Space

WASHINGTON — SpaceX launched a communications satellite for Israeli satellite operator Spacecom Aug. 6 on an expendable Falcon 9 mission.  The rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 7:23 p.m. Eastern, following a three-day delay to replace a suspect rocket valve.  Amos-17, Spacecom’s newest satellite, separated from the rocket’s upper stage
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LOGAN, Utah – Capella Space, a company building a constellation of radar satellites, announced an agreement Aug. 5 to rely on Addvalue’s Inter-Satellite Data Relay System and Inmarsat satellites to speed up satellite tasking. Radar satellite data is extremely time-sensitive. If it weren’t customers could simply wait until morning or until clouds moved out of
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LOGAN, Utah – NanoAvionics isn’t ready to disclose names but the company has lined up customers for the first nanosatellites it plans to build in Midland, Texas, NanoAvionics CEO Vytenis Buzas, told SpaceNews. NanoAvionics, a spinoff of Lithuania’s Vilnius University with about 80 employees conducting research and development in northern and western Europe, is preparing
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Astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS) have to do just about everything for themselves. Living within this constantly orbiting laboratory, they’re not only crew members, they’re also plumbers, janitors and housekeepers. Just last week, in fact, the team of six astronauts currently on board began a month-long chore that requires taking their trash
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LOGAN, UTAH – LeoLabs, a space situational awareness company, unveiled a small satellite tracking service called LeoTrack Aug. 5 at the Small Satellite Conference here. LeoTrack, which LeoLabs sells through web-based subscriptions, provides small satellite and cubesat operators with a range of services and information including spacecraft tracking, orbital state vectors, predictive radar availability, scheduled
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“I see no reason why a satellite the size of a shoe box, with the life expectancy of a guinea pig, should be regulated the same way as a spacecraft the size of a school bus that will stay in orbit for centuries.” — FCC Chairman Ajit Pai This op-ed originally appeared in the July
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WASHINGTON — SpaceX plans to build facilities at the Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A for launches and, eventually, landings of its next-generation launch vehicle, according to a newly released report. An environment assessment prepared by SpaceX, and released by NASA Aug. 1, discusses plans to develop additional facilities at LC-39A, which currently hosts Falcon
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The most comprehensive and widely-held theory of how the Moon formed is called the ‘giant impact hypothesis.’ That hypothesis states that about 150 million years after the Solar System formed, a roughly Mars-sized planet named Theia collided with Earth. Though the timeline is hotly-debated in the scientific community, we know that this collision melted Theia
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WASHINGTON — A report released Aug. 1 concluded that a problem with an instrument on the GOES-17 weather satellite is likely caused by some kind of blockage in a system used to cool the instrument. NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a summary of the final report by a mishap investigation board
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Remote sensing is the imaging of Earth from space. It is incredibly valuable for environmental, national security and commercial purposes. Unfortunately, it’s governed by an outdated law that’s in desperate need of updating. Initially, remote sensing technology was only used by government agencies for national security and scientific research. However, in the 1990s, private companies
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Harrison: Space Defense Force “more accurately emphasizes the primary job of military space forces, which is to defend our assets in space.” WASHINGTON — As Congress prepares to write legislation that would authorize the Defense Department to stand up a space service, lawmakers have lots of decisions to make, including the name of the organization.
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