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  • SpaceX's Satellite Broadband Plans Gets Key Endorsement From FCC Chair

    02/15/2018 6:31:35 AM PST · by Red Badger · 29 replies
    fortune.com ^ | February 14, 2018 | By Emily Price
    Elon Musk’s plan to use satellites to beam Internet to Earth just got a key endorsement Wednesday from Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai. Pai issued a statement Wednesday in support of the project and urged his colleagues to follow suit: Following careful review of this application by our International Bureau’s excellent satellite engineering experts, I have asked my colleagues to join me in supporting this application and moving to unleash the power of satellite constellations to provide high-speed Internet to rural Americans. If adopted, it would be the first approval given to an American-based company to provide broadband services...
  • SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket soars in debut test launch from Florida

    02/06/2018 8:42:54 PM PST · by WMarshal · 96 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Joey Roulette
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - The world's most powerful rocket, SpaceX's Falcon Heavy, roared into space through clear blue skies in its debut test flight on Tuesday from a Florida launch site where moon missions once began, in another milestone for billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's private rocket service. ..... Then, capitalizing on cost-cutting reusable rocket technology pioneered by SpaceX, the two boosters flew themselves back to Earth for safe simultaneous touchdowns on twin landing pads at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, about eight minutes after launch. Each rocket unleashed a double sonic boom as it neared the landing zone.
  • Watch Live Tonight! Atlas V Launching US Missile-Warning Satellite @ 7:52 pm ET

    01/18/2018 2:21:23 PM PST · by WeWaWes · 22 replies
    space.com ^ | 01/18/2018 | space com staff
    A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch the new Space Based Infrared System GEO Flight 4 satellite for the U.S. Air Force at 7:52 p.m. EST (0052 GMT). The mission has a 40-minute launch window.
  • (LEAD) N. Korea defends space development as 'legitimate right'

    12/27/2017 5:56:22 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2017/12/25
    (LEAD) N. Korea defends space development as 'legitimate right' 2017/12/25 15:46 SEOUL, Dec. 25 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Monday defended its push for space development as a "legitimate" exercise of its rights, sparking speculation that it may continue to stage missile provocations under the disguise of satellite launches. The Rodong Sinmin, the official newspaper of the North's ruling Workers' Party, claimed that with its launch of the Kwangmyongsong-4 satellite in February last year, Pyongyang has "in earnest" entered the stage of developing application satellites. "Our satellite launch is a legitimate exercise of the right that thoroughly fits the U.N....
  • North Korea suggests satellite launch

    12/18/2017 7:38:57 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    NHK ^ | 2017/12/18
    North Korea suggests satellite launch North Korea's state-run media has argued that every country has the right to develop its space program. Sources say it could be an indication that the country is preparing for a long-range ballistic missile launch. The newspaper of the ruling Workers' Party, Rodong Sinmun, issued a commentary on Monday saying that violating the right to peaceful development and use of space runs counter to international law. Back in February, the media reported that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had set launching a stationary satellite as an immediate goal of the country's space development. North...
  • Russian weather satellite fails to enter orbit after launch

    11/28/2017 8:04:24 PM PST · by oxcart · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 28, 2017 | DMITRI LOVETSKY
    VOSTOCHNY LAUNCH PAD, Russia (AP) -- A Russian weather satellite and nearly 20 micro-satellites from various nations failed to enter their designated orbits Tuesday following the launch from Russia's new cosmodrome, another blow to the nation's space program. Russia's Roscosmos space agency said it has failed to establish communications with the Meteor M 2-1 satellite that was launched atop a Soyuz-2 booster rocket Tuesday from Russia's new Vostochny launch pad in the Far East. The agency says it's trying to determine what happened.
  • Seoul still bristles over Cheonan sinking

    03/27/2012 9:33:25 PM PDT · by U-238 · 21 replies
    Space Daily ^ | 3/27/2012 | Space Daily
    South Korea reiterated warnings to Pyongyang over future military attacks as South Korea commemorates the fatal 2010 sinking of the patrol ship Cheonan allegedly by North Korea. South Korean President Lee Myung-bak said South Korea will "thoroughly retaliate against North Korea" if provoked again," a report by Yonhap news agency said. Last week Lee and Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik visited the National Cemetery in Daejeon to pay respects to the dead sailors. The 1,200-ton naval corvette Cheonan sank rapidly after an explosion from a suspected torpedo ripped the vessel in half in March 2010. It sank just more than 1...
  • SpaceX to Launch Classified "Zuma" Payload Tonight

    11/16/2017 7:54:35 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Nov 16, 2017 | Jay Bennett
    A Falcon 9 rocket is vertical on the pad at Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A with a classified payload in the fairing. A launch window for the flight opens at 8:00 p.m. EST and remains open until 10:00 p.m. The first stage of the Falcon 9 will return for a vertical landing at Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Defense giant Northrop Grumman has confirmed in a statement that it procured the launch for an undisclosed customer, but what the payload is, and who will be operating the satellite, have not been revealed. The codename for...
  • US Launching Spy Satellite Early Friday: Watch It Live

    10/05/2017 5:23:23 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    Space.com ^ | October 5, 2017 07:08am ET | Mike Wall,
    The NROL-52 satellite is scheduled to launch atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 4:03 a.m. EDT (0803 GMT). You can watch it live here at Space.com beginning at 3:43 a.m. EDT (0743 GMT), courtesy of ULA. The mission was originally scheduled to lift off Thursday morning (Oct. 5), but unacceptable wins prevented launch, ULA representatives said. You can also follow the action live directly at ULA's website: http://www.ulalaunch.com
  • Op-ed | How to avoid another Telkom-1

    09/09/2017 9:28:59 PM PDT · by Widget Jr · 9 replies
    Space News ^ | September 7, 2017 | Luca Rossettini
    The recent failure of PT Telkom’s 18-year-old Telkom-1 satellite highlighted the risk associated with prolonged operations of aging satellites. Announced as a pointing anomaly on August 26, the incident may indeed be much more serious than initially thought. As video evidence collected by ExoAnalytic Solutions suggest, the satellite is seemingly breaking apart, leaving behind a track of reflective material...
  • ExoAnalytic Video Shows Telkom-1 Satellite Erupting Debris

    09/09/2017 5:36:25 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    Space.com ^ | September 3, 2017 08:36am ET | Caleb Henry, Space News |
    Ground-based observations of PT Telkom's 18-year old Telkom-1 satellite show a large cloud of debris generated the night the satellite lost contact with customers across Indonesia. ExoAnalytic Solutions, a commercial space-situational-awareness company that employs a network of telescopes to track satellites and other orbital objects, recorded the event Aug. 25. ... ExoAnalytic Solutions uses a network of more than 160 optical telescopes to monitor the geostationary arc, a 36,000 kilometer-high belt around the Earth where most telecommunications satellites reside. Those telescopes can detect objects down to 0.4 meters in size, Hendrix said, and with post-processing, down to 10 centimeters. ......
  • Mayak - (Russian for Lighthouse) Satellite

    07/11/2017 6:53:26 AM PDT · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 3 replies
    Spaceflight101.com ^ | Tuesday, July 11, 2017 | Staff
    Mayak, Russian for ‘Lighthouse or Beacon,’ is a crowd-funded 3U CubeSat developed by a group called ‘Your Sector of Space’ with support from the Moscow State University of Mechanical Engineering to create an experimental mission for establishing an artificial star – the brightest object in the night sky aside from the Moon. Mayak is expected to deploy four triangular reflectors, each with a surface of 4m², forming a large tetrahedral reflector with a reflection coefficient of 95%. Based on pre-flight analysis, Mayak will reach an optical magnitude of -10 at the beginning of the flight – surpassing the brightness of...
  • Ghana launches its first satellite into space

    07/08/2017 7:21:00 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 16 replies
    BBC ^ | 07 July 2017
    Ghana has successfully launched its first satellite into space. GhanaSat-1, which was developed by students at All Nations University in Koforidua, was sent into orbit from the International Space Centre. Cheers erupted as 400 people, including the engineers, gathered in the southern Ghanaian city to watch live pictures of the launch. The first signal was received shortly afterwards. It is the culmination of a two-year project, costing $50,000 (£40,000). It received support from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The satellite will be used to monitor Ghana's coastline for mapping purposes, and to build capacity in space science and technology.
  • VANITY--Finally Cut the Cord!

    07/04/2017 6:37:47 AM PDT · by AbolishCSEU · 50 replies
    Called today when my temporary discount ran out on Direct TV--bill jumped back up to $105+ a month. Ordered a UHF 80 mile antenna--live between Rochester and Syracuse NY. Probably going to get a rotor as well. Hubby is a football fan, though. . . FREE-DOM!!
  • Vanguard 1 Still In Orbit (launced March 17, 1958)

    06/05/2017 8:46:24 AM PDT · by Signalman · 11 replies
    Satflare.com ^ | 6/5/2017 | Sefl
    Vanguard 1, the 4th artificial Earth satellite (2nd US satellite) was launced into orbit March 17, 1958 and is still circling the Earth. It can be tracked via this website: http://www.satflare.com/track.asp?q=00005#TOP The first three satellites (Sputnik 1 and Sputnik 2 (USSR) and Explorer 1 (US) no longer remain in orbit.
  • Japan launches its first military communications satellite

    01/24/2017 10:24:42 PM PST · by BenLurkin
    jlltsubo.com ^ | Jan 24, 2017 | Edna Parker
    The launch of Kirameki-2 satellite, conducted within the program of modernization of the Self-Defense Forces' ability to improve dealing with security challenges, was broadcast online via Internet.... The Kirameki-2, operating with X-band technology, is one of three defence communications satellites which will replace three civilian satellites used by the SDF. The legislation, which loosens constraints imposed by the war-renouncing Constitution, came into force last March. ... Kirameki-1 is expected to operate over the Pacific Ocean and the Kirameki-3 over Japan. It will be used to share information among Japan's Self-Defence Forces units deployed worldwide.
  • Revolutionary NASA/NOAA GOES-R Geostationary Weather Satellite Awesome Night Launch

    11/20/2016 6:45:40 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    universe today ^ | 20 Nov , 2016
    “It’s a dramatic leap in capability – like moving from black and white TV to HDTV,” explained Greg Mandt, the NOAA GOES-R program manager during a prelaunch media briefing in the cleanroom processing facility at Astrotech. “This is a very exciting time,” explained Greg Mandt, the NOAA GOES-R program manager during the Astrotech cleanroom briefing. “This is the culmination of about 15 years of intense work for the great team of NOAA and NASA and our contractors Lockheed Martin and Harris.” “We are bringing the nation a new capability. The GOES program has been around for about 40 years and...
  • The wizard war in orbit (part 4)

    09/23/2016 8:58:50 AM PDT · by Purdue77 · 2 replies
    The Space Review ^ | 19 Sep 2016 | Dwayne A. Day
    In August 1968, Soviet forces invaded their captive ally Czechoslovakia. The invasion began with an intense electronic warfare campaign against the Czech air defense network. A declassified secret US Defense Intelligence Agency report, titled “Soviet Electronic Countermeasures During Invasion of Czechoslovakia” and produced in October 1968, provided substantial detail on Soviet electronic warfare actions. It stated, “Electronic countermeasure activity was concentrated southeast and east of Prague to screen and protect Soviet air movements.” It added, “Jamming apparently was not targeted in the radio frequency range of NATO radars; the locations of chaff seeding suggests that it was not intended to...
  • Israel’s aerospace industry fears fallout from satellite loss

    09/02/2016 7:45:29 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 15 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 2 Sept | Staff
    The launchpad destruction of an advanced Israeli communications satellite may have dealt a blow to the country’s aerospace industry, the Israel Space Agency (ISA) said Friday. ...
  • U.S. military communications satellite fails to reach intended orbit

    08/03/2016 7:00:47 AM PDT · by Purdue77 · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2 Aug 2016 | Irene Klotz
    A propulsion system problem has left a U.S. military communications satellite short of its intended orbit, leaving a key communications network over the Middle East, Africa and Asia without a spare, officials said on Tuesday.