Category: Satellites

More Satellites by SpaceX and OneWeb Launched Despite Opposition and Catastrophic Warnings

On Wednesday, March 24, 2021, both the number of satellites in low orbit around the earth, and the volume of data they transmit, increased significantly. On Wednesday morning (4:28 a.m. EDT, 8:28 UTC), SpaceX launched another 60 satellites. On Wednesday evening (10:47 p.m. EDT, 14:47 UTC), OneWeb launched another 36 satellites. And people who already ...

SpaceX scheduled to launch new Starlink satellites this week amid FAA violation issue

SpaceX has been building Starlink satellites in space, and the American aerospace manufacturer has already deployed a total of 1,023 satellites after 18 launches so far. Now it is set to send a new batch of satellites to complete its v0.9 and v1.0 Starlink project. This is SpaceX’s ambitious project that aims to construct an ...

ThickSat satellite built by Virginia Tech students is headed to space

Few students have the opportunity to design, test, and build a satellite and see it successfully launched into space. A group of Virginia Tech engineering students are one step closer as their satellite, the “ThickSat,” has been delivered for space launch qualification testing before being integrated onto the rocket for launch. What began as a ...

Who Owns the Satellites Adding to Dangerous Levels of Space Junk and Other Catastrophic Risks?

For centuries, humans have looked to space and the stars for answers. The fascination is more than philosophical – it’s coupled with the need to solve problems here on Earth. Today, as Visual Capitalist’s Therese Wood details below, there are seemingly countless benefits and applications of space technology. Satellites, for instance, are becoming critical for ...

Elon Musk’s SpaceX Begins Launching 4,425 New 5G Satellites Into Low Orbit For StarLink

In Brief The Facts: Musk’s SpaceX has begun launching satellites into Earth’s orbit that will provide 5G infrastructure to the world. They will be launching hundreds more over the year. Reflect On: Are we acting too quickly on dangerous technology without safety testing? Are we as humans more connected to having the latest greatest technology ...

Earth’s Magnetic Field Mysteriously Weakening In Specific Locations, Throwing Off Satellites And Spacecraft

The Earth’s magnetic field, which protects life on our planet by blocking the majority of harmful solar radiation, is mysteriously weakening in specific locations. Over the last two centuries, it has lost nearly 10% of its strength, leading some to speculate that a multi-century pole reversal has begun. What’s more, scientists have identified a large, ...

NASA Satellite Shows Carbon Monoxide Released from California Wildfires 10 Times Normal Concentrations

NASA satellite monitoring data has shown that the carbon monoxide released by California wildfires is ten times the normal amount. The satellite in Earth orbit observed that the gas had high-altitude concentrations at abnormally increased levels. These carbon monoxide plumes were captured by NASA’s AIRS or Atmospheric Infrared Sounder, which is carried by the Aqua Earth-observing satellite. They were from the wildfires ...

NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP Satellite Analyzes Saharan Dust Aerosol Blanket

Dust storms from Africa’s Saharan Desert traveling across the Atlantic Ocean are nothing new, but the current dust storm has been quite expansive and NASA satellites have provided a look at the massive June plume. NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite showed the blanket of dust had moved over the Gulf of Mexico and extended into Central ...

Specialist space awareness and surveillance company takes off in Durham

A specialist space awareness and surveillance company has opened the UK’s only Orbital Analyst centre in Durham. Northern Space and Security Ltd (NORSS), which specializes in Space Situational Awareness (SSA) and Space Surveillance and Tracking (SST), has expanded its team and set up the NORSS Orbital Analyst Hive (NOAH) at Aykley Heads Business Centre which ...