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Launch set for GOES-R satellite capable of 30-second weather updates

NASA meteorologists have given a 90 per cent chance of good weather for the launch of the revolutionary Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite – R Series (GOES‑R) on Saturday. GOES-R is possibly the most advanced weather satellite ever produced, capable of providing high-definition, multi-spectrum snapshots of …
Iain Thomson, 18 Nov 2016
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nbn™'s Sky Muster II satellite launch grounded by wind

nbn™'s second satellite for delivering wireless broadband to remote areas, Sky Muster™ II, is unexpectedly still on the ground. The launch of Sky Muster™ II was scheduled for 05:00 AM Wednesday, Sydney time, atop an Ariane 5 rocket launched from the the European Spaceport in Kourou, Guyana. But as Arianspace reports, “ …
Artist's impression of Sentinel-1B in orbit. Pic: ESA / Pierre Carril

Drama in orbit: Brazen UFO attacks Earth's Sentinel-1A satellite

The European Space Agency's Sentinel-1A satellite has been hit by an unidentified flying object while in orbit. Panic not: the probe remains fully operational. At 1707 GMT on August 23, the satellite's ground controllers noted that the bird changed its orientation and orbit slightly, and there was a small loss of power …
Iain Thomson, 31 Aug 2016
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FBI arrests satellite engineer on charges of espionage

A US military contractor is alleged to have tried to sell Uncle Sam's satellite secrets to someone he thought was a Russian intelligence officer, the Feds claim. Gregory Allen Justice, 49, of Culver City, California, worked as a security tester on military satellites, including the GPS system, the Milstar military …
Iain Thomson, 11 Jul 2016

Dying satellite sends boffins one last surprise before disappearing

Hitomi, the failed X-ray observatory sent up to space by Japan's Aerospace Exploration Agency, peered deep into the heart of a galaxy to reveal hot bubbling plasma before it died. The satellite was launched in February with the aim of exploring high-energy activities in space, but lost contact with Earth a month later. Errors …

Africa poses for 7,000 snap mosaic

Boffins have used 7,000 images from Europe's Sentinel-2A Earth-watching satellite to construct a fine mosaic of Africa, shown entirely cloud-free in all its continental glory. The Sentinel 2-A mosaic of Africa Clear skies over Africa Most of the images - totalling 32 TB of data - were snapped between December 2015 and …
Lester Haines, 19 May 2016

India trumpets seventh navigation sat launch

India yesterday celebrated the launch of the seventh and final "Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System" (IRNSS) satellite - IRNSS-G - which rose from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, in the southeastern state of Andhra Pradesh, atop a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). According to the Indian Space Research …
Lester Haines, 29 Apr 2016

Europe's Earth-watching sat beams back icy first pic

Europe's Sentinel-1B Earth-watching satellite has delivered its first image, a tad over two days after soaring aloft from Kourou, French Guiana, and a mere two hours after its Synthetic Aperture Radar was fired up. Norway's Svalbard archipelago - including the Austfonna glacier - was the satellite's inaugural snap (full …
Lester Haines, 29 Apr 2016

Europe's Earth-watching sat rides Soyuz to orbit

VID Europe's Sentinel-1B satellite thundered aloft yesterday from Kourou, French Guiana, en route to its Earth-monitoring role as part of the Copernicus environmental monitoring network. The Soyuz lifter departed the launchpad at 21:02 GMT. Some 23 minutes later, Sentinel-1B separated from the rocket's Fregat upper stage to …
Lester Haines, 26 Apr 2016

Space archeologist discovers new evidence of Vikings invading America

Archeologists using the most advanced satellite scanning methods think they've found a new Viking settlement in the North American continent. Professor Sarah Parcak, from the University of Alabama's Archeology Department, has pioneered the use of satellite imaging in archeology and has spent the last year looking for new …
Iain Thomson, 1 Apr 2016

SpaceX Falcon 9 set yet again to soar aloft

SpaceX will have a fifth pop today at getting its SES-9 communications satellite mission off the ground from Cape Canaveral. The Falcon 9 launch window runs from 23:35 GMT tonight to 01:06 GMT tomorrow (15:35 PT to 17:06 PT today). A first launch attempt last week was grounded by inclement weather. A second go was aborted with …
Lester Haines, 4 Mar 2016

SpaceX Falcon 9 grounded by 'sledgehammer' winds

SpaceX was once again thwarted in its mission to get the SES-9 satellite off the ground from Cape Canaveral yesterday, this time due to "extreme high altitude wind shear", according to Elon Musk. Lest there be any doubt of the possible effect of such wind shear on the Falcon 9 lifter, Musk elaborated: "Hits like a sledgehammer …
Lester Haines, 2 Mar 2016

SpaceX Falcon 9 set for fourth launch attempt

SpaceX will reportedly make a fourth attempt to get its SES-9 mission off the ground later today from Florida's Cape Canaveral. The launch window for the Falcon 9 lifter is from 23:35 GMT tonight until 01:05 GMT on Wednesday morning. The first pop at carrying the SES-9 satellite aloft was scuppered by bad weather. A second go …
Lester Haines, 1 Mar 2016

SpaceX aborts Falcon 9 launch again

SpaceX has scrubbed its planned orbital delivery with just 101 seconds left on the countdown clock. No reason has been given as yet for the "Hold, hold, hold" command, but the rocket was in the last stages of preparation when it was made. Engineers had been testing the rocket's nine nozzles to make sure all were able to move …
Iain Thomson, 26 Feb 2016

Sick burn, brah: SpaceX test fires rockets for SES bird launch this week

SpaceX reports that it's ready to roll for Wednesday's satellite launch, which will be followed by another attempt to get one of the Falcon 9 rockets to land on a water-borne platform. Luxembourg-based SES is paying SpaceX to loft a new communications satellite into geostationary orbit along the equator at 108.2 degrees east …
Iain Thomson, 23 Feb 2016

Follow ESA's intercontinental ballistic missile launch live today

The European Space Agency (ESA) is gearing up for today's launch of its Sentinel 3-A satellite - part of the Copernicus Earth-monitoring programme. The satellite will lift off at 17:57 GMT from Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia, atop a Rockot converted ICBM. ESA will have live coverage of the event from 17:00 GMT. ESA's …
Lester Haines, 16 Feb 2016
The Unha-3-2 launches from Sohae Satellite Launching Station in December 2012. Pic: Official North Korean image

Norks stabilise non-threatening space speck ... for about five minutes

North Korea briefly got its tumbling satellite under control, but before the satellite made any transmissions it started tumbling again. If there was any purpose to the satellite other than to provide a rationale for the launch of the three-stage Unha rocket that lifted it, that purpose won't be fulfilled. As we reported on …
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

Silent Nork satellite tumbling in orbit

North Korean "Earth observation" satellite Kwangmyongsong-4 is "tumbling in orbit", according to US officials, suggesting a second failure by Pyongyang to get a functioning satellite aloft. Kwangmyongsong-4 launched on Saturday, to widespread international condemnation. The satellite has remained silent - as did its …
Lester Haines, 9 Feb 2016

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