Virgin Orbit Successfully Launches ‘Straight Up’ Mission

Virgin Orbit Successfully Launches 'Straight Up' Mission

Virgin Orbit has completed its fourth successful mission. Virgin Orbit has confirmed the success of its fourth consecutive satellite launch mission. This launch, named Straight Up, carried seven satellites to Low Earth Orbit for the United States Space Force (USSF), who procured this launch for the Rocket Systems Launch Program, with payloads provided by the Department […]

US Space Force Releases Decades of Bolide Data to NASA for Planetary Defense Studies

US Space Force Releases Decades of Bolide Data to NASA for Planetary Defense Studies

This photograph taken by an International Space Station astronaut shows a bright meteor from the Perseid meteor shower in Earth’s atmosphere. The brightest meteors are known as fireballs, or bolides. Credit: NASA Hosted by JPL’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies, the data can be used by the science community to better understand how asteroids break […]

U.S. Space Force taps Space Micro to build GEO Lasercom Terminals

U.S. Space Force taps Space Micro to build GEO Lasercom Terminals

New Award Expands Upon Initial Contract from U.S. Air Force Space Micro, powered by Voyager Space, today announced an award from the U.S. Space Force, Space Systems Command for a contract to build a GEO-capable µLCT™ secure laser communications terminal. Under the contract, Space Micro plans to deliver a flight model to Space Force in […]

Lasso the Moon

What do civil, commercial, and military players need from Houston’s innovation and academic communities to solve our most far-reaching challenges? Space Channel attended Lasso the Moon, hosted by the Space Force Association and TexSpace for a multi-disciplinary presentation and roundtable discussion with networking and tabletop exhibits that aim high.

Tensions Escalating in Space

In response to Russian military attacks on Ukraine, President Biden announced new sanctions against Russia which included “degrading” the country’s space program potentially threatening the future of the partnership regarding the ISS, which is one of the most significant geopolitical partnerships left between the two countries. The new sanctions include “Russia-wide restrictions on semiconductors, telecommunication, […]

War in Space

X-wings, TIE fighters, battle cruisers — don’t pretend these images didn’t come to mind when then President Trump announced the idea of a United States Space Force back in 2018. If there’s ever a century for extraterrestrial dogfights between spacecraft to become reality, it’s this one. We’re only thirty years out from the Cold War […]

ULA ATLAS V LAUNCH of STP-3 on December 7

LAUNCH ALERT: ULA ATLAS V TO LAUNCH STP-3

The launch is rescheduled for Tuesday, December 7, at 4:04 a.m. EST (0904 UTC). ULA Broadcast is scheduled for 3:30 a.m. EST. WATCH LIVE Watch live on Tuesday. Dec. 7, 2021, as ULA’s Atlas V rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station with the Space Test Program (STP)-3 mission for the U.S. Space […]