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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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SPACE FORCE EYES SMALLER, CHEAPER GPS SATELLITES TO AUGMENT CONSTELLATION SPACE FORCE EYES SMALLER, CHEAPER GPS SATELLITES TO AUGMENT CONSTELLATION - The U.S. Space Force is reviewing ideas from the private sector on how to augment the Global Positioning System constellation with smaller, lower-cost satellites. The Space Force’s procurement arm, the Space Systems Command, last month issued a request for information probing the capabilities o...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Mar 5)


SPACEX LAUNCHES ITS 50TH PERSON TO SPACE ON ISS-BOUND CREW-8 MISSION SPACEX LAUNCHES ITS 50TH PERSON TO SPACE ON ISS-BOUND CREW-8 MISSION - For the second time this year, SpaceX sent a quartet of people up to the International Space Station using its Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon Endeavour spacecraft at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. They had to wait another day given that weather along the ascent corridor did not permit a launch late...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Mar 5)


WATCH SPACEX'S CREW-8 ASTRONAUT MISSION ARRIVE AT THE ISS EARLY MARCH 5 WATCH SPACEX'S CREW-8 ASTRONAUT MISSION ARRIVE AT THE ISS EARLY MARCH 5 - SpaceX's Crew-8 astronaut mission will arrive at the International Space Station early Tuesday morning (March 5), and you can watch the action live. The four-person Crew-8 launched atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Sunday (March 3) at 10:53 p.m. EST (035...   More
(Source: Space.com - Mar 5)


SPACEX LAUNCHES 53 SATELLITES ON TRANSPORTER-10 RIDESHARE FLIGHT, NAILS ROCKET LANDING SPACEX LAUNCHES 53 SATELLITES ON TRANSPORTER-10 RIDESHARE FLIGHT, NAILS ROCKET LANDING - SpaceX launched a big batch of satellites for a variety of private customers today. The company's Transporter-10 mission lifted off right on time at 5:05 p.m. ET (2205 GMT) on Monday (March 4) from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. Today's launch wi...   More
(Source: Space.com - Mar 5)


SPACEX LAUNCHED FALCON 9 ROCKET FROM CAPE CANAVERAL WITH 23 STARLINK SATELLITES SPACEX LAUNCHED FALCON 9 ROCKET FROM CAPE CANAVERAL WITH 23 STARLINK SATELLITES - Coming on the heels of the successful launch of the four-person Crew-8 mission heading up to the International Space Station, SpaceX pulled off another Falcon 9 launch from the Cape. The Starlink 6-41 mission saw another batch of 23 internet satellites head up to join the growing constellation in lo...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Mar 5)


AN ENDLESS STREAM OF SATELLITES IS BURNING UP IN THE SKY, AND NOBODY KNOWS THE COST AN ENDLESS STREAM OF SATELLITES IS BURNING UP IN THE SKY, AND NOBODY KNOWS THE COST - Elon Musk's SpaceX has announced it will dispose of 100 Starlink satellites over the next six months, after it discovered a design flaw that may cause them to fail. Rather than risk posing a threat to other spacecraft, SpaceX will "de-orbit" these satellites to burn up in the atmosphere. But atmosph...   More
(Source: ScienceAlert - Mar 4)


ISS ROUNDUP: CYGNUS NG-20, AXIOM MISSION 3, AND PROGRESS MS-26 ISS ROUNDUP: CYGNUS NG-20, AXIOM MISSION 3, AND PROGRESS MS-26 - This month, the International Space Station (ISS) has seen a flurry of activity, from experiments to vehicle arrivals and departures. Multiple resupply missions by Cygnus and Progress have kept the crew of Expedition 70 healthy onboard the Station. Meanwhile, a private mission from Axiom headed back...   More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Mar 4)


NASA, SPACEX SCRUB CREW-8 ASTRONAUT MISSION TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION DUE TO POOR WEATHER NASA, SPACEX SCRUB CREW-8 ASTRONAUT MISSION TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION DUE TO POOR WEATHER - Update 8:00 p.m. EST: NASA and SpaceX are standing down from the launch due to high winds along the ascent corridor. For the second time this year, SpaceX is preparing to send a quartet of people up to the International Space Station. Its Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon Endeavour spacecraft are s...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Mar 3)


NASA CANCELS OSAM-1 SATELLITE SERVICING TECHNOLOGY MISSION NASA CANCELS OSAM-1 SATELLITE SERVICING TECHNOLOGY MISSION - NASA has canceled a multibillion-dollar project to demonstrate satellite servicing technologies that had suffered extensive delays and cost overruns. In a brief statement March 1, NASA announced it was ending the On-Orbit Servicing, Assembly and Manufacturing (OSAM) 1 mission. OSAM-1 was being de...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Mar 2)


CHINA LAUNCHES FIRST HIGH ORBIT INTERNET SATELLITE CHINA LAUNCHES FIRST HIGH ORBIT INTERNET SATELLITE - China launched the first of a new “high orbit” internet satellite series Thursday, apparently to provide internet services to China and surrounding areas. A Long March 3B/G rocket lifted off from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwestern China at 8:03 a.m. Eastern (1303 UTC) Feb. 29. ...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Mar 1)


RUSSIAN ROCKET SUCCESSFULLY PUTS IRANIAN SATELLITE INTO ORBIT RUSSIAN ROCKET SUCCESSFULLY PUTS IRANIAN SATELLITE INTO ORBIT - A Russian rocket on Thursday successfully put an Iranian satellite into orbit, a launch that underlined increasingly close cooperation between Moscow and Tehran. Russia's state-run Roscosmos corporation said that a Soyuz rocket blasted off from the Vostochny launch facility in the country's far e...   More
(Source: Yahoo News - Mar 1)


NEAR MISS! NASA SATELLITE, DEAD RUSSIAN SPACECRAFT ZOOM PAST EACH OTHER IN ORBIT NEAR MISS! NASA SATELLITE, DEAD RUSSIAN SPACECRAFT ZOOM PAST EACH OTHER IN ORBIT - A NASA satellite almost got clobbered high above Earth this morning (Feb. 28). At 1:34 a.m. EST (0634 GMT), according to agency officials, the dead Russian spy satellite Cosmos 2221 zoomed uncomfortably close to a NASA craft dubbed TIMED that has been studying Earth's atmosphere since 2001. "W...   More
(Source: Space.com - Feb 29)


FIRST NORTH KOREA SPY SATELLITE IS ‘ALIVE’ AND BEING CONTROLLED, EXPERTS SAY FIRST NORTH KOREA SPY SATELLITE IS ‘ALIVE’ AND BEING CONTROLLED, EXPERTS SAY - North Korea’s first spy satellite is “alive”, space experts have said, after detecting changes in its orbit that suggested Pyongyang was successfully controlling the spacecraft – although its capabilities remain unknown. After two fiery failures, North Korea successfully launched the Mall...   More
(Source: The Guardian - Feb 29)


INDIA TO HAVE OWN SPACE STATION BY 2035, COUNTRY WILL GO TO MOON AGAIN, SAYS PM MODI INDIA TO HAVE OWN SPACE STATION BY 2035, COUNTRY WILL GO TO MOON AGAIN, SAYS PM MODI - After the the names of the astronauts of the Gaganyaan mission were announced in Thiruvananthapuram on February 27, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India will have its own space station by 2035. Addressing ISRO scientists at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) here, Mr. Modi said India will on...   More
(Source: The Hindu - Feb 29)


RUSSIA ACKNOWLEDGES CONTINUING AIR LEAK FROM ITS SEGMENT OF SPACE STATION RUSSIA ACKNOWLEDGES CONTINUING AIR LEAK FROM ITS SEGMENT OF SPACE STATION - Russian space officials have acknowledged a continuing air leak from the Russian segment of the International Space Station, but said it poses no danger to its crew. The Roscosmos state corporation said that specialists were monitoring the leak and the crew “regularly conducts work to locate an...   More
(Source: The Guardian - Feb 29)


SPACEX TO LAUNCH CREW-8 ASTRONAUTS TO THE SPACE STATION MARCH 1 SPACEX TO LAUNCH CREW-8 ASTRONAUTS TO THE SPACE STATION MARCH 1 - SpaceX is poised to launch three astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut to the International Space Station (ISS) this week on the company's Crew-8 mission for NASA. The crew members' spacecraft, SpaceX's Crew Dragon Endeavor, will ride atop a Falcon 9 rocket from the historic Launch Complex-39A at NA...   More
(Source: Space.com - Feb 29)


IRAN SATELLITE LAUNCH FROM RUSSIA FUELS FEARS OVER MOSCOW-TEHRAN TIES IRAN SATELLITE LAUNCH FROM RUSSIA FUELS FEARS OVER MOSCOW-TEHRAN TIES - An Iranian satellite is to be launched into space from Russia on Thursday, Tehran’s information and communications minister has announced. The Pars 1 carries a 15-meter camera enabling it to send high-resolution images of surface locations from its orbit 500km above the earth. The launch abo...   More
(Source: iranintl.com - Feb 28)


RADAR IMAGES REVEAL DAMAGE ON EUROPE'S DOOMED ERS-2 SATELLITE DURING FINAL ORBITS RADAR IMAGES REVEAL DAMAGE ON EUROPE'S DOOMED ERS-2 SATELLITE DURING FINAL ORBITS - The European Space Agency has released images showing some of the final orbits experienced by a European satellite before its fiery reintroduction to Earth's atmosphere. The school-bus-sized European Remote Sensing (ERS-2) satellite reentered our planet's atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean on Feb....   More
(Source: Space.com - Feb 28)


SPACEX, NASA 'GO' TO LAUNCH CREW-8 ASTRONAUT MISSION TO ISS ON MARCH 1 SPACEX, NASA 'GO' TO LAUNCH CREW-8 ASTRONAUT MISSION TO ISS ON MARCH 1 - SpaceX and NASA are officially go to launch their next astronaut mission to International Space Station (ISS) this week, with its four-person crew arriving at their Florida launch site on Sunday (Feb. 25). Called Crew-8, the upcoming SpaceX mission will launch four astronauts into orbit on the D...   More
(Source: Space.com - Feb 27)


SPACEX LAUNCHES 24 STARLINK SATELLITES FROM FLORIDA SPACEX LAUNCHES 24 STARLINK SATELLITES FROM FLORIDA - SpaceX launched 24 of its Starlink internet satellites from Florida on Sunday (Feb. 25), on the company's 18th mission of 2024. A Falcon 9 rocket carrying 24 Starlink spacecraft lifted off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida at 5:06 p.m. EST (2206 GMT). The Falcon 9's first stage c...   More
(Source: Yahoo News - Feb 26)

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