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EUROPE'S NEW EXOPLANET-HUNTING SATELLITE CLEARED FOR FLIGHT - The Characterizing Exoplanet Satellite recently passed a crucial review designed to assess the spacecraft's readiness for flight and ability to meet major mission goals.
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TETHERS UNLIMITED SAYS TWO-WAY RADIO FOR SMALL SATELLITES HAS ACED FIRST ORBITAL TEST TETHERS UNLIMITED SAYS TWO-WAY RADIO FOR SMALL SATELLITES HAS ACED FIRST ORBITAL TEST - Tethers Unlimited weathered a wave of bad news over the winter, but now some good news has bloomed. The company, headquartered in Bothell, Wash., reports that its SWIFT-SLX S-band radio has been successfully operated in orbit. The compact software-defined radio provided two-way communications between Harris Corp.’s first small satellite, known as HSAT-1, and the satellite’s ground operators, Tethers Unlimited said this week in a news release. HSAT was launched last November by India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, with Seattle-based Spaceflight handling logistical support.   More
(Source: GeekWire - Mar 23)


VEGA ROCKET LAUNCHES EARTH-WATCHING PRISMA SATELLITE FOR ITALY VEGA ROCKET LAUNCHES EARTH-WATCHING PRISMA SATELLITE FOR ITALY - A European Vega rocket carried a new Earth-observation satellite into orbit for the Italian Space Agency late Thursday (March 21), lighting up the nighttime sky over its French Guiana launch site. The PRISMA Earth observation satellite lifted off at 9:50 p.m. EDT (0150 March 22 GMT) from the South America's Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana. The satellite will operate in a sun-synchronous orbit, meaning that it circles the Earth in such a way that the sun is always in the same position as the satellite takes pictures of the planet below.   More
(Source: Space.com - Mar 22)


STUNNING SATELLITE PHOTO SHOWS WHAT THE VERNAL EQUINOX LOOKED LIKE FROM 22,300 MILES AWAY STUNNING SATELLITE PHOTO SHOWS WHAT THE VERNAL EQUINOX LOOKED LIKE FROM 22,300 MILES AWAY - One picture makes it easy to define an equinox: it’s when the Earth is as different as night and day. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) captured the the glory of that fleeting moment on Wednesday in a photo taken by one of its Geostationary and Polar-Orbiting Weather Satellites. The GOES-16, as it's known, is positioned approximately 22,300 miles away from Earth and is lined up at 75.2 W longitude and the equator. The distance is far enough away to provide the breathtaking "full-disk" imagery of our planet.   More
(Source: AccuWeather.com - Mar 22)


NASA SCHEDULES ITS FIRST WOMEN-ONLY SPACEWALK NASA SCHEDULES ITS FIRST WOMEN-ONLY SPACEWALK - U.S. space agency NASA will send astronauts Anne McClain, 39, and Christina Koch, 40, on NASA's first women-only spacewalk on March 29. The all-female spacewalk will be supported by a female ground crew: Mary Lawrence will serve as lead flight director and Jackie Kagey will be lead spacewalk flight controller at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. It's a fitting milestone for Women's History Month, although NASA says the timing is coincidental.   More
(Source: Space Daily - Mar 22)


MITIGATING THE LOSS OF SATELLITE DATA BY USING CUBESAT REMOTE SENSING TECHNOLOGY MITIGATING THE LOSS OF SATELLITE DATA BY USING CUBESAT REMOTE SENSING TECHNOLOGY - Advanced infrared and microwave sounding systems, usually onboard traditional polar-orbiting satellites, provide atmospheric sounding information critical for nowcasting and weather forecasting through data assimilation in numerical weather prediction models. This means weather forecasts have become increasingly dependent on satellite observations. But what if we lose one or more of these instruments? How do we mitigate the data gap?    More
(Source: Phys.org - Mar 21)


ONEWEB STARTS TO MASS-PRODUCE SATELLITES IN FLORIDA ONEWEB STARTS TO MASS-PRODUCE SATELLITES IN FLORIDA - In the shiny white laboratory that is OneWeb Satellites' new Florida manufacturing plant, a historic first happened this week: The first few mass-produced satellites ever to be built in Florida started coming together. Workers in lab coats and hairnets pushed solar panels into cabinets where bright lights checked for fractures. Satellite frames covered in gold-colored film, about the size of a washing machine, neared the final radio-frequency test chambers.    More
(Source: UPI - Mar 20)


US MILITARY WANTS $300M TO START TESTING SATELLITE-MOUNTED LASERS AND ‘PARTICLE BEAMS’ US MILITARY WANTS $300M TO START TESTING SATELLITE-MOUNTED LASERS AND ‘PARTICLE BEAMS’ - The U.S. military is looking to develop and test more weapons it can blast into space to fire at targets on the surface of the earth. According to Defense One, the first plan on the agenda is a space laser that could be used to blow up enemy missiles "coming off the launch pad". A study to see if this is feasible should wrap up within six months, but only takes up $15m (£11m) of the total budget.   More
(Source: Fox News - Mar 20)


TOILET ON INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION GETS A BACTERIA-KILLING UPGRADE TOILET ON INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION GETS A BACTERIA-KILLING UPGRADE - Killing bacteria in space is surprisingly hard. Space missions have been plagued by bacterial biofilms that have coated surfaces and corroded equipment. Now, an antimicrobial metal surface that explodes bacteria on contact has been tested on the International Space Station (ISS), and it may be used in future missions to keep astronauts healthy.   More
(Source: New Scientist - Mar 20)


CHINA LAUNCHED ITS 300TH LONG MARCH ROCKET THIS MONTH CHINA LAUNCHED ITS 300TH LONG MARCH ROCKET THIS MONTH - China just hit a rocket launch milestone. Last week, the China National Space Administration launched its 300th Long March rocket mission, successfully placing the new communications satellite ChinaSat 6C into orbit. The mission launched March 10 atop a Long March 3B rocket that lifted off from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China's southwestern Sichuan Province.    More
(Source: Space.com - Mar 18)


CHINA PLANS A SOLAR POWER PLAY IN SPACE THAT NASA ABANDONED DECADES AGO CHINA PLANS A SOLAR POWER PLAY IN SPACE THAT NASA ABANDONED DECADES AGO - John Mankins has spent his professional life working on novel ideas that could transform the way humans use technology in space, solar power among them. But Mankins’ interplanetary musings went beyond the way solar is already used to power satellites and the International Space Station. During a 25-year career at NASA and CalTech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, he devised multiple concepts to extend the use of solar in space, among them a solar-powered interplanetary transport vehicle and a space-based power system.    More
(Source: CNBC - Mar 18)


UPCOMING INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION SPACEWALKS EXPECTED TO LAST 6 HOURS EACH UPCOMING INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION SPACEWALKS EXPECTED TO LAST 6 HOURS EACH - Four astronauts are preparing for their first spacewalks outside the International Space Station, scheduled for March 22, March 29 and April 8. Live coverage of all three spacewalks will begin at 6:30 a.m. on the respective day of the spacewalk. Designated as U.S. spacewalks 52, 53 and 54, each is expected to last about 6.5 hours.   More
(Source: SpaceCoastDaily.com - Mar 17)


VIRGINIA CUBESAT CONSTELLATION SATELLITES TO CARRY AMATEUR PACKET PAYLOADS VIRGINIA CUBESAT CONSTELLATION SATELLITES TO CARRY AMATEUR PACKET PAYLOADS - A three-satellite constellation of CubeSats developed by university students across Virginia has moved a step closer to orbit and the culmination of a multi-year effort. The Virginia CubeSat Constellation is a collaborative project of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium and its four member universities — the University of Virginia (UVA), Virginia Tech, Old Dominion University, and Hampton University. Three CubeSats — developed by engineering students and named after Roman deities — were delivered to Houston aerospace company NanoRacks for integration into a launch vehicle headed for the International Space Station (ISS). Each satellite will carry a UHF Amateur Radio packet repeater, but their primary mission is to quantify atmospheric density. Launch is set for April 17 from NASA’s Wallop’s Island facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore on Northrop Grumman’s Antares vehicle, and the CubeSats will be deployed into orbit by ISS crew members.   More
(Source: ARRL - Mar 16)


US AIR FORCE LAUNCHES ADVANCED MILITARY COMMUNICATION SATELLITE US AIR FORCE LAUNCHES ADVANCED MILITARY COMMUNICATION SATELLITE - A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket took to the skies during an evening launch today (March 15), lofting a military satellite to become the 10th piece of a communications constellation. The rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 8:26 p.m. EDT (0026 on March 16 GMT) after a series of technical delays. It deployed the satellite just under 37 minutes into the flight.   More
(Source: Space.com - Mar 16)


SPACE STATION CREW BACK AT SIX WITH SUCCESSFUL SOYUZ DOCKING SPACE STATION CREW BACK AT SIX WITH SUCCESSFUL SOYUZ DOCKING - A Russian cosmonaut and his NASA co-pilot, five months after riding out a dramatic launch abort last October, finally made it into orbit Thursday and, along with a NASA astronaut making her first flight, docked with the International Space Station six hours later to boost the lab’s crew back to six. Under a cloudy sky, the Soyuz booster roared to life and climbed away from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:14:08 p.m. EDT (12:14 a.m. Friday local time), roughly the moment Earth’s rotation carried the launch pad — the same one used by Yuri Gagarin at the dawn of the Space Age — into the plane of the station’s orbit.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Mar 16)


WGS-10 IN FINAL PREPARATIONS FOR ULA LAUNCH WGS-10 IN FINAL PREPARATIONS FOR ULA LAUNCH - A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket is in final preparations to launch the tenth Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) satellite for the U.S. Air Force. The launch is planned for March 15 at Space Launch Complex-37 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. According to the release, ULA has a track record of 100 percent mission success with 132 successful launches. The WGS system, developed by the Boeing Company, provides wideband communications connectivity for U.S. and allied warfighters around the world.    More
(Source: Via Satellite - Mar 15)


LOCKHEED MARTIN DEVELOPS WORLD-FIRST LTE-OVER-SATELLITE SYSTEM LOCKHEED MARTIN DEVELOPS WORLD-FIRST LTE-OVER-SATELLITE SYSTEM - Lockheed Martin has developed a new LTE-over-Satellite system designed to provide connectivity to remote regions, including areas without cellphone coverage, boats off-shore, or during natural disasters like hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, catastrophic floods or volcanoes. New hotspots connect existing phones to satellites for reliable 4G connections. "When disaster strikes, cell phone networks often go down - whether because of the event or because of the sheer volume of traffic," said Maria Demaree, vice president and general manager of Mission Solutions at Lockheed Martin Space.    More
(Source: Space Daily - Mar 15)


HOW ONE COMPANY WILL BUILD SATELLITE PARTS IN SPACE HOW ONE COMPANY WILL BUILD SATELLITE PARTS IN SPACE - Imagine a satellite able to repair itself. When a solar panel degrades or an antenna gets stuck, the satellite simply 3-D prints a replacement and goes on with its business. Futuristic? Yes. Likely in a couple of decades? Also yes, says Made In Space CEO Andrew Rush. His company just completed testing of an autonomous construction platform called Archinaut. Inside of a test chamber intended to simulate the vacuum of space, Archinaut took the first steps towards its eventual goal -- to build antennas, solar arrays and similar components on newly launched satellites.   More
(Source: Forbes - Mar 15)


2 ASTRONAUTS, 1 COSMONAUT LAUNCH TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION 2 ASTRONAUTS, 1 COSMONAUT LAUNCH TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION - Three spaceflyers launched to the International Space Station on Thursday, lighting up the night sky over central Asia. NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin rode into orbit aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:14 p.m. ET (12:14 a.m. local time on March 15). The trio will now spend six hours journeying to the space station, with an estimated arrival at 9:07 p.m. ET.   More
(Source: NBC News - Mar 15)


DELAYED SATELLITE RADAR MISSION BUCKS THE SMALLSAT TREND DELAYED SATELLITE RADAR MISSION BUCKS THE SMALLSAT TREND - This space project is delayed, over budget and still waiting on a launch date. But despite the issues facing the Radarsat Constellation Mission (RCM), the MDA built-project will fill a growing need in northern climes to monitor the effects of climate change, an analyst notes, because CubeSats can't fill the hole yet. The $1 billion CDN ($750 million) constellation was supposed to lift off in February, but an issue with a SpaceX Falcon 9 booster during a December 2018 launch delayed RCM for the sixth time; a new launch date has not been announced yet.    More
(Source: Forbes - Mar 14)


WALLOPS TO LAUNCH VIRGINIA SATELLITES TO SPACE STATION WALLOPS TO LAUNCH VIRGINIA SATELLITES TO SPACE STATION - Three small satellites that were developed at public universities in Virginia will be lifting off into space next month. Old Dominion University in Norfolk said in a press release that the satellites will be aboard Northrop Grumman's Antares launch to the International Space Station. Liftoff is scheduled for April 17 from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.   More
(Source: Delmarva Public Radio - Mar 13)

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