WASHINGTON: SpaceX got the green light this week from US authorities to put a constellation of nearly 12,000 satellites into orbit in order to boost cheap, wireless internet access by the 2020s. The SpaceX network would vastly multiply the number of satellites around Earth. Since the world's first artificial satellite, Sputnik, was launched in 1957, humanity has sent just over 8,000 objects into space, according to the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs. Between one quarter and one half of those are…
BEIJING: The launch of satellites for Pakistan showed close ties between China and Pakistan, and highlights Chinese contribution to the development of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the Belt and Road initiative, Hu Zhiyong, a research fellow at the Institute of International Relations of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences said on Tuesday. China launched two satellites for Pakistan on a Long March-2C rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Northwest China’s Gansu Province yesterday.…
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will hoist into orbit the spacecraft known as GRACE-FO to replace a pair of satellites launched in 2002 by NASA.
An imaging satellite and 72 micro-satellites were launched into orbit Friday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Russia space agency Roscosmos and research centre Glavcosmos announced. The Soyuz 2-1A rocket successfully lifted off at 0643 GMT with the satellite payload, Roscosmos said in a statement. According to Russian news agencies, Glavcosmos, charged with putting the satellites into orbit, later reported that by 1441 GMT all the satellites had successfully separated. They were released into three…
KOUROU: Europe's Ariane 5 rocket launcher successfully sent two telecoms satellites, one for a US-based communications service provider and one for an Indonesian bank, into space on Saturday.
WASHINGTON: U.S. firm Iridium Communications Inc on Monday said its Satellite Time and Location (STL) system was ready for use as an alterative or companion to the U.S. Air Force's Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites.
WASHINGTON: Four identical satellites which will study the interactions between solar winds and the Earth's magnetic fields blasted off into Space on Thursday to begin a two-year study of the phenomenon, US space agency NASA said.