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Nov 11, 2018

Rocket Lab Completes First Commercial Launch of Its Electron Rocket

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U.S.-based aerospace manufacturer Rocket Lab completed its first successful commercial launch on Saturday, sending seven spacecraft including “six tiny satellites and a drag sail demonstrator” into orbit aboard a relatively small Electron rocket designed primarily for smallsats and cubesats, Spaceflight Now reported.

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Nov 11, 2018

Quantum ‘compass’ could allow navigation without relying on satellites

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The UK’s first quantum accelerometer for navigation has been demonstrated by a team from Imperial College London and M Squared.

Most navigation today relies on a system (GNSS), such as GPS, which sends and receives signals from satellites orbiting the Earth. The is a self-contained system that does not rely on any external signals.

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Nov 9, 2018

From the vantage point of our NASA Earth satellites in space, the fast-moving #CampFire threatening several towns in California can be seen in this natural-color image

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Take a closer look: https://go.nasa.gov/2FewzZ5

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Nov 7, 2018

New Satellites Will Use Radio Waves to Spy on Ships and Planes

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This month, HawkEye 360 will send up satellites that track the radio transmissions of ships, planes and other things on Earth, allowing them to be tracked by their communications.

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Nov 6, 2018

Airglow in Earth’s upper atmosphere shines in red, green, purple and yellow in this view from the International Space Station

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Turbulence in this sea of charged particles can interfere with satellites 🛰 as well as communication 📡 and navigation 📶 signals. When it launches tomorrow, our #NASAICON mission will watch and image airglow, helping scientists better understand the extreme variability of the region where Earth meets space.

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Nov 5, 2018

Researchers Can Now Monitor Whales Via Satellite

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The latest high resolution satellites can pick out whales surfacing in huge swaths of ocean, which will aid in conservation.

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Nov 2, 2018

Quantum Navigation Could be as Accurate as GPS, Without Satellites

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Where in the world is Quantum Sandiego?

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Nov 1, 2018

There’s a region over South America where NASA shuts down its satellites

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It’s called the South Atlantic Anomaly.


The closest radiation belt to Earth roams above South America. It is called the South Atlantic Anomaly and gives off high levels of radiation that has been known to destroy satellites.

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Oct 31, 2018

Diwata-2 successfully launched to space, makes first contact

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Contact successful!


Diwata-2 was successfully launched to space on October 29, 2018 at 12:08 GMT+08 from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan via H-IIA F40 rocket. It is one of the small satellites piggybacked with the main payloads IBUKI-2, also known as GOSAT-2 (JAXA’s Second Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite), and KhalifaSat, a remote sensing Earth observation satellite developed by the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) in the United Arab Emirates. The other small satellites are the Japanese-made Tenkou, PROITERES-2, Stars-AO, and AUTcube-2. Diwata-2 was inserted into the Sun-Synchronous Orbit at an altitude of 621 km, 43 minutes and 20 seconds after rocket lift-off.

On Oct 29, 2018 at 13:52 GMT+08, initial contact was established between Diwata-2 and the Ground Receiving Station (GRS) located at the Department of Science and Technology Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI). Short telemetry data was received from the satellite on that day. Diwata-2 was initially tracked using pre-launch orbital parameters. As of 12:40 PM yesterday, October 31, 2018, the GRS can now read the satellite’s status, including vital signs such as fully charged batteries, normal power consumption, and good communication link. Commands were successfully sent and initial check procedures will continue throughout the first week from launch. Initial image captures from the cameras can be expected in the coming days.

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Oct 30, 2018

The Air Force Wants Your Help Guarding Satellites From Space Junk

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Up for it?


The Pentagon will line your pockets if you lend a hand.

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