Satellites

EARTH’S DUST CLOUD SATELLITES CONFIRMED

A team of Hungarian astronomers and physicists may have confirmed two elusive clouds of dust, in semi-stable points just 400,000 kilometers from Earth. The clouds, first reported by and named for Polish astronomer Kazimierz Kordylewski in 1961, are exceptionally faint, so their existence is controversial. The new work appears in the journal Monthly Notices of […]

MAXAR’S SSL SELECTED BY NASA TO DEVELOP CRITICAL TECHNOLOGIES FOR ON-ORBIT SERVICING AND SPACE EXPLORATION

SSL, a Maxar Technologies company, and a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, announced today it was selected by NASA for two separate public-private partnerships to develop two vital “Tipping Point” spacecraft technologies. NASA’s Tipping Point awards are designed to foster the development of commercial space capabilities and benefit future NASA missions. A […]

ROCKET LAB COMPLETES WORLD’S FIRST PRIVATE ORBITAL LAUNCH SITE

Rocket Lab has completed the world’s first private orbital launch complex, Launch Complex 1. Located on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula, Launch Complex 1 is set to enable the highest frequency of space launches in history. The facility will be the primary site for launches of Rocket Lab’s Electron vehicle, designed to lift a 150 kg […]

SPACEVR SELECTS PUMPKIN TO BUILT WORLD’S FIRST VIRTUAL REALITY SATELLITE

SpaceVR, a venture-funded startup developing the world’s first virtual reality hardware and software platform enabling users to experience space firsthand using any mobile, desktop, or virtual reality device, has selected Pumpkin Space Systems Inc. (Pumpkin) as its prime contractor to build SpaceVR’s Overview 1 CubeSat bus hardware and space flight software. The Overview 1 hardware […]

ROCKET SCIENTISTS PUT ON 3D GLASSES FOR SPACE NEXT MOVIE

New Afterglow Studios production ‘Space Next’ pushes the frontiers of digital cinema while it explores the frontiers of space – in multiple formats for flatscreen and dome and resolutions up to 8K, distributed by BIG & Digital. The movie’s Museum of Flight premiere coincides with NewSpace 2016 conference in Seattle. “We are thrilled that ‘Space […]

SPACEPLANE PROGRAM LOOKS TO PUBLIC-PRIVATE EFFORT TO ENABLE NEXT-GENERATION SPACE LAUNCH

In an era of declining budgets and adversaries’ evolving capabilities, quick, affordable and routine access to space is increasingly critical for both national and economic security. Current satellite launch systems, however, require scheduling years in advance for an extremely limited inventory of available slots. Moreover, launches often cost hundreds of millions of dollars each, due […]

LAUNCH OF THE FIRST SATELLITE IN THE “SPACEDATAHIGHWAY” PROGRAM

EDRS-A, the first relay satellite in the SpaceDataHighway program (also called EDRS), will be launched to geostationary orbit on January 28, 2016 (Baikonour time). The SpaceDataHighway will provide high speed laser communications in space of up to 1.8 Gigabit per second. This major program, which cost nearly €500M to develop, is the result of a […]

VIRGIN GALACTIC WELCOMES COSMIC GIRL TO FLEET

Virgin Galactic introduced the newest addition to its fleet of vehicles this week as part of a technical update on its LauncherOne small satellite launch service. The 747- 400 commercial jet aircraft, previously operated by Virgin Atlantic under the nickname ‘Cosmic Girl,’ will provide a dedicated launch platform for the LauncherOne orbital vehicle. Sir Richard […]

ROCKET LAB PROPOSES WORLD’S FIRST COMMERCIAL LAUNCH SITE

Rocket Lab announced it will be the first commercial company to build and operate an orbital launch site. The company plans to build the launch site on Kaitorete Spit in the Canterbury region of New Zealand’s South Island, which will be used to launch Rocket Lab’s Electron launch vehicle designed to deliver small satellites to […]

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