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LOW EARTH ORBIT: DEFINITION, THEORY AND FACTS - In very simple terms, low Earth orbit (LEO) is exactly what it sounds like: An orbit around the Earth with an altitude that lies towards the lower end of the range of possible orbits. This is around 1,200 miles (2,000 kilometers) or less. The majority of satellites are to be found in LEO, as is the International Space Station (ISS).
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NASA AND ROSCOSMOS CONTINUE SEAT BARTER DISCUSSIONS NASA AND ROSCOSMOS CONTINUE SEAT BARTER DISCUSSIONS - NASA is continuing to work with Roscosmos on a seat barter agreement despite missing a self-imposed deadline last month to complete a deal in time to allow exchanges on missions launching this fall. In April, NASA International Space Station officials said they needed to have an agreement between...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Jul 3)


THE UNITED STATE ANNOUNCES A STOP TO TESTING ANTI-SATELLITE WEAPONS THE UNITED STATE ANNOUNCES A STOP TO TESTING ANTI-SATELLITE WEAPONS - The United States Government has declared that it will no longer be performing tests of Anti-Satellite (ASAT) weapons. In a public statement during a visit to the Vandenberg Space Force Base, Vice President Kamala Harris confirmed that this policy has the primary purpose of setting an example to oth...   More
(Source: Universe Today - Jul 3)


VIRGIN ORBIT LAUNCHES 7 SATELLITES IN 1ST NIGHT MISSION VIRGIN ORBIT LAUNCHES 7 SATELLITES IN 1ST NIGHT MISSION - Virgin Orbit just aced its fourth mission in a row, launching seven small satellites in the company's first-ever night flight. Virgin Orbit's carrier plane, a modified Boeing 747 called Cosmic Girl, lifted off from the Mojave Air and Space Port in Southern California on Saturday (July 2) at 1:49 ...   More
(Source: Space.com - Jul 3)


ISRO PLACES 3 SINGAPORE SATELLITES, 6 EXPERIMENTS IN ORBIT IN SECOND LAUNCH THIS YEAR ISRO PLACES 3 SINGAPORE SATELLITES, 6 EXPERIMENTS IN ORBIT IN SECOND LAUNCH THIS YEAR - The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) on Thursday successfully launched three Singaporean satellites in a commercial mission of the New Space India Limited. This was the second launch of the year by the space agency, the first one having placed an Indian Earth Observation Satellite in orbit ...   More
(Source: The Indian Express - Jul 2)


ATLAS V ROCKET LAUNCHES CLASSIFIED MISSILE-TRACKING SATELLITE FOR US SPACE FORCE ATLAS V ROCKET LAUNCHES CLASSIFIED MISSILE-TRACKING SATELLITE FOR US SPACE FORCE - A missile-warning satellite and another spacecraft are on their way to orbit to help the U.S. military get better at tracking fast-moving threats. The two U.S. military surveillance satellites lifted off today (July 1) atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket, which rose off a pad at Fl...   More
(Source: Space.com - Jul 2)


INDIA LAUNCHES 3 SATELLITES AND AN EXPERIMENTAL ORBITING PLATFORM INDIA LAUNCHES 3 SATELLITES AND AN EXPERIMENTAL ORBITING PLATFORM - An Indian rocket launched three satellites and an experimental orbiting platform on Thursday morning (June 30) on the vehicle's 55th mission to date. The four-stage, 145.7-foot-tall (44.4 meters) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) lifted off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in southeastern Indi...   More
(Source: Space.com - Jul 1)


VIRGIN ORBIT DELAYS LAUNCH OF SEVEN SATELLITES FOR US SPACE FORCE AND NASA VIRGIN ORBIT DELAYS LAUNCH OF SEVEN SATELLITES FOR US SPACE FORCE AND NASA - Virgin Orbit has scrubbed the launch the fifth flight of the LauncherOne rocket, after propellant temperature was deemed to be “slightly out of bounds”. The decision was made prior to the take off of Cosmic Girl, the carrier aircraft. The mission, named Straight Up, consists of seven satellit...   More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight - Jun 30)


SPACEX LAUNCHES SES BROADCASTING SATELLITE SPACEX LAUNCHES SES BROADCASTING SATELLITE - SpaceX launched a television broadcasting satellite Wednesday for SES, with liftoff of a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral occurring at 5:04 p.m. EDT (2104 GMT). There was a two-hour window for SpaceX’s launch Wednesday, and the official launch weather outlook predicted an 80% chance of favor...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jun 30)


ELECTRON LAUNCHES CAPSTONE LUNAR CUBESAT ELECTRON LAUNCHES CAPSTONE LUNAR CUBESAT - An Electron rocket successfully launched a NASA-funded cubesat mission June 28 that will test the stability of the orbit around the moon the agency plans to use for future Artemis lunar missions. The Electron rocket lifted off from Rocket Lab’s Launch Complex 1B in New Zealand at 5:55 a.m. East...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Jun 29)


NORTHROP GRUMMAN’S CYGNUS SUPPLY SHIP DEPARTS SPACE STATION NORTHROP GRUMMAN’S CYGNUS SUPPLY SHIP DEPARTS SPACE STATION - A commercial Cygnus supply ship from Northrop Grumman departed the International Space Station Tuesday, completing a four-month stay after delivering more than 8,000 pounds of cargo and boosting the research lab into a slightly higher orbit. The Cygnus spacecraft was released from the space stati...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jun 29)


NORTHROP GRUMMAN'S CYGNUS CARGO SHIP BOOSTS INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION'S ORBIT NORTHROP GRUMMAN'S CYGNUS CARGO SHIP BOOSTS INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION'S ORBIT - A Northrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft successfully reboosted the International Space Station (ISS) for the first time, raising the orbiting lab to its normal operating altitude of around 250 miles above Earth. The reboost took place on Saturday (June 25) and marks the first time a Cygnus spacecraf...   More
(Source: Space.com - Jun 29)


WATCH PRIVATE FREIGHTER LEAVE SPACE STATION EARLY TUESDAY FOR FIERY DEATH WATCH PRIVATE FREIGHTER LEAVE SPACE STATION EARLY TUESDAY FOR FIERY DEATH - A private cargo spacecraft will leave the International Space Station (ISS) early Tuesday (June 28), and you can watch its departure live. Northop Grumman's robotic Cygnus freighter is scheduled to undock from the orbiting lab at 6:05 a.m. EDT (1005) Tuesday. Watch it live here at Space.com, cour...   More
(Source: Space.com - Jun 28)


CHINA LAUNCHES NEW SATELLITE FOR EARTH OBSERVATION CHINA LAUNCHES NEW SATELLITE FOR EARTH OBSERVATION - China sent a new Earth observation satellite into space from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China on Monday. The satellite, Gaofen-12 03, was launched by a Long March-4C carrier rocket at 11:46 p.m. (Beijing Time) and has entered the planned orbit successfully. It will be use...   More
(Source: Xinhua - Jun 28)


SES-22 SATELLITE TO LAUNCH ON JUNE 29 SES-22 SATELLITE TO LAUNCH ON JUNE 29 - Satellite operator SES has announced that its latest unit, the SES-22 is currently being prepared for launch from SpaceX’s Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on June 29, 2022, at 5:04 pm/11:04 pm. Built by Thales Alenia Space, SES-22 will operate in the 135 degrees We...   More
(Source: Satellite Pro ME - Jun 28)


BUZZ LIGHTYEAR HAS REALLY FLOWN IN SPACE. HERE ARE THE VIDEOS TO PROVE IT. BUZZ LIGHTYEAR HAS REALLY FLOWN IN SPACE. HERE ARE THE VIDEOS TO PROVE IT. - At 468 days in space, Buzz Lightyear has spent the longest time ever in space on a single mission. The catch is, as Lightyear's friend Woody would remind us in a hot minute, he is a toy! Whether toy or space ranger, however, the loveable Lightyear is back in the popular conversation yet again for...   More
(Source: Space.com - Jun 27)


NASA TO LAUNCH FIRST ROCKET FROM A COMMERCIAL SPACEPORT IN AUSTRALIA ON SUNDAY NASA TO LAUNCH FIRST ROCKET FROM A COMMERCIAL SPACEPORT IN AUSTRALIA ON SUNDAY - NASA will launch a rocket from the remote wilderness of northern Australia on Sunday evening, the first commercial space launch in Australia and the agency's first from a commercial spaceport. The suborbital rocket will be briefly visible seconds after the launch, scheduled for 10:44 p.m. (1344 G...   More
(Source: Reuters - Jun 27)


IRAN LAUNCHES ROCKET INTO SPACE AS NUCLEAR TALKS TO RESUME IRAN LAUNCHES ROCKET INTO SPACE AS NUCLEAR TALKS TO RESUME - Iranian state television said Sunday that Tehran had launched a solid-fueled rocket into space, drawing a rebuke from Washington ahead of the expected resumption of stalled talks over Tehran’s tattered nuclear deal with world powers. It’s unclear when or where the rocket was launched, but the...   More
(Source: AP News - Jun 27)


CYGNUS CARGO CRAFT FIRES ENGINE FOR LIMITED STATION REBOOST CYGNUS CARGO CRAFT FIRES ENGINE FOR LIMITED STATION REBOOST - On Saturday, June 25, Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus completed its first limited reboost of the International Space Station. Cygnus’ gimbaled delta velocity engine was used to adjust the space station’s orbit through a reboost of the altitude of the space station. The maneuver lasted 5 minutes, 1 s...   More
(Source: NASA - Jun 26)


CHINA COMPLETES SECOND LAUNCH THIS WEEK WITH YAOGAN 35-2 CHINA COMPLETES SECOND LAUNCH THIS WEEK WITH YAOGAN 35-2 - A second launch out of China this week lifted off at 02:22 UTC from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center with three satellites of the Yaogan family aboard a Chang Zheng 2D. The satellites, called Yaogan 35 Group 2, are possibly related to another triplet of payloads that launched in November 2021 ...   More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Jun 25)


KUAIZHOU-1A RETURNS TO FLIGHT WITH A MYSTERIOUS PAYLOAD KUAIZHOU-1A RETURNS TO FLIGHT WITH A MYSTERIOUS PAYLOAD - This morning at 02:20 UTC, Kuaizhou-1A successfully returned to flight with the Tianxing-1 mission. The launch was conducted from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in China. This mission comes after the GeeSAT-1A&1B mission, which launched in December 2021 on the same rocket configuration and fail...   More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Jun 25)

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