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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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SPACEX LAUNCHES STARLINK 4-29 FROM VANDENBERG HOURS AFTER CREW MISSION SPACEX LAUNCHES STARLINK 4-29 FROM VANDENBERG HOURS AFTER CREW MISSION - SpaceX’s Falcon 9 B1071-5 has launched 52 Starlink satellites from Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Space Force Base, in California. The Starlink 4-29 mission was targeting launch on Monday, Oct. 3; however, the target was delayed 24 hours to Tuesday “to allow more time for pre...   More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Oct 6)


IRELAND'S FIRST SATELLITE CLOSE TO LIFT OFF IRELAND'S FIRST SATELLITE CLOSE TO LIFT OFF - It is hoped that Ireland's first-ever satellite will tell us more about how the universe is formed. The launch of the has moved a step closer following discussions at the cabinet on Tuesday. EIRSAT-1, was designed, developed, built and tested at University College Dublin (UCD). The launch w...   More
(Source: BBC News - Oct 6)


NEXT NOAA WEATHER SATELLITE LAUNCHING JUST IN TIME NEXT NOAA WEATHER SATELLITE LAUNCHING JUST IN TIME - The launch of the next U.S. weather satellite is coming just in time to ensure the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has two healthy spacecraft making observations from polar orbit. NOAA is preparing to launch the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 on Nov. 1 from Vandenberg Space Force ...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Oct 6)


RUSSIA LAUNCHES THE FIRST ARTIFICIAL EARTH SATELLITE – ARCHIVE 1957 RUSSIA LAUNCHES THE FIRST ARTIFICIAL EARTH SATELLITE – ARCHIVE 1957 - 5 October 1957 - The Tass agency announced last night that the first artificial Earth satellite was successfully launched in Russia yesterday. It is now circling the world 565 miles up once every 95 minutes and, according to the agency, can be observed in the rays of the rising and setting sun with ...   More
(Source: The Guardian - Oct 6)


SPACEX TARGETS WEDNESDAY FOR STARLINK 4-29 LAUNCH FROM VANDENBERG SPACEX TARGETS WEDNESDAY FOR STARLINK 4-29 LAUNCH FROM VANDENBERG - NASASpaceFlight.com Forums L2 Sign Up Artemis SpaceX Commercial ISS International Other Shop SpaceX targets Wednesday for Starlink 4-29 launch from Vandenberg written by Justin Davenport October 3, 2022 SpaceX’s Falcon 9 B1071-5 is ready to l...   More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Oct 5)


SPACEX LAUNCHES CREW-5 ASTRONAUTS ON HISTORIC FLIGHT TO SPACE STATION FOR NASA SPACEX LAUNCHES CREW-5 ASTRONAUTS ON HISTORIC FLIGHT TO SPACE STATION FOR NASA - SpaceX's groundbreaking Crew-5 mission is on its way to the International Space Station (ISS). A Dragon capsule carrying the four Crew-5 astronauts lifted off atop a Falcon 9 rocket from historic Launch Pad 39A here at NASA's Kennedy Space Center today (Oct. 5) at noon EDT (1600 GMT), kicking off...   More
(Source: Space.com - Oct 5)


SES CLOSER TO $4 BILLION PAYOUT AFTER ULA LAUNCH TO NEAR-GEOSTATIONARY ORBIT SES CLOSER TO $4 BILLION PAYOUT AFTER ULA LAUNCH TO NEAR-GEOSTATIONARY ORBIT - United Launch Alliance launched a pair of satellites for SES Oct. 4 that are vital to the operator’s bid to claim nearly $4 billion in C-band clearing proceeds. SES-20 and SES-21 lifted off 5:36 p.m. Eastern from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida, and separated from their Atlas 5 rock...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Oct 5)


SPACEX DELAYS LAUNCH OF 52 STARLINK SATELLITES FROM VANDENBERG SPACEX DELAYS LAUNCH OF 52 STARLINK SATELLITES FROM VANDENBERG - NASASpaceFlight.com Forums L2 Sign Up Artemis SpaceX Commercial ISS International Other Shop SpaceX delays launch of 52 Starlink satellites from Vandenberg written by Justin Davenport October 3, 2022 SpaceX’s Falcon 9 B1071-5 is ready to laun...   More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Oct 4)


HOW TO WATCH SPACEX LAUNCH NASA ASTRONAUTS ON CREW-5 MISSION THIS WEEK HOW TO WATCH SPACEX LAUNCH NASA ASTRONAUTS ON CREW-5 MISSION THIS WEEK - NASA and SpaceX are looking to get their next big mission off the ground in Florida as early as Wednesday. The Crew-5 mission will send NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada to the International Space Station aboard the Dragon Endurance capsule. They'll be joined by JAXA (Japan Aerospace ...   More
(Source: CNET - Oct 3)


NASA AND SPACEX TO STUDY POSSIBLE PRIVATE HUBBLE SERVICING MISSION NASA AND SPACEX TO STUDY POSSIBLE PRIVATE HUBBLE SERVICING MISSION - NASA and SpaceX announced Sept. 29 they will study a concept to send a Crew Dragon spacecraft to reboost, and possibly service, the Hubble Space Telescope to extend its life. In a briefing called on several hours’ notice, NASA and SpaceX officials, along with billionaire private astronaut Jared...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Oct 2)


PREPS RESUME FOR SPACEX CREW LAUNCH AFTER HURRICANE IAN PREPS RESUME FOR SPACEX CREW LAUNCH AFTER HURRICANE IAN - The next multinational crew scheduled to ride a SpaceX rocket and capsule to the International Space Station next week arrived at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Saturday as ground teams rolled their Falcon 9 booster and Dragon Endurance spacecraft to the launch pad, resuming work suspended earlier in...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Oct 2)


FIREFLY SUCCEEDS ON SECOND ALPHA FLIGHT FIREFLY SUCCEEDS ON SECOND ALPHA FLIGHT - With the goal of successfully reaching orbit, Firefly successfully launched FLTA002 – its second demonstration flight of the Alpha launch vehicle – on the mission dubbed “To The Black.” Launching from Space Launch Complex 2 West (SLC-2W) at the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, the ...   More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Oct 2)


3 RUSSIAN COSMONAUTS RETURN SAFELY FROM INTL SPACE STATION 3 RUSSIAN COSMONAUTS RETURN SAFELY FROM INTL SPACE STATION - Three Russian cosmonauts returned safely Thursday from a mission to the International Space Station. The Soyuz MS-21 spacecraft carrying Oleg Artemyev, Denis Matveyev and Sergey Korsakov touched down softly at 4:57 p.m. at a designated site in the steppes of Kazakhstan, 150 kilometers (90 miles) ...   More
(Source: ABC News - Sep 30)


WATCH LIVE EARLY THURSDAY: RUSSIAN COSMONAUTS DEPARTING INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION WATCH LIVE EARLY THURSDAY: RUSSIAN COSMONAUTS DEPARTING INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION - Three Russian cosmonauts will return to Earth Thursday (Sept. 29), and you can watch the whole thing live. Expedition 67 cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev, Denis Matveev and Sergey Korsakov will fly back to Earth on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft from the International Space Station (ISS). Their Soyuz MS-...   More
(Source: Space.com - Sep 29)


SEE HURRICANE IAN CHURN IN VIDEO FROM INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION SEE HURRICANE IAN CHURN IN VIDEO FROM INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION - Cameras aboard the International Space Station (ISS) are providing a birds-eye view of Hurricane Ian as it churns northward toward Florida. The storm looks gigantic in video captured Monday (Sept. 26) by cameras mounted to the exterior of the ISS, which flies about 250 miles (400 kilometers) abov...   More
(Source: Space.com - Sep 28)


DELTA 4-HEAVY ROCKET DEPLOYS SPYSAT ON FINAL PLANNED MISSION FROM ‘SLICK SIX’ DELTA 4-HEAVY ROCKET DEPLOYS SPYSAT ON FINAL PLANNED MISSION FROM ‘SLICK SIX’ - United Launch Alliance sent a triple-core Delta 4-Heavy with a top secret U.S. government spy satellite into orbit Saturday from California’s Central Coast, closing out a chapter in the tangled history of a launch pad originally built to support military astronaut missions on Titan rockets and spa...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Sep 27)


SLS TO ROLL BACK TO VAB AS HURRICANE APPROACHES FLORIDA SLS TO ROLL BACK TO VAB AS HURRICANE APPROACHES FLORIDA - NASA will move the Space Launch System rocket from its launch pad back the Vehicle Assembly Building as a precaution for an approaching hurricane, a decision that may delay the Artemis 1 mission until November. NASA announced Sept. 26 that mission managers decided, after days of deliberation, to ...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Sep 27)


NRO SATELLITE FLIES TO ORBIT IN DELTA 4’S FINAL WEST COAST LAUNCH NRO SATELLITE FLIES TO ORBIT IN DELTA 4’S FINAL WEST COAST LAUNCH - United Launch Alliance launched a classified National Reconnaissance Office spy satellite on a Delta 4 Heavy rocket September 24 at 3:25 p.m. Pacific from Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. NROL-91 is the Delta 4’s final mission from the West Coast. The vehicle las...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Sep 27)


OPEN COSMOS UNVEILS OPENCONSTELLATION, SHARED SPACE INFRASTRUCTURE OPEN COSMOS UNVEILS OPENCONSTELLATION, SHARED SPACE INFRASTRUCTURE - British small satellite startup Open Cosmos announced plans Sept. 21 for OpenConstellation, shared space infrastructure that offers partners access to satellite data. At the International Astronautical Congress here, Open Cosmos invited countries, institutions or companies around the world to con...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Sep 23)


SOYUZ MS-22 SPACECRAFT DOCKS TO SPACE STATION – NEW CREW BEGINS SIX-MONTH MISSION SOYUZ MS-22 SPACECRAFT DOCKS TO SPACE STATION – NEW CREW BEGINS SIX-MONTH MISSION - NASA astronaut Frank Rubio and Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin on the Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft docked to the International Space Station (ISS) at 1:06 p.m. EDT (10:06 a.m. PDT) on Wednesday, September 21. The hatches between the International Space Station and the newly arr...   More
(Source: SciTechDaily - Sep 23)

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