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Japanese spacecraft will test space junk collector on its way to the ISS

Japanese spacecraft will test space junk collector on its way to the ISS This has led to a problem with accumulating space junk, which can be serious hazards for future space missions.Japan has launched the Kounotori 6 spacecraft on its way to the International Space Station, but this cargo vessel has a dual purpose.

The first photos from a revolutionary new weather satellite are gorgeous

The first photos from a revolutionary new weather satellite are gorgeous The first photos taken by a new, revolutionary weather satellite orbiting Earth show our planet in a stark new light.“These images come from the most sophisticated technology ever flown in space to predict severe weather on Earth," he added.

NOAA's new GOES-16 weather satellite sends back stunning first images

NOAA's new GOES-16 weather satellite sends back stunning first images NASA and NOAA launched a new weather satellite back in November of 2016 called GOES-R.The newest and most advanced weather satellite keeping watch over America is GOES-16.

NASA revamps site for EPIC photos of Earth from space

NASA revamps site for EPIC photos of Earth from space NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) camera can, though.It sends back thousands of amazing photos every year, and now you can peruse them more easily with the new website.

A record-breaking 88 satellites are launching to space on Valentine's Day

A record-breaking 88 satellites are launching to space on Valentine's Day Employees working for Planet — a California-based startup — are planning to watch a record 88 of their tiny satellites launch into orbit while eating breakfast.) After these 88 satellites — called Doves by the company — make it into orbit, they will allow it to image the entire Earth every day.

This space agency just set an out-of-this-world record

This space agency just set an out-of-this-world record A rocket loaded down with a record number of satellites just launched on its way to orbit.The Indian Space Research Organization's (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) blasted off on Tuesday at 10:58 p.

India just smashed the record for the most satellites launched by a single rocket

India just smashed the record for the most satellites launched by a single rocket Launching just one satellite into space is challenging enough, but 100-plus?The launch smashed the previous record for the most satellites sent up on a single rocket, set by Russia in 2014 when it sent 37 into orbit.

India sets world record with 104 satellites in a single rocket launch

India sets world record with 104 satellites in a single rocket launch It successfully launched 104 satellites into space with a single rocket.The launch was carried out with a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), an expendable launch system developed by India specifically to get multiple satellites into orbit in a single rocket.

Small satellites, big impact: Researchers use images to help end food insecurity

Small satellites, big impact: Researchers use images to help end food insecurity Using high-resolution images, researchers from Stanford University have been able to measure and estimate crop yields with the goal to improve agricultural productivity in the region.Earth-observing satellites have been used for decades, but recent advancements have enabled smaller, cheaper satellites to make more precise measurements of regions around the world.

The inventor of Maglev train tech wants to build a magnet-powered rocket launcher

The inventor of Maglev train tech wants to build a magnet-powered rocket launcher Well, Powell last year filed a patent application for a related concept: a “SpaceTram” maglev rocket launcher that would eschew chemical propellants in favor of magnets for launching a rocket into space.If made a reality, this would be a new way to achieve magnetic levitation, stabilization, and propulsion for a space launch.

Scientists could end up flying blind about Arctic sea ice at the worst possible time

Scientists could end up flying blind about Arctic sea ice at the worst possible time All is not well in the Arctic, where sea ice is in a long-term precipitous decline due to human-caused global warming.In February, for example, Arctic sea ice set a monthly record low, with sea ice extent coming in 455,600 square miles below the February 1981 to 2010 average.

Planet Explorer's constellation of tiny satellites shows how Earth's surface changes over time

Planet Explorer's constellation of tiny satellites shows how Earth's surface changes over time Eighty-eight of them had the same directive: map the whole globe, every day, for a company called Planet.To do that, Planet needs quite a constellation of satellites.

SpaceX's latest satellite mission may be its last non-reusable launch

SpaceX's latest satellite mission may be its last non-reusable launch Because of the difficulty in launching this satellite, SpaceX didn’t try to recover the first stage.It takes a lot of power to push a large payload up there, which left the Falcon 9 without enough fuel to land.

SpaceX set to actually reuse one of its reusable rockets

SpaceX set to actually reuse one of its reusable rockets The rocket prepped for flight is the second one recovered (the first came down on land, which is far easier).Not only that, it was the very first rocket that was successfully landed on the drone ship.

I just (virtually) adopted a piece of Earth, and so can you

I just (virtually) adopted a piece of Earth, and so can you But you don't have to wait until April 22 to get your own slice.The space agency is handing out planetary adoption certificates in the days leading up to the main event.

ESA: Time to Get Serious About Removing Space Junk

ESA: Time to Get Serious About Removing Space Junk Scientists have been sounding the alarm about the buildup of space junk for years, a point that was reinforced at the recent European Conference on Space Debris.We’ve launched some 7,000 spacecraft as a species since 1957 when Sputnik kicked off the space race.

SpaceX will launch its internet-beaming satellites into orbit in 2019

SpaceX will launch its internet-beaming satellites into orbit in 2019 The payloads on some of SpaceX's 2019 rocket launches will be its own satellites.The company plans to have the first prototype of the satellite in space by the end of this year, with the first fully-operational units hitting orbit as part of a 2019 launch campaign.

SpaceX will start launching more than 4,000 broadband internet satellites in 2019

SpaceX will start launching more than 4,000 broadband internet satellites in 2019 Detailed within a recent Federal Communications Commission filing, Elon Musk’s SpaceX wants to start launching thousands of internet-providing satellites during 2019.This broadband distribution strategy is opposite of other internet service providers.

SpaceX Nailed Two Falcon 9 Launches and Landings Over the Weekend

SpaceX Nailed Two Falcon 9 Launches and Landings Over the Weekend In the last few days, there have been two successful SpaceX launches and landings.The first of the two launches took place on Friday, and the second was on Sunday.

Russian Satellite Could Soon Be the Brightest 'Star' in the Night Sky

Russian Satellite Could Soon Be the Brightest 'Star' in the Night Sky That could change in the coming days, as a team of Russian engineers and students from the Moscow State Mechanical Engineering University (MAMI) deploy the Mayak satellite.The satellite itself is a standard cubesat around the size of a loaf of bread, but it’s going to deploy a solar reflector that could make it one of the brightest objects in the sky.