Kazakhstan chooses SpaceX over a Russian rocket for satellite launch

Enlarge / A Falcon 9 rocket launches in September 2018. (credit: SpaceX) The first satellite launched into orbit, Sputnik, launched from a spaceport in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The Central Asian country was then a Soviet republic. Later, the first human to fly into space, Yuri Gagarin, also launched from Kazakhstan. Today, despite its independence, this spaceport […]

Watch Soyuz rocket deliver Russian navigation satellite into orbit (VIDEO)

A video shows a Soyuz-2-1b rocket successfully blasting off into space from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northwest Russia as it delivered a navigation satellite into orbit. The launch was conducted on Saturday night. The rocket was equipped with upper stage Fregat, which propelled a GLONASS-M satellite into orbit. The satellite is part of Russian national […]

China’s first private satellite launch ends in failure

China’s young private spaceflight industry has enjoyed some success, but it’s still facing setbacks. The first private attempt at a satellite launch failed on October 27th when the third stage of LandSpace’s Zhuque-1 rocket didn’t reach orbit. It’s not certain what led to the failure. However, the vehicle was carrying a commercial satellite for the […]

SpaceX launches heavy telecom satellite, sticks high-seas landing

Enlarge / SpaceX launched a similar satellite, Telstar 19 Vantage, in July of this year. (credit: SpaceX) 12:55am ET Monday Update: A little more than an hour after its launch window opened—the delay was due to remnant thunderstorms in the area—SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched from Florida early on Monday morning. The rocket’s first stage […]

NASA helps businesses make use of its satellite data

NASA has made its raw satellite data widely available for a long while. Now that it has a privatization-minded leader, though, it’s looking to make that data more palatable for the business crowd. The administration has released a Remote Sensing Toolkit that should make it easier to use observational satellite info for commercial purposes, including […]

Air Force certifies Falcon Heavy, orders satellite launch for 2020

Enlarge / The Falcon Heavy rocket took off at 3:45pm ET Tuesday, Feb. 6, with all 27 engines firing. (credit: Trevor Mahlmann for Ars Technica) When SpaceX debuted the Falcon Heavy rocket in February, one of the biggest questions concerned who, exactly, would use the large booster and its 27 engines. Now we have an answer: the […]

China-based hackers burrow inside satellite, defense, and telecoms firms

Enlarge (credit: US National Executive Committee for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing.) An advanced hacking campaign originating in China has spent the past year infiltrating satellite operators, defense contractors, and telecoms companies in the US and Southeast Asia, researchers from Symantec said. The attackers specifically looked for and infected computers one target used to monitor […]