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Disappearing Iridium Flares

Iridium flares are disappearing from our skies. These flares are the visible phenomenon caused by the reflective surfaces of the panels of passing Iridium satellites reflecting sunlight toward the Earth

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NASA, NOAA Convene GOES 17 Mishap Investigation Board

NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have appointed a board to investigate an instrument anomaly aboard the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) 17 weather satellite currently in orbit. During postlaunch testing of the satellite’s Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) instrument, it was discovered that the instrument’s infrared detectors cannot be maintained at their required operating temperatures under certain…

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A Probe’s Journey to the Sun

  After a successful launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy Rocket, its passenger, NASA’s Parker Probe, is now on its way to rendezvous with the sun. Onlookers cheerfully watched as lift off occurred at 3:31am EDT from Space Launch Complex 37 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The spacecraft, which is roughly the size of…

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Firefly Aerospace Announces Formation of Advisory Board

Firefly Aerospace, Inc. (Firefly), a developer of orbital launch vehicles for the small to medium satellite market, announced today the formation of an all-star advisory board. Members of the board act as ambassadors and advocates of Firefly and support the executive and management teams through consultation and strategic analysis. Initial appointments to the Firefly board are Jeff Bingham, Robert M. Lightfoot,…

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NASA, French Aerospace Lab to Collaborate on Sonic Boom Prediction Research

NASA and France’s Office National d’Etudes et de Recherches Aerospatiales (ONERA), the French national aerospace research center, signed a research agreement Wednesday that could make supersonic passenger flights over land practical, dramatically reducing travel time in the United States or anywhere in the world. NASA and ONERA agreed to collaborate on research predicting where sonic booms will be heard as…

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Apollo Fusion raises $10 million to ramp production of its satellite thrusters

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Satellite propulsion company Apollo Fusion recently closed their Series B round of $10 million from Reid Hoffman from Greylock Partners.  Reid Hoffman, also the co-Founder of LinkedIn, has joined Apollo Fusion’s Board of Directors. Apollo’s mission is to help “enable the second space race” with a new satellite propulsion system that delivers 3…

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