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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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REFUELLABLE SATELLITES OFFER CRITICAL EDGE AMIDST INTENSIFYING THREATS IN SPACE REFUELLABLE SATELLITES OFFER CRITICAL EDGE AMIDST INTENSIFYING THREATS IN SPACE - The United States Space Force’s deliberate approach to satellite servicing and refueling has provided time for debate and the development of qualified solutions that have now resolved both the technical and budgetary challenges holding refuellable satellites back. Recent advancements in afforda...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Jul 17)


WEATHER SATELLITE PASSES BAKE AND SHAKE TESTS WITH FLYING COLORS WEATHER SATELLITE PASSES BAKE AND SHAKE TESTS WITH FLYING COLORS - As climate change drives more frequent and severe weather events, the need for accurate and timely forecasting has never been more critical. And now, the next Meteosat Third Generation weather satellite has passed its environmental test campaign with flying colors, taking it a significant step close...   More
(Source: Phys.org - Jul 17)


SPACEX FALCON 9 ROCKET FAILURE FORCES NASA TO EVALUATE ASTRONAUT LAUNCH SCHEDULE FOR ISS SPACEX FALCON 9 ROCKET FAILURE FORCES NASA TO EVALUATE ASTRONAUT LAUNCH SCHEDULE FOR ISS - NASA is waiting to see if there will be "schedule impacts" for its next astronaut mission aboard SpaceX after a rocket failure last week, the agency said in a recent statement. SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket had a rare anomaly during a Starlink satellite launch on Thursday (July 11). The second stage o...   More
(Source: Space.com - Jul 16)


U.S. NUCLEAR COMMAND SATELLITES NEED HARDENING AGAINST ATTACKS, REPORT WARNS U.S. NUCLEAR COMMAND SATELLITES NEED HARDENING AGAINST ATTACKS, REPORT WARNS - The United States should harden its low Earth orbit satellites that support nuclear command and control against radiation effects from potential high-altitude nuclear detonations, according to a new report from a prominent think tank. The Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Se...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Jul 16)


U.S. PLAN TO CRASH SPACE STATION IS CONDEMNED BY SPACE AGENCY LEADERS U.S. PLAN TO CRASH SPACE STATION IS CONDEMNED BY SPACE AGENCY LEADERS - An American plan to destroy the International Space Station by propelling it to burn through the atmosphere, and then crashing it into the Pacific Ocean, would rob citizens of the future of one of civilization’s greatest technological masterworks, and should be halted, say one-time leaders of NASA...   More
(Source: Forbes - Jul 15)


STARLINK SATELLITES ARE STRANDED IN LOW ORBIT AFTER ROCKET MALFUNCTION STARLINK SATELLITES ARE STRANDED IN LOW ORBIT AFTER ROCKET MALFUNCTION - Usually, SpaceX is synonymous with innovative space solutions, a name that sparks hopes of an extraterrestrial future. However, a recent incident involving the company’s Falcon 9 rocket has left a dent in their otherwise stellar reputation. A SpaceX rocket has gone off course for the first time...   More
(Source: Earth.com - Jul 15)


SPACE FORCE LAUNCHING LASERS IN 2025 TO HELP PINPOINT THE CENTER OF EARTH SPACE FORCE LAUNCHING LASERS IN 2025 TO HELP PINPOINT THE CENTER OF EARTH - The U.S. Space Force aims to better pinpoint the location of Earth's true center using lasers on GPS satellites slated to launch in 2025. A set of laser retroreflector arrays, or LRAs, will be installed onto two GPS III satellites, called SV9 and SV10, as part of NASA's Space Geodesy Program spa...   More
(Source: Space.com - Jul 14)


LAWMAKERS ASK NASA ABOUT RISK OF POST-ISS GAP LAWMAKERS ASK NASA ABOUT RISK OF POST-ISS GAP - Lawmakers raised concerns on Wednesday about the US leaving a leadership vacuum in LEO after the ISS is retired in 2030. To try to get ahead of the problem, members of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee passed an amendment to the NASA Reauthorization Act of 2024 that would requir...   More
(Source: Payload Space - Jul 13)


FALCON 9 SECOND STAGE FAILS LEAVING STARLINK SATELLITES IN WRONG ORBIT FALCON 9 SECOND STAGE FAILS LEAVING STARLINK SATELLITES IN WRONG ORBIT - SpaceX suffered its first inflight failure of a Falcon 9 since 2015 on Thursday, leaving 20 Starlink satellites in a perilously low orbit. SpaceX founder Elon Musk said it was unclear if the satellites could raise their orbits using onboard ion thrusters. SpaceX’s 70th orbital launch of the yea...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jul 12)


CHINA FORTIFIES SPACE STATION CHINA FORTIFIES SPACE STATION - Two astronauts ventured outside of China's Tiangong space station last week to armor its exterior against incoming space debris kicked up by an exploding Russian satellite. "The spacewalk primarily focused on installing protective devices on external cables and pipelines to mitigate risks posed b...   More
(Source: Yahoo - Jul 12)


SPACEX LAUNCHING DIRECT-TO-CELL STARLINK SATELLITES FROM CALIFORNIA ON JULY 11 AFTER DELAY SPACEX LAUNCHING DIRECT-TO-CELL STARLINK SATELLITES FROM CALIFORNIA ON JULY 11 AFTER DELAY - SpaceX plans to launch 20 more of its Starlink satellites on Thursday night (July 11), including 13 with direct-to-cell capabilities. A Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Starlink spacecraft is scheduled to lift off Thursday from California's Vandenberg Space Force Base, during a four-hour window that ...   More
(Source: Space.com - Jul 11)


EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY LAUNCHES INAUGURAL ARIANE 6 ROCKET, ENCOUNTERS UPPER STAGE ISSUE EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY LAUNCHES INAUGURAL ARIANE 6 ROCKET, ENCOUNTERS UPPER STAGE ISSUE - The inaugural launch of the Ariane 6 rocket, which was lauded from those from the President of France to the NASA Administrator, hit a notable snag in the third and final phase of the mission. Part of the rocket’s upper stage, called the Auxiliary Propulsion Unit (APU), was powered on for a third ...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jul 11)


CELLULAR STARLINK SATELLITES LIGHT UP THE NIGHT SKY A BIT TOO MUCH CELLULAR STARLINK SATELLITES LIGHT UP THE NIGHT SKY A BIT TOO MUCH - Don’t be surprised if you spot SpaceX’s cellular Starlink technology lighting up the night sky: A new study finds that the company’s “direct to cell” satellites are nearly five times brighter than a regular Starlink satellite. A team of scientists published a paper examining SpaceX’s...   More
(Source: PCMag - Jul 10)


NASA TO COVER NORTHROP GRUMMAN’S 20TH CARGO SPACE STATION DEPARTURE NASA TO COVER NORTHROP GRUMMAN’S 20TH CARGO SPACE STATION DEPARTURE - Northrop Grumman’s uncrewed Cygnus spacecraft is scheduled to depart the International Space Station on Friday, July 12, five and a half months after delivering more than 8,200 pounds of supplies, scientific investigations, commercial products, hardware, and other cargo to the orbiting laboratory ...   More
(Source: NASA - Jul 10)


NOAA'S UPCOMING GEOXO SATELLITES COULD BE 'WEATHER-MONITORING PLATFORM OF THE FUTURE' NOAA'S UPCOMING GEOXO SATELLITES COULD BE 'WEATHER-MONITORING PLATFORM OF THE FUTURE' - For the second time in a row, Lockheed Martin will be at the forefront of the creation of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s next generation weather satellites. Last month, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) awarded the aerospace company a $2.27 billion con...   More
(Source: Space.com - Jul 10)


NOAA’S GOES-U REACHES GEOSTATIONARY ORBIT, NOW DESIGNATED GOES-19 NOAA’S GOES-U REACHES GEOSTATIONARY ORBIT, NOW DESIGNATED GOES-19 - On July 7, 2024, NOAA’s GOES-U executed its final engine burn, placing the satellite in geostationary orbit 22,236 miles above Earth’s equator. Upon reaching this milestone, GOES-U was renamed GOES-19. GOES satellites are designated with a letter prior to launch and a number once they achiev...   More
(Source: noaa nesdis - Jul 9)


SPACEX LAUNCHES TüRKSAT 6A SATELLITE, TURKEY’S FIRST DOMESTICALLY-BUILD SATELLITE SPACEX LAUNCHES TüRKSAT 6A SATELLITE, TURKEY’S FIRST DOMESTICALLY-BUILD SATELLITE - Turkey launched its first home-grown communications satellite aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket Monday evening. Prior to the mission’s launch, Turkey’s Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Abdulkadir Uraloğlu called the Türksat 6A geostationary satellite “the symbol of our independence”....   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jul 9)


SPACEX TO LAUNCH TüRKSAT 6A COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE MONDAY AFTERNOON FROM CAPE CANAVERAL SPACEX TO LAUNCH TüRKSAT 6A COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE MONDAY AFTERNOON FROM CAPE CANAVERAL - After bouncing around the range schedule a bit, SpaceX's upcoming launch of the Türksat 6A communications satellite is targeted for a Monday afternoon liftoff, a Federal Aviation Administration operations plan advisory shows. Though SpaceX has yet to announce this mission, the Falcon 9 rocket li...   More
(Source: Yahoo - Jul 8)


COMPANIES PREPARE NEXT GENERATION OF SPACE STATIONS FOR ORBIT COMPANIES PREPARE NEXT GENERATION OF SPACE STATIONS FOR ORBIT - NASA is working with at least three companies that are designing space stations to replace the International Space Station before it de-orbits in 2031. "NASA can utilize those resources in our exploration of the heavens, back to the moon and on to Mars. Then we can rent space on a commercial spac...   More
(Source: FoxNews - Jul 7)


LOW-INTENSITY EXPLOSION CAUSED RUSSIAN SATELLITE TO SPEW DEBRIS LOW-INTENSITY EXPLOSION CAUSED RUSSIAN SATELLITE TO SPEW DEBRIS - A Russian satellite likely suffered a “low-intensity explosion” that created hundreds of pieces of debris in low Earth orbit, according to one company’s analysis. Both U.S. Space Command and private space situational awareness providers reported that Resurs P1, a defunct Russian remote sens...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Jul 7)

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