Tracking 20092 objects as of 14-Dec-2019
HD Live streaming from Space Station
objects crossing your sky now
Draw orbits    Draw footprint    Keep selection centered      




Your current location
Your IP address:3.226.243.226
Latitude: 39.04372°
Longitude: -77.48749°
Magnetic decl.: 10° 34' W
Local time zone:
Is this incorrect?
Set your custom location


 
WHY ASTRONOMERS WORRY ABOUT THE BRIGHTNESS OF SPACEX'S STARLINK SATELLITE MEGACONSTELLATION - SpaceX is planning to launch the second installment of its Starlink megaconstellation on Monday (Nov. 11), and astronomers are waiting to see — well, precisely what they will see.
Read article
SATELLITE NEWS

CHINA JOINS SATELLITE SPACE RACE: CHINESE COMPANY TO LAUNCH 5G COMMS SATELLITE CHINA JOINS SATELLITE SPACE RACE: CHINESE COMPANY TO LAUNCH 5G COMMS SATELLITE - The first low-Earth broadband satellite in the part of the spectrum that will be the next frontier of satellite communications, the high-frequency Q/V band, is set for launch by a Chinese company. The Global Times reported Thursday that Chinese commercial aerospace company Galaxy Space plans to launch the low-Earth broadband 5G satellite at the end of the month. Beijing Daily reported that the company announced at a global 5G conference in China that the 10Gbps satellite will be launched from a site in Jiuquan, China.    More
(Source: Benzinga - Dec 13)


PHOTO OF THE DAY: BRIGHTLY-LIT BUCHAREST PHOTOGRAPHED AT NIGHT FROM THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION PHOTO OF THE DAY: BRIGHTLY-LIT BUCHAREST PHOTOGRAPHED AT NIGHT FROM THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION - The US space agency NASA has published a photo of Romania's capital Bucharest taken at night from the International Space Station. The photo shows the brightly-lit city with its boulevards and surroundings.   More
(Source: Romania-Insider.com - Dec 13)


RUSSIAN LAUNCHES SATELLITE TO REPLENISH ITS GLONASS NAVIGATION SYSTEM RUSSIAN LAUNCHES SATELLITE TO REPLENISH ITS GLONASS NAVIGATION SYSTEM - Russia launched a new satellite to replenish its GLONASS navigation system, placed in orbit this Wednesday via a Soyuz-2-1b rocket with a Fregat-M upper stage, from Russian Plitsesk Cosmodrome, the Defense Ministry reoorted.    More
(Source: Prensa Latina - Dec 12)


ROCKET LAB TO DEBUT VIRGINIA LAUNCH PAD WITH U.S. AIR FORCE MISSION NEXT YEAR ROCKET LAB TO DEBUT VIRGINIA LAUNCH PAD WITH U.S. AIR FORCE MISSION NEXT YEAR - Rocket Lab plans to launch a research and development microsatellite mission for the U.S. Air Force in the first half of 2020 on the the first flight from the company’s new launch facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, officials announced Thursday. Company officials announced the payload and launch schedule Thursday during a media briefing at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility to provide an update on Rocket Lab’s first U.S. launch pad.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Dec 12)


INDIAN PSLV LAUNCHES RISAT-2BR1 MILITARY SATELLITE INDIAN PSLV LAUNCHES RISAT-2BR1 MILITARY SATELLITE - ISRO launched the fiftieth PSLV mission Wednesday, with its workhorse rocket flying for the second time in barely a fortnight to deploy a radar imaging spy satellite for India’s military. The RISAT-2BR1 satellite was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at 15:25 local time (09:55 UTC), with deployment into low Earth orbit expected sixteen and a half minutes later. RISAT-2BR1 is an all-weather radar reconnaissance satellite, able to image the Earth in both daylight and at night, regardless of any clouds obscuring the surface.   More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Dec 12)


REFUELING SATELLITES IN SPACE WITH THE HELP OF A ROBOT REFUELING SATELLITES IN SPACE WITH THE HELP OF A ROBOT - Many technologies that are essential for daily life—from communications to GPS navigation to weather forecasting—rely on the thousands of satellites that are orbiting Earth. When those satellites run out of gas and stop working, there's not much that can currently be done to fix them. "When a satellite runs out of fuel, and you don't have a way to refuel it, that satellite stops working," said John Wen, professor and head of the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.    More
(Source: Phys.org - Dec 12)


ISRO BEGINS COUNTDOWN FOR 50TH PSLV LAUNCH, ROCKET TO CARRY SPY SATELLITE ISRO BEGINS COUNTDOWN FOR 50TH PSLV LAUNCH, ROCKET TO CARRY SPY SATELLITE - The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) began the countdown for another satellite launch Tuesday evening. The countdown, which began 4.40 pm Tuesday, is for the launch of the RISAT-2BR1 Earth imaging satellite. The "spy satellite" will be carried onboard Isro's workhorse -- the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket. The PSLV rocket's launch is scheduled to take place from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 3.25 pm Wednesday. This will be the rocket's 50th mission.   More
(Source: India Today - Dec 11)


BOEING AWARDED $21.2 MILLION MODIFICATION TO MAINTAIN SURVEILLANCE SATELLITE BOEING AWARDED $21.2 MILLION MODIFICATION TO MAINTAIN SURVEILLANCE SATELLITE - Boeing has been awarded a $21.2 million contract modification for sustainment and development for the Air Force's space based surveillance system , the Department of Defense announced Tuesday. The modification funds systems engineering, operations, operations support and contractor logistics support for the Space Based Space Surveillance Block 10.    More
(Source: UPI - Dec 11)


SATELLITE SWARMS PUSH UPDATE OF SPACE JUNK GUIDELINES SATELLITE SWARMS PUSH UPDATE OF SPACE JUNK GUIDELINES - As SpaceX prepares to launch its next tranche of Starlink satellites in late December, the rise of satellite constellations in general prompted the federal government to update its space junk guidelines. Simply put, space junk can be dangerous. There are numerous instances of satellite pieces colliding with operational satellites, and every so often the International Space Station needs to dodge debris for the safety of its astronauts.   More
(Source: Forbes - Dec 11)


RUSSIAN SUPPLY SHIP DOCKS WITH INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION RUSSIAN SUPPLY SHIP DOCKS WITH INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION - An unmanned Russian ship carrying tons of supplies successfully docked Monday with the International Space Station. The Progress MS-13 cargo ship had lifted off on Friday atop a Soyuz rocket from the Russian space complex in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. It successfully docked with the space outpost on Monday at 1035 GMT.    More
(Source: Phys.org - Dec 10)


MYRADAR LAUNCHES AIRCRAFT TRACKING SATELLITE MYRADAR LAUNCHES AIRCRAFT TRACKING SATELLITE - Acme AtronOmatic, the makers of the MyRadar Weather Radar app, have launched a non-commercial, experimental communications satellite aboard Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket with launch provider Alba Orbital. The launch event, dubbed “Running out of Fingers,” lifted off on Dec. 6. The cubesat will monitor aircraft tracking signals from orbit and relay the data to the ground.    More
(Source: Via Satellite - Dec 10)


CHINA LAUNCHES TWO KUAIZHOU ROCKETS IN SIX HOURS CHINA LAUNCHES TWO KUAIZHOU ROCKETS IN SIX HOURS - Two solid-fueled Kuaizhou 1A rockets fired into orbit from the same spaceport in northern China Saturday, demonstrating a further advance in China’s aim for a quick-response, on-call satellite launch capability. The back-to-back Kuaizhou 1A missions both lifted off from the Taiyuan space center in northern China’s Shanxi province, using separate road-mobile transporters as launch pads.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Dec 9)


SPACEX DRAGON SUCCESSFULLY DOCKS WITH THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION SPACEX DRAGON SUCCESSFULLY DOCKS WITH THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION - SpaceX made an early holiday delivery to the International Space Station on Sunday, dropping off super muscular “mighty mice,” pest-killing worms and a smart, empathetic robot. The station commander, Italy’s Luca Parmitano, used a large robot arm to grab onto the Dragon three days after its launch from Cape Canaveral. The two spacecraft soared 260 miles (420 kilometers) above the South Pacific at the time of capture.   More
(Source: CNBC - Dec 9)


CHINA LAUNCHES NEW OPTICAL REMOTE SENSING SATELLITE CHINA LAUNCHES NEW OPTICAL REMOTE SENSING SATELLITE - China sent a new optical remote sensing satellite into space from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern China's Shanxi Province at 10:55 a.m. Saturday (Beijing Time). The Jilin-1 Gaofen 02B satellite, which belongs to the Jilin-1 satellite family, was launched by Kuaizhou-1A (KZ-1A) and entered the planned orbit successfully. The satellite was independently developed by the Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co., Ltd., featuring high resolution, wide width and high-speed data transmission.   More
(Source: Xinhua - Dec 8)


SATELLITE MEGA-CONSTELLATIONS STIR A DEBATE OVER AVOIDING CATASTROPHIC ORBITAL CRASHES SATELLITE MEGA-CONSTELLATIONS STIR A DEBATE OVER AVOIDING CATASTROPHIC ORBITAL CRASHES - The retired commander of the U.S. Strategic Command says the tens of thousands of satellites that SpaceX, OneWeb and Amazon are planning to put into orbit over the next few years will require a new automated system for space traffic management — and perhaps new satellite hardware requirements as well. Retired Gen. Kevin Chilton laid out his ideas for dealing with potentially catastrophic orbital traffic jams at the University of Washington on Friday, during the inaugural symposium presented by UW’s Space Policy and Research Center.   More
(Source: GeekWire - Dec 8)


RUSSIAN PROGRESS CARGO SHIP FOLLOWS SPACEX DRAGON TO INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION RUSSIAN PROGRESS CARGO SHIP FOLLOWS SPACEX DRAGON TO INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION - A Soyuz booster propelled a Russian Progress cargo ship into orbit early Friday, kicking off a three-day flight to deliver 2.7 tons of supplies and equipment to the International Space Station. The flight came less than 24 hours after SpaceX launched a station-bound Dragon cargo ship from Cape Canaveral on Thursday. The Progress MS-13/74P spacecraft lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 4:34 a.m. EST (12:34 p.m. local time), the moment Earth's rotation carried the launch pad into the plane of the space station's orbit — a requirement for spacecraft attempting to rendezvous with a target moving at nearly five miles per second.   More
(Source: CBS News - Dec 7)


ROCKET LAB’S 10TH LAUNCH TESTS BOOSTER RECOVERY TECHNOLOGY ROCKET LAB’S 10TH LAUNCH TESTS BOOSTER RECOVERY TECHNOLOGY - Rocket Lab closed out its 2019 launch schedule Friday with the 10th flight of the company’s Electron small satellite launcher, successfully deploying seven payloads in orbit while demonstrating new re-entry guidance and control technology to move closer to recovering and reusing future boosters. The 10th launch of an Electron rocket — and the sixth this year — lifted off from Launch Complex 1 at Rocket Lab’s privately-run space base on New Zealand’s North Island at 3:18 a.m. EST (0818 GMT) Friday. The 55-foot-tall (17-meter) launcher took off at 9:18 p.m. local time in New Zealand and soared into a clear evening sky against a fading twilight sky.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Dec 7)


DRAGON SOARS ON RESEARCH AND RESUPPLY FLIGHT TO INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION DRAGON SOARS ON RESEARCH AND RESUPPLY FLIGHT TO INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION - A commercial Dragon supply freighter built and owned by SpaceX rocketed into a clear blue sky over Florida’s Space Coast Thursday with a menagerie of research experiments and holiday surprises heading for the International Space Station. Scientists loaded 40 genetically-engineered into the Dragon capsule to help gauge the effectiveness of an experimental drug to combat muscle and bone atrophy. There’s also an experiment sponsored by Anheuser-Busch to study the malting of barley in microgravity, which could lead to the brewing of beer in space, the company says.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Dec 6)


FALCON 9 SCRUBS LAUNCH OF CRS-19 DRAGON TO THE ISS FALCON 9 SCRUBS LAUNCH OF CRS-19 DRAGON TO THE ISS - SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will have to watch until Thursday afternoon to launch the company’s Dragon spacecraft on a resupply flight to the International Space Station. Falcon was set to lift off from Cape Canaveral at 12:51:58 local time (17:51 UTC), deploying Dragon a little over nine and a half minutes later to begin its mission. However, unacceptable upper level winds – and wind strength for recovery of the booster – scrubbed the launch ahead of prop loading.   More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Dec 5)


MEXICAN STUDENTS LAUNCH A SMALL SATELLITE TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION MEXICAN STUDENTS LAUNCH A SMALL SATELLITE TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION - The first satellite built by students in Mexico for launch from the International Space Station is smaller than a shoebox but represents a big step for its builders. The project is part of NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative, which offers universities, high schools and non-profit organizations the opportunity to fly small satellites. Innovative technology partnerships keep down the cost, providing students a way to obtain hands-on experience developing flight hardware.   More
(Source: Space Daily - Dec 4)

Older news


N2YO: 407