Mynaric, Redwire, BigBear.ai partner for DARPA’s laser communications program

Mynaric selected a cybersecurity tool from Redwire and BigBear.ai for an inter-satellite laser communications terminal being developed for DARPA The post Mynaric, Redwire, BigBear.ai partner for DARPA’s laser communications program appeared first on .

SpaceX reveals 'Starshield' satellite project for national security use

SpaceX is expanding its satellite-internet business. SpaceX already beams broadband service to customers around the world via its huge and ever-growing Starlink constellation. Over the weekend, Elon Musk’s company revealed that Starlink now has a partner project called Starshield, which is tailored for use by government agencies, particularly those in the national security sector. “Starshield…

Space Force procurement chief emphatic about the ‘need for speed’

Frank Calvelli, assistant secretary of the Air Force for space acquisition and integration, told an audience of space entrepreneurs that he is trying to drive a sense of urgency in military procurements. The post Space Force procurement chief emphatic about the ‘need for speed’ appeared first on .

Amazon tests machine learning software to analyze satellite images from space

For the past 10 months, Amazon has been testing a machine learning software in space that can analyze Earth observation images on its own and send only the best ones to Earth.  Earth observation satellites have experienced a massive boom over the past decade. Hundreds of satellites, government-owned and private alike, circle the planet and…

Mangata Networks gets funds for Scottish satellite manufacturing hub

Mangata Networks, the U.S.-based startup founded by a former OneWeb executive, said Dec. 5 it signed a $100 million financing deal to build a manufacturing facility in Scotland for its multi-orbit broadband constellation. The post Mangata Networks gets funds for Scottish satellite manufacturing hub appeared first on .

Listen to the Artemis 1 Orion capsule phone home from deep space

NASA’s Artemis 1 mission continues to be a source of wonder for observers here on Earth. Orion is currently headed home after successfully executing an engine burn on Monday (Dec. 5) while just 79 miles (128 kilometers) above the lunar surface, producing some truly spectacular images in the process. NASA mission managers have stated that…

What time will the moon eclipse Mars on Dec. 7?

This week offers an excellent opportunity to view Mars in the night sky as it puts on quite a show for observers on Earth. This week, the Red Planet is at opposition, meaning it forms a straight line with Earth and the sun, with Earth in the middle. In this alignment, Mars will appear brighter…

Defense, Commerce Departments select companies to prototype space traffic management solutions

The Office of Space Commerce and the Department of Defense announced Dec. 6 they have selected seven commercial firms to prototype space traffic data platforms The post Defense, Commerce Departments select companies to prototype space traffic management solutions appeared first on .

Solar cycle peak reduces cosmic rays around Mars, Venus and Earth

Measurements taken at Earth’s neighbors, Mars and Venus, show the battle between high-energy cosmic rays from beyond the solar system and the influence of the sun in the inner solar system.  In the new research, scientists compared data collected by similar ASPERA plasma sensors on the Mars Express and Venus Express spacecraft with the number…

Mauna Loa's continuing eruption is spectacular in satellite views

Satellites keep watching as the Mauna Loa volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island continues spewing geysers of boiling lava and plumes of toxic volcanic ash over a week after it woke up from a nearly 40-year sleep.  The volcano, whose peak stands 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) above the choppy waters of the Pacific Ocean, rises from…

NASA's revolutionary Moonboard launched Artemis 1 coverage to new heights

Last month, NASA debuted the agency’s most advanced launch vehicle since the Space Shuttle. The Artemis I Space Launch System (SLS) rocket lifted off from Launch Complex-39B, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC), in Florida on Nov. 16, sending an uncrewed Orion spacecraft on a 25-and-a-half-day trip around the moon and back.  In addition to…

Mars helicopter Ingenuity soars higher than ever on 35th Red Planet flight

NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter keeps raising the bar for Red Planet flight.  The 4-pound (1.8 kilograms) Ingenuity soared 46 feet (14 meters) above Mars’ red dirt on Saturday (Dec. 3), setting a new altitude record on its 35th off-Earth flight. The little chopper’s previous record was 39 feet (12 m), achieved on three previous Mars flights.…

Artemis 1 Orion spacecraft captures moon craters in stunning flyby footage (video)

Space fans, get your telescopes ready. The Orion spacecraft released a fresh video showing two humongous lunar craters during a close Artemis 1 flyby on Monday (Dec. 5). You can likely spot these moon monsters with your own gear. NASA did not identify the craters in its tweets (opens in new tab) or during live…

NASA's Artemis 1 Orion snaps gorgeous moon views as it sails over Apollo landing sites (video)

On Monday (Dec. 5), a NASA spacecraft saw every landing site on the moon that humans have ever visited in person. NASA’s Orion spacecraft zoomed in close to the moon on Monday on the eighth anniversary of another Orion capsule’s first brief test flight in Earth orbit in 2014. This time, the human-rated spacecraft was…

How much of the universe is dark matter?

Astronomers estimate that roughly 85% of all the matter in the universe is dark matter, meaning only 15% of all matter is normal matter. Accounting for dark energy, the name astronomers give to the accelerated expansion of the universe, dark matter makes up roughly 27% of all the mass energy in the cosmos, according to CERN (opens in…

Chinese commercial methane-fueled rocket set for first launch

Landspace is preparing for a test launch of its Zhuque-2 rocket in what could be a marker for the progress being made by Chinese commercial launch companies. The post Chinese commercial methane-fueled rocket set for first launch appeared first on .

Artemis 1 Orion spacecraft on track for return to Earth after moon flyby

For NASA’s Orion spacecraft, the next stop is home. The uncrewed spacecraft flying on NASA’s Artemis 1 mission passed a major milestone in its mission today (Dec. 5) when it successfully performed a 207-second engine burn while just just 79 miles (128 kilometers) above the lunar surface. The maneuver placed Orion on track to return…

Slingshot Aerospace completes $40.8 million funding round

Slingshot Aerospace announced Dec. 6 it has raised $40.8 million in a Series A2 funding round. The post Slingshot Aerospace completes $40.8 million funding round appeared first on .

GPS: Everything you need to know about the space-based technology keeping us on track

GPS stands for Global Positioning System and we’d be lost without it (quite literally).  Originally called Navstar GPS, this space-based technology is owned by the U.S. government and operated by the U.S. Space Force and relies on a swarm of 31 satellites to provide users with approximately 23 ft (7 meters) accuracy, 95% of the…

Artemis 1 Orion spacecraft aced its test flight but still hasn't tested life support

The Europe-built service module powering the Orion spaceship during the Artemis 1 mission is nailing its debut lunar round trip, but a key system for keeping future human crews alive is not being tested during the flight.  The Orion capsule, which commenced the return leg of its groundbreaking journey on Thursday (Dec. 1), is currently…