Kicking off with India’s race for the Moon. A tense and fluid situation after the ISRO loses contact with their Vikram lander – minutes before touchdown. The final data suggested the craft had deviated from its planned route. But the Lunar lander has been located and efforts to reconnect are happening now.
“India’s orbiter is still functioning and searching the moon for water right now. A big win for India.”
In other Lunar news, Silicon Valley heavyweights have their eye on settling Earth’s satellite. In a Bloomberg report, Chelsea Robinson, chief of operations for Open Lunar said, “At this time when there are so many commercial and government actors advancing their efforts on the moon, we are excited to demonstrate a civic approach to participation.” An off planet development with no flag, or billionaire behind it. Crowdsourcing the moon for all mankind…We’ll see what happens.
But getting to the Moon isn’t easy. Earth is literally covered with satellites and debris. On September 2, the ESA had only half an orbit to avoid a collision with the space-x Starlink array, which almost took out a key weather satellite providing valuable atmospheric dynamics. In a statement about the event, the ESA said “This shows the urgent need for proper space traffic management.” SpaceX responded in an email stating the company missed an update from the air force showing the odds of a collision were calculated at 1 in 10,000 which was high enough to warrant a maneuver.
In addition to the SpaceX constellation, Amazon and OneWeb are planning to blanket the Earth with thousands of additional satellites. Astronomers around the world are raising concerns. more on the crowded sky debate in future reports.
But cube sats aren’t the only things occupying our skies. From our friend mr MBB333, a high speed object appears to enter a lightning filled cloud vortex over Arizona. Check out the video on his youtube channel. it’s incredible.