SOLAR FLARES OFF LARGE SOLAR ARRAYS AND ISS ROLL-OUT SOLAR ARRAYS (IROSA) - On July 16, 2021, Philip Smith, an enthusiast astrophotographer in Manorville NY, has recorded through his telescope the International Space Station passing over his house.
Here is the story:
"I recorded and imaged a "SOLAR FLARE" on one of the ISS Roll-Out Solar Array (iROSA) on the po... More
(Source: - Jul 24)
CHINA’S SPACE STATION IS PREPARING TO HOST 1,000 SCIENTIFIC EXPERIMENTS - China launched the core of its space station in April, and sent three astronauts up in June. But although it probably won’t be complete until late 2022, there is already a long queue of experiments from across the world waiting to go up. Scientists in China told Nature that the China Manned Space ... More
(Source: Nature - Jul 24)
RUSSIA DELAYS DETACHING OLD SPACE STATION DOCKING PORT WHILE TESTING NEW RESEARCH MODULE IN ORBIT - The departure of Russia's Pirs module from the International Space Station has been delayed until Saturday (July 24) as engineers continue to conduct in-flight tests on its replacement.
The 20-year-old Pirs was scheduled to leave the orbiting lab tomorrow (July 23) to open a slot for the Russian ... More
(Source: Space.com - Jul 24)
IMPAIRED GOES-WEST SATELLITE RETURNS TO SERVICE - The GOES-West weather satellite has returned to service after being down yesterday due to an anomaly. Initially known as GOES-17, and GOES-S before that, an on-board computer reset triggered by the satellite forced it into a safe-hold mode at 1:37 am ET yesterday. In this phase, all of GOES-17’s ... More
(Source: Weatherboy - Jul 24)
REPROGRAMMABLE SATELLITE FUELLED PRIOR TO LAUNCH - A sophisticated telecommunications satellite capable of being completely repurposed in orbit has been fuelled ready for its launch on 30 July. Developed under an ESA Partnership Project called Quantum, the satellite is pioneering a new generation of fully reconfigurable satellites that can respond w... More
(Source: Phys.org - Jul 23)
ORBITS EXPLAINED: SPACE IS SURPRISINGLY CLOSE, BUT IT'S REALLY HARD TO STAY THERE - Space is closer than you might think -- about 62 miles up, only a little farther away from you than San Jose is from San Francisco. Heck, you can get halfway to space in a balloon.
But the hardest part about space, isn't so much getting there as staying there. That's where the idea of orbiting co... More
(Source: CNET - Jul 22)
RUSSIA LAUNCHES HUGE NAUKA SCIENCE MODULE TO SPACE STATION AFTER YEARS OF DELAYS - Russia's largest space laboratory yet launched into orbit Wednesday (July 21) on a mission to expand the International Space Station after 14 years of delays.
The Russian Multipurpose Research Module (MLM), also known as Nauka, blasted off toward the International Space Station at 10:58 EDT (14:... More
(Source: Space.com - Jul 21)
BEZOS FLIES TO SPACE ON BLUE ORIGIN’S FIRST CREW LAUNCH - Amazon founder Jeff Bezos took his brother, a pioneering female pilot, and an 18-year-old Dutch student on an automated flight to the edge of space Tuesday, completing a on a 66-mile-high suborbital hop aboard his company’s New Shepard rocket, the latest achievement in a new era of billionaire-bac... More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jul 21)
AFRL CONDUCTS 1,300 EXPERIMENTS ON RECORD-BREAKING SATELLITE - The Air Force Research Laboratory is celebrating the completion of the Demonstration and Science Experiments (DSX) satellite mission, and processing a treasure trove of valuable data that will be studied by scientists for many years to come.
The spacecraft was launched June 25, 2019 from Cape Ca... More
(Source: AF.mil - Jul 20)
JEFF BEZOS TO BLAST INTO SPACE ABOARD NEW SHEPARD ROCKET SHIP - Billionaire Jeff Bezos will blast into space on Tuesday, in the first crewed flight of his rocket ship, New Shepard.
He will be accompanied by Mark Bezos, his brother, Wally Funk, an 82-year-old pioneer of the space race, and an 18-year-old student.
They will travel in a capsule with the bigge... More
(Source: BBC News - Jul 20)
HUBBLE RESUMES SCIENCE OBSERVATIONS AFTER MONTH-LONG OUTAGE - NASA said Saturday that the Hubble Space Telescope, now running on a backup payload computer, has resumed scientific observations after a failure knocked the aging observatory offline for more than a month.
“All instruments on the Hubble Space Telescope are now in operational status, and scienc... More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jul 20)
WATCH BOEING STARLINER LAUNCH TO SPACE STATION LIVE ON SPACE COAST DAILY TV JULY 30 - NASA’s Boeing Orbital Flight Test-2 mission to the International Space Station is scheduled to launch at 2:53 p.m. EDT Friday, July 30, the second uncrewed flight for Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. Starliner will launch on a United Launch... More
(Source: SpaceCoastDaily.com - Jul 19)
BRANSON'S VIRGIN ORBIT PLANS NEW SATELLITE LAUNCHES IN 2022 - While Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic is paving the way towards space tourism, its sister company, Virgin Orbit, is making its own push for dominance in satellites by bringing the most efficient rate possible at the lowest cost. According to Virgin Orbit's new vice president of flight and launch a... More
(Source: Fox Business - Jul 18)
A MONTH IN CHINA SPACE STATION: WHAT'S BEEN DONE SO FAR? - It's been a month since the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft carried the three Chinese astronauts, or taikonauts, to China's space station. As one of the most important missions for the manned space program, the Shenzhou-12 is a display of China's latest space technology.
The China Manned Space Engineering... More
(Source: CGTN - Jul 18)
JEFF BEZOS IS FLYING TO SPACE. HERE’S EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW - Jeff Bezos, the richest man on the planet, is preparing for a rocket-powered, 11-minute 2,300-mph excursion to the edge of space, capping off a month filled with rocket news and a bit of drama among the world’s richest people who are dedicating large portions of their wealth to rocket development.... More
(Source: CNN - Jul 18)
NASA TV TO AIR CREW DRAGON PORT RELOCATION ON SPACE STATION - NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts on the International Space Station will relocate their Crew Dragon Endeavour spacecraft Wednesday, July 21, setting the stage for a historic first when two different U.S. commercial spacecraft built for crew will be docked to the microgravity laboratory at the same ... More
(Source: NASA - Jul 17)
ASTRONOMERS PUSH FOR GLOBAL DEBATE ON GIANT SATELLITE SWARMS - Aerospace companies have launched about 2,000 Internet satellites into orbit around Earth over the past 2 years, nearly doubling the number of active satellites. This has sparked concerns among astronomers and other skygazers, who worry about interference with observations of the night sky.
Now, ... More
(Source: Nature - Jul 17)
SATELLITES OVER EUROPE TRACK MASSIVE FLOODS IN GERMANY AND BELGIUM - Sobering images from space show the impact of devastating floods in Germany and Belgium that have left more than 100 people dead.
While the rain that caused the floods is expected to ease this weekend, search and rescue efforts remain hampered in the two countries. Officials say that the rising w... More
(Source: Space.com - Jul 17)
AMAZON BOUGHT FACEBOOK’S SATELLITE TEAM TO HELP BUILD STARLINK COMPETITOR - Facebook has sold its small-satellite Internet division to Amazon and said it has no plans to become an Internet service provider. Amazon and Facebook both confirmed the sale to Ars today.
The Information first reported that "Amazon has acquired a team of more than a dozen wireless Internet exper... More
(Source: Ars Technica - Jul 16)