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HOW MANY SATELLITES CAN WE SAFELY FIT IN EARTH ORBIT? - Experts have been sounding alarm bells for years that Earth orbit is getting a bit too crowded. So how many satellites can we actually launch to space before it gets to be too much?
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SPACEX LAUNCHING 22 STARLINK SATELLITES FROM FLORIDA JUNE 13 SPACEX LAUNCHING 22 STARLINK SATELLITES FROM FLORIDA JUNE 13 - SpaceX is scheduled to launch 22 more of its Starlink broadband satellites to orbit from Florida's Space Coast on Thursday (June 13). The Starlink satellites will lift off atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station during a two-hour window that opens at 4:46 p.m. EDT (2046 GMT...   More
(Source: Space.com - Jun 13)


NASA'S GATEWAY SPACE STATION HALO MODULE MOVES CLOSER TO LAUNCH NASA'S GATEWAY SPACE STATION HALO MODULE MOVES CLOSER TO LAUNCH - NASA's Gateway space station is moving closer to a launch after welding recently was completed on a module in Turin, Italy, the agency said Monday. The Habitation and Logistics Outpost, or HALO, is one of four modules in which astronauts will live, conduct science and prepare for lunar surface mi...   More
(Source: UPI - Jun 12)


LAUNCH ROUNDUP: FALCON 9’S BUSY LAUNCH CADENCE CONTINUES LAUNCH ROUNDUP: FALCON 9’S BUSY LAUNCH CADENCE CONTINUES - Following an extremely eventful week in Spaceflight, this coming week returns to “business as usual.” Two SpaceX Starlink missions, one each from Vandenberg and Florida, and a Falcon 9 launching a customer satellite make up the launches for the week. SpaceX is preparing Launch Complex 39A at ...   More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Jun 11)


THIS IS WHERE SATELLITES GO TO DIE THIS IS WHERE SATELLITES GO TO DIE - The sky is full of satellites, and they're central to modern life. The internet, GPS, and telecommunications all rely on the massive hunks of metal that are constantly orbiting the earth at thousands of miles per hour. More are being added every year, with Elon Musk's Starlink alone claiming to have...   More
(Source: SlashGear - Jun 10)


SPACEX LAUNCHES 20 STARLINK SATELLITES ON FALCON 9 FLIGHT FROM VANDENBERG SPACE FORCE BASE SPACEX LAUNCHES 20 STARLINK SATELLITES ON FALCON 9 FLIGHT FROM VANDENBERG SPACE FORCE BASE - SpaceX kicked off the weekend with the launch of another batch of its Starlink satellites. The mission, dubbed Starlink 8-8, added 20 more satellites to the low Earth orbit constellation, including 13 that have Direct to Cell capabilities. Liftoff from Vandenberg Space Force Base happened 5:58 a....   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jun 9)


SPACEX LAUNCHES 22 STARLINK SATELLITES ON FALCON 9 FLIGHT FROM CAPE CANAVERAL SPACEX LAUNCHES 22 STARLINK SATELLITES ON FALCON 9 FLIGHT FROM CAPE CANAVERAL - SpaceX followed up its fourth test flight of its massive Starship rocket in southern Texas with a Falcon 9 launch from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. The Friday night flight marked the 344th Falcon 9 to launch, a little more than 14 years after its launch debut on June 4, 2010. The Starlink ...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jun 9)


STARLINER CREW WELCOMED ABOARD SPACE STATION STARLINER CREW WELCOMED ABOARD SPACE STATION - Working around multiple helium leaks and thruster problems, the crew of Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft wrapped up a challenging rendezvous and a delayed-but-successful docking with the International Space Station Thursday in a major milestone for the new ship’s first piloted test flight. With ...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jun 8)


THRUSTER GLITCHES AND HELIUM LEAKS CAN'T STOP BOEING'S STARLINER ASTRONAUT TEST FLIGHT — BUT WHY ARE THEY HAPPENING? THRUSTER GLITCHES AND HELIUM LEAKS CAN'T STOP BOEING'S STARLINER ASTRONAUT TEST FLIGHT — BUT WHY ARE THEY HAPPENING? - When NASA astronauts tried to dock Boeing's first crewed Starliner spacecraft at the International Space Station Thursday (June 6), they had to wait. Five aft thrusters on the Starliner service module were out. And that was after flight controllers found workarounds for two new helium leaks on t...   More
(Source: Space.com - Jun 7)


SPACEX ACCOMPLISHES FIRST SOFT SPLASHDOWN OF STARSHIP, SUPER HEAVY BOOSTER ON FLIGHT 4 MISSION SPACEX ACCOMPLISHES FIRST SOFT SPLASHDOWN OF STARSHIP, SUPER HEAVY BOOSTER ON FLIGHT 4 MISSION - For a fourth time in a little more than a year, SpaceX launched a test mission of its massive Starship rocket from its development facility in southern Texas called Starbase. The launch, dubbed Flight 4, push the launch vehicle towards its goal of being a mostly reusable rocket. Similarly to the ...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jun 7)


TANAGER-1 IS READY FOR LAUNCH: PLANET’S FIRST HYPERSPECTRAL SATELLITE TANAGER-1 IS READY FOR LAUNCH: PLANET’S FIRST HYPERSPECTRAL SATELLITE - We are proud to announce today that our first hyperspectral satellite, Tanager-1—made possible by the Carbon Mapper Coalition and its philanthropic partners—is ready for launch. The spacecraft arrived at Vandenberg Space Force Base on June 3rd in preparation for liftoff as early as July on board...   More
(Source: Planet Labs - Jun 7)


NASA LAUNCHES SECOND SMALL CLIMATE SATELLITE TO STUDY EARTH’S POLES NASA LAUNCHES SECOND SMALL CLIMATE SATELLITE TO STUDY EARTH’S POLES - Data from the pair of CubeSats will offer new insights into how much heat the Arctic and Antarctica radiate into space and how this influences global climate. The second of NASA’s PREFIRE (Polar Radiant Energy in the Far-InfraRed Experiment) two satellites is communicating with ground controlle...   More
(Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory - NASA - Jun 6)


BOEING'S STARLINER LAUNCHES ASTRONAUTS FOR 1ST TIME IN HISTORIC LIFTOFF BOEING'S STARLINER LAUNCHES ASTRONAUTS FOR 1ST TIME IN HISTORIC LIFTOFF - Boeing's Starliner's first-ever astronaut mission is underway. Starliner, Boeing's new astronaut taxi for NASA, soared into space today (June 5) from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, notching a huge milestone after nearly two decades of commercial crew planning. Veteran...   More
(Source: Space.com - Jun 5)


MAINE COMPANY PLANS TO LAUNCH SMALL SATELLITES STARTING IN 2025 MAINE COMPANY PLANS TO LAUNCH SMALL SATELLITES STARTING IN 2025 - Representatives for a Maine company that plans to send small satellites into space from the Northeast's most rural state said they will start launches next year. Brunswick-based bluShift Aerospace hopes to turn Maine into a hub for the launching of commercial nanosatellites and has been making pr...   More
(Source: Phys.org - Jun 5)


DESPITE GYRO FAILURE, NASA SAYS HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE STILL UP TO WORLD-CLASS SCIENCE DESPITE GYRO FAILURE, NASA SAYS HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE STILL UP TO WORLD-CLASS SCIENCE - Trouble with one of the Hubble Space Telescope’s three remaining gyroscopes, critical for aiming and locking onto targets, has prompted mission managers to switch to a backup control mode that will limit some observations but keep the iconic observatory running well into the 2030s, officials said ...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jun 5)


ULA’S UPDATE AFTER YESTERDAY’S SCRUB OF BOEING STARLINER AND NASA ASTRONAUTS MISSION TO ISS ULA’S UPDATE AFTER YESTERDAY’S SCRUB OF BOEING STARLINER AND NASA ASTRONAUTS MISSION TO ISS - NASA, Boeing, and ULA (United Launch Alliance) are forgoing a Crew Flight Test launch attempt Sunday, June 2, to give the team additional time to assess a ground support equipment issue at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station’s Space Launch Complex-41 in Florida. Saturday’s launch was to carry ...   More
(Source: SatNews - Jun 4)


TüRKIYE SEEKS DOMESTIC SOLUTION AGAINST SPACE DEBRIS TüRKIYE SEEKS DOMESTIC SOLUTION AGAINST SPACE DEBRIS - Türkiye is seeking to find a national solution to the problem of space debris, the satellite programs director of Turkish communications satellite operator Türksat said Saturday. Fatih Ayhan told Anadolu Agency (AA) that space debris could harm the activities in orbit, and the national technolo...   More
(Source: Daily Sabah - Jun 3)


RUSSIAN PROGRESS 88 CARGO SHIP DOCKS AT ISS CARRYING TONS OF FRESH SUPPLIES RUSSIAN PROGRESS 88 CARGO SHIP DOCKS AT ISS CARRYING TONS OF FRESH SUPPLIES - A robotic Russian cargo craft docked at the International Space Station on Saturday morning (June 1) to deliver tons of fresh supplies, just hours ahead of the planned launch of a Boeing Starliner spacecraft set to carry two astronauts to the station for the first time. The Roscosmos Progress 88...   More
(Source: Space.com - Jun 2)


NASA FOREGOES SUNDAY LAUNCH, DELAYING STARLINER TAKEOFF TO AT LEAST WEDNESDAY NASA FOREGOES SUNDAY LAUNCH, DELAYING STARLINER TAKEOFF TO AT LEAST WEDNESDAY - The seemingly star-cross Boeing Starliner — within minutes of its long-delayed blastoff on the spacecraft’s first piloted test flight — was grounded again Saturday when one of three redundant computers managing the countdown from the base of the launch pad ran into a problem, triggering a last...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jun 2)


GREECE TO LAUNCH NEW SATELLITE CONSTELLATION GREECE TO LAUNCH NEW SATELLITE CONSTELLATION - Greece is set to launch its first ever state-owned satellite constellation to help government agencies collect vital data for improved environmental monitoring, disaster response, and national security. The 13 satellites, costing 60 million euros, are being built by UK company Open Cosmos’s bra...   More
(Source: Greek Reporter - Jun 2)


POWERFUL NEW NOAA WEATHER SATELLITE SET FOR JUNE LAUNCH ATOP SPACEX FALCON HEAVY POWERFUL NEW NOAA WEATHER SATELLITE SET FOR JUNE LAUNCH ATOP SPACEX FALCON HEAVY - It's the final countdown (I know you're singing along with me, don't deny it!). But why not, as the countdown clock now reads less than a month until NOAA's GOES-U satellite is slated to soar into space on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket. At the beginning of the year, the fourth satellite in NOAA'...   More
(Source: Space.com - Jun 1)

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