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LOW EARTH ORBIT: DEFINITION, THEORY AND FACTS - In very simple terms, low Earth orbit (LEO) is exactly what it sounds like: An orbit around the Earth with an altitude that lies towards the lower end of the range of possible orbits. This is around 1,200 miles (2,000 kilometers) or less. The majority of satellites are to be found in LEO, as is the International Space Station (ISS).
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WATCH PRIVATE FREIGHTER LEAVE SPACE STATION EARLY TUESDAY FOR FIERY DEATH WATCH PRIVATE FREIGHTER LEAVE SPACE STATION EARLY TUESDAY FOR FIERY DEATH - A private cargo spacecraft will leave the International Space Station (ISS) early Tuesday (June 28), and you can watch its departure live. Northop Grumman's robotic Cygnus freighter is scheduled to undock from the orbiting lab at 6:05 a.m. EDT (1005) Tuesday. Watch it live here at Space.com, cour...   More
(Source: Space.com - Jun 28)


CHINA LAUNCHES NEW SATELLITE FOR EARTH OBSERVATION CHINA LAUNCHES NEW SATELLITE FOR EARTH OBSERVATION - China sent a new Earth observation satellite into space from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China on Monday. The satellite, Gaofen-12 03, was launched by a Long March-4C carrier rocket at 11:46 p.m. (Beijing Time) and has entered the planned orbit successfully. It will be use...   More
(Source: Xinhua - Jun 28)


SES-22 SATELLITE TO LAUNCH ON JUNE 29 SES-22 SATELLITE TO LAUNCH ON JUNE 29 - Satellite operator SES has announced that its latest unit, the SES-22 is currently being prepared for launch from SpaceX’s Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on June 29, 2022, at 5:04 pm/11:04 pm. Built by Thales Alenia Space, SES-22 will operate in the 135 degrees We...   More
(Source: Satellite Pro ME - Jun 28)


BUZZ LIGHTYEAR HAS REALLY FLOWN IN SPACE. HERE ARE THE VIDEOS TO PROVE IT. BUZZ LIGHTYEAR HAS REALLY FLOWN IN SPACE. HERE ARE THE VIDEOS TO PROVE IT. - At 468 days in space, Buzz Lightyear has spent the longest time ever in space on a single mission. The catch is, as Lightyear's friend Woody would remind us in a hot minute, he is a toy! Whether toy or space ranger, however, the loveable Lightyear is back in the popular conversation yet again for...   More
(Source: Space.com - Jun 27)


NASA TO LAUNCH FIRST ROCKET FROM A COMMERCIAL SPACEPORT IN AUSTRALIA ON SUNDAY NASA TO LAUNCH FIRST ROCKET FROM A COMMERCIAL SPACEPORT IN AUSTRALIA ON SUNDAY - NASA will launch a rocket from the remote wilderness of northern Australia on Sunday evening, the first commercial space launch in Australia and the agency's first from a commercial spaceport. The suborbital rocket will be briefly visible seconds after the launch, scheduled for 10:44 p.m. (1344 G...   More
(Source: Reuters - Jun 27)


IRAN LAUNCHES ROCKET INTO SPACE AS NUCLEAR TALKS TO RESUME IRAN LAUNCHES ROCKET INTO SPACE AS NUCLEAR TALKS TO RESUME - Iranian state television said Sunday that Tehran had launched a solid-fueled rocket into space, drawing a rebuke from Washington ahead of the expected resumption of stalled talks over Tehran’s tattered nuclear deal with world powers. It’s unclear when or where the rocket was launched, but the...   More
(Source: AP News - Jun 27)


CYGNUS CARGO CRAFT FIRES ENGINE FOR LIMITED STATION REBOOST CYGNUS CARGO CRAFT FIRES ENGINE FOR LIMITED STATION REBOOST - On Saturday, June 25, Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus completed its first limited reboost of the International Space Station. Cygnus’ gimbaled delta velocity engine was used to adjust the space station’s orbit through a reboost of the altitude of the space station. The maneuver lasted 5 minutes, 1 s...   More
(Source: NASA - Jun 26)


CHINA COMPLETES SECOND LAUNCH THIS WEEK WITH YAOGAN 35-2 CHINA COMPLETES SECOND LAUNCH THIS WEEK WITH YAOGAN 35-2 - A second launch out of China this week lifted off at 02:22 UTC from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center with three satellites of the Yaogan family aboard a Chang Zheng 2D. The satellites, called Yaogan 35 Group 2, are possibly related to another triplet of payloads that launched in November 2021 ...   More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Jun 25)


KUAIZHOU-1A RETURNS TO FLIGHT WITH A MYSTERIOUS PAYLOAD KUAIZHOU-1A RETURNS TO FLIGHT WITH A MYSTERIOUS PAYLOAD - This morning at 02:20 UTC, Kuaizhou-1A successfully returned to flight with the Tianxing-1 mission. The launch was conducted from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in China. This mission comes after the GeeSAT-1A&1B mission, which launched in December 2021 on the same rocket configuration and fail...   More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Jun 25)


WILD SOLAR WEATHER IS CAUSING SATELLITES TO PLUMMET FROM ORBIT. IT'S ONLY GOING TO GET WORSE. WILD SOLAR WEATHER IS CAUSING SATELLITES TO PLUMMET FROM ORBIT. IT'S ONLY GOING TO GET WORSE. - In late 2021, operators of the European Space Agency's (ESA) Swarm constellation noticed something worrying: The satellites, which measure the magnetic field around Earth, started sinking toward the atmosphere at an unusually fast rate — up to 10 times faster than before. The change coincided with...   More
(Source: Space.com - Jun 24)


LAUNCH OF NASA'S CAPSTONE CUBESAT MOON MISSION DELAYED TO JUNE 27 LAUNCH OF NASA'S CAPSTONE CUBESAT MOON MISSION DELAYED TO JUNE 27 - The launch of NASA's CAPSTONE moon mission has been delayed at least two additional days, to no earlier than Monday (June 27). The microwave oven-sized CAPSTONE will head toward the moon atop a Rocket Lab Electron vehicle, which will lift off from the company's New Zealand launch site. NASA a...   More
(Source: Space.com - Jun 24)


ARIANE 5 ROCKET LAUNCHES 2 COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITES TO ORBIT FROM SOUTH AMERICA ARIANE 5 ROCKET LAUNCHES 2 COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITES TO ORBIT FROM SOUTH AMERICA - A European heavy-lift rocket launched two communications satellites to orbit from South America on Wednesday evening (June 22). An Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket lifted off from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana on Wednesday at 5:50 p.m. EDT (2150 GMT). That was 47 minutes into the 100-min...   More
(Source: Space.com - Jun 23)


NASA ATTEMPT TO BOOST SPACE STATION CUTS OFF UNEXPECTEDLY NASA ATTEMPT TO BOOST SPACE STATION CUTS OFF UNEXPECTEDLY - The International Space Station sometimes has to shift its path to stay in the right orbit or to avoid debris (like it did last week). Usually, the ISS crew calls on Russian equipment to provide the thrust for the adjustments, but NASA tried to use a Northrop Grumman Cygnus cargo craft in a "reboost...   More
(Source: CNET - Jun 22)


KARI REACHES ORBIT ON SECOND TEST FLIGHT OF DOMESTIC NURI ROCKET KARI REACHES ORBIT ON SECOND TEST FLIGHT OF DOMESTIC NURI ROCKET - The Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) has conducted its second launch of the Korea Space Launch Vehicle (KSLV)-II rocket, also known as Nuri. This was Nuri’s return to flight after nearly reaching orbit on its previous mission. The rocket lifted off from Launch Complex-2 (LC-2) at the Nar...   More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Jun 22)


SOUTH KOREAN ROCKET’S SECOND LAUNCH RESCHEDULED FOR JUNE 21 SOUTH KOREAN ROCKET’S SECOND LAUNCH RESCHEDULED FOR JUNE 21 - The second launch of South Korea’s first domestically built rocket is set for June 21, a delay of a week due to strong winds and a technical glitch. “We convened a meeting of the launch management committee and decided to pursue the second launch on June 21,” Kwon Hyun-joon, a senior scienc...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Jun 21)


INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION DODGES ORBITAL DEBRIS FROM RUSSIAN ANTI-SATELLITE TEST INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION DODGES ORBITAL DEBRIS FROM RUSSIAN ANTI-SATELLITE TEST - A piece of space junk from a Russian anti-satellite weapons test forced the International Space Station to maneuver to avoid the orbital debris on Thursday (June 16). Russia's space agency Roscosmos used an uncrewed Progress 81 cargo ship docked at the International Space Station to move the orb...   More
(Source: Space.com - Jun 20)


SPACEX LAUNCHES GERMAN MILITARY RADAR SATELLITE FROM CALIFORNIA SPACEX LAUNCHES GERMAN MILITARY RADAR SATELLITE FROM CALIFORNIA - A four-ton, cloud-penetrating radar observation satellite for the German military soared into orbit Saturday from California on top of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, beginning a 10-year mission to collect all-weather reconnaissance imagery. The Falcon 9 rocket flashed to life and climbed away from its...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jun 20)


SPACEX LAUNCHES GLOBALSTAR SATELLITE ON MYSTERIOUS FALCON 9 MISSION SPACEX LAUNCHES GLOBALSTAR SATELLITE ON MYSTERIOUS FALCON 9 MISSION - SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket on a secretive mission in the early hours of Sunday morning. Liftoff occurred at 12:27 AM EDT (04:27 UTC) from Space Launch Complex 40 of the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, with the rocket’s official mission being the deployment of a single replacement sate...   More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Jun 19)


ASTRONOMERS RENEW CONCERNS ABOUT STARLINK SATELLITE BRIGHTNESS ASTRONOMERS RENEW CONCERNS ABOUT STARLINK SATELLITE BRIGHTNESS - As SpaceX gears up for another launch of Starlink satellites, astronomers are concerned the company maybe backsliding in its efforts to reduce the brightness of those satellites. A Falcon 9 is scheduled to lift off at 12:08 p.m. Eastern June 17 from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A, pl...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Jun 18)


THE US HAS A NATIONAL STRATEGY TO PUT FACTORIES IN SPACE THE US HAS A NATIONAL STRATEGY TO PUT FACTORIES IN SPACE - The US government wants to see more of the expensive hardware in space maintained and even built there, rather than back on Earth. Space activities add billions to the US economy, but the inability to build in orbit limits that contribution. Now, new technologies developed by the US government an...   More
(Source: Quartz - Jun 17)

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