Category: satellite

NASA Satellite Breaks From Orbit Around Earth, Heads to Moon

WELLINGTON, New Zealand—A satellite the size of a microwave oven successfully broke free from its orbit around Earth on Monday and is headed toward the moon, the latest step in NASA’s plan to land astronauts on the lunar surface again. It’s been an unusual journey already for the Capstone satellite. It was launched six days…


South Korea Launches First Satellite With Homegrown Rocket

SEOUL, South Korea—South Korea conducted its first successful satellite launch using a domestically developed rocket on Tuesday, officials said, boosting its growing aerospace ambitions and demonstrating it has key technologies needed to launch spy satellites and build larger missiles amid tensions with rival North Korea. The three-stage Nuri rocket placed a functioning “performance verification” satellite…


SpaceX Rocket Launches With Globalstar Satellite

Elon Musk’s SpaceX corporation launched a new satellite—Globalstar FM15—in the early hours of Sunday from Cape Canaveral in Florida. Like other SpaceX ventures, the launch vehicle supporting the mission—Falcon 9—returned to Earth shortly after launch, successfully landing on the Just Read the Instructions droneship, which is stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. Globalstar FM15 is now…


SpaceX Protests Viasat-Inmarsat Merger Plans to US FCC

WASHINGTON—SpaceX’s satellite unit on Monday protested Viasat’s proposed acquisition of Inmarsat to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), alleging the rival satellite operator had violated commission rules and should not be granted approval to control another company’s assets. SpaceX, which has launched some 2,600 satellites to space for its Starlink internet constellation, called on the…


Amazon, SpaceX Snag NASA Space Communications Contracts

WASHINGTON—Amazon’s satellite venture, SpaceX’s Starlink network, and other satellite firms on Wednesday won a combined $278.5 million in contracts from NASA to demonstrate communications in space as the U.S. space agency moves to replace its current satellite network in orbit with privately-built systems. NASA is increasingly looking to rely on private space companies for its…


US Intelligence Satellite Launched From California

VANDENBERG SPACE FORCE BASE, Calif.—A classified satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) was launched into space from California on Sunday. The NROL-85 satellite lifted off at 6:13 a.m. from Vandenberg Space Force Base aboard a two-stage SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. It was the first mission by the NRO to reuse a SpaceX rocket…


Capacity Crunch May Abort US Satellite Boom as Sanctions Threaten Russia Launches

Houston, we have a problem! U.S. rocket companies are facing the daunting task of ferrying hundreds of satellites to space in the coming years as sanctions sideline the Russian space launch industry. SpaceX, Astra Space, and Rocket Lab USA are among a handful of U.S. companies expected to fill the vacuum, but industry officials have…


China Launches New Satellite While AUKUS Raises Stakes

News Analysis China launched a new satellite designed for “Earth observation” on April 7. According to Chinese Communist Party (CCP)-controlled media, the Gaofen-3-03 will coordinate with two similar satellites currently in orbit, and subsequently enhance Beijing’s ability to produce synthetic aperture radar (SAR) images. The regime claims that these images will enable the country to…


Amazon Signs Landmark Rocket Deal

Former Amazon.com Inc. CEO Jeff Bezos has reunited with his former company in a landmark deal to launch 83 satellites in upcoming years, in what has been described as the largest deal ever in the history of the commercial space industry. On Tuesday, Amazon announced that it would be partnering with numerous companies to launch…


Australian University Launches Off-Earth Space Simulation Lab

The University of Adelaide, South Australia, launched its Exterres Laboratory on Thursday, an off-Earth surface testing environment for space technology such as rovers, and a first of its kind in Australia. Located on the North Terrace campus, the Extraterrestrial Environmental Simulation (Exterres) Laboratory will be a major stepping stone in developing technology to accompany humans…