Satellites News
December 8, 2019

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Tiny Neptune Moon Spotted by Hubble May Have Broken from Larger Moon

After several years of analysis, a team of planetary scientists using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has at last come up with an explanation for a mysterious moon around Neptune that they discovered ... read more

The Lonely Giant: Milky Way-Sized Galaxy Lacking Galactic Neighbors

Long ago in a galaxy far, far away, fewer galaxies were born than expected -- and that could create new questions for galaxy physics, according to a new ... read more

Astronomers Find First Compelling Evidence for a Moon Outside Our Solar System

On the hunt for distant worlds, researchers have identified an exomoon candidate around the transiting exoplanet Kepler-1625b that indicates the ... read more

Last of Universe's Missing Ordinary Matter

Researchers have helped to find the last reservoir of ordinary matter hiding in the ... read more
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River Levels Tracked from Space

The 4,300 kilometer Mekong River is a lifeline for South-East Asia. If this mighty river system bursts its banks, flooding can affect the lives and livelihoods of millions of people. A new method ... read more

Satellites More at Risk from Fast Solar Wind Than a Major Space Storm

Satellites are more likely to be at risk from high-speed solar wind than a major geomagnetic storm according to a new ... read more

Satellite Measurements of the Earth's Magnetosphere Promise Better Space Weather Forecasts

A Japan-based research team led by Kanazawa University equipped the Arase satellite with sensors to study the convoluted interactions between high-energy particles in the inner magnetosphere and the ... read more

Options to Optimize Profit in Broadband Satellite Constellations

Several large telecommunications companies have proposed plans to provide global broadband services by launching hundreds and even thousands of satellites into orbit. Although broadband for everyone ... read more

Researchers Shine a Light on More Accurate Way to Estimate Climate Change

By using satellite data from different major land-based ecosystems around the globe, researchers have found that the photosynthesis glow is the same across all vegetation, no matter the location. ... read more

Frequency-Stable Laser Systems for Space

For the first time a frequency reference based on molecular iodine was successfully demonstrated in space! What sounds a bit like science fiction is an important step towards laser interferometric ... read more

May the Forest Be With You: GEDI Moves Toward Launch to Space Station

GEDI (pronounced like 'Jedi,' of Star Wars fame) is a first-of-its-kind laser instrument designed to map the world's forests in 3-D from space. These measurements will help fill in ... read more

Weather Satellites Aid Search and Rescue Capabilities

The same satellites that identify severe weather can help save you from it. NOAA's GOES series satellites carry a payload supported by NASA's Search and Rescue (SAR) office, which ... read more

Laser-Ranged Satellite Measurement Now Accurately Reflects Earth's Tidal Perturbations

Tides on Earth have a far-reaching influence, including disturbing satellites' measurements by affecting their motion. The LAser RElativity Satellite (LARES), is the best ever relevant test ... read more

Distant Galaxy Group Contradicts Common Cosmological Models, Simulations

Astronomers have determined that Centaurus A, a massive elliptical galaxy 13 million light-years from Earth, is accompanied by a number of dwarf satellite galaxies orbiting the main body in a narrow ... read more

Six-Decade-Old Space Mystery Solved With Shoebox-Sized Satellite Called a CubeSat

A 60-year-old mystery about the source of energetic, potentially damaging particles in Earth's radiation belts has been solved using data from a shoebox-sized satellite built and operated by ... read more

How Bright Is the Moon, Really?

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is planning to take new measurements of the Moon's brightness, a highly useful property that satellites rely upon every ... read more

Total Solar Eclipse Viewed from Space

While people across the nation gazed at August's total solar eclipse from Earth, a bread loaf-sized NASA satellite had a front row seat for the astronomical ... read more

Is the Milky Way an 'Outlier' Galaxy? Studying Its 'Siblings' for Clues

The most-studied galaxy in the universe -- the Milky Way -- might not be as 'typical' as previously thought, according to a new study. Early results from the Satellites Around Galactic ... read more

RAVAN CubeSat Measures Earth's Outgoing Energy

An experimental small satellite has successfully collected and delivered data on a key measurement for predicting changes in Earth's ... read more

New CubeSat Propulsion System Uses Water as Propellant

A new type of micropropulsion system for miniature satellites called CubeSats uses an innovative design of tiny nozzles that release precise bursts of water vapor to maneuver the ... read more

Defunct Satellites: Reliably Determine and Predict Attitude Motion

Uncontrollable flying objects in the Earth‘s orbit are an enormous risk for active satellites and for spacecraft in general. Since April 2012, the European environmental satellite ENVISAT has also ... read more

Aalto-1 Satellite Sends First Image

The photograph was taken with the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland developed hyperspectral camera's secondary ... read more

World's First Demonstration of Space Quantum Communication Using a Microsatellite

The world's smallest and lightest quantum-communication transmitter has now been developed, report researchers who have succeeded in the demonstration of the first quantum- communication ... read more

Can Satellites Be Used as an Early Warning System for Landslides?

Researchers have been tracking the massive landslide which struck Xinmo Village, Maoxian County, Sichuan Province in ... read more

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