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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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ARMENIAN'S FIRST SATELLITE REACHES ORBIT AFTER SPACEX 'RIDESHARE' LAUNCH ARMENIAN'S FIRST SATELLITE REACHES ORBIT AFTER SPACEX 'RIDESHARE' LAUNCH - Armenian's first satellite has reached Earth's orbit after launching aboard a SpaceX rocket, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian has announced. Pashinian said the satellite, which was launched on May 25 from Cape Canaveral in the U.S. state of Florida, will have multiple uses. "Photographs to be ta...   More
(Source: Radio Free Europe - Aug 18)


RUSSIAN SPACEWALK CUT SHORT BY SPACESUIT POWER SYSTEM PROBLEM RUSSIAN SPACEWALK CUT SHORT BY SPACESUIT POWER SYSTEM PROBLEM - Russian ground controllers ordered International Space Station commander Oleg Artemyev back to the airlock after data showed voltage fluctuations in his spacesuit Wednesday, cutting short a spacewalk to continue outfitting the European Space Agency’s robotic arm delivered to the complex last year....   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Aug 18)


ROCKET LAB PREPARES TO PUT 150TH SATELLITE IN SPACE NEXT MONTH ROCKET LAB PREPARES TO PUT 150TH SATELLITE IN SPACE NEXT MONTH - Since its first test launch on May 25, 2017, Rocket Lab has successfully put 149 satellites in space. The Long Beach-based firm is now gearing up for No. 150 when its next launch window opens in mid-September. The upcoming mission, dubbed “The Owl Spreads its Wings,” is slated to carry a sing...   More
(Source: Long Beach Business Journal - Aug 17)


CHINESE SPACEPLANE MARKS 10 DAYS IN ORBIT CHINESE SPACEPLANE MARKS 10 DAYS IN ORBIT - A reusable Chinese spacecraft that may resemble the U.S. military’s X-37B spaceplane has logged 10 days in orbit since its Aug. 4 launch, but what it’s doing remains a mystery. The spacecraft launched from the Jiuquan space center in the Gobi Desert on top of a Chinese Long March 2F rocket ar...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Aug 17)


VIRGIN ORBIT REDUCES LAUNCH FORECAST WHILE INCREASING PER-LAUNCH REVENUE VIRGIN ORBIT REDUCES LAUNCH FORECAST WHILE INCREASING PER-LAUNCH REVENUE - Virgin Orbit now expects to perform four launches this year, at the low end of earlier projections, but with a higher per-launch revenue. The company, in its second quarter earnings release Aug. 12, reported no revenue in the quarter and a net loss of $33.3 million. The company, though, said it r...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Aug 16)


RUSSIA, PLANNING TO GO IT ALONE, UNVEILS MODEL OF NEW SPACE STATION RUSSIA, PLANNING TO GO IT ALONE, UNVEILS MODEL OF NEW SPACE STATION - Russia's space agency on Monday unveiled for the first time a physical model of what a planned new Russian-built space station will look like, suggesting Moscow is serious about abandoning the International Space Station (ISS) and going it alone. Russia, in the throes of what some Kremlin hardlin...   More
(Source: Reuters - Aug 16)


U.S. ARMY HANDS OVER SATELLITE OPERATIONS TO SPACE FORCE, BUT KEEPS A FOOTHOLD IN SPACE U.S. ARMY HANDS OVER SATELLITE OPERATIONS TO SPACE FORCE, BUT KEEPS A FOOTHOLD IN SPACE - Satellite ground stations that for decades have been operated by the U.S. Army will be officially handed over to the Space Force on Aug. 15. The Space Force will take over control of the Wideband Global Satcom and Defense Satellite Communications System constellations of military satellites. The ...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Aug 15)


MOLDOVA DEPLOYS FIRST SATELLITE FROM INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION THROUGH KIBOCUBE PROGRAMME MOLDOVA DEPLOYS FIRST SATELLITE FROM INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION THROUGH KIBOCUBE PROGRAMME - The Republic of Moldova successfully deployed its first satellite from the International Space Station (ISS) today. This achievement was made possible with the support of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) under the KiboCUBE p...   More
(Source: SpaceRef - Aug 14)


SEE THE HUGE SOLAR WINGS OF CHINA'S SPACE STATION IN MOTION ABOVE EARTH SEE THE HUGE SOLAR WINGS OF CHINA'S SPACE STATION IN MOTION ABOVE EARTH - China's space station recently gained a new module and with it a pair of huge, solar energy-capturing "wings" that can rotate as the outpost orbits the Earth. A new video from China's human spaceflight agency, CMSA, shows the large solar arrays rotating around the Tiangong space station as our bl...   More
(Source: Space.com - Aug 14)


SPACEX CONTINUES STARLINK EXPANSION WITH THIRD LAUNCH TO SHELL 3 SPACEX CONTINUES STARLINK EXPANSION WITH THIRD LAUNCH TO SHELL 3 - SpaceX launched the Starlink Group 3-3 mission on Friday, marking the company’s 55th dedicated launch to build its satellite internet constellation. Group 3-3 took flight on a flight-proven Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, with a one-second...   More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Aug 14)


NASA TV TO COVER SPACEX CARGO DRAGON DEPARTURE FROM SPACE STATION NASA TV TO COVER SPACEX CARGO DRAGON DEPARTURE FROM SPACE STATION - A SpaceX Dragon cargo resupply spacecraft returning science to Earth for NASA is set to depart the International Space Station on Thursday, Aug. 18. NASA will provide coverage of Dragon’s undocking and departure on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website website beginning at 1...   More
(Source: NASA - Aug 12)


3RD CHINESE SPACE STATION MODULE ARRIVES AT SPACEPORT AHEAD OF OCTOBER LAUNCH 3RD CHINESE SPACE STATION MODULE ARRIVES AT SPACEPORT AHEAD OF OCTOBER LAUNCH - China is gearing up to complete its Tiangong space station with a third module launch in less than 18 months. The Mengtian experiment module arrived at Wenchang spaceport in south China on Tuesday (Aug. 9) after being shipped in containers from the northern port city of Tianjin, China’s human s...   More
(Source: Space.com - Aug 12)


CHINA LAUNCHES 16 NEW SATELLITES CHINA LAUNCHES 16 NEW SATELLITES - China on Wednesday sent 16 new satellites into space from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in the northern province of Shanxi. The satellites, including a Jilin-1 Gaofen 03D09 satellite and Yunyao-1 04-08 satellites, were launched by a Long March-6 carrier rocket at 12:50 p.m. Beijing Time and...   More
(Source: Xinhua - Aug 11)


BIG NEW CHINESE ROCKET LOFTS 6 EXPERIMENTAL SATELLITES ON DEBUT LAUNCH BIG NEW CHINESE ROCKET LOFTS 6 EXPERIMENTAL SATELLITES ON DEBUT LAUNCH - China now has a new launch service provider and a big, new flight-proven rocket. The four-stage Lijian 1 rocket, also referred to as ZK-1A, lifted from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center at 12:12 a.m. EDT (0412 GMT; 12:12 p.m. local time) on July 27, carrying six satellites into orbit on its de...   More
(Source: Space.com - Aug 11)


FALCON 9 ROCKET DEPLOYS SPACEX’S 3,000TH STARLINK INTERNET SATELLITE FALCON 9 ROCKET DEPLOYS SPACEX’S 3,000TH STARLINK INTERNET SATELLITE - Fifty-two satellites are on the way to join SpaceX’s Starlink internet network after a sky-lighting blastoff from the Kennedy Space Center Tuesday night, a mission that included the 3,000th spacecraft to launch for the Starlink constellation. The 229-foot-tall (70-meter) Falcon 9 rocket lifted ...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Aug 11)


NASA CUBESAT BUMPED FROM RIDESHARE LAUNCH BECAUSE OF ORBITAL DEBRIS MITIGATION CONCERNS NASA CUBESAT BUMPED FROM RIDESHARE LAUNCH BECAUSE OF ORBITAL DEBRIS MITIGATION CONCERNS - A NASA cubesat was removed from a recent rideshare launch opportunity on a U.S. Space Force mission because the spacecraft could not meet guidelines for deorbiting at the end of its life. The GTOSat mission, developed by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, was manifested to fly as a secondary p...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Aug 11)


US OFFICIALS CONCERNED AS RUSSIA LAUNCHES IRANIAN SATELLITE US OFFICIALS CONCERNED AS RUSSIA LAUNCHES IRANIAN SATELLITE - Russia has successfully launched an Iranian satellite into orbit amid US concerns over its planned purpose. The satellite, called Khayyam, was launched from the Russian-leased Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan. Iran has said it will be used for environmental monitoring and will remain und...   More
(Source: BBC News - Aug 10)


RUSSIA SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES IRANIAN SATELLITE RUSSIA SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES IRANIAN SATELLITE - A Russian rocket on Tuesday successfully launched an Iranian satellite into orbit. The Soyuz rocket lifted off as scheduled at 8:52 a.m. Moscow time (0552 GMT) Tuesday from the Russia-leased Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan. About nine minutes after the launch, it placed the Iranian sate...   More
(Source: AP News - Aug 10)


BENCHMARK UNVEILS SMALL SATELLITE COLLISION-AVOIDANCE KIT BENCHMARK UNVEILS SMALL SATELLITE COLLISION-AVOIDANCE KIT - At the Small Satellite Conference, Benchmark Space Systems unveiled a collision-avoidance kit designed to help small satellites dodge debris and steer clear of other spacecraft. Benchmark is taking orders its “Cola Kit,” which the company plans to begin shipping to customers in early 2023. ...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Aug 9)


INDIA’S NEW SMALL SATELLITE LAUNCHER FAILS TO PUT SATELLITES INTO CORRECT ORBIT INDIA’S NEW SMALL SATELLITE LAUNCHER FAILS TO PUT SATELLITES INTO CORRECT ORBIT - India’s space agency said Sunday the inaugural demonstration flight of the country’s new Small Satellite Launch Vehicle — the fourth rocket in India’s fleet of launchers — failed to place two satellites into their targeted low Earth orbit. The 111-foot-tall (34-meter), three-stage launc...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Aug 8)

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