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HOW MANY SATELLITES ARE ORBITING EARTH? - It seems like every week, another rocket is launched into space carrying rovers to Mars, tourists or, most commonly, satellites. The idea that "space is getting crowded" has been around for a few years now, but just how crowded is it? And how crowded is it going to get?
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SPACEX SEES GROWING DEMAND FOR PRIVATE CREW DRAGON MISSIONS SPACEX SEES GROWING DEMAND FOR PRIVATE CREW DRAGON MISSIONS - With the all-civilian Inspiration4 crew mission back on Earth, SpaceX’s director of human spaceflight programs says the company is seeing increased interest in more private astronauts flights to orbit, and may expand its fleet of reusable Dragon spaceships to accommodate the growing demand. Spa...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Sep 26)


LANDSAT 9, NASA'S MOST POWERFUL LANDSAT SATELLITE EVER, IS 'GO' FOR LAUNCH ON MONDAY LANDSAT 9, NASA'S MOST POWERFUL LANDSAT SATELLITE EVER, IS 'GO' FOR LAUNCH ON MONDAY - NASA has cleared its newest powerful Earth-observing satellite for a launch into orbit from the California coast on Monday (Sept. 27). The satellite, called Landsat 9, is on track to lift off from the Vandenberg Space Force Base atop an Atlas V rocket provided by the United Launch Alliance. Lifto...   More
(Source: Space.com - Sep 26)


SPACEX FALCON HEAVY ROCKET WILL LAUNCH INTERNET SATELLITE TO SERVE ALASKA IN 2022 SPACEX FALCON HEAVY ROCKET WILL LAUNCH INTERNET SATELLITE TO SERVE ALASKA IN 2022 - SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket just got another passenger. The powerful Falcon Heavy is now scheduled to loft Astranis' first commercial communications satellite to orbit next spring, Astranis representatives announced Thursday (Sept. 23). The satellite — which will beam internet service down...   More
(Source: Space.com - Sep 26)


CHINA EYES SENDING 1ST FEMALE ASTRONAUT TO NEW SPACE STATION CHINA EYES SENDING 1ST FEMALE ASTRONAUT TO NEW SPACE STATION - One of China's few women astronauts is expected to be named among the crew of the upcoming Shenzhou 13 mission to the Chinese space station. The three-member crew of Shenzhou 12 just returned to Earth following 90 days aboard the Tianhe module of the Tiangong space station, but China is already g...   More
(Source: Space.com - Sep 25)


CONGRESS TO NASA: WHAT COMES AFTER THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION? CONGRESS TO NASA: WHAT COMES AFTER THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION? - The specter of NASA's 30-year space shuttle program loomed large as congressional representatives sought details about the agency's plans for orbital spaceflight after the International Space Station. Questions of how long the station — already over 20 years old — can last and how internation...   More
(Source: Space.com - Sep 24)


NEXT COMMERCIAL FALCON HEAVY MISSION TO LAUNCH DEBUT ASTRANIS SATELLITE NEXT COMMERCIAL FALCON HEAVY MISSION TO LAUNCH DEBUT ASTRANIS SATELLITE - Astranis said Sept. 23 that SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket will launch its first commercial satellite in a direct-inject mission to geostationary orbit (GEO) in spring 2022. The San Francisco-based startup, which is building and operating the Arcturus satellite for U.S.-based telco Pacific Datapo...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Sep 24)


ROCKET LAB TO LAUNCH ASTROSCALE INSPECTION SATELLITE ROCKET LAB TO LAUNCH ASTROSCALE INSPECTION SATELLITE - Rocket Lab will launch an Astroscale mission to rendezvous with a spent rocket stage in low Earth orbit, a prelude to eventually deorbiting the stage. Rocket Lab announced Sept. 21 that it won a contract from Astroscale for the launch of its Active Debris Removal by Astroscale-Japan (ADRAS-J) spa...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Sep 24)


LA PALMA VOLCANO ERUPTION'S INFERNAL BEAUTY VISIBLE FROM SPACE IN ASTRONAUT AND SATELLITE PHOTOS LA PALMA VOLCANO ERUPTION'S INFERNAL BEAUTY VISIBLE FROM SPACE IN ASTRONAUT AND SATELLITE PHOTOS - New astronaut and satellite images of an active volcano on the island of La Palma reveal the frightening beauty of the eruption, as well as its dangerous proximity to humans. Lava began gushing out of the Cumbre Vieja crater on the island, which is located off the coast of northwestern Africa an...   More
(Source: Space.com - Sep 24)


HOW MANY SATELLITES ARE ORBITING EARTH? HOW MANY SATELLITES ARE ORBITING EARTH? - It seems like every week, another rocket is launched into space carrying rovers to Mars, tourists or, most commonly, satellites. The idea that “space is getting crowded” has been around for a few years now, but just how crowded is it? And how crowded is it going to get? I am a professor of ph...   More
(Source: Astronomy Magazine - Sep 23)


BOEING'S NEXT STARLINER TEST LAUNCH FOR NASA MAY SLIP TO 2022 BOEING'S NEXT STARLINER TEST LAUNCH FOR NASA MAY SLIP TO 2022 - Boeing's Starliner astronaut taxi may not get off the ground this year after all. Boeing and NASA had originally aimed to launch Starliner's Orbital Test Flight 2 (OFT-2), a crucial uncrewed trial mission to the International Space Station (ISS), from Florida's Cape Canaveral Space Force Station ...   More
(Source: Space.com - Sep 23)


CRACKS FOUND ON THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION ARE A 'FAIRLY SERIOUS ISSUE,' A FORMER NASA ASTRONAUT SAYS CRACKS FOUND ON THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION ARE A 'FAIRLY SERIOUS ISSUE,' A FORMER NASA ASTRONAUT SAYS - Cracks are appearing on the International Space Station, and retired NASA astronaut Bill Shepherd says they're a "fairly serious issue." After Russian cosmonauts spotted the cracks on the station's Zarya module, Vladimir Solovyov, flight director of the Russian segment of the ISS, publicly reveal...   More
(Source: Business Insider - Sep 23)


SPACE STATION CREW TO RELOCATE SOYUZ, MAKE ROOM FOR NEW CREWMATES SPACE STATION CREW TO RELOCATE SOYUZ, MAKE ROOM FOR NEW CREWMATES - Three residents of the International Space Station will take a short ride aboard a Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft Tuesday, Sept. 28, relocating the spacecraft to prepare for the arrival of the next set of station crew members. Expedition 65 flight engineers Mark Vande Hei of NASA and Oleg Novitskiy and P...   More
(Source: NASA - Sep 23)


SAVES LIVES AND PROTECTS… EXPRESS-AM5 SATELLITE WILL WARN ABOUT SEISMIC ACTIVITY SAVES LIVES AND PROTECTS… EXPRESS-AM5 SATELLITE WILL WARN ABOUT SEISMIC ACTIVITY - The Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) and an international service provider Hunter Communications have put in place communication channels to monitor the Earth’s seismic activity. High-precision seismometers are installed in a number of regions of Yakutia, transmitting data via the E...   More
(Source: SatNews - Sep 22)


SPACE DEVELOPMENT AGENCY APPROVES DESIGN FOR SATELLITES THAT CAN TRACK HYPERSONIC WEAPONS SPACE DEVELOPMENT AGENCY APPROVES DESIGN FOR SATELLITES THAT CAN TRACK HYPERSONIC WEAPONS - The Space Development Agency has approved design plans for its new missile warning satellites, which will be capable of detecting and tracking hypersonic weapons. L3Harris Technologies announced Sept. 20 that the agency had completed preliminary design review of their satellites, marking an impor...   More
(Source: C4ISRNet - Sep 22)


SATELLITE SWARMS MAY OUTSHINE THE NIGHT SKY’S NATURAL CONSTELLATIONS SATELLITE SWARMS MAY OUTSHINE THE NIGHT SKY’S NATURAL CONSTELLATIONS - Fleets of private satellites orbiting Earth will be visible to the naked eye in the next few years, sometimes all night long. Companies like SpaceX and Amazon have launched hundreds of satellites into low orbits since 2019, with plans to launch thousands more in the works — a trend that’s ala...   More
(Source: Science News - Sep 21)


TIANZHOU SHIP LAUNCHES AND DOCKS WITH CHINESE SPACE STATION TIANZHOU SHIP LAUNCHES AND DOCKS WITH CHINESE SPACE STATION - An unpiloted Chinese cargo ship launched and docked with the Tiangong space station Monday, delivering supplies to support the next three-person crew on the complex for six months after their arrival in October. The automated Tianzhou 3 supply freighter took off from the Wenchang launch base on H...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Sep 21)


SPACE COMMUNITY PONDERS RIGHT-OF-WAY RULES FOR SPACE TRAFFIC SPACE COMMUNITY PONDERS RIGHT-OF-WAY RULES FOR SPACE TRAFFIC - The growing number of satellites in orbit is leading to calls to develop formal “right of way” rules, although there is no consensus on what those rules should be and how they should be established. Several close approaches of satellites in recent years, in some cases exacerbated by disagreem...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Sep 20)


SPACE FORCE GRAPPLING WITH AGING INFRASTRUCTURE USED TO OPERATE SATELLITES SPACE FORCE GRAPPLING WITH AGING INFRASTRUCTURE USED TO OPERATE SATELLITES - The ground stations and tracking antennas the U.S. military relies on to communicate with its satellites — known as the Satellite Control Network, or SCN — are decades old and short of the capacity needed to keep up with the projected growth in space activities. There are seven SCN sites loca...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Sep 20)


SPACEX'S PRIVATE INSPIRATION4 CREW RETURNS TO EARTH WITH HISTORIC SPLASHDOWN OFF FLORIDA COAST SPACEX'S PRIVATE INSPIRATION4 CREW RETURNS TO EARTH WITH HISTORIC SPLASHDOWN OFF FLORIDA COAST - After three days in space, SpaceX's first all-civilian crew returned to Earth tonight, splashing down off the Florida coast to end a historic mission. The SpaceX Crew Dragon Resilience gently landed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Florida tonight (Sept. 18) at 7:06 p.m. ED...   More
(Source: Space.com - Sep 19)


SPACEX EMPHASIZES COORDINATION WITH OTHER SATELLITE OPERATORS SPACEX EMPHASIZES COORDINATION WITH OTHER SATELLITE OPERATORS - Two years after the close approach of a Starlink satellite with a European Space Agency satellite alarmed some in the space industry, SpaceX says it’s working closely with a wide range of satellite operators to ensure safe space operations. In September 2019, ESA announced it maneuvered an Eart...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Sep 18)

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