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'SHOCKING' APOLLO 11 SUCCESS STANDS ALONE IN MODERN HISTORY, ASTRONAUT SCOTT KELLY SAYS - The former NASA astronaut who notched the longest American space mission says he still remembers clearly the historic moment when Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon on July 20, 1969.
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AIR FORCE SOLICITING BIDS FOR SMALL, MEDIUM SATELLITE LAUNCH PROGRAM AIR FORCE SOLICITING BIDS FOR SMALL, MEDIUM SATELLITE LAUNCH PROGRAM - The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center’s Launch Enterprise is requesting industry bids for the Orbital Services Program-4. Proposals are due Aug. 29. OSP-4 is managed by the Rocket Systems Launch Program Office, which plans to award a multi-vendor indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract by the end of the year with an opportunity to on-ramp new providers in future years, the Air Force said in a news release.   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Aug 17)


ROCKET LAB DELAYS ELECTRON LAUNCH DUE TO HIGH WINDS ROCKET LAB DELAYS ELECTRON LAUNCH DUE TO HIGH WINDS - The private spaceflight company Rocket Lab postponed the launch of an Electron rocket carrying four small satellites Friday (Aug. 16) due to high winds at the booster's New Zealand launch site. Rocket Lab initially hoped to launch the Electron's mission, called "Look Ma, No Hands," from the Māhia Peninsula during a 100-minute window that opened at 8:57 a.m. EDT (1257 GMT), but ground winds were just too strong.    More
(Source: Space.com - Aug 17)


YOU CAN WATCH ROCKET LAB LAUNCH 4 SATELLITES INTO ORBIT FRIDAY. HERE'S HOW. YOU CAN WATCH ROCKET LAB LAUNCH 4 SATELLITES INTO ORBIT FRIDAY. HERE'S HOW. - A Rocket Lab Electron booster will launch a quartet of satellites into orbit Friday (Aug. 16) and you can watch it all live online. The Electron rocket is scheduled to loft the four satellites at 8:57 a.m. EDT (1257 GMT) from Rocket Lab's launch site on the Māhia Peninsula in New Zealand, where the local time at liftoff will be 12:57 a.m. on Saturday.   More
(Source: Space.com - Aug 16)


SPAIN’S FIRST OPEN SOURCE SATELLITE SPAIN’S FIRST OPEN SOURCE SATELLITE - [Fossa Systems], a non-profit youth association based out of Madrid, is developing an open-source satellite set to launch in October 2019. The FossaSat-1 is sized at 5x5x5 cm, weighs 250g, and will provide free IoT connectivity by communicating LoRa RTTY signals through low-power RF-based LoRa modules. The satellite is powered by 28% efficient gallium arsenide TrisolX triple junction solar cells.   More
(Source: Hackaday - Aug 16)


WHY LOW-EARTH ORBIT SATELLITES ARE THE NEW SPACE RACE WHY LOW-EARTH ORBIT SATELLITES ARE THE NEW SPACE RACE - Elon Musk made headlines in 2018 when he launched his old car toward Mars aboard one of his Space Exploration Technologies Corp. rockets. He got less attention in May for his first step toward a potentially far more lucrative venture, when SpaceX launched the first 60 of a planned 12,000 satellites into low-Earth orbit (LEO). And Musk isn’t the only one pouring money into the sector: Amazon.com Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos is one of several competitors with plans to send thousands of their own devices into the space just above our atmosphere. Nonetheless, doubts remain over whether these new satellite constellations will provide returns on their substantial initial investments -- and even whether there’s space in our sky for so many new devices.   More
(Source: Washington Post - Aug 16)


NASA TV TO AIR US SPACEWALK, BRIEFING ON SPACE STATION DOCKING PORT INSTALL NASA TV TO AIR US SPACEWALK, BRIEFING ON SPACE STATION DOCKING PORT INSTALL - Experts from NASA will preview an upcoming spacewalk with two American astronauts outside the International Space Station to complete the outfitting of docking ports during a briefing at 2 p.m. EDT Friday, Aug. 16, at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Live coverage of the briefing will air on NASA Television and the agency’s website.    More
(Source: Southgate Amateur Radio Club - Aug 16)


SPACEPLANE GETS A RIDE FOR SPACE STATION TRIPS SPACEPLANE GETS A RIDE FOR SPACE STATION TRIPS - The Dream Chaser spaceplane, which will ferry cargo to the International Space Station (ISS), now has a rocket to launch on. Sierra Nevada, the private company that builds the spaceplane, has chosen the Vulcan rocket as its ride into orbit. The company hopes to start launching missions by 2021, to deliver supplies to astronauts on the ISS. Neither the Dream Chaser vehicle, nor the Vulcan rocket, has yet flown to space. Sierra Nevada was recently awarded the contract by Nasa to re-supply the ISS.   More
(Source: BBC News - Aug 15)


CHINESE STARTUP TO LAUNCH REMOTE SENSING SATELLITE CHINESE STARTUP TO LAUNCH REMOTE SENSING SATELLITE - China’s Smart Dragon-1 rocket will carry a heavy satellite developed by a commercial Chinese space company in its upcoming launch, according to Xinhua News Agency, which cited a report from Beijing Daily. The satellite, which weighs 65 kilograms (kg), was manufactured by Beijing Qiansheng Exploration Technology founded in 2017 with a license to develop microsatellites and satellite data applications.   More
(Source: Via Satellite - Aug 15)


SMALL SATELLITES GET SPECIAL TREATMENT UNDER FORTHCOMING CUSTOMER PORTAL SMALL SATELLITES GET SPECIAL TREATMENT UNDER FORTHCOMING CUSTOMER PORTAL - Orbital Transports has a vision of making space missions easy for companies wanting to fly small satellites. Earlier this month, the Chicago-based firm announced that by end of year, it will debut a portal that will be an "online storefront" for the products and services needed for a space mission. Orbital Transports says this is a differentiator in a crowded industry where several companies are trying to appeal to the small satellite market.   More
(Source: Forbes - Aug 15)


ROBONAUT TO RETURN TO ISS ROBONAUT TO RETURN TO ISS - As Russia prepares to launch an experimental humanoid robot to the International Space Station later this month, a similar NASA robot is being readied for a return to the station after repairs on Earth. In an Aug. 1 presentation at the ISS Research and Development Conference here, Jonathan Rogers, deputy project manager for Robonaut at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, said the robot will likely be flown back to the station late this year on either a Cygnus or Dragon cargo spacecraft.   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Aug 13)


WILL SMALL SATELLITES HELP STOP BIG THREATS? WILL SMALL SATELLITES HELP STOP BIG THREATS? - The Air Force’s primary early warning missile system could one day use small satellites to assist in the work,. Speaking at a Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies event, Col. Dennis Bythewood, program executive officer for space development at the Space and Missile Systems Center. said DATE that the service was considering using a setup comprised of hundreds of satellites for the Next Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared system. OPIR will replace the Air Force’s current early warning missile system, the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS). Those satellites provide early warnings of ballistic missile attacks on the United States, its deployed forces, or its allies.   More
(Source: C4ISRNet - Aug 13)


SPACEX IS UTILIZING UBER’S BUSINESS STRATEGY TO BRING SATELLITES TO SPACE SPACEX IS UTILIZING UBER’S BUSINESS STRATEGY TO BRING SATELLITES TO SPACE - We all like Uber Pool, right? Not only does it put a smile on our faces to rideshare at 3 a.m. across the Williamsburg Bridge, but it also cuts down on costs. Shouldn’t the same rideshare perks be true when it comes to SpaceX and satellites? Well, that Elon Musk is one crafty, crafty rascal. You might recall back in May, when SpaceX took the first steps to be the premiere company to deliver cheap, satellite-based internet to our planet. That’s right satellite internet for the planet Earth.   More
(Source: Observer - Aug 13)


ULA DELTA IV ROCKET SET TO LAUNCH GPS 3-SERIES SATELLITE FROM CAPE CANAVERAL AUGUST 22 ULA DELTA IV ROCKET SET TO LAUNCH GPS 3-SERIES SATELLITE FROM CAPE CANAVERAL AUGUST 22 - United Launch Alliance has announced their next rocket launch from Cape Canaveral will be on Thursday, August 22. The Delta IV rocket will launch the Global Positioning System (GPS) 3-series satellite, built by Lockheed Martin. This satellite will be the U.S. Air Force’s second third-generation navigation satellite for the Global Positioning System. Launch window opens at 9 a.m.   More
(Source: SpaceCoastDaily.com - Aug 11)


RUSSIA INVENTS SELF-DESTROYING SATELLITE TO SOLVE BURGEONING ‘SPACE JUNK’ PROBLEM RUSSIA INVENTS SELF-DESTROYING SATELLITE TO SOLVE BURGEONING ‘SPACE JUNK’ PROBLEM - Russia’s Roscosmos space agency has invented a satellite with the ability to destroy itself at the end of its life, offering a solution to the significant problem of space debris. The materials used in the satellite means it would “evaporate” when it is no longer useful, preventing it from adding to the increasing volume of defunct man-made objects that are floating around in space.   More
(Source: RT - Aug 11)


WHY LOW-EARTH ORBIT SATELLITES ARE THE NEW SPACE RACE WHY LOW-EARTH ORBIT SATELLITES ARE THE NEW SPACE RACE - lon Musk made headlines in 2018 when he launched his old car toward Mars aboard one of his Space Exploration Technologies Corp. rockets. He got less attention in May for his first step toward a potentially far more lucrative venture, when SpaceX launched the first 60 of a planned 12,000 satellites into low-Earth orbit (LEO). And Musk isn’t the only one pouring money into the sector: Amazon.com Inc.    More
(Source: Bloomberg - Aug 10)


MORE THAN 50 PIECES OF DEBRIS REMAIN IN SPACE AFTER INDIA DESTROYED ITS OWN SATELLITE IN MARCH MORE THAN 50 PIECES OF DEBRIS REMAIN IN SPACE AFTER INDIA DESTROYED ITS OWN SATELLITE IN MARCH - More than four months after India destroyed one of its own satellites in space, dozens of pieces of debris from the cataclysmic event still circulate in orbit, posing a small but potential threat to other functioning spacecraft that might pass close by. It’s possible that some of this debris could stay in orbit for a full year before falling back down to Earth, according to space trackers. On March 27th, India fired a ground-based missile at a test satellite the country had launched in January, demonstrating the capability to take out a spacecraft in Earth orbit.   More
(Source: The Verge - Aug 10)


DELTA IV HEAVY CHOSEN FOR THIRD SPY SATELLITE LAUNCH DELTA IV HEAVY CHOSEN FOR THIRD SPY SATELLITE LAUNCH - The National Reconnaissance Office has awarded United Launch Services $157 million to launch one of its spy satellites into orbit aboard one of ULA’s Delta IV Heavy rockets. The NRO is charged with developing, acquiring and overseeing the nation’s spy satellites and collecting satellite intelligence on behalf of the broader intelligence community.    More
(Source: C4ISRNet - Aug 9)


NASA SEEKING PROPOSALS FOR CUBESATS ON SECOND SLS LAUNCH NASA SEEKING PROPOSALS FOR CUBESATS ON SECOND SLS LAUNCH - ASA is soliciting proposals to fly cubesats on the second flight of its Space Launch System, even as those cubesats chosen for the first SLS launch patiently await their ride. At an agency town hall meeting during the Conference on Small Satellites Aug. 5, Renee Cox, deputy manager for SLS payload integration at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, said the agency was planning to fly cubesats on Artemis 2, the second flight of the SLS, tentatively scheduled for 2022.   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Aug 9)


ATLAS 5 LAUNCH ADDS TO U.S. MILITARY’S SECURE COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE NETWORK ATLAS 5 LAUNCH ADDS TO U.S. MILITARY’S SECURE COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE NETWORK - A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket fired into space Thursday from Cape Canaveral with a $1.1 billion U.S. Air Force communications satellite, delivering fresh capacity for the military’s voice, video and data relay networks. The 197-foot-tall (60-meter) Atlas 5 launcher lifted off from pad 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 6:13 a.m. EDT (1013 GMT) Thursday.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Aug 9)


ROCKET LAB PLANS REUSABLE BOOSTER FOR SATELLITE LAUNCHES ROCKET LAB PLANS REUSABLE BOOSTER FOR SATELLITE LAUNCHES - Small-satellite launch firm Rocket Lab announced on Tuesday a plan to recover the core booster of its Electron rocket using a helicopter, a bold cost-saving concept that, if successful, would make it the second company after Elon Musk's SpaceX to reuse an orbital-class rocket booster. "Electron is going reusable," Rocket Lab chief executive Peter Beck said during a presentation in Utah, showing an animation of the rocket sending a payload into a shallow orbit before speeding back through Earth's atmosphere. "Launch frequency is the absolute key here."   More
(Source: Voice of America - Aug 8)

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