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September 30, 2023
Record-breaking launch of SpaceX's Starlink satellites
Space Coast FL (SPX) Sep 30, 2023

SpaceX pushed back the launch time from the original T-0 of 6:49 p.m. EDT (2249 UTC Sep. 30) more than three hours later due to the weather condition. At 10:00 p.m. EDT (0200 UTC Sep. 30), a Falcon ... more

Eutelsat investors approve OneWeb merger for satellite internet
Paris (AFP) Sept 28, 2023

Shareholders of European satellite operator Eutelsat approved Thursday a $3.4 billion merger deal with Britain's OneWeb, with the new entity out to become a global broadband internet champion to rival the likes of Elon Musk's Starlink. ... more

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Vega's fuel-free CubeSats to keep formation with wings
Paris (ESA) Sep 28, 2023

Spain's trio of ANSER CubeSats, due to fly on Europe's next Vega launcher, will fly like a flock of birds in orbit - in more ways than one. Keeping in formation by following their leader, the three ... more

Heating and cooling space habitats isn't easy
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Sep 27, 2023

China, India and the U.S. have all achieved landing on the Moon in the 2020s. Once there, their eventual goal is to set up a base. But a successful base - along with the spacecraft that will c ... more

Hera takes wing
Paris (ESA) Sep 28, 2023

ESA's Hera asteroid mission for planetary defence seen with one of its two solar wings added, during its continuing test campaign at the ESTEC Test Centre in the Netherlands. The van-sized spacecraf ... more

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Likely asteroid debris found upon opening of returned NASA probe
Washington (AFP) Sept 27, 2023

After a seven-year wait, NASA scientists on Tuesday finally pried open a space probe carrying the largest asteroid samples ever brought back to Earth, finding black debris. ... more

Listening to the Radio on the Far Side of the Moon
Berkeley CA (SPX) Sep 28, 2023

There are unexplored regions of the universe - and there are also unexplored times. In fact, there's a nearly 400-million-year gap in our universe's history that we've never seen: a time before star ... more

Monitoring of radio galaxy M87 confirms black hole spin
Shanghai, China (SPX) Sep 28, 2023

The nearby radio galaxy M87, located 55 million light-years from the Earth and harboring a black hole 6.5 billion times more massive than the Sun, exhibits an oscillating jet that swings up and down ... more

New Simulations Shed Light on Origins of Saturn's Rings and Icy Moons
Moffett Field CA (SPX) Sep 28, 2023

On a clear night, with a decent amateur telescope, Saturn and its series of remarkable rings can be seen from Earth's surface. But how did those rings come to be? And what can they tell us about Sat ... more

Chandra rewinds story of Great Eruption of the 1840s
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 27, 2023

A new movie made from over two decades of data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory shows a famous star system changing with time, as described in our latest press release. Eta Carinae contains two ... more

Seeking Euclid's hidden stars: commissioning looks up
Paris (ESA) Sep 27, 2023

The Universe doesn't give up its secrets easily. There's a reason dark energy and dark matter have their names - although they (allegedly) make up 95% of the Universe, they do not emit, absorb or re ... more

ANSRs to Hard AI Questions
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 26, 2023

How can we build robust, assured, and therefore trustworthy AI-based systems? That question lies at the heart of DARPA's Assured Neuro Symbolic Learning and Reasoning (ANSR) program. "Informal ... more

Artel partners with Rivada for US Space Force contract
Munich, Germany (SPX) Sep 28, 2023

Artel LLC a provider of secure network communication services to U.S. government agencies, has been awarded a Commercial Satellite Communications Proliferated Low Earth Orbit (p-LEO) contract from t ... more

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Evergreen Innovations manages All-Domain Network at Northern Strike Exercise
Timnith CO (SPX) Sep 28, 2023

Evergreen Innovations LLC ("Evergreen"), a tactical communications integrator, reports it has successfully managed the All-Domain Network (ADN) during the Northern Strike 23-2 reserve component read ... more

Intelsat expands Brazil infrastructure, delivers new services
McLean VA (SPX) Sep 28, 2023

Intelsat, operator of one of the world's largest integrated satellite and terrestrial networks and leading provider of inflight connectivity (IFC), has launched new services in Brazil that combine l ... more

Space Systems Command's TAP Lab to accelerate innovation in space domain awareness
Colorado Springs CO (SPX) Sep 26, 2023

Space Systems Command (SSC), the United States Space Force (USSF) field command, has opened a Tools Applications and Processing (TAP) Lab in Colorado Springs to address critical challenges in space ... more

Moon and Mars test site for robotic missions
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Sep 28, 2023

The Moon and Mars are stated targets of European and international space exploration. However, before humans embark on these journeys, robots will explore inhospitable areas, develop local resources ... more

NASA-led study pinpoints areas of New York City sinking, rising
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 28, 2023

Parts of the New York City metropolitan area are sinking and rising at different rates due to factors ranging from land-use practices to long-lost glaciers, scientists have found. While the elevatio ... more

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