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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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ENHANCED DRAGON SPACECRAFT TO DEORBIT THE ISS AT THE END OF ITS LIFE ENHANCED DRAGON SPACECRAFT TO DEORBIT THE ISS AT THE END OF ITS LIFE - paceX will develop a souped-up version of its Dragon spacecraft for NASA to handle the deorbiting of the International Space Station around the end of the decade. At a July 17 briefing, NASA and SpaceX officials provided new details about the United States Deorbit Vehicle (USDV) spacecraft NASA s...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Jul 19)


LOOKING AHEAD TO THE NEXT 25 YEARS OF PRIVATE SPACE STATIONS LOOKING AHEAD TO THE NEXT 25 YEARS OF PRIVATE SPACE STATIONS - Humans have occupied low Earth orbit (LEO) over the past half century thanks to the Salyut, Skylab, Mir and Tiangong programs and, of course, the International Space Station (ISS). Aside from providing incredible views of Earth, these space stations have proved that humans can live and work in space...   More
(Source: Space.com - Jul 19)


ISS COULD 'DRIFT DOWN' FOR A YEAR BEFORE SPACEX VEHICLE DESTROYS IT IN EARTH'S ATMOSPHERE ISS COULD 'DRIFT DOWN' FOR A YEAR BEFORE SPACEX VEHICLE DESTROYS IT IN EARTH'S ATMOSPHERE - Though the International Space Station is meant to be replaced in the 2030s, it will take a long time for the orbiting lab to officially reach the end of its life, NASA says. SpaceX's newly commissioned reentry vehicle will only push the International Space Station (ISS) into Earth's atmosphere s...   More
(Source: Space.com - Jul 18)


RARE SPACEX ROCKET FAILURE SHOWS EXACTLY WHY NASA WANTS 2 COMMERCIAL OPTIONS TO FLY ASTRONAUTS TO ISS RARE SPACEX ROCKET FAILURE SHOWS EXACTLY WHY NASA WANTS 2 COMMERCIAL OPTIONS TO FLY ASTRONAUTS TO ISS - Six years ago, a rare Russian abort during an astronaut launch caused delays in human spacecraft schedules. This week, NASA may face the same after a rare failure during a SpaceX launch. Back in 2018, a Russian Soyuz spacecraft was bound for the International Space Station (ISS) when a sensor iss...   More
(Source: Space.com - Jul 18)


SATELLITES AROUND EARTH AT RISK AS ACTIVE SUNSPOT NEARS 'THE DANGER ZONE' SATELLITES AROUND EARTH AT RISK AS ACTIVE SUNSPOT NEARS 'THE DANGER ZONE' - A massive sunspot on the surface of the sun is moving toward a prime position where any explosion could shower Earth with protons. The enormous sunspot, named AR3738, has a volatile 'beta-gamma-delta' magnetic field that is set to send out explosions of solar plasma as coronal mass ejections or flas...   More
(Source: Newsweek - Jul 18)


‘GRAIN OF SAND’ TRAVELING AT WARP SPEED SLAMS SATELLITE, LEAVES HOLE, SCIENTISTS SAY ‘GRAIN OF SAND’ TRAVELING AT WARP SPEED SLAMS SATELLITE, LEAVES HOLE, SCIENTISTS SAY - Science fiction movies that show microscopic meteoroids dramatically puncturing spacecraft aren’t far from the truth. The European Space Agency’s star mapping Gaia spacecraft was overtaken by “space dust” in April and one micrometeoroid left a hole, scientists say....   More
(Source: Durham Herald Sun - Jul 18)


REFUELLABLE SATELLITES OFFER CRITICAL EDGE AMIDST INTENSIFYING THREATS IN SPACE REFUELLABLE SATELLITES OFFER CRITICAL EDGE AMIDST INTENSIFYING THREATS IN SPACE - The United States Space Force’s deliberate approach to satellite servicing and refueling has provided time for debate and the development of qualified solutions that have now resolved both the technical and budgetary challenges holding refuellable satellites back. Recent advancements in afforda...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Jul 17)


WEATHER SATELLITE PASSES BAKE AND SHAKE TESTS WITH FLYING COLORS WEATHER SATELLITE PASSES BAKE AND SHAKE TESTS WITH FLYING COLORS - As climate change drives more frequent and severe weather events, the need for accurate and timely forecasting has never been more critical. And now, the next Meteosat Third Generation weather satellite has passed its environmental test campaign with flying colors, taking it a significant step close...   More
(Source: Phys.org - Jul 17)


SPACEX FALCON 9 ROCKET FAILURE FORCES NASA TO EVALUATE ASTRONAUT LAUNCH SCHEDULE FOR ISS SPACEX FALCON 9 ROCKET FAILURE FORCES NASA TO EVALUATE ASTRONAUT LAUNCH SCHEDULE FOR ISS - NASA is waiting to see if there will be "schedule impacts" for its next astronaut mission aboard SpaceX after a rocket failure last week, the agency said in a recent statement. SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket had a rare anomaly during a Starlink satellite launch on Thursday (July 11). The second stage o...   More
(Source: Space.com - Jul 16)


U.S. NUCLEAR COMMAND SATELLITES NEED HARDENING AGAINST ATTACKS, REPORT WARNS U.S. NUCLEAR COMMAND SATELLITES NEED HARDENING AGAINST ATTACKS, REPORT WARNS - The United States should harden its low Earth orbit satellites that support nuclear command and control against radiation effects from potential high-altitude nuclear detonations, according to a new report from a prominent think tank. The Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Se...   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Jul 16)


U.S. PLAN TO CRASH SPACE STATION IS CONDEMNED BY SPACE AGENCY LEADERS U.S. PLAN TO CRASH SPACE STATION IS CONDEMNED BY SPACE AGENCY LEADERS - An American plan to destroy the International Space Station by propelling it to burn through the atmosphere, and then crashing it into the Pacific Ocean, would rob citizens of the future of one of civilization’s greatest technological masterworks, and should be halted, say one-time leaders of NASA...   More
(Source: Forbes - Jul 15)


STARLINK SATELLITES ARE STRANDED IN LOW ORBIT AFTER ROCKET MALFUNCTION STARLINK SATELLITES ARE STRANDED IN LOW ORBIT AFTER ROCKET MALFUNCTION - Usually, SpaceX is synonymous with innovative space solutions, a name that sparks hopes of an extraterrestrial future. However, a recent incident involving the company’s Falcon 9 rocket has left a dent in their otherwise stellar reputation. A SpaceX rocket has gone off course for the first time...   More
(Source: Earth.com - Jul 15)


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)

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