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THE AIR FORCE’S NEXT COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE ARRIVES IN FLORIDA THE AIR FORCE’S NEXT COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE ARRIVES IN FLORIDA - Lockheed Martin announced the successful delivery of its fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, according to an Aug. 6 press release. The highly protected communication satellite, known as AEHF-4, is set to launch into orbit on an United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket in October.    More
(Source: C4ISRNet - Aug 7)


MERAH PUTIH POISED TO BRING SPACEX’S LAUNCH TEMPO TO ALMOST TWO PER MONTH
MERAH PUTIH POISED TO BRING SPACEX’S LAUNCH TEMPO TO ALMOST TWO PER MONTH - SpaceX is planning to launch its fifteenth mission of the year on Tuesday, Aug. 7. As has been the case with several of the flights successfully carried out in 2018, this week’s planned launch is set to send a communications satellite to orbit. The payload for this flight is the Merah Putih geostationary communications satellite. Formerly known as Telkom-4, it was constructed by SSL. Upon reaching orbit and after its various systems have been checked, PT Telkomunikasi will manage the satellite’s operations. PT Telkomunikasi is the largest telecommunication and network provider in Indonesia.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Insider - Aug 6)


HOW SMALL SATELLITES TACKLE BIG CHALLENGES, FROM ORBITAL MANUFACTURING TO EXOPLANETS HOW SMALL SATELLITES TACKLE BIG CHALLENGES, FROM ORBITAL MANUFACTURING TO EXOPLANETS - No one has ever built a satellite in space, but thanks in part to a team of students from Idaho, that could soon change. Other teams are building miniaturized satellites to look for missing sources of mass around our Milky Way galaxy, or find out how much deadly ultraviolet radiation hits alien planets, or zoom past Mars and track a bigger spacecraft as it descends to the Red Planet’s surface. Those are just a few of the science experiments detailed over the weekend here at the AIAA / Utah State University Conference on Small Satellites, better known as SmallSat.   More
(Source: GeekWire - Aug 6)


COMMERCIAL CREW ASTRONAUTS PREPARE FOR LAUNCH — WHAT WILL THEY WEAR? COMMERCIAL CREW ASTRONAUTS PREPARE FOR LAUNCH — WHAT WILL THEY WEAR? - SpaceX and Boeing are working to launch commercial crewed vehicles into space — so what will the astronauts wear? As part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program, SpaceX and Boeing will fly crewed test flights in 2019, according to new schedule changes. These flights will follow uncrewed test flights that are scheduled for late 2018. Today (Aug. 3), NASA announced the astronauts who will make up the first commercial crew for these missions. It will be exciting to follow the journey of these astronauts, from their training to their launch to the International Space Station. But what will they wear on their epic journey into orbit?   More
(Source: Space.com - Aug 6)


NASA TO LAUNCH WORLD'S LIGHTEST SATELLITE THIS MONTH, MADE BY CHENNAI STUDENTS NASA TO LAUNCH WORLD'S LIGHTEST SATELLITE THIS MONTH, MADE BY CHENNAI STUDENTS - our engineering students from Chennai have built the world’s lightest satellite, due to launch from a NASA facility in the US later this month. If successful, the experiment may help in a better understanding and research about the environment of outer space. A brainchild of the four-man team of engineering students from Hindustan Institute of Technology & Science, Chennai, it isn't just tiny in size (at 4 cm wide) but cost them as little as Rs 15,000 to build. They're calling it ‘Jaihind-1S’.   More
(Source: Firstpost - Aug 4)


SENATE PANEL EXTENDS LIFE OF INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION TO 2030 SENATE PANEL EXTENDS LIFE OF INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION TO 2030 - A Senate panel approved key reforms Wednesday that will extend the ability for private companies to operate on the International Space Station until 2030. The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, which oversees U.S. space programs, approved the bipartisan Space Frontier Act, sponsored by Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Florida), which will streamline "regulations companies have to follow when it comes to launching, reentering or observing Earth from space," according to a joint statement by the committee.    More
(Source: WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando - Aug 3)


STUDENTS CHAT WITH ASTRONAUT ABOARD SPACE STATION STUDENTS CHAT WITH ASTRONAUT ABOARD SPACE STATION - High school students in Virginia got to learn Thursday about the challenges of life in microgravity directly from an American astronaut aboard the International Space Station. During a 20-minute video chat, Drew Feustel discussed the challenges of sleeping, showering and even thinking — it's called "space brain" — aboard the orbiting facility. And yet his dreams have been pretty normal, he said when questioned about that by a student.   More
(Source: San Francisco Chronicle - Aug 3)


UK COULD DEVELOP INDEPENDENT SATELLITE SYSTEM AFTER LEAVING EU – PROFESSOR UK COULD DEVELOP INDEPENDENT SATELLITE SYSTEM AFTER LEAVING EU – PROFESSOR - The Guardian has reported that the UK law enforcement and military will continue to access the encrypted signal of the Galileo satellite system post-Brexit. According to the sources, the EU chief Brexit negotiator is contemplating an offer to the UK that will give London an advantage over the use of the encrypted service compared to other third-party nations.   More
(Source: Sputnik International - Aug 2)


CHINA LAUNCHES HIGH-RESOLUTION EARTH OBSERVATION SATELLITE TO MONITOR BRI
CHINA LAUNCHES HIGH-RESOLUTION EARTH OBSERVATION SATELLITE TO MONITOR BRI - China today successfully launched an optical remote sensing satellite, as part of its high-resolution Earth observation project which will also provide data for the Belt and Road Initiative, official media reported. The Gaofen-11 satellite was launched on a Long March 4B rocket at 11 am (local time) from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern Shanxi Province, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. It was the 282nd flight mission by a Long March carrier rocket.    More
(Source: Economic Times - Aug 1)


WILDFIRE SMOKE BLANKETS CALIFORNIA IN SATELLITE PHOTO WILDFIRE SMOKE BLANKETS CALIFORNIA IN SATELLITE PHOTO - A dramatic new satellite photo shows the destructive reach of the wildfires raging across California. The image, which was captured Sunday (July 29) by NASA's Earth-observing Aqua satellite, depicts smoke blanketing much of the Golden State and spreading as far east as Salt Lake City. Much of that smoke is coming from the Carr Fire, a dangerous and fast-moving blaze centered near the Northern California city of Redding. As of Monday morning (July 30), the Carr Fire had scorched nearly 100,000 acres (40,500 hectares) and was just 20 percent contained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).   More
(Source: Space.com - Aug 1)

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