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? - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 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)
RESUPPLY SHIP DOCKS TO STATION COMPLETING SPACE DELIVERY - An uncrewed Roscosmos Progress 87 spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station’s aft port of the Zvezda service module at 1:06 a.m. EST, as the orbiting laboratory was 260 miles over the south Pacific Ocean. The spacecraft launched on a Soyuz rocket at 10:25 p.m. EST Wednesday, Feb. 14 (8... More
(Source: NASA - Feb 19)
RUSSIA SENDS RESUPPLY MISSION TO INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION - Russia launched an automated cargo supply spaceship to the International Space Station, with three tons of food and other items.
A Soyuz-2.1a rocket launched the Progress MS-26 carrier ship into orbit early Thursday morning local time, Russia's state-run news agency TASS reported.
The Russia r... More
(Source: Yahoo News - Feb 19)
IRIDIUM ADDS FIVE YEARS TO CONSTELLATION LIFETIME ESTIMATE - Iridium Communications expects to get another five years out of its satellites, pushing out any need to complete a replenishment of the L-band connectivity constellation to at least 2035.
The 80 satellites in the operator’s second-generation Iridium Next low Earth orbit (LEO) constellation, lau... More
(Source: SpaceNews - Feb 16)
WHITE HOUSE CONFIRMS US HAS INTELLIGENCE ON RUSSIAN ANTI-SATELLITE CAPABILITY - The White House on Thursday confirmed that the national security threat flagged by the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee the previous day is related to “an anti-satellite capability that Russia is developing,” but sought to soothe concerns about the danger it presents to the United S... More
(Source: CNN - Feb 16)
RUSSIA LAUNCHES A VALENTINE'S DAY PROGRESS SUPPLY SHIP TO THE ISS - A fresh load of supplies is headed for the International Space Station.
Russia launched its robotic Progress 87 cargo ship on a Valentine's Day delivery mission toward the International Space Station tonight (Feb. 14).
The freighter lifted off atop a Soyuz rocket from the Russian-run Baikonur ... More
(Source: Space.com - Feb 15)
SPACEX DELAYS CALIFORNIA LAUNCH OF 22 STARLINK SATELLITES TO FEB. 15 - SpaceX plans to launch 22 more of its Starlink internet satellites on Thursday (Feb. 15), after a one-day delay.
A Falcon 9 rocket carrying 22 Starlink spacecraft is scheduled to lift off from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California on Thursday during a four-hour window that opens at 4:34 p.m. ... More
(Source: Space.com - Feb 15)
SPACEX LAUNCHES U.S. MISSILE-DEFENSE SATELLITES - SpaceX launched a U.S. military classified mission Feb. 14, sending to orbit six missile-detection satellites: two for the Missile Defense Agency and four for the Space Development Agency.
The mission, named USSF-124, flew to orbit on a Falcon 9. The rocket lifted off at 5:30 p.m. Eastern from La... More
(Source: SpaceNews - Feb 15)
SPACEX DELAYS CREW-8 ASTRONAUT LAUNCH FOR NASA TO FEB. 28 TO MAKE WAY FOR PRIVATE MOON MISSION - NASA's next astronaut launch will delay nearly a week to let a moon mission leave Earth first.
NASA's Crew-8 astronauts, who will launch on a SpaceX Crew Dragon, will fly to space no earlier than Feb. 28. The delay from Feb. 22 will make room for the expected launch of Intuitive Machines' moon la... More
(Source: Space.com - Feb 14)
K2 SPACE, A STARTUP WITH SPACEX VETERANS BUILDING MONSTER SATELLITES, RAISES $50 MILLION - Los Angeles-based startup K2 Space raised $50 million in new funding as the company works to build monster satellites to match the massive rockets that are coming to market.
Nearly two years since founding, K2 co-founders and brothers CEO Karan Kunjur and Chief Technology Officer Neel Kunjur exp... More
(Source: CNBC - Feb 14)
SPACEX IS TAKING AN UNPRECEDENTED NUMBER OF STARLINK SATELLITES OUT OF ORBIT - An unspecified defect in early model Starlink satellites has prompted SpaceX to preemptively deorbit the units before they potentially fail and become hazards in low Earth orbit. While the company remains confident that the deorbiting of these problematic units will prevent any issues, this incident... More
(Source: Quartz - Feb 14)
WATCH CHINA LAUNCH SMART DRAGON-3 ROCKET FROM THE SEA - China has aced its 10th sea launch using a specially converted floating barge and a solid rocket.
The Smart Dragon-3 solid rocket lifted off from a mobile sea platform off the coast of Yangjiang, a city in South China's Guangdong province, at 10:06 p.m. EST on Feb. 2 (0306 GMT and 11:06 a.m. Beij... More
(Source: Space.com - Feb 13)
IT'S GOOD! SPACE STATION ASTRONAUTS TOSS FOOTBALL IN ZERO-G FOR SUPER BOWL 2024 - It's official, Super Bowl LVIII has reached outer space.
Two NASA astronauts apparently geared up for the big showdown between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers in Las Vegas today (Feb. 11) by tossing the old pigskin around the International Space Station.
"Getting some reps in be... More
(Source: Space.com - Feb 12)
FIRST U.S.-INDIA JOINT SPACE MISSION WILL DELIVER HYPER-DETAILED VIEW OF EARTH - An upcoming satellite mission will provide a first-of-its-kind, hyper-detailed view of Earth — and a glimpse of how shifting geopolitics on the ground may play out in space.
Why it matters: Earth-observing is now a key space capability for countries. The technology helps answer crucial question... More
(Source: Axios - Feb 12)