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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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TWO BLACKSKY SATELLITES HITCHING RIDE ON STARLINK MISSION TWO BLACKSKY SATELLITES HITCHING RIDE ON STARLINK MISSION - BlackSky said Tuesday it is launching two optical Earth observation satellites as rideshare payloads on a SpaceX Starlink mission planned for liftoff this week from Cape Canaveral. The mission is set for launch Thursday, one day later than the previous schedule. The rideshare mission will mark th...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Dec 2)


US PEGASUS ROCKET DEBRIS TO APPROACH SPACE STATION ON DECEMBER 3 — ROSCOSMOS US PEGASUS ROCKET DEBRIS TO APPROACH SPACE STATION ON DECEMBER 3 — ROSCOSMOS - A fragment of a US Pegasus rocket will fly at a distance of 5.4 km from the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday afternoon, the press office of the Russian space agency Roscosmos reported on Wednesday. "A stage fragment of a Pegasus carrier rocket launched in 1994 will approach the Interna...   More
(Source: TASS - Dec 2)


NOAA’S GOES-T SATELLITE 2022 LAUNCH SCHEDULED NOAA’S GOES-T SATELLITE 2022 LAUNCH SCHEDULED - NOAA’s GOES-T, the third in the GOES-R Series of advanced weather observing and environmental monitoring satellites, arrived in Florida today to begin final preparations for launch, which is currently scheduled for March 1, 2022. The launch was recently scheduled for February 16, 2022. However, sh...   More
(Source: WeatherNation - Dec 2)


SPACEX'S STARLINK INTERNET SATELLITES FORCED TO DODGE RUSSIAN ANTI-SATELLITE TEST DEBRIS SPACEX'S STARLINK INTERNET SATELLITES FORCED TO DODGE RUSSIAN ANTI-SATELLITE TEST DEBRIS - Debris from Russia's anti-satellite missile test last month has forced some SpaceX Starlink internet satellites to dodge in order to avoid in-orbit collisions, the company's CEO Elon Musk said Tuesday (Nov. 30). The Russian anti-satellite missile test, which shattered the defunct nearly 2-ton sur...   More
(Source: Space.com - Dec 2)


GALILEO SATELLITES GIVEN GREEN LIGHT FOR LAUNCH GALILEO SATELLITES GIVEN GREEN LIGHT FOR LAUNCH - The Launch Readiness Review on Nov. 26 confirmed that the satellites, the supporting ground installations, and the early operations facilities and teams are ready for lift-off on the early hours of Thursday morning, central European time. Galileo satellites 27 and 28 are scheduled to be launched ...   More
(Source: GPS World - Dec 1)


CHINA LAUNCHES NEW COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE CHINASAT 1D CHINA LAUNCHES NEW COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE CHINASAT 1D - China continued its stream of rocket launches on Friday (Nov. 26) by lofting a new communications satellite into a geosynchronous transfer orbit. A Long March 3B launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China at 11:40 a.m. EST Friday (1640 GMT, or 12:40 a.m. Nov. 27 local t...   More
(Source: Space.com - Dec 1)


DEBRIS WARNING POSTPONES NASA SPACEWALK DEBRIS WARNING POSTPONES NASA SPACEWALK - NASA has postponed a spacewalk that was scheduled for Tuesday after receiving a space debris warning for the International Space Station. Just hours before the astronauts were due to venture out of the ISS, the agency said on its Twitter account that "due to the lack of opportunity to properly asse...   More
(Source: CNN - Dec 1)


SLOW-SCAN TV TRANSMISSIONS FROM ISS SET FOR DECEMBER 1 – 2 SLOW-SCAN TV TRANSMISSIONS FROM ISS SET FOR DECEMBER 1 – 2 - Russian cosmonauts on the International Space Station (ISS) plan to transmit slow-scan TV (SSTV) images on December 1 – 2 on 145.800 MHz FM using SSTV mode PD120. The transmissions from RS0ISS will be part of the Moscow Aviation Institute SSTV experiment (MAI-75) and will originate in the Russi...   More
(Source: ARRL - Dec 1)


SPACE FORCE OFFICIAL: SATELLITES IN ORBIT HAVE BECOME PAWNS IN GEOPOLITICAL CHESS GAMES SPACE FORCE OFFICIAL: SATELLITES IN ORBIT HAVE BECOME PAWNS IN GEOPOLITICAL CHESS GAMES - China and Russia for decades have watched the United States display its military power, much of it enabled by satellites in space. China’s recent demonstration of an orbital hypersonic weapon and Russia blowing up a satellite in orbit are expected countermoves, said Space Force deputy chief of ope...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Nov 30)


RUSSIA ISSUES THREAT TO GPS SATELLITES RUSSIA ISSUES THREAT TO GPS SATELLITES - The Kremlin warned it could blow up 32 GPS satellites with its new anti-satellite technology, ASAT, which it tested Nov. 15 on a retired Soviet Tselina-D satellite, according to numerous news reports. Russia then claimed on state television that its new ASAT missiles could obliterate NATO satelli...   More
(Source: GPS World - Nov 30)


ASTRONAUT SPACEWALK TO REPLACE FAULTY SPACE STATION ANTENNA ASTRONAUT SPACEWALK TO REPLACE FAULTY SPACE STATION ANTENNA - A pair of NASA astronauts -- a veteran and a first-time space flyer -- are to venture outside the International Space Station on Tuesday to replace a broken antenna that helps the crew in space communicate with Earth. Thomas Marshburn, 61, and Kayla Barron, 34, will don spacesuits and exit the sp...   More
(Source: UPI - Nov 30)


INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION SHINES IN GORGEOUS FLY-AROUND PHOTOS BY CREW DRAGON ASTRONAUTS INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION SHINES IN GORGEOUS FLY-AROUND PHOTOS BY CREW DRAGON ASTRONAUTS - It's been a decade since we've seen photos like these of the International Space Station. On Nov. 8, the Crew Dragon capsule Endeavour, carrying the four astronauts of SpaceX's Crew-2 mission, departed the orbiting lab after a 6.5-month stay. Endeavour didn't head directly home to Earth, however;...   More
(Source: Space.com - Nov 30)


NASA GIVES GREEN LIGHT TO FUEL JAMES WEBB SPACE TELESCOPE NASA GIVES GREEN LIGHT TO FUEL JAMES WEBB SPACE TELESCOPE - NASA engineers have cleared teams at the Guiana Space Center in South America to begin loading 63 gallons of fuel and oxidizer into the James Webb Space Telescope, after extra testing showed the observatory suffered no damage during a processing incident in the clean room earlier this month. Duri...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Nov 29)


CHINA SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES TACTICAL MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE CHINA SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES TACTICAL MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE - Continuing a recent streak, Friday saw the fourth successful orbital launch from China in one week. This time, the Zhongxing-1D (ChinaSat-1D) satellite was inserted into orbit by a Chang Zheng 3B rocket launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center. The ChinaSat (Zhongxing) series of satellit...   More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Nov 29)


RUSSIAN NODE MODULE DOCKS WITH INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION RUSSIAN NODE MODULE DOCKS WITH INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION - Russia’s Prichal docking module linked up with the International Space Station Friday, adding the final planned piece of the Russian segment of the outpost to provide a new connection for future crew and cargo ships. The spherical, ball-shaped docking node launched Wednesday at 8:06:35 a.m. EST...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Nov 29)


HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION CREW HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION CREW - Aboard the International Space Station, NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei, Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn and Kayla Barron and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Matthias Maurer shared their thoughts about spending Thanksgiving in orbit and the foods they plan to enjoy. Vande Hei is in the midst of a ...   More
(Source: SpaceRef - Nov 26)


RUSSIAN CARGO SHIP DEPARTS SPACE STATION TO MAKE ROOM FOR NEW DOCKING MODULE RUSSIAN CARGO SHIP DEPARTS SPACE STATION TO MAKE ROOM FOR NEW DOCKING MODULE - A Russian cargo ship departed the International Space Station early Thursday (Nov. 25) to make room for a new docking port that's already on its way to the orbiting laboratory. The automated Progress 78 cargo ship, also known as Progress MS-17, undocked from Russia's Nauka science module on the ...   More
(Source: Space.com - Nov 26)


KUAIZHOU-1A ROCKET LAUNCHES CLASSIFIED SHIYAN-11 SATELLITE KUAIZHOU-1A ROCKET LAUNCHES CLASSIFIED SHIYAN-11 SATELLITE - A Chinese Kuaizhou-1A rocket launched the experimental Shiyan-11 satellite for China’s main space contractor from northwest China late Nov. 24. The 19.4-meter-long Kuaizhou-1A lifted off from a transporter erector launcher at 6:41 p.m. Eastern Wednesday, rising into pre-dawn skies over the Jiuq...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Nov 26)


SOYUZ 2.1B LAUNCHES RUSSIAN EARLY WARNING SATELLITE SOYUZ 2.1B LAUNCHES RUSSIAN EARLY WARNING SATELLITE - At 01:09 UTC, or 4:09 A.M. local time in Moscow, a Soyuz 2.1b rocket launched carrying the Tundra 15L early warning satellite for the Russian Ministry of Defense. The launch occurred from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. Plesetsk is located in the Arkhangelsk oblast. The Cosmodrome has...   More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Nov 25)


ONEWEB MULLS DEBRIS-REMOVAL SERVICE FOR FAILED SATELLITE ONEWEB MULLS DEBRIS-REMOVAL SERVICE FOR FAILED SATELLITE - OneWeb is considering options to remove one of its broadband satellites from low Earth orbit after it failed following a software issue last year. “We are looking at all potential suppliers to address de-orbit as and when the tech is safe,” said Chris Mclaughlin, OneWeb’s chief of governmen...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Nov 25)

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