A flagship observatory that will map the heavens in spectacular detail and search the skies for asteroids on a collision course with Earth faces serious disruption from a new wave of satellites bound for space.
An Indian rocket on Monday placed domestic and foreign satellites in three different orbits on a single flight, a first for the nation and a low-cost option that could burnish its reputation for pioneering affordable options in space.
A SpaceX rocket delivered 10 satellites to low-Earth orbit on Friday, completing a two-year campaign by Iridium Communications Inc. to replace its original fleet with a new generation of mobile communication technology and added global aircraft tracking capability.
A deal worth almost £180 million was struck between UK-based Airbus Defense and Space and France’s Eutelsat to develop communications for two new state-of-the-art satellites which will see components and major parts assembled in the UK before final assembly is completed in Toulouse.
The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is set to launch a pair of next-generation Earth research satellites later this month to continue the legacy of the first Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) mission in recording the Earth's climate data, including the key movement of water.