satellites

Space Weather Forecasts can now give Satellites One Whole Day of Warning when a Killer Solar Storm is Inbound

Space Weather Forecasts can now give Satellites One Whole Day of Warning when a Killer Solar Storm is Inbound

Earth’s fleet of satellites is in a vulnerable position. When solar activity increases, high-energy particles are directed toward Earth. Our large fleet is in the direct path of all that energy, which can damage them or render them inoperable. But now we have another tool to help us protect our satellites.

Record-Breaking Satellite Advances NASA’s Exploration of High-Altitude GPS

Record-Breaking Satellite Advances NASA’s Exploration of High-Altitude GPS

The four Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) spacecraft recently broke the world record for navigating with GPS signals farther from Earth than ever before. MMS’ success indicates that NASA spacecraft may soon be able to navigate via GPS as far away as the Moon, which will prove important to the Gateway, a planned space station in lunar orbit.

A satellite with a harpoon, net and drag sail to capture space junk is in orbit and will be tested soon

A satellite with a harpoon, net and drag sail to capture space junk is in orbit and will be tested soon

After almost seventy years of spaceflight, space debris has become a rather serious problem. This junk, which floats around in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), consists of the spent first rocket stages and non-functioning satellites and poses a major threat to long-term missions like the International Space Station and future space launches. And according to numbers released by the Space Debris Office at the European Space Operations Center (ESOC), the problem is only getting worse.

The FCC May Penalize Companies That Launch Tiny Rogue Satellites, After All

The FCC May Penalize Companies That Launch Tiny Rogue Satellites, After All

The United States government doesn’t exactly love it when you fire rogue satellites into the atmosphere without their permission. It may not have liked it, but there was legally nothing the government could do about it. That might soon change.