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HOW MANY SATELLITES CAN WE SAFELY FIT IN EARTH ORBIT? - Experts have been sounding alarm bells for years that Earth orbit is getting a bit too crowded. So how many satellites can we actually launch to space before it gets to be too much?
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SPACE FORCE LAUNCHING LASERS IN 2025 TO HELP PINPOINT THE CENTER OF EARTH SPACE FORCE LAUNCHING LASERS IN 2025 TO HELP PINPOINT THE CENTER OF EARTH - The U.S. Space Force aims to better pinpoint the location of Earth's true center using lasers on GPS satellites slated to launch in 2025. A set of laser retroreflector arrays, or LRAs, will be installed onto two GPS III satellites, called SV9 and SV10, as part of NASA's Space Geodesy Program spa...   More
(Source: Space.com - Jul 14)


LAWMAKERS ASK NASA ABOUT RISK OF POST-ISS GAP LAWMAKERS ASK NASA ABOUT RISK OF POST-ISS GAP - Lawmakers raised concerns on Wednesday about the US leaving a leadership vacuum in LEO after the ISS is retired in 2030. To try to get ahead of the problem, members of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee passed an amendment to the NASA Reauthorization Act of 2024 that would requir...   More
(Source: Payload Space - Jul 13)


FALCON 9 SECOND STAGE FAILS LEAVING STARLINK SATELLITES IN WRONG ORBIT FALCON 9 SECOND STAGE FAILS LEAVING STARLINK SATELLITES IN WRONG ORBIT - SpaceX suffered its first inflight failure of a Falcon 9 since 2015 on Thursday, leaving 20 Starlink satellites in a perilously low orbit. SpaceX founder Elon Musk said it was unclear if the satellites could raise their orbits using onboard ion thrusters. SpaceX’s 70th orbital launch of the yea...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jul 12)


CHINA FORTIFIES SPACE STATION CHINA FORTIFIES SPACE STATION - Two astronauts ventured outside of China's Tiangong space station last week to armor its exterior against incoming space debris kicked up by an exploding Russian satellite. "The spacewalk primarily focused on installing protective devices on external cables and pipelines to mitigate risks posed b...   More
(Source: Yahoo - Jul 12)


SPACEX LAUNCHING DIRECT-TO-CELL STARLINK SATELLITES FROM CALIFORNIA ON JULY 11 AFTER DELAY SPACEX LAUNCHING DIRECT-TO-CELL STARLINK SATELLITES FROM CALIFORNIA ON JULY 11 AFTER DELAY - SpaceX plans to launch 20 more of its Starlink satellites on Thursday night (July 11), including 13 with direct-to-cell capabilities. A Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Starlink spacecraft is scheduled to lift off Thursday from California's Vandenberg Space Force Base, during a four-hour window that ...   More
(Source: Space.com - Jul 11)


EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY LAUNCHES INAUGURAL ARIANE 6 ROCKET, ENCOUNTERS UPPER STAGE ISSUE EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY LAUNCHES INAUGURAL ARIANE 6 ROCKET, ENCOUNTERS UPPER STAGE ISSUE - The inaugural launch of the Ariane 6 rocket, which was lauded from those from the President of France to the NASA Administrator, hit a notable snag in the third and final phase of the mission. Part of the rocket’s upper stage, called the Auxiliary Propulsion Unit (APU), was powered on for a third ...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jul 11)


CELLULAR STARLINK SATELLITES LIGHT UP THE NIGHT SKY A BIT TOO MUCH CELLULAR STARLINK SATELLITES LIGHT UP THE NIGHT SKY A BIT TOO MUCH - Don’t be surprised if you spot SpaceX’s cellular Starlink technology lighting up the night sky: A new study finds that the company’s “direct to cell” satellites are nearly five times brighter than a regular Starlink satellite. A team of scientists published a paper examining SpaceX’s...   More
(Source: PCMag - Jul 10)


NASA TO COVER NORTHROP GRUMMAN’S 20TH CARGO SPACE STATION DEPARTURE NASA TO COVER NORTHROP GRUMMAN’S 20TH CARGO SPACE STATION DEPARTURE - Northrop Grumman’s uncrewed Cygnus spacecraft is scheduled to depart the International Space Station on Friday, July 12, five and a half months after delivering more than 8,200 pounds of supplies, scientific investigations, commercial products, hardware, and other cargo to the orbiting laboratory ...   More
(Source: NASA - Jul 10)


NOAA'S UPCOMING GEOXO SATELLITES COULD BE 'WEATHER-MONITORING PLATFORM OF THE FUTURE' NOAA'S UPCOMING GEOXO SATELLITES COULD BE 'WEATHER-MONITORING PLATFORM OF THE FUTURE' - For the second time in a row, Lockheed Martin will be at the forefront of the creation of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s next generation weather satellites. Last month, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) awarded the aerospace company a $2.27 billion con...   More
(Source: Space.com - Jul 10)


NOAA’S GOES-U REACHES GEOSTATIONARY ORBIT, NOW DESIGNATED GOES-19 NOAA’S GOES-U REACHES GEOSTATIONARY ORBIT, NOW DESIGNATED GOES-19 - On July 7, 2024, NOAA’s GOES-U executed its final engine burn, placing the satellite in geostationary orbit 22,236 miles above Earth’s equator. Upon reaching this milestone, GOES-U was renamed GOES-19. GOES satellites are designated with a letter prior to launch and a number once they achiev...   More
(Source: noaa nesdis - Jul 9)


SPACEX LAUNCHES TüRKSAT 6A SATELLITE, TURKEY’S FIRST DOMESTICALLY-BUILD SATELLITE SPACEX LAUNCHES TüRKSAT 6A SATELLITE, TURKEY’S FIRST DOMESTICALLY-BUILD SATELLITE - Turkey launched its first home-grown communications satellite aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket Monday evening. Prior to the mission’s launch, Turkey’s Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Abdulkadir Uraloğlu called the Türksat 6A geostationary satellite “the symbol of our independence”....   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jul 9)


SPACEX TO LAUNCH TüRKSAT 6A COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE MONDAY AFTERNOON FROM CAPE CANAVERAL SPACEX TO LAUNCH TüRKSAT 6A COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE MONDAY AFTERNOON FROM CAPE CANAVERAL - After bouncing around the range schedule a bit, SpaceX's upcoming launch of the Türksat 6A communications satellite is targeted for a Monday afternoon liftoff, a Federal Aviation Administration operations plan advisory shows. Though SpaceX has yet to announce this mission, the Falcon 9 rocket li...   More
(Source: Yahoo - Jul 8)


COMPANIES PREPARE NEXT GENERATION OF SPACE STATIONS FOR ORBIT COMPANIES PREPARE NEXT GENERATION OF SPACE STATIONS FOR ORBIT - NASA is working with at least three companies that are designing space stations to replace the International Space Station before it de-orbits in 2031. "NASA can utilize those resources in our exploration of the heavens, back to the moon and on to Mars. Then we can rent space on a commercial spac...   More
(Source: FoxNews - Jul 7)


LOW-INTENSITY EXPLOSION CAUSED RUSSIAN SATELLITE TO SPEW DEBRIS LOW-INTENSITY EXPLOSION CAUSED RUSSIAN SATELLITE TO SPEW DEBRIS - A Russian satellite likely suffered a “low-intensity explosion” that created hundreds of pieces of debris in low Earth orbit, according to one company’s analysis. Both U.S. Space Command and private space situational awareness providers reported that Resurs P1, a defunct Russian remote sens...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Jul 7)


CHINA SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES NEW SATELLITE GROUP CHINA SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES NEW SATELLITE GROUP - China successfully launched the Tianhui 5-02 satellite group at 6:49 a.m. Friday from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern Shanxi Province. The satellite group was carried by a modified Long March-6 carrier rocket and has entered the planned orbits. This group of satellites will be ...   More
(Source: www.gov.cn - Jul 6)


NASA ASTRONAUTS SEND FOURTH OF JULY MESSAGE TO EARTH FROM ISS NASA ASTRONAUTS SEND FOURTH OF JULY MESSAGE TO EARTH FROM ISS - The six NASA astronauts who are living off planet at the moment just beamed a special birthday message down to their home country. Mike Barratt, Matt Dominick, Tracy Caldwell Dyson, Jeanette Epps, Suni Williams and Butch Wilmore each took a turn at the mic, saying a few words about the Fourth of ...   More
(Source: Space.com - Jul 6)


AIRBUS BUILT, COPERNICUS SENTINEL-2C CLIMATE SATELLITE HEADING FOR LAUNCH SITE AIRBUS BUILT, COPERNICUS SENTINEL-2C CLIMATE SATELLITE HEADING FOR LAUNCH SITE - After road transport from Airbus in Friedrichshafen to Bremen on 2 July, the Airbus-built Sentinel-2C satellite, the third Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite, is about to be shipped to the European spaceport in French Guiana. The container has been loaded today onto the iconic Canopée, the first sail-...   More
(Source: ASDNews - Jul 5)


BLUE ORIGIN, STOKE SPACE SELECTED BY U.S. SPACE FORCE TO COMPETE FOR SMALL SATELLITE MISSIONS BLUE ORIGIN, STOKE SPACE SELECTED BY U.S. SPACE FORCE TO COMPETE FOR SMALL SATELLITE MISSIONS - The U.S. Space Force has added Blue Origin and Stoke Space Technologies to its roster of launch providers eligible to compete for short-turnaround small-satellite missions under the Orbital Services Program-4 (OSP-4) contract. OSP-4, an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract, wa...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Jul 5)


FIREFLY SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHED ALPHA ON NOISE OF SUMMER MISSION FIREFLY SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHED ALPHA ON NOISE OF SUMMER MISSION - After six months of preparation following its last flight, Firefly successfully launched the Alpha rocket on its fifth mission. After deciding to stand down from a July 2 launch attempt while teams evaluated and tested the systems responsible for aborting the launch on Monday, July 1, Firefly took o...   More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Jul 4)


SPACEX LAUNCHES 20 STARLINK SATELLITES FROM FLORIDA EARLY ON JULY 3 AFTER DELAY SPACEX LAUNCHES 20 STARLINK SATELLITES FROM FLORIDA EARLY ON JULY 3 AFTER DELAY - SpaceX launched yet another batch of its Starlink internet satellites from Florida in the wee hours of Wednesday morning (July 3), following a two-hour delay. A Falcon 9 rocket carrying 20 Starlink spacecraft, including 13 with direct-to-cell capabilities, lifted off from Cape Canaveral Space For...   More
(Source: Space.com - Jul 4)

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