Will SpaceX Shut Europe Out of the Space Launch Market? This article’s author seems to think there is a possibility Arianespace won’t exist as a company because of SpaceX. But I doubt that assertion. Maybe in a purely non-political playing field, sure. But not in this reality. I don’t think France is going to let […]Read More March 8, 2019: Weekly Spatial Resolutions
One of my favorite sites, TheVerge.com, covered this year’s SXSW (South By SouthWest) activities. They posted this article about an application NASA and Planetary Resources released during SXSW for public downloading. The application, called Asteroid Data Hunter (ADH-not the greatest name), will allow people to upload images of the stars. Then the application will sift […]Read More Search The Skies for Objects Out to get You
The next few hours or so will be interesting and hopefully history-making. The European Space Agency (ESA) team has come so far with the Rosetta mission. If you don’t know what Rosetta is, in short: the Europeans have sent a spacecraft, Rosetta, to successfully intercept a comet over 400,000,000 km (about 250,000,000 miles) from Earth, and […]Read More On Time, On Target? The Rosetta Mission
Placing a satellite in the wrong orbit. It’s what the delightful world of mission assurance is supposed to prevent. If you talk to any space operator, mission assurance is the sexiest profession in the space realm…JK–not really! If anything, the typical space operator falls asleep at the first fishbone chart presented in the omnipresent and snore-inducing […]Read More Russia’s Fregat: What Mission Assurance?
The European Space Agency (ESA) announced the results of a decision to use California’s Napa Valley earthquake as an opportunity to show how satellites might be able to provide information. In this case, the ESA tasked their low earth orbiting (LEO) Sentinel-1 satellite‘s Synthetic Aperture Radar Interferometry payload to take a look at the affected area. The […]Read More Groovy Man! Satellite Helps with Earthquake