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Orlando FL (SPX) Sep 20, 2023
The U.S. Space Force's Space Systems Command (SSC), in coordination with SpaceCom, announces its second annual Space Mobility Conference to extend SSC's Assured Access to Space (AATS) mission through cooperation and collaboration with government, industry, allied, and academic partners. The conference opens on Jan. 30, 2024, during Commercial Space Week, co-located with the Global Spacepor

Seeking Innovative Concepts for Space Superiority

Thursday, 21 September 2023 09:08
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Washington DC (SPX) Sep 19, 2023
DARPA is seeking innovative concepts from small businesses and nontraditional defense contractors in the technical domain of space superiority as the second topic issued under the agency's Bringing Classified Innovation to Defense and Government Systems (BRIDGES) initiative. With this topic, the agency is looking for new methods and technologies that may provide warfighters with disruptive optio
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Cape Canaveral SFS FL (SPX) Sep 20, 2023
Space Systems Command's Assured Access to Space (AATS) Directorate, in collaboration with the Space Development Corps' Space Enterprise Consortium (SpEC), awarded a $25.5 million contract to Astroscale U.S. Inc. to advance Space Mobility and Logistics (SML) capabilities. For more than 60 years, satellites' designs and operations have been constrained because they have been required to laun

Space superiority now and in the future

Thursday, 21 September 2023 09:08
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National Harbor MD (SPX) Sep 19, 2023
In the face of a growing number of threats, the Air and Space Forces need to consider how to maintain Air and Space Superiority with limited manning, capacity and budget. U.S. Space Force Maj. Gen. Douglas Schiess, Combined Force Space Component Command commander and Space Operations Command vice commander, had an opportunity to address this challenge with General Mark Kelly, Air Combat Co
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Washington DC (UPI) Sep 20, 2023
NASA has scheduled coverage of its first asteroid sampling mission's return to Earth. The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification and Security - Regolith Explorer (OSIriS-REx) sample capsule is scheduled to re-enter the atmosphere and return to Earth Sunday, during which it will land in Utah. "The first asteroid sample collected in space by NASA will arrive on

Juice: Why's it taking so long?

Wednesday, 20 September 2023 17:44
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Juice: why's it taking so long?
The launch of a spacecraft is the start of a new mission and the only means to reach the depths of the solar system. With reusable rockets becoming a reality, what is ESA doing to advance propulsion technology and make it greener? Credit: ESA/S. Berna

At their closest point in orbit, Earth and Jupiter are separated by almost 600 million kilometers. At the time of writing, five months after launch, Juice has already traveled 370 million kilometers, yet in time it's only 5% of the way there. Why is it taking so long?

The answer depends on a variety of factors that flight dynamics experts at ESA's Mission Control know well, from the amount fuel used to the power of the rocket, mass of a and geometry of the .

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NASA spacecraft delivering biggest sample yet from an asteroid
This illustration provided by NASA depicts the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft at the asteroid Bennu. On Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023, the spacecraft will fly by Earth and drop off what is expected to be at least a cupful of rubble it grabbed from the asteroid Bennu, closing out a seven-year quest. Credit: Conceptual Image Lab/Goddard Space Flight Center/NASA via AP, File

Planet Earth is about to receive a special delivery—the biggest sample yet from an asteroid.

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A SpaceX launch from Cape Canaveral lit up the Space Coast for the 50th time this year while also achieving a milestone for the company.

The Falcon 9 rocket carrying up another 22 of the company's Starlink satellites made a record 17th flight with liftoff at 11:38 p.m. from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station's Space Launch Complex 40.

The booster previously launched on the GPS III-3, Turksat 5A, Transporter-2, Intelsat G-33/G-34, Transporter-6, and 11 Starlink missions. It made another recovery landing on the droneship A Short Fall of Gravitas in the Atlantic Ocean.

SpaceX has flown all but three of the Space Coast launches this year with United Launch Alliance sending up two and Relativity Space the only other one.

With this mission, SpaceX has flown 37 from Cape Canaveral and another 10 from Kennedy Space Center including all three human spaceflights to orbit from the U.S. this year as well as three powerhouse Falcon Heavy launches.

The launch manifest for the remainder of the year should see the Space Coast beat the record 57 launches it saw in 2022.

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The four astronauts headed to the moon next year on the Artemis II mission suited up and took a practice run to the launch pad in the new crew transport vehicles at Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday.

NASA Reid Wiseman, Victor Glover and Christina Koch along with Canadian astronaut Jeremy Hansen donned orange spacesuits and climbed into the curvy electric vehicles officially referred to as CTVs, as in crew transportation vehicles, and took the 9-mile ride from the Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building to Launch Pad 39-B.

The dry run is to demonstrate normal launch day procedures as they gear up for the mission that could fly as early as November 2024, taking the first crewed flight on NASA's powerful Space Launch System rocket riding in the Orion space capsule on what is planned to be a 10-day mission that will take them out and around the moon, but not land.

NASA's Artemis III mission is still planned to be the one to take humans back to the for the first time since the end of the Apollo program in 1972.

Firefoxes and whale spouts light up Earth's shield

Wednesday, 20 September 2023 11:36
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Did you know, the Northern lights or Aurora Borealis are created when the mythical Finnish ‘Firefox’ runs so quickly across the snow that its tail causes sparks to fly into the night sky? At least, that’s one of the stories that has been told in Finland about this beautiful phenomenon. Another that we love comes from the Sámi people of Finnish Lapland (among others), who describe them as plumes of water ejected by whales.

What do they look like, to you?

Today’s scientific explanation for the origin of the Aurora wasn’t thought up until the 20th Century, by the

SpaceX deploys another 22 Starlink satellites

Wednesday, 20 September 2023 10:19
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Washington DC (UPI) Sep 20, 2021
Elon Musk's SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket with a payload of 22 Starlink satellites into low-Earth orbit late Tuesday. The rocket launched at 11:38 p.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. SpaceX had said prior to launch that weather was 90% favorable for liftoff. The orbitals were deposited into space where they will join
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