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Monday, March 30, 2020
Starlink’s Satellites Will be Orbiting at a Much Lower Elevation, Minimizing the Dangers of Area Scrap

Starlink’s Satellites Will be Orbiting at a Much Lower Elevation, Minimizing...

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Among Elon Musk’s many plans for the future, one of the more ambitious has been the creation of a constellation of satellites that will offer broadband internet access to the entire world. Known as “Starlink”, the company’s long-term plan is to deploy over 12,000 internet satellites to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) by the mid-2020s. Despite…
High-Altitude Auroras Develop ‘Speed Bumps’ for Satellites

High-Altitude Auroras Develop ‘Speed Bumps’ for Satellites

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Astronaut Thomas Pesquet, with the European Space Agency, photographed the aurora over Northern Europe from on board the International Space Station. Credit: ESA/NASA A high-altitude version of the northern lights can create a headwind for some orbiting satellites, a new study reports. The auroras help transport pockets of air higher up into Earth's atmosphere, increasing…
SpaceX’s Starlink Constellation Building Starts. 2,200 Satellites Will increase Over the Next 5 years

SpaceX’s Starlink Constellation Building Starts. 2,200 Satellites Will increase Over the...

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Elon Musk has made a lot of crazy promises and proposals over the years, which inevitably leads people to pester him about deadlines. Whether it’s reusable rockets, affordable electric cars, missions to Mars, intercontinental flights, or anything having to do with his many other ventures, the question inevitably is “when can we expect it?” That…
Area Weather report can now offer Satellites One Whole Day of Caution when a Killer Solar Storm is Incoming

Area Weather report can now offer Satellites One Whole Day of...

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Earth’s fleet of satellites is in a vulnerable position. When solar activity increases, high-energy particles are directed toward Earth. Our large fleet is in the direct path of all that energy, which can damage them or render them inoperable. But now we have another tool to help us protect our satellites. A new study published…
The World’s Glaciers are Down by 9 Trillion Tonnes of Ice in the Last Half Century

The World’s Glaciers are Down by 9 Trillion Tonnes of Ice...

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Things are not looking good for Earth’s glaciers. Usually, when it comes to climate change and melting ice, we think of the Earth’s polar regions. But they’re not the only important ice formations, and they’re not the only ice that’s melting due to climate change. New research published on April 8th, 2019, shows that the…
India Damaged a Satellite With a Rocket Recently, and Pieces Were Thrown Into an Orbit That Threats the International Spaceport Station

India Damaged a Satellite With a Rocket Recently, and Pieces Were...

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Last week, in a move that left many perplexed, the nation of India destroyed one of its own satellites. According to a statement made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, this operation (“Mission Shakti”) was conducted using a new type of anti-satellite missile. With this one act, Modi claimed that India had “established itself as a…
British Satellite Evaluates its Area Scrap Harpoon

British Satellite Evaluates its Area Scrap Harpoon

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Last summer, a new type of debris-hunting satellite was released from the International Space Station (ISS). It’s known as the RemoveDebris spacecraft, a technology-demonstrator developed by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd and the Surrey Space Center. The purpose of this satellite is to test whether satellites equipped with targeting software, a debris net and a harpoon…
Astronomers Aren’t Delighted About a Russian Strategy to Put Signboards in Area

Astronomers Aren’t Delighted About a Russian Strategy to Put Signboards in...

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It was bound to happen. While the rest of us look up at the night sky, and wonder at what we’re seeing, ponder how it all fits together, and strain ourselves trying to understand how our origins are intertwined with all that we see, others don’t. They look up at the magnitude of the night…
SpaceX rocket blasts last round of Iridium satellites into orbit

SpaceX rocket blasts last round of Iridium satellites into orbit

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Falcon 9 sits ready on the launchpad for the final Iridium NEXT mission. SpaceX There are a whole lot of new machines in orbit now that SpaceX has completed a series of eight launches to upgrade communications company Iridium's constellation of satellites.  The Iridium-8 mission blasted off on a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air…
Ice loss in Greenland is Speeding Up

Ice loss in Greenland is Speeding Up

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The rate at which Greenland is losing its ice is accelerating. This unsurprising conclusion comes from a new study based on 25 years of satellite data from the European Space Agency. The new study was published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters. The study is called 25 years of elevation changes of the Greenland Ice…

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