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agricultureSwarm Satellites Has Smallest Satellites and Will Have Low Data Rate Global Coverage

Swarm Technologies makes the smallest satellite at one-quarter the size of a 1U cubesat. They raised $25 million in a series A. The round was led by Craft Ventures and Sky Dayton, founder of EarthLink and Boingo, with participation from …

futureNASA Reveals a Moon Plan That Relies on the Terrible SLS Rocket

NASA has selected 11 companies to conduct studies and produce prototypes of human landers for its Artemis lunar exploration program. This effort will help put American astronauts — the first woman and next man — on the Moon’s south pole …

elon muskSpaceX’s Orbital Starship in Florida and Texas are Making Rapid Progress

The Texas version of the orbital Starship is further along in assembly. Here as a picture from over a week ago. SpaceX is planning Single Stage To Orbit test flights. However, those flights will not be reusable. They will likely …

elon muskSpaceX Single Stage to Orbit Starship

The new upper stage of the SpaceX Super Heavy Starship is called the Starship. Elon Musk has described that the Starship can make it to orbit in a single stage but it would not be able to have a heat …

spaceSpaceX Starhopper Tests Resume May 28

Spadre reports that SpaceX will restart Starhopper testing May 28. SpaceX also has two orbital versions of the Starship under construction. These fully reusable rocket will make rocket launching costs far more like airplanes. The East Coast Starship being built …

astronomyChina Far Side Lunar Rover Has Found Lunar Mantle Material on the Surface

China’s Chang’E-4 lunar far-side lander recently touched down in the Von Kármán crater to explore the floor of the huge SPA basin and deployed its rover, Yutu-2. They have found the presence of low-calcium (ortho)pyroxene and olivine on the moons …

businessSix Launches of Starlink Satellites to Reach Initial Activation

Elon Musk tweeted that only six launches of Starlink Satellites will be needed to reach initial activation of a 360 satellite constellation. 720 satellites from 12 launches will provide significant coverage of the US and Europe. 360 satellites would only …

spaceSpace Debris Tracking Will Be Getting 5 Times Better This Year

LeoLabs’ will soon activate a new radar station in New Zealand. It will be the first to track debris as small as 2 centimeters in low Earth orbit. Current, systems track at 10 centimeters or larger. Low Earth Orbit will …