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Africa Enters Space Race With Ghana’s First Satellite Now Orbiting Our Planet

GhanaSat-1, Ghana’s first satellite, has recently started to orbit around Earth. Learn more about the launch of the satellite technology funded by the Japan space agency and which is heralding Africa's entry to the space race.

Space August 8, 2017

NASA Communication Satellite Damaged Weeks Before Atlas V Launch

The antenna of NASA's TDRS-M communication satellite was damaged while it was being packed for launch. The accident may cause changes in the timeline of the mission set for launch on Aug. 3.

Space July 17, 2017

Russia To Launch CubeSat Satellite Set To Be The Brightest Artificial Object In The Night Sky

The Mayak CubeSat satellite is set to become one of the brightest artificial objects in the night sky once it gets into orbit and unfurls its pyramid-shaped solar reflector. What are the objectives of the crowdfunded space project?

Space June 30, 2017

Russia Conducts Unusually Secret Soyuz Rocket Launch: What Is It For?

The Soyuz 2-1v rocket of Russia has launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northwest Russia, but with no official details on its payload. It's more likely a geodetic satellite, according to reports.

Space June 26, 2017

SpaceX Launches Bulgaria's First Communications Satellite Into Orbit

SpaceX launched Bulgarias's first communications satellite using a previously flown Falcon 9 booster. BulgariaSat-1 will provide television and data-communications services during its 15-year mission.

Space June 24, 2017

How Quantum Mechanics Is Chinese Scientists’ Answer To Cybersecurity Attacks

A team of Chinese scientists has successfully beat the record for quantum entanglement. But what are the applications of quantum mechanics in addressing cybersecurity attacks as well as information sharing systems?

Energy June 16, 2017

India's Mega-Rocket Launches GSAT-19 Communication Satellite Into Orbit

ISRO’s GSLV Mk III rocket, India’s most powerful rocket, launched the GSAT-19 communication satellite into orbit on Monday, June 5. What made the mission a feat for the Asian nation?

Space June 6, 2017

High-Speed Satellite Broadband Likely On Its Way: SpaceX Tests Later This Year, Launches In 2019

The Elon Musk-owned SpaceX is determined to launch the first of a network of internet-providing satellites in 2019 and start the technology’s development later in 2017. Know more from company executive Patricia Cooper speaking before the Senate.

Space May 8, 2017

What’s This Creepy Dark Streak Across The Arabian Sea Seen On A NASA Satellite Image?

The latest satellite image from NASA shows a mysterious and unsettling dark figure forming across the Arabian Sea. Discover the ordinary cause of this extraordinary phenomenon.

Earth/Environment May 3, 2017

ESA Calls For Sustainable Future In Space, Cites Growing Problem Of Orbital Debris

The European Space Agency (ESA) has raised concerns over the alarming rise of space debris. The junk scenario is posing a serious threat to many active satellites and other assets.

Space April 23, 2017

Malaysia Airlines: First Major Airline To Use Satellite Technology To Track Own Fleet

Malaysia Airlines will be the first airline to use space-based satellite technology to track its planes. Malaysia Airlines is still reeling from the 2014 disaster when its Flight 370 disappeared in the Indian Ocean.

Business Tech April 19, 2017

SpaceX Conducts Hot-Fire Test Ahead Of First Reusable Rocket's Historic Thursday Launch

SpaceX has test-fired its Falcon 9 rocket poised to make history on Thursday as a demonstration of Musk's reusable rocket technology. The Thursday launch will mark its fourth launch so far in 2017.

Space March 28, 2017

Spring Equinox Has Arrived In The Northern Hemisphere: What Is It?

Spring equinox, or the yearly celestial alignment happening between Earth and sun, has announced this shift in seasons and spring's arrival. Learn more about this phenomenon and the impending spring in the United States.

Earth/Environment March 21, 2017

WATCH: Delta IV Rocket Carrying Advanced WGS-9 US Military Communications Satellite Takes Off For Space

Delta IV rocket launched the ninth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-9) space mission for the U.S. Air Force on Saturday, March 18. See the launch highlights here.

Space March 19, 2017

Northern Lights Mystery Gets Complex: New Study Rejects Plasma Turbulence, Mentions Unknown Mechanism

A new research has negated the theory that Northern Lights are causing outages in Global Navigation Satellite Systems or GNSS. It rejected any kind of plasma turbulence and said an unknown mechanism is causing it and a new technology is due.

Space March 14, 2017

Google Sells Satellite Imaging Business Terra Bella To Planet

Planet Labs has confirmed the acquisition of Terra Bella, Google's satellite imaging business. The company, however, has not shared the terms of the deal.

Business Tech February 4, 2017

NASA Builds Origami-Inspired Radiator To Cool Down Or Warm Up Satellites

A radiator inspired by the Japanese art of paper folding is being built to cool down or warm up satellites. NASA researchers believe the new radiator will be a game-changer in thermal design.

Space February 2, 2017

ULA Atlas V Rocket Launch Of Missile Warning Satellite Delayed To Friday

The launch of ULA’s Atlas V rocket is rescheduled to Friday, Jan. 20. It will take off from Cape Canaveral in Florida carrying a geosynchronous missile detection satellite to the high orbit.

Space January 20, 2017

Japan Fails Bid To Launch Satellite-Carrying Mini-Rocket Shortly After Liftoff

Carrying a mini Earth-observation satellite, No. 4 vehicle of the SS-520 rocket series managed to lift off Sunday at 8:33 a.m. in Japan when a communications malfunction forced the abortion of the rocket’s second stage.

Space January 16, 2017

How Old Is The Moon? Earth's Natural Satellite Older Than Previously Thought

A new study suggests that the moon is about 4.51 billion years old, older than what was previously thought. The conclusions were based on analysis of fragments from the Apollo 14 mission.

Space January 12, 2017

SpaceX Wraps Up Falcon 9 Investigation, Returns To Flight With Jan. 8 Iridium Satellite Launch

SpaceX has announced Jan. 8 as the launch date of new satellites using the Falcon 9 rocket, which suspended its flight services following the Sept. 1 explosion. The company updated that the investigation into the explosion is complete after the problem has been identified as a burst in helium canisters.

Space January 4, 2017

SpaceX Seeks Permission To Launch 4,425 Satellites: Here's What They're For

SpaceX has filed an appeal to the FCC seeking permission to launch 4,425 satellites that will offer high-speed communication and broadband services all over the world.

Space November 17, 2016

NASA To Launch 6 CubeSats Starting November To Better Study Earth

The RAVAN satellite will be the first of six CubeSats NASA will be launching as part of the space agency’s effort to better understand the Earth by improving how it studies the planet.

Earth/Environment November 8, 2016

China Sends First Quantum Communication Satellite To Space

China is now at the forefront of quantum communications as a rocket carrying the country's first ever quantum satellite blasted off into space on Tuesday. Scientists will then test communications as soon as the satellite establishes itself in the orbit.

Space August 16, 2016

Mars Once Had A Third Moon Accompanying Phobos And Deimos

Phobos and Deimos are the only major natural satellites orbiting Mars today, but computer simulations suggest they were once accompanied by a third, massive companion. What do we know about this ancient Martian moon?

Space July 5, 2016

Space Tsunami Of Plasma Waves Behind Formation Of Third Van Allen Belt In Earth's Magnetosphere

What caused the formation of a third Van Allen Belt in 2013 has puzzled scientists. Researchers from University of Alberta now point at intense ultra-low frequency plasma waves.

Space June 21, 2016

World's Largest Rocket Blasts Off Into Space With US Spy Satellite [Video]

The world's most powerful rocket, United Launch Alliance's Delta IV Heavy, lifted off from Cape Canaveral in California on June 11. The mission is to send a U.S. spy satellite into orbit.

Space June 13, 2016

World's Space Agencies Agree To Use Satellites To Monitor Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Space agencies in the world have agreed to share their satellite findings to help monitor greenhouse gas emissions. Through this, there will be richer data that experts can compare and get information from.

Space June 6, 2016

Tiny 'ChipSats' Could Help Mankind Reach Alpha Centauri

Tiny, floppy disk-sized satellites may soon lead mankind into deep, interstellar space. In late August, the satellites will be dispatched at the ISS for testing.

Space June 3, 2016

Scientists Test Quantum Satellite Device In Space: What This Means For The Future

Scientists from Singapore and the United Kingdom have successfully tested a quantum satellite device that could open doors for a global quantum network. What does it mean for the future?

Space June 3, 2016

ISRO To Dispatch 22 Satellites Into Space In Solitary June Mission

India's space agency is preparing to achieve another milestone. By the end of June, the organization will dispatch as many as 22 satellites into space in a solitary mission.

Space June 1, 2016

World's First Quantum Communications Satellite From China Designed To Thwart Hackers

China is set to dispatch the world's first quantum communications satellite into orbit in July. Experts say the launch may cement the country as the leader in quantum communication.

Security May 26, 2016

Software, Human Errors Doom Mission Of Japan's Most Powerful X-Ray Satellite

A combination of software and human errors is pinpointed for the demise of the Hitomi spacecraft, Japan's ultra high-tech X-ray satellite tasked to probe black holes. Learn how one mistake led to several unfortunate events for the space observatory.

Space April 30, 2016

Vector Space Systems Launched By Pair Of SpaceX Founders

Microsatellites weighing under 100 pounds could soon be brought into orbit quickly and cheaply, thanks to a new aerospace company. What inspired two founders of SpaceX to develop their own rocket?

Space April 27, 2016

India's Military Satellite Cartosat-2C To Boost Surveillance Capabilities

Earth observation satellite Cartosat-2C will be launched in May on a PSLV rocket as a show of India's military surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. The Indian military satellite will place the country alongside the U.S., China, and Israel, which all have spy satellites in space.

Space April 14, 2016

Palm-Sized Satellite FemtoSat Aims To Bring Down Cost Of Space Missions

The outer space will soon be literally within your grasp. Scientists from Arizona State University have developed a tiny, palm-sized satellite called FemtoSat, hoping to provide cheaper space missions that can be done by anyone.

Space April 10, 2016

NASA Satellite Maps Undergound Fungi Networks From Space

Scientists at NASA used satellite images to map the network of undergound fungi in forests. The valuable information could help them predict which forests will thrive and which ones will falter because of climate change.

Animals April 4, 2016

DARPA Proposes System To Serve As Satellite Lifeline

A new DARPA program aims to do what many have wanted to achieve for decades: provide a satellite lifeline. To start, they want to create a robotic modular toolkit to fix satellite troubles anytime.

Space March 28, 2016

Rings Of Saturn (And Moons) May Be Younger Than The Dinosaurs

The rings of Saturn are the most distinctive feature of the planet, but a new study shows they may be significantly younger than expected. How did astronomers determine when these satellites formed?

Space March 25, 2016

Titan's Tallest Peak Spied By Cassini Spacecraft

Titan possesses mountains over 10,000 feet in height, and the Cassini spacecraft has found the largest of them all. What makes this finding on Saturn's largest moon so special?

Space March 25, 2016

Perfect Launch, Still No Perfect Landing: SpaceX Rocket Lands Hard On Floating Platform

After several aborted attempts, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket finally soared into space last March 4 to deliver the SES-9 satellite into orbit. But while the launch was successful, the landing didn't really go as intended.

Space March 5, 2016

SpaceX Aborts Second Falcon 9 Attempt To Deliver Satellites Into Space Just Two Minutes Before Liftoff

Due to a technical difficulty, SpaceX called off its second attempt Thursday to propel the SES-9 communications satellite into distant orbit. The SES-9 satellite is designed to provide TV broadcasting and other communications services from parts of Southeast Asia to Africa and the Middle East.

Space February 26, 2016

Satellite Operator SES Wants To Buy Used SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket

Satellite operator SES expressed interest in purchasing a used Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX, which it will use for a future launch. It is aspiring to be the first among satellite operators to use the same rocket twice to reach orbit.

FUTURE TECH February 24, 2016

Pre-Dawn Launch Kicks Off Secret Mission Of New US Military Spy Satellite

The NRO's new spy satellite blasted off to space aboard ULA's Delta IV rocket on Wednesday for a secret mission. The rocket's trajectory suggests the satellite is headed to an orbit around Earth's poles.

Space February 11, 2016

SpaceX Rocket To Shuttle New SES-9 Satellite On Feb. 24: Will Fourth Barge Landing Attempt Succeed?

The Falcon 9 rocket is expected to deliver a new SES-9 satellite into orbit on Feb. 24. Will the fourth barge landing attempt finally land smoothly?

Space February 9, 2016

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