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NASA HAILS SUCCESS OF SPACEX'S 1ST ASTRONAUT MISSION: 'THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING' - The success of SpaceX's first-ever crewed mission heralds a bright future for human spaceflight, NASA officials said.
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EXPERIMENTAL DRAGRACER SATELLITES WILL TEST 'TERMINATOR TAPE' FOR SPACE JUNK CLEANUP THIS FALL EXPERIMENTAL DRAGRACER SATELLITES WILL TEST 'TERMINATOR TAPE' FOR SPACE JUNK CLEANUP THIS FALL - An experimental mission to test tether-based orbital debris cleanup method with "Terminator Tape" is slated to launch this fall to test the deorbit performance of two satellites. The Millennium Space Systems mission, called DragRacer, involves two small satellites that are set to launch simultaneously to low Earth orbit (LEO) to measure how fast satellites fall out of space. The goal, the company said, is to study technologies for removing space debris from orbit.    More
(Source: Space.com - Aug 9)


SPACEX CLOSES OUT BUSY WEEK WITH LAUNCH OF MORE STARLINK SATELLITES SPACEX CLOSES OUT BUSY WEEK WITH LAUNCH OF MORE STARLINK SATELLITES - With a Falcon 9 rocket launch Friday, SpaceX added 57 more satellites to the Starlink broadband fleet and deployed a pair of piggyback commercial Earth-imaging reconnaissance satellites for BlackSky, wrapping up a busy week that began with SpaceX’s return of two NASA astronauts to Earth and the first low-altitude test flight of the company’s next-generation Starship vehicle.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Aug 8)


WATCH SPACEX LAUNCH ITS TENTH STARLINK MISSION TO BUILD OUT ITS SATELLITE INTERNET CONSTELLATION WATCH SPACEX LAUNCH ITS TENTH STARLINK MISSION TO BUILD OUT ITS SATELLITE INTERNET CONSTELLATION - SpaceX is getting ready for a third try at launching its tenth Starlink mission, after two prior attempts were scrubbed, first in June and then again in July. Meanwhile, SpaceX has accomplished a lot — including another launch of a GPS satellite, and returning astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to Earth from the International Space Station aboard the Crew Dragon.   More
(Source: TechCrunch - Aug 7)


CHINA LAUNCHES 2 SATELLITES FROM DESERT LAUNCH SITE CHINA LAUNCHES 2 SATELLITES FROM DESERT LAUNCH SITE - China is continuing its rapid rate of space launches with its 22nd mission of 2020. China launched a new Earth observation satellite on Thursday (Aug. 6), with a small companion satellite from Tsinghua University joining the ride. A Long March 2D rocket lifted off from Jiuquan in the Gobi Desert at 12:01 p.m. local time Aug. 6 (12:01 a.m. EDT, 0401 GMT).   More
(Source: Space.com - Aug 7)


TRUMP SAYS 'NASA WAS CLOSED & DEAD' BEFORE HE TOOK CHARGE. THAT'S NOT TRUE. TRUMP SAYS 'NASA WAS CLOSED & DEAD' BEFORE HE TOOK CHARGE. THAT'S NOT TRUE. - President Donald Trump took to Twitter today (Aug. 5) to announce that he brought NASA back from being "Closed & Dead." In a tweet posted today, Trump said that he had resurrected the space agency. But the claim doesn't hold up under scrutiny: NASA has never closed since it was founded in 1958, and it has certainly never been "dead."    More
(Source: Space.com - Aug 6)


SATELLITE IMAGES SHOW AFTERMATH OF BEIRUT BLAST SATELLITE IMAGES SHOW AFTERMATH OF BEIRUT BLAST - New satellite photos show the aftermath of Tuesday's massive, deadly explosion at the port of Beirut. An image taken by the satellite company BlackSky shows extensive damage at the port following the blast. Several warehouses appear to be flattened and a cruise ship called the Orient Queen can be seen listing to one side, according to Allison Puccioni, an analyst and founder of Armillary Services, an independent firm partnered with BlackSky.   More
(Source: NPR - Aug 6)


HACKERS ARE BUILDING AN ARMY OF CHEAP SATELLITE TRACKERS HACKERS ARE BUILDING AN ARMY OF CHEAP SATELLITE TRACKERS - Even though the Defcon security conference has moved entirely online the year, the US Air Force is going forward with Hack-a-Sat, a months-long competition that culminates with hacking a real orbiting satellite starting on Friday. But another project at Defcon's Aerospace Village this week should have at least as much impact and a potentially much broader reach: an open source satellite communication tool made from about a hundred bucks worth of hardware.   More
(Source: WIRED - Aug 5)


TECHEDSAT-10 DEPLOYS FROM THE SPACE STATION TECHEDSAT-10 DEPLOYS FROM THE SPACE STATION - On July 13, TechEdSat-10, a six-unit CubeSat deployed from the International Space Station. The mission is demonstrating increased storage and power capabilities that could enable future science and exploration using small spacecraft beyond low-Earth orbit. Included on TechEdSat-10 are improvements over previous CubeSat technologies in the areas of communications and radio systems, and new propulsion techniques.   More
(Source: NASA - Aug 5)


ASTRA'S 1ST ORBITAL LAUNCH ATTEMPT SCUTTLED BY WAYWARD BOAT ASTRA'S 1ST ORBITAL LAUNCH ATTEMPT SCUTTLED BY WAYWARD BOAT - Astra was poised to send a rocket to Earth orbit for the first time ever last night (Aug. 2) — until a boat got in the way. The California-based startup had to call off the launch of its Rocket 3.1 booster from the Pacific Spaceport Complex on Alaska's Kodiak Island for safety reasons after a ship wandered into downrange waters.   More
(Source: Space.com - Aug 4)


NASA ASTRONAUTS SPLASHDOWN IN SPACEX CAPSULE AS HISTORIC MISSION RETURNS TO EARTH NASA ASTRONAUTS SPLASHDOWN IN SPACEX CAPSULE AS HISTORIC MISSION RETURNS TO EARTH - NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico in a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft Sunday, ending a historic two-month trip to space. The mission marked the first time that astronauts have launched from American soil since the final Space Shuttle flight in 2011. After deploying two drogue parachutes and then the capsule’s main parachutes, the spacecraft landed off the coast of Pensacola, Fla., at 2:48 p.m. EDT.   More
(Source: Fox News - Aug 2)


CHINA SAYS IT HAS COMPLETED A NAVIGATION NETWORK THAT COULD RIVAL THE U.S. GPS CHINA SAYS IT HAS COMPLETED A NAVIGATION NETWORK THAT COULD RIVAL THE U.S. GPS - China is celebrating the completion of its BeiDou Navigation Satellite System that could rival the U.S. Global Positioning System and significantly boost China’s security and geopolitical clout. President Xi Jinping, the leader of the ruling Communist Party and the People’s Liberation Army, officially commissioned the system Friday at a ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. That followed a declaration that the 55th and final geostationary satellite in the constellation launched June 23 was operating after having completed all tests.   More
(Source: TIME - Aug 2)


HISTORY-MAKING NASA-SPACEX ASTRONAUTS UNDOCK FROM INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION, SET FOR SPLASHDOWN HISTORY-MAKING NASA-SPACEX ASTRONAUTS UNDOCK FROM INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION, SET FOR SPLASHDOWN - Two months after a history-making launch, the first NASA-SpaceX astronauts have undocked from the space station and are set for splashdown on Sunday. Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, who left Earth on May 30, undocked from the International Space Station at about 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday and will splash down off the coast of Florida at 2:48 p.m. ET on Sunday. Their journey will be broadcast live by NASA.    More
(Source: ABC News - Aug 2)


ARIANE 5 ROCKET RETURNING TO HANGAR FOR SENSOR SWAP ARIANE 5 ROCKET RETURNING TO HANGAR FOR SENSOR SWAP - Arianespace is returning an Ariane 5 rocket — loaded with three U.S.-built satellites — back to its final assembly building in French Guiana to replace a suspect sensor on the vehicle that prompted officials to cancel a launch attempt Friday. Arianespace said Saturday the troubleshooting will take several days. The European-built launcher was set for takeoff Friday from the Guiana Space Center on the northeastern shore of South America. But the automated countdown stopped around two minutes prior to launch time after a problem with a sensor on the Ariane 5’s first stage liquid hydrogen tank.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Aug 2)


ARIANE 5 SCRUBS LAUNCH OF MISSION EXTENSION VEHICLE, TWO COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITES TO ORBIT ARIANE 5 SCRUBS LAUNCH OF MISSION EXTENSION VEHICLE, TWO COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITES TO ORBIT - An Ariane 5 rocket, operated by European Launch Service provider ArianeSpace, scrubbed ahead of its 109th scheduled flight, designated VA253. The heavy lift rocket was scheduled to launch from pad Ensemble de Lancement Ariane 3 (ELA-3) at Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, at 21:30 UTC (17:30 EDT) on 31 July 2020. However, a hold was called – related to the Ground Support Equipment (GSE) under two minutes to launch. Efforts to return to the countdown within the launch window were unsuccessful, resulting in a scrub. A second attempt is planned on Saturday.   More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Aug 1)


SPACEX TO LAUNCH RESCHEDULED SATELLITE MISSION FROM CAPE CANAVERAL SPACEX TO LAUNCH RESCHEDULED SATELLITE MISSION FROM CAPE CANAVERAL - SpaceX once again is slated to launch its 10th Starlink mission in the early morning hours on Saturday, Aug. 1, after postponing the flight a couple of times. The mission is scheduled for 3:21 a.m. Eastern time from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida carrying 57 Starlink satellites that will bring the burgeoning constellation to nearly 600 satellites.   More
(Source: Orlando Business Journal - Aug 1)


AMAZON GAINS FCC APPROVAL FOR KUIPER INTERNET SATELLITE CONSTELLATION AND COMMITS $10 BILLION TO THE PROJECT AMAZON GAINS FCC APPROVAL FOR KUIPER INTERNET SATELLITE CONSTELLATION AND COMMITS $10 BILLION TO THE PROJECT - Amazon has received approval from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to launch and operate a planned constellation of 3,236 internet satellites. That’s the backbone of Amazon’s Project Kuiper, an initiative to create a satellite-based broadband internet service designed to provide high-speed, low-latency connections to U.S.-based households that currently don’t have great access to a high-speed connection.   More
(Source: TechCrunch - Aug 1)


CREW DRAGON ASTRONAUTS READY FOR RE-ENTRY, SPLASHDOWN CREW DRAGON ASTRONAUTS READY FOR RE-ENTRY, SPLASHDOWN - With Hurricane Isaias threatening Florida’s East Coast, astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken are awaiting a go-ahead on plans to undock from the International Space Station Saturday, setting up a fiery plunge to splashdown Sunday, presumably in the Gulf of Mexico, to close out a 64-day flight.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Aug 1)


PROTON LAUNCHES TWO RUSSIAN COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITES PROTON LAUNCHES TWO RUSSIAN COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITES - The first Proton launch of the year took place July 30 carrying two satellites for the Russian Satellite Communications Company. Proton lifted off at 5:25 p.m. Eastern from Russia’s Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on an 18-hour mission to deploy the geostationary satellites, Express-80 and Express-103, according to Roscosmos.    More
(Source: SpaceNews - Jul 31)


PENTAGON PICKS SIERRA NEVADA CORP. TO BUILD UNMANNED ORBITING SPACE STATION FOR EXPERIMENTS IN MICROGRAVITY PENTAGON PICKS SIERRA NEVADA CORP. TO BUILD UNMANNED ORBITING SPACE STATION FOR EXPERIMENTS IN MICROGRAVITY - The U.S. Defense Innovation Unit in Cambridge, Mass., the Pentagon's advocate for fast use of emerging commercial technologies, has awarded Sierra Nevada Corp. in Sparks, Nev., a contract to build an unmanned orbiting space station. C4ISRnet reports. Continue reading original article The unmanned orbital outpost will be placed in low-Earth orbit (LEO) for experiments and demonstrations.   More
(Source: Military & Aerospace Electronics - Jul 30)


DARPA DEPLOYS TINY SATELLITE THAT COULD TAKE BEST PICTURES OF SPACE EVER DARPA DEPLOYS TINY SATELLITE THAT COULD TAKE BEST PICTURES OF SPACE EVER - A tiny military satellite may be able to take the sharpest pictures yet of extremely distant and difficult to spot objects out in space. DARPA, the Pentagon’s research division, recently deployed what they call the Deformable Mirror (DeMi) CubeSat from the International Space Station, according to a press release. Over the next year, the toaster-sized satellite will use its camera to focus on the dim, distant objects in space that usually get washed out by nearby stars or other larger objects.   More
(Source: Futurism - Jul 30)

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