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Virgin Orbit Gears Up for Captive Carry Test Flight

Virgin Orbit is planning a key test of its LauncherOne system as soon as next week, a final step before the vehicles first launch later this summer. Source:

ESA plans second attempt at planetary defense mission

RENTON, Wash. — A year and a half after ministers declined to fund one mission to an asteroid, the European Space Agency is working on a second such mission that could support planetary defense efforts. ESA announced June 25 that…

Future Astronauts Must Perform Surgery in Space — and It Will Be Gross

Microgravity makes everything harder … especially when bodily fluids are involved. Source:

Mars Looks Super Creepy Thanks to a Massive Dust Storm

Thanks to the recent dust storm on Mars, the Red Planet is now eerie and shadowless. Source:

13 Amazing Stargazing Locations in Canada

2018-06-29 – From the mountains of British Columbia to the beaches of Prince Edward Island, here are 13 great night sky watching spots from all over Canada! Source: ASC-CSA

Thaicom weighs life-extension options for pioneering IPstar satellite

SINGAPORE — Thaicom is considering ways to prolong the life of IPstar, its pioneering high-throughput satellite currently projected to run out of fuel in 2022. Nile Suwansiri, Thaicom’s chief commercial officer, refused to go into specifics on the company’s plan…

Satcom companies willing to partner with China to gain market access

SINGAPORE — Multiple satellite communications companies say they are willing to team up with Chinese companies in order to sell into its sizeable but regulatorily challenging market. China’s growing prowess in satellite communications, evidenced by a growing number of exported Chinese…

SpaceX launches Dragon cargo spacecraft on final Block 4 mission

RENTON, Wash. — A SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully launched a Dragon cargo spacecraft early June 29 on the final flight of a Block 4 version of the rocket. The Falcon 9 lifted off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape…

NASA planning revisions to commercial crew test flight schedule

RENTON, Wash. — With official dates for commercial crew test flights looming, NASA officials have indicated a revised schedule, taking into account the status of vehicle development as well as International Space Station activities, will soon be released. At a…

House passes two space bills

RENTON, Wash. — The House of Representatives passed two non-controversial space bills June 27 addressing leadership in rocket propulsion research and licensing of commercial space support vehicles. On voice votes, the House passed H.R. 5345, the American Leadership in Space…

To predict the future of military satellite communications, ‘follow the terminals’

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has said for years that it needs more satellite capacity for global communications, video conferencing, drone live streaming and other activities that consume lots of bandwidth. An 18-month-long study on how best to acquire that capacity…

NASA's Unmanned Ikhana Flies in National Airspace Without Chase Plane

NASA’s Ikhana aircraft, based at the agency’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, takes off on June 12, 2018, for the agency’s first large-scale, remotely-piloted aircraft flight in the national airspace without a safety chase aircraft. Source: Image of…

Virgin Orbit gears up for captive carry test flight

RENTON, Wash. — Virgin Orbit is planning a key test of its LauncherOne system as soon as next week, a final step before the vehicle’s first launch later this summer. In a speech at the NewSpace 2018 Conference here June…

Satellite industry doing surprisingly well against cyber threats, experts say

SINGAPORE — The satellite industry has done a good job bolstering its cyber defenses absent the sort of high-profile attack that has spurred other industries to step up their efforts. But the risk of a “defining cyber event” remains, a…

Nuclear Fusion Power Could Be Here by 2030, One Company Says

This is a major advance on the way to achieving fusion energy. Source:

The Milky Way Is Full of Toxic, Sticky Grease

Space: It’s cold, dark — and apparently full of grease. Source:

How Theoretical Physicists Can Help Find E.T.

If and when humans discover extraterrestrial intelligence, should we expect to find it in the form of biological brains or artificially intelligent robots? Source:

Why Relativity's True: The Evidence for Einstein's Theory

As good skeptics, we shouldn’t immediately believe general relativity’s tangle of mathematics at first blush. Instead, we need evidence. Good evidence. Source:

House Science Committee approves space traffic management bill

RENTON, Wash. — The House Science Committee approved a bill June 27 that would give the Commerce Department new responsibilities for space traffic management despite opposition by some Democrats that the bill “rubber stamps” the administration’s space policy. The committee…

Earth's Limb, Pacific Ocean and the Space Station's Kibo Laboratory

The Earth’s limb and the Pacific Ocean contrast segments of the International Space Station’s Kibo laboratory module built by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency in this June 23, 2018 image. At right is a portion of the Experiment Logistics Module,…

Army troops could be headed to the Space Force

WASHINGTON — If and when a new military branch for space gets off the ground, its ranks would be dominated by airmen. But Army soldiers also would have a role by virtue of much they rely on military satellites in…

JWST suffers another launch delay, breaches cost cap

RENTON, Wash. — NASA announced yet another launch delay for the James Webb Space Telescope June 27, pushing the flagship observatory’s launch to no earlier than late March 2021 while breaking a cost cap set by Congress. NASA said it…

NASA Completes Webb Telescope Review, Commits to Launch in Early 2021

The Independent Review Board (IRB) established by NASA to assess progress on its James Webb Space Telescope has unanimously recommended that development on the world’s premier science observatory should continue; NASA has established a new launch date for Webb of…

New Land Mobile Technology Driving the Need for Modern SATCOM Capabilities

Industrial revolutions leave no sector or industry untouched, and the fourth industrial revolution is no different. We are witnessing the rapid transformation that’s blurring the line between the physical and digital worlds through artificial intelligence, machine to machine communications, and…

Our Solar System’s First Known Interstellar Object Gets Unexpected Speed Boost

Using observations from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and ground-based observatories, an international team of scientists have confirmed ′Oumuamua (oh-MOO-ah-MOO-ah), the first known interstellar object to travel through our solar system, got an unexpected boost in speed and shift in trajectory…

Thai startup mu Space seeks builder for satellite bound for leased orbit

SINGAPORE — Thai satellite startup mu Space is seeking bids for a geostationary satellite with high-throughput capacity covering the Asia Pacific. The request for proposal, released June 25, is for the construction of satellite mu Space says it will launch…

Visions of Ryugu: The Funny (and Scary) Asteroid Predictions by Japan's Hayabusa2 Team

Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft is exploring the asteroid Ryugu and will return samples to Earth in 2020. But before the probe arrived at the asteroid in June 2018, scientists weren’t sure what it actually looked like. Source:

What is the International Space Station?

2018-06-27 – Did you know that there’s a research laboratory in space? In this video, Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques describes its size, its speed compared to a Formula 1 race car, the essential role played by Canadian robots,…

Asteroid Arrival! Japanese Probe Reaches 'Spinning-Top' Space Rock Ryugu

The explorer probe Hayabusa2 has successfully rendezvoused with Ryugu, beginning an 18-month stay at the diamond-shaped asteroid. Source:

A Gorgeous 'Blue' Sand Dune Snakes Across Mars in This Awesome NASA Photo

A big sand dune blazes in an electric blue on the Red Planet in a gorgeous photo by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). Source:


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