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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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STATUS OF SATELLITE UNKNOWN AFTER CHINA CONDUCTS PAIR OF LAUNCHES IN 2 HOURS STATUS OF SATELLITE UNKNOWN AFTER CHINA CONDUCTS PAIR OF LAUNCHES IN 2 HOURS - The status of a classified satellite launched from southwest China Sept. 27 remains unknown more than 12 hours after liftoff. A Long March 3B rocket lifted from Xichang Satellite Launch Center at around 04:20 a.m. Eastern Monday marking China’s second orbital launch of the day. The launch wa...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Sep 28)


CHINESE KZ-1A RETURNS TO FLIGHT AND LOFTS NEW REMOTE SENSING SATELLITE INTO ORBIT CHINESE KZ-1A RETURNS TO FLIGHT AND LOFTS NEW REMOTE SENSING SATELLITE INTO ORBIT - A Chinese Kuaizhou 1A (KZ-1A) rocket lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Inner Mongolia at 06:19 UTC on September 27, lofting a new high-resolution remote sensing satellite into orbit. The rocket lifted off from Site 95 at Jiuquan, marking the 14th flight of a KZ-1 series rocke...   More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Sep 28)


NEW EYE ON PLANET EARTH ROCKETS INTO ORBIT FROM CALIFORNIA NEW EYE ON PLANET EARTH ROCKETS INTO ORBIT FROM CALIFORNIA - NASA and United Launch Alliance deployed a new Landsat satellite in orbit Monday after liftoff on an Atlas 5 rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, marking the 2,000th launch from the West Coast spaceport since 1958 and extending a series of Earth observations used by farmers, urban ...   More
(Source: SoaceFlight Now - Sep 28)


RUSSIAN SPACE MOVIE CREW SET FOR BLAST-OFF RUSSIAN SPACE MOVIE CREW SET FOR BLAST-OFF - A Russian crew of two cosmonauts and two cinema professionals is set to take off for the International Space Station (ISS) early next month to shoot the first movie in outer space. The four are scheduled to be launched on a Soyuz MS-19 craft on Oct. 5 to be delivered to the station, which orbits ...   More
(Source: CTV News - Sep 27)


SPACEX SEES GROWING DEMAND FOR PRIVATE CREW DRAGON MISSIONS SPACEX SEES GROWING DEMAND FOR PRIVATE CREW DRAGON MISSIONS - With the all-civilian Inspiration4 crew mission back on Earth, SpaceX’s director of human spaceflight programs says the company is seeing increased interest in more private astronauts flights to orbit, and may expand its fleet of reusable Dragon spaceships to accommodate the growing demand. Spa...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Sep 26)


LANDSAT 9, NASA'S MOST POWERFUL LANDSAT SATELLITE EVER, IS 'GO' FOR LAUNCH ON MONDAY LANDSAT 9, NASA'S MOST POWERFUL LANDSAT SATELLITE EVER, IS 'GO' FOR LAUNCH ON MONDAY - NASA has cleared its newest powerful Earth-observing satellite for a launch into orbit from the California coast on Monday (Sept. 27). The satellite, called Landsat 9, is on track to lift off from the Vandenberg Space Force Base atop an Atlas V rocket provided by the United Launch Alliance. Lifto...   More
(Source: Space.com - Sep 26)


SPACEX FALCON HEAVY ROCKET WILL LAUNCH INTERNET SATELLITE TO SERVE ALASKA IN 2022 SPACEX FALCON HEAVY ROCKET WILL LAUNCH INTERNET SATELLITE TO SERVE ALASKA IN 2022 - SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket just got another passenger. The powerful Falcon Heavy is now scheduled to loft Astranis' first commercial communications satellite to orbit next spring, Astranis representatives announced Thursday (Sept. 23). The satellite — which will beam internet service down...   More
(Source: Space.com - Sep 26)


CHINA EYES SENDING 1ST FEMALE ASTRONAUT TO NEW SPACE STATION CHINA EYES SENDING 1ST FEMALE ASTRONAUT TO NEW SPACE STATION - One of China's few women astronauts is expected to be named among the crew of the upcoming Shenzhou 13 mission to the Chinese space station. The three-member crew of Shenzhou 12 just returned to Earth following 90 days aboard the Tianhe module of the Tiangong space station, but China is already g...   More
(Source: Space.com - Sep 25)


CONGRESS TO NASA: WHAT COMES AFTER THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION? CONGRESS TO NASA: WHAT COMES AFTER THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION? - The specter of NASA's 30-year space shuttle program loomed large as congressional representatives sought details about the agency's plans for orbital spaceflight after the International Space Station. Questions of how long the station — already over 20 years old — can last and how internation...   More
(Source: Space.com - Sep 24)


NEXT COMMERCIAL FALCON HEAVY MISSION TO LAUNCH DEBUT ASTRANIS SATELLITE NEXT COMMERCIAL FALCON HEAVY MISSION TO LAUNCH DEBUT ASTRANIS SATELLITE - Astranis said Sept. 23 that SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket will launch its first commercial satellite in a direct-inject mission to geostationary orbit (GEO) in spring 2022. The San Francisco-based startup, which is building and operating the Arcturus satellite for U.S.-based telco Pacific Datapo...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Sep 24)


ROCKET LAB TO LAUNCH ASTROSCALE INSPECTION SATELLITE ROCKET LAB TO LAUNCH ASTROSCALE INSPECTION SATELLITE - Rocket Lab will launch an Astroscale mission to rendezvous with a spent rocket stage in low Earth orbit, a prelude to eventually deorbiting the stage. Rocket Lab announced Sept. 21 that it won a contract from Astroscale for the launch of its Active Debris Removal by Astroscale-Japan (ADRAS-J) spa...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Sep 24)


LA PALMA VOLCANO ERUPTION'S INFERNAL BEAUTY VISIBLE FROM SPACE IN ASTRONAUT AND SATELLITE PHOTOS LA PALMA VOLCANO ERUPTION'S INFERNAL BEAUTY VISIBLE FROM SPACE IN ASTRONAUT AND SATELLITE PHOTOS - New astronaut and satellite images of an active volcano on the island of La Palma reveal the frightening beauty of the eruption, as well as its dangerous proximity to humans. Lava began gushing out of the Cumbre Vieja crater on the island, which is located off the coast of northwestern Africa an...   More
(Source: Space.com - Sep 24)


HOW MANY SATELLITES ARE ORBITING EARTH? 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? I am a professor of ph...   More
(Source: Astronomy Magazine - Sep 23)


BOEING'S NEXT STARLINER TEST LAUNCH FOR NASA MAY SLIP TO 2022 BOEING'S NEXT STARLINER TEST LAUNCH FOR NASA MAY SLIP TO 2022 - Boeing's Starliner astronaut taxi may not get off the ground this year after all. Boeing and NASA had originally aimed to launch Starliner's Orbital Test Flight 2 (OFT-2), a crucial uncrewed trial mission to the International Space Station (ISS), from Florida's Cape Canaveral Space Force Station ...   More
(Source: Space.com - Sep 23)


CRACKS FOUND ON THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION ARE A 'FAIRLY SERIOUS ISSUE,' A FORMER NASA ASTRONAUT SAYS CRACKS FOUND ON THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION ARE A 'FAIRLY SERIOUS ISSUE,' A FORMER NASA ASTRONAUT SAYS - Cracks are appearing on the International Space Station, and retired NASA astronaut Bill Shepherd says they're a "fairly serious issue." After Russian cosmonauts spotted the cracks on the station's Zarya module, Vladimir Solovyov, flight director of the Russian segment of the ISS, publicly reveal...   More
(Source: Business Insider - Sep 23)


SPACE STATION CREW TO RELOCATE SOYUZ, MAKE ROOM FOR NEW CREWMATES SPACE STATION CREW TO RELOCATE SOYUZ, MAKE ROOM FOR NEW CREWMATES - Three residents of the International Space Station will take a short ride aboard a Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft Tuesday, Sept. 28, relocating the spacecraft to prepare for the arrival of the next set of station crew members. Expedition 65 flight engineers Mark Vande Hei of NASA and Oleg Novitskiy and P...   More
(Source: NASA - Sep 23)


SAVES LIVES AND PROTECTS… EXPRESS-AM5 SATELLITE WILL WARN ABOUT SEISMIC ACTIVITY SAVES LIVES AND PROTECTS… EXPRESS-AM5 SATELLITE WILL WARN ABOUT SEISMIC ACTIVITY - The Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) and an international service provider Hunter Communications have put in place communication channels to monitor the Earth’s seismic activity. High-precision seismometers are installed in a number of regions of Yakutia, transmitting data via the E...   More
(Source: SatNews - Sep 22)


SPACE DEVELOPMENT AGENCY APPROVES DESIGN FOR SATELLITES THAT CAN TRACK HYPERSONIC WEAPONS SPACE DEVELOPMENT AGENCY APPROVES DESIGN FOR SATELLITES THAT CAN TRACK HYPERSONIC WEAPONS - The Space Development Agency has approved design plans for its new missile warning satellites, which will be capable of detecting and tracking hypersonic weapons. L3Harris Technologies announced Sept. 20 that the agency had completed preliminary design review of their satellites, marking an impor...   More
(Source: C4ISRNet - Sep 22)


SATELLITE SWARMS MAY OUTSHINE THE NIGHT SKY’S NATURAL CONSTELLATIONS SATELLITE SWARMS MAY OUTSHINE THE NIGHT SKY’S NATURAL CONSTELLATIONS - Fleets of private satellites orbiting Earth will be visible to the naked eye in the next few years, sometimes all night long. Companies like SpaceX and Amazon have launched hundreds of satellites into low orbits since 2019, with plans to launch thousands more in the works — a trend that’s ala...   More
(Source: Science News - Sep 21)


TIANZHOU SHIP LAUNCHES AND DOCKS WITH CHINESE SPACE STATION TIANZHOU SHIP LAUNCHES AND DOCKS WITH CHINESE SPACE STATION - An unpiloted Chinese cargo ship launched and docked with the Tiangong space station Monday, delivering supplies to support the next three-person crew on the complex for six months after their arrival in October. The automated Tianzhou 3 supply freighter took off from the Wenchang launch base on H...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Sep 21)

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