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Oct 6, 2021

SES CEO thinks satellite industry consolidation likely

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The CEO of SES says consolidation of the satellite industry is more likely than ever to improve its overall return on investment.


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — The chief executive of satellite operator SES says consolidation of the satellite industry is more likely than ever to improve its overall return on investment, but that the structure of the industry might hinder such deals.

Speaking at the Satellite Innovation conference here Oct. 5 Steve Collar addressed growing perceptions that the industry is ready for a wave of deals like the unsolicited proposal by telecom magnate Patrick Drahi last week to acquire Eutelsat for $3.2 billion. While Eutelsat rejected the deal, it appeared to leave the door open for a revised, higher offer.

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Oct 2, 2021

Space Force: A New Domain with Neil deGrasse Tyson

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How much of your life is touched by space? On this episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice break down the newest branch of the US military, The Space Force, with Charles Liu, Major General DeAnna Burt, and Dr. Moriba Jah. Is this one step closer to Star Wars?

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Sep 30, 2021

Beware! Geomagnetic storm set to hit Earth; may affect satellites, power; aurora set to be sparked

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A geomagnetic storm is set to hit the Earth and may affect satellites and electricity grids. The US government’s space weather tracking body has warned the public about the possibility of a geomagnetic storm, which is different from a solar storm. The phenomenon is caused by the solar wind and it will likely spark an aurora.

After the solar storm, here comes the solar wind! Over the past couple of weeks, reports have detailed the devastating impact that solar storms or coronal mass ejections (CMEs) can have on the Internet infrastructure on Earth. Now, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) has issued a Geomagnetic Storm Watch for Sunday, that is, September 26. A geomagnetic storm is set to hit the Earth. The US government’s space weather tracking body has warned the public about the possibility of a of G1 or G2-level geomagnetic storm. Among some of its effects on Earth is that it is expected to light up the skies in the form of an aurora, aka Northern Lights, and perhaps affect infrastructure.

For the uninitiated, a geomagnetic storm is a major disturbance of Earth’s magnetosphere that occurs when there is an exchange of energy from the solar wind into the space environment surrounding Earth. These storms result from variations in the solar wind that produces major changes in the currents, plasmas, and fields in Earth’s magnetosphere. According to SWPC, the largest storms that result from these conditions are associated with solar coronal mass ejections (CMEs) where a billion tons or so of plasma from the sun, with its embedded magnetic field, is shot outwards and it get directed at Earth.

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Sep 29, 2021

A Virginia company has connected mobile phones directly to satellites

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Lynk will start with intermittent text messages and expand from there.

Sep 29, 2021

Researchers use Starlink satellites to pinpoint location, similar to GPS

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Researchers track 6 satellites to get location with accuracy of 8 meters.

Sep 28, 2021

Cardiff space tech firm developing reusable satellites gets major funding boost

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It has secured backing from the European Space Agency birminghampost.

Sep 28, 2021

SpaceX launched a record breaking 143 satellites in one launch! 🚀

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Sep 27, 2021

Chinese KZ-1A returns to flight and lofts new remote sensing satellite into orbit

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A Chinese Kuaizhou 1A (KZ-1A) rocket lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Inner Mongolia at 06:19 UTC on September 27 lofting a new high-resolution remote sensing satellite into orbit.

The rocket lifted off from Site 95 at Jiuquan, marking the 14th flight of a KZ-1 series rocket. This was also the first KZ-1 launch since the Jilin-1 Gaofen-02C launch in September 2,020 which ended in failure and the loss of its payload.

China’s KZ-1A rocket is manufactured by the ExPace Technology Corporation, an aerospace company owned by the Chinese government, based out of Wuhan in China’s Hubei province. The rocket is capable of delivering payloads of up to 200 kg into a Sun-Synchronous Orbit, and therefore is mainly marketed as a small satellite launch vehicle.

Sep 27, 2021

Spacecraft Could Make Their Own Landing Pads as They Descend onto the Lunar Surface

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As part of the Artemis program, NASA is preparing to return astronauts to the Moon. However, before they get to put their boots on our natural satellite once again, the agency must make sure that the lander, together with the crew, can safely touchdown on the rugged surface filled with regolith.

Sep 26, 2021

SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch internet satellite to serve Alaska in 2022

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Falcon Heavy is now scheduled to loft Astranis’ first commercial communications satellite to orbit next spring, the San Francisco-based company announced Thursday (Sept. 23).

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