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Source: ScienceNews https://www.sciencenews.org/article/satellite-mega-constellations-night-sky-stars-simulations “Mega-constellations” from those satellites will be visible to the naked eye, simulations suggest By Lisa Grossman Companies like SpaceX and Amazon have launched hundreds of satellites into low orbits since 2019, with plans to launch thousands more in the works — a trend that’s alarming astronomers. The goal of these satellite “mega-constellations” is...
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Source: https://breakingdefense.com/2021/09/space-force-calls-for-trash-trucks-for-all-the-orbiting-junk/ Active debris removal is “definitely a need, and I think there is a use case for industry to get after that as a service-based opportunity,” said Maj. Gen. DeAnna Burt. By THERESA HITCHENS on September 16 MAUI: There is a need for industry capabilities to clean up burgeoning amounts of space junk, and...
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SpaceX launches first full batch of laser-equipped Starlink satellites Source: https://spaceflightnow.com/2021/09/14/spacex-launches-first-full-batch-of-laser-equipped-starlink-satellites/ September 14, 2021 by Stephen Clark Snippet: The rocket targeted deployment of the Starlink satellites in an elongated orbit with an apogee, or high point, of 213 miles (343 kilometers). The satellites, built by SpaceX on an assembly line in Redmond, Washington, will deploy solar panels...
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Source: Defense News https://tinyurl.com/7p3p4v3a By Nathan Strout WASHINGTON — The Department of Defense is looking to industry for nuclear-powered propulsion technology to drive its spacecraft, freeing them from the low-energy limitations of current electric and solar-based propulsion systems. Those traditional systems have largely served government space systems well. Once they reach their intended orbit, most satellites don’t...
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Source: Reuters https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/science/launching-into-space-not-so-fast-insurers-balk-new-coverage-2021-09-01/ By Noor Zainab Hussain and Carolyn Cohn Sept 1 (Reuters) – An ever-swelling amount of space debris is threatening satellites that hover around Earth, making insurers leery of offering coverage to the devices that transmit texts, maps, videos and scientific data, industry sources said. Thousands of new satellites are being launched into areas where orbital...
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2 September 2021 The Outer Space Institute is pleased to publish the International Open Letter on Kinetic Anti-Satellite (ASAT) Testing, which urges the UN General Assembly to take up consideration of a treaty that would prohibit conducting debris-generating anti-satellite weapon tests. The letter with an appended list of early signatories is available HERE. The Outer Space Institute...
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Source: https://www.space.com/space-junk-collision-chinese-satellite-yunhai-1-02 By Mike Wall Yunhai 1-02’s wounds are not self-inflicted. In March, the U.S. Space Force’s 18th Space Control Squadron (18SPCS) reported the breakup of Yunhai 1-02, a Chinese military satellite that launched in September 2019. It was unclear at the time whether the spacecraft had suffered some sort of failure — an explosion in its...
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In the US, satellite activity is regulated by the Federal Communications Commission. Starlink Train, Photo by Forest Katsch on Unsplash 28 August 2021 There are no binding international laws or regulations in place to protect the night sky. Does the FCC’s lack of review of commercial mega constellations satellite projects violate the National Environmental Policy...
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Source: https://breakingdefense.com/2021/08/amid-space-race-cybersecurity-and-resiliency-remain-concerns-experts/ The space rush will result in tens of thousands of new assets launched within the decade, which will create a “truly enormous” cyber attack surface, said Sam Visner, a technical fellow at the MITRE Corporation. By BRAD D. WILLIAMS, August 16 WASHINGTON: A space race is afoot, and in this brave new interstellar world,...
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Starlink Study Reveals Mind-Boggling Facts About Service Outages Source: https://wccftech.com/starlink-study-reveals-mind-boggling-facts-about-service-outages/ By Ramish Zafar Aug 21, 2021 Space Exploration Technologies Corp.’s (SpaceX) Starlink satellite internet constellation was the center of a detailed study last month, conducted by the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences in Vienna. The study covers several areas of Starlink’s performance, such as its download...
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