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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 22:49:13 +0000
At first glance, it looks like something from an alien autopsy. A strange organ cut from a xenomorph’s thorax, under the flickering lights of an operating room in a top secret government facility, with venous tendrils dangling down to the floor, dripping viscous slime. (X-Com anyone?) But no, it’s just our Solar System. This strangely … Continue reading "This is What the Solar System Really Looks Like" The post This is What the Solar System Really Looks Like appeared first on Universe Today.
Fri, 07 Aug 2020 21:12:23 +0000
Is it possible that the aliens are not hiding, but sleeping and waiting for the Universe to get better? The post Beyond the Fermi Paradox V: What is the Aestivation Hypothesis? appeared first on Universe Today.
Fri, 07 Aug 2020 16:11:51 +0000
It's August and that means the Perseid meteors are inbound, starting this weekend this shower is a sure-fire bet, though 2020 sees the spectacle go down under somewhat challenging circumstances. The post Meteors of August: Our Guide to the 2020 Perseids appeared first on Universe Today.
Fri, 07 Aug 2020 03:44:44 +0000
Twinkling stars might make for spectacular viewing on a hot summer’s night, but they are an absolute nightmare to astronomers. That twinkling is caused by disturbances in the Earth’s atmosphere, and can wreak havoc on brightness readings, a key tool for astronomers everywhere.  Those readings are used for everything from understanding galaxy formation to the … Continue reading "Antarctica Is the Best Place On Earth for a Telescope, Is Also the Hardest Place to Put a Telescope" The post Antarctica Is the Best Place On Earth for a Telescope, Is Also the Hardest Place to Put a Telescope appeared first on Universe Today.
Fri, 07 Aug 2020 00:47:10 +0000
Astronomers have found another strange exoplanet in a distant solar system. This one’s an oddball because its size is intermediate between Earth and Neptune, yet it’s 50% more massive than Neptune. Astronomers have found what they call “puff planets” in other Solar Systems. Those are planets that are a few times more massive than Earth, … Continue reading "A Strange Planet has been Found that’s Smaller than Neptune But 50% More Massive" The post A Strange Planet has been Found that’s Smaller than Neptune But 50% More Massive appeared first on Universe Today.
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 19:50:37 +0000
Orbiters are giving us a chance to study the surface of Mars closely, and some of the features that pop to prominence are dry river channels. There are over 10,000 of them. But a new study suggests that glaciers on ancient Mars are responsible for many of them. According to the study, those glaciers and … Continue reading "Martian Features Were Carved by Glaciers, not Flowing Rivers" The post Martian Features Were Carved by Glaciers, not Flowing Rivers appeared first on Universe Today.
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 15:48:36 +0000
Since it launched in 2010, the Solar Dynamics Observatory has helped scientists understand how the Sun’s magnetic field is generated and structured, and what causes solar flares. One of the main goals of the mission was to be able to create forecasts for predicting activity on the Sun.    Using mission data from the past … Continue reading "New Solar Model Successfully Predicted Seven of the Sun’s Last Nine Big Flares" The post New Solar Model Successfully Predicted Seven of the Sun’s Last Nine Big Flares appeared first on Universe Today.
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 04:19:58 +0000
Astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley just returned from the ISS, completing the first crewed mission from US soil in almost a decade. The post NASA Astronauts are Back on Earth After a Successful Crew Dragon Splashdown appeared first on Universe Today.
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 20:33:55 +0000
Yesterday, SpaceX moved one step closer to sending people to the Moon and Mars when its SN5 prototype successfully made a 150 m (~500 ft) hop test! The post Finally! SpaceX Starship Prototype SN5 Flies Just Over 150 Meters Into the Air appeared first on Universe Today.
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 20:01:31 +0000
Mars’ massive cloud is back. Every year during Mars’ summer solstice, a cloud of water ice forms on the leeward side of Arsia Mons, one of Mars’ largest extinct volcanoes. The cloud can grow to be up to 1800 km (1120 miles) long. It forms each morning, then disappears the same day, only to reappear … Continue reading "There’s One Cloud on Mars That’s Over 1800 km Long" The post There’s One Cloud on Mars That’s Over 1800 km Long appeared first on Universe Today.

 
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