GPS III SV-05 satellite encapsulated ahead of SpaceX Falcon 9 launch

he U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center’s Lockheed Martin-built GPS III Space Vehicle 05 satellite was encapsulated within a SpaceX payload fairing at Astrotech Space Operations Florida facility on June 9 in preparation for its upcoming launch scheduled for June 17, 2021 from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. The 15-minute launch window opens Read More

Satellites reveal cause of Chamoli disaster in India

ESA A new study using satellite evidence confirms that a rock and ice avalanche caused the Chamoli disaster in India earlier this year. The resulting mud and debris flood led to massive destruction downstream. On 7 February 2021, the Chamoli district in the Uttarakhand region of India experienced a humanitarian tragedy when a large mass Read More

ESA – Four mission ideas to compete for Earth Explorer 11

ESA As part of ESA’s commitment to develop and build satellite missions that push the boundaries of satellite technology and Earth science, four new mission ideas – Cairt, Nitrosat, Seastar and Wivern – have been selected to enter pre-feasibility study and compete to be the eleventh Earth Explorer mission. This important milestone follows a Call Read More

Power Thrust and Smoke from the SpaceX June 6th 2021 launch

….at 12:26 AM EDT or 04:26 UTC from space launch complex 40 Cape Canaveral Florida lifting 5,400 Kilogram Sirius XM 8 high power broadcasting satellite into orbit and first stage booster B-1061.3 made a successful landing on Just Read The Instructions 642 kilometers down range. The 18th launch for SpaceX in 2021. 17th reflight booster Read More

First look photos of NASA CRS-22 on LC-39A with weather conditions deteriorating

The clouds are building and storms are expected tonight and tomorrow with the weather deteriorating to 60% go for this NASA SpaceX CRS-22 mission to resupply the International Space Station with 7,300 pounds of equipment, supplies and science experiments! Planned liftoff is on June 3rd 2021 at 1:29 PM EDT or 17:29 UTC from historic Read More

Watch live: In-flight call with ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet

ESA On Tuesday 1 June, teachers and students from France, Estonia, and Austria will connect live with ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, currently living and working on the International Space Station (ISS). Join the livestream! Teachers will be asking questions directly to Thomas Pesquet around the theme of Sustaining space: recycling resources. A livestream of Read More

Quantum communication in space moves ahead

ESA / Keeping information secure in today’s interconnected world is becoming ever more important, so ESA is supporting efforts to ensure that future communications are kept confidential. A new generation of supercomputing power, delivered by quantum computers, is currently being developed that will be almost unimaginably powerful at cracking the most complex problems upon which Read More