Scientists pinpoint source of “impossible” EmDrive’s thrust

In 2014, no less an authority than NASA proclaimed in peer-reviewed papers that it was getting mysterious thrust from the EmDrive, a strange, brassy trumpet of a thing that its creators claimed could produce thrust with no propellant. NASA’s findings r… Continue reading Scientists pinpoint source of “impossible” EmDrive’s thrust

Severe storm cloud breaks into the stratosphere to hit record low temp

Using advanced infrared imaging technology aboard an Earth-orbiting satellite, scientists have measured the coldest temperature of a storm cloud on record at a chilling −111.2 °C. The severe thunderstorm barreled across the Pacific in late 2018 where i… Continue reading Severe storm cloud breaks into the stratosphere to hit record low temp

EU contracts Airbus to develop in-orbit satellite manufacturing concept

Europe is getting into the space manufacturing race as the European Commission awards Airbus a €3-million (US$3.5-million) contract to prepare a low-Earth orbit demonstration project. Currently an A/B1 phase study contract, the PERIOD (PERASPERA (short… Continue reading EU contracts Airbus to develop in-orbit satellite manufacturing concept

Putting Perseverance Rover’s View Into Satellite View Context

It’s always fun to look over aerial and satellite maps of places we know, seeing a perspective different from our usual ground level view. We lose that context when it’s …read more Continue reading Putting Perseverance Rover’s View Into Satellite View Context

Sirius XM Satellite Failure a Reminder that Space is Risky (And That Satellite Insurance is a Thing)

It’s easy to imagine that once a spacecraft leaves Earth’s atmosphere and is in a stable orbit, the most dangerous phase of the mission is over. After all, that’s when we collectively close the live stream and turn our attentions …read more

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Computer algorithm spots endangered wildlife in satellite images

Satellites have offered scientists a powerful new tool when it comes to tracking endangered wildlife, with the movements of tagged animals able to be monitored with great precision. A new technology promises to expand the possibilities even further, wi… Continue reading Computer algorithm spots endangered wildlife in satellite images

Computer algorithm spots endangered wildlife in satellite images

Satellites have offered scientists a powerful new tool when it comes to tracking endangered wildlife, with the movements of tagged animals able to be monitored with great precision. A new technology promises to expand the possibilities even further, wi… Continue reading Computer algorithm spots endangered wildlife in satellite images

Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne reaches orbit on second attempt

It was the second time’s a charm as Virgin Orbit’s airdropped LauncherOne rocket put 10 NASA CubeSat payloads into low-Earth orbit on the second attempt in less than eight months under the space agency’s Launch Services Program (LSP).Continue ReadingCa… Continue reading Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne reaches orbit on second attempt