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ESA testing detection of floating plastic litter using satellites

Plastic waste in our oceans is a global challenge. ESA is responding by looking at the detection of marine plastic litter from space, potentially charting its highest concentrations and understanding the gigantic scale of the problem.

World's biggest plane marks another milestone

Seattle - Rockets have been the way to get satellites into orbit since the start of the space age. But Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen hopes to change that idea with the help of the world's largest plane, the Stratolaunch.

'RemoveDEBRIS' mission to test different ways to grab space junk

We track 18,000 objects orbiting the Earth, but only 1,100 are functioning spacecraft. Additionally, there are an estimated 750,000 more pieces of debris floating around, any of which could cause serious damage to a manned spacecraft.

First joint France-China satellite to study oceans

Bejing - France and China's space agencies unveiled their first joint satellite in Beijing Friday, which will be used to improve forecasting of ocean storms and cyclones.

Tech solutions to monitoring harmful algae blooms in US waters

Harmful algae blooms (HABs) that pose risks to human and environmental health are expected to increase because of climate change, according to researchers at Tuft's University. Science and Technology are now being used to mitigate the effects of HABs.

SpaceX pulls a double-header with two successful rocket launches

Private space company, SpaceX pulled off a double-header over the weekend, launching a refurbished Falcon 9 late on Friday and another Falcon 9 on Sunday, both carrying satellites and both first stages landing safely.

'Space junk' has become an increasingly serious problem

The human race has turned out to be rather messy, filling our ocean's with plastic pieces and our roads with trash. But space has become our new trash heap, with over 750,000 pieces of space junk one centimeter or larger, circling the Earth.

Satellite powering technology makes power stations more efficient

Researchers have successfully used graphene to reinvent abandoned heat energy converter technology and to make it more efficient. This will be used to boost the output from older power stations.

India successfully launches 104 satellites into orbit

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) set a new record in space mission achievements after successfully launching 104 satellites in one go from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, on Wednesday morning.

Future solar storm could cause trillions in damage to technology

In 1859, an invisible wave crashed into the Earth. Electrons, swept up like so much detritus in the magnetic current, coursed along telegraph wires.

NASA begins testing of greenhouse gases over eastern U.S.

Hampton - NASA wants to improve on our scientists understanding of the sources of two very powerful greenhouse gases and how they interact in the atmosphere.

India’s space rocket carrying 20 satellites blasts off

New Delhi - India’s space industry has risen a notch higher with the successful launch of a rocket carrying 20 satellites from at least five countries, an achievement the Indian president said exhibited the country’s increasing space capabilities.

Using satellite technology to find shipwrecks

Historians are using satellite technology to scan the world's oceans to look for sunken ships of historical importance. The space-high scanning has produced some interesting finds.

Virgin Galactic's bold plan to change face of high-speed Internet

Although high-speed Internet and telephone options are available to billions of people, there is still a large percentage of the population without this important technological benefit.

Holiday lights revealed by NASA

The NOAA/NASA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) satellite, has allowed NASA to identify how patterns in nighttime light intensity change during major holiday seasons.

Google plans to build a fleet of small satellites

In an effort to spread internet access to the world, Google plans to build a fleet of satellites that will circle the earth and provide access to the entire world. It is an ongoing effort on Google's part to serve underserved areas.

Satellite guardians join search for missing plane

Paris - A fleet of Earth-monitoring satellites has joined the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the organisers of the satellite pool said on Wednesday.China on Tuesday requested activation of the so-called International Charter on Space and Ma...

Global warming changes rain patterns

Berkeley - Scientists have proven Mark Twain wrong . The writer said: “Everybody talks about the weather but no one does anything it.”

NASA’s PhoneSat mission using smartphones as low cost satellites

Wallops Island - Last Sunday NASA launched into Earth orbit three satellites in the shape of three smartphones likely to be the lowest cost satellites ever as part of NASA’s PhoneSat mission.

Russian-US rocket plunges into Pacific 40 seconds after launch

There were reports this morning that a joint Russian-US rocket carrying a satellite into orbit had crashed into the Pacific Ocean shortly after launch.

ESA space launches in 2013: A busy year for European Space Agency

The European Space Agency has released details of space missions scheduled in 2013 and developments in prospect with current orbiters and satellites.

'The Last Pictures' — Humanity's legacy to be sent into space

Since 1963, more than 800 spacecraft have been launched into geosynchronous orbit, forming a man-made ring of satellites around the Earth, and will now include "The Last Pictures" as mankind's legacy once life has disappeared from the planet.

Soyuz-FG booster vehicle blasts off to deliver 5 satellites

A Soyuz-FG booster vehicle, with a transfer orbit stage Fregat, was launched from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan yesterday.

Virgin Galactic is almost ready to take to the skies

Farnborough - Sir Richard Branson's dream of commercial space flight is about to become a reality with plans to send the first passengers into space by 2013.

Emperor Penguins found in greater numbers

Emperor penguins are common to Antarctica and are one of the species most commonly associated with the ice-covered environment. Now scientists, using advanced satellites, have calculated that the numbers of penguins are far higher than previously thought.

Controversial North Korean rocket readied for launch

Amidst accusations that it may be preparing for a nuclear test North Korea has readied its Unha-3 rocket for launch. The launch, intended to put a satellite into orbit, is scheduled for between 12th and 16th April.

European Space economics under the spotlight

Brussels - Should part of future Space Budgets be allocated directly to end-users of satellite services? This was one of the issues discussed at the recent Eurisy Conference "Securing the benefits of satellite services for European society", held in Brussels.

Space is the world's new military battleground

Space is the world's new military battle-ground: the Indian Air Force and North Korea both plan putting satellites into space soon; and the collision of two satellites has brought this new problem into sharp focus: "It is a crowded place out there.'

EU lays out voluntary space code

The EU presented a voluntary international code on the use of outer space to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva yesterday - just days after a Russian and US satellite collided. The draft was approved by EU ministers on December 8.

Solar Power Satellities A Potential Energy Source?

Ben Bova is calling on the next president to build an armada of solar power satellites (SPS) -- basically large accumulations of solar cells -- to help meet a substantial chunk of U.S. energy needs.
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A computer-generated image of objects in Earth orbit that are currently being tracked. Approximately 95% of the objects in this illustration are orbital debris, i.e., not functional satellites.
NASA Orbital Debris Program Office
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A traditional false-color satellite image of Las Vegas using near-infrared imagery. Grass-covered land (e.g. a golf course) appears in red.
Launch of BulgariaSat satellite on Friday.
Launch of BulgariaSat satellite on Friday.
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Envisat image features a cloud-free France acquired this image on 15 August 2009.
European Space Agency
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Falcon 9 and 10 @IridiumComm NEXT satellites are vertical on SLC-4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The price for a launch is $62 million.
India s RSLV C-34 at launch on June 22  2016.
India's RSLV C-34 at launch on June 22, 2016.
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Maritime Launch Services Ltd. plans to send Ukrainian-built Cyclone 4 rockets into orbit from Canso, N.S.
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