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SATELLITE MEGACONSTELLATIONS WILL MAR ASTRONOMERS' VIEW OF HEAVENS, STUDY FINDS - Two European Southern Observatory telescopes will be "moderately affected" in their observations by the rise of big, new satellite constellations, a new study finds, while wide-field telescopes will be "severely affected."
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FIVE MIT PAYLOADS DEPLOYED ON THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION FIVE MIT PAYLOADS DEPLOYED ON THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION - Five research payloads from the MIT Media Lab’s Space Exploration Initiative were recently deployed on the International Space Station for a 30-day research mission. Scientists, designers, and artists will be able to study the effects of prolonged microgravity, on-station radiation, and launch loads on experiments ranging from self-assembling architecture to biological pigments. The payloads launched on the SpaceX CRS-20 via the Dragon cargo ship atop a Falcon 9 rocket on March 6.   More
(Source: MIT News - Mar 29)


VENEZUELA'S ONLY TELECOMS SATELLITE IS LOST IN SPACE VENEZUELA'S ONLY TELECOMS SATELLITE IS LOST IN SPACE - Venezuela’s only telecommunications satellite has veered off its orbit and stopped working, creating a logistical headache for the cash-strapped nation. The Chinese-built satellite was launched among much fanfare in 2008 under the watch of former President Hugo Chavez, who said the 6-ton machine would help to “construct 21st-century socialism” and contribute to Venezuela’s “independence and sovereignty.”   More
(Source: The Japan Times - Mar 29)


THE US ECONOMY HAS COME TO A STANDSTILL, SATELLITE IMAGERY SHOWS THE US ECONOMY HAS COME TO A STANDSTILL, SATELLITE IMAGERY SHOWS - The coronavirus crisis is bringing the United States economy to a screeching halt, with every sector feeling the effects of most of the country’s workforce staying home. Satellite imagery combined with other photographic evidence and alternative data sources give a stark look at the U.S. situation: Airplanes are parked on unused runways, the busiest highways are empty during rush hour times, resorts have become ghost towns, ports are seeing sharp drops in shipping activity and more.   More
(Source: CNBC - Mar 29)


ONEWEB COLLAPSES AFTER SOFTBANK FUNDING TALKS FALL THROUGH ONEWEB COLLAPSES AFTER SOFTBANK FUNDING TALKS FALL THROUGH - OneWeb, the satellite internet start-up, filed for bankruptcy and axed most of its staff on Friday, after failing to secure new funding from investors including its biggest backer SoftBank. The company said it would seek a sale after filing for Chapter 11 relief in New York, noting that financial market turbulence related to coronavirus had sunk negotiations over an investment that would have funded its commercial launch.    More
(Source: Financial Times - Mar 28)


ULA’S ATLAS 5 LAUNCHES AEHF-6 COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE IN ITS FIRST MISSION FOR U.S. SPACE FORCE ULA’S ATLAS 5 LAUNCHES AEHF-6 COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE IN ITS FIRST MISSION FOR U.S. SPACE FORCE - A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket lifted off on March 26 at 4:18 PM EST from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, carrying a $1.4 billion Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-6) communications satellite for the U.S. Space Force. This was the sixth and final satellite of the AEHF constellation that provides secure, jam-proof voice and data communications for U.S. national leadership, military forces and international partners Canada, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Australia. All six were manufactured by Lockheed Martin.   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Mar 27)


AMID CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK, SPACEX LAUNCH OF ARGENTINIAN SATELLITE POSTPONED AMID CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK, SPACEX LAUNCH OF ARGENTINIAN SATELLITE POSTPONED - A SpaceX satellite launch that had been scheduled for later this month has been postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic. The SAOCOM1B satellite is being launched for Argentina’s Space Agency, the Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales (CONAE). The launch atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket had originally been scheduled for March 30 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.   More
(Source: Fox News - Mar 26)


CHINA TO LAUNCH EXPERIMENTAL SPACECRAFT NEXT MONTH CHINA TO LAUNCH EXPERIMENTAL SPACECRAFT NEXT MONTH - China aims to launch an experimental spacecraft without a crew in April, as part of a broader spaceflight programme to shuttle astronauts to its future space station, state media reported on Tuesday. The new-generation spacecraft is scheduled to launch on the maiden flight of the Long March-5B carrier rocket, China's largest carrier rocket, from the southern island province of Hainan, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA). The launch is set for mid- to late April.   More
(Source: India Today - Mar 26)


SPACEX PUSHES FOR FIRST CREW LAUNCH AMID CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC SPACEX PUSHES FOR FIRST CREW LAUNCH AMID CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC - Even in the midst of the pandemic, SpaceX and NASA are moving ahead with their plans to launch astronauts to the International Space Station for the first time in mid-to-late May. Why it matters: The launch marks the culmination of years of work for SpaceX and NASA to get Americans flying to orbit from U.S. soil for the first time since the end of the space shuttle program in 2011.   More
(Source: Axios - Mar 26)


CHINA LAUNCHES THREE MILITARY SATELLITES CHINA LAUNCHES THREE MILITARY SATELLITES - Three Chinese military satellites with undisclosed missions rocketed into a 370-mile-high (600-kilometer) orbit Tuesday on a Long March 2C launcher. The classified payloads lifted off at 0343 GMT Tuesday (11:43 p.m. EDT Monday) from the Xichang space center in southwestern China’s Sichuan province, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency. Xinhua said the three “remote sensing satellites” will be used for “electromagnetic environment detection and related technological tests.” Liftoff occurred at 11:43 a.m. Beijing time Tuesday.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Mar 25)


VERY HIGH RESOLUTION SATELLITE IMAGERY FROM CLOUDFERRO VERY HIGH RESOLUTION SATELLITE IMAGERY FROM CLOUDFERRO - Satellite images in quality, which until now were only available for the military sector, are already available for all organizations. Very high resolution satellite images (VHR) are available on the CREODIAS.EU platform, where you can search and process Earth observation data. The Polish company CloudFerro, specializing in providing cloud computing services, which is also the operator of cloud platforms providing Earth observation satellite images...   More
(Source: Space Daily - Mar 25)


ULA TARGETING THURSDAY FOR U.S. SPACE FORCE SATELLITE LAUNCH FROM CAPE CANAVERAL ULA TARGETING THURSDAY FOR U.S. SPACE FORCE SATELLITE LAUNCH FROM CAPE CANAVERAL - Even during a global pandemic U.S. national security launches must go on. On Thursday, United Launch Alliance plans to launch its first communications satellite for the now U.S. Space Force designed to help troops around the world. An Atlas V rocket will blast off Thursday at 2:57 p.m. with the sixth Advanced Extremely High Frequency, or AEHF, satellite for the U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center. The rocket is at Space Launch Complex-41 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station awaiting lift off.   More
(Source: WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando - Mar 25)


MILITARY OFFICIALS COMMITTED TO KEEPING CAPE CANAVERAL OPEN FOR LAUNCHES MILITARY OFFICIALS COMMITTED TO KEEPING CAPE CANAVERAL OPEN FOR LAUNCHES - The military-run Eastern Range at Cape Canaveral remains ready to support upcoming launches — including an Atlas 5 flight Thursday — amid the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Tuesday. The next launch scheduled from Cape Canaveral is set to take off Thursday, when a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket carries a U.S. Space Force communications satellite into orbit. Preparations for that mission are on schedule, officials said Tuesday.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Mar 25)


CORONAVIRUS IMPACT: SATELLITE IMAGES SHOW WORLD CITIES BEFORE AND AFTER OUTBREAK CORONAVIRUS IMPACT: SATELLITE IMAGES SHOW WORLD CITIES BEFORE AND AFTER OUTBREAK - This is what it looks like when the world pauses because of the coronavirus pandemic. Before-and-after satellite images starkly show just how much things have changed across the planet as the coronavirus outbreak spread. Images provided by commercial satellite company Planet Labs reveal empty parking lots, beaches, bridges, waterways, and popular tourist and religious destinations in recent days.   More
(Source: CNBC - Mar 24)


BIGELOW AEROSPACE LAYS OFF ENTIRE WORKFORCE BIGELOW AEROSPACE LAYS OFF ENTIRE WORKFORCE - Bigelow Aerospace, the company founded more than two decades ago to develop commercial space habitats, laid off all its employees March 23 in a move caused at least in part by the coronavirus pandemic. According to sources familiar with the company’s activities, Bigelow Aerospace’s 68 employees were informed that they were being laid off, effective immediately. An additional 20 employees were laid off the previous week.   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Mar 24)


CHINESE NEW-GENERATION SPACECRAFT MISSION PROCEEDING DESPITE CORONAVIRUS, LONG MARCH 7A FAILURE CHINESE NEW-GENERATION SPACECRAFT MISSION PROCEEDING DESPITE CORONAVIRUS, LONG MARCH 7A FAILURE - The test launch of the Long March 5B heavy-lift rocket carrying a Chinese new-generation spacecraft is going ahead despite the coronavirus outbreak. The prototype new-generation crewed spacecraft payload is designed to be capable of deep space travel, including crewed lunar missions. Measures introduced to contain the COVID-19 outbreak have altered, but not halted, launch preparations.   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Mar 24)


ONEWEB INCREASES MEGA-CONSTELLATION TO 74 SATELLITES ONEWEB INCREASES MEGA-CONSTELLATION TO 74 SATELLITES - A Soyuz rocket lifted off from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, carrying 34 more spacecraft into orbit to continue the build-up of the firm's broadband internet constellation. The mission took place despite the coronavirus pandemic, which has limited much space activity elsewhere. It also comes amid rumours the firm may consider seeking bankruptcy protection. A report by Bloomberg on Thursday said OneWeb was examining different options it could use to stave off the difficulties of a cash crunch.    More
(Source: BBC News - Mar 23)


COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS DISRUPT ASTRONAUTS' PREPARATIONS FOR ISS COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS DISRUPT ASTRONAUTS' PREPARATIONS FOR ISS - Traditions that spacefarers have observed for decades have fallen foul of efforts to rein in the coronavirus pandemic as astronauts and cosmonauts face more stringent quarantine measures before they blast into orbit. The next crew bound for the International Space Station, the ultimate destination for self-isolation, will break with ceremony next month and not lay a red carnation at the Kremlin wall where Yuri Gagarin’s ashes are interred.    More
(Source: The Guardian - Mar 23)


SOYUZ ROCKET SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES 34 MORE ONEWEB SATELLITES SOYUZ ROCKET SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES 34 MORE ONEWEB SATELLITES - A Soyuz rocket and Fregat upper stage lifted off Saturday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, delivering 34 more satellites to orbit for OneWeb’s space-based Internet network in the company’s second launch this year. The Russian Soyuz-2.1b rocket fired its main engines and climbed away from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 1706:58 GMT (1:06:58 p.m. EDT; 10:06:58 p.m. Baikonur time) carrying the 34 Florida-built satellites into orbit.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Mar 22)


ONEWEB PLANS SATURDAY SATELLITE LAUNCH FROM KAZAKHSTAN ONEWEB PLANS SATURDAY SATELLITE LAUNCH FROM KAZAKHSTAN - OneWeb plans to launch 34 communications satellites from Kazakhstan at 1:06 p.m. EDT Saturday -- its third such launch of satellites made in Florida. The communications company based in London and Virginia has been mass-producing satellites near Kennedy Space Center since last year. The company previously launched 40 satellites from space centers in Kazakhstan and South America.    More
(Source: UPI.com - Mar 21)


WHAT'S THAT IN THE SKY? IT'S A SPACEX ROCKET, BUT IT SURE DOESN'T LOOK LIKE IT WHAT'S THAT IN THE SKY? IT'S A SPACEX ROCKET, BUT IT SURE DOESN'T LOOK LIKE IT - Planetary nebula? Supernova remnant? No, this incredible image is actually a photo of a rocket launch. The rocket's exhaust combined with atmospheric effects emulates an image of a deep-space object. A photographer captured the shot during the launch of SpaceX's 20th cargo resupply mission on March 6 as the Falcon 9 blasted off toward the International Space Station. Before the first-stage booster touched down at the company's landing zone, a short distance away, it created quite the spectacle.    More
(Source: Space.com - Mar 21)

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