📡 Exolaunch | China | UAE | ISS | Swarm | Sweeden

issue 22

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Hi folks 🤙;

🍪Cookie of the week

Everybody knows satellites in their classical forms: solar panels, transmitting and receiving antennas, thrusters etc. However, in history, there have been much less conventional satellites. Here are three of them:

  • The first telecommunication satellite in history, Echo is nothing but a giant metal ball that acts as a passive electromagnetic waves reflector. This Satelloon (satellite-balloon) reflects the signals received from an earth station toward another point. Here is nice and short video footage.

  • The second one is the SuitSat, it is nothing but a Russian spacesuit with a radio transmitter mounted on its helmet…A picture is worth a thousand words: the launch of SuitSat-1 from ISS in 2006.

Have a great week!


🛰Toward orbit

(name, mission, rocket, launching site, owner)

  • 🇷🇺Gonets-M and 22 CubeSats, SatCom, Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat-M, Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Space Forces.

  • 🇺🇸Cygnus CRS-2 NG-14, ISS resupply, Antares 230+, Wallops Island, Orbital ATK.


🚀Here is what you missed

👉Exolaunch, the leader in rideshare launch and deployment services for the New Space industry, announced a successful launch of 15 commercial, governmental and scientific satellites for its customers from Europe, Canada, the UAE and the U.S.[+]

👉China selects 18 astronaut candidates, including one female.[+]

👉KSAT will, with partners Planet and Airbus, deliver satellite-based optical imagery for deforestation monitoring to Norway.[+]

👉Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, made the announcement on Twitter that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will send an unmanned spacecraft to the moon in 2024.[+]

👉Air leak at International Space Station in Russian module.[+]

👉China has revealed that it is working on a new rocket that could send astronauts to land on the moon.[+]

👉Swarm Technologies, a Silicon Valley startup, reveals its plan to connect devices for $5 per month via its constellation.[+]

👉A researchers team from the Chalmers University of Technology describes a free-space optical transmission system relying on an optical amplifier that, in principle, does not add any excess noise.[+]


Here you are debriefed 👌. Rendezvous next week!