NanoAvionics extends its satellite bus range

..... enabling advanced space missions Adding two microsatellite buses to its flagship MP42, NanoAvionics has now one of the widest ranges of commercially available modular microsatellite buses in the industry At the SmallSat Conference in Logan, Utah, USA, global mission integrator NanoAvionics has announced that it has added two microsatellite buses, the MP42H and the Read More

Keeping space centre’s cool

The complex testing of space technology carried out at ESA’s ESTEC technical centre in the Netherlands requires precisely-maintained environmental control. This industrial chiller seen here, connected to black-insulated piping provides cold water throughout ESTEC’s Test Centre and laboratories, helping to maintain clean rooms and key test equipment at optimal temperatures. “Commissioned in 2017, this installation Read More

SpaceX launches their 35th flight in 2022 at 10:14 PM EDT August 9, 2022 from LC-39A!

Due to upper level winds SpaceX delayed the 6:57 PM EDT 22:58 UTC attempt for Starlink 4-26 to an evening launch at 10:14 PM EDT August 9th 2022 from LC-39A Cape Kennedy Florida.  On board were an additional 52 Starlink Internet satellites for the for the fourth shell in the Starlink constellation. This now makes Read More

Madrid meteor’s cometary origins unearthed -with video

by ESA In brief A fireball spotted over Madrid has had its astronomical ancestry unearthed. While it ended its days burning up in Earth’s atmosphere on 31 July this year, the fragment began its life as part of Comet 169P/NEAT, responsible for the annual Alpha Capricornids meteor shower. In-depth Meteor showers occur as Earth passes Read More

ULA Successfully Launches Missile Warning Satellite for U.S. Space Force

Missile Warning Satellite for U.S. Space Force Atlas V precisely delivered the last of six SBIRS missions to orbit completing the constellation in support of the warfighter A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit-6 (SBIRS GEO 6) mission for the U.S. Space Force’s Space Systems Read More

United Launch Alliance to launch the 152nd corporate launch with an Atlas V 421 SBIRS GEO-6

…military satelite for the United States Space Force on morning of August 4th 2022! United Launch Alliance Atlas V to Launch Missile Warning Satellite for the U.S. Space Force What: A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket is in final preparations to launch the Space Based Infrared System-6 (SBIRS GEO 6) mission for the Read More

ESA: Mission ends for Copernicus Sentinel-1B satellite

On 23 December 2021, Copernicus Sentinel-1B experienced an anomaly related to the instrument electronics power supply provided by the satellite platform, leaving it unable to deliver radar data. Since then spacecraft operators and engineers have been working tirelessly to rectify the issue. Unfortunately, despite all concerted efforts, ESA and the European Commission announce that it Read More