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THE MOST HISTORIC SATELLITES EVER LAUNCHED - Three TDRS satellites, the International Space Station (ISS) and Hubble Space Telescope orbit a blue-green Earth in this artist's concept. The TDRS network facilitates around the clock communication access between ground stations and other satellites and the ISS.
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ROCKET-LAUNCHING DRONE READY TO TAKE SATELLITES INTO ORBIT ROCKET-LAUNCHING DRONE READY TO TAKE SATELLITES INTO ORBIT - It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s the RAVN-X—a rocket-launching drone designed to send small satellites to orbit without a pilot or a launchpad. Aerospace startup Aevum unveiled the first flight-ready model today, in advance of the system’s first mission: a 2021 launch for the U.S. Space Force, to take place after flight testing. The company has already inked about $1 billion in military contracts, but Jay Skylus, founder and CEO, believes the RAVN-X system will be useful for remote-sensing scientists interested in launching small satellites quickly into custom orbits   More
(Source: Science Magazine - Dec 5)


NASA SPACE STATION ON-ORBIT STATUS 1 DECEMBER 2020 - CARGO RESUPPLY PREPARATIONS NASA SPACE STATION ON-ORBIT STATUS 1 DECEMBER 2020 - CARGO RESUPPLY PREPARATIONS - Cargo operations are underway at the International Space Station as a U.S. resupply ship prepares for launch and another prepares for departure. Meanwhile, a host of microgravity research is keeping the Expedition 64 crew busy. SpaceX is preparing its upgraded SpaceX Dragon cargo craft for a launch from Florida on Dec. 5 and a rendezvous with the orbiting lab about 24 hours later. This will be the first automated docking of the Cargo Dragon.   More
(Source: Space Ref - Dec 4)


SOYUZ ROCKET LIFTS OFF FROM PLESETSK WITH RUSSIAN RELAY SATELLITES SOYUZ ROCKET LIFTS OFF FROM PLESETSK WITH RUSSIAN RELAY SATELLITES - Three Russian Gonets communications satellites launched late Wednesday from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, riding a Soyuz rocket and Fregat upper stage into orbit on the second successful Soyuz mission in less than 24 hours. The Gonets-M satellites lifted off at 8:14 p.m. EST Wednesday (0114 GMT; 4:14 a.m. Moscow time Thursday) from Plesetsk, a military spaceport in the Arkhangelsk region of northern Russia.    More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Dec 4)


FIFTH SBIRS MISSILE WARNING SATELLITE READY FOR 2021 LAUNCH FIFTH SBIRS MISSILE WARNING SATELLITE READY FOR 2021 LAUNCH - Lockheed Martin has announced the US Space Force has determined the fifth Space-Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellite (SBIRS GEO-5) is complete and ready for launch in 2021. Built in a record time and at no additional cost to the government for the upgrade, SBIRS GEO-5 is the first military space satellite built on the company’s modernised, modular LM 2100 combat bus. SBIRS GEO-6, launching in 2022, is also being built on the new bus designed for speed and resilience.    More
(Source: SatelliteProME.com - Dec 4)


THE SPACE FORCE’S NEXT MISSILE WARNING SATELLITE IS READY FOR A 2021 LAUNCH THE SPACE FORCE’S NEXT MISSILE WARNING SATELLITE IS READY FOR A 2021 LAUNCH - The next satellite for the U.S. Space Force’s missile warning constellation is finished and ready for its 2021 launch date, according to primary manufacturer Lockheed Martin. The company announced Dec. 2 that work on the fifth geosynchronous Space Based Infrared System satellite (SBIRS GEO-5) was officially completed back in October. “Completing the production of a complex missile-warning satellite during the challenging COVID environment is a huge accomplishment and is a testament to Lockheed Martin’s professionalism and dedication to the security of our Nation,” said Capt. Alec Cook...   More
(Source: DefenseNews.com - Dec 3)


ONEWEB'S SATELLITE PLANT RETURNS TO FULL-SCALE PRODUCTION ONEWEB'S SATELLITE PLANT RETURNS TO FULL-SCALE PRODUCTION - Florida-based OneWeb Satellites has returned to full-scale production of spacecraft after its big client and part owner, OneWeb, emerged from bankruptcy. The high-tech factory near Kennedy Space Center churns out eight satellites a week, which is the average pace it was on before the bankruptcy, CEO Tony Gingiss said in an interview Friday.    More
(Source: UPI.com - Dec 2)


SOLAR SUPERSTORMS OF THE PAST HELP NASA SCIENTISTS UNDERSTAND RISKS FOR SATELLITES SOLAR SUPERSTORMS OF THE PAST HELP NASA SCIENTISTS UNDERSTAND RISKS FOR SATELLITES - At the edge of space, the ever-growing fleet of satellites in low-Earth orbit are locked in a constant, precarious battle with friction. These satellites orbit in a normally quiet region hundreds of miles above the surface, at the edge of Earth’s atmosphere. Usually, the satellites only feel a gentle push due to the headwinds of the rarified air there, but extreme storms from the Sun can change Earth’s atmosphere enough to pull a satellite farther off orbit in one day than they’d normally experience in a year.    More
(Source: NASA - Dec 2)


SOYUZ ROCKET LAUNCHES EMIRATI MILITARY SATELLITE AFTER LENGTHY DELAY SOYUZ ROCKET LAUNCHES EMIRATI MILITARY SATELLITE AFTER LENGTHY DELAY - After months of delays caused by launch vehicle issues and the coronavirus pandemic, a Russian Soyuz rocket and Fregat upper stage took off from South America and delivered the French-built Falcon Eye 2 military observation satellite to an on-target orbit Tuesday night for the United Arab Emirates. The kerosene-fueled Soyuz ST-A launcher lifted off from the Guiana Space Center on the northeastern coast of South America at 8:33:28 p.m. EST Tuesday (0133:28 GMT Wednesday) with the UAE military’s Falcon Eye 2 reconnaissance satellite...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Dec 2)


RUSSIA MAY COMMENCE DEPLOYMENT OF ITS ORBITAL STATION AFTER 2024 RUSSIA MAY COMMENCE DEPLOYMENT OF ITS ORBITAL STATION AFTER 2024 - Russia may deploy its own service orbital station, manned by two to four cosmonauts, after 2024, said Vladimir Solovyov, the first deputy CEO of the Energia Rocket and Space Corporation, according to the Scientific Russia website. "[Vladimir Solovyov] also presented the project of a Russian Orbital Service Station (ROSS), currently in development by RSC Energia," the website reads. "According to Solovyov, its deployment is planned after 2024."   More
(Source: TASS - Dec 2)


EUROPE AND RUSSIA SCRUB EMIRATI MILITARY/CIVILIAN EARTH IMAGING SATELLITE FOR SECOND TIME EUROPE AND RUSSIA SCRUB EMIRATI MILITARY/CIVILIAN EARTH IMAGING SATELLITE FOR SECOND TIME - Arianespace was to use — with Russia’s support — a Soyuz ST-A rocket to launch a joint military and civilian Earth imaging satellite for the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces from the Guiana Space Centre near Kourou, French Guiana. Liftoff of the Falcon Eye 2 satellite was to occur at 20:33:28 EST on Monday, 30 November (01:33:28 UTC on Tuesday, 1 December) to ensure the satellite reaches the proper sun-synchronous orbit. This was scrubbed with less than 2 minutes to go when a telemetry transmission issue happened.   More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Dec 1)


JAPANESE DATA RELAY SATELLITE LAUNCHES ON H-2A ROCKET JAPANESE DATA RELAY SATELLITE LAUNCHES ON H-2A ROCKET - A Japanese satellite designed to relay data and imagery from civilian and military Earth observation spacecraft launched Sunday aboard an H-2A rocket. The dual-use communications satellite rode an H-2A rocket into orbit at 2:25 a.m. EST (0725 GMT; 4:25 p.m. Japan Standard Time) from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan. A live video feed from media spectators at Tanegashima showed the 174-foot-tall (53-meter) H-2A rocket soaring into broken clouds over the spaceport.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Dec 1)


AN INSIDER’S LOOK AT ISRAEL’S NEXT SATELLITE: A ‘SMARTPHONE IN SPACE’ AN INSIDER’S LOOK AT ISRAEL’S NEXT SATELLITE: A ‘SMARTPHONE IN SPACE’ - Work is on track to develop and build Israel’s next-generation communications satellite, ensuring that Israel will retain its independence in the critical domain of space-based communications, executives from Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), which is building the satellite, told JNS. IAI announced on Jan. 3 that it had signed an agreement with the Israeli government for the development and construction of Israel’s next communications satellite, dubbed Dror 1 (Hebrew for “freedom”).    More
(Source: JNS.org - Nov 27)


ROCKET LAB TO LAUNCH SATELLITE FOR JAPANESE COMPANY SYNSPECTIVE ROCKET LAB TO LAUNCH SATELLITE FOR JAPANESE COMPANY SYNSPECTIVE - Satellite launch provider Rocket Lab has announced Japanese earth-imaging company Synspective as the customer for its 17th Electron launch, and its seventh mission of the year. The dedicated mission for Synspective is scheduled for lift-off during a 14-day launch window opening on December 12 and will launch from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Māhia Peninsula to a targetted 500km circular low earth orbit.   More
(Source: SatelliteProME.com - Nov 26)


CHINA TO BEGIN CONSTRUCTION OF ITS SPACE STATION NEXT YEAR CHINA TO BEGIN CONSTRUCTION OF ITS SPACE STATION NEXT YEAR - China is set to begin construction of its orbital space station next year, deputy head of the Chang Zheng 5 (Long March 5) launch vehicle project of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), Qu Yiguang, told reporters. "Since the appearance of the Chang Zheng 5 launch vehicle, it has been determined that it will carry out the mission of launching China's largest spacecraft," Qu said.   More
(Source: Space Daily - Nov 26)


NASA TV COVERAGE SET FOR NEXT SPACE STATION RESUPPLY MISSION WITH SPACEX NASA TV COVERAGE SET FOR NEXT SPACE STATION RESUPPLY MISSION WITH SPACEX - NASA commercial cargo provider SpaceX is targeting 11:39 a.m. EST Saturday, Dec. 5, for the launch of its 21st commercial resupply services (CRS-21) mission to the International Space Station from Launch Complex 39A at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. CRS-21 will deliver science investigations, supplies, and equipment for NASA and is the first mission under the company’s second Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. Live coverage will air on NASA Television and the agency’s website, with prelaunch events Friday, Dec. 4, and Saturday, Dec. 5.   More
(Source: NASA - Nov 25)


ARECIBO RADIO TELESCOPE, DAMAGED BEYOND REPAIR, SEEN FROM SPACE ARECIBO RADIO TELESCOPE, DAMAGED BEYOND REPAIR, SEEN FROM SPACE - Satellites spotted gashes in the damaged Arecibo Observatory, which is set to be decommissioned by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). The 57-year-old radio telescope has sustained two cable failures which has made its massive dish too unstable to safely repair, according to the NSF. The cable failures have also damaged the massive dish, which spans a whopping 1,000 feet (305 meters) across, gouging holes in its delicate metal panels.   More
(Source: Space.com - Nov 25)


SPACEX LAUNCHES 60 MORE STARLINK SATELLITES ON 100TH FALCON 9 FLIGHT SPACEX LAUNCHES 60 MORE STARLINK SATELLITES ON 100TH FALCON 9 FLIGHT - The 100th flight of a Falcon 9 rocket delivered 60 satellites to orbit for SpaceX’s Starlink network Tuesday night, adding another building block to a planned fleet of thousands of solar-powered space-based relay stations to beam broadband connectivity around the world. The successful mission late Tuesday also set a new record for SpaceX’s rocket reuse program — one that could be broken again within months if SpaceX maintains its feverish launch cadence.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Nov 25)


SPACE STATION 20TH: THANKSGIVING CELEBRATIONS IN SPACE SPACE STATION 20TH: THANKSGIVING CELEBRATIONS IN SPACE - The Thanksgiving holiday typically brings families and friends together in a celebration of common gratitude for all the good things that have happened during the previous year. People celebrate the holiday in various ways, with parades, football marathons, and attending religious services, but food remains the over-arching theme.   More
(Source: NASA - Nov 24)


SWARM A STEP CLOSER TO IOT SATELLITE NET AFTER NZ LAUNCH SWARM A STEP CLOSER TO IOT SATELLITE NET AFTER NZ LAUNCH - US nano-satellite company Swarm Technologies has launched its latest 24 satellites, using a launchpad on New Zealand’s Māhia peninsula operated by Rocket Lab. Swarm, based in California, now has 36 satellites in orbit, said the company after the launch. Rocket Lab had a number of other customers on its launch, including Valve, a gaming software company, providing another six satellites between them.   More
(Source: Capacity Media - Nov 24)


ONEWEB TO RESUME SATELLITE LAUNCHES AFTER BILLION-POUND TAKEOVER ONEWEB TO RESUME SATELLITE LAUNCHES AFTER BILLION-POUND TAKEOVER - British-based satellite broadband firm OneWeb says it plans to resume satellite launches after a successful £1 billion takeover by the UK government and Indian telco Bharti Airtel. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has invested £400 million in OneWeb which, despite most of its management and manufacturing being American, is headquartered in London and regulated by Ofcom.   More
(Source: TechRadar - Nov 24)

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