules should be and how they should be established. SpaceNews
Sun, 19 Sep 2021 10:00:10 +0000
The ground stations and tracking antennas the U.S. military relies on to communicate with its satellites — known as the Satellite Control Network, or SCN — are decades old and short of the capacity needed to keep up with the projected growth in space activities. SpaceNews
Sat, 18 Sep 2021 23:29:23 +0000
SpaceX’s first private crewed mission ended with the splashdown of the Crew Dragon spacecraft off the Florida coast Sept. 18. SpaceNews
Sat, 18 Sep 2021 20:40:44 +0000
Turksat will launch its first domestically built communications satellite on a SpaceX Falcon 9, the Turkish government announced Sept. 17. SpaceNews
Sat, 18 Sep 2021 00:12:16 +0000
SpaceX’s first private Crew Dragon mission is set to end with a splashdown off the Florida coast Sept. 18, three days after liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center. SpaceNews
Fri, 17 Sep 2021 17:49:28 +0000
CesiumAstro expects to be building satellites mostly by itself in two years to house the active phased arrays it has been developing, aiming to shift the paradigm for electronically steered antennas with commercial-like industrialization processes that lower costs and speed up production. SpaceNews
Fri, 17 Sep 2021 15:18:31 +0000
The U.S. military will take space sustainability factors into account should it have to respond to an attack on its satellites, a Space Force official said Sept. 16. SpaceNews
Fri, 17 Sep 2021 10:00:38 +0000
The Pentagon has declared space is a warfighting domain. Generals and executives in the space industry are preparing to defend the ultimate high ground. SpaceNews
Fri, 17 Sep 2021 07:07:26 +0000
Three Chinese astronauts safely returned to Earth Sept. 17 after completing the first crewed mission aboard the Tianhe space station module. SpaceNews
Fri, 17 Sep 2021 02:22:43 +0000
Two years after the close approach of a Starlink satellite with a European Space Agency satellite alarmed some in the space industry, SpaceX says it’s working closely with a wide range of satellite operators to ensure safe space operations. SpaceNews
Thu, 16 Sep 2021 21:55:28 +0000
L3Harris Technologies on Sept. 16 opened a classified facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where the company will assemble and test satellites for U.S. missile-defense programs.  SpaceNews
Thu, 16 Sep 2021 20:29:09 +0000
Space situational awareness data used by satellite operators isn’t accurate enough to support the decisions they need to make on whether and how to maneuver their spacecraft to avoid potential collisions. SpaceNews
Thu, 16 Sep 2021 19:52:06 +0000
Under a new agreement with U.S. defense contractor Peraton, OneWeb’s satellite communications services will be more widely available to military users in hard-to-reach areas, including ships at sea.  SpaceNews
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Mon, 20 Sep 2021 22:00:10 +0000
The first all-private crew to fly into Earth orbit launched Sept. 15 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, streaking into space on top of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket powered by nine Merlin main engines.
Mon, 20 Sep 2021 18:00:47 +0000
An unpiloted Chinese cargo ship launched and docked with the Tiangong space station Monday, delivering supplies to support the next three-person crew on the complex for six months after their arrival in October.
Sat, 18 Sep 2021 23:59:38 +0000
Four civilian space travelers rode a SpaceX capsule through a blazing re-entry back into Earth's atmosphere Saturday evening and safely splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean northeast of Cape Canaveral, completing a historic 71 hours in space as the first privately-funded, non-government crew to fly in orbit.
Sat, 18 Sep 2021 17:44:37 +0000
A SpaceX Dragon spacecraft carrying the first all-private, non-government crew to fly in low Earth orbit re-entered the atmosphere and splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean northeast of Cape Canaveral at 7:06 p.m. EDT (2306 GMT) Saturday. The return to Earth closed out a three-day mission in space for the Inspiration4 crew.
Sat, 18 Sep 2021 16:53:17 +0000
The Inspiration4 crew members wrapped up their third and final day in orbit Saturday and set their sights on an automated plunge back to Earth, a steep descent to an evening splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean near Cape Canaveral to wrap up a history-making flight.
Fri, 17 Sep 2021 22:58:04 +0000
On their final full day in space Friday, the all-civilian Inspiration4 crew circling Earth inside a SpaceX Dragon capsule chatted with Tom Cruise, rang the closing bell on the New York Stock Exchange, and downlinked a live video update showing views outside their cupola dome window.
Fri, 17 Sep 2021 19:27:45 +0000
Three Chinese astronauts landed in the remote Gobi Desert of northwestern China Friday, returning to Earth after a three-month mission on the new Tiangong space station, and ending a historic day in spaceflight that set a new record with 14 people in low Earth orbit.
Fri, 17 Sep 2021 04:29:34 +0000
Three Chinese astronauts have returned to Earth in their Shenzhou 12 capsule to conclude a three-month expedition on China's Tiangong space station. Landing in China's remote Gobi Desert occurred around 1:34 a.m. EDT (0534 GMT) Friday.
Thu, 16 Sep 2021 20:58:16 +0000
The first all-civilian, privately-funded crew to reach orbit came through their initial hours in weightless environment of space "healthy, happy and resting comfortably," SpaceX reported Thursday.
Thu, 16 Sep 2021 07:54:27 +0000
With the backing of a billionaire businessman, four private citizens blasted off Wednesday night from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a first-of-its-kind fully commercial three-day spaceflight aboard a SpaceX crew capsule, riding to an altitude higher than any person has flown in two decades.

 
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