Space exploration

Investing in space exploration and innovation

Falling rocket and satellite costs are disrupting what once seemed like a monopolistic and bureaucratic industry. Thanks to advances in deep learning, mobile connectivity, sensors, 3D printing and robotics, costs that have been skyrocketing for decades are starting to drop. As a result, the number of satellite launches and rocket …

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The benefits of space must be accessible to all

ITU ITU News recently met with the Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) Simonetta Di Pippo, who leads UNOOSA’s strategic, policy and program activities and advises the United Nations Secretary-General on outer space affairs. UNOOSA performs an important mission in space activities. What exactly does …

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China lands rover on Mars

May 22, 2021 AT 17:17 GMT May 14 Tianwen-1, a Chinese mission that had been in orbit around Mars since Feb. 10, made a subtle adjustment to its trajectory, which put it on track to reach the planet’s surface six hours later. After three hours, however, it broke in two. …

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Elon Musk takes power in space with satellites

The commercial rush to establish a territory in space takes place at much lower elevations and in considerably higher quantities. The Federal Communications Commission last week authorized SpaceX to fly 4,400 Starlink satellites about 550 kilometers above Earth, compared to 36,000 kilometers of stationary orbiting satellites. Amazon has the power …

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Andy Thomas: Adelaide’s own astronaut

Seeing Earth from space “makes you an environmentalist,” says former NASA astronaut Andy Thomas. Thomas, from Adelaide, has completed four space missions, spending around six months in space, much of which in Russia. Mir space station. He describes what it’s like to have such a different perspective – it’s been …

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