The European Space Agency (ESA) has a mission for you, should you be willing to accept, and perhaps have a creative flair. They would love for you to give their mission a name in a challenge imaginatively titled “Name That Mission.” The mission will be an ESA astronaut (shouldn’t the Europeans have a different name […]Read More Name an ESA Space Mission
Planetary Resources linked this Youtube video of Neil de Grasse Tyson answering a few penetrating questions about why “bumping” asteroids out of the way is so hard. The thing is, the questions were asked by a 9-year old named Jacob. Jacob obviously is worried about asteroids hitting the Earth. Props to Mr. Tyson for actually […]Read More Asteroid Deflection: So Easy, a 9-Year Old Understands It?
If you live near Harwell, Oxford, you have the opportunity to build a small satellite. Satellite Applications Catapult is hosting this event, “Build Your Own Cubesat Weekend,” near the end of this March, on the 29 and 30th. This event is meant to get ANYONE who has an interest in building a small satellite involved […]Read More Small Satellite Building Event at Oxford
We’re from the Government. We’re here to help… The announcement of two geosynchronous space situational awareness satellites from the United States Air Force last Friday was very interesting. It also raises some issues, which are addressed in my latest Clearancejobs.com article. I’ll probably talk a bit more about the other issues later, too.Read More What the USAF Watch-dog Satellites May Mean to the Space Community
For a very long time, satellites orbiting the Earth have had a very finite lifetime. Some satellites have lasted over ten years, and aside from anomalies and failing components, a satellite’s fuel tank has been key to how long a satellite can function. But that might change soon for geosynchronous (GEO) satellites, thanks to RROxITT (Remote Robotic […]Read More Fill it up, RROxITT! And check the solar panels, too.