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15th November 2021 • Russia has conducted an anti- satellite weapon (ASAT) test, resulting in over 1 500 pieces of trackable orbital debris and hundreds of thousands of smaller orbital debris. • U.S. State Department: “dangerous and irresponsible behavior by the Russian Federation” • The ISS crew sheltered in their lifeboats today due to the...
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Streetlights to Satellites: Addressing Light Pollution with the United Nations The United Nations’ Office of Outer Space Affairs is considering issues of light pollution spanning from streetlights to satellites. BY: MONICA YOUNG OCTOBER 22, 2021 The statistics are stunning: More than 80% of the world’s population (and more than 99% of those in the U.S. and Europe)...
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Source: https://www.newtimes.co.rw/news/rwanda-files-acquire-over-300000-satellites By Alice Kagina Published : October 20, 2021 Rwanda Space Agency has filed a request to acquire two satellite constellations from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), namely Cinnamon-217 and Cinnamon-937, according to an official statement. The development was communicated by the agency on October 20 saying that the submission is in compliance with ITU...
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Source: https://www.science.org/content/article/satellite-swarms-are-threatening-night-sky-creating-new-zone-environmental-conflict 7 OCT 2021 BY JOSHUA SOKOL On 19 December 2019, Tony Tyson, an experimental physicist at the University of California (UC), Davis, joined a conference call with billionaire Elon Musk that helped shape the fate of starry nights on Earth. The call was cordial but tense. Seven months earlier, Musk’s company SpaceX had...
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Source: https://news.satnews.com/2021/10/04/5g-from-space-airbus-partners-to-study-standards/ Space based network infrastructure will soon complement the 5G terrestrial mobile networks that are currently being deployed — this will lead to satellite communications (SATCOM) becoming an integrated and indispensable part of the global telecommunications ecosystem, with the potential to grow existing market segments such as backhauling and to expand into new areas...
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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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