Category: satellites

Space Regulation Needs to Keep Up with Ever Increasing Traffic

Experts from Australia’s Flinders University are calling for a step up in the regulation of space activities amidst the rapidly evolving commercial use of space and growing reports of space debris found in several places around the globe. In a recent report—titled Low Earth Orbit, Satellite Constellations and Regulation—governments are asked to pay closer attention…


Northrop Wins Space Development Agency’s Contract to Build 14 Satellite

Defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corp said on Monday it had won a contract to build and deploy a low-Earth orbit constellation of 14 satellites for the U.S. Space Development Agency. The satellites are part of the agency’s plan to build the Tranche 1 Tracking Layer for detecting, identifying, and track hypersonic weapons and other advanced…


US Building Satellites to Track Hypersonic Missiles

The United States is building a new satellite system to track hypersonic weapons following repeated demonstrations of such weapons by China and Russia. The Pentagon announced two contracts on July 18, worth a combined $1.3 billion, to develop an advanced satellite system expected to be in orbit beginning April 2025. The Space Development Agency (SDA)…


Chinese Researchers Reportedly View Elon Musk’s Starlink as a Military Threat

Chinese military researchers reportedly view the SpaceX-operated Starlink satellite internet system as a national security threat while suggesting Beijing needs to have the ability to destroy it. An expert suggests that the PLA has no capability to defeat Starlink. A Beijing-affiliated military TV program, “Crazy Warfare Show,” recently published an article analyzing the progress of…


SpaceX Launches 53 Satellites Into Orbit

SpaceX launch another round of Starlink satellites into orbit Wednesday. Fifty-three Starlink internet satellites were released into orbit on this mission. This is the third Starlink mission launch in the past five days. Starlink satellites enable video calls, online gaming, streaming, and other high data rate activities. …


Pentagon Seeks to ‘Reduce Uncertainty’ in Norms for Space Amid Increased Aggression by China, Russia

The Department of Defense (DoD) is seeking to establish more secure norms and behaviors in outer space amid increased aggression by China and Russia, according to one Pentagon official. “Developing a shared understanding among states of what constitutes safe and responsible space activities benefits all space operators, including DoD,” said John Hill, deputy assistant secretary…


Western Australian Government Injects $6.5 million into State’s Space Program

The Western Australian (WA) government has committed $6.5 million (US$4.9 million) in the upcoming State Budget to further develop the state’s ambitious space program. WA Science Minister Roger Cook said in a release on Thursday that as part of “Diversify WA”, the McGowan government’s economic development framework, space is one of the nine sectors targeted….


‘We Must Act Now’ to Defend Space Capabilities: US Space Force Commander

Leaders from the military community briefed Congress on April 6 that China and Russia were seeking to Usurp the United States’ strategic advantage by disrupting its space-based infrastructure. New, more resilient satellite systems, they said, were in the works. “Our adversaries are committed to disrupting our strategic advantage in space during crisis and in conflict,”…


China Developing Comprehensive Arsenal of ‘Space and Counterspace Capabilities’: Expert

Western nations are responding to the growing threat of space-based warfare from China and Russia, according to one expert, but much work remains to be done to mitigate risks to vital infrastructure. “We recognize that space is a critical domain for military operations, it’s an operational environment,” said Malcolm Davis, a senior analyst at the…


SpaceX Satellites Falling out of Orbit After Solar Storm

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—Spacex’s newest fleet of satellites is tumbling out of orbit after being struck by a solar storm. Up to 40 of the 49 small satellites launched last week have either reentered the atmosphere and burned up, or are on the verge of doing so, the company said in an online update Tuesday night….