It must have been a slow news week last week, because this story gained traction: Space warfare with Russia and China? Pentagon urged to prepare for it. In the story, an unlikely scenario unfolds where China attacks U.S. navigation satellites, the U.S. suddenly becomes helpless, and is at the mercy of the “Red Menace.” My response: […]Read More When China Attacks?
The Falcon 9 a little over 2 minutes after launch. Image from NASA TV courtesy of SpaceNew.com This Sunday morning, a Falcon 9 rocket was supposed to launch and deliver supplies to the International Space Station (ISS). And while SpaceX launched the rocket around 8:20 AM (MST) this morning, the resupply mission, CRS7, didn’t make […]Read More SpaceX’s CRS7 mission explodes
Whoopsies! Or perhaps a more intense, colorful yet NSFW word went through the minds of the astronauts inhabiting the International Space Station (ISS) due to events last Thursday, Sept 4, 2014. Because that’s when one of the astronauts noticed the Pod Bay, erm, I mean the ISS Cubesat launcher doors were open. The actual name […]Read More Space Launcher Fires Unexpectedly (AGAIN!!??)
This New Scientist post is quite interesting. It talks about a topic that is a bit unusual: landfill mining. There is at least one company out there right now–Terra Recovery–that’s taking advantage of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Business Incubation Centers to hatch an idea for using satellites for their business. And that business is […]Read More Mining Landfills Made Easier with Satellites
Between my previous post about Planet Labs’ New Zealand remote terminal, and this post about Australian communications satellites winning an communications innovation award, it’d be easy to think something is in the water down under. Like Planet Labs, Australia is using micro satellites, but, for now, they are using the satellites for communications and not imagery. The Australians […]Read More Micro-Sat Communications Over Australia (Plus 2 DIY Space Projects)