Earth-i, a British startup planning to provide high-resolution images and video of the Earth, has awarded a contract to Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) for its initial set of satellites.
Astroscale, a company developing technologies for removing orbital debris, announced Nov. 21 it has awarded a contract to Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) to develop one part of an upcoming demonstration mission.
“We will increase our cadence next year about 50 percent,” Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX president and COO, told SpaceNews in an interview last week. “We’ll fly more next year than this year, knock on wood, and I think we will probably level out at about that rate, 30 to 40 per year.”
Although Iceye is best known for plans to gather Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data with microsatellites, “Iceye has done and continues to do aerial SAR imagery as one of our services,” said Iceye CEO Rafal Modrzewski.
Having achieved its original goal of taking images of the entire planet every day, Planet is now focusing on developing machine learning capabilities to convert that imagery into actionable, and lucrative, insights.
Satellite fleet operator SES, the industry partner whose support Intelsat and Intel need the most for their proposal to open C-band the U.S. has designated for satellites to 5G wireless networks hungry for more spectrum, is willing to go along with the plan, but with one major caveat: not the whole band.
The follow-on system has been discussed as an opportunity to exploit commercial space industry advances and design a lower cost system, possibly with a larger number of satellites that could more easily replaced if attacked.
As the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s closes its window Nov. 15 for comments on how to better allocate mid-band spectrum, Intelsat says its proposal to clear customers from portions of the satellite industry’s prized C-band in certain parts of the United States has been misconstrued by its detractors.
In a fitting farewell to the planet that had been its home for over 13 years, the Cassini spacecraft took one last, lingering look at Saturn and its splendid rings during the final leg of its journey and snapped a series of images that has been assembled into a new mosaic. Cassini's wide-angle camera acquired 42 red, green and blue images, covering the planet and its main rings from one end to the other, on September 13th, 2017.
It's Thanksgiving in the US, and much of our staff is at work in a kitchen instead of an office space. As is becoming Ars tradition, we use such holiday times to provide a rare glimpse into life around the Orbital HQ: see prior peeks via desks , pets , chairs , or cars for example.
Expedition 53 Commander Randy Bresnik, along with NASA's Joe Acaba and Mark Vande Hei, as well as the European Space Agency's Paolo Nespoli, said they had rationed turkey, cornbread dressing, candied yams, and a "cran-apple" desert for the occasion. "Our hearts and prayers go out to those that are serving our country not at home for this Thanksgiving, and that they are able to make it special where they are just like we're going to," Expedition 53 Commander Randy Bresnik said on Thursday in a video produced by NASA.
"Heaven on Earth,' a solo exhibit by Richard Davies will be at McGinty's Gallery in Altadena Dec. 4-Jan. 9. Davies is a retired Caltech astrophysicist. Now in his 94, he paints pictures of things he has seen or might see in space.
By the middle of the century, nuclear-powered Chinese shuttles will regularly ply interplanetary space, carrying workers between mining colonies on distant planets and asteroids. If that, like much else published on the front page of the People's Daily, the flagship newspaper of the Communist Party, sounds like propaganda, remember that China has in barely two decades built up what's arguably the world's second-most-advanced space program, after America's.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has been caught yet again hiding footage of anomalous objects flying through space - this time a strange object of unidentified origin that, before NASA cut its live online feed, was seen flying directly towards the earth's atmosphere. Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli captured a shot of the strange footage before it was quickly removed from NASA's website.
This photo combo of images provided by NASA's Earth Observatory/Kyba, GFZ shows photographs of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, taken from the International Space Station on Dec. 23, 2010, left, where residential areas are mainly lit by orange sodium lamps; and on Nov. 27, 2015, right, where many areas on the outskirts are newly lit compared to 2010, and many neighborhoods have switched from orange sodium lamps to white LED lamps.
India will launch its first-ever mission to the Sun in the next two years, China's Xinhua news agency reported according to the country's top space official. "Aditya-L1, India's maiden mission to the Sun, will be launched in 2019.
When he was aboard the Space Shuttle in the 1980s, NASA astronaut Bill Shepherd believed space exploration would soon become a regular part of daily life. "I always thought we should go as fast and as far as our vision takes us," Shepherd said on Long Island last week.
Budweiser is sending barley seeds to the International Space Station to advance its bid to be the first beer on Mars. Anheuser-Busch, the brewing company behind the "Great American Lager," announced on Tuesday details about its experiments bound for Earth orbit .
While Americans all over the country will celebrate Thanksgiving with their families, the Expedition 53 crewmembers on the International Space Station will need to stay where they are - in orbit. But the busy crew on the station did find time to reflect on the importance of the holiday, and share some memories of family holidays.
The Geostationary Lightning Mapper is the first instrument to continually monitor lightning from space. The instrument, built by Lockheed Martin's Advanced Technology Center for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, shows impressive detail of lightning strikes across the Americas.
The vault-like, 40-foot diameter, 40-ton door of Chamber A at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston was unsealed on November 18, signaling the end of cryogenic testing for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope. The historic chamber's massive door opening brings to a close about 100 days of testing for Webb, a significant milestone in the telescope's journey to the launch pad.
Professional and technical staff will walk off the job at Canberra's Deep Space Communication Complex on Wednesday, disrupting activities by US space agency NASA. Staff at the Tidbinbilla complex are protesting a push to change pay and conditions and have accused CSIRO management of trying to forcibly implement the federal government's controversial wage negotiation policy.