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U.S. ARMY HANDS OVER SATELLITE OPERATIONS TO SPACE FORCE, BUT KEEPS A FOOTHOLD IN SPACE U.S. ARMY HANDS OVER SATELLITE OPERATIONS TO SPACE FORCE, BUT KEEPS A FOOTHOLD IN SPACE - Satellite ground stations that for decades have been operated by the U.S. Army will be officially handed over to the Space Force on Aug. 15. The Space Force will take over control of the Wideband Global Satcom and Defense Satellite Communications System constellations of military satellites. The satellites were built and launched by the U.S. Air Force but the Army controlled the payloads.    More
(Source: SpaceNews - Aug 15)


MOLDOVA DEPLOYS FIRST SATELLITE FROM INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION THROUGH KIBOCUBE PROGRAMME MOLDOVA DEPLOYS FIRST SATELLITE FROM INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION THROUGH KIBOCUBE PROGRAMME - The Republic of Moldova successfully deployed its first satellite from the International Space Station (ISS) today. This achievement was made possible with the support of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) under the KiboCUBE programme. The programme is part of the Access to Space for All initiative and enables teams from developing nations and economies in transition to develop and deploy cube satellites (CubeSat) from the ISS.   More
(Source: SpaceRef - Aug 14)


SEE THE HUGE SOLAR WINGS OF CHINA'S SPACE STATION IN MOTION ABOVE EARTH SEE THE HUGE SOLAR WINGS OF CHINA'S SPACE STATION IN MOTION ABOVE EARTH - China's space station recently gained a new module and with it a pair of huge, solar energy-capturing "wings" that can rotate as the outpost orbits the Earth. A new video from China's human spaceflight agency, CMSA, shows the large solar arrays rotating around the Tiangong space station as our blue and white planet passes below.   More
(Source: Space.com - Aug 14)


SPACEX CONTINUES STARLINK EXPANSION WITH THIRD LAUNCH TO SHELL 3 SPACEX CONTINUES STARLINK EXPANSION WITH THIRD LAUNCH TO SHELL 3 - SpaceX launched the Starlink Group 3-3 mission on Friday, marking the company’s 55th dedicated launch to build its satellite internet constellation. Group 3-3 took flight on a flight-proven Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, with a one-second launch window at 2:40 pm PDT (21:40 UTC).   More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Aug 14)


NASA TV TO COVER SPACEX CARGO DRAGON DEPARTURE FROM SPACE STATION NASA TV TO COVER SPACEX CARGO DRAGON DEPARTURE FROM SPACE STATION - A SpaceX Dragon cargo resupply spacecraft returning science to Earth for NASA is set to depart the International Space Station on Thursday, Aug. 18. NASA will provide coverage of Dragon’s undocking and departure on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website website beginning at 10:45 a.m. EDT. Ground controllers at SpaceX in Hawthorne, California, will send commands at 11:05 a.m. for Dragon to undock from the forward port of the station’s Harmony module and fire its thrusters to move a safe distance away from the station. Controllers will command a deorbit burn the following day.   More
(Source: NASA - Aug 12)


3RD CHINESE SPACE STATION MODULE ARRIVES AT SPACEPORT AHEAD OF OCTOBER LAUNCH 3RD CHINESE SPACE STATION MODULE ARRIVES AT SPACEPORT AHEAD OF OCTOBER LAUNCH - China is gearing up to complete its Tiangong space station with a third module launch in less than 18 months. The Mengtian experiment module arrived at Wenchang spaceport in south China on Tuesday (Aug. 9) after being shipped in containers from the northern port city of Tianjin, China’s human spaceflight agency announced (opens in new tab). Mengtian ("Dreaming of the Heavens") will next be assembled and put through testing at Wenchang in preparation for a scheduled launch in October on a Long March 5B rocket.    More
(Source: Space.com - Aug 12)


CHINA LAUNCHES 16 NEW SATELLITES CHINA LAUNCHES 16 NEW SATELLITES - China on Wednesday sent 16 new satellites into space from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in the northern province of Shanxi. The satellites, including a Jilin-1 Gaofen 03D09 satellite and Yunyao-1 04-08 satellites, were launched by a Long March-6 carrier rocket at 12:50 p.m. Beijing Time and entered the planned orbit successfully. The new batch of satellites is mainly used in the fields such as commercial remote sensing and atmospheric imaging.   More
(Source: Xinhua - Aug 11)


BIG NEW CHINESE ROCKET LOFTS 6 EXPERIMENTAL SATELLITES ON DEBUT LAUNCH BIG NEW CHINESE ROCKET LOFTS 6 EXPERIMENTAL SATELLITES ON DEBUT LAUNCH - China now has a new launch service provider and a big, new flight-proven rocket. The four-stage Lijian 1 rocket, also referred to as ZK-1A, lifted from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center at 12:12 a.m. EDT (0412 GMT; 12:12 p.m. local time) on July 27, carrying six satellites into orbit on its debut flight. The 100-foot-tall (30 meters) rocket — China's largest solid-fueled launch vehicle — was developed by CAS Space, a spinoff from the state-owned Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).   More
(Source: Space.com - Aug 11)


FALCON 9 ROCKET DEPLOYS SPACEX’S 3,000TH STARLINK INTERNET SATELLITE FALCON 9 ROCKET DEPLOYS SPACEX’S 3,000TH STARLINK INTERNET SATELLITE - Fifty-two satellites are on the way to join SpaceX’s Starlink internet network after a sky-lighting blastoff from the Kennedy Space Center Tuesday night, a mission that included the 3,000th spacecraft to launch for the Starlink constellation. The 229-foot-tall (70-meter) Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center at 10:14:40 p.m. EDT Tuesday (0214:40 GMT Wednesday).   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Aug 11)


NASA CUBESAT BUMPED FROM RIDESHARE LAUNCH BECAUSE OF ORBITAL DEBRIS MITIGATION CONCERNS NASA CUBESAT BUMPED FROM RIDESHARE LAUNCH BECAUSE OF ORBITAL DEBRIS MITIGATION CONCERNS - A NASA cubesat was removed from a recent rideshare launch opportunity on a U.S. Space Force mission because the spacecraft could not meet guidelines for deorbiting at the end of its life. The GTOSat mission, developed by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, was manifested to fly as a secondary payload on the Atlas 5 launch of the SBIRS GEO-6 missile-warning satellite. The SBIRS satellite was successfully launched Aug. 4.   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Aug 11)

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