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Google said to be in talks to invest in SpaceX at $10B valuation

Posted in Hardware on 20th Jan, 2015 02:49 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX has gone where most startups never have: to space. And it looks like Google may well want in on the excitement.

NASA launches student-built cubesats into space

Posted in Hardware on 21st Nov, 2013 12:45 AM
by AlexMuller
NASA’s cubesat Launch Initiative seeks to give college and high school students the chance to get hands-on development in satellite creation.

SpaceX Falcon aims for telecoms market with SES-8 launch

Posted in Hardware on 25th Nov, 2013 11:48 PM
by AlexMuller
The US SpaceX company will make its play on Monday to grab a big slice of the market for launching the world's TV and telecoms satellites.

Spacex has 100% success on geostationary satellite launch

Posted in Science on 5th Dec, 2013 01:36 AM
by AlexMuller
Falcon 9 executed a picture-perfect flight, meeting 100% of mission objectives.

Inmarsat begins Global Xpress roll-out

Posted in Science on 9th Dec, 2013 12:12 AM
by AlexMuller
The roll-out has begun for Britain's single biggest commercial space project.

Gaia 'billion-star surveyor' lifts off

Posted in Hardware on 20th Dec, 2013 01:07 AM
by AlexMuller
Europe has launched the Gaia satellite, one of the most ambitious space missions in history.

Xenon ion and water cubesat engines for interplanetary cubesats with costs ten thousand times less

Posted in Hardware on 1st Jan, 2014 10:42 PM
by AlexMuller
A rocket propulsion system powered by the Sun and water, which will push small spacecraft far beyond the Earth.

SpaceX launches Thai satellite into orbit and is the second successful commercial launch in about 35 days

Posted in Science on 8th Jan, 2014 02:30 AM
by AlexMuller
Spacex is on run of successful commercial launches.

Japan’s Launching a Giant Net Into Orbit to Scoop Up Space Junk

Posted in Science on 17th Jan, 2014 01:27 AM
by AlexMuller
Something must be done to deal with the estimated 100 million bits of man made space junk circling the planet, and Japan is taking the lead.

New online tool tracks tree loss in 'near real time'

Posted in Online on 22nd Feb, 2014 01:03 AM
by AlexMuller
A new global monitoring system has been launched that promises "near real time" information on deforestation around the world.

How to catch a derelict satellite

Posted in Science on 23rd Feb, 2014 12:59 AM
by AlexMuller
ESA’s Clean Space initiative plans to control space debris to reduce the environmental impact of the space industry on Earth and space alike.

SpaceX has completed the first of three missions to qualify to launch military and spy satellites

Posted in Hardware on 1st Mar, 2014 02:21 AM
by AlexMuller
The start-up rocket-maker headed by billionaire Elon Musk, moved a step closer to launching military and spy satellites this week.

A Fleet of Toaster Sized Satellites Will Orbit Earth to Provide Near Real Time Surveillance

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Mar, 2014 12:22 AM
by AlexMuller
In early January, Planet Labs sent 28 satellites to the international space station; earlier this month, NASA began deploying them into orbit.

Facebook drones to offer low-cost net access

Posted in Business on 29th Mar, 2014 12:06 AM
by AlexMuller
Facebook has ambitious plans to connect the two-thirds of the world that has no net access, using drones, satellites and lasers.

EU set to roll-out Sentinel space project

Posted in Science on 3rd Apr, 2014 03:58 AM
by AlexMuller
The biggest civil Earth-observation programme ever conceived begins its roll-out on Thursday with the launch of a radar satellite from French Guiana.

DARPA's shooting robots into space to build satellites

Posted in Hardware on 8th Apr, 2014 01:07 AM
by AlexMuller
The purpose of Phoenix is to send robots into outer space with everything they’d need to build satellites. Then have those robots build said satellites.

Russia Loses $275M Satellite in Latest Rocket Failure

Posted in Hardware on 16th May, 2014 06:45 PM
by AlexMuller
A Russian rocket carrying a $275 million satellite failed and burned up shortly after launch on Friday, the latest in a series of setbacks for Russia's once-pioneering space industry.

Tiny KickSat Sprite satellites hitch ride into orbit

Posted in Science on 19th May, 2014 11:33 PM
by PlanetTech
Exploring space has long been the sole diversion of governments, big business and academics.

Google may buy satellite startup Skybox Imaging for $1B

Posted in Science on 25th May, 2014 04:11 AM
by AlexMuller
Skybox Imaging uses satellites to record highly detailed images and videos of landscapes, and provides analytics services to businesses.

Skylon 'spaceplane economics stack up'

Posted in Hardware on 31st May, 2014 02:40 AM
by AlexMuller
It appears a feasible proposition, economically. That is the conclusion of a study that considered a European launch service based on a Skylon re-usable spaceplane.

Google reportedly plans to spend $1B on Internet satellites

Posted in Online on 3rd Jun, 2014 12:16 AM
by AlexMuller
The Web giant plans to deploy 180 small satellites that would provide Internet access to underserved regions of the globe.

Aircraft passengers to receive high-speed in-flight internet access

Posted in Online on 9th Jun, 2014 05:50 PM
by AlexMuller
Satellite communications firm Inmarsat has announced that it is to deliver a new broadband service for airline passengers in the EU.

Google & Virgin Galactic may team up for joint space venture

Posted in Business on 13th Jun, 2014 01:10 AM
by AlexMuller
Google wants to bring Internet access to the entire world, and it’s reportedly in talks with Virgin Galactic to help realize that vision.

NASA launches carbon dioxide observer

Posted in Hardware on 2nd Jul, 2014 11:00 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA has launched a mission dedicated to measuring carbon dioxide (CO2) from space.

Early Flood Prediction Gets a Boost from Space

Posted in Science on 8th Jul, 2014 01:50 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have figured out a new way to predict which rivers are most at risk of dangerous flooding.

Lift-off for two British demo satellites

Posted in Hardware on 10th Jul, 2014 01:39 AM
by AlexMuller
Two British spacecraft, including the first satellite made in Scotland, have launched to orbit.

SpaceX has a successful launch and should have Expendable Launch Vehicle certification by the end of 2014

Posted in Hardware on 16th Jul, 2014 01:53 AM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX successfully carried a half-dozen Orbcomm satellites into space on Monday.

DARPA announces Phase 1 of its XS-1 spaceplane program

Posted in Science on 18th Jul, 2014 12:16 AM
by AlexMuller
It takes a lot more money and preparation to launch a rocket than to have a plane take off.

NASA seeks commercial satellites to talk to Mars

Posted in Science on 26th Jul, 2014 04:41 AM
by AlexMuller
NASA is investigating using private satellites to provide communications into the 2020s between Earth and the fleet of exploration probes operating on and around Mars.

SpaceX is building on its rocket business revolution

Posted in Hardware on 30th Jul, 2014 01:13 AM
by AlexMuller
CEO Elon Musk believes the time is coming where there will be thousands of launches each year.

Moon mystery: Why our Earth's satellite is lemon-shaped

Posted in Science on 31st Jul, 2014 02:35 AM
by AlexMuller
The early Moon was closer to Earth than today, so its shape may have been changed by the tides.

Google helps 'citizen scientist' group recover data from abandoned NASA satellite

Posted in Hardware on 10th Aug, 2014 01:08 AM
by AlexMuller
Skycorp managed to resurrect a zombie satellite that had been decommissioned due to NASA’s meager budget.

The Super-Imaging Satellite That Will Double Google Maps Resolution

Posted in Software on 15th Aug, 2014 01:40 AM
by AlexMuller
The quality of commercial space-based imagery is about to take a quantum leap forward.

SpaceX raising $200M in funding at $10 billion valuation

Posted in Hardware on 20th Aug, 2014 12:47 AM
by AlexMuller
The company that Elon Musk hopes will carry him to Mars has been making big strides in recent months, winning contracts to provide the rockets that ferry satellites into space.

NASA satellite set to help farmers combat drought

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Aug, 2014 10:48 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA is set to launch a new satellite with the capacity to measure soil moisture on a global scale.

Galileo satellites go into wrong, lower orbit

Posted in Science on 26th Aug, 2014 02:06 AM
by AlexMuller
The European Space Agency (Esa) says the latest two satellites for Europe's version of the American GPS satellite navigation system have not gone into the correct orbit.

Lockheed Martin in space junk deal with Australian firm

Posted in Hardware on 27th Aug, 2014 10:31 PM
by AlexMuller
US defence giant Lockheed Martin has struck a deal with an Australian technology firm to track space debris that can damage satellites.

DeOrbiter microsatellite could put wayard satellites back on track

Posted in Science on 3rd Sep, 2014 12:20 AM
by AlexMuller
Effective Space Solutions says its DeOrbiter microsatellite could also be used to rescue renegade satellites.

NASA chooses Boeing & SpaceX to transport human crew on space missions

Posted in Hardware on 17th Sep, 2014 07:32 PM
by AlexMuller
New contracts worth $6.8 billion for Boeing and SpaceX to build spacecrafts, rockets, and the like for NASA’s commercial crew program.

India's Mars satellite 'Mangalyaan' sends first images

Posted in Science on 25th Sep, 2014 06:14 PM
by AlexMuller
India's space agency has released its first picture of Mars, taken by its satellite which entered orbit around the Red Planet on Wednesday.

Satellites detect 'thousands' of new ocean-bottom mountains

Posted in Science on 4th Oct, 2014 11:59 PM
by AlexMuller
It is not every day you can announce the discovery of thousands of new mountains on Earth, but that is what a US-European research team has done.

NASA seeks proposals for deep space missions

Posted in Science on 1st Nov, 2014 08:41 PM
by AlexMuller
The proposals are designed to support NASA's deep space missions, such as that which Orion will carry out.

Elon Musk wants to bring the whole world online with affordable satellites

Posted in Hardware on 9th Nov, 2014 01:26 AM
by AlexMuller
Following in the footsteps of Facebook and Google, Elon Musk is setting his sights on bringing the world online with cheap satellites.

Tiny Satellites Could Bring Internet Access To The Entire Planet

Posted in Online on 16th Nov, 2014 07:38 PM
by AlexMuller
While cell phones are pervasive in developing countries, 4.3 billion people still lack access to the Internet.

Dark matter could be seen in GPS time glitches

Posted in Science on 19th Nov, 2014 10:26 PM
by AlexMuller
GPS has a new job. It does a great job of telling us our location, but the network of hyper-accurate clocks in space could get a fix on something far more elusive: dark matter.

NASA Wants To Launch Tiny Moon Satellites On Its Next-Generation Rocket

Posted in Hardware on 25th Nov, 2014 11:09 PM
by AlexMuller
Atop the SLS rocket will be a suite of CubeSats that will explore the Moon as Orion makes its journey to our closest celestial neighbor.

A new gravity map from the Goce satellite traces ocean circulation

Posted in Science on 25th Nov, 2014 11:15 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have produced what they say is the most accurate space view yet of global ocean currents and the speed at which they move.

Invisible Shield Around the Earth Protects from 'Killer Electrons'

Posted in Science on 29th Nov, 2014 12:17 AM
by AlexMuller
An invisible shield hovering 7,200 miles above our atmosphere is protecting Earth from "killer electrons" with the power to harm astronauts and fry satellites.

GPS to Track Ice Migration in Real Time

Posted in Science on 1st Jan, 2015 11:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Antarctica's melting ice sheets have been a major contributor to global sea level increases over the last decade, and the losses are expected to accelerate.

Musk spills details on SpaceX's internet venture

Posted in Hardware on 17th Jan, 2015 11:26 PM
by AlexMuller
Musk doesn't only plan to bring the whole world online using a fleet of low-cost communication satellites, he also wants to use the same infrastructure to provide internet on Mars.

SpaceX closes the deal to get $1bn from Google and Fidelity

Posted in Hardware on 21st Jan, 2015 06:04 PM
by AlexMuller
The firms together own just under 10% of SpaceX, valued at $10bn. It said the money would go towards innovation in space transport and satellite manufacturing.

Elon Musk plans for 4000 toaster sized micro-satellite network for global internet

Posted in Hardware on 27th Jan, 2015 04:05 PM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk has proposed a network of some 4,000 micro-satellites to provide wireless broadband Internet services around the globe.

NASA successfully launches SMAP satellite

Posted in Science on 1st Feb, 2015 06:13 PM
by AlexMuller
The maps generated will grant us an improved ability to forecast droughts, floods, and even aid agricultural workers in crop planning and rotation.

Watch how DARPA plans to launch small rockets from jets

Posted in Hardware on 8th Feb, 2015 10:21 PM
by AlexMuller
Small satellites are usually launched to space as secondary payloads aboard big rockets, but DARPA's Airborne Launch Assist Space Access program could change that.

SpaceX launches DSCOVR 'space weather' satellite

Posted in Science on 12th Feb, 2015 02:30 AM
by AlexMuller
The landing of the rocket's first stage on the drone ship did not go ahead due to stormy seas.

SpaceX has successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying two satellites

Posted in Hardware on 2nd Mar, 2015 08:15 PM
by AlexMuller
The rockets are designed to be recoverable, but they have had trouble landing the craft successfully.

The technology inside a satellite may soon scan your skin for cancer

Posted in Medicine on 9th Mar, 2015 08:22 PM
by AlexMuller
The hardware within this satellite may, in a few years, form the core of a new medical device that doctors can use to scan human skin for disease.

NASA Has Launched a Satellite Mission Into the Magnetosphere

Posted in Hardware on 13th Mar, 2015 02:20 PM
by AlexMuller
The Atlas V rocket carries with it four Magnetospheric Multiscale spacecraft that will spend two years studying the magnetic fields between the Earth and the Sun.

Superefficient cubesat propulsion that is also 10 times cheaper than alternatives

Posted in Hardware on 14th Mar, 2015 09:04 PM
by AlexMuller
Small satellites are becoming increasingly popular tools for Earth-imaging, communications, and other applications.

ESA tests the potential of grabbing derelict satellites using a simple net

Posted in Science on 31st Mar, 2015 08:17 PM
by AlexMuller
A concept that would allow satellites to net and de-orbit dangerous space debris in a safe and controlled manner.

Mars beckons for European satellite

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Apr, 2015 12:18 PM
by AlexMuller
The satellite Europe will be sending to Mars early next year is about to undergo its final test programme.

For 50 Years Now, the US Has Had a Nuclear Reactor Orbiting the Planet

Posted in Hardware on 5th Apr, 2015 01:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Half a century ago, a rocket carried the US’s only (known) space nuclear reactor, SNAP-10A, which has been circling the Earth ever since.

'3D Cryosat' spacecraft tracks Arctic winter sea ice

Posted in Science on 17th Apr, 2015 05:01 PM
by AlexMuller
Although Arctic sea ice set a record this year for its lowest ever winter extent, that was not the case for its volume, new data reveals.

Lasers could be used to zap hazardous orbital debris

Posted in Hardware on 18th Apr, 2015 05:13 PM
by AlexMuller
Orbital debris is becoming a hazard to satellites and other spacecraft, which is why various groups have proposed concepts such as gas clouds, nets and sails for collecting it.

Should We Arm the International Space Station With Lasers to Destroy Space Junk?

Posted in Science on 24th Apr, 2015 08:23 PM
by AlexMuller
Space junk, traveling up to 10 times the speed of a bullet, endangers spacecraft, and it is very hard to remove.

'centimeter accurate' GPS system to be integrated into phones

Posted in Software on 6th May, 2015 08:23 PM
by AlexMuller
Knowing exactly where you are in the world, to the centimeter, is going to get a whole lot easier thanks to a new ultra-accurate GPS system.

Sentinel to measure ocean height

Posted in Science on 12th May, 2015 01:45 AM
by AlexMuller
Sentinel-6a is likely to go into orbit in 2020 on an American rocket. It will measure changes in the height of the oceans, a key indicator for understanding weather and climate.

Russian rocket carrying satellite burns up over Siberia

Posted in Science on 17th May, 2015 06:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Russia's space programme has experienced a series of mishaps in recent months.

Startup Beams the Web’s Most Important Content from Space

Posted in Science on 21st May, 2015 01:16 AM
by AlexMuller
By renting communications satellites, Outernet is currently blanketing about half Earth’s surface with a signal that transmits data.

NASA's new CubeSat concept for planetary exploration beyond low Earth orbit

Posted in Hardware on 21st May, 2015 08:50 PM
by AlexMuller
A concept that would use less-expensive cubesats (tiny-satellites) to observe physical phenomena beyond low-Earth-orbit.

Solar sail mission launches with X-37B spaceplane

Posted in Science on 22nd May, 2015 11:12 AM
by AlexMuller
The light-propelled LightSail is a CubeSat about the size of a loaf of bread, built by the Planetary Society as a technology demonstrator for a non-rocket propulsion system.

Sudden onset of ice loss in Antarctica so large it affects Earth's gravity field

Posted in Science on 23rd May, 2015 07:09 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have observed a sudden increase of ice loss in a previously stable region of Antarctica.

Software problem 'pauses' LightSail mission

Posted in Software on 29th May, 2015 09:47 PM
by AlexMuller
The Planetary Society says that its LightSail solar sail mission has been 'paused' due to a software glitch, which has frozen the onboard computer.

SpaceX Gets Certified For National Security Launches

Posted in Science on 30th May, 2015 06:12 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX has certification from Space and Missile Systems Center. This is important for the launch industry, Pentagon, Air Force and the Intelligence Community.

SpaceX reportedly files with the FCC to offer Web access worldwide via satellite

Posted in Hardware on 12th Jun, 2015 12:51 AM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX’s tests will determine if its antenna technology can deliver high-speed internet access to devices on the ground.

Airbus to build giant internet satellite network

Posted in Business on 16th Jun, 2015 01:12 AM
by AlexMuller
Airbus has been contracted to build the world's largest satellite constellation as the race for global satellite internet heats up.

NASA will launch two interplanetary cubesats in 2016

Posted in Science on 17th Jun, 2015 12:56 AM
by AlexMuller
This will be the first time CubeSats have flown in deep space.They will provide NASA the ability to quickly transmit information about the main spacecraft after it lands on Mars.

Satellites are showing how bad Earth's water supply problem is getting

Posted in Science on 18th Jun, 2015 06:45 PM
by AlexMuller
In a water-scarce society, we can no longer tolerate this level of uncertainty, especially since groundwater is disappearing so rapidly.

China develops its plans to become the leader in space technology

Posted in Hardware on 21st Jun, 2015 11:38 PM
by AlexMuller
While NASA and private corporations such as SpaceX get much of the attention in the US, China is showing off its plans to become the leading space power.

Urthecast video cameras to circle the globe

Posted in Science on 22nd Jun, 2015 11:56 PM
by AlexMuller
Urthecast plans to put a 16 satellites in orbit to image the Earth. It says it wants to to enable new "Big Data" applications and even social media sharing.

OneWeb satellite operator eyes huge rocket campaign

Posted in Business on 26th Jun, 2015 01:54 AM
by AlexMuller
The biggest commercial rocket campaign in history has been announced by OneWeb. The company has acquired more than 60 launchers to put up its satellite broadband network.

Germany to tackle space junk with GESTRA project

Posted in Science on 7th Jul, 2015 11:58 PM
by AlexMuller
Due for completion in 2018, the GESTRA project is designed to monitor and track objects in low-Earth orbit.

New Zealand is Joining the Private Space Race

Posted in Science on 8th Jul, 2015 10:37 PM
by AlexMuller
A company called Rocket Lab is to build a new facility near Christchurch which will launch a payload into orbit before the year is out.

UK to develop Quantum 'universal' satellite

Posted in Science on 10th Jul, 2015 12:08 AM
by AlexMuller
To be called Quantum and built in the UK, the 3.5-tonne spacecraft will break new ground by being totally reconfigurable in orbit.

India set to launch five UK satellites

Posted in Science on 10th Jul, 2015 05:46 PM
by AlexMuller
India is set to put in orbit five foreign satellites, built in Britain, to observe the earth.

Asteroid-mining milestone: Planetary Resources deploys first spacecraft into orbit

Posted in Hardware on 17th Jul, 2015 11:40 PM
by AlexMuller
Planetary Resources has deployed its first spacecraft test mission for several of the technologies required to hunt for asteroids.

Trouble in orbit: the growing problem of space junk

Posted in Science on 6th Aug, 2015 12:02 AM
by AlexMuller
In 2014, the International Space Station had to move three times to avoid lethal chunks of space debris. The problem also threatens crucial and costly satellites in orbit.

Samsung is looking to join the satellite internet space race

Posted in Business on 15th Aug, 2015 09:52 PM
by AlexMuller
Samsung is interested in using thousands of small low earth orbit (LEO) satellites to provide high-speed internet all over the planet.

Launch date for Inmarsat's delayed Global Xpress spacecraft

Posted in Science on 17th Aug, 2015 11:13 PM
by AlexMuller
The new £1bn GX network is the biggest commercial UK space project in the process of being rolled out right now.

Key Inmarsat Proton rocket flight under way

Posted in Hardware on 28th Aug, 2015 11:55 PM
by AlexMuller
A rocket has launched from Kazakhstan carrying a hugely important spacecraft for London-based Inmarsat.

Key Inmarsat rocket flight from Kazakhstan 'a success'

Posted in Science on 29th Aug, 2015 10:32 PM
by AlexMuller
A rocket mission to put a new spacecraft in orbit for London-based Inmarsat has been declared a success.

CubeSats to Mars and beyond

Posted in Hardware on 6th Sep, 2015 10:01 PM
by AlexMuller
All the activity and interest in CubeSats has been primarily limited to spacecraft in Earth orbit. Now engineers are exploring what CubeSats could do beyond Earth orbit.

After delays, SpaceX's massive Falcon Heavy rocket set to launch in spring 2016

Posted in Science on 9th Sep, 2015 02:08 AM
by AlexMuller
'It’s going to be a great day when we launch the Falcon Heavy, some time in the late April to early May timeframe'

World's first all-electric propulsion satellite goes on line

Posted in Hardware on 14th Sep, 2015 09:39 AM
by AlexMuller
Boeing says that the technology is based on 210,000 hours of ion propulsion flight experience and is 10 times more efficient than liquid-fueled rockets.

Virgin Galactic boosts rocket capability

Posted in Science on 15th Sep, 2015 04:06 PM
by AlexMuller
The aim now is to lift payloads up to 200kg into standard orbits, instead of the previously stated 120kg, in 2016 or 2017 for a price of under $10m.

China successfully launches the new Long March 6 rocket and looks forward to next generation Long March 5 in 2016

Posted in Science on 20th Sep, 2015 09:54 PM
by AlexMuller
The rocket carried 20 micro-satellites into the space for tests.

New Ion Drive has 153% more fuel efficiency than the previous record ion drive built by NASA

Posted in Science on 26th Sep, 2015 11:14 PM
by AlexMuller
The drive is using fuel far more efficiently, allowing for it to operate for longer.

Facebook will use satellites to bring broadband to large parts of Africa

Posted in Business on 5th Oct, 2015 09:29 PM
by AlexMuller
In its latest effort to open up Internet access to developing markets, Facebook has partnered with French satellite company Eutelsat Communications.

NASA is testing CubeSat-based laser communications

Posted in Science on 15th Oct, 2015 04:04 AM
by AlexMuller
Subsequent tests will help identify new uses for the satellites, from communications systems to new docking solutions.

A Satellite Mishap is Allowing Physicists to Test Einstein's Theory of Relativity

Posted in Science on 17th Nov, 2015 01:44 AM
by AlexMuller
Two wayward satellites are being repurposed to provide the most accurate assessment yet of how gravity affects the passage of time.

First commercial launch for Japan's H-IIA rocket platform

Posted in Science on 25th Nov, 2015 07:40 PM
by AlexMuller
Although it is the first commercial launch for the launch system, the H-IIA first flew in 2001 and has been used to launch numerous satellites.

Darpa abandons plan to launch satellites from fighter jets

Posted in Hardware on 2nd Dec, 2015 05:14 AM
by AlexMuller
The scheme was launching small satellites from the belly of fighter jets already high in the atmosphere. And after a second explosion, that plan is no more.

Lisa Pathfinder launches to test space 'ripples' technology

Posted in Science on 3rd Dec, 2015 05:18 PM
by AlexMuller
The satellite will test the technologies needed to detect gravitational waves, the warping of space-time produced by cataclysmic events in the cosmos.

Virgin Galactic intends to use 747 jet for satellite launches

Posted in Science on 4th Dec, 2015 05:00 PM
by AlexMuller
Richard Branson is reassigning one of his old Virgin Atlantic 747-400 jumbos to the service of space launches.

Trash-eating spacecraft turns orbital debris into fuel

Posted in Science on 6th Dec, 2015 01:30 PM
by AlexMuller
According to NASA, there are more than 500,000 pieces of debris in orbit that are being tracked by the space agency.

Inmarsat places big contract with Airbus for new constellation satellites

Posted in Hardware on 25th Dec, 2015 12:58 AM
by AlexMuller
Inmarsat, the British satellite telecommunications company, has awarded the contract to build its next-generation constellation to Airbus.

The orbital internet: Could fleets of CubeSats bring global web access?

Posted in Online on 17th Jan, 2016 11:13 PM
by AlexMuller
Accessing the web may be simple in urban areas of the globe, but for the other four billion people on the planet it's much more difficult.

First high speed laser communication satellite set for launch

Posted in Science on 21st Jan, 2016 01:39 PM
by AlexMuller
The system will deliver data from satellites, aircraft, and space stations, allowing for faster communications in the event of a crisis.

Nanosatellites achieve first autonomous orbital maneuver

Posted in Hardware on 26th Jan, 2016 03:48 PM
by AlexMuller
"The experiment was an important risk reduction exercise for DSI, which intends to use small spacecraft for initial asteroid prospecting missions in the next five years"

Two-in-One Satellite Will Bring Us One Step Closer to Asteroid Mining

Posted in Science on 31st Jan, 2016 01:16 AM
by AlexMuller
If we ever want to mine asteroids, we’re going to need to step up our game for multiple satellites sharing data and working together.

First node of Europe's space laser network launches into orbit

Posted in Hardware on 31st Jan, 2016 06:50 PM
by AlexMuller
Europe has begun to roll out a data superhighway in orbit. The first node in the network is a telecommunications satellite that was launched from Kazakhstan.

NASA details CubeSats to launch aboard SLS

Posted in Science on 3rd Feb, 2016 03:56 PM
by AlexMuller
13 CubeSats will be loaded onto the most powerful rocket ever, some of which will be deployed to inspect asteroids, while others will gather data on the Moon.

GPS tracking down to the centimeter

Posted in Hardware on 12th Feb, 2016 08:49 PM
by AlexMuller
The technology will enable centimeter-level accuracy location data through their mobiles and wearables, without increasing the demand for processing power.

Newcomer Rocket Lab Secures Spire As Their Next Customer

Posted in Business on 13th Feb, 2016 10:10 AM
by AlexMuller
More companies have been able to design and build their own small satellites and are looking for launches to get their products into orbit on the cheap.

NASA’s Mega-Rocket Will Launch Craft to Mars and Carry 13 CubeSats

Posted in Science on 15th Feb, 2016 05:43 PM
by AlexMuller
The first flight of NASA's new rocket, the enormous SLS, will carry 13 CubeSats and a spacecraft bound for the Red Planet.

VCs Invested More in Space Startups Last Year Than in the Previous 15 Years Combined

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Feb, 2016 08:53 PM
by AlexMuller
Venture capital firms invested $1.8 billion in commercial space startups in 2015.

Solar sails to help keep pole-sitting satellites in their place

Posted in Science on 26th Feb, 2016 10:47 AM
by AlexMuller
ESA says that if it proves practical, pole-sitting satellites would allow for constant observation of the high latitudes for climate science and telecommunications.

Boeing on the track to make satellite launches cheaper than ever

Posted in Hardware on 27th Feb, 2016 03:14 PM
by AlexMuller
A cost-effective configuration with SpaceX reusable rockets will make satellite launching cheaper than ever.

SpaceX has at last managed to launch its latest mission; first stage landing failed as predicted

Posted in Hardware on 5th Mar, 2016 01:34 PM
by AlexMuller
The Falcon has placed a telecoms satellite in orbit for the Luxembourg operator SES.

Google rebrands Skybox as Terra Bella, will launch 'more than a dozen satellites' over the next few years

Posted in Hardware on 9th Mar, 2016 03:44 PM
by AlexMuller
Many believed Google’s interests lay in improving Google Maps and Project Loon.

China to launch Tiangong 2 laboratory this year and complete the space station by 2020

Posted in Hardware on 24th Mar, 2016 07:40 PM
by AlexMuller
China plans for 20 space missions this year including the testing of its most sophisticated rocket and the launch of a space habitat.

DARPA's satellite repair robot makes house calls

Posted in Hardware on 28th Mar, 2016 02:26 AM
by AlexMuller
DARPA has a vision of a mobile robotic servicing system designed to rendezvous with and repair ailing telecommunications satellites.

Japanese satellite Hitomi: Lost in space?

Posted in Science on 30th Mar, 2016 11:14 AM
by AlexMuller
Dozens of Japanese scientists and engineers are scrambling to save a satellite, and more than a quarter of a billion dollars of investment, tumbling out of control in space.

Sentinels in constant watch on the polar glaciers

Posted in Science on 24th Apr, 2016 09:35 PM
by AlexMuller
The EU's Sentinel satellite system has begun monitoring six polar glaciers in near real-time.

Former SpaceX founding member is starting a new small rockets company

Posted in Science on 27th Apr, 2016 01:40 PM
by AlexMuller
While SpaceX is looking forward to launching its biggest, baddest rocket yet later this year, other companies are scaling down.

SpaceVR raises $1.25M to send VR camera satellite into orbit

Posted in Science on 29th Apr, 2016 07:11 PM
by AlexMuller
At the Silicon Valley Virtual Reality Expo in San Jose, California, Holmes said that he has raised more money to make “the world’s first virtual reality camera satellite.”

SpaceX undercut ULA rocket launch pricing by 40 percent

Posted in Hardware on 30th Apr, 2016 01:50 PM
by AlexMuller
The Air Force awarded SpaceX an $83 million contract, breaking the monopoly that Lockheed Martin and Boeing had held on military space launches for more than a decade.

UK wins satellite contract to 'weigh' the biomass in Earth's forests

Posted in Hardware on 4th May, 2016 04:11 PM
by AlexMuller
The data will be important for climate research, and will create a baseline for treaties that seek to monitor the status of global forest resources.

Seismic vibrations provide accurate way to monitor ice sheet decline

Posted in Science on 7th May, 2016 05:25 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers are getting positive results from a new method that tracks seismic vibrations caused by ocean waves to measure changes in ice volume.

Cryosat spacecraft's ice vision is boosted

Posted in Hardware on 13th May, 2016 10:35 PM
by AlexMuller
European scientists have found a way to super-charge their study of the ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland.

Evidence of ancient tsunamis on Mars

Posted in Science on 20th May, 2016 10:30 AM
by AlexMuller
Such events could only have occurred more than three billion years ago when the planet was wetter and warmer.

SpaceX launches satellite and makes an ocean landing

Posted in Hardware on 28th May, 2016 07:52 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX has for the fourth time landed the Falcon 9’s first stage after a challenging orbital launch. Its the third time that they landed a rocket on a moving robotic barge at sea.

Darpa urgently wants a space plane it can fly day after day

Posted in Science on 30th May, 2016 03:39 PM
by AlexMuller
DARPA says it's looking to 'enable routine, low cost space access,' making the delivery of satellites to orbit as routine as, say, shipping cargo across the oceans.

Bayer And Planetary Resources To Improve Agriculture With Space Data

Posted in Business on 1st Jun, 2016 11:09 PM
by AlexMuller
'A powerful tool that can provide a new level of information on crops anywhere in the world'

Paul Allen making the largest plane ever for Stratolaunch

Posted in Science on 23rd Jun, 2016 11:20 AM
by AlexMuller
Stratolaunch will be a air-launch platform for orbital satellites and will rank among the largest aircraft in history; its wingspan alone will stretch the length of a football field.

RemoveDebris to launch space cleanup demonstrator

Posted in Science on 6th Jul, 2016 04:12 PM
by AlexMuller
There are some 7,000 tonnes of space debris circling the Earth. Whizzing in orbit at tens of thousands of miles per hour, even a small fragment could destroy a satellite.

China to launch 'hack-proof' quantum satellite next month

Posted in Hardware on 7th Jul, 2016 06:25 PM
by AlexMuller
Technology is first step towards building unbreakable network of communications based on cutting-edge physics.

Biologists will be able to track animals in real time using the ISS

Posted in Science on 8th Jul, 2016 05:48 PM
by AlexMuller
Satellite imagery has gotten to the point where saying that something is "big enough to see from space" doesn't really mean much anymore.

Space launch of a roll up solar array set for spring of 2017 and will boost power and reduce weight of space solar power

Posted in Hardware on 22nd Jul, 2016 12:18 AM
by AlexMuller
ROSA is a lightweight technology that rolls up into a very compact volume.

A next big thing in the space business could be tiny rockets

Posted in Hardware on 6th Aug, 2016 03:18 PM
by AlexMuller
Instead of dozens of small satellites launched annually, analysts are now forecasting hundreds of small satellites heading to orbit each year.

SpaceX successfully lands its sixth Falcon 9 rocket after launch

Posted in Science on 14th Aug, 2016 05:02 PM
by AlexMuller
And the fourth drone ship landing.

A new machinne learning algorithm can be used to detect poverty from space

Posted in Software on 22nd Aug, 2016 12:49 AM
by AlexMuller
Attempting to assist people living in poverty could be made easier using satellite imagery and machine learning.

Van Allen probes capture how Earth's radiation belts respond to giant solar storm

Posted in Hardware on 22nd Aug, 2016 06:30 PM
by AlexMuller
Understanding how the belts work is becoming more important as the world becomes more dependent on satellite technology.

Why India's commercial space programme is thriving

Posted in Science on 29th Sep, 2016 05:26 PM
by AlexMuller
In June India launched 20 satellites in a single mission, the most in the history of the country's ambitious space program. Seventeen of those were foreign.

Vector rocket will be second stage of DARPA spaceplane for cheap daily microsatellite launches

Posted in Hardware on 24th Oct, 2016 01:12 PM
by AlexMuller
DARPA is targeting turnaround times and consistency that would permit XS-1 to launch "10 times in 10 days."

NASA outlines six new storm-chasing CubeSats

Posted in Science on 8th Nov, 2016 12:31 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA has outlined six new missions to be launched over the next few months that are equipped with new methods of studying the Earth's atmosphere, climate and weather.

SpaceX Files for FCC Approval for 4,425 Satellite Global Broadband Constellation

Posted in Hardware on 17th Nov, 2016 02:14 PM
by AlexMuller
Satellites, which will weight 386kg each, will orbit from 1,110 km to 1,325 km and provide services in the Ku and Ka frequency bands.

Satellite to help planes avoid turbulence

Posted in Science on 22nd Nov, 2016 02:12 PM
by AlexMuller
A new weather satellite that could help pilots avoid turbulence has launched into space.

SpaceX wants to surround Earth with an internet service that's 200 times faster

Posted in Hardware on 28th Nov, 2016 02:01 PM
by AlexMuller
On November 15, the company filed a lengthy application with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to launch 4,425 satellites.

SpaceX Satellite net could start gigabit per second operation in 2020

Posted in Hardware on 30th Nov, 2016 07:23 PM
by AlexMuller
Initial prototype satellites are expected to be flown in 2017, and initial operation of the constellation could begin in 2020.

Europe’s new GPS system Galileo goes live in bid to end dependence on U.S. network

Posted in Hardware on 18th Dec, 2016 06:00 PM
by AlexMuller
By 2020, the EU hopes for Galileo to be completely self-reliant. And it claims that the new system is far more precise.

OneWeb raises $1.2 billion to launch a 'constellation' of satellites for high-speed internet access

Posted in Hardware on 20th Dec, 2016 05:39 PM
by AlexMuller
Founded out of London in 2012, OneWeb is planning to bring high-speed affordable internet access to everyone around the world.

SpaceX's comeback launch and landing was a success

Posted in Science on 15th Jan, 2017 10:33 AM
by AlexMuller
It's back to business for the private spaceflight company.

Aeolus wind mission heads for test and launch

Posted in Science on 18th Jan, 2017 05:02 PM
by AlexMuller
British engineers have finished assembling a satellite that experts believe could have a transformative impact on our weather forecasts.

New government support for British spaceports

Posted in Business on 11th Feb, 2017 09:47 AM
by Alex Muller
The government is looking to push forward commercial spaceflight activity in the UK with a series of grants totalling £10m.

India lofts a record 104 satellites into orbit on a single rocket

Posted in Hardware on 18th Feb, 2017 02:51 PM
by Alex Muller
An Indian rocket deployed 104 spacecraft into orbit 300 miles above Earth on Tuesday, the largest pack of satellites ever launched on a single booster.

UK to set out powers paving way for first space satellite launch

Posted in Science on 21st Feb, 2017 04:06 PM
by Alex Muller
Britain will set out powers this week which would allow the launch of space satellites from the country for the first time, the government said on Monday.

Virgin Galactic spins off dedicated satellite launch company

Posted in Science on 3rd Mar, 2017 08:05 PM
by Alex Muller
Virgin Orbit will launch satellites into orbit using the LauncherOne vehicle, which is released from a 747-400 aircraft.

UK-led team to develop low flying satellites

Posted in Science on 6th Mar, 2017 08:40 PM
by Alex Muller
A European effort to develop remote-sensing satellites that could fly in far lower orbits than any existing technology.

NASA's new ozone layer watchdog takes orbit

Posted in Hardware on 11th Mar, 2017 03:05 PM
by Alex Muller
The ozone layer is no longer thinning, but we need to keep an eye on it.

SpaceX plans global 'space internet' satellite launches

Posted in Hardware on 20th Mar, 2017 03:55 PM
by Alex Muller
SpaceX has applied to launch 11,943 satellites into low-Earth orbit, providing ubiquitous high-bandwidth (up to 1Gbps per user, once fully deployed) broadband services.

'Smallsats' open up new planetary frontier

Posted in Science on 22nd Mar, 2017 07:41 AM
by Alex Muller
Nasa is planning a series of small satellite missions that could open up new ways of exploring the Solar System.

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