An Earth-observation satellite built for Spain and two experimental internet-beaming satellites were successfully launched into orbit from California at dawn Thursday, creating a brief light show as it arced over the Pacific Ocean west of Los Angeles.
'Even a 1-cm piece has the kinetic energy of an exploding grenade': Increasing man-made space debris a concern
If you've ever stared up at the stars on a dark, clear night, you've likely seen it: an unblinking light slowly gliding across the sky. It could be a satellite. But chances are, it's space junk. The launch of Sputnik 1 on Oct. 4, 1957, ushered in the Space Age. It also created a trash problem surrounding Earth. Since then, there have been more than 5,000 rocket launches, with part (or parts) left orbiting Earth. There has also been an accumulation of now-defunct satellites. While space junk may seem inconsequential, the threat it poses to our daily lives is real. We largely take the importance of satellites for granted, but we have come to depend on them for anything from communications to weather to GPS. If you use a cellphone, you're dependant on satellites.
Elon Musk is about to launch the first of 11,925 proposed SpaceX internet satellites — more than all spacecraft that orbit Earth today
SpaceX, the rocket company founded by the entrepreneur Elon Musk, is keeping quiet about a plan to bathe the Earth in high-speed internet access.
Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:IRDM) announced today that Marlink, Speedcast, Applied Satellite Technologies Ltd (AST) and Satcom Global are the initial global maritime launch partners for Iridium Certus. The first regional maritime launch partner, Arion, will focus on delivering Iridium Certus to the Asian market. These commitments represent a major milestone for the Iridium Certus program, allowing each company to deliver a new choice in the maritime industry and offer what will soon become the market’s fastest L-band satellite connectivity.
Agreement Signed with SpaceX to Use Flight-Proven First Stage of Falcon 9 Rocket
All 10 satellites deployed, providing telemetry and beginning system checkout
With less than a week to go, we hope you are as excited as we are for the upcoming Iridium NEXT launch targeted for Monday, October 9 at 5:37AM PDT. The launch will take place at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, with a back-up date of October 10.
Iridium Communications, today announced that all 10 Iridium NEXT satellites for the third launch are onsite at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) in California.