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Best Night Sky Events of July 2018 (Stargazing Maps)

See what’s up in the night sky for July 2018, including stargazing events and the moon’s phases, in this Space.com gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software. Source: Space.com

World UFO Day: Are We Really Alone? The Question Is Worthy of Serious Study

About 5 percent of all UFO sightings cannot be easily explained by weather or human technology. A physicist argues that there’s compelling evidence to justify serious scientific study and that the skeptics should step aside – for the sake of…

Night Sky, July 2018: What You Can See This Month [Maps]

Find out what’s up in your night sky during July 2018 and how to see it in this Space.com stargazing guide. Source: Space.com

OneWeb says regulatory concerns main reason it’s forgoing inter-satellite links

WASHINGTON and SINGAPORE — Among the major new privately financed satellite broadband constellations, OneWeb stands alone in not planning to feature inter-satellite links on its spacecraft. Greg Wyler, OneWeb’s founder, told SpaceNews the reason his constellation of 900 or more…

Sky Perfect JSAT mulls future technology investments

WASHINGTON — Sky Perfect JSAT operates 18 satellites, more than any other Asian telecom operator. JSAT’s scale has allowed it to make industry-shaping investments in technologies ranging from antennas to drones. But, like many of the world’s largest operators, JSAT’s…

Virgin Orbit wins FAA license for first LauncherOne mission

WASHINGTON — Virgin Orbit has received a license from the Federal Aviation Administration for the first launch of its LauncherOne vehicle, which the company hopes to perform later this summer. The FAA issued the license June 29 for the first…

The Brightest Planets in July’s Night Sky: How to See them (and When)

Here’s how to see three naked-eye planets visible in July’s night sky. Source: Space.com

Mars Is Closest to Earth Since 2003 This Month (There's a Long Blood Moon Eclipse, Too)!

This month, Mars will be at its brightest since 2003, and some skywatchers will be treated to a lengthy lunar eclipse. Source: Space.com

These Astronaut Doodles of Constellations on Space Station Photos are Adorable!

Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui took some stunning photos of constellations during his first trip to the International Space Station in 2015. Source: Space.com

Rocket startup sees big future in military launch

WASHINGTON — Startup CEOs generally have mixed feelings about working with the Pentagon. Tim Ellis, chief executive of rocket maker Relativity Space, most certainly does not. Ellis predicts his company’s 3D printed rockets — at $10 million per launch and…

The Greatest Asteroid Encounters of All Time!

Asteroids are important building blocks of our solar system. When spacecraft study these small worlds, we learn more about how our neighborhood was formed — moons, planets and, of course, our own planet Earth. Source: Space.com

New Telescope Will Scan The Skies for Asteroids on Collision Course with Earth

An asteroid on a collision course with Earth is inevitable. Astronomer Michael Lund explains how a new telescope under construction in Chile will become a vital tool for detecting objects that could devastate our planet. Source: Space.com

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Rocket Launches Dragon to the International Space Station

At 5:42 a.m. EDT Friday, June 29, 2018, SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft lifts off on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Dragon is carrying more than 5,900 pounds of research,…

US Army Troops Could Be Headed to the Space Force

Army Space and Missile Defense Command’s Brig. Gen. Tim Lawson: “Do we want to be part of the Space Force? That is yet to be determined» Source: Space.com

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: Space.com

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

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

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: Space.com

SpaceX Launches Used Dragon Cargo Ship to Space Station, Flexing Reusability Muscles

SpaceX sent a cargo spacecraft skyward early this morning (June 29) during a dazzling predawn liftoff that showcased the company’s considerable reusability chops. Source: Space.com

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…

Dragon Resupply Mission (CRS-15)

On Friday June 29, Falcon 9 successfully lifted for launch of its fifteenth Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-15) at 5:42:42 a.m. EDT, or 9:42:42 UTC, from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Dragon separated…

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: Space.com

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