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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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BLUE ORIGIN AND SIERRA SPACE ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR COMMERCIAL SPACE STATION BLUE ORIGIN AND SIERRA SPACE ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR COMMERCIAL SPACE STATION - An industry group led by Blue Origin and Sierra Space, and including several other companies and organizations, announced plans Oct. 25 to cooperate on the development of a commercial space station. In a presentation associated with the 72nd International Astronautical Congress here, the industry...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Oct 25)


ARIANESPACE BREAKS PAYLOAD MASS RECORD ON FINAL ARIANE 5 LAUNCH BEFORE WEBB ARIANESPACE BREAKS PAYLOAD MASS RECORD ON FINAL ARIANE 5 LAUNCH BEFORE WEBB - A European Ariane 5 rocket fired into space Saturday night from French Guiana with a commercial broadband satellite for SES and a French military telecom craft, setting a new payload mass record for geostationary transfer orbit on the final Ariane 5 flight before launch of the James Webb Space Teles...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Oct 25)


ARIANE 5 LAUNCH DELAYED FOR MORE GROUND SYSTEMS CHECKS ARIANE 5 LAUNCH DELAYED FOR MORE GROUND SYSTEMS CHECKS - Arianespace delayed the launch from French Guiana of a European Ariane 5 rocket with two geostationary communications satellites Friday to conduct more checks of ground support equipment at the spaceport. The mission, set to loft payloads for SES and the French military, is the final Ariane 5 fli...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Oct 23)


PROGRESS MS-17 COMPLETES 24 HOUR LONG RELOCATION AT SPACE STATION PROGRESS MS-17 COMPLETES 24 HOUR LONG RELOCATION AT SPACE STATION - Progress MS-17 has successfully relocated its docking position to the station’s newest module, MLM Nauka. Relocation began at 23:42 UTC (7:42 PM EDT) on Wednesday when the Russian resupply spacecraft autonomously undocked from the Russian Poisk module and backed away from the station to a dista...   More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Oct 23)


SOUTH KOREAN ROCKET FAILS TO REACH ORBIT ON INAUGURAL TEST FLIGHT SOUTH KOREAN ROCKET FAILS TO REACH ORBIT ON INAUGURAL TEST FLIGHT - South Korea’s first domestically produced satellite launcher failed to reach orbit on its inaugural test flight Thursday. A preliminary review of data indicated the rocket’s third stage shut down early, the Korea Aerospace Research Institute said. The Nuri rocket lifted off from the Naro Spac...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Oct 23)


SOYUZ MS-18 TOUCHDOWN IN KAZAKHSTAN SOYUZ MS-18 TOUCHDOWN IN KAZAKHSTAN - Cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky and spaceflight participants Yulia Peresild and Klim Shipenko have returned to Earth with a landing in Kazakhstan on Sunday, completing the Soyuz MS-18 mission. The three-person landing crew undocked from the nadir port on the Nauka Multipurpose Laboratory Module (MLM) at ...   More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Oct 18)


CHINA LAUNCHES ORBITING SOLAR OBSERVATORY CHINA LAUNCHES ORBITING SOLAR OBSERVATORY - China successfully launched a half-ton scientific research satellite Oct. 14 to study the violent and sudden physical processes behind solar flares, joining 10 other small payloads on a Long March 2D rocket that also tested grid fins to help guide the expendable booster away from populated areas dur...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Oct 18)


SOYUZ MS-18 SET FOR UNDOCKING AND LANDING SOYUZ MS-18 SET FOR UNDOCKING AND LANDING - Cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky and spaceflight participants Yulia Peresild and Klim Shipenko will return to Earth with a landing in Kazakhstan on Sunday, completing the Soyuz MS-18 mission. The three-person landing crew is scheduled to undock from the nadir port on the Nauka Multipurpose Laboratory Modu...   More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Oct 16)


SUCCESSFUL SOYUZ LAUNCH THRUSTS ONEWEB PAST HALFWAY MARK IN FLEET DEPLOYMENT SUCCESSFUL SOYUZ LAUNCH THRUSTS ONEWEB PAST HALFWAY MARK IN FLEET DEPLOYMENT - Another batch of 36 satellites for OneWeb’s internet network rode a Russian Soyuz launcher into orbit Thursday, giving the company more than half of the 648-spacecraft fleet it aims to deploy by the end of next year. The satellites, each about the size of a mini-refrigerator, blasted off at 5:4...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Oct 16)


SHENZHOU 13 LAUNCHES FIRST LONG-DURATION CHINESE SPACE STATION CREW SHENZHOU 13 LAUNCHES FIRST LONG-DURATION CHINESE SPACE STATION CREW - After a successful launch to the new Chinese Space Station earlier this year and the initial 90-day “shakedown cruise” of the Shenzhou 12 crew, three taikonauts launched to the station aboard the Shenzhou 13 spacecraft to begin the first long-duration stay aboard. Shenzhou 13 launched atop a ...   More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Oct 16)


VARDA SPACE SELECTS SPACEX FOR LAUNCH OF FIRST SPACE MANUFACTURING SATELLITE VARDA SPACE SELECTS SPACEX FOR LAUNCH OF FIRST SPACE MANUFACTURING SATELLITE - Space manufacturing startup Varda Space will launch its first spacecraft on a Falcon 9 in early 2023 to demonstrate the ability to produce a wide range of materials in microgravity. Varda Space announced Oct. 11 it signed a launch services agreement with SpaceX for that smallsat, which will be pa...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Oct 12)


SECONDARY PAYLOADS LAUNCHED WITH LANDSAT BEGIN COMMISSIONING SECONDARY PAYLOADS LAUNCHED WITH LANDSAT BEGIN COMMISSIONING - Ground teams are stepping through testing of three small CubeSats launched with the Landsat 9 remote sensing satellite last month, preparing the small spacecraft for exoplanet observations and communications experiments. NASA says engineers have not established contact with another CubeSat designed ...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Oct 11)


ASTRONAUTS CHOOSE ‘ENDURANCE’ AS NAME FOR NEW SPACEX CREW CAPSULE ASTRONAUTS CHOOSE ‘ENDURANCE’ AS NAME FOR NEW SPACEX CREW CAPSULE - The astronauts who will ride SpaceX’s newest Dragon spaceship into orbit later this month said Thursday they named their spacecraft “Endurance” as a tribute to the human spirit and a historic sailing vessel used by Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton. The new spacecraft, previously known b...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Oct 11)


BOEING STARLINER TEST FLIGHT TO ISS PUSHED BACK TO 2022 BOEING STARLINER TEST FLIGHT TO ISS PUSHED BACK TO 2022 - Boeing's Starliner spacecraft continues to have trouble making it to the International Space Station, with its uncrewed Orbital Flight Test-2 to the ISS now getting pushed into next year. The test is part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program, which sees the space agency working with private companies l...   More
(Source: CNET - Oct 10)


CHINA ROLLS OUT ROCKET FOR ITS LONGEST CREW MISSION YET CHINA ROLLS OUT ROCKET FOR ITS LONGEST CREW MISSION YET - China has rolled out a rocket to the pad to send three astronauts from the desert up to its new Tianhe space station core module, although the launch date remains a mystery. A 203-feet-high (62 meters) Long March 2F rocket was vertically transferred to the pad at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center i...   More
(Source: Space.com - Oct 9)


CHINESE PARTNERSHIP TO CREATE TIANXIAN SAR SATELLITE CONSTELLATION CHINESE PARTNERSHIP TO CREATE TIANXIAN SAR SATELLITE CONSTELLATION - A Chinese state-owned enterprise and a private firm are partnering to establish a 96-satellite SAR constellation, with the first launch set for February 2022. The 38th institute of the giant state-owned enterprise China Electronics Technology Group (CETC) will work with private satellite manufact...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Oct 9)


JAPANESE SATELLITE LAUNCH FACING WEEKS-LONG DELAY JAPANESE SATELLITE LAUNCH FACING WEEKS-LONG DELAY - The launch of a solid-fueled Japanese Epsilon rocket with nine small satellites, originally scheduled to blastoff last week, has been grounded until after the flight of a larger H-2A launcher later this month, Japan’s space agency said Friday. The Epsilon rocket was supposed to blast off Sept. ...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Oct 9)


FORECASTING SPACE WEATHER IS HARD, BUT A NEW AUSTRALIAN SATELLITE COULD MAKE IT EASIER FORECASTING SPACE WEATHER IS HARD, BUT A NEW AUSTRALIAN SATELLITE COULD MAKE IT EASIER - The Australian-made space weather satellite CUAVA-1 was deployed into orbit from the International Space Station on Wednesday night. Launched to the space station in August aboard a SpaceX rocket, a major focus of this shoebox-sized CubeSat is to study what radiation from the Sun does to Earth's atm...   More
(Source: Phys.org - Oct 8)


SPACEX IS ADDING TWO MORE CREW DRAGONS TO ITS FLEET SPACEX IS ADDING TWO MORE CREW DRAGONS TO ITS FLEET - SpaceX is about to double the size of its fleet of Crew Dragon spaceships. The company is debuting a new spacecraft for a NASA launch later this month, and is building a fourth human-rated capsule that should be ready for flight early next year, a SpaceX official said Wednesday. Sarah Walker, dir...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Oct 8)


SES CEO THINKS SATELLITE INDUSTRY CONSOLIDATION LIKELY SES CEO THINKS SATELLITE INDUSTRY CONSOLIDATION LIKELY - The chief executive of satellite operator SES says consolidation of the satellite industry is more likely than ever to improve its overall return on investment, but that the structure of the industry might hinder such deals. Speaking at the Satellite Innovation conference here Oct. 5, Steve Colla...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Oct 7)

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