SpaceX has already lofted more than 700 Starlink satellites. But Elon Musk's company has approval from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to launch as many as 12,000 satellites into orbit and may want to grow the constellation even larger than that someday. … [Read more...] about Countries around the world want a Space Force — but why?
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The US has tried to make its stance very clear for companies, but there has been international debate about how to handle property rights in space for decades. Since 1967, the United States has been part of an international agreement called the Outer Space Treaty, which provides guidelines for how countries should explore space. The treaty states that countries cannot lay sovereign claim over a body in space, so the US cannot claim the Moon as a territory, for instance. But as interest in mining space resources has grown over the last few decades, the US has held the position that if you can extract something from space, it’s yours. … [Read more...] about NASA wants to buy Moon rocks from private companies
Laika, a stray dog scooped off the streets of Moscow, launched on the Soviet Union's Sputnik 2 mission in November 1957, just a month after Sputnik 1's liftoff opened the space age. The 11-lb. (5 kilograms) mixed-breed quickly died of overheating and circled Earth as a corpse until April 1958, when Sputnik 2 fell back into the atmosphere and burned up. … [Read more...] about Laika and her crew: ‘Space Dogs’ documentary explores Moscow through a stray’s eyes
Saturday's flight is significant not only because it continues to demonstrate the potential of reusable rockets to lower the cost of access to space. Regular flights have an added, critical benefit for any launch system. The more New Shepard flies, the more confidence Blue Origin will have in its reliability and safety, which is vital for a company that hopes to begin human test flights in 2017, and perhaps take paying passengers to space as early as 2018. … [Read more...] about Why Blue Origin’s latest launch is a huge deal for cheap space access
Gregory Allen Justice, a 49-year-old engineer living in Culver City, Calif., has pleaded guilty to charges of attempted economic espionage and attempted violation of the Export Control Act. Justice, who according to his father worked for Boeing Satellite Systems in El Segundo, Calif., was arrested last July after selling technical documents about satellite systems to someone he believed to be a Russian intelligence agent. Instead, he sold the docs to an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation employee. The sting was part of a joint operation by the FBI and the US Air Force Office of Special Investigations. … [Read more...] about Engineer at Boeing admits trying to sell space secrets to Russians