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HOW MANY SATELLITES CAN WE SAFELY FIT IN EARTH ORBIT? - Experts have been sounding alarm bells for years that Earth orbit is getting a bit too crowded. So how many satellites can we actually launch to space before it gets to be too much?
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NEAR MISS! NASA SATELLITE, DEAD RUSSIAN SPACECRAFT ZOOM PAST EACH OTHER IN ORBIT NEAR MISS! NASA SATELLITE, DEAD RUSSIAN SPACECRAFT ZOOM PAST EACH OTHER IN ORBIT - A NASA satellite almost got clobbered high above Earth this morning (Feb. 28). At 1:34 a.m. EST (0634 GMT), according to agency officials, the dead Russian spy satellite Cosmos 2221 zoomed uncomfortably close to a NASA craft dubbed TIMED that has been studying Earth's atmosphere since 2001. "W...   More
(Source: Space.com - Feb 29)


FIRST NORTH KOREA SPY SATELLITE IS ‘ALIVE’ AND BEING CONTROLLED, EXPERTS SAY FIRST NORTH KOREA SPY SATELLITE IS ‘ALIVE’ AND BEING CONTROLLED, EXPERTS SAY - North Korea’s first spy satellite is “alive”, space experts have said, after detecting changes in its orbit that suggested Pyongyang was successfully controlling the spacecraft – although its capabilities remain unknown. After two fiery failures, North Korea successfully launched the Mall...   More
(Source: The Guardian - Feb 29)


INDIA TO HAVE OWN SPACE STATION BY 2035, COUNTRY WILL GO TO MOON AGAIN, SAYS PM MODI INDIA TO HAVE OWN SPACE STATION BY 2035, COUNTRY WILL GO TO MOON AGAIN, SAYS PM MODI - After the the names of the astronauts of the Gaganyaan mission were announced in Thiruvananthapuram on February 27, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India will have its own space station by 2035. Addressing ISRO scientists at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) here, Mr. Modi said India will on...   More
(Source: The Hindu - Feb 29)


RUSSIA ACKNOWLEDGES CONTINUING AIR LEAK FROM ITS SEGMENT OF SPACE STATION RUSSIA ACKNOWLEDGES CONTINUING AIR LEAK FROM ITS SEGMENT OF SPACE STATION - Russian space officials have acknowledged a continuing air leak from the Russian segment of the International Space Station, but said it poses no danger to its crew. The Roscosmos state corporation said that specialists were monitoring the leak and the crew “regularly conducts work to locate an...   More
(Source: The Guardian - Feb 29)


SPACEX TO LAUNCH CREW-8 ASTRONAUTS TO THE SPACE STATION MARCH 1 SPACEX TO LAUNCH CREW-8 ASTRONAUTS TO THE SPACE STATION MARCH 1 - SpaceX is poised to launch three astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut to the International Space Station (ISS) this week on the company's Crew-8 mission for NASA. The crew members' spacecraft, SpaceX's Crew Dragon Endeavor, will ride atop a Falcon 9 rocket from the historic Launch Complex-39A at NA...   More
(Source: Space.com - Feb 29)


IRAN SATELLITE LAUNCH FROM RUSSIA FUELS FEARS OVER MOSCOW-TEHRAN TIES IRAN SATELLITE LAUNCH FROM RUSSIA FUELS FEARS OVER MOSCOW-TEHRAN TIES - An Iranian satellite is to be launched into space from Russia on Thursday, Tehran’s information and communications minister has announced. The Pars 1 carries a 15-meter camera enabling it to send high-resolution images of surface locations from its orbit 500km above the earth. The launch abo...   More
(Source: iranintl.com - Feb 28)


RADAR IMAGES REVEAL DAMAGE ON EUROPE'S DOOMED ERS-2 SATELLITE DURING FINAL ORBITS RADAR IMAGES REVEAL DAMAGE ON EUROPE'S DOOMED ERS-2 SATELLITE DURING FINAL ORBITS - The European Space Agency has released images showing some of the final orbits experienced by a European satellite before its fiery reintroduction to Earth's atmosphere. The school-bus-sized European Remote Sensing (ERS-2) satellite reentered our planet's atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean on Feb....   More
(Source: Space.com - Feb 28)


SPACEX, NASA 'GO' TO LAUNCH CREW-8 ASTRONAUT MISSION TO ISS ON MARCH 1 SPACEX, NASA 'GO' TO LAUNCH CREW-8 ASTRONAUT MISSION TO ISS ON MARCH 1 - SpaceX and NASA are officially go to launch their next astronaut mission to International Space Station (ISS) this week, with its four-person crew arriving at their Florida launch site on Sunday (Feb. 25). Called Crew-8, the upcoming SpaceX mission will launch four astronauts into orbit on the D...   More
(Source: Space.com - Feb 27)


SPACEX LAUNCHES 24 STARLINK SATELLITES FROM FLORIDA SPACEX LAUNCHES 24 STARLINK SATELLITES FROM FLORIDA - SpaceX launched 24 of its Starlink internet satellites from Florida on Sunday (Feb. 25), on the company's 18th mission of 2024. A Falcon 9 rocket carrying 24 Starlink spacecraft lifted off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida at 5:06 p.m. EST (2206 GMT). The Falcon 9's first stage c...   More
(Source: Yahoo News - Feb 26)


SPACEX TO LAUNCH 24 STARLINK SATELLITES FROM FLORIDA ON SUNDAY SPACEX TO LAUNCH 24 STARLINK SATELLITES FROM FLORIDA ON SUNDAY - SpaceX plans to launch 24 of its Starlink internet satellites from Florida on Sunday (Feb. 25), on the company's 18th mission of 2024 already. A Falcon 9 rocket carrying 24 Starlink spacecraft is scheduled to lift off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on Sunday during a four-hour...   More
(Source: Space.com - Feb 25)


CHINA LAUNCHES CLASSIFIED MILITARY SATELLITE TOWARDS GEOSTATIONARY BELT CHINA LAUNCHES CLASSIFIED MILITARY SATELLITE TOWARDS GEOSTATIONARY BELT - China launched the TJS-11classified satellite early Friday as the country continues to build its geostationary capabilities. A Long March 5 lifted off from Wenchang Satellite Launch Center on Hainan island at 6:30 a.m. Eastern (1130 UTC), Feb. 23. The China Aerospace Science and Technology C...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Feb 24)


SPACEX FALCON 9 LAUNCHES 22 STARLINK SATELLITES FROM CALIFORNIA SPACEX FALCON 9 LAUNCHES 22 STARLINK SATELLITES FROM CALIFORNIA - A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from the West Coast with another batch of 22 Starlink satellites at 8:11 p.m. PST Thursday (11:11 p.m. EST / 0411 UTC). The Starlink 7-15 mission roared away from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California on the first launch opportuni...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Feb 24)


EXPEDITION 70 RELAXES AS SPACEX CREW-8 PREPS FOR LAUNCH EXPEDITION 70 RELAXES AS SPACEX CREW-8 PREPS FOR LAUNCH - The seven-member Expedition 70 crew relaxed on Friday following a busy week of space research and cargo transfers beginning a three-day weekend. The orbital septet will go into the final days of February continuing its microgravity science while also preparing to welcome four new Commercial Crew mem...   More
(Source: NASA - Feb 24)


OLD EUROPEAN SATELLITE PLUNGES HARMLESSLY THROUGH THE ATMOSPHERE OVER THE PACIFIC OLD EUROPEAN SATELLITE PLUNGES HARMLESSLY THROUGH THE ATMOSPHERE OVER THE PACIFIC - An old Earth-observing satellite fell out of orbit Wednesday and harmlessly broke apart over the Pacific. The European Remote Sensing 2 satellite reentered halfway between Hawaii and Alaska. The European Space Agency confirmed the demise of the 5,000-pound (2,300-kilogram) spacecraft, known as ER...   More
(Source: AP News - Feb 23)


THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION RETIRES SOON. NASA WON'T RUN ITS FUTURE REPLACEMENT. THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION RETIRES SOON. NASA WON'T RUN ITS FUTURE REPLACEMENT. - Since its first modules launched at the end of 1998, the International Space Station has been orbiting 250 miles above Earth. But at the end of 2030, NASA plans to crash the ISS into the ocean after it is replaced with a new space station, a reminder that nothing within Earth's orbit can stay in spa...   More
(Source: NPR - Feb 22)


DEAD, 5,000-POUND SATELLITE IS FALLING TO EARTH TODAY. WILL ANY DEBRIS SURVIVE THE FIERY REENTRY? DEAD, 5,000-POUND SATELLITE IS FALLING TO EARTH TODAY. WILL ANY DEBRIS SURVIVE THE FIERY REENTRY? - A European Space Agency spacecraft is making an uncontrolled nosedive into Earth's atmosphere – with elements of the 2.3-ton spent satellite likely to survive the plunge into purgatory. The exact time and place above Earth that the radar-scanning ESA European Remote Sensing (ERS-2) augers in is...   More
(Source: Space.com - Feb 22)


SPACEX LAUNCHES INDONESIAN SATELLITE ON A FALCON 9 ROCKET FROM CAPE CANAVERAL SPACEX LAUNCHES INDONESIAN SATELLITE ON A FALCON 9 ROCKET FROM CAPE CANAVERAL - Indonesia aims to increase broadband internet access across its country through the launch of its latest communications satellite aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The Telkomsat HTS 113BT satellite, also referred to as Merah Putih 2, lifted off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 3:11 p.m. EST...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Feb 21)


BIG, DOOMED SATELLITE SEEN FROM SPACE AS IT TUMBLES TOWARDS A FIERY REENTRY ON FEB. 21 BIG, DOOMED SATELLITE SEEN FROM SPACE AS IT TUMBLES TOWARDS A FIERY REENTRY ON FEB. 21 - Photographs taken in space show a big dead satellite as it tumbled towards a fiery end in Earth's atmosphere. Australian commercial imaging company HEO Robotics was able to capture images of the European Space Agency's (ESA) ERS-2 Earth observation satellite on Feb. 14, 2024 as the satellite made...   More
(Source: Yahoo News - Feb 20)


AMERICA'S NEXT SPACE STATION WILL BE TWICE AS BIG THANKS TO SPACEX AMERICA'S NEXT SPACE STATION WILL BE TWICE AS BIG THANKS TO SPACEX - The International Space Station is a technological marvel. Beginning with the Zarya power and propulsion module launched in 1998, through the installation of its latest solar array last year, the ISS took more than a quarter-century, 42 space launches, and $150 billion to build. 108.5 meters end-...   More
(Source: Yahoo Finance - Feb 20)


ROCKET LAB LAUNCHES ADRAS-J SPACE JUNK INSPECTION SATELLITE FOR ASTROSCALE ROCKET LAB LAUNCHES ADRAS-J SPACE JUNK INSPECTION SATELLITE FOR ASTROSCALE - Rocket Lab launched an ambitious space-junk inspection satellite for the Japanese company Astroscale Sunday morning (Feb. 18), Astroscale's ADRAS-J satellite lifted atop an Electron rocket from Rocket Lab's New Zealand launch site today at 9:52 a.m. EST (1452 GMT; 3:52 a.m. local New Zealand tim...   More
(Source: Space.com - Feb 19)

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