All that you touch, all that you see… Yep, you guessed it! We’re going to talk about another issue common to geostationary (GEO) satellites: the eclipse. This issue is almost opposite from the problem discussed in Part 5 of the GEO lesson series. Instead of being overpowered by the sun’s energy, the satellite can’t function […]Read More Why Space Matters: GEO Satellite operations, Part 6–Eclipse
I do hate posts like Gizmodo’s, asserting something that when you drill down, may or may not be true. You just can’t tell. But I guess that’s what link bait is: something to get people to click on, true or not. And when you drill down to the Washington Free Beacon post, it’s certainly not clear […]Read More Chinese grappling satellites?
Engadget posted a nice, short article about Telstar 1. It’s not about the song (video of it played here), which was played by the Tornados and quite popular. Both were launched in the 1960’s, the song named after the satellite. Telstar 1 looked quite a bit like a space station from a certain popular sci-fi […]Read More The mini Death Star and its song
A few smart folks have found that the Earth’s bulge is beneficial to satellites orbiting it. In this article, they explain why a perfectly spherical Earth would’ve been bad for a lot of satellites, resulting in plenty of satellite carnage (satellites falling from orbit more quickly). But it turns out that our spinning, bulgy planet […]Read More Sometimes it’s good to have a bulge–in space!
So tomorrow evening NASA is hoping to get this satellite launched out of Wallops Island, Virginia. Orbital Sciences is launching the satellite payload on top of a converted Peacekeeper ICBM (InterContinental Ballistic Missile), now called a Minotaur V. According to NASA’s mission statement, they would like to have the satellite orbiting the moon in a few […]Read More 50 Kilometers above the moon