Streaks from satellites cross the Pleiades on a long-duration exposure, illustration the interference the growing number of satellites can have on astronomy. Credit: T. Hansen/IAU OAE/CC

New center to coordinate work to mitigate effect of satellite constellations on astronomy

By Jeff Foust, Published by SpaceNews, 5 February 2022 WASHINGTON — The International Astronomical Union (IAU) is establishing a center to help astronomers deal with the adverse effects of satellite constellations. The IAU said Feb. 3 it selected a proposal jointly submitted by the National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory, or

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ESA head says Europe needs to stop facilitating Elon Musk’s ambitions in space

By E&T editorial staff, Published by E&T Engineering and Technology, 6 December 2021 The new head of the European Space Agency (ESA) has urged European leaders to intervene and co-ordinate to prevent SpaceX CEO Elon Musk making the space economy his personal playground. ESA director-general Josef Aschbacher expressed his views

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SpaceX’s Starlink satellites near-misses with other spacecraft are getting ‘out of control’, experts say

By Adam Smith, Published by The Independent, 20 August 2021 Once Starlink launches its full 12,000 satellite network it will be involved in 90 per cent of all close approaches, which experts say is ‘getting out of control’ SpaceX’s Starlink satellites are responsible for over half of all near-collisions in

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An artist's illustration of SpaceX's Starlink internet satellites in orbit. (Image credit: SpaceX)

SpaceX Starlink satellites responsible for over half of close encounters in orbit, scientist says

By Tereza Pultarova, Published by, 18 August 2021 Starlink satellites might soon be involved in 90% of close encounters between two spacecraft in low Earth orbit. Operators of satellite constellations are constantly forced to move their satellites because of encounters with other spacecraft and pieces of space junk. And,

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Chinese military satellite damaged by Soviet rocket is the ‘first major orbital collision in a decade’

By Adam Smith, Published by yahoo!finance, 18 August 2021 China’s military satellite Yunhai 1-02 was mysteriously damaged on 18 March 2021, but scientists now know the cause of the issue was a piece of space debris. The US Space Force’s 18th Space Control Squadron (18SPCS) said that analysis was “ongoing”

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