How ESA boosts climate education

ESA A series of fascinating new learning resources are enabling teachers in the UK to encourage the next generation of climate pioneers. The freely available lesson plans and activities – which add to ESA’s portfolio of space-powered climate learning materials – were highlighted at the Climate Change Teacher Conference, a live-streamed online summit for British Read More

SpaceX successfully launches their 123 rocket with 60 Starlink satellites today

May 26th 2021 A gorgeous blue sky on time liftoff at 2:59 PM EDT or 18:59 UTC for SpaceX and their 28th V1.0 Starlink mission carrying another batch of 60 internet satellites which now makes 1,666 in the SpaceX constellation. First stage booster B-1063.2 made a perfect landing on the autonomous drone ship JRTI Just Read More

Virgin Galactic Completes First Human Spaceflight from Spaceport America, New Mexico

Virgin Galactic Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SPCE) (“The Company or Virgin Galactic”) today completed its third spaceflight and the first ever spaceflight from Spaceport America, New Mexico. Today’s flight sees New Mexico become the third US state to launch humans into space. VSS Unity achieved a speed of Mach 3 after being released from the mothership, Read More

ESA – Arctic sea ice succumbs to Atlantification

ESA With alarm bells ringing about the rapid demise of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean, satellite data have revealed how the intrusion of warmer Atlantic waters is reducing ice regrowth in the winter. In addition, with seasonal ice more unpredictable than ever, ESA’s SMOS and CryoSat satellites are being used to improve sea-ice forecasts, Read More

ESA advances its plan for satellites around the Moon

ESA A bold proposal to create a commercially viable constellation of lunar satellites has taken a step closer. Two consortia of companies will be supported by ESA to devise detailed definitions of how to provide telecommunications and navigation services for missions to the Moon, under the agency’s Moonlight initiative. Such a lasting lunar link will Read More

Today ULA launch carrying SBIRS GEO Flight 5 mission scrubbed

The launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V carrying the SBIRS GEO Flight 5 mission for the U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) has been scrubbed. During Centaur liquid oxygen (LOX) chilldown operations, the team identified an anomalous system response that could not be resolved within the launch window. Launch is Read More