Study reveals massive yearly ice loss in the Antarctic and Greenland

A new paper has revealed that Greenland and the Antarctic have lost a staggering amount of mass from their ice sheets over the last 16 years thanks to climate change, and that the melting has contributed to sea level rise. The researchers drew on satel… Continue reading Study reveals massive yearly ice loss in the Antarctic and Greenland

SpaceX will use sun visors to darken future Starlink satellites

SpaceX has announced that it will mount a sun visor on each of its Starlink satellites and have them perform controlled maneuvers, to make them less visible to members of the astronomy community making detailed observations of the night sky. SpaceX has… Continue reading SpaceX will use sun visors to darken future Starlink satellites

GPS notches up 25 years of telling us where to go

The Global Position System (GPS) has turned 25 years old. Operated by the US Space Force, the constellation of navigational satellites went fully operational on April 27, 1995, though US Space Command only made the formal announcement three months late… Continue reading GPS notches up 25 years of telling us where to go

Hackaday Links: April 26, 2020

Gosh, what a shame: it turns out that perhaps 2 billion phones won’t be capable of COVID-19 contact-tracing using the API that Google and Apple are jointly developing. The problem is that the scheme the two tech giants have concocted, which Elliot Williams expertly dissected recently, is based on Bluetooth …read more

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US Space Force condemns test launch of Russian anti-satellite weapon

The United States Space Force (USSF) reports that Russia has launched a Direct Ascent Anti-Satellite (ASAT) missile. US Space Command detected and tracked the weapon capable of destroying a satellite in low Earth orbit (LEO) on April 15.Continue Readin… Continue reading US Space Force condemns test launch of Russian anti-satellite weapon

Virgin Orbit puts its 747 “flying launchpad” through a full rehearsal

Virgin Orbit continues to edge closer to its objective of firing satellites into space form an airborne 747, this time completing an end-to-end launch rehearsal designed to put all of its systems through their paces. This major test will be the company… Continue reading Virgin Orbit puts its 747 “flying launchpad” through a full rehearsal

Satellite spots new ozone layer hole opening up over the Arctic

Although a hole in the ozone layer might sound like a decidedly retro environmental issue, it’s still a problem today. Most eyes are fixed on the skies over Antarctica, but now scientists have spotted the biggest ozone layer hole in at least 25 years f… Continue reading Satellite spots new ozone layer hole opening up over the Arctic

Is This The Oldest Still-Working Geostationary Satellite?

Regular followers of space news will know that when satellites or space probes reach the end of their life, they either are de-orbited in a fiery re-entry, or they stay lifeless in orbit, often in a safe graveyard orbit where they are unlikely to harm other craft. Sometimes these deactivated …read more

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