BRITISH EARTH-IMAGING SATELLITES RIDE INDIAN ROCKET INTO ORBIT - Two British-built reconnaissance satellites, one designed to test new radar imaging technology and another to collect high-resolution optical imagery, arrived in orbit Sunday after a successful liftoff aboard an Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. The PSLV lit its solid-fueled core stage as the countdown clock reached zero at the Satish Dhawan Space Center on India’s east coast. The first stage motor pushed the 144-foot-tall (44.4-meter) rocket, which flew in its least powerful variant with no strap-on boosters, away fro the Indian spaceport on the Bay of Bengal at 1638 GMT (12:38 p.m. EDT). More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Sep 17)
ISRO'S FULLY-COMMERCIAL PSLV SATELLITE LAUNCH ON SUNDAY - The launch of PSLV-C42 is scheduled on September 16, 2018 from the First Launch Pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. This mission is designed to launch two earth observation satellites, NovaSAR and S1-4 (together weighing nearly 889 kg) of M/s Surrey Satellite Technologies Limited (SSTL), United Kingdom under commercial arrangement with Antrix Corporation Limited, Department of Space. Both satellites are planned to be launched into a 583 km Sun Synchronous Orbit. More
(Source: ISRO - Sep 16)
THE LATEST: GOV. BROWN SAYS CALIFORNIA WILL LAUNCH SATELLITE - California Gov. Jerry Brown says the state plans to launch its "own damn satellite" into orbit to address climate change. The man famously dubbed "Gov. Moonbeam" said Friday the state is working with a San Francisco-based earth imaging company on a satellite to track climate-change causing pollutants.
Brown said the company Planet Labs has launched 150 satellites. The Democratic governor announced the project at a climate change summit in San Francisco he organized. More
(Source: ABC News - Sep 16)
DEFENSE GIANTS BET BIG ON SMALL SATELLITES - Major U.S. defense contractors are working to reinvent their satellite businesses to include satellites no larger than a microwave oven, as they try to keep pace with a new crop of commercial technology companies leading a wave of disruption in the space industry.
Their efforts are spearheading new investments in so-called cube-sat technology, as the U.S. government looks for alternatives to the expensive, bus-sized satellites it has relied on for decades. More
(Source: Washington Post - Sep 16)
FINAL DELTA 2 ROCKET LAUNCHES $1 BILLION ICE PROBE - Ending a 30-year run as one of America's most successful rockets, a United Launch Alliance's 155th and final Delta 2 roared to life for the last time Saturday carrying a $1 billion NASA satellite into orbit to measure the thickness and extent of polar ice sheets, changes in sea level and the height of forest canopies and clouds.
The ICESat-2 satellite -- the acronym stands for Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite 2 -- is the most sophisticated ice-monitoring spacecraft ever launched, equipped with advanced electronics and a laser that will fire 10,000 pulses per second at the ground below and then capture the faint reflections. More
(Source: CBS News - Sep 15)
JAPAN DELAYS LAUNCH OF NEW SPACE STATION CARGO SHIP AGAIN - The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) unexpectedly delayed a vital cargo launch to the International Space Station just an hour before the rocket was scheduled to lift off.
The agency has not yet provided a new launch date or an explanation for the delay. The mission had already been postponed from a liftoff originally scheduled for Sept. 10 (Sept. 11 local time) by a typhoon near the launch site at Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan. After the weather delays, the agency calculated a range of launch windows lasting through the end of October. More
(Source: Space.com - Sep 15)
SCIENTISTS EAGER TO RENEW GLOBAL ICE MEASUREMENTS WITH ICESAT 2 MISSION - The satellite awaiting launch early Saturday from California aboard the final flight of the venerable Delta 2 rocket should allow scientists to more precisely track changes in our planet’s ice sheets, using six green laser beams to chart the height and slope of polar ice and glaciers, providing a key input into climate change research. Researchers who plan to analyze data from the new satellite say a better understanding of Earth’s ice will help them learn about our planet’s changing climate, and help predict how melting ice will contribute to rising sea levels. More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Sep 15)
STUDENT-LAUNCHED SATELLITE SUCCESSFULLY ORBITS EARTH - Since its successful launch and deployment earlier this year, the Brown Space Engineering’s EQUiSat cube satellite has been continuously transmitting information down to Providence. A team of students at BSE has been collaborating on the project since its conception nearly eight years ago. As the team receives and records data from EQUiSat, BSE is already in the preliminary stages of preparing their next big cube satellite project, which is tentatively set for mid-2021, said current Project Manager Jacob Leiken ’20. More
(Source: The Brown Daily Herald - Sep 14)
RUSSIAN SPACE AGENCY TO NASA: INVESTIGATION INTO SPACE STATION LEAK IS UNDER WAY - Two weeks after astronauts and cosmonauts repaired an air leak at the International Space Station, investigators are still trying to figure out how the tiny hole got there.
According to a new joint statement from NASA and Roscosmos, Russia's federal space agency, Roscosmos Director Dmitry Rogozin invited NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine to meet in a teleconference on Wednesday (Sept. 12) to discuss the investigation. More
(Source: Space.com - Sep 14)
NASA TO LAUNCH SATELLITE TRACKING EARTH'S MELTING ICE ON SATURDAY - NASA is set to launch its Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2, or ICESat-2 — that will track Earth's melting poles and disappearing sea ice — on Saturday, 15 September.
The satellite with a three-year mission is scheduled to launch at 6.16 pm IST on Saturday, with liftoff aboard a Satellite Delta II rocket from the Space Launch Complex-2 (SLC-2), the US space agency said in a blog post late on Tuesday, 11 September. More
(Source: Firstpost - Sep 13)
HURRICANE FLORENCE: HOW SATELLITES ARE TRACKING THE MONSTER STORM FROM SPACE - As Hurricane Florence makes its way toward the U.S. East Coast, several satellites are monitoring the dangerous storm system with a variety of instruments.
From tracking wind speeds, rainfall and temperatures to capturing breathtaking views of the spinning monstrosity of a storm, a fleet of satellites run by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is providing weather forecasters with the tools they need to keep people safe. More
(Source: Space.com - Sep 13)
JAPAN'S HTV LAUNCH RESCHEDULED - The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has rescheduled the launch of a cargo spacecraft from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan to 5:21 p.m. EDT Thursday, Sept. 13 (6:21 a.m. Sept. 14 Japan standard time).
Live coverage of the launch will begin at 4:45 p.m. on NASA Television and the agency's website. The unpiloted H-II Transfer Vehicle-7 (HTV-7) is loaded with more than five tons of supplies, water, spare parts and experiments for the crew aboard the International Space Station. More
(Source: Space Ref - Sep 12)
HUGE HURRICANE FLORENCE LOOMS LARGE IN NEW VIEWS FROM SPACE (VIDEO) - As Hurricane Florence intensified into a major, Category 4 storm in the Atlantic Ocean today (Sept. 10), astronauts and satellites have spotted the enormous weather system from space.
NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold shared views from the International Space Station, which orbits around 250 miles (400 kilometers) above the Earth. "A few moments later, #Isaac & the outer bands of #Helene were also visible," Arnold tweeted, referring to two other hurricanes swirling to the east of Hurricane Florence. Last Thursday (Sept. 6), Arnold shared his first photos of Hurricane Florence, taken when it was still a Category 2 storm. More
(Source: Space.com - Sep 11)
NEW SPACE ROBOTS WILL FIX SATELLITES, OR MAYBE DESTROY THEM - People in the satellite industry are fond of automobile analogies. Like this one: Imagine that you buy a car and need it to run for 15 years, but you can’t change the oil or replace the alternator, let alone refuel it. That, they say, is the state of satellites. Once they’ve slipped the surly bonds of Earth, satellites pretty much just have to work, from the time they unfurl from their rocket fairing to the day they shut down for good.
But engineers now want to make satellites actually like cars: fixable, updatable, soup-up-able. To do that, you need another satellite, a robot that can play doctor, gas station attendant, and person in the parking lot who agrees to give your dead car a push. More
(Source: WIRED - Sep 11)
SPACEX, TELESAT ACHIEVE REPEAT SUCCESS WITH MIDNIGHT-HOUR LAUNCH - For the second time in seven weeks, SpaceX, Telesat and SSL teamed up for a commercial satellite launch from Cape Canaveral early Monday, this time successfully deploying into orbit a high-power telecom payload developed in a joint venture with a Hong Kong-based company. The Telstar 18 VANTAGE communications satellite, also known as APSTAR 5C, was released into orbit by the Falcon 9’s second stage around 32 minutes after liftoff, which occurred at 12:45 a.m. EDT (0445 GMT) Monday. More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Sep 11)
JAXA POSTPONES STATION CARGO LAUNCH AS TYPHOON THREATENS GUAM TRACKING SITE - A typhoon forecast to move near a ground station in Guam on Monday has forced officials to postpone the launch of a Japanese HTV cargo ship loaded with more than 13,000 pounds of supplies, experiments and a replacement set of batteries for the International Space Station.
Forecasters are monitoring Typhoon Mangkhut as it churns across the Pacific Ocean toward Guam and neighboring islands. A tracking station needed to receive data from the H-2B rocket carrying Japan’s HTV cargo ship into orbit is located in Guam, and officials announced Sunday that the mission would be postponed to wait for the storm to move away from the area. More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Sep 10)
SPACEX WILL LAUNCH TELSTAR COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE TONIGHT: HOW TO WATCH LIVE - SpaceX is prepared to loft a hefty communications satellite into orbit tonight (Sept. 9) and then attempt to land a rocket's first stage on a drone ship at sea.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Telstar 18 Vantage communications satellite, also known as Apstar 5C, from Cape Canaveral, Florida, during a launch window that starts at 11:28 p.m. EDT (0328 GMT on Sept. 10). You can watch it online here at Space.com, courtesy of SpaceX. In case of delays, the launch window stretches for 4 hours. More
(Source: Space.com - Sep 10)
CHINA LAUNCHES SATELLITE TO MONITOR WORLD’S OCEANS - A Chinese marine observation satellite designed to monitor ocean pollution, measure sea temperatures and track ship movements successfully launched Friday on top of a Long March 2C rocket.
The Haiyang 1C spacecraft lifted off at 0315 GMT Friday (11:15 p.m. EDT Thursday) from the Taiyuan space center in Shanxi province, located in northeastern China, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
Chinese officials declared the Long March 2C flight a success, marking the country’s 24th space launch of 2018, and extending the record for the highest number of Chinese launches in a year. More
(Source: SpacdeFlight Now - Sep 10)
AIR FORCE RELEASES NEW TARGET DATES FOR UPCOMING MILITARY LAUNCHES - Managers have pushed back the next flight of United Launch Alliance’s Delta 4-Heavy rocket from a launch pad in California until no sooner than early December, and the first launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy for the U.S. Air Force has likely been delayed to some time early next year, officials said this week. Those missions using the heavy-lift rockets from the two top U.S. launch companies are set to take off amid a series of spacecraft deployments to upgrade the Air Force’s GPS navigation network, expand the military’s secure global communications capabilities, serve commercial customers, and test flights of new U.S.-built crew capsules. More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Sep 8)