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‘Big Brother’ spacecraft launches: World’s first full-colour satellite is capable of capturing high-definition videos of individual people from orbit
A British satellite could provide a full colour, high-definition video of our planet from space, even picking up objects as small as 26 inches (65cm) big on the ground.
The ‘Big Brother’ video satellite, which is currently still a prototype can capture videos of individual people from orbit in high definition.
It was one of 31 payloads sent up in the Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) carrying dozens of satellites from India and six other countries.
Russian space agency Roscosmos says it cannot establish contact with a weather satellite just hours after it was launched from a new spaceport.
“During the first scheduled communication session with the space vehicle, contact has not been established because it is not on its planned orbit,” Roscosmos said in a statement on Tuesday, referring to the Meteor weather satellite.
“Information is currently being analyzed,” the statement added.
No further details were provided.
The Soyuz rocket carrying the Meteor satellite took off at 2:41 pm (0541 GMT) on Tuesday from Russia’s new Vostochny cosmodrome in the country’s far east.
“All the initial stages of the rocket’s flight went according to plan,” the space agency had said after the liftoff.
According to Roscosmos, the rocket also carried 18 other satellites from Canada, the United States, Japan, Germany, Sweden, and Norway.
The rocket was the second to be launched from Vostochny. The first launch from the new spaceport took place in April last year.
The new spaceport was built to ease dependence on the Baikonur cosmodrome (more…)
A third U.S. Air Force weather satellite that launched more than 20 years ago has broken up in orbit, Air Force Space Command disclosed Monday evening.
Air Force officials confirmed the breakup of the long-retired Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Flight 12 satellite (DMSP F-12) after the Joint Space Operations Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, detected an additional object orbiting alongside the 22-year-old satellite.
DMSP F-12, which the Air Force retired from service in 2008, had the same battery assembly that was implicated in the February 2015 breakup of DMSP F-13.
While both satellites were built by Lockheed Martin and launched less than a year apart, DMSP F-13 was still in service when it suffered its breakup, producing nearly 150 pieces of debris.
Source: Another one bites the dust: Third USAF weather satellite breaks up in orbit
Accusations that Russia is conducting airstrikes on non-military facilities in Syria have turned out to be fake, the head of the Russian General Staff said Tuesday.
“In a satellite photo obtained on September 24 (before the strike date) you can see the Sahur hospital. In the other picture, made on October 11 (after the alleged strike) you can see no differences in the state of the object. This fact indicates that allegations against Russian Air Forces by some eyewitnesses in fact are fakes,” Sergey Rudskoy told journalists.
According to Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy, chief of the Russian General Staff Main Operational Directorate, media accused Russia earlier this month of carrying out an airstrike against a hospital in eastern Aleppo.
Russia, however, is ready continue introducing humanitarian pauses in Syria’s Aleppo on request, but only if it has information on willingness to withdraw the wounded and civilians, the Russian General Staff said.
According to Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy, chief of the Russian General Staff Main Operational Directorate, the calls to the leaders of opposition to allow withdrawal of civilians (more…)
Earlier today, Al-Masdar News learned of the Russian Air Force’s plans to use the T-4 Military Airport to launch attacks against the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) in eastern Syria.
With help from geo-location expert, Aldin Abazovic (@Ald_Aba), Al-Masdar was able to obtain the exact location of this runway at the T-4 Military Airport in east Homs.
The Russian Air Force was unable to use this airfield for several months due to the threat posed by the Islamic State terrorists near the Al-Sha’er region.
This reconstructed airfield will play an integral role in the Russian Air Force’s campaign against the Islamic State terrorists in the weeks to come, as the latter’s combatants flee Mosul for Syria.
Source: Eastern Syria: Satellite imagery shows reconstructed T-4 Military Airport for Russian use
September 2, 2016, 8:48 AM (IDT)
Israel’s satellite industry, one of the world’s eight, was set back for years by the powerful explosion Thursday afternoon, Sept. 1, of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on its launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station two days before Saturday’s launch of the Amos 6 communications satellite. The satellite that was destroyed was designed to provide direct satellite data services to remote parts of Africa.
The US National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) has become known for branding its spy satellite launches with strange and sometimes menacing imagery. But unlike the Office’s infamous world-devouring octopus, the logo adorning NROL-61, which carried yet another classified payload into geosynchronous orbit on Thursday, is just flat-out bizarre.