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LOW EARTH ORBIT: DEFINITION, THEORY AND FACTS - In very simple terms, low Earth orbit (LEO) is exactly what it sounds like: An orbit around the Earth with an altitude that lies towards the lower end of the range of possible orbits. This is around 1,200 miles (2,000 kilometers) or less. The majority of satellites are to be found in LEO, as is the International Space Station (ISS).
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SPANISH-OWNED COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE READY FOR LAUNCH FROM CAPE CANAVERAL SPANISH-OWNED COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE READY FOR LAUNCH FROM CAPE CANAVERAL - A nearly five-ton satellite for the Spanish company Hispasat is ready for liftoff from Cape Canaveral Monday aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, beginning a mission to provide in-flight internet and other communications services over the Americas and the Atlantic Ocean. Hispasat’s Amazonas Nexus s...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Feb 6)


WEATHER DELAYS SPACEX LAUNCH WITH HISPASAT’S AMAZONAS NEXUS WEATHER DELAYS SPACEX LAUNCH WITH HISPASAT’S AMAZONAS NEXUS - SpaceX is set to launch a satellite aimed at providing communications for all of the Americas–including shipping corridors and Greenland. Due to weather, the Amazonas Nexus mission is now scheduled to launch on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at the Cape Canaveral Space For...   More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Feb 6)


RUSSIAN ELEKTRO-L WEATHER SATELLITE LAUNCHED ON PROTON-M RUSSIAN ELEKTRO-L WEATHER SATELLITE LAUNCHED ON PROTON-M - At 09:12 UTC on Feb. 5, 2023, a Proton-M launched from Site 81/24 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, carrying the fourth Elektro-L satellite to geostationary Earth orbit (GEO). Sunday’s launch is the first of up to three Proton launches planned for 2023, with the next being Olymp-K 2 scheduled for Ma...   More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Feb 6)


RUSSIAN ELEKTRO-L WEATHER SATELLITE TO LAUNCH ON PROTON-M RUSSIAN ELEKTRO-L WEATHER SATELLITE TO LAUNCH ON PROTON-M - At 09:12 UTC on Feb. 5, 2023, a Proton-M will launch from Site 81/24 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, carrying the fourth Elektro-L satellite to geostationary Earth orbit (GEO). The Proton-M launch vehicle is serial number 93568 with Blok DM-03 upper stage number 7L. Sunday’s launch is the first of ...   More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Feb 5)


SPACEMIND LAUNCHES THREE ITALIAN SMALLSATS TO ORBIT FROM ISS SPACEMIND LAUNCHES THREE ITALIAN SMALLSATS TO ORBIT FROM ISS - Spacemind, the space division of Italian company NPC, has accomplished a series of three smallsat launches. DanteSat, Futura-SM1 and Futura-SM3 have been successfully launched into orbit from the International Space Station (ISS). This has also validated the operation of the new SMPod cubesat deploy...   More
(Source: SatNews - Feb 5)


UNITED STATES AND INDIA EXPAND CIVIL SPACE COOPERATION UNITED STATES AND INDIA EXPAND CIVIL SPACE COOPERATION - U.S. and Indian officials agreed this week to expand civil space cooperation, including training Indian astronauts and flying payloads on commercial lunar landers. In meetings this week in Washington, held with little public fanfare, the United States and India agreed to expanded cooperation in c...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Feb 5)


KAPOW! INFLATABLE SPACE STATION MODULE BLOWS TO PIECES IN VIDEO EXPLOSION KAPOW! INFLATABLE SPACE STATION MODULE BLOWS TO PIECES IN VIDEO EXPLOSION - Sierra Space aimed to blow a space module apart on video, and delivered on that promise in spades. The company completed its third module test on the journey to certify its module design for eventual spaceflight and to help develop a private space complex to replace the International Space Statio...   More
(Source: Space.com - Feb 4)


SPACEX LAUNCHES 53 MORE STARLINK INTERNET SATELLITES SPACEX LAUNCHES 53 MORE STARLINK INTERNET SATELLITES - A Falcon 9 rocket launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida early Thursday with 53 more Starlink satellites for SpaceX’s global internet network. The 229-foot-tall Falcon 9 rocket fired off pad 39A at Kennedy at 2:58:20 a.m. EST (0758:20 GMT) Thursday, and shot into an orbit more than 200 m...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Feb 3)


SECOND FLIGHT OF CROSS-COUNTRY STARLINK DOUBLEHEADER TARGETING THURSDAY SECOND FLIGHT OF CROSS-COUNTRY STARLINK DOUBLEHEADER TARGETING THURSDAY - SpaceX ended January with and will begin February with two Starlink missions. These launches will occur two days apart from separate launch sites. The first such mission — Starlink Group 2-6 — lifted off from Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) at the Vandenberg Space Force Base in Californi...   More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Feb 2)


SOUTH KOREA PICKS VEGA C TO LAUNCH SATELLITE GROUNDED BY RUSSIAN SANCTIONS SOUTH KOREA PICKS VEGA C TO LAUNCH SATELLITE GROUNDED BY RUSSIAN SANCTIONS - South Korea has selected Arianespace’s Vega C rocket to launch a multipurpose imaging satellite, KOMPSAT-6, that has remained grounded due to sanctions imposed on Russia for invading Ukraine. South Korea’s vice minister for science, Oh Tae-seog, announced Feb. 1 that Vega-C was selected for t...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Feb 2)


GHGSAT: COMMERCIAL SATELLITE WILL SEE CO2 SUPER-EMITTERS GHGSAT: COMMERCIAL SATELLITE WILL SEE CO2 SUPER-EMITTERS - The world's first commercial satellite dedicated to monitoring carbon dioxide from orbit will launch later this year. It will be put up by the Canadian company GHGSat, which already flies six spacecraft tracking methane emissions. The new platform will use the same shortwave infrared sensor bu...   More
(Source: BBC News - Feb 1)


NASA HITS LIMITS OF SPACE STATION UTILIZATION NASA HITS LIMITS OF SPACE STATION UTILIZATION - NASA has effectively reached full utilization of the International Space Station given limitations on crew time and the ability to get cargo to and from the station, an agency official said Jan. 30. Speaking at a meeting of a National Academies committee working on the decadal survey for biologic...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Feb 1)


DEFUNCT SATELLITE AND ROCKET STAGE NEARLY COLLIDE IN POTENTIAL ‘WORST-CASE SCENARIO’ DEFUNCT SATELLITE AND ROCKET STAGE NEARLY COLLIDE IN POTENTIAL ‘WORST-CASE SCENARIO’ - An old rocket body and military satellite—large pieces of space junk dating back to the Soviet Union—nearly smashed into each other on Friday morning, in an uncomfortable near-miss that would’ve resulted in thousands of pieces of debris had they collided. LeoLabs, a private company that tra...   More
(Source: Gizmodo - Jan 31)


INMARSAT-6 F2 SATELLITE COMPLETES THREE-DAY TRIP TO SPACEX LAUNCH SITE INMARSAT-6 F2 SATELLITE COMPLETES THREE-DAY TRIP TO SPACEX LAUNCH SITE - Inmarsat’s latest geostationary telecoms satellite has arrived at its Florida launch site after a three-day journey from Airbus’ testing facilities in France. An Airbus Beluga plane carrying the 5,500-kilogram Inmarsat-6 F2 (I-6 F2) satellite landed at the Kennedy Space Center on Jan. 27, Air...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Jan 31)


CREW GETS READY FOR THURSDAY SPACEWALK, KEEPS UP SPACE RESEARCH CREW GETS READY FOR THURSDAY SPACEWALK, KEEPS UP SPACE RESEARCH - he Expedition 68 crew kicked off Monday preparing for a spacewalk to upgrade the International Space Station’s power generation system on Thursday. The orbital residents also researched a variety of space phenomena and packed a cargo craft ahead of its upcoming departure. Astronauts Nicole Mann...   More
(Source: NASA - Jan 31)


SPACEX CREW DRAGON VEHICLE COULD BE USED TO EVACUATE ISS ASTRONAUTS IN AN EMERGENCY SPACEX CREW DRAGON VEHICLE COULD BE USED TO EVACUATE ISS ASTRONAUTS IN AN EMERGENCY - A SpaceX Crew Dragon vehicle currently docked to the International Space Station (ISS) could be used to transport extra crew members back to Earth in the event of an emergency, NASA announced. Following a coolant leak in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft docked to the ISS in December, international spa...   More
(Source: The Verge - Jan 31)


SPACEX LAUNCHES HEAVIEST PAYLOAD ON FALCON 9 ROCKET SPACEX LAUNCHES HEAVIEST PAYLOAD ON FALCON 9 ROCKET - A Falcon 9 rocket thundered off a launch pad at Cape Canaveral before dawn Thursday with 56 Starlink internet satellites, setting a record for the heaviest cargo ever flown on a SpaceX rocket at more than 38,000 pounds. The mission was the fifth launch by SpaceX so far this year, and the 69th lau...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jan 30)


WATCH SPACEX LAUNCH 49 STARLINK INTERNET SATELLITES TO ORBIT MONDAY AFTER DELAY WATCH SPACEX LAUNCH 49 STARLINK INTERNET SATELLITES TO ORBIT MONDAY AFTER DELAY - SpaceX plans to launch another set of its Starlink broadband satellites to orbit on Monday (Jan. 30), and you can watch the action live. A Falcon 9 rocket topped with 49 Starlink spacecraft is scheduled to lift off Monday from California's Vandenberg Space Force Base at 11:34 a.m. EST (1634 GMT; ...   More
(Source: Space.com - Jan 30)


INDONESIA’S SURYA SATELLITE-1 SUCCESSFULLY DEPLOYED FROM THE ISS INDONESIA’S SURYA SATELLITE-1 SUCCESSFULLY DEPLOYED FROM THE ISS - This CubeSat was developed by the team of Surya University from the Republic of Indonesia and was selected as the winner in the third round of KiboCUBE program that is run by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)....   More
(Source: SatNews - Jan 29)


SATELLITE BILLED AS THE ‘FUTURE GPS’ BEGINS KEY TESTS SATELLITE BILLED AS THE ‘FUTURE GPS’ BEGINS KEY TESTS - L3Harris announced Jan. 26 it delivered the Navigation Technology Satellite-3 (NTS-3) to the U.S. Air Force and the spacecraft is now undergoing final tests in preparation for a planned launch in late 2023. NTS-3 is an experiment funded by the Air Force Research Laboratory that will broadcast pos...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Jan 28)

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