European Space Agency scales up asteroid detection facilities

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The European Space Agency (ESA) has relaunched its Planetary Defence Office, which works to protect Earth from dangerous near-Earth objects, aka asteroids.

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As part of this, it has expanded its coordination facilities serving as the central hub for the Agency’s asteroid data and analysis efforts. These are located in Frascati, outside Rome, and will be ESA’s Near-Earth Object Coordination Centre (NEOCC).

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Date: 2021-10-14T06:10:25+01:00
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Microgravity on demand with Earth return through ESA’s Boost

A new round-trip commercial space transportation service from 2022, backed by ESA, will enable companies to manufacture in space very pure and more capable materials, discover new pharmaceutical drugs and bring them back for use on Earth. Space Forge, based in the UK, is working with partners to develop ForgeStar’a reusable suitcase-sized vehicle that can be lofted to space and which will return to Earth after an extended stay in low Earth orbit.

With its quick mission turnaround, ForgeStar will be part of a complete commercial service offering ‘microgravity on demand’ as a routine access to and return from space service, that can be launched from a variety of launch vehicles. It promises to be more flexible and responsive than existing opportunities, ensure a confidential setting and offer possibilities for customisation and a comfortable return to Earth.

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NASA’s Landsat 9 successfully launched aboard Atlas V from Vandenberg

United Launch Alliance has launched NASA’s most powerful Earth-imaging satellite, Landsat 9, on an Atlas V rocket. Liftoff occurred at 11:12 AM PDT (18:12 UTC) on Monday, September 27, from Space Launch Complex-3 East (SLC-3E) at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.

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Atlas V placed the satellite into a near-polar, sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of 705 km and a 98.2-degree inclination. Sun-synchronous orbits are often used by Earth-imaging satellites to ensure that the spacecraft will always be at the same position relative to the sun when visiting the same location on Earth. This allows scientists to accurately compare two images at different times and track changes over time.

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Date: 2021-09-27T15:22:13+00:00
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