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HOW MANY SATELLITES ARE ORBITING EARTH? - It seems like every week, another rocket is launched into space carrying rovers to Mars, tourists or, most commonly, satellites. The idea that "space is getting crowded" has been around for a few years now, but just how crowded is it? And how crowded is it going to get?
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YOU CAN WATCH SPACEX LAUNCH MORE THAN FOUR DOZEN STARLINK INTERNET SATELLITES ON TUESDAY. HERE'S HOW. YOU CAN WATCH SPACEX LAUNCH MORE THAN FOUR DOZEN STARLINK INTERNET SATELLITES ON TUESDAY. HERE'S HOW. - Update for 2:50 pm ET: SpaceX has postponed the launch of its next Starlink mission to no earlier than Tuesday, Jan. 18, due to weather issues. See our updated story below. A SpaceX rocket will launch a new fleet of the company's Starlink internet satellites into orbit Tuesday night (Jan. 18) and...   More
(Source: Space.com - Jan 18)


HUGE TONGA UNDERWATER VOLCANO ERUPTION CAPTURED IN STUNNING SATELLITE VIDEO HUGE TONGA UNDERWATER VOLCANO ERUPTION CAPTURED IN STUNNING SATELLITE VIDEO - A powerful underwater volcano eruption in Tonga on Saturday (Jan. 15) was captured as it happened in stunning images from an Earth-watching satellite, showing the sheer power for the explosive event in the South Pacific. The volcano eruption on the island of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai is visible ...   More
(Source: Space.com - Jan 17)


CAPE CANAVERAL’S BUSY JANUARY TO CONTINUE WITH ANOTHER STARLINK LAUNCH CAPE CANAVERAL’S BUSY JANUARY TO CONTINUE WITH ANOTHER STARLINK LAUNCH - Forecasters expect brisk winds and chilly temperatures for a prime time, full moon launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with another batch of Starlink internet satellites Monday night from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. There’s a 70 percent chance of good conditions for launch at 7:26 ...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jan 16)


SPACEX FALCON 9 ROCKET SPOTTED FROM SPACE BEFORE AND AFTER EPIC 105-SATELLITE LAUNCH SPACEX FALCON 9 ROCKET SPOTTED FROM SPACE BEFORE AND AFTER EPIC 105-SATELLITE LAUNCH - SpaceX has some nice before-and-after photos to mark the 10th launch of one of its Falcon 9 rockets, thanks to a satisfied customer. A Falcon 9 successfully delivered 105 satellites to orbit Thursday (Jan. 13), including 44 "SuperDove" cubesats for Planet, a San Francisco-based company that opera...   More
(Source: Space.com - Jan 15)


NASA TV TO AIR SPACEX CARGO DRAGON DEPARTURE FROM SPACE STATION NASA TV TO AIR SPACEX CARGO DRAGON DEPARTURE FROM SPACE STATION - A SpaceX Dragon cargo resupply spacecraft is set to depart the International Space Station Friday, Jan. 21. NASA Television, the agency’s website, and the NASA app will provide live broadcast of the spacecraft’s undocking and departure beginning at 10:15 a.m. EST. Ground controllers at SpaceX...   More
(Source: NASA - Jan 15)


SPACEX LAUNCHES 105 SMALL SATELLITES INTO ORBIT, NAILS ROCKET LANDING SPACEX LAUNCHES 105 SMALL SATELLITES INTO ORBIT, NAILS ROCKET LANDING - SpaceX successfully launched its second rocket of the year Thursday morning (Jan. 13) as one of its veteran boosters carried 105 small satellites into orbit before landing back on Earth. The two-stage Falcon 9 rocket lifted off into a clear blue sky at 10:25 a.m. EST (1525 GMT) from Space Launch ...   More
(Source: Space.com - Jan 14)


VIRGIN ORBIT LAUNCHES MISSION STP-27VPB “ABOVE THE CLOUDS” VIRGIN ORBIT LAUNCHES MISSION STP-27VPB “ABOVE THE CLOUDS” - Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne and its 747 carrier aircraft “Cosmic Girl” have launched the US Defense Department’s STP-27VPB mission along with three commercial satellites. The launch occurred on Thursday, January 13 at approximately 2:51 PM PST (22:51 UTC). Cosmic Girl took off from the Mojave...   More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Jan 14)


EIGHT-SATELLITE TEVEL MISSION TO LAUNCH ON JANUARY 13 EIGHT-SATELLITE TEVEL MISSION TO LAUNCH ON JANUARY 13 - The TEVEL mission, which consists of eight satellites carrying amateur radio FM transponders, is set to launch on January 13 at 1525 UTC on the SpaceX Falcon 9 Transporter-3 mission, which also carries AMSAT-Spain’s (AMSAT-EA) EASAT-2 and HADES satellites. The TEVEL satellites were developed by th...   More
(Source: ARRL - Jan 13)


NEW NASA CHIEF SCIENTIST PLEDGES A PLAN TO RENEW AGENCY'S EARTH SATELLITE FLEET NEW NASA CHIEF SCIENTIST PLEDGES A PLAN TO RENEW AGENCY'S EARTH SATELLITE FLEET - NASA's newly appointed science and Earth science lead says there is "more to plan" when it comes to figuring out next priorities for the agency's aging satellite fleet. Katherine Calvin is the first NASA chief scientist to also act as the agency's senior climate advisor, a role created in Februar...   More
(Source: Space.com - Jan 13)


CHINA’S MEGACONSTELLATION PROJECT ESTABLISHES SATELLITE CLUSTER IN CHONGQING CHINA’S MEGACONSTELLATION PROJECT ESTABLISHES SATELLITE CLUSTER IN CHONGQING - A group leading China’s national low Earth orbit communications megaconstellation has founded two new firms to help develop the project, but overall plans remain vague. China Satellite Network Application Co., Ltd. and Chongqing Satellite Network System Research Institute Co., Ltd. were establi...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Jan 13)


COSMONAUTS PREP FOR SPACEWALK AS ASTRONAUTS WORK SCIENCE AND MAINTENANCE COSMONAUTS PREP FOR SPACEWALK AS ASTRONAUTS WORK SCIENCE AND MAINTENANCE - In one week the first spacewalk of 2022 is set begin at the International Space Station. Two Expedition 66 crew members are getting their spacesuits ready as the rest of the crew works research and maintenance. Station Commander Anton Shkaplerov and Flight Engineer Pyotr Dubrov are due to exit th...   More
(Source: NASA - Jan 13)


HOW TO SEE AND TRACK THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION (ISS) HOW TO SEE AND TRACK THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION (ISS) - The International Space Station (ISS) is a multi-nation laboratory, orbiting 248 miles (400 kilometers) above our heads. It perhaps comes as no surprise that the ISS can easily be seen and tracked from Earth. The colossal structure reflects sunlight and appears as a bright white pinpoint of ligh...   More
(Source: Space.com - Jan 13)


BREAKUP OF CHINA’S YUNHAI-1 (02) SATELLITE LINKED TO SPACE DEBRIS COLLISION BREAKUP OF CHINA’S YUNHAI-1 (02) SATELLITE LINKED TO SPACE DEBRIS COLLISION - U.S. space tracking has linked the breakup of Chinese satellite Yunhai-1 (02) to a collision with a small piece of debris from a Russian satellite launch, according to NASA. The Yunhai-1 (02) satellite was developed by the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology and launched in September 2019 ...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Jan 12)


VIRGIN ORBIT TO DEMONSTRATE AIR-LAUNCH FLEXIBILITY ON UPCOMING MISSION VIRGIN ORBIT TO DEMONSTRATE AIR-LAUNCH FLEXIBILITY ON UPCOMING MISSION - Virgin Orbit is preparing to launch a set of smallsats as both a demonstration of the flexibility of its air-launch system and its ability to increase its cadence of launches. Virgin Orbit’s next LauncherOne mission, called “Above the Clouds” by the company, is now scheduled for Jan. 13 aft...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Jan 12)


POWERFUL EUROPEAN EARTH-OBSERVATION SATELLITE SUFFERS ANOMALY IN ORBIT POWERFUL EUROPEAN EARTH-OBSERVATION SATELLITE SUFFERS ANOMALY IN ORBIT - One of humanity's most powerful Earth-observing satellites is having some problems in orbit. The Sentinel-1B radar satellite, part of the European Union's Copernicus Earth observation program, hasn't beamed home any data since suffering an anomaly on Dec. 23. And the problem appears to be relativ...   More
(Source: Space.com - Jan 12)


NASA COMPLETES MAJOR JWST DEPLOYMENTS NASA COMPLETES MAJOR JWST DEPLOYMENTS - The primary mirror of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope unfolded into place Jan. 8, completing the major steps in the post-launch deployment of the giant observatory. Controllers issued commands to deploy an assembly called the starboard primary mirror wing, containing 3 of the 18 segments of t...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Jan 12)


ARISS HIGHLIGHTED AMONG NASA’S BEST SPACE STATION SCIENCE PICTURES OF 2021 ARISS HIGHLIGHTED AMONG NASA’S BEST SPACE STATION SCIENCE PICTURES OF 2021 - NASA has recognized Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) as a science education and research program. Two images of ARISS activity are among those singled out by the space agency as some of the Best Space Station Science Pictures of 2021. ARRL Representative to ARISS-Internationa...   More
(Source: ARRL - Jan 11)


ON CHINA'S NEW SPACE STATION, A ROBOTIC ARM TEST PAVES WAY FOR FUTURE CONSTRUCTION ON CHINA'S NEW SPACE STATION, A ROBOTIC ARM TEST PAVES WAY FOR FUTURE CONSTRUCTION - A large robotic arm on China's space station has successfully grasped and maneuvered a cargo spacecraft in a crucial test ahead of upcoming module launches. The 33-foot-long (10 meters) robotic arm on the Tianhe module of China's new Tiangong space station took hold of the Tianzhou 2 supply ship ...   More
(Source: Space.com - Jan 10)


KAZAKHSTAN UNREST NOT AFFECTING BAIKONUR COSMODROME SPACEPORT, RUSSIA SAYS KAZAKHSTAN UNREST NOT AFFECTING BAIKONUR COSMODROME SPACEPORT, RUSSIA SAYS - The current chaos in Kazakhstan isn't seriously impacting the famous spaceport in the nation, Russian officials say. Spiking fuel prices spurred a wave of protests recently across Kazakhstan, an autocratic Central Asian nation that was once part of the Soviet Union. Some of those protests have tu...   More
(Source: Space.com - Jan 9)


EXPEDITION 66 CONCLUDES 2021 WITH BUSY DECEMBER ABOARD ISS EXPEDITION 66 CONCLUDES 2021 WITH BUSY DECEMBER ABOARD ISS - While many cultures celebrated their respective holiday traditions on Earth, the crew of the International Space Station (ISS) carried on with their busy schedules high above. December 2021 saw three major visiting vehicle movements, one spacewalk, and many of the research and maintenance tasks that...   More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Jan 8)

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