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British-built satellite launches from Russia

British-built satellite launches from Russia

Technology
A British-built pollution monitoring satellite was launched into orbit on Friday.It broke free of Earth's gravity well while riding a modified Russian rocket designed to deliver a nuclear payload from near Moscow to the US mainland during the Cold War.As part of the European Commission and European Space Agency's (ESA) Copernicus project, the Dutch-designed satellite will map the distribution of harmful gases and aerosols in the atmosphere.Named Sentinel-5P, the spacecraft successfully launched at 10.27am UK time from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome - a Russian spaceport 500 miles (800km) north of Moscow.It rapidly disappeared into the thick autumn clouds near the Arctic Circle.Image:The satellite will map the distribution of harmful gases and aerosols in the atmosphereDescribed as a "precursor sa...
Reused SpaceX rocket to carries satellite into orbit

Reused SpaceX rocket to carries satellite into orbit

Science
Oct. 11 (UPI) -- A used Falcon 9 rocket landed on a droneship in the Atlantic ocean Wednesday after launching a communications satellite into orbit.It was the third time SpaceX depended on a used Falcon 9 rocket to carry out a launch mission.The rocket blasted off at 6:53 p.m. from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.The Falcon 9 rocket previously was used to deliver cargo to the International Space Station in February. This time, the rocket carried a high-powered, hybrid communications satellite shared by SES and EchoStar. The satellite is expected support the delivery of high-definition television broadcasts to viewers across North America.After carrying SpaceX's Dragon capsule to the edge of space last winter, the rocket's first stage detached and fell back to Earth before executing a contr...
Europe plans Sentinel satellite expansion

Europe plans Sentinel satellite expansion

Science
Europe has begun the process of scoping an expansion to its Sentinel Earth observation network. Six new satellite concepts will be studied, including a constellation of spacecraft that can monitor emissions of carbon dioxide. Invitations to tender (ITTs) for the feasibility work will be sent out to industry in the coming weeks. The European Space Agency hopes to put a list of satellites for implementation before ministers in late 2019. Those platforms that are selected would launch in the mid-2020s. Precisely how many of the six will make it to the launch pad will depend on the funds available, but Esa's Earth observation director is bullish about what can be achieved. "I'm not thinking about down-selection at this stage," said Josef Aschbacher. "I'm preparing six candidates and I want to...
Satellite images show wildfire smoke spreading across United States

Satellite images show wildfire smoke spreading across United States

Science
Sept. 5 (UPI) -- As showcased by new data and images collected by NASA satellites, wildfire smoke has spread out across much of the United States.More than 80 large wildfires are burning in nine Western states. As a result, many residents of the Western United States are dealing with poor air quality. Wildfire smoke can carry a number of harmful chemicals into the atmosphere, including methanol, benzene and ozone.According to AirNow, the Environmental Protection Agency's Air Quality Index website, large portions of California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho are blanketed by "hazardous" air.But not all of the smoke billowing into the atmosphere is staying put. West-to-east jet stream winds have carried large quantities of ash and soot across the heart of the country.Data collected by an ozone...
Air Force, Orbital ATK set to launch ORS-5 space tracking satellite

Air Force, Orbital ATK set to launch ORS-5 space tracking satellite

Business
Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Orbital ATK is preparing to launch the U.S. Air Force's Operationally Responsive Space-5 satellite on Aug. 25th from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.The ORS-5 will be launched using Orbital's Minotaur IV rocket and will be placed the satellite into low Earth orbit, the company announced on Thursday."The delivery and upcoming launch of ORS-5 marks a significant milestone in fulfilling our commitment to the space situational awareness mission and U.S. Strategic Command," commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center Lt. Gen. John F. Thompson said in a release last week."It's an important asset for the warfighter and will be employed for at least three years."ORS-5 will be used to track other military and civilian satellites along with space debris and help prov...