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May 09, 2024
ROCKET SCIENCE
SpaceX Starlink flight lifts off in Florida; 2nd launch of day planned for California later



Washington DC (UPI) May 8, 2024
SpaceX on Wednesday launched 23 Starlink satellites from NASA's Kennedy Space Center Florida. A second launch is set for Wednesday evening in California. The Florida liftoff of 23 of the satellites had been pushed back to 2:42 p.m. from its originally scheduled lift-off of 11 a.m. EDT Wednesday. It was live-streamed. As of Wednesday afternoon, the California launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base of 20 more Starlink satellites was still set for 10:48 p.m. EDT, with backups until ... read more

ROCKET SCIENCE
Boeing's Starliner flight delayed again for oxygen tank valve replacement
Washington DC (UPI) May 8, 2024
Boeing's Starliner crew flight test has been pushed back another week as United Launch Alliance plans to replace a part of the spacecraft. ... more
MOON DAILY
Chang'e 6 mission successfully achieves lunar orbit
Sydney, Australia (SPX) May 09, 2024
The Chang'e 6 probe has successfully entered lunar orbit, the China National Space Administration confirmed. The spacecraft executed a critical braking maneuver under the guidance of experts at the ... more
IRON AND ICE
Exploring asteroid Apophis using miniature satellites
Berlin, Germany (SPX) May 09, 2024
The scenario could be lifted straight from a disaster novel: On Friday, April 13, 2029-a date that alone might evoke unease-the asteroid known as (99942) Apophis will make a remarkably close approac ... more
MOON DAILY
OTPS calls for community feedback to shape lunar non-interference policies
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 09, 2024
NASA's Office of Technology, Policy, and Strategy (OTPS) is soliciting input from the lunar community through a new Lunar Non-Interference Questionnaire to aid in developing a framework for managing ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW
International SWOT Mission Can Improve Flood Prediction
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 08, 2024
A partnership between NASA and the French space agency, the satellite is poised to help improve forecasts of where and when flooding will occur in Earth's rivers, lakes, and reservoirs. Rivers, lak ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
NASA Advances Climate Research with New Earth System Explorers Program Proposals
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 08, 2024
NASA has selected four new proposals for concept studies as part of its Earth System Explorers Program, aimed at enhancing our understanding of key Earth science areas such as greenhouse gases, the ... more
EXO WORLDS
Ozone's influence on exoplanetary climate dynamics highlighted in new research
London, UK (SPX) May 09, 2024
In a significant study led by Dr. Assaf Hochman from the Fredy and Nadine Herrmann Institute of Earth Sciences at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, new insights have been unveiled into the atmosph ... more
SOLAR SCIENCE
Where space weather originates
Paris, France (SPX) May 09, 2024
The Virtual Space Weather Modelling Centre, through a collaborative effort, has developed a simulation that visualizes the initiation of space weather. The model demonstrates the emergence of a flux ... more

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EARTH OBSERVATION
Ariane 6 set to launch 3Cat-4 CubeSat for Earth observation
Paris, France (SPX) May 09, 2024
Ariane 6, Europe's latest heavy-lift launcher, is set for its inaugural flight, carrying multiple missions each tasked with unique objectives ranging from Earth observation to technology testing in ... more
MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS
CesiumAstro provides multi-beam Ka-band payloads for Rocket Lab under Tranche 2 contract
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 08, 2024
CesiumAstro, known for its advanced phased array communications technology for space and airborne systems, announced its selection by Rocket Lab (Nasdaq: RKLB) to supply its Vireo active electronica ... more
SPACE TRAVEL
Boeing Starliner crewed mission postponed to May 17
Washington (AFP) May 8, 2024
The first crewed launch of Boeing's Starliner spaceship to the International Space Station has been pushed to May 17 after engineers said a faulty rocket valve needs to be replaced for the high-stakes mission, NASA said Tuesday. ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Long March 6C rocket joins fleet with successful inaugural launch
Sydney, Australia (SPX) May 08, 2024
China's Long March 6C rocket successfully completed its first flight on Tuesday, deploying four satellites into orbit. Launching at 11:21 am from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center located in ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
SSC partners with Perigee Aerospace for satellite launches from Esrange
Berlin, Germany (SPX) May 08, 2024
SSC has teamed up with South Korean company Perigee Aerospace Inc. to initiate satellite launches from Esrange Space Center in Sweden beginning in 2025. This partnership marks the first time an orbi ... more
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ROCKET SCIENCE


White Sands propulsion team evaluates 3D-printed engine component for Orion

ENERGY TECH
Private investment fuels race for nuclear fusion power in US
New York (AFP) May 6, 2024
Spurred on by major technological advances and huge private investment, the United States' nuclear fusion sector could be producing electricity within ten years, industry players say. ... more
MOON DAILY
HKU Geologists reveal diverse volcanism in Lunar Apollo Basin, Chang'e-6 landing site
Sydney, Australia (SPX) May 08, 2024
The farside of the Moon has long been a subject of intrigue, particularly because it remains hidden from view on Earth. The most notable aspect of the Moon is the distinct difference in composition, ... more
EXO WORLDS
Genomes of multicellular algal relatives reveal evolutionary clues to plant origins
Berlin, Germany (SPX) May 06, 2024
Land plants, which dominate our planet's landscape, have developed from simple organisms into complex forms with diverse organs and cell types. This transformation, supported by a vast network of ge ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Study reveals medieval Arab scientist Ibn al-Haytham's major influence on optics and physics
Berlin, Germany (SPX) May 07, 2024
Recent research by the University of Sharjah and the Warburg Institute delves into the contributions of the 11th century scientist, al-H?asan Ibn al-Haytham, better known by his Latinized name Alhaz ... more
SPACEMART
Ovzon introduces two new satellite communication services based on Ovzon 3 technology
Berlin, Germany (SPX) May 08, 2024
Ovzon has unveiled two new satellite communication services, designed to enhance performance, mobility, and resilience for its users. The services, dubbed Ovzon Pegasus and Ovzon Orion, leverage the ... more
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SPACEMART
South Australian space companies embark on growth mission with new UniSA program
Sydney, Australia (SPX) May 08, 2024
The University of South Australia (UniSA) has launched a new business growth program aimed at assisting early-stage space companies in South Australia. The program includes a six-month initiative ca ... more
TECH SPACE
Starfish Space and D-Orbit successfully conduct satellite rendezvous
Sydney, Australia (SPX) May 08, 2024
In a significant development in space logistics, Starfish Space and D-Orbit have successfully completed an on-orbit rendezvous between Starfish's Otter Pup and D-Orbit's ION SCV006 satellite. The co ... more
MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS
Rocket Lab Advances SDA Satellite Program with New Subcontractor Partnerships
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 07, 2024
Rocket Lab USA, Inc. (Nasdaq: RKLB) announced it has finalized the selection of subcontractors that will supply payloads and ground systems for the 18 satellites the company is constructing for the ... more
SPACEWAR
USSPACECOM Represents at NATO's Inaugural Space Symposium
Paris, France (SPX) May 07, 2024
Lt. Gen. Thomas James, deputy commander of the U.S. Space Command, and RAF Air Commodore Darren Whiteley, deputy director of USSPACECOM Strategy, Policy and Plans, attended NATO's first Space Sympos ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
Capella Space launches automated vessel detection service
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 07, 2024
Capella Space Corp., a US-based provider of satellite data solutions, has launched its AI-driven Vessel Classification service for high-resolution synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery. This servic ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
ICEYE launches new APIs for direct satellite tasking and data access
Berlin, Germany (SPX) May 07, 2024
ICEYE, a leader in synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite technology, has introduced two new application programming interfaces (APIs) that provide customers quicker access to its extensive SAR sa ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
Satellogic joins global data marketplace to enhance sales and distribution
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 07, 2024
Satellogic Inc. (NASDAQ: SATL), a prominent provider of sub-meter resolution Earth Observation (EO) data, has announced its inclusion as a commercial vendor in the Global Data Marketplace (GDMP). Th ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Namibian terrain captured by Copernicus satellite resembles Martian landscape
Paris, France (SPX) May 07, 2024
The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission has recently shared an image of northwest Namibia that could easily be mistaken for the Martian surface. The image showcases the dramatic landscape of the area, hig ... more
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ROCKET SCIENCE
Rocket Lab Initiates Archimedes Engine Testing Phase Following Build Completion
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 07, 2024
Rocket Lab USA, Inc. (Nasdaq: RKLB) has announced the completion of its first Archimedes engine assembly, the new 3D printed, reusable engine for the Neutron medium lift launch vehicle. The company ... more
OUTER PLANETS
UAF scientist clarifies Jupiter's magnetospheric dynamics with new data
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 07, 2024
Recent findings by University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists offer new insights into Jupiter's magnetosphere, potentially enhancing our understanding of terrestrial space weather. These discoveries ... more
TIME AND SPACE
New NASA Black Hole Visualization Takes Viewers Beyond the Brink
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 07, 2024
Ever wonder what happens when you fall into a black hole? Now, thanks to a new, immersive visualization produced on a NASA supercomputer, viewers can plunge into the event horizon, a black hole's po ... more
VENUSIAN HEAT
Venus' extreme dryness linked to specific atmospheric reactions, study suggests
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 07, 2024


Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have uncovered significant insights into why Venus, despite being similar in size and mass to Earth, contains minuscule amounts of water. Their fi ... more

STELLAR CHEMISTRY
A Fluidic Telescope is enabling the Next Generation of Large Space Observatories
Moffett Field CA (SPX) May 02, 2024
The future of space-based UV/optical/IR astronomy requires ever larger telescopes. The highest priority astrophysics targets, including Earth-like exoplanets, first generation stars, and early galax ... more
DRAGON SPACE
International Support for China's Chang'e-6 Lunar Mission
Sydney, Australia (SPX) May 06, 2024
On Friday, an international gathering praised the robust global partnership involved in China's Chang'e-6 lunar mission and expressed a unified intent to expand cooperation in lunar and deep space v ... more
MOON DAILY
Lunar railway initiative aims to streamline moonbase logistics
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 02, 2024
NASA is advancing plans for the first lunar railway system, described as a critical component for the daily operations of a sustainable lunar base envisioned for the 2030s. This initiative is part o ... more
MARSDAILY
Mars agriculture simulations show promise and challenges
Berlin, Germany (SPX) May 02, 2024
The vision of a permanent human settlement on Mars is drawing closer to reality, and with it, the challenge of ensuring food security for Martian colonists. The reliance on Earth for resupplying foo ... more
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