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Lockheed Martin in space junk deal

US defence giant Lockheed Martin has struck a deal with an Australian technology firm to track space debris that can damage satellites.

It has signed a “strategic co-operation agreement” with Canberra-based Electro Optic Systems (EOS) to build a new tracking station in Western Australia. 240 more words


High school students can now design and run experiments on satellites

Unless they’re a member of Mrs. Frizzle’s class, most students don’t get to touch space in any meaningful way. But that hasn’t stopped it from inspiring generations of kids to enter the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. 323 more words

2014 08 24 - ISS

It’s always a treat to follow the International Space Station (ISS) through an eyepiece. During a recent outreach event, I even had a line of visitors taking quick turns at the eyepiece while I tracked the pass for the them using the Dob with a Telrad. 408 more words


The Majesty of Nature

Last night as dusk descended I sat outside in the garden watching as the stars gradually appeared.  One by one tiny pin pricks of light made an appearance into the gathering gloom, and as the horizon of hills and mountains lost their definition the stars came into their own.  426 more words


Galileo satellites not on right orbit: Arianespace

Two European Galileo satellites launched by a Russian-built rocket on Friday from French Guiana have not reached their intended orbit, launch firm Arianespace said Saturday. 36 more words


European Navigation Satellites Get Lost In Orbit

The European Space Agency and the European Union want to provide an alternate to GPS—Global Positioning System, the space-based satellite navigation system operated by the United States—called Galileo, named after the astronomer who gave us the precursor of Newtonian physics. 164 more words

Yesterday was a bad day for launching rockets into space

On Aug. 22, an unmanned rocket launched by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company exploded after an “anomaly” was discovered during a test flight in McGregor, Texas. Check it out here: 157 more words