Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jan 09, 2024
Rocket Lab USA has announced the launch window for its inaugural mission of 2024, the 'Four of a Kind' mission, which is set to deploy four cutting-edge Space Situational Awareness (SSA) satellites. The launch, scheduled no earlier than January 18, will take place from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 in New Zealand between 19:15-20:00 NZT (06:15-07:00 UTC). These satellites, the result of a co
Washington (AFP) Jan 9, 2024
The United States is pushing back its planned return of astronauts to the surface of the Moon from 2025 to 2026, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said Tuesday amid technical challenges and delays. Artemis, named after the sister of Apollo in Greek mythology, was officially announced in 2017 as part of the US space agency's plans to establish a sustained presence on Earth's nearest space neighb
Beijing (AFP) Jan 9, 2024
China on Tuesday successfully launched a satellite, state broadcaster CCTV said. "At 3:03 pm Beijing time on January 9, 2024, China successfully launched the Einstein Probe satellite," CCTV reported. The launch triggered immediate concern in Taiwan, where authorities issued emergency phone alerts, warning the public to "please beware of your safety". The Einstein Probe set off from t
Washington (AFP) Jan 9, 2024
A historic private mission to land on the Moon faced near-certain failure Monday after the spacecraft suffered a "critical loss" of fuel, dealing a major blow to America's hopes of placing its first robot on the lunar surface in five decades. Fixed to the top of United Launch Alliance's new Vulcan rocket, which was making its first flight, Astrobotic's Peregrine Lunar Lander blasted off over
Mbryonics, an Irish-based company, has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to deliver an optical terminal for the second phase of the Space-BACN program. Space-BACN is a program initiated by the U.S....
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jan 04, 2024
In a significant leap for mobile connectivity, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket has successfully launched the first set of Starlink satellites equipped with Direct to Cell capabilities, as reported by T-Mobile. This launch, part of the livestreamed event last night, marks a pivotal step in the Coverage Above and Beyond initiative, a joint venture between T-Mobile and SpaceX. This ambitious project aims
In an impressive display of technological prowess, SpaceX successfully launched the Ovzon 3 mission to geosynchronous transfer orbit on Wednesday, January 3 at 6:04 p.m. ET. The launch took place at the renowned Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) located...
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jan 03, 2024
Orion Space Solutions (Orion) has recently achieved a significant milestone in its collaboration with the U.S. Space Force's Space Systems Command (SSC) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). The company, along with its team, has successfully completed the Critical Design Review (CDR) for the Tetra-5 program, a pivotal step in advancing U.S. space capabilities. The Tetra-5 mission,
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Dec 19, 2023
Scientists and engineers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, have completed testing for BurstCube, a shoebox-sized spacecraft designed to study the universe's most powerful explosions. Members of the team have also delivered the satellite to their partner Nanoracks (part of Voyager Space) in Houston, Texas, where it will be packed for launch. "Even a satellite as
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 19, 2023
NASA's Deep Space Optical Communications experiment beamed an ultra-high definition streaming video on Dec. 11 from a record-setting 19 million miles away (31 million kilometers, or about 80 times the Earth-Moon distance). The milestone is part of a NASA technology demonstration aimed at streaming very high-bandwidth video and other data from deep space - enabling future human missions beyond Ea
Astrobotic announced today that their Peregrine lunar lander successfully completed all integration milestones and was mated with United Launch Alliance’s Vulcan rocket payload adapter on November 16, 2023. After a 3-week campaign to fuel and complete final checkouts, the...
Sierra Space, a commercial space company, has successfully delivered the first Dream Chaser spaceplane, named Tenacity, to NASA's Neil Armstrong Test Facility in Sandusky, Ohio. This marks a significant milestone as Dream Chaser, the commercial spaceplane, enters its final...
Thales Alenia Space, a joint-venture between Thales and Leonardo, has chosen the UK's National Satellite Test Facility (NSTF) at RAL Space in Oxfordshire for the assembly, integration, and testing of the European Space Agency's FLEX satellite. The FLEX satellite's purpose...

Washington DC (UPI) Dec 15, 2023
Rocket Lab returned its Electron rocket into space for the first time since September with a successful New Zealand flight on Friday that released a Japanese satellite into orbit. The payload, the QPS-SAR-5, or Tsukuyomi-1 satellite, reached orbit about 57 minutes after launching from Rocket Lab's Launch Complex 1. The Japanese company iQPS develops and operates small SAR satellites and

San Francisco FL (SPX) Dec 15, 2023
Planet Labs PBC (NYSE: PL), a trailblazer in daily Earth data and insights, has recently announced the integration of its Planetary Variables into Sentinel Hub. This integration marks a significant advancement in the field of Earth observation (EO), bolstering the capabilities of Sentinel Hub following Planet's acquisition of Sinergise in August 2023. Planetary Variables are a set of pre-p

Los Angeles CA (SPX) Dec 14, 2023
Deep Sand Technology (DST), a leader in affordable autosteering and GPS guidance for agricultural equipment, has announced a significant advancement in precision agriculture through its partnership with the GEODNET Foundation. This collaboration aims to extend the reach of Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) services, enhancing farming operations in rural areas of North America. Deep Sand Technology

Washington DC (SPX) Dec 14, 2023
A NASA technology experiment on the International Space Station completed its first laser link with an in-orbit laser relay system on Dec. 5, 2023. Together, they complete NASA's first two-way, end-to-end laser relay system. NASA's LCRD (Laser Communications Relay Demonstration) and the new space station demonstration, ILLUMA-T (Integrated LCRD Low Earth Orbit User Modem and Amplifier Term

Galileo Second Generation is on the way with new and enhanced navigation satellites that will offer novel signals, services and even more precise positioning. But all the work being done to make it happen hinges on this single item...