Space News from
September 14, 2023
NASA approves crew for Axiom's third private mission to space station

Washington DC (UPI) Sep 12, 2023
NASA has approved a four-person crew for the third Axiom mission, which is intended to launch no sooner than January 2024. "Axiom Space's chief astronaut and former NASA astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria will command the private mission. Italian Air Force Col. Walter Villadei will serve as pilot. The two mission specialists are Alper Gezeravci of Turkey and ESA (European Space Agency) project astronaut Marcus Wandt of Sweden," NASA said in a press release Tuesday. The crew will travel to t ... read more

Space Force awards Viasat contract for Proliferated Low Earth Orbit Satellite Services
Carlsbad CA (SPX) Sep 11, 2023
Viasat, Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), reports that Inmarsat Government, now part of Viasat, was awarded a Proliferated Low Earth Orbit (PLEO) Satellite-Based ... more
New DOD-funded project will develop morphing hypersonic engine
Orlando FL (SPX) Sep 12, 2023
A new Naval Research Laboratory funded project led by a UCF researcher will work to create a morphing hypersonic engine for ultra-fast travel, building on UCF's already leading edge developing hyper ... more
SES wins USAG research contract to Support DEUCSI Program
Reston VA (SPX) Sep 11, 2023
SES Space and Defense, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES focused on delivering satellite network solutions for the U.S. Government, has been awarded a multi-year contract by the U.S. Air Force Resear ... more
Solstar Space awarded Space Force contract for Deke Space Communicator
Santa Fe NM (SPX) Sep 11, 2023
Solstar Space reports it will continue development of its Critical Data Relay Spacecraft Operational Status (CritDR-SOS), also known as the Deke Space Communicator (Deke), under a Phase II Small Bus ... more
Previous Issues Sep 11 Sep 10 Sep 09 Sep 08 Sep 07

Space Force tasks Ursa Space to provide Maritime Situational Awareness solution

Scientists pursue drug to protect US troops from radiation sickness
Lincoln NB (SPX) Sep 12, 2023
Researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and University of Nebraska Medical Center, with guidance and administration from the National Strategic Research Institute, are advancing developm ... more
Terran Orbital launches responsive space initiative
Boca Raton FL (SPX) Sep 11, 2023
Terran Orbital (NYSE: LLAP) has announced the launch of our Responsive Space Initiative. Under this initiative, we are committed to providing our customers with satellite buses within just 30 days a ... more
Accenture invests in Open Cosmos to expand access to satellite data
Paris, France (SPX) Sep 12, 2023
At this year's World Satellite Business Week in Paris, Accenture (NYSE:ACN) announced an investment and collaboration with Open Cosmos, a space technology company that focuses on the design, manufac ... more
Ball Aerospace completes testing on Space Systems Command weather monitoring satellite
Broomfield CO (SPX) Sep 11, 2023
Ball Aerospace successfully concluded testing on the Weather System Follow-on - Microwave (WSF-M) satellite this week, representing the completion of the first of two satellites Ball is delivering f ... more
EUMETSAT: A Forecasting Revolution on Its Way
Darmstadt, Germany (SPX) Sep 12, 2023
The preliminary data from the MTG-I1 satellite, the first of a new generation of meteorological satellites for the even better monitoring and forecasting of severe weather events, are breathtaking. ... more



Lightning in a camera from above

Umbra partners with EUSI to offer SAR imagery to European remote sensing projects
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Sep 11, 2023
Umbra, a leader in advanced space radar technology, is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with European Space Imaging (EUSI), a leading provider of Very High Resolution (VHR) optical satell ... more
Synchrotron studies change the composition of the Earth's core
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Sep 12, 2023
In work published in Science Advances, a team of researchers have determined a new pressure scale, which is critical for understanding the Earth's composition. Using x-rays from a uniquely powerful ... more
Researchers discover quantum switch for regulating photosynthesis
Beijing, China (SPX) Sep 04, 2023
Photosynthesis is a crucial process that allows plants to convert carbon dioxide into organic compounds using solar energy. Light-harvesting complex II (LHCII) is a complex of pigment molecules boun ... more
Webb discovers methane, carbon dioxide in atmosphere of K2-18 b
Baltimore MD (SPX) Sep 12, 2023
A new investigation with NASA's James Webb Space Telescope into K2-18 b, an exoplanet 8.6 times as massive as Earth, has revealed the presence of carbon-bearing molecules including methane and carbo ... more
Lucy captures its first images of Asteroid Dinkinesh
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 12, 2023
The small dot moving against the background of stars is the first view from NASA's Lucy spacecraft of the main belt asteroid Dinkinesh, the first of 10 asteroids that the spacecraft will visit on it ... more

A new study characterizes regular Moonquakes

Kombucha: Ally for Moon and Mars
Paris (ESA) Sep 12, 2023
ESA is testing kombucha cultures, famous for their fermentative properties and potential health benefits, to assess their resilience in space. These cultures hold great promise for supporting humans ... more
Another Martian Weekend" Sols 3943-3945
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 12, 2023
Earth planning date: Friday, September 8, 2023: Curiosity continues its bumpy travels across the bedrock blocks this weekend. We got the good news this morning that we would be able to safely do con ... more
OSIRIS-REx adjusts course to target sample capsule's landing zone
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 12, 2023
On Sept. 10, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft briefly fired its ACS (attitude control system) thrusters to point itself toward Earth, putting it on course to release its sample capsule, carrying rocks a ... more
The universe caught suppressing cosmic structure growth
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor MI (SPX) Sep 12, 2023 As the universe evolves, scientists expect large cosmic structures to grow at a certain rate: dense regions such as galaxy clusters would grow denser, while the void ... more
Tianzhou 5 spacecraft burns up on Earth reentry
Beijing (XNA) Sep 12, 2023
China's Tianzhou 5 cargo spacecraft was destroyed as scheduled on Tuesday morning as it reentered Earth's atmosphere, according to the China Manned Space Agency. The agency said in a news rele ... more

Sols 3936-3939: Double the Fun
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 11, 2023
Earth planning date: Friday, September 1, 2023: Most long weekend plans are packed with lots of fun science, and this weekend's plan - to get us through the US Labor Day holiday - was no exception. ... more
Possible existence of Earth-like planet predicted in Outskirts of Solar System
Osaka, Japan (SPX) Sep 11, 2023
There are many unexplained anomalies in the orbits and distribution of trans-Neptunian objects, small celestial bodies located at the outer reaches of the solar system. Now, based on detailed comput ... more
Ravenous black hole consumes star every time it passes by
Leicester UK (SPX) Sep 11, 2023
A star like our own Sun in a nearby galaxy is gradually being eaten away by a small but ravenous black hole, losing the equivalent mass of three Earths every time it passes close. The discovery by U ... more
New cosmological constraints on the nature of dark matter
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Sep 11, 2023
New research has revealed the distribution of dark matter in never before seen detail, down to a scale of 30,000 light-years. The observed distribution fluctuations provide better constraints on the ... more
NASA gears up for its next giant space telescope
Tempe AZ (SPX) Sep 11, 2023
NASA recently announced the selection of the Science, Technology, Architecture Review Team (START) to include Arizona State University professors Evan Scannapieco and Evgenya Shkolnik of the School ... more
Crew of Shenzhou XV mission honored for six-month space odyssey
Beijing, China (SPX) Sep 11, 2023
The three crew members of the Shenzhou XV mission have been awarded medals and titles in recognition of their service and accomplishments during their remarkable six-month journey in space. In ... more
ULA's Atlas V rocket launched its final NRO mission
Space Coast FL (SPX) Sep 11, 2023
After a series of delays due to Hurricane Ida and "an issue found during a pre-launch ordnance circuit continuity check", for the first time in almost 11 months, a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas ... more
Relativity Space signs lease on historic NASA Test Stand
Stennis Space Center MS (SPX) Sep 11, 2023
Relativity Space, has signed an enhanced use lease agreement (EULA) on the vertical test stand at the A-2 complex within NASA's historic Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, Mississippi. The agre ... more
Rocket Lab announces launch window for next Capella Space mission
Long Beach CA (SPX) Sep 11, 2023
Rocket Lab USA, Inc. (Nasdaq: RKLB) has scheduled its next Electron launch during a window that opens September 19, 2023 NZST/UTC. The 'We Will Never Desert You' mission is scheduled to launch from ... more
SpaceX successfully launches 22 Starlink satellites
Washington DC (UPI) Sep 9, 2023
SpaceX has successfully launched a group of 22 Starlink satellites from Florida's Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. ... more
SpaceX's Starship to remain grounded after explosion probe
Washington (AFP) Sept 8, 2023
SpaceX's Starship, the most powerful rocket ever built, must remain grounded while Elon Musk's company completes dozens of corrective actions to prevent a repeat of the spectacular explosion that marred its first orbital test flight, regulators said Friday. ... more
SpinLaunch and Sumitomo team up for Low-Cost Space Solutions
Long Beach CA (SPX) Sep 11, 2023
SpinLaunch, a pioneering space company enabling rapid and sustainable low-cost access to space, and the Sumitomo Corporation ("SC") of Japan, a leading Fortune 500 global trading and business invest ... more
Virgin Galactic completes 4th successful flight in 4 months
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Sep 11, 2023
Virgin Galactic Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SPCE) has reported the completion of its second private astronaut flight, 'Galactic 03.' The mission flew three of Virgin Galactic's first customers. 'Gal ... more
Virgin Galactic notches fourth spaceflight in four months
Washington (AFP) Sept 8, 2023
Virgin Galactic on Friday announced it had sent three paying customers on an hour-long journey to space and back, racking up its fourth successful flight in as many months. ... more
Here's How Sept. 24 Asteroid Sample Delivery Will Work
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 11, 2023
Early morning on Sunday, Sept. 24, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft's sample capsule will come face-to-face with Earth's atmosphere for the first time since the mission's 2016 launch. On board are an estim ... more
NASA's LRO Observes Chandrayaan-3 Landing Site
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 11, 2023
NASA's LRO - the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter - spacecraft imaged the Chandrayaan-3 landing site on the Moon's surface. The Indian Space Research Organization's (ISRO) Chandrayaan-3 touched do ... more


Buy Advertising About Us Editorial & Other Enquiries Privacy statement
The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2023 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement