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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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NASA, BOEING FURTHER DELAY STARLINER CREW FLIGHT TEST LAUNCH AMID ONGOING HELIUM LEAK REVIEW NASA, BOEING FURTHER DELAY STARLINER CREW FLIGHT TEST LAUNCH AMID ONGOING HELIUM LEAK REVIEW - Ongoing analysis of a helium leak on Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft forced NASA and Boeing to delay the Crew Flight Test mission further. A blog post, issued late on Friday afternoon, announced a new target launch date for Starliner CFT with NASA astronauts Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams of no ...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - May 18)


CHINA LAUNCHES NEW MYSTERY SHIYAN SATELLITE CHINA LAUNCHES NEW MYSTERY SHIYAN SATELLITE - China launched the latest in its secretive Shiyan satellite series over the weekend. A Long March 4C rocket lifted off from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert, northwest China, at 7:43 p.m.EDT on May 11 (2343 GMT, or 7:43 a.m. Beijing time on May 12). Chinese authorities revealed ...   More
(Source: Space.com - May 18)


SPACEX FALCON 9 ROCKET LAUNCHES STARLINK SATELLITES ON RECORD 21ST FLIGHT SPACEX FALCON 9 ROCKET LAUNCHES STARLINK SATELLITES ON RECORD 21ST FLIGHT - A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched for the 21st time tonight (May 17), setting a new reusability record for the company. The Falcon 9 lifted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 8:32 p.m. EDT (0032 GMT on May 18), sending 23 of SpaceX's Starlink internet satellites toward orbit...   More
(Source: Space.com - May 18)


BOEING STARLINER'S CREW DEBUT DELAYED AGAIN OVER SPACECRAFT ISSUE BOEING STARLINER'S CREW DEBUT DELAYED AGAIN OVER SPACECRAFT ISSUE - Boeing's first Starliner mission carrying astronauts into space has been delayed again - until at least May 21 - over an issue with the spacecraft's propulsion system, the company said on Tuesday. Starliner's mission carrying two NASA astronauts had been scheduled for liftoff from Florida last we...   More
(Source: Reuters - May 16)


SPACE FORCE AIMS TO LAUNCH 1ST 'FOO FIGHTER' SATELLITES IN 2027 TO TRACK HYPERSONIC THREATS SPACE FORCE AIMS TO LAUNCH 1ST 'FOO FIGHTER' SATELLITES IN 2027 TO TRACK HYPERSONIC THREATS - The United States Space Force has ordered the first satellites for an upcoming advanced missile defense constellation. The Space Development Agency (SDA), an agency within the U.S. Space Force tasked with developing new, disruptive space technologies, awarded $414 million to California-based Mill...   More
(Source: Space.com - May 15)


SATELLITE IMAGES SHOW WHAT THE HISTORIC GEOMAGNETIC STORM LOOKED LIKE FROM SPACE SATELLITE IMAGES SHOW WHAT THE HISTORIC GEOMAGNETIC STORM LOOKED LIKE FROM SPACE - Millions of Americans looked to the night sky and snapped magical photos and videos of the northern lights this weekend during the momentous geomagnetic storm. But cameras were also trained on the storm from space, capturing phantasmal monochromatic shots from the sun's electromagnetic radiation....   More
(Source: CBS News - May 15)


SPACEX LAUNCHES 50TH FALCON 9 ROCKET OF 2024 ON STARLINK MISSION SPACEX LAUNCHES 50TH FALCON 9 ROCKET OF 2024 ON STARLINK MISSION - SpaceX continues to expand its Starlink constellation that offer Direct to Cell capability through its Falcon 9 launch on Tuesday. There were 13 Direct to Cell-capable Starlink satellites among the 20 that launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base. Liftoff from Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - May 15)


TINY SATELLITES CAN PROVIDE SIGNIFICANT INFORMATION ABOUT SPACE TINY SATELLITES CAN PROVIDE SIGNIFICANT INFORMATION ABOUT SPACE - CubeSats are satellites constructed of cubic units, or U, a bit smaller than a square tissue box, or about 10 centimeters (about 4 inches) on each side. (A 2U CubeSat, for instance, is about the size of a rectangular tissue box.) Initially developed two decades ago as an inexpensive platform for stu...   More
(Source: Phys.org - May 14)


SPACEX STARLINK SATELLITES DOING JUST FINE AFTER WEEKEND SOLAR STORM, COMPANY SAYS SPACEX STARLINK SATELLITES DOING JUST FINE AFTER WEEKEND SOLAR STORM, COMPANY SAYS - SpaceX's Starlink fleet survived solar storms over the weekend. Starlink broadband satellites, which number nearly 6,000 in orbit, all came through after intense solar activity sparked auroras and other signs of space weather across the world, including unusually far into the southern United Stat...   More
(Source: Space.com - May 14)


NASA TO LAUNCH WEATHER OBSERVING SATELLITE IN JUNE NASA TO LAUNCH WEATHER OBSERVING SATELLITE IN JUNE - Next month, NASA will launch NOAA's (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) satellite to help improve weather observing and environmental monitoring capabilities on Earth, as well as advance space weather observations. NASA said that the GOES-U (Geostationary Operational Environmental S...   More
(Source: RTTNews - May 14)


SPACEX LAUNCHES 23 STARLINK SATELLITES FROM FLORIDA SPACEX LAUNCHES 23 STARLINK SATELLITES FROM FLORIDA - SpaceX launched 23 more of its Starlink satellites on Sunday (May 12), adding to its huge and ever-growing broadband megaconstellation. A Falcon 9 rocket topped with the Starlink spacecraft lifted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 8:53 p.m. EDT (0053 GMT on May 13). The Fal...   More
(Source: Space.com - May 13)


CHINA LAUNCHES NEW SATELLITE INTO SPACE CHINA LAUNCHES NEW SATELLITE INTO SPACE - China on Sunday launched a Long March-4C rocket, placing a satellite in space. The rocket blasted off at 7:43 a.m. (Beijing Time) from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China and sent the satellite Shiyan-23 into preset orbit. The satellite will mainly be used for space environm...   More
(Source: - May 13)


NASA POWER OUTAGE TEMPORARILY HALTS CONTACT WITH SPACE STATION NASA POWER OUTAGE TEMPORARILY HALTS CONTACT WITH SPACE STATION - A NASA power outage disrupted communication between Mission Control and the International Space Station on Tuesday. Mission Control couldn’t send commands to the station and talk with the seven astronauts in orbit. The power outage hit as upgrade work was underway in the building at Houston’s...   More
(Source: MSN - May 13)


MUSK'S STARLINK SATELLITES DISRUPTED BY MAJOR SOLAR STORM MUSK'S STARLINK SATELLITES DISRUPTED BY MAJOR SOLAR STORM - Starlink, the satellite arm of Elon Musk's SpaceX, warned on Saturday of a "degraded service" as the Earth is battered by the biggest geomagnetic storm due to solar activity in two decades. Starlink owns around 60% of the roughly 7,500 satellites orbiting Earth and is a dominant player in satellite...   More
(Source: Reuters - May 12)


SPACEX FLIES 13 MORE DIRECT TO CELL STARLINK SATELLITES ON FALCON 9 ROCKET LAUNCH FROM VANDENBERG SFB SPACEX FLIES 13 MORE DIRECT TO CELL STARLINK SATELLITES ON FALCON 9 ROCKET LAUNCH FROM VANDENBERG SFB - After a 24 hour mission delay, SpaceX was able to launch the Starlink 8-2 mission from the company’s West Coast launch pad. The launch followed a successful launch from Florida’s Space Coast earlier Wednesday. In total, there were 20 Starlink satellites onboard the launch from Space Launch Co...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - May 10)


CHINA LAUNCHES ITS FIRST MEDIUM EARTH ORBIT BROADBAND SATELLITES CHINA LAUNCHES ITS FIRST MEDIUM EARTH ORBIT BROADBAND SATELLITES - China launched the first satellites for a medium Earth orbit broadband constellation late Wednesday. A Long March 3B lifted off at 9:43 p.m. Eastern May 8 (0143 UTC May 9) from the inland Xichang Satellite Launch Center, southwest China. The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CAS...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - May 10)


BLINDED BY THE LIGHT: HOW BAD ARE SATELLITE MEGACONSTELLATIONS FOR ASTRONOMY? BLINDED BY THE LIGHT: HOW BAD ARE SATELLITE MEGACONSTELLATIONS FOR ASTRONOMY? - Over the past few years, our planet has become increasingly encircled by Starlink, OneWeb and other "megaconstellation" satellites. Yes, the emergence of those megaconstellations offers great benefits for humanity. But in a wait-a-minute pause, there are also substantial costs, including a growin...   More
(Source: Space.com - May 10)


SPACEX BREAKS SPACE SHUTTLE PAD RECORD WITH FALCON 9 STARLINK MISSION SPACEX BREAKS SPACE SHUTTLE PAD RECORD WITH FALCON 9 STARLINK MISSION - With a Wednesday afternoon launch, SpaceX’s Falcon family of rockets exceeded the total number of Space Shuttle missions from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The combination of Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rocket launches passed the total number of shuttle flights seen a...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - May 8)


ATLAS 5 VALVE REPAIR WILL DELAY STARLINER’S FIRST CREWED MISSION TO MAY 17 AT THE EARLIEST ATLAS 5 VALVE REPAIR WILL DELAY STARLINER’S FIRST CREWED MISSION TO MAY 17 AT THE EARLIEST - Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft is going to have a wait a bit longer before its first astronaut mission can take place. Following the decision to scrub the Crew Flight Test mission about two hours prior to liftoff, teams with United Launch Alliance (ULA), Boeing and NASA concluded that more work was...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - May 8)


STARLINER LAUNCH SCRUBBED BY TROUBLE WITH A VALVE IN THE ATLAS 5’S CENTAUR UPPER STAGE STARLINER LAUNCH SCRUBBED BY TROUBLE WITH A VALVE IN THE ATLAS 5’S CENTAUR UPPER STAGE - In a blog post early Tuesday, NASA said launch of Boeing’s Starliner astronaut ferry ship will be delayed until at least Friday “to complete data analysis on a pressure regulation valve on the liquid oxygen tank of the Atlas 54 rocket‘s Centaur upper stage and determine whether it is necessary...   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - May 7)

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