Satellites
A Communications Satellite Just Died in Orbit. It's Potentially Dangerous Space Junk Now  SPACE.COM · 2 hours
Luxembourg-based Intelsat reports that its Intelsat 29E satellite (IS-29E) is now a total loss, after having reported earlier that the spacecraft suffered... more
CubeSats Prove Their Worth for Scientific Missions  ASTRO WATCH · 18 hours
Only a few years ago, the astronomy and heliophysics communities were skeptical about whether CubeSats could reliably obtain scientific data. But these... more
Ground station startup Leaf Space plans capital raise  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
Italian startup Leaf Space wants to triple the number of ground station locations it has by late next year, citing... more
U.S. military Electron launch first test for York satellite  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
Rocket Lab is preparing to launch in late April or early May three U.S. military satellites including the... more
Indian Anti-Satellite Test Proves Early Test for Space Fence  SPACE.COM · 3 days
Still in testing mode, the U.S. Air Force Space Fence on Kwajalein Atoll detected India’s March 27 anti-satellite test and issued a break-up alert. more
Intelsat-29e declared a total loss  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
Fleet operator Intelsat said its first high throughput satellite, Intelsat-29e, is a “total loss” after attempts to save the malfunctioning satellite proved unsuccessful. SpaceNews.com more
TESS Discovers Its First Earth-sized Planet  ASTRO WATCH · 3 days
NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, TESS, has discovered its first Earth-sized exoplanet. The planet, named HD 21749c, is the smallest world outside our solar... more
What Earth's Gravity Reveals About Climate Change  ASTRO WATCH · 3 days
On March 17, 2002, the German-US satellite duo GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) were launched to map the global gravitational field... more
Notre Dame Fire Damage Spotted from Space (Photo)  SPACE.COM · 3 days
A photo taken yesterday (April 17) by DigitalGlobe's sharp-eyed WorldView-2 satellite shows the damage done to the famous 850-year-old Paris church. more
Planck reveals link between active galaxies and their dark matter environment  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Scientists have used the tiny distortions imprinted on the cosmic microwave background by the gravity of matter throughout the universe, recorded by ESA's Planck satellite, to... more
New satellite data sets reveal flood risk for vulnerable populations  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Scientists from the University of Bristol have modelled the likelihood of flooding in some of the world's most hazardous zones to an unparalleled degree of accuracy. more
Satellite Confirms Key NASA Temperature Data: The Planet Is Warming - and Fast  Gadgets 360 · 3 days
A high-profile NASA temperature data set has found new backing from independent satellite records - suggesting the findings are on a sound... more
NASA study verifies global warming trends  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
A new study has verified the accuracy of recent global warming figures. The team used measurements of the 'skin' temperature of the Earth taken by a satellite-based infrared measurement system called AIRS (Atmospheric Infra-Red Sounder) from... more
HD 21749c: TESS Discovers Its First Earth-Sized Exoplanet  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 days
NASA’s Transiting Exoplanets Survey Satellite (TESS) has discovered its first Earth-sized planet — HD 21749c. The newly-discovered planet orbits HD... more
AI for Earth observation and numerical weather prediction  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
Machine learning and other artificial intelligence techniques could help forecasters get more out of these data by improving accuracy and... more
LyteLoop plans dozens of smallsats for data-in-motion secure storage service  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
After four years of stealth mode, LyteLoop, a startup planning to store massive amounts of data... more
What Earth's gravity reveals about climate change  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
On March 17, 2002, the German-U.S. satellite duo GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) was launched to map the global gravitational field with unprecedented precision. The mission lasted 15 years, more than three times... more
Mirror, mirror  ESA · 4 days
Technology image of the week: a vintage image of a 121-segment mirror array being installed inside Europe’s largest vacuum chamber, built to reflect simulated sunlight for satellite testing more
CubeSats prove their worth for scientific missions  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Only a few years ago, the astronomy and heliophysics communities were skeptical about whether CubeSats could reliably obtain scientific data. But these breadloaf-size satellites have proven their ability to return useful data. more
Why we need to avoid more anti-satellite tests  SPACE NEWS · 5 days
Even “responsible” ASAT tests put other space users at risk. SpaceNews.com more
What Earth's gravity reveals about climate change  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
On March 17, 2002, the satellite duo GRACE was launched to map the Earth's gravity field more precisely than ever before. The measurements make it possible to monitor the terrestrial water cycle, the mass... more
CubeSats prove their worth for scientific missions  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Only a few years ago, the astronomy and heliophysics communities were skeptical about whether CubeSats could reliably obtain scientific data. But these breadloaf-size satellites have proven their ability to return useful data. more
Mysterious star 21 Comae reinvestigated with MOST satellite  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Astronomers have employed the Microvariability and Oscillations of Stars (MOST) space telescope to conduct a new investigation of the enigmatic variable star 21 Comae whose nature is still widely debated. Results of... more
NASA Exoplanet Hunter TESS Finds Earth-Size Planet  Gadgets 360 · 5 days
NASA's new exoplanet hunter Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has discovered its first Earth-size world. more
NASA's TESS Exoplanet Mission Finds 1st Earth-Size Alien World  SPACE.COM · 5 days
The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite spotted the planet, as well as a weird "sub-Neptune" world, circling the star HD 21749, which lies about 53 light-years from Earth. more
Falcon Heavy center core toppled after landing  SPACE NEWS · 6 days
The center core of the Falcon Heavy rocket that launched a communications satellite April 11 fell over after landing in rough seas,... more
TESS finds its first Earth-sized planet  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
A nearby system hosts the first Earth-sized planet discovered by NASA's Transiting Exoplanets Survey Satellite, as well as a warm sub-Neptune-sized world. This milestone sets the path for finding smaller planets around even smaller stars, and... more
TESS finds its first Earth-sized planet  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
A nearby system hosts the first Earth-sized planet discovered by NASA's Transiting Exoplanets Survey Satellite, as well as a warm sub-Neptune-sized world, according to a new paper from a team of astronomers that includes Carnegie's Johanna... more
World's biggest plane takes flight  CBC · 6 days
A giant six-engine aircraft with the world's longest wingspan has flown for the first time, bringing to life a dream held by the late Microsoft co-founder... more
On This Day in Space! April 15, 2005: NASA Spacecraft Collides with Satellite  SPACE.COM · 6 days
On April 15, 2005, NASA launched the DART spacecraft to rendezvous with a small satellite, but hit it instead. See how it... more
GSLV Phase-4 Continuation Approved by Cabinet  Gadgets 360 · 6 days
The phase-4 programme will enable the launch of 2 tonne class of satellites for geo-imaging, navigation, data relay communication and space sciences. more
Falcon Heavy Delivers Arabsat-6A into Orbit  ASTRO WATCH · 7 days
On Thursday, April 11 at 6:35 p.m. EDT, SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launched the Arabsat-6A satellite from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space... more
Elon Musk Calls Jeff Bezos 'Copycat' on Twitter  Gadgets 360 · 1 week
Musk took to Twitter to call Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos a "copycat" after Bezos announced plans to launch a new satellite-based broadband service. more
New Model Accurately Predicts Harmful Space Weather  ASTRO WATCH · 1 week
A new, first-of-its-kind space weather model reliably predicts space storms of high-energy particles that are harmful to many satellites and spacecraft orbiting... more
SpaceX completes its first commercial mission to space video - CNET  CNET · 1 week
SpaceX on Wednesday launched Saudi Arabia's Arabsat-6A communications satellite into orbit. Watch highlights from the launch as the Falcon Heavy rocket boosters return to Earth. more
Falcon Heavy sends first commercial satellite into orbit  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
COLORADO SPRINGS – SpaceX sent the Arabsat-6A communications satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit April 11, completing the Falcon Heavy rocket’s... more
Trifecta! SpaceX launches first mission on Falcon Heavy and lands all three boosters  TechCrunch · 1 week
SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launch vehicle undertook its first commercial mission today, taking a communications satellite to orbit and proving the viability of... more
Virgin Orbit satellite-launching plane to take off from Guam  ABC NEWS · 1 week
A company owned by billionaire businessman Richard Branson is picking Guam as a site for its airplane-launched satellite service more
Arabsat CEO: Falcon Heavy gives our satellite extra life  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
Arabsat chose SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket to launch its newest satellite in order to give the satellite a... more
Exolaunch and Virgin Orbit sign memorandum of understanding  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
German launch services provider Exolaunch announced a memorandum of understanding April 11 with Virgin Orbit to send satellites into space... more
Indian anti-satellite test proves early test for Space Fence  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
Still a testing mode, the U.S. Air Force Space Fence on Kwajalein Atoll detected India’s March 27 anti-satellite... more
Pre-crop values from satellite images to support diversification of agriculture  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Pre-crop values for a high number of previous and following crop combinations originating from farmers' fields are, for the first time, available to support diversification of currently monotonous... more
Watch SpaceX's huge Falcon Heavy lift off for first commercial launch - CNET  CNET · 1 week
The monster spacecraft is scheduled to blast off Thursday, after high winds postponed the historic first launch of a telecommunications satellite. more
Hyten: Hypersonic missile defense satellites a job for the Space Development Agency  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
Hyten agrees with SDA Director Fred Kennedy that DoD should rapidly develop a space sensor constellation in LEO. SpaceNews.com more
Space Norway in final procurement for two highly elliptical orbit satellites  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
Stig Nilsson, a colonel in the Norwegian Ministry of Defence’s Department for Defence Policy... more
Watch SpaceX’s historic Falcon Heavy Launch and triple landing attempt here  TechCrunch · 2 weeks
It's finally launch day for the Falcon Heavy's first mission, and SpaceX's heavy-duty rocket platform is due to take off at 3:35 Pacific time. The launch... more
Battle for space more stealth than Star Wars  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
At tens of thousands of kilometers above the Earth, a Russian satellite slowly approached the French-Italian satellite Athena-Fidus in October 2017, a move France later denounced as "an act of espionage." more
Ridding space of old satellites and debris  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
With constellations of thousands of telecommunication mini satellites expected to orbit Earth in the near future, the risk of space-debris collisions will grow. For Nobu Okada, it's an opportunity. more
Intelsat-29e satellite suffers fuel leak, spotted drifting along GEO arc  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
Intelsat’s first Epic-series high-throughput satellite, Intelsat-29e, is drifting in orbit after back-to-back anomalies, forcing the company... more
Maxar’s path to growth runs through Worldview Legion  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
Dan Jablonsky, the former DigitalGlobe president, took the helm at Maxar Technologies on Jan. 13, six days after the company... more
SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket poised for first commercial launch  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket is poised for its first commercial space launch Wednesday, carrying a Saudi satellite operated by Arabsat, a year after sending founder Elon Musk's red Tesla roadster... more
Brazil to order second dual civil-military communications satellite  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
Brazilian Air Force Executive Vice President Maj. Gen. José Vagner Vital, said the nation’s military wants to have a backup... more
NASA-NOAA satellite sees Tropical Cyclone Wallace dissipating  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Tropical Cyclone Wallace was dissipating in the Southern Indian Ocean when NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed overhead. Wallace was located off the northwestern coast of Western Australia. more
Hurricane Harvey provides lessons learned for flood resiliency plans  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Scientists used satellite data to map the Houston-Galveston area impacted by Hurricane Harvey to understand why the flooding was so severe and widespread. more
On This Day in Space! April 10, 1982: India Launches 1st Multipurpose Satellite  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
On April 10, 1982, India launched its first multipurpose satellite, INSAT-1. See how it happened in our On This Day in Space... more
New model accurately predicts harmful space weather  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A new, first-of-its-kind space weather model reliably predicts space storms of high-energy particles that are harmful to many satellites and spacecraft orbiting in the Earth's outer radiation belt. more
New model accurately predicts harmful space weather  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A new, first-of-its-kind space weather model reliably predicts space storms of high-energy particles that are harmful to many satellites and spacecraft orbiting in the Earth's outer radiation belt. A paper recently published in the... more
Thales Alenia Space mulls satellite servicing venture  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
Roberto Provera, Thales Alenia Space’s director of human spaceflight and transportation programs, said the company envisions having a servicing business by 2024... more
NASA imagery shows winds tearing Tropical Cyclone Wallace  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Visible imagery from NASA's Terra satellite showed Tropical Cyclone Wallace being sheared apart from strong northwesterly winds. Clouds from Wallace stretched far inland over a well-known wilderness area. more
Facebook’s AI team maps the whole population of Africa  TechCrunch · 2 weeks
A new map of nearly all of Africa shows exactly where the continent's 1.3 billion people live down to the meter, which could help everyone from local governments to aid... more
Blue Canyon Technologies: Doubling to meet demand  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
Blue Canyon Technologies, a company established in 2008 as a satellite component supplier, is expanding rapidly to meet growing demand for complete... more
With EGS, Air Force aims to run spaceflight software problems to ground  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
U.S. Air Force Space Command is finalizing a plan to revamp ground control systems for military satellite constellations. Current systems suffer from problems such... more
Rocket Lab adds satellite manufacturing to its offerings  TechCrunch · 2 weeks
Rocket Lab, one of the biggest startups in the NewSpace category of companies providing launch and satellite services, has added satellite manufacturing to the array of services it offers to customers. The... more
Rocket Lab is now building customizable satellites  THE VERGE · 2 weeks
Small satellite launcher Rocket Lab is getting into the business of making satellites in addition to launching them. The company announced today... more
Blue Origin urging Air Force to postpone launch competition  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
Blue Origin wants the U.S. Air Force to wait until 2021 before picking the two companies it intends... more
March Madness 2019: How to watch the National Championship Game live - CNET  CNET · 2 weeks
You don't need cable or satellite to watch Virginia take on Texas Tech to decide college basketball's national title. more
NASA-NOAA satellite finds a more circular Tropical Cyclone Wallace  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over the Southern Indian Ocean and captured a visible image of what appeared to be a more organized Tropical Cyclone Wallace, off the coast of... more
Planet’s NGA contract extended for Earth imagery, automated data  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has exercised a $5.9 million contract option to acquire current and archival Earth imagery... more
Made In Space unveils small satellite interferometry tool  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
Made In Space proposes equipping small satellites with technology to manufacture in orbit a 20-meter optical boom interferometer with a... more
Satellites used to protect endangered sharks  BBC · 2 weeks
Earth observation satellites are proving to be valuable tools in protecting rare sharks, say scientists. more
NASA Says Cooperation with ISRO Remains Intact  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
Apparently under prodding from the White House, NASA has said it will continue to cooperate with the ISRO, days after the US... more
NASA resumes cooperation with ISRO after ASAT test  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
NASA suspended cooperation with its Indian counterpart in one area in the immediate aftermath of India’s anti-satellite test, only to... more
Record-Breaking Satellite Advances NASA’s Exploration of High-Altitude GPS  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
The four Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) spacecraft recently broke the world record for navigating with GPS signals farther from Earth than... more
Debris from anti-satellite test no danger to ISS, India says  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
India insisted Saturday that debris from its anti-satellite missile test was not a danger to the International Space Station, in a rebuff to criticism from the US space... more
GPS Rollover is today. Here’s why devices might get wacky  TechCrunch · 2 weeks
The Global Positioning System time epoch is ending and another one is beginning, an event that could affect your devices or any equipment or legacy system that relies... more
Space tech rockets higher  TechCrunch · 2 weeks
Joanna Glasner Contributor More posts by this contributor Corporate biotech venture funding rises again 2019 US VC funds take a more boutique approach Venture investment in space technology is hitting stratospheric heights in recent quarters. But investors in the sector... more
On This Day in Space! April 6, 1965: NASA Launches 1st Commercial Communication Satellite  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
On April 6, 1965, NASA launched the world's first commercial communications satellite into orbit. See how it happened in our... more
Relativity Signs Contract with Telesat for Launching LEO Constellation  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
Small launch vehicle developer Relativity announced April 5 a contract with Telesat to launch a portion of that company’s low Earth orbit broadband satellite constellation. more
Amazon Planning 3,236-Satellite Constellation for Internet Connectivity  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
Amazon is joining the list of companies planning a constellation of thousands of satellites for broadband internet connectivity. more
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