Long March 5B Stage to Reenter Somewhere Sometime on Friday

Credit: Aerospace Corporation

Yellow Icon – location of object at midpoint of reentry window
Blue Line – ground track uncertainty prior to middle of the reentry window (ticks at 5-minute intervals)
Yellow Line – ground track uncertainty after middle of the reentry window (ticks at 5-minute intervals)
Pink Icon (if applicable) – vicinity of eyewitness sighting or recovered debris
Note: Possible reentry locations lie anywhere along the blue and yellow ground track. Areas not under the line are not exposed to the debris.

The Aerospace Corporation hasnarrowed downthe reentry time for China’s massive, out of control Long March 5B core stage to Friday, Nov. 4 at 11:20 UTC ± 3 hours. That is 7:20 a.m. EDT ± 3 hours.

The stage has has been getting lower and lower in orbit since it launched the Mengtian module to the Tiangong space station on Monday. South America is now safe. North America, Africa and parts of Australia, Europe and the Middle East could still see debris from the giant rocket raining down on them.

Keep watching the skies.

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Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis) makes a point to Eli Sunday (Paul Dano) in
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At the end of the film, “There Will be Blood,” wiped out in the Depression preacher Eli Sunday (Paul Dano) offers to sell millionaire Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis) land to be drilled for oil. Plainview agrees at first, forces Sunday to renounce his faith, and then coldly tells him that that there’s no oil under the property because he has already drilled all the land around it.


SpaceX, Firefly, Rocket Lab & China Reached Milestones with October Launches

Electron launches from Mahia Peninsula on Oct. 7, 2022. (Credit: Rocket Lab)

China completed construction of its space station, SpaceX reached multiple milestones, Firefly Aerospace put payloads in orbit for the first time, OneWeb resumed deployment of its broadband constellation aboard an Indian rocket, and a new crew began a six-month stay aboard the International Space Station during October.


小心!中国火箭圣大失控age Could be Coming to Your Town

Long March 5B launches the Mengtian space station module on Oct. 31, 2022. (Credit: CNSA)

Once the rocket goes up
who cares where it will crash?
It launches 25 tons of mass….

For its first decades as a space power, China located its spaceports inland where they would be more difficult for enemies to destroy in the event of a war. That meant that, like the Soviet Union, spent rocket stages were dropped over land. The hair-raising risks involved have been revealed in recent years as Chinese residents have posted cell phone videos of stages with toxic propellants crashing near residences.


DARPA Awards Spire Global Contract to Design VLEO Satellite

The contract will leverage Spire’s pioneering Space Services model to design a satellite that could carry the agency’s sensor to very low Earth orbit to improve characterization of the ionosphere

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded Spire Global a contract to deliver a preliminary design for a satellite that would carry an array of sensors to very low Earth orbit (VLEO) for in-situ ionosphere measurements.


Sierra Space and IBM Collaborate on the Next Generation of Space Technology and Software Platforms

Private space station (Credit: Sierra Space)

LOUISVILLE, Colo. and Armonk, NY (Sierra Space/IBM PR)Sierra Space领先的商业太空公司forefront of creating and building the future of space transportation and infrastructure for low-Earth orbit (LEO) commercialization and IBM (NYSE: IBM),a technology leader within the space industrygoing back to the earliest days of the U.S. space program, today announced the signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Together, Sierra Space and IBM plan to work to develop the next generation of space technology and software platforms across Sierra Space’s range of space vehicles and infrastructure.


Lockheed Martin Invests $100 Million in Satellite Manufacturer Terran Orbital

Lockheed Martin has invested $100 million in Terran Orbital (NYSE: LLAP) to expand the company’s manufacturing operations. Terran’s stock is up 7 percent to $2.74 today.

“Terran Orbital intends to use the funds to acquire additional satellite assembly space, increase module production, and satisfy working capital needs while expanding advanced manufacturing abilities,” the company said in a press release. “Terran Orbital’s advanced manufacturing capabilities, which were originally planned for expansion on Florida’s Space Coast in partnership with Space Florida, have been accelerated and will now be based in Irvine, California. Terran Orbital has added over 140,000 square feet in Irvine alone in the past 12 months.”


Broadband Communications North and ROCK Networks Announce Partnership to Deliver OneWeb LEO Satellite Internet Service in Manitoba

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WINNIPEG, MB, Oct. 27, 2022 (BNC PR) – Manitoba’s largest Indigenous network, Broadband Communications North (BCN), announced a pilot project that will bring high-speed internet to the Manto Sipi Cree Nation at the Indigenous Connectivity Summit this week. In partnership with ROCK Networks, a leading provider of wireless, broadband, and satellite solutions, and OneWeb, the global communications network powered from space, the pilot is the first step in connecting 24 First Nations communities in Northern Manitoba in the next five years.


Mojave to Vegas to Mars: Life in the Desert and Our Future on the Red Planet

Séítah From the Air: This image looking west toward the Séítah geologic unit on Mars was taken from the height of 33 feet (10 meters) by NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter during its sixth flight, on May 22, 2021. (Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

During a conversation with some attendees at the AIAA ASCEND conference in Las Vegas, I mentioned that my long years living in Mojave had put me off any desire to live on Mars. Dusty, isolated and subject to extremes of temperatures and wind speeds, tiny Mojave is solely lacking in charm, amenities and entertainment. That isn’t all bad, mind you. The clear skies, isolation and low population (all 4,699 of us, according to the 2020 census) make it a perfect place to test rockets and experimental aircraft and spacecraft. It’s a good place to stop for food, fuel or a bathroom break on your way to somewhere else. Wind turbines and solar farms surround the town. There’s a gold mine just down the road. Mojave might not be pretty, but it has its uses.


World Exceeds 2021 Launch Total with 2 Months to Go; Busy Week Ahead for China, SpaceX

A Falcon 9 arches across the sky after launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. (Credit: Elon Musk)

Russia launched a resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS), SpaceX orbited 53 more Starlink satellites, and China lofted a technology demonstration satellite as the world exceeded last year’s total orbital launch attempts with two months to go in 2022.

The week ahead is scheduled to see the completion of China’s first permanent space station, the first SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch in more than three years, and an American cargo mission to ISS.


Launch of Weather Satellite & NASA Reentry Experiment Delayed

An illustration of the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS). JPSS is a collaborative program between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA. JPSS-2 is NOAA’s next-generation operational Earth observation program that acquires and distributes global environmental data primarily from multiple polar-orbiting satellites. (Credits: Orbital ATK/Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems)

VANDENBERG SPACE FORCE BASE, Calif., Oct. 29, 2022 (ULA PR)– The launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket carrying the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS)-2 civilian polar-orbiting weather satellite for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA’s Low-Earth Orbit Flight Test of an Inflatable Decelerator (LOFTID) has been delayed due to the need to replace a battery on board the Centaur upper stage of the launch vehicle. Launch is now planned for NET Nov. 9, pending range availability.

Muon Space, Tomorrow.io & NextGen Federal Systems Among Winners of Contracts in DoD Program to Improve Weather Forecasting

Hurricane Humberto (Credit: NOAA)

Solutions would assist the DoD weather forecasting and impact applications to include climate change assessment

加州山景城,2022年10月26日(防守我nnovation Unit PR) — High resolution (spatial and temporal) global weather data is more readily accessible from commercial platforms, and is increasingly important for making well-informed decisions in geographically diverse environments around the world. To tap into this technology, the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) is partnering with the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC)’s Weather Systems Branch to develop ground, air, and space-based prototypes for global weather sensing. DIU and AFLCMC awarded five contracts to prototype commercial solutions that will meet U.S. Air Force (USAF) and Department of Defense (DoD) operational needs.