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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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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)


RAYTHEON TO DESIGN WEATHER SATELLITE PROTOTYPE FOR US SPACE FORCE RAYTHEON TO DESIGN WEATHER SATELLITE PROTOTYPE FOR US SPACE FORCE - The U.S. Space Force has selected Raytheon Intelligence & Space to build an advanced weather satellite prototype that can provide the military with theater weather imaging and cloud characterization, the company announced July 22. The Next Generation Electro-Optical Infrared Weather Satellite is intended to replace the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program, or DMSP, a series of satellites that have provided weather data for military operations since the 1960s.   More
(Source: C4ISRNet - Jul 30)


NEW SPACE SATELLITE PINPOINTS INDUSTRIAL METHANE EMISSIONS NEW SPACE SATELLITE PINPOINTS INDUSTRIAL METHANE EMISSIONS - Methane may not be as abundant in the atmosphere as carbon dioxide, but with a global warming potential many times greater than carbon dioxide, monitoring and controlling industrial emissions of this potent gas is imperative to helping combat climate change. GHGSat is a New Space initiative that draws on Copernicus Sentinel-5P data for mapping methane hotspots—and its Claire satellite has now collected more than 60 000 methane measurements of industrial facilities around the world.    More
(Source: Phys.org - Jul 30)


STUNNING PICTURES: NASA ASTRONAUT SHARES 'FIRST MOMENTS' OF SUNRISE FROM SPACE STUNNING PICTURES: NASA ASTRONAUT SHARES 'FIRST MOMENTS' OF SUNRISE FROM SPACE - NASA astronaut Bob Behnken shared the 'first moments' of sunrise from the International Space Station (ISS) on July 27, where he captured the exact moment of sun rising through the Earth's horizon. Bob Behnken, who flew in the SpaceX's Dragon Crew spacecraft last month shared the images from on board of ISS, which he is sharing with four other astronauts.   More
(Source: Republic World - Jul 29)


SEE HURRICANE HANNA FROM SPACE AS SEEN BY ASTRONAUTS AND SATELLITES SEE HURRICANE HANNA FROM SPACE AS SEEN BY ASTRONAUTS AND SATELLITES - For astronauts and satellites alike, space is proving to be a perfect vantage point to spot swirling hurricanes. NASA astronaut Bob Behnken spotted Hurricane Hanna from the International Space Station as it swirled over the Gulf of Mexico on Friday (July 24). Hanna made landfall in southern Texas on Saturday and has since been reclassified as a tropical storm.   More
(Source: Space.com - Jul 28)


PROTON ROCKET ROLLED OUT FOR LAUNCH WITH TWO RUSSIAN COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITES PROTON ROCKET ROLLED OUT FOR LAUNCH WITH TWO RUSSIAN COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITES - Two satellites designed to beam radio and television broadcasts, Internet connectivity and other communications services across Russia have arrived at a launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for liftoff Wednesday on the first flight of a Russian Proton rocket this year. The Proton rocket rolled out to pad 39 at the Site 200 launch complex at Baikonur on Sunday, riding a railcar from a fueling station across the Kazakh steppe to the launch facility. Once it arrived at the pad, the rocket was raised vertical and a mobile tower moved into position around the launcher for final pre-flight checks.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jul 28)


CHINA LAUNCHES 3 SATELLITES INTO ORBIT, INCLUDING A 'LOBSTER-EYE' TO HUNT DARK MATTER CHINA LAUNCHES 3 SATELLITES INTO ORBIT, INCLUDING A 'LOBSTER-EYE' TO HUNT DARK MATTER - China launched a trio of satellites into orbit Saturday (July 25) on separate missions to study the Earth, hunt dark matter with an X-ray "lobster-eye" and collect commercial data. A Long March 4B rocket successfully launched the Ziyuan III 03 Earth-observation satellite and two other payloads from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in the northern province of Shanxi. Liftoff occurred at 11:14 a.m. Beijing Time.   More
(Source: Space.com - Jul 28)

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