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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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INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION SWERVES TO DODGE SPACE JUNK INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION SWERVES TO DODGE SPACE JUNK - The International Space Station (ISS) had to swerve away from a fragment of a U.S. launch vehicle on Friday, the head of Russia's space agency said, the latest in a series of incidents in which space debris have forced astronauts to respond. Calls to monitor and regulate space debris, or space ju...   More
(Source: Reuters - Dec 4)


RUSSIA WANTS TO SEND COSMONAUTS TO CHINA SPACE STATION RUSSIA WANTS TO SEND COSMONAUTS TO CHINA SPACE STATION - Roscosmos is looking at ways to send its cosmonauts to the Chinese space station, launching from sites in either Russia or French Guiana. During a press conference at the recently concluded Global Space Exploration Conference (GLEX) in St. Petersburg, Russia, on June 15, Dmitry Rogozin, director...   More
(Source: Space.com - Dec 4)


NASA ASTRONAUTS REPLACE FAULTY SPACE STATION ANTENNA DURING SPACEWALK NASA ASTRONAUTS REPLACE FAULTY SPACE STATION ANTENNA DURING SPACEWALK - Two NASA astronauts completed a 6-1/2 hour spacewalk on Thursday to replace a faulty antenna on the International Space Station, a mission NASA said carried slightly higher risk posed by orbital debris left from a Russian missile test weeks ago. Astronauts Thomas Marshburn and Kayla Barron exited...   More
(Source: Reuters - Dec 3)


ARIANESPACE WILL LAUNCH TWO EUROPEAN NAVIGATION SATELLITES ON A SOYUZ ROCKET FRIDAY. WATCH IT LIVE. ARIANESPACE WILL LAUNCH TWO EUROPEAN NAVIGATION SATELLITES ON A SOYUZ ROCKET FRIDAY. WATCH IT LIVE. - Update: Arianespace has postponed today's launch and is now targeting launch on Friday (Dec. 3). Liftoff is set for Dec. 3 at 7:23 p.m. EST (0023 GMT).
Arianespace plans to send two new European Galileo navigation satellites to space tonight (Dec. 2) and you will be able to watch it live onl...   More
(Source: Space.com - Dec 3)


SPACEX ENTERS BUSY DECEMBER WITH STARLINK LAUNCH FROM FLORIDA SPACEX ENTERS BUSY DECEMBER WITH STARLINK LAUNCH FROM FLORIDA - icking off a busy end to the company’s 2021 launch campaign, SpaceX successfully launched a group of Starlink satellites from Florida on Thursday evening. The Group 4-3 mission, carrying 48 Starlink satellites and two rideshare payloads to low Earth orbit, lifted off from SLC-40 at the Cape Canave...   More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Dec 3)


U.S. SATELLITES ARE BEING ATTACKED EVERY DAY ACCORDING TO SPACE FORCE GENERAL U.S. SATELLITES ARE BEING ATTACKED EVERY DAY ACCORDING TO SPACE FORCE GENERAL - U.S. Space Force's General David Thompson, the service's second in command, said last week that Russia and China are launching "reversible attacks," such as electronic warfare jamming, temporarily blinding optics with lasers, and cyber attacks, on U.S. satellites "every single day." He also disclose...   More
(Source: The Drive - Dec 3)


TWO BLACKSKY SATELLITES HITCHING RIDE ON STARLINK MISSION TWO BLACKSKY SATELLITES HITCHING RIDE ON STARLINK MISSION - BlackSky said Tuesday it is launching two optical Earth observation satellites as rideshare payloads on a SpaceX Starlink mission planned for liftoff this week from Cape Canaveral. The mission is set for launch Thursday, one day later than the previous schedule. The rideshare mission will mark th...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Dec 2)


US PEGASUS ROCKET DEBRIS TO APPROACH SPACE STATION ON DECEMBER 3 — ROSCOSMOS US PEGASUS ROCKET DEBRIS TO APPROACH SPACE STATION ON DECEMBER 3 — ROSCOSMOS - A fragment of a US Pegasus rocket will fly at a distance of 5.4 km from the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday afternoon, the press office of the Russian space agency Roscosmos reported on Wednesday. "A stage fragment of a Pegasus carrier rocket launched in 1994 will approach the Interna...   More
(Source: TASS - Dec 2)


NOAA’S GOES-T SATELLITE 2022 LAUNCH SCHEDULED NOAA’S GOES-T SATELLITE 2022 LAUNCH SCHEDULED - NOAA’s GOES-T, the third in the GOES-R Series of advanced weather observing and environmental monitoring satellites, arrived in Florida today to begin final preparations for launch, which is currently scheduled for March 1, 2022. The launch was recently scheduled for February 16, 2022. However, sh...   More
(Source: WeatherNation - Dec 2)


SPACEX'S STARLINK INTERNET SATELLITES FORCED TO DODGE RUSSIAN ANTI-SATELLITE TEST DEBRIS SPACEX'S STARLINK INTERNET SATELLITES FORCED TO DODGE RUSSIAN ANTI-SATELLITE TEST DEBRIS - Debris from Russia's anti-satellite missile test last month has forced some SpaceX Starlink internet satellites to dodge in order to avoid in-orbit collisions, the company's CEO Elon Musk said Tuesday (Nov. 30). The Russian anti-satellite missile test, which shattered the defunct nearly 2-ton sur...   More
(Source: Space.com - Dec 2)


GALILEO SATELLITES GIVEN GREEN LIGHT FOR LAUNCH GALILEO SATELLITES GIVEN GREEN LIGHT FOR LAUNCH - The Launch Readiness Review on Nov. 26 confirmed that the satellites, the supporting ground installations, and the early operations facilities and teams are ready for lift-off on the early hours of Thursday morning, central European time. Galileo satellites 27 and 28 are scheduled to be launched ...   More
(Source: GPS World - Dec 1)


CHINA LAUNCHES NEW COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE CHINASAT 1D CHINA LAUNCHES NEW COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE CHINASAT 1D - China continued its stream of rocket launches on Friday (Nov. 26) by lofting a new communications satellite into a geosynchronous transfer orbit. A Long March 3B launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China at 11:40 a.m. EST Friday (1640 GMT, or 12:40 a.m. Nov. 27 local t...   More
(Source: Space.com - Dec 1)


DEBRIS WARNING POSTPONES NASA SPACEWALK DEBRIS WARNING POSTPONES NASA SPACEWALK - NASA has postponed a spacewalk that was scheduled for Tuesday after receiving a space debris warning for the International Space Station. Just hours before the astronauts were due to venture out of the ISS, the agency said on its Twitter account that "due to the lack of opportunity to properly asse...   More
(Source: CNN - Dec 1)


SLOW-SCAN TV TRANSMISSIONS FROM ISS SET FOR DECEMBER 1 – 2 SLOW-SCAN TV TRANSMISSIONS FROM ISS SET FOR DECEMBER 1 – 2 - Russian cosmonauts on the International Space Station (ISS) plan to transmit slow-scan TV (SSTV) images on December 1 – 2 on 145.800 MHz FM using SSTV mode PD120. The transmissions from RS0ISS will be part of the Moscow Aviation Institute SSTV experiment (MAI-75) and will originate in the Russi...   More
(Source: ARRL - Dec 1)


SPACE FORCE OFFICIAL: SATELLITES IN ORBIT HAVE BECOME PAWNS IN GEOPOLITICAL CHESS GAMES SPACE FORCE OFFICIAL: SATELLITES IN ORBIT HAVE BECOME PAWNS IN GEOPOLITICAL CHESS GAMES - China and Russia for decades have watched the United States display its military power, much of it enabled by satellites in space. China’s recent demonstration of an orbital hypersonic weapon and Russia blowing up a satellite in orbit are expected countermoves, said Space Force deputy chief of ope...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Nov 30)


RUSSIA ISSUES THREAT TO GPS SATELLITES RUSSIA ISSUES THREAT TO GPS SATELLITES - The Kremlin warned it could blow up 32 GPS satellites with its new anti-satellite technology, ASAT, which it tested Nov. 15 on a retired Soviet Tselina-D satellite, according to numerous news reports. Russia then claimed on state television that its new ASAT missiles could obliterate NATO satelli...   More
(Source: GPS World - Nov 30)


ASTRONAUT SPACEWALK TO REPLACE FAULTY SPACE STATION ANTENNA ASTRONAUT SPACEWALK TO REPLACE FAULTY SPACE STATION ANTENNA - A pair of NASA astronauts -- a veteran and a first-time space flyer -- are to venture outside the International Space Station on Tuesday to replace a broken antenna that helps the crew in space communicate with Earth. Thomas Marshburn, 61, and Kayla Barron, 34, will don spacesuits and exit the sp...   More
(Source: UPI - Nov 30)


INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION SHINES IN GORGEOUS FLY-AROUND PHOTOS BY CREW DRAGON ASTRONAUTS INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION SHINES IN GORGEOUS FLY-AROUND PHOTOS BY CREW DRAGON ASTRONAUTS - It's been a decade since we've seen photos like these of the International Space Station. On Nov. 8, the Crew Dragon capsule Endeavour, carrying the four astronauts of SpaceX's Crew-2 mission, departed the orbiting lab after a 6.5-month stay. Endeavour didn't head directly home to Earth, however;...   More
(Source: Space.com - Nov 30)


NASA GIVES GREEN LIGHT TO FUEL JAMES WEBB SPACE TELESCOPE NASA GIVES GREEN LIGHT TO FUEL JAMES WEBB SPACE TELESCOPE - NASA engineers have cleared teams at the Guiana Space Center in South America to begin loading 63 gallons of fuel and oxidizer into the James Webb Space Telescope, after extra testing showed the observatory suffered no damage during a processing incident in the clean room earlier this month. Duri...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Nov 29)


CHINA SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES TACTICAL MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE CHINA SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES TACTICAL MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE - Continuing a recent streak, Friday saw the fourth successful orbital launch from China in one week. This time, the Zhongxing-1D (ChinaSat-1D) satellite was inserted into orbit by a Chang Zheng 3B rocket launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center. The ChinaSat (Zhongxing) series of satellit...   More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Nov 29)

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