For this DIY project things are a bit pricey–as in thousands of dollars pricey. If you’re one of those lucky few who happens to have that kind of money sitting around, then perhaps these two kits are meant for you. The kits are available online from Interorbital Systems (IOS). If you buy one or two, the rest […]Read More DIY Space: Personal Satellite Kits
One of the problems with the SpaceX booth at the 30th Space Symposium last week is they only displayed their Falcon 9 rocket (and the landing legs were the wrong color–black–instead of the white a real Falcon 9 booster is painted with). Of course, it’s the only rocket that SpaceX uses so far. The other problem, by the […]Read More Pictures of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy
The Molniya orbit, a type of highly elliptical orbit (HEO), was the focus of the last HEO post. And it was noted that the Molniya is an orbit perfectly suited to communication. But what other missions and satellites use the HEO? Believe it or not, the US has organizations that use the HEO for a […]Read More Why Space Matters: HEO Satellite Operations, Part 5–Spysats, IR, and MMS
It might come as a surprise to some people that Canada has a space agency–the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). Some Americans might view our northern neighbor’s agency as a NASA-Lite, but that would be very untrue. It might be even more surprising for people to know the CSA is very active and has provided some critical […]Read More Dextre: When Humans Just Won’t Do
Google’s maybe getting into space? This is an interesting TechCrunch article about the possible acquisition of satellite imagery company SkyBox by advertising aggregator Google. Theoretically, SkyBox is Google’s only target, but TechCrunch does float Planet Labs and RapidEye as possible targets, too. Except, SkyBox is the ONLY satellite company offering real-time streaming of High Definition video. Which might […]Read More Googs in Space?