Satellites

Russian and US satellites almost collide in orbit

On February 28, 2024, the world miraculously avoided another space disaster that could have significantly contaminated low Earth orbit. Of course, the Russians are to blame again, said LeoLabs, a company that monitors objects in space. On February 28, 2024, the company observed a dangerous rapprochement between Russia’s long-established inoperative ... Read more

Japan will launch the world’s first wooden satellite into space this year

Japan has developed the world’s first wooden satellite. It is called LignoSat, The Guardian reports. The probe was made by Japanese scientists from magnolia wood. They chose this particular tree because it performed best in tests conducted on the ISS. Preparations for the launch are already nearing completion, and the ... Read more

India launches XPoSat satellite to study black holes

India successfully launches its first satellite to study black holes, reports Bloomberg. The device is called the X-ray Polarimeter Satellite (XPoSat) and weighs 470 kg. It will study X-rays from about 50 objects. It will use equipment developed by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in collaboration with a research ... Read more

Amazon has successfully tested optical inter-satellite communication technology

Amazon has successfully tested optical inter-satellite link (OISL) as part of the Kuiper project. This technology involves the use of lasers to transmit data between spacecraft in orbit, writes TechCrunch. To do this, the company used KuiperSat-1 and KuiperSat-2 test satellites, which were launched into space aboard a United Launch ... Read more

SpaceX receives US permission to test Direct to Cell service for six months

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has granted Elon Musk’s SpaceX company permission to test the Direct to Cell service, reports Bloomberg. Thus, the commission approved the company’s request for six months of testing, which will involve about 2,000 test devices and 840 satellites. As you know, in the fall, ... Read more

NASA has shown a map of almost all the water on Earth – the SWOT apparatus helped with this

NASA scientists have used data from the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite to create a map of almost all the water on Earth, reports Space. The corresponding animation shows the different surface levels of the oceans, freshwater lakes and rivers on the planet. SWOT collected data during its ... Read more

On October 6, Amazon will launch test Internet satellites of the Kuiper project into space

On October 6, Amazon will launch two test satellites of the Kuiper project into space. They are called KuiperSat-1 and KuiperSat-2 and will be sent aboard an Atlas V rocket from United Launch Alliance (ULA), reports The Verge. The launch of the test vehicles is part of the company’s intentions ... Read more

The US imposes the world’s first fine for space debris

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has imposed the first-ever fine on a company that violated space debris regulations. This is reported by The Guardian with reference to the commission. It is about the American satellite TV provider Dish Network, which failed to ensure proper deorbiting of the EchoStar-7 satellite. ... Read more

New US Space Force unit created to shoot down enemy satellites

The US Space Force has initiated the creation of a specialized unit – the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Squadron (ISRS) to counter potential space threats from other countries, writes Gizmodo. The announcement was made during a ceremony at Peterson Space Force Base in Colorado. The primary mission of the ISRS ... Read more

NASA has established communication with unique satellites Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde

NASA has announced the establishment of command communications with all four CubeSats on the Starling mission, according to the space agency’s announcement announcement. The payload and satellite engines are currently being tested, which is the final stage of commissioning. Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde, as the project team members call ... Read more

View from above: what role do satellite images play in the Russian-Ukrainian war

When talking about the use of satellites during the current stage of the war (since February 24), one remembers the ICEYE satellite acquired by the Prytula team or the use of Starlink for communication at the front. However, there is a less visible, but nevertheless important, work of satellites, the ... Read more

The Russian experimental military satellite Сosmos-2499 fell into pieces. Again

The 18th Space Defense Squadron, a special unit of the US Space Force that tracks all man-made objects in Earth orbit, announced that the Russian military satellite Сosmos-2499 fell into a pile of fragments. And this is already the second time. The second destruction of the satellite took place on ... Read more

The Ukrainian EOS SAT-1 satellite made contact and transmitted telemetry

According to EOS Data Analytics (EOSDA), the Ukrainian Earth observation satellite EOS SAT-1, which was launched on January 3, 2023 as part of Transporter-6‘s mission, transmitted telemetry and systems health data confirming its launch into orbit. As a reminder, EOS SAT-1 is the first satellite of the EOS SAT constellation, ... Read more

SpaceX Falcon 9 delivered two Ukrainian satellites into orbit at once – PolyITAN-HP-30 and EOS SAT-1

As part of the first space launch in 2023, the SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket launched 114 small satellites into low Earth orbit at once, including two Ukrainian ones – PolyITAN-HP-30 created by students of the National Technical University of Ukraine (Kyiv Polytechnic Institute) and the Earth observation satellite ... Read more

Poland buys two reconnaissance satellites from France

Poland continues to arm itself, this time the country decided to strengthen its intelligence capabilities and concluded a contract with France for the construction of two intelligence satellites equipped with cameras with a resolution of 30 cm. This is reported by Reuters. The amount of the contract is €575 million, ... Read more

After deploying the massive array, the BlueWalker satellite became as bright as Orion’s stars

Since the launch of the BlueWalker-3 satellite in September, observers have anxiously watched the sky in anticipation of its full deployment. Now the prototype satellite has fully deployed its antenna array, greatly increasing the brightness and creating a threat to space exploration. AST SpaceMobile Company announced the full deployment of ... Read more

NASA has launched a new Earth observation satellite that will monitor weather and climate change

NASA has successfully launched a new Earth observation satellite that will help scientists forecast the weather and monitor extreme weather events that are becoming more common. The satellite, called the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 (JPSS-2), is part of a global observing system and the product of a partnership between NASA ... Read more

Ukrainian Ruslan delivered a satellite for SpaceX

Ukraine delivered to the USA one of the satellites that the SpaceX company will soon launch into space. The cargo was moved in cooperation with the logistics company Bollore Logistics Space on board the An-124-100-150 aircraft. The cargo weighs 50 tons, including the 14.69 m long, 5.45 m wide, and ... Read more

Defense Minister Reznikov: the “people’s” satellite ICEYE is already producing results on the battlefield

In August, the Serhiy Prytula Foundation announced that 600 million hryvnias ($14,2 million) that were collected by Ukrainians for three “Bayraktars” will be spent on the purchase of ICEYE‘s satellite because the manufacturer eventually provided the drones for free. At that time, this decision was made after consultations with the ... Read more

The iPhone 14 will be able to send emergency messages thanks to a partnership between Apple and Globalstar

Apple has chosen Globalstar as its partner for a feature that will allow users of iPhone 14/14 Plus and iPhone 14 Pro/14 Pro Max to send emergency messages from remote locations using satellite, reports Reuters. Apple will allocate $450 million from its advanced manufacturing fund to satellite infrastructure to support ... Read more

What did Serhiy Prytula Charitable Foundation buy: technical specifications and details of the agreement to acquire the ICEYE satellite

ICEYE satellite technologies will allow taking pictures of the territory of Ukraine despite cloudiness, rain, snow, fog, smoke or night time. The company owns more than 18 satellites, which, flying over Ukraine, can collectively take about 36 pictures per day. The technical details of the agreement were revealed today by ... Read more

The Serhiy Prytula Foundation acquired access to the ICEYE satellite with the money collected for Bayraktar

As you probably remember, the Serhiy Prytula Foundation recently quickly raised money for three Bayraktar drones, which the Turkish company eventually gave to Ukraine for free. Then the Foundation undertook to use the money properly. So, ”this day has come” and Prytula told what exactly the saved funds went to. ... Read more

Space race 2.0: winners and losers (in memory of Rogozin)

To remember Dmitry Rogozin, the “talented” head of the Soviet Russian space industry, who is famous for screwing up tweeting a lot, let’s see who is really dominating space now. And the infographic from the site Visual Capitalist will help us in this. Since the beginning of the space age, ... Read more

China wants to develop weapons against Starlink, as satellites can be used for military purposes

The Chinese military want to be able to disable or even destroy Starlink Internet satellites. They stated this in an article in the journal Modern Defense Technology. The authors emphasize that satellites can be used for military purposes for the benefit of other states. This threatens China’s national security. Military researchers ... Read more

Two military satellites communicated through space lasers

Usually satellites do not communicate with each other, they transmit data to Earth via radio signals, where they then receive data from other satellites. However, recently two military satellites were able to exchange data directly, transmitting more than 200 gigabits over a distance of about 100 kilometers. On Thursday this ... Read more