Chinese company's rocket launches 3 satellites into orbit

That’s three for three for a Chinese rocket company. Galactic Energy of China sent a Ceres-1 solid rocket into orbit Tuesday (Aug. 9) from the Jiaquan Satellite Launch Center, according to social media posts. Chinese state media confirmed the successful rocket launch at 12:11 a.m. EDT (0411 GMT or 12:11 p.m. local time), which is…

Busek finds headroom to double in size

Busek is rapidly expanding its staff and facilities in response to strong demand for spacecraft propulsion. The post Busek finds headroom to double in size appeared first on .

Best sci-fi TV shows of all time

When a sci-fi concept is brought to life on TV, there’s a lot of opportunity to succeed, expand, and delight viewers with multiple seasons, recurring cast members, and dedicated writers. Sometimes, TV shows don’t get that lucky, getting canceled before they’ve had a chance to truly shine. But, that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve a…

Galactic Energy of China registers third consecutive successful launch

Chinese commercial launch service provider Galactic Energy maintained a 100 percent launch record early Tuesday with its third Ceres-1 solid rocket launch. The post Galactic Energy of China registers third consecutive successful launch appeared first on .

Vaonis Stellina Observation Station Smart telescope review

The Stellina is like no other telescope you’ve seen. At first glance, it appears to be a smooth plastic box about the size of a small suitcase, and even when it’s in operation, there is no eyepiece to look through. This is a truly smart telescope, as revolutionary and different in design as when we…

Best stargazing tents: keep warm and dry when skywatching

If you’re looking for the best stargazing tents out there, then you’ve come to the right place as we’re rounding up the top items you can get for your money. Whether you’re in the market for something substantial to withstand strong winds and heavy rain on mountain tops, or something that pops up with ease,…

Russia launches sharp-eyed spy satellite for Iran

Iran will soon have access to sharp orbital imagery, thanks to a newly launched spy satellite. That spacecraft, called Khayyam, lifted off atop a Russian Soyuz rocket today (Aug. 9) at 1:52 a.m. EDT (0552 GMT) from the Russia-run Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.  Russian state media provider TASS confirmed (opens in new tab) the satellite…

Pluto explorer deep dives to the Titanic

You would think plunging into deep space, to the outer banks of our solar system, would be a person’s career ascension. But for Alan Stern, principal investigator of the New Horizons mission that explored Pluto and more recently the Kuiper Belt, he also recently descended in a deep sea submersible to view the sunken remains…

Watch SpaceX launch 53 Starlink satellites and land a rocket at sea Tuesday evening

SpaceX will launch another big batch of its Starlink internet satellites to orbit and land a rocket on a ship at sea on Tuesday (Aug. 9), and you can watch the action live. A two-stage Falcon 9 rocket topped with 53 Starlink spacecraft is scheduled to lift off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida…

How dancing black holes get close enough to merge

The many black hole mergers detected through gravitational wave observatories have revealed that black holes crash into each other far more often than we thought. Now, new research suggests a way for black holes to merge quickly: They must be caught in the accretion disk of a supermassive companion. It’s relatively easy, astrophysically speaking, to…

A month on 'Mars': Traveling to the Red Planet

Two a.m. is not a fit hour for travel, but that was the rise-and-shine time for Pascal and me in San Jose, California. I’d driven to his home to fly out of the local airport shortly after five that morning. Other team members, six more in all, would be flying from Boston, San Diego, and…

TransAstra and Slooh to offer students asteroid detection tool

Space logistics startup TransAstronautica announced a partnership Aug. 9 with online astronomy platform Slooh to offer U.S. schools access to a global telescope network of ground-based and space-based telescopes. The post TransAstra and Slooh to offer students asteroid detection tool appeared first on .

Benchmark unveils small satellite collision-avoidance kit

Benchmark Space Systems unveiled a collision avoidance kit designed to help small satellites dodge debris and steer clear of other spacecraft. The post Benchmark unveils small satellite collision-avoidance kit appeared first on .

Weather looks good for SpaceX Starlink launch on Tuesday

It doesn’t look like Mother Nature will interfere with SpaceX’s next Starlink launch. The latest forecast from the U.S. Space Force predicts just a 30% chance of bad weather for the SpaceX launch of 53 Starlink satellites, which is scheduled to occur at 6:57 p.m. EDT (2257 GMT) from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in coastal…

Massive megastructures circle the Earth in trailer for sci-fi film 'Orbital'

Not every filmmaker has the luxury of a generous Hollywood studio budget to create spectacular cinematic space visuals, but with a little ingenuity, passion, and imagination some astonishing results can conjured up. Hashem Al-Ghaili is a Yemeni molecular biotechnologist, science communicator, director and producer whose YouTube videos on scientific breakthroughs have been watched by millions. …

Launch startup SpaceRyde fortifies advisory board

Canadian launch startup SpaceRyde said Aug. 8 it has added a second member to its advisory board with the appointment of Mina Mitry, the CEO of small satellite operator Kepler Communications. The post Launch startup SpaceRyde fortifies advisory board appeared first on .

Beck: CAPSTONE demonstrates feasibility of low-cost interplanetary smallsats

Rocket Lab’s launch of a NASA lunar cubesat mission lived up to its name, serving as a capstone for the company’s efforts to develop end-to-end space systems and interplanetary missions, according to its chief executive. The post Beck: CAPSTONE demonstrates feasibility of low-cost interplanetary smallsats appeared first on .

SpaceX's Starship Super Heavy rocket returns to launch pad (photos)

SpaceX has rolled the latest version of its massive Super Heavy rocket back to the launch pad. The “Booster 7” Super Heavy rocket prototype moved to a launch pad at Starbase, SpaceX’s South Texas facility, overnight on Friday (Aug. 5) for testing, which is apparently happening today (Aug. 8). You can head over to NASA…

Surprise solar storm bashes Earth, with a second wave predicted for Monday

A solar storm slammed into Earth over the weekend, and it’s possible that another one could strike later on Monday (Aug. 8). Classified as “moderate” by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center (opens in new tab), the G2 geomagnetic storm, which pummeled our planet on Sunday (Aug. 7), was the…

Cosmonaut Anatoly Filipchenko, who led two docking flight tests, dies at 94

Soviet-era cosmonaut Anatoly Filipchenko, who launched on two docking tests, first for a possible Russian moon landing and then the first joint flight with the United States, has died at the age of 94. Filipchenko’s death on Sunday (opens in new tab) (Aug. 7) was reported by Roscosmos, Russia’s federal space corporation, and by the…