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SATELLITE MEGACONSTELLATIONS WILL MAR ASTRONOMERS' VIEW OF HEAVENS, STUDY FINDS - Two European Southern Observatory telescopes will be "moderately affected" in their observations by the rise of big, new satellite constellations, a new study finds, while wide-field telescopes will be "severely affected."
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SOYUZ CREW DOCKS WITH THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION SOYUZ CREW DOCKS WITH THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION - With an absence of fanfare amid coronavirus safety protocols, an upgraded Russian Soyuz rocket making its first piloted flight blasted off from Kazakshstan Thursday carrying two cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut on a speedy four-orbit trip to the International Space Station. The Soyuz 2.1a booster’s first and core stage engines ignited on time at 4:05 a.m. EDT (1:05 p.m. local time), throttled up to full power and lifted the rocket smoothly away from its firing stand at the sprawling Baikonur Cosmodrome.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Apr 10)


SATELLITE DATA REVEALS THE PANDEMIC'S EFFECTS FROM ABOVE SATELLITE DATA REVEALS THE PANDEMIC'S EFFECTS FROM ABOVE - The Cusco region of Peru has about 1.2 million residents—and, like many locations on Earth, not nearly enough ventilators for the people who might require them during the ongoing pandemic. In an effort to stem the rate of Covid-19 infections, and therefore the need for medical equipment that doesn’t exist locally, the Peruvian government put the country on lockdown in mid-March. As in many places across the globe, that meant lots of people couldn’t do their work, which meant they couldn’t get paid.    More
(Source: WIRED - Apr 10)


LONG MARCH 3B CARRYING COMMERCIAL INDONESIAN SATELLITE FAILS LONG MARCH 3B CARRYING COMMERCIAL INDONESIAN SATELLITE FAILS - A Chinese Long March 3B rocket failed April 9 while attempting to launch a commercial communications satellite meant to provide broadcast and broadband services to Indonesia and beyond, according to China’s Xinhua News Agency. After lifting off from China’s inland Xichang launch center, the Long March 3B suffered a malfunction with its third stage, destroying Nusantara-2, a satellite China Great Wall Industry Corp. (CGWIC) built for an Indonesian joint venture between Pasifik Satelit Nusantara and Indosat Ooredoo.   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Apr 10)


UPGRADED SOYUZ ROCKET WITH CREW OF THREE LAUNCHED TO SPACE STATION UPGRADED SOYUZ ROCKET WITH CREW OF THREE LAUNCHED TO SPACE STATION - With an absence of fanfare amid coronavirus safety protocols, an upgraded Russian Soyuz rocket making its first piloted flight blasted off from Kazakshstan Thursday carrying two cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut on a speedy four-orbit trip to the International Space Station. The Soyuz 2.1a booster's first and core stage engines ignited on time at 4:05 a.m. EDT (1:05 p.m. local time), throttled up to full power and lifted the rocket smoothly away from its firing stand at the sprawling Baikonur Cosmodrome.   More
(Source: CBS News - Apr 9)


SOME GOOD NEWS FOR THE SATELLITE & SPACE SECTORS REVEALED BY NSR SOME GOOD NEWS FOR THE SATELLITE & SPACE SECTORS REVEALED BY NSR - As the Satellite & Space sectors face the same challenges as the rest of the economy, one market seems particularly robust in the face of COVID-19 – Government & Military Satellite Communications services. With ongoing procurement for next-gen MILSATCOM technologies from U.S. Space Force, the commercial opportunities continue. While the future remains uncertain, compared to other mobility-centric satellite end-user markets, Gov & Mil appears to remain insulated from larger world events.   More
(Source: SatNews Publishers - Apr 9)


YOU CAN WATCH 3 ASTRONAUTS LAUNCH TO THE SPACE STATION EARLY THURSDAY. HERE'S HOW. YOU CAN WATCH 3 ASTRONAUTS LAUNCH TO THE SPACE STATION EARLY THURSDAY. HERE'S HOW. - Three people will launch toward the International Space Station (ISS) in the predawn hours Thursday (April 9), and you can watch their departure from Earth live. A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner is scheduled to lift off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Thursday at 4:05 a.m. EDT (0805 GMT; 1:05 p.m. local time in Baikonur).    More
(Source: Space.com - Apr 9)


PANDEMIC PUSHES SPACEX GPS 3 LAUNCH TO LATE JUNE PANDEMIC PUSHES SPACEX GPS 3 LAUNCH TO LATE JUNE - The U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center has decided to reschedule the launch of the third GPS 3 satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to minimize the potential of COVID-19 exposure to the launch crew and operators, a spokesperson said April 7. The launch was scheduled for late April and is now projected for June 30 at the earliest.   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Apr 8)


SWARM FINALLY GETS FULL REGULATORY APPROVAL TO LAUNCH ITS SATELLITES SWARM FINALLY GETS FULL REGULATORY APPROVAL TO LAUNCH ITS SATELLITES - Today, the space tech startup Swarm Technologies announced that it is fully licensed to launch its commercial offering. This has been a years-long process, during which time Swarm violated FCC rules and was forced to pay a $900,000 penalty. The company appears ready to move on. It says it will begin serving customers later this year. “Having received all regulatory approvals to operate commercially in the US, in several other countries, and over international waters, we are one step closer to providing affordable satellite connectivity to the world,” Swarm wrote in a blog post.    More
(Source: Engadget - Apr 8)


WITH SUCCESSFUL SPLASHDOWN, SPACEX RETIRES FIRST VERSION OF DRAGON SPACECRAFT WITH SUCCESSFUL SPLASHDOWN, SPACEX RETIRES FIRST VERSION OF DRAGON SPACECRAFT - For the final time, a SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule was released from the International Space Station’s robotic arm Tuesday and splashed down hours later in Pacific Ocean southwest of Los Angeles. Beginning later this year, SpaceX will fly upgraded Dragon freighters that will dock automatically with the space station and parachute into the Atlantic Ocean east of Florida.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Apr 8)


BOEING INTENDS TO REATTEMPT STARLINER TEST FLIGHT TO SPACE STATION BOEING INTENDS TO REATTEMPT STARLINER TEST FLIGHT TO SPACE STATION - Boeing plans to launch a second unpiloted test flight of its CST-100 Starliner crew ferry ship after software glitches last December prevented a rendezvous and docking with the International Space Station and briefly threatened the spacecraft's survival, company officials said Monday. A review of the December flight pinpointed the causes of the problems and the steps required to correct them.   More
(Source: CBS News - Apr 7)


ROCKET FOR NEXT SPACE STATION CREW ARRIVES ON LAUNCH PAD IN KAZAKHSTAN ROCKET FOR NEXT SPACE STATION CREW ARRIVES ON LAUNCH PAD IN KAZAKHSTAN - A Russian Soyuz-2.1a rocket rolled out to a launch pad Monday at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, ready for the first crewed flight to use the modernized Soyuz booster configuration. Liftoff with two Russian cosmonauts and a veteran NASA astronaut is scheduled Thursday on an expedition to the International Space Station. Preparations for crew and cargo launches to the space station are proceeding amid the global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.    More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Apr 7)


RUSSIA READY TO LAUNCH MULTI-SATELLITE ORBITAL GROUPS - ROSCOSMOS CHIEF RUSSIA READY TO LAUNCH MULTI-SATELLITE ORBITAL GROUPS - ROSCOSMOS CHIEF - The launch of British OneWeb communications satellites on March 21 by the Soyuz 2.1b carrier rocket showed that Russia is ready for deploying multi-satellite orbital groups, Head of Roscosmos space corporation Dmitry Rogozin said on Sunday. "By this launch we proved that our equipment is ready for a swift deployment of multi-satellite groups of complex orbital configuration," Rogozin wrote on his Twitter account.   More
(Source: TASS - Apr 6)


ASTRONAUTS TRAIN TO RIDE A DRAGON INTO SPACE ASTRONAUTS TRAIN TO RIDE A DRAGON INTO SPACE - Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, two veteran space shuttle fliers, are gearing up to fly a privately-developed SpaceX Dragon capsule into orbit this year. The two astronauts participated in several major training events in March, including long-duration simulations to rehearse procedures they will execute during launch on top of a Falcon 9 rocket, their docking with the International Space Station, and then departure from the orbiting lab for return to Earth.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Apr 5)


IS THIS THE OLDEST STILL-WORKING GEOSTATIONARY SATELLITE? IS THIS THE OLDEST STILL-WORKING GEOSTATIONARY SATELLITE? - Regular followers of space news will know that when satellites or space probes reach the end of their life, they either are de-orbited in a fiery re-entry, or they stay lifeless in orbit, often in a safe graveyard orbit where they are unlikely to harm other craft. Sometimes these deactivated satellites spring back into life, and there is a dedicated band of enthusiasts who seek out these oddities.   More
(Source: Hackaday - Apr 5)


COVID-19: HOW SATELLITES CAN HELP COVID-19: HOW SATELLITES CAN HELP - The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has virtually paralyzed daily life as we know it. Even when the spread of this highly infectious disease has been stemmed, the world will face huge challenges getting back to normal. To help support experts working in Europe's research centers and technical organizations during these unprecedented times, ESA has issued two new initiatives related to understanding the effects that COVID-19 is imposing on society, the economy and the environment.    More
(Source: Phys.org - Apr 5)


PANDEMIC PROMPTS FEW CHANGES TO BUSY MONTH ON SPACE STATION PANDEMIC PROMPTS FEW CHANGES TO BUSY MONTH ON SPACE STATION - U.S. and Russian vehicles ferrying crews and cargo will continue traveling to and from the International Space Station this month, sustaining the orbiting lab in its 20th year of continuous human occupation amid an escalating pandemic on Earth. A new European platform was also robotically installed outside the space station early Thursday, giving the international research lab a new outdoor deck to host a range of materials science, Earth observation and space science instruments.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Apr 4)


CELEBRATING THE WORLDS FIRST WEATHER SATELLITE CELEBRATING THE WORLDS FIRST WEATHER SATELLITE - On April 1, 1960, NASA launched TIROS-1, the world’s first successful meteorological satellite. A couple years before, on October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, which began the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. The U.S.’s first operational satellite was launched a year later in 1958 as Explorer-1, which was the first U.S. satellite in orbit.    More
(Source: WBRZ - Apr 3)


NASA TV TO AIR U.S. CARGO SHIP DEPARTURE FROM SPACE STATION NASA TV TO AIR U.S. CARGO SHIP DEPARTURE FROM SPACE STATION - Filled with more than 4,000 pounds of valuable scientific experiments and other cargo, a SpaceX Dragon resupply spacecraft is set to leave the International Space Station Monday, April 6. NASA Television and the agency’s website will broadcast its departure live beginning at 9:30 a.m. EDT. Robotic flight controllers at mission control in Houston will issue commands at 9:52 a.m. to release Dragon using the station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm.    More
(Source: NASA - Apr 3)


CHINA TO LAUNCH COMMUNICATION SATELLITE FOR INDONESIA CHINA TO LAUNCH COMMUNICATION SATELLITE FOR INDONESIA - China is preparing to launch a communication satellite, Palapa-N1, for Indonesia at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The satellite was developed under a contract signed between the China Great Wall Industry Corp under the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp (CASC) and the Palapa Satelit Nusantara Sejahtera of Indonesia in May 2017.   More
(Source: The Star Online - Apr 2)


US MILITARY MAY START MOVING TOWARDS LAUNCHING FLEETS OF TINY SATELLITES US MILITARY MAY START MOVING TOWARDS LAUNCHING FLEETS OF TINY SATELLITES - With much of the commercial space industry focused on putting small satellites into low Earth orbit (LEO), how quickly will the U.S. military follow? Companies are shifting away from traditional large satellites towards small satellites. cubesats in LEO have been increasingly used in space since the 1990s. In recent years, advances in camera technology and computer miniaturization have allowed companies to do optical imaging or radar observations using smaller and smaller satellites.   More
(Source: Space.com - Apr 2)

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