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Fri, 07 Aug 2020 23:11:55 +0000
Six years ago, SpaceX was the upstart launch company seeking to break United Launch Alliance’s monopoly on national security space launches. Now, it’s part of the establishment. SpaceNews
Fri, 07 Aug 2020 21:24:06 +0000
The Pentagon has selected SpaceX and United Launch Alliance to conduct potentially dozens of national security launches between fiscal year 2022 and fiscal year 2027 SpaceNews
Fri, 07 Aug 2020 20:40:49 +0000
Satellite fleet operator SES has selected Thales Alenia Space to build two C-band satellites, making the Franco-Italian manufacturer the first European company to win one of nine replacement satellite orders placed this year as a result of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s upcoming C-band spectrum auction.  SpaceNews
Fri, 07 Aug 2020 12:16:09 +0000
A SpaceX Falcon 9 launched the latest set of the company’s Starlink satellites, along with two BlackSky imaging satellites, Aug. 7 after weeks of delays. SpaceNews
Fri, 07 Aug 2020 12:05:41 +0000
Boeing will build four additional O3b mPower satellites for SES under an order announced Aug. 7 to expand the constellation to 11 satellites in medium Earth orbit.  SpaceNews
Fri, 07 Aug 2020 04:25:17 +0000
Manufacturers agreed the cost of cubesats and small satellites of all sizes will decline as constellation developers and operators begin placing larger orders. SpaceNews
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 20:39:16 +0000
As small satellites become more powerful, manufacturers say they need better ways to manage excess heat generated by their electronics systems. SpaceNews
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 18:00:08 +0000
Maxar Technologies no longer expects, at least initially, to win any manufacturing contracts for Telesat’s future broadband megaconstellation of 300 satellites.  SpaceNews
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 17:52:57 +0000
The launch of a NASA astronomy smallsat mission next year will be postponed by several months after the pandemic delayed assembly of key elements of the spacecraft. SpaceNews
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 11:21:30 +0000
The percentage of small satellites that successfully complete their missions has improved in recent years even as the number of such satellites has dramatically increased. SpaceNews
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 22:30:08 +0000
Revenues for Lithuanian Nanosatellite manufacturer NanoAvionics tripled in the last 12 months as the company signed contracts with startups and industry veterans. SpaceNews
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 22:03:48 +0000
Col. Russell Teehan said commercially developed technologies will be part of the future capabilities of the U.S. Space Force. SpaceNews
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 20:39:00 +0000
The state will look at the required infrastructure, human capital development and financing necessary to support a commercial spaceport at Vandenberg. SpaceNews
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 18:42:42 +0000
ExoTerra Resources, a Colorado firm focused on propulsion and in-situ resource utilization, is preparing to quadruple production capacity to meet government and commercial demand. SpaceNews
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 16:12:48 +0000
The Russian company that markets commercial Soyuz launches says it is offering capacity on a launch of a Russian lunar mission next year for smallsat secondary payloads. SpaceNews
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 15:00:14 +0000
Commercial satellite operatorSES has selected SpaceX and United Launch Alliance to each launch two geostationary satellites designed to replace C-band capacity in the United States that the Federal Communications Commission is repurposing for 5G cellular networks.  SpaceNews
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 14:21:35 +0000
NASA’s MarCO mission showed that interplanetary cubesat missions, while possible, are anything but easy. SpaceNews
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 11:15:58 +0000
The NASA astronauts who flew on the SpaceX Demo-2 commercial crew vehicle said they were pleasantly surprised at how well the Crew Dragon spacecraft performed. SpaceNews
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 10:17:39 +0000
After months of delays and testing setbacks, a prototype of SpaceX’s Starship next-generation reusable launch vehicle made a brief “hop” flight Aug. 4 at the company’s South Texas test site. SpaceNews
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 08:24:24 +0000
China is advancing the development of the Chang'e-7 lunar south pole mission and a complex campaign to study comets and return samples from a near-Earth asteroid with a single orbiter. SpaceNews
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Fri, 07 Aug 2020 09:22:00 +0200
Taking advantage of a total lunar eclipse, astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have detected Earth's own brand of sunscreen – ozone – in our atmosphere. This method simulates how astronomers and astrobiology researchers will search for evidence of life beyond Earth by observing potential "biosignatures" on exoplanets (planets around other stars). Hubble did not look at Earth directly. Instead, the astronomers used the Moon as a mirror to reflect sunlight, which had passed through
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0200
Millions of people around the world face hunger every day, and unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to make the issue of food security even worse. Satellites are helping to alleviate the situation by providing crucial information to monitor crop growth and harvesting from space. A recent report from the World Food Programme forecasts that the COVID-19 pandemic could push over 130 million additional people into chronic hunger by the end of 2020. The pandemic has caused numerous
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 10:55:00 +0200
Last week marked the completion of a major milestone on the path to spacecraft assembly, test, and launch operations for NASA’s Lucy mission. The Systems Integration Review ensured segments, components, and subsystems, scientific instrumentation, electrical and communication systems, and navigation systems are on schedule to be integrated into the system. It confirmed that facilities, support personnel, and plans and procedures are on schedule to support integration. The four-day meeting
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 10:51:00 +0200
SES, the leader in global content connectivity solutions, announced today that American launch provider SpaceX will provide launch capability for up to 3 of its C-band satellites over two launches as part of the company’s accelerated C-band clearing plan. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will launch two C-band satellites built by Northrop Grumman as well as provide enhanced protection to rapidly launch a contingency satellite from Cape Canaveral, Florida in 2022 allowing SES to meet the Federal
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 06:48:32 +0200
SES, the leader in global content connectivity solutions, has selected U.S.-based United Launch Alliance (ULA) to launch two C-band satellites. This launch is part of the company’s accelerated C-band clearing plan to meet the Federal Communications Commission’s objectives to roll out 5G services in the United States. ULA’s Atlas V rocket will launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida in 2022 and carry the two stacked satellites. Earlier this year, SES contracted with American companies Northrop
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 15:00:00 +0200
Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is building mission payloads for a Space Engineering Research Center at University of Southern California (USC) Information Sciences Institute small satellite program called La Jument, which enhance Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) space technologies. For the program, four La Jument nanosatellites -- the first launching later this year -- will use Lockheed Martin’s SmartSat™ software-defined satellite architecture on both their payload and
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 14:14:20 +0200
Benchmark Space Systems, a leading provider of green in-space propulsion systems for small satellites, today announced an exclusive services agreement with rideshare leader Spaceflight Inc. to provide a full range of non-toxic chemical propulsion solutions designed to accelerate satellite rideshare deployments to prime orbital locations aboard its next-generation Sherpa orbital transfer vehicles (OTVs). Announced last month, Spaceflight’s first OTV in the Sherpa-NG family, Sherpa FX, will
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 13:52:00 +0200
The longest foam More bubbles, please. The Space Station has witnessed the longest science run with foams for the Foam-Coarsening experiment. This research mixed varying amounts of water and soap inside small tubes for 14 days in a row. A high-speed piston shook the mixture for two minutes, followed by 100 hours of recording with laser optics, photon counters and high-resolution cameras to achieve the best science. The result? The foam bubbles become larger, last longer and their motion is
Tue, 04 Aug 2020 17:35:00 +0200
Lasers on Earth are used to measure the position of space debris high above, providing crucial information on how to avoid in-space collisions. Until now, this technique has suffered from a fatal flaw. For some time, lasers could only be used to measure the distance to space debris during the few twilight hours in which the ‘laser ranging’ station on Earth is in darkness, but debris objects high above are still bathing in the last of the Sun’s rays. In the same way that the Moon is
Tue, 04 Aug 2020 09:05:00 +0200
Using data from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, scientists have developed a new model that successfully predicted seven of the Sun’s biggest flares from the last solar cycle, out of a set of nine. With more development, the model could be used to one day inform forecasts of these intense bursts of solar radiation. As it progresses through its natural 11-year cycle, the Sun transitions from periods of high to low activity, and back to high again. The scientists focused on X-class
Tue, 04 Aug 2020 07:49:22 +0200
The Express-80 and Express-103 communications satellites have been successfully launched by the launcher Proton from the Cosmodrome of Baikonour in Kazaksthan. The satellites are the result of the  partnership between the Russian company ISS Reshetnev, providing the H1000 platforms and Thales Alenia Space, a Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%) joint venture, providing the payloads. The mission of both  Express-80 and Express-103 satellites, which will last 15 years, is to provide fixed and
Mon, 03 Aug 2020 12:01:00 +0200
SEATTLE – Aug. 3, 2020 — Spaceflight Inc., the leading satellite rideshare and mission management provider, today announced, during the opening of Small Satellite Conference 2020, it is providing an array of new sweeping programs to deliver launch schedule assurance and greater flexibility to smallsat customers needing frequent, reliable, and cost-effective ways to get spacecraft on orbit. “One thing we’ve learned about launching smallsats over the past 10 years is that there is a growing
Mon, 03 Aug 2020 08:47:00 +0200
Two NASA astronauts splashed down safely in the Gulf of Mexico Sunday for the first time in a commercially built and operated American crew spacecraft, returning from the International Space Station to complete a test flight that marks a new era in human spaceflight. SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, carrying Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, splashed down under parachutes in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Florida at 2:48 p.m. EDT Sunday and was successfully recovered by SpaceX. After
Mon, 03 Aug 2020 08:42:00 +0200
Jupiter, named for the king of the ancient Roman gods, commands its own mini-version of our solar system of circling satellites; their movements convinced Galileo Galilei that Earth is not the center of the universe in the early 17th century. More than 400 years later, astronomers will use NASA's James Webb Space Telescope to observe these famous subjects, pushing the observatory's instruments to their fullest capabilities and laying the groundwork for far-reaching scientific discovery. A
Mon, 03 Aug 2020 08:25:01 +0200
Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales (67 %) and Leonardo (33 %), has signed  a €72 million first tranche contract with OHB System, prime contractor of the project, to develop the payload for the 2 satellites of the CO2M mission, as part of Europe’s Copernicus program. Copernicus is the core satellite Earth observation program of the European Commission and a cornerstone of the European Space Agency (ESA) activities in the field as well. It provides Earth observation data for
Fri, 31 Jul 2020 08:33:00 +0200
The Ariane 5 for Arianespace Flight VA253 has rolled out to the launch zone at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, clearing the way for tomorrow's mission with a trio of spacecraft: Galaxy 30 (G-30), Mission Extension Vehicle-2 (MEV-2) and BSAT-4b. Riding atop a mobile launch table, the heavy-lift launcher completed its transfer from the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building – where payload integration occurred – to the dedicated ELA-3 launch complex. ArianeGroup is Ariane 5’s prime
Fri, 31 Jul 2020 07:44:57 +0200
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the Mars 2020 mission with the Perseverance rover for NASA, lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 on July 30 at 7:50 a.m. EDT. ULA and its heritage rockets have launched every U.S. led mission to Mars, beginning in the 1960s. The launch of this mission marks ULA’s 20 th trip to the red planet and the 85 th successful launch of an Atlas V rocket. The Atlas V has previously launched four missions to Mars, including the Mars
Thu, 30 Jul 2020 14:16:00 +0200
Five European researchers are part of NASA’s Mars 2020 science team to select the most promising martian samples bound for Earth. The mission to Mars launched today for its seven-month journey to the Red Planet. Once there, the team will guide the Perseverance rover as it hunts for evidence of ancient microbial life. The group is made up of researchers from Belgium, France, Sweden and the UK. “These top scientists from across Europe are experts on how to collect, analyse and read the
Thu, 30 Jul 2020 14:00:00 +0200
Resembling a butterfly with its symmetrical structure, beautiful colours, and intricate patterns, this striking bubble of gas — known as NGC 2899 — appears to float and flutter across the sky in this new picture from ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT). This object has never before been imaged in such striking detail, with even the faint outer edges of the planetary nebula glowing over the background stars. NGC 2899’s vast swathes of gas extend up to a maximum of two light-years from its
Wed, 29 Jul 2020 20:41:00 +0200
Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) developed the technology behind the aeroshell that will protect NASA's newest Mars rover, Perseverance, and deploy the first-ever Mars helicopter. The Mars 2020 spacecraft with its Perseverance rover is scheduled to launch July 30 from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The Perseverance rover, built by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), will study the geology of Mars while searching for

 
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