Astronomers have accumulated observations of constellation satellites and run computer simulations of their likely impact to thoroughly understand the magnitude and complexity of the problem. This research informed the discussion at the Satellite Constellations workshops (SATCON1 and SATCON2) and led to recommendations for observatories and constellation operators. (Credit: NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/P. Marenfeld)

Will Megaconstellations alter Earth’s Magnetic Field?

(Credit: NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/P. Marenfeld) Published by spaceweather.com, 3 February 2024 Something unprecedented is happening in Earth orbit. In only a few short years, the satellite population has skyrocketed, more than doubling since 2020. In the past year alone, more satellites have been launched than during the first thirty years of the

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Shanghai firm behind G60 megaconstellation raises $943 million

Illustration of satellite coverage for telecommunications services. Credit: ESA-Science Office By Andrew Jones, Published by Space News, 2 February 2024 HELSINKI — Shanghai Spacecom Satellite Technology has raised 6.7 billion yuan ($943 million) for the construction of its G60 low Earth orbit megaconstellation. SSST recently secured the series A funding

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Space Systems Command weather group to review requirements and long-term plans

The U.S. Space Force Space Systems Command's Environmental and Tactical Surveillance Delta fulfills Defense Department requirements for access to weather data. Credit: Environmental and Tactical Surveillance Delta By Debra Werner, Published by Space News, 31 January 2024 BALTIMORE – Over the next couple of months, the U.S. Space Force organization responsible for

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US military eyes SpaceX Starship for ‘sensitive and potentially dangerous missions’: report

The Starship upper-stage prototype Ship 28 conducts a six-engine static fire test on Dec. 20, 2023. (Image credit: SpaceX) By Brett Tingley, Published by Space.com, 31 January 2024 In this proposed arrangement, the Pentagon would fly Starship as a government-controlled vehicle. The U.S. military is considering commandeering SpaceX's reusable Starship

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Northrop Grumman’s orbital refueling port selected for U.S. military satellites

Illustration of the Geosynchronous Auxiliary Support Tanker, or GAS-T. Credit: Northrop Grumman By Sandra Erwin, Published by Space News, 29 January 2024 The company’s Passive Refueling Module is the first to be officially adopted as an interface standard for military satellites. The Space Force also will support Northrop Grumman’s development

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