NOAA's GOES-U completes environmental testing

GOES-U, the fourth and final satellite in NOAA's GOES-R Series of advanced geostationary satellites, recently completed rigorous testing to ensure it can withstand the harsh conditions of launch and orbiting in space 22,236 ...

Probing rare hot plasma flows in the upper atmosphere

Near Earth's poles, observers of the night sky often behold aurorae, colorful light shows in the upper atmosphere caused by interactions between the solar wind and our planet's magnetosphere. A little closer to the equator, ...

Satellites document effects of heat waves on plants

A new scientific study shows how periods of drought affect photosynthesis throughout the course of the day. The study found that plants in regions that are typically dry increase their CO2 intake during the morning hours ...

ESA moves ahead with In-Orbit Servicing missions

Isn't it strange that when satellites run out of fuel or a single component breaks down, we just discard them? ESA and European industry have joined forces to make sure that our satellites can live on.

New weather satellite reveals spectacular images of Earth

Europe's latest weather satellite, the Meteosat Third Generation Imager, has just delivered its first view of Earth—revealing conditions over Europe, Africa and the Atlantic in remarkable detail.

Out of gas in orbit? This US space company is here to help

The US company Orbit Fab is aiming to produce the go-to "gas stations" in space, its CEO tells AFP, hoping its refueling technology will make the surging satellite industry more sustainable—and profitable.

NASA's high-resolution air quality control instrument launches

A NASA instrument to provide unprecedented resolution of monitoring major air pollutants—down to four square miles—lifted off on its way to geostationary orbit at 12:30 a.m. EDT Friday. The Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring ...

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