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Fri, 24 Nov 2017 12:44:33 +0000
About 2,220 active-duty soldiers, reservists and civilians make up the “space forces” under the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command.
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:06:33 +0000
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.
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 23:33:31 +0000
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.
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 21:28:56 +0000
A former U.S. under secretary of defense and retired Air Force vice chief discuss the Air Force's "assured access" policy in the age of SpaceX and Blue Origin.
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 21:19:26 +0000
The Swedish government has commissioned a feasibility study on the possibility to adapt the country’s Esrange Space Center to launch small satellites.
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:41:11 +0000
“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.”
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:58:51 +0000
Will the United States see peer competitor militaries expand more aggressively into outer space? The answer lies in gray zone tactics and space militias.
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:14:14 +0000
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.
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 03:44:57 +0000
Network service providers are fed up with satellite operators going around them to sell capacity straight to their customers.
Sun, 19 Nov 2017 16:50:44 +0000
Gen. Hyten: “I watch what our adversaries do. I see them moving quickly into the space domain, and I see our country not moving fast, and that causes me concern."
Sun, 19 Nov 2017 02:54:18 +0000
Ukraine has become an important customer for Luxembourg-based SES.
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 22:55:56 +0000
The Breakthrough Prize Foundation, the organization funded by Russian billionaire Yuri Milner, is examining the feasibility of a private mission to a moon of Saturn.
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:07:55 +0000
A Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency project is being touted as a major step in the transition of on-orbit services from experiment to reality, and ultimate commercial success.
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:56:22 +0000
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.
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:01:37 +0000
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.
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:08:14 +0000
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.
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:32:12 +0000
Virgin Orbit announced Nov. 16 that it has received its first launch contract for a LauncherOne mission from a Defense Department agency.
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:31:45 +0000
The president of SpaceX said she expects the company would receive additional funding from the U.S. government to support the development of its large reusable launch system.
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 21:51:09 +0000
An agreement announced Nov. 15 brings together a space company looking to grow its capabilities with a government seeking to expand its presence in the space industry.
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 20:34:18 +0000
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.
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Fri, 24 Nov 2017 09:13:53 GMT
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.
Fri, 24 Nov 2017 07:07:04 GMT
Settlers could arrive on Mars as soon as 2024, if SpaceX gets its way. And, those newcomers to the red planet are going to need supplies,
Fri, 24 Nov 2017 03:04:53 GMT
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.
Thu, 23 Nov 2017 22:43:17 GMT
Space Command ============= The space command allows to compute the position of satellites and their passes above our head. In order to do this, it uses the `beyond `__ library.
Thu, 23 Nov 2017 18:20:03 GMT
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.
Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:57:08 GMT
"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.
Thu, 23 Nov 2017 09:38:57 GMT
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.
Thu, 23 Nov 2017 05:36:22 GMT
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.
Thu, 23 Nov 2017 03:33:31 GMT
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.
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 23:13:07 GMT
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.
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:40:16 GMT
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.
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:40:15 GMT
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 .
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:02:48 GMT
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.
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:39:33 GMT
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.
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:19:17 GMT
Wonder Directed by: Stephen Chbosky Starring: Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson, Julia Roberts Rated PG for thematic elements, including bullying, and some mild language 1 hr. 53 min.
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:19:16 GMT
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.
Wed, 22 Nov 2017 02:51:11 GMT
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.

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