Space

TAMPA, Fla. — Arianespace completed its last mission of the year Dec. 27 with the launch of 36 satellites for low Earth orbit broadband operator OneWeb. OneWeb’s latest batch of satellites launched on a Soyuz 2.1b rocket at 8.10 a.m. Eastern from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Mission Success! We are thrilled to have ended
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SANTA FE, N.M. — As Virgin Orbit prepares to complete its merger with a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), the launch provider has announced a series of partnerships and investments to diversify its business. Shareholders in NextGen Acquisition Corp. II are scheduled to vote Dec. 28 on its merger with Virgin Orbit announced Aug. 23.
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HELSINKI — Two Shenzhou-13 astronauts embarked on a six-hour extravehicular activity Sunday to install equipment outside China’s Tianhe space station module. Astronaut Ye Guangfu, wearing a Fetian EVA suit with yellow markings, opened the Tianhe airlock hatch at 5:44 a.m. Eastern Dec. 26 before exiting the space station module, according to the China Manned Space
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WASHINGTON — A Sherpa tug has been removed from an upcoming SpaceX rideshare mission after its propulsion system developed a leak, forcing Spaceflight to find new rides for 10 cubesats. Spaceflight said Dec. 21 that, after integrating its Sherpa-LTC vehicle with SpaceX equipment for the Transporter-3 mission scheduled for launch in mid-January, technicians discovered a
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The Hubble Space Telescope has been sending home images of the universe for more than thirty years, but none of its work would have been possible without the many servicing missions that kept it up to date. Hosted By: Hank Green SciShow is on TikTok! Check us out at https://www.tiktok.com/@scishow ———- Support SciShow Space by
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HELSINKI — China launched a new-generation Long March 7A rocket Thursday, successfully sending a pair of Shiyan-12 test satellites into geosynchronous transfer orbit. The Long March 7A lifted off from the coastal Wenchang Satellite Launch Center at 5:12 a.m. Eastern, rising into a broken cloudy sky just after local sunset. The China Aerospace Science and
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TAMPA, Fla. — Canadian startup NorthStar Earth & Space plans to set up European headquarters in Luxembourg, after getting an investment from the country’s government-backed venture capital fund.  The Luxembourg Future Fund (LFF) said Dec. 17 it is joining a $45 million investment round for Montreal-based NorthStar, which is developing a constellation of commercial imaging
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Astronomers have used a few different methods to detect exoplanets, and improved telescopes are increasing the rate of discovery. But is it possible that any stars DON’T have planets, or are they just an expected feature of stellar formation? For 10% off Squarespace: http://squarespace.com/scishowspace Hosted by: Hank Green ———- Support SciShow by becoming a patron
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WASHINGTON — A controversial Chinese cryptocurrency entrepreneur revealed he submitted the high bid for a seat on Blue Origin’s first crewed suborbital launch earlier this year and, after missing that flight, is buying a dedicated New Shepard flight in 2022. Justin Sun announced Dec. 22 that he submitted the winning bid of $28 million for
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TAMPA, Fla. — Inmarsat’s first dual-band telecommunications satellite launched Dec. 22 aboard Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ H-2A rocket.  The rocket lifted off from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Center at 10:32 a.m. Eastern and deployed the nearly 5,500-kilogram Inmarsat-6 F1 satellite into geostationary transfer orbit about 26 minutes later. A little over two hours later, London-based Inmarsat tweeted
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From gigantic planets too close to their stars, to those in unfathomably wide orbits, astronomers have discovered seemingly impossible solar systems that shouldn’t exist at all. But they do. Hosted by: Reid Reimers SciShow has a spinoff podcast! It’s called SciShow Tangents. Check it out at https://www.scishowtangents.org ———- Support SciShow by becoming a patron on
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WASHINGTON — NASA’s Kennedy Space Center is starting an environmental review of a proposed new launch facility there that would be used by SpaceX’s Starship launch system. The center announced last week that it was starting the process of an environmental review of the proposed Launch Complex (LC) 49 in response to an inquiry from
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WASHINGTON — A $10 billion space telescope that has suffered years of delays because of technical problems will have to remain on Earth at least one more day, this time because of poor weather. Arianespace announced Dec. 21 that “adverse weather conditions” at the launch site in French Guiana led it to postpone a scheduled
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WASHINGTON — The first set of green bipropellant thrusters developed by in-space propulsion company Benchmark Space Systems has been installed on a Sherpa tug by Spaceflight for launch in January. Benchmark announced Dec. 21 that the propulsion system for the Sherpa-LTC tug had been installed and fueled. That tug will fly on the SpaceX Transporter-3
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DARPA is pursuing a new laser terminal design that would make it easier for government and commercial satellites to exchange data WASHINGTON — Mynaric has been selected to participate in a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program to develop next-generation laser communications terminals to connect government and commercial satellites, the company announced Dec. 20.  Germany-based
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WASHINGTON — A Soyuz spacecraft carrying a Russian cosmonaut and two Japanese private astronauts returned to Earth late Dec. 19, wrapping up a banner year for commercial human spaceflight. The Soyuz MS-20 spacecraft undocked from the International Space Station at 6:50 p.m. Eastern, more than 11 days after its arrival there. It safely landed in
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PARIS — Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) won a contract from British Earth observation startup Satellite Vu to build the first satellite in a constellation designed to provide thermal infrared imaging for climate change applications. SSTL said Dec. 16 that it will build the satellite as a pathfinder for Satellite Vu’s proposed seven-satellite constellation. The
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Perhaps Elon Musk decided his appearance before the National Academies needed an X factor. When it was time for the SpaceX founder and chief executive to speak at a virtual meeting of the Space Studies Board and Board on Physics and Astronomy on Nov. 17, he appeared on the screen with his youngest son, X
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REYKJAVÍK, Iceland — A SpaceX Falcon 9 launched a new set of Starlink satellites Dec. 18, setting a new reusability mark for the vehicle in the process. The Falcon 9 lifted off from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California at 7:41 a.m. Eastern. The rocket’s upper stage deployed a payload
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SEOUL, South Korea — Malaysia is developing a national space blueprint to drive the growth of its space sector, particularly the manufacturing of remote-sensing satellites, satellite components and data-driven downstream services. During a Dec. 13 parliamentary hearing, a deputy minister shared the latest update on the “Malaysia Space Exploration 2030” blueprint being fleshed out by
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REYKJAVÍK, Iceland — With a communications glitch resolved, NASA and the European Space Agency have rescheduled the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope on an Ariane 5 for Dec. 24. While a formal announcement from NASA and ESA was still pending as of late Dec. 17, various sources, including the Space Telescope Science Institute,
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You might have done it accidentally or intentionally but one thing is clear: Don’t stare at the the sun! Hank Green explains why. Hosted by: Hank Green ———- Dooblydoo thanks go to the following Patreon supporters — we couldn’t make SciShow without them! Shout out to Justin Ove, David Campos, Chris Peters, Philippe von Bergen,
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For the demonstration, PredaSAR will install an optical communications terminal made by SA Photonics on one of its satellites WASHINGTON — Radar imaging startup PredaSAR won a $2 million contract from the U.S. Space Force to demonstrate interoperability between its satellites and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Blackjack constellation.  Under the contract, announced last
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TAMPA, Fla. —  Pléiades Neo 4, the second of four planned high-resolution images satellites built and operated by Airbus Defense and Space, entered service Dec. 15 free from an issue that prompted an insurance claim for Pléiades Neo 3. Francois Lombard, Airbus Defense and Space head of intelligence, told SpaceNews that Pléiades Neo 4 “is
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PARIS — Canada’s MDA is acquiring an X-band synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite from Iceye that will be part of its Chorus system intended to replace Radarsat-2. The companies announced at Euroconsult’s World Satellite Business Week Dec. 15 that Iceye will provide an X-band satellite that will complement a C-band SAR satellite that MDA previously
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SAN FRANCISCO – NASA’s Earth Science Division is preparing to launch four satellite missions in 2022 to provide observations of weather conditions, mineral dust, oceans and surface water. First up is TROPICS, which stands for Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation Structure and Storm Intensity with a Constellation of SmallSats. Six TROPICS cubesats are scheduled to launch
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PARIS — A communications problem has delayed the launch of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope by at least two more days, the agency announced late Dec. 14. In a brief statement, NASA said that a “communication issue between the observatory and the launch vehicle system” has postponed the launch. The launch, previously scheduled for Dec.
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SAN FRANCISCO – The rate of space company mergers with special purpose acquisition corporations (SPACs) may be slowing, but the trend isn’t over, according to investors speaking at TechCrunch Sessions: Space 2021. “Investors are still trying to understand and make heads or tails of stocks,” said Shaun Maguire, Sequoia Capital partner. “And a lot of
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SAN FRANCISCO – HyspecIQ is beginning to fill out its advisory board, a move that offers clues to the hyperspectral imagery applications the startup plans to address. Ray Palumbo, the retired U.S. Army General who served as the Pentagon’s director for defense intelligence and head of the Defense Department Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Task Force,
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PARIS — Established satellite operators expressed their frustration at the wave of filings for enormous satellite constellations, arguing nations need to step forward and establish rules to curtail such systems. The best known of such filings is one by the government of Rwanda with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in September, which proposed two constellations
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PARIS — Executives of two launch companies insisted their vehicles will be ready for their inaugural flights in 2022 while a third acknowledged their new vehicle’s first flight will likely slip beyond the end of next year. During a panel discussion at Euroconsult’s World Satellite Business Week here Dec. 13, Jarrett Jones, senior vice president
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