SpaceX ‘getting ready’ to fly orbital Starship design with new FCC filing – gpgmail

[ad_1] SpaceX is taking the steps necessary to begin test flying the orbital-class version of its Starship spacecraft, with new documents filed by the company (via Teslarati) with the FCC seeking necessary permissions for it to communicate with the prototype while it’s in flight. The company filed documents with the U.S. regulatory agency this week […]

Near miss between science craft and Starlink satellite shows need to improve orbital coordination – gpgmail

[ad_1] A European satellite that measures the Earth’s winds using lasers had a close encounter with one of SpaceX’s Starlink constellation yesterday in a situation that illustrates the growing inadequacy of existing systems for global coordination of orbital issues. It’s getting crowded up there, and email and phone calls between HQs soon won’t cut it. […]

Experimental U.S. Air Force space plane breaks previous record for orbital spaceflight – gpgmail

[ad_1] The Boeing-built X-37B space plane commissioned and operated by the U.S. Air Force has now broken its own record for time spent in space. Its latest mission has lasted 719 days as of today, which is one day longer than its last mission which ended in 2017, as noted by It’s not an […]

NASA’s Space Launch System May Have Set Back Orbital Refueling by a Decade

[ad_1] This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. NASA has been working on the Space Launch System (SLS) as a replacement for the Space Shuttle for a decade, and the project has already consumed $14 billion in funding. It’s not exactly a secret that pure political will […]

Cryptographic ICE Cube tests orbital cybersecurity protocols aboard the ISS – gpgmail

[ad_1] Encryption in space can be tricky. Even if you do everything right, a cosmic ray might come along and flip a bit, sabotaging the whole secure protocol. So if you can’t radiation-harden the computer, what can you do? European Space Agency researchers are testing solutions right now in an experiment running on board the […]