SpaceX sent up 23 Starlink satellites during a mission from Florida's Cape Canaveral Space Force Station (CCSFS). Liftoff from Launch Complex 40 (LC-40) occurred at 12:07 a.m. EST (0507 UTC) on SpaceX's 90th orbital mission of 2023. This mission marks the 125th operational Starlink mission, with Starlink Group 6-33 bringing the total number of launched Starlink satellites to 5,559, with mo
Tropical forests are clearly critical to Earth’s climate system, but understanding exactly how much carbon they absorb from the atmosphere, store and release is tricky to calculate, not least because measuring and reporting methods vary. With these measurements paramount for nations assessing the action they are taking to combat the climate crisis, new research shows how differences in estimates of carbon flux associated with human activity can be reconciled.
Lightweight but robust, aluminium is the single most versatile space material. A new ESA project extends this versatility still further, by investigating the production of big aluminium mirrors for space-based astronomy. Applying a novel technique, the team joined together multiple aluminium segments to form a single mirror. The resulting surface had to be optically perfect however, with no trace left of joins in the combined metal.
Cultivate Space, a Beijing-based private satellite company, has commenced the construction of a meteorological satellite network, as announced by a company executive. The inaugural satellite in this ambitious network, named Tianyan 16, was successfully launched on Tuesday using a Ceres 1 carrier rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern China's Gobi Desert. Tian
PlanetiQ, a pioneer in global atmospheric observation, has launched its latest satellite, GNOMES-4. This event occurred aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, lifting off from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California at 10:36 am PT on December 1, 2023. The successful deployment of GNOMES-4 into Low-Earth Orbit represents a leap forward in atmospheric research and weather prediction accuracy. GN
A groundbreaking study, led by Prof. Li and his team, has leveraged high-resolution satellite data to investigate the local temperature responses to actual land cover changes (LCCs) across various latitudes. Traditionally, research in this area was hindered by the coarse resolution of available data, which often necessitated the use of a space-for-time substitution to hypothesize potential effec
Eutelsat OneWeb, part of the Eutelsat Group and a pioneer as the world's first GEO-LEO satellite operator, has announced a groundbreaking collaboration with Imperial College London. This partnership aims to leverage the power of its Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite constellation to enable comprehensive global space weather monitoring. Such monitoring is essential to safeguard satellite operations
In a significant advancement of international space collaboration, China has successfully launched the MisrSat 2 satellite for Egypt, as confirmed by the China National Space Administration (CNSA). This event marks a notable milestone in the growing space cooperation between the two nations. The launch occurred on Monday when the MisrSat 2 satellite was propelled into orbit by a Long March
The UK Space Agency, via its participation in the European Space Agency (ESA), has sanctioned significant contracts to two major aerospace entities - Airbus UK and Teledyne e2v. Airbus UK has secured nearly 95 million pounds, while Teledyne e2v has been granted 9 million pounds for their roles in the pivotal TRUTHS mission. Airbus UK's substantial funding is earmarked for the meticulous de