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Virgin's Satellite Launch From a 747 Doesn't Go Well

Company lost both its rocket and the satellites it was trying to put into space

(Newser) - A 70-foot rocket loaded with nine satellites was launched late Monday in the UK by Virgin Orbit, carried into space by a modified Boeing 747 named "Cosmic Girl" that was helmed by a Royal Air Force pilot. But although the rocket successfully made its way into space after it...

Don't Look Up: NASA Satellite Is Hurtling Toward Earth
NASA Satellite Falls
Harmlessly to Earth
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NASA Satellite Falls Harmlessly to Earth

NASA says Earth Radiation Budget Satellite reentered off the coast of Alaska

(Newser) - After almost 40 years circling Earth, a retired NASA science satellite plunged harmlessly through the atmosphere off the coast of Alaska, NASA reported Monday. The Defense Department confirmed that the 5,400-pound satellite—placed in orbit in 1984 by astronaut Sally Ride—reentered late Sunday night over the Bering Sea,...

SpaceX: We Can't Keep Paying for Ukraine Satellites

CNN reports the company wants Pentagon to start picking up the tab for Starlink

(Newser) - Last Friday, Elon Musk laid out on Twitter how much it's cost his SpaceX company this year to donate 20,000 or so Starlink satellite units to Ukraine: roughly $80 million, with projections by Musk that the figure will exceed $100 million by year's end. Now, it looks...

NASA: We've Lost Contact With Microwave-Sized Spacecraft
NASA Is Back in Contact
With Its Satellite
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NASA Is Back in Contact With Its Satellite

Space agency had temporarily lost communications with CAPSTONE exploring lunar orbit

(Newser) - Update: We have contact with CAPSTONE once again. Just hours after NASA announced Wednesday that communications had been lost with the 55-pound, $32.7 million satellite it sent into space to test-drive a new lunar orbit, the space agency reported that it has restored contact, per the AP . NASA had...

No, That's Not a Microwave NASA Launched Into Space

Tiny CAPSTONE spacecraft will test-drive a new lunar orbit to be used by astronaut way station

(Newser) - In between the gravities of the Earth and the moon lies a halo-shaped orbit that will be used by NASA's soon-to-come Gateway, a lunar rest stop of sorts for astronauts when they head back to the moon as part of the agency's Artemis missions . The agency has now...

N. Korea Set to Launch 'a Lot' of Spy Satellites

Satellite images show new missile-launch activity at shuttered Punggye-ri nuclear testing site

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un says North Korea will launch "a lot" of spy satellites to monitor military actions by the US and its allies, following condemnation of its recent missile launches. The leader, who made the announcement while inspecting the country's National Aerospace Development Administration on Thursday, said the...

40 of 49 New SpaceX Satellites May Have Already Burned

Company says geomagnetic storm on Friday is cause

(Newser) - SpaceX launched 49 of its Starlink satellites on Thursday, only to report days later that up to 40 are doomed to fall from orbit and burn up in Earth's atmosphere. The company attributed the loss to a geomagnetic storm on Friday. That storm increased atmospheric density some 130 miles...

Iran Says It Launched 3 'Research Devices'

It's not clear whether satellites made it into orbit

(Newser) - After years of failures, Iran said Thursday that it had successfully launched three research devices from its satellite-carrying Simorgh rocket. The Iranian Space Agency launch was confirmed by the country's defense ministry, though it's not clear whether the satellites actually reached orbit, Deutsche Welle reports. The country's...

China Angry With Elon Musk Over Space Near-Misses

Says its space station twice had to avert collisions with Starlink satellites

(Newser) - Twice over the past year, China says, its space station has almost been hit by satellites launched by Elon Musk's SpaceX. The country is now calling on the United Nations to get the US to abide by the treaty that regulates outer space, the Guardian reports. In both July...

Russia Confirms Space Test, NASA Calls It 'Unconscionable'

Moscow confirms it blew up a satellite, resulting in space debris

(Newser) - Update: Russia has confirmed that it blew up an old satellite in space with a ground-based missile in a test of new technology. NASA issued a scathing condemnation of the test, saying it generated a dangerous amount of space debris, reports NBC News . NASA Administrator Bill Nelson called it "...

Fireball Seen Across Midwest Was Failed Russian Satellite

Researchers believe spy satellite burned up before debris could hit the ground

(Newser) - People who saw a fireball blaze across Midwest skies early Wednesday were witnessing the death of a Russian satellite, not a meteor or a UFO, according to researchers who track objects in orbit. The American Meteor Society, which encourages people to report fireball sightings, says it received more than 80...

'Pinch Yourself:' Virgin Launches Satellites From a 747

7 satellites were from 3 countries

(Newser) - Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit delivered satellites from three countries into space on Wednesday, its second successful rocket launch from a plane. The company’s modified 747 jet, dubbed Cosmic Girl, took off from California’s Mojave Desert, carrying the 70-foot rocket beneath its left wing. Once the plane was...

String of Lights Across the Sky Prompts Calls

Low-flying SpaceX satellites obscure the view for professionals and amateurs

(Newser) - A string of lights that lobbed across the night sky in parts of the US on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday had some people wondering if a fleet of UFOs was coming, but it had others—mostly amateur stargazers and professional astronomers—lamenting the industrialization of space. The train of lights...

On the Horizon: a Satellite Made of Wood?

Japan hopes project will cut down on space debris

(Newser) - When satellites burn up in the atmosphere, they don't entirely disappear. Tiny pieces of aluminium remain, contributing to an increasing mass of space junk. According to Daniel Oltrogge, director at the Center for Space Standards and Innovation, there are an estimated 760,000 objects larger than a centimeter (0....

China Says GPS Alternative Is Now Complete

55th satellite in Beidou system has been launched

(Newser) - China on Tuesday launched the final satellite in its Beidou constellation that emulates and may seek to compete with the US Global Positioning System, marking a further step in the country's advance as a major space power. The launch of the satellite onboard a Long March-3 rocket was broadcast...

'A Lot of Red Flags' With Iran's Latest Announcement

Revolutionary Guard says it launched country's first military satellite into orbit

(Newser) - Iran's Revolutionary Guard said it put the Islamic Republic's first military satellite into orbit, dramatically unveiling what experts described as a secret space program with a surprise launch Wednesday that came amid wider tensions with the US. There was no immediate independent confirmation of the launch of the...

Old Satellite Gets New Life in Novel Space Mission

One commercial satellite docked with another and will act as a 'guide dog'

(Newser) - A communication satellite almost out of fuel has gotten a new life after the first space docking of its kind, per the AP . Northrop Grumman and Intelsat announced the successful link-up nearly 22,500 miles above Earth on Wednesday. It's the first time two commercial satellites have joined in...

Iran Fails to Launch Rocket, Warns of 'Fake News'

Iran couldn't put the Zafar 1 communications satellite into orbit

(Newser) - An Iranian rocket failed to put a satellite into orbit on Sunday, state television reported, the latest setback for a program the US claims helps Tehran advance its ballistic missile program, the AP reports. The launch happened at 7:15pm local time at Imam Khomeini Spaceport in Iran’s Semnan...

SpaceX's Latest 60 Satellites Have Dark Coating

Astronomers complained about Starlink fleet

(Newser) - SpaceX launched 60 more mini Internet satellites late Monday, this time testing a dark coating to appease stargazers. It's a "first step" compromise between SpaceX and astronomers fearful of having dark skies spoiled by hundreds and, eventually, thousands of bright satellites circling overhead. The Falcon 9 rocket blasted...

They Were About to Let the Horses Out. Then, a Crash

'Oh my look what fall out of the sky'

(Newser) - Samsung describes the return to Earth of its "SpaceSelfie" device as an "early soft landing in a selected rural area," though that "soft landing" turned out to be a bit startling, and even a little mysterious, for the Michigan couple that found it had crash-landed on...

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