SKTLs Space Newsletter: DART’s Big Day, Delta IV West Coast Finale, ORBITS Space Debris Bill and Much More

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SKTLs Space Newsletter: DART’s Big Day, Delta IV West Coast Finale, ORBITS Space Debris Bill and Much More

SKTLs Newsletter #38 includes information about DART’s big asteroid impact mission happening today, the Artemis 1 SLS passes its fueling test and is still having delays, ULA launches its Delta IV from Vandenberg Air Force Base for the last time, ORBITS space bill is proposed by congress, the SpaceX Crew-5 is preparing for its upcoming mission, quantum cryptography satellites are finding their place in space, the Hubble Space Telescope captures the image of the day, space startups news and interesting facts about the asteroid Dimorphos.

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Space News

DART’s Big Day
NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test is on a path for impact with Dimorphos later today.

Artemis 1 Delays Again
After completing its successful fueling test, Artemis 1 is still having trouble getting off the ground.

Delta 4’s Final West Coast launch
ULA is under contract to launch two more NRO satellites on the Delta 4 Heavy in 2023 and 2024, but will not be launching those from the west coast.

Space Junk Worries
Introducing the Orbital Sustainability (ORBITS) Act, a bipartisan bill to address the space junk problem.

SpaceX Crew-5 
Two NASA astronauts, one cosmonaut and a JAXA astronaut are in preflight preparations for their upcoming trip to the ISS.

Quantum Cryptography Satellite Systems
The European Space Agency and SES formally signed the contract for the Eagle-1 spacecraft, with plans to test long-distance quantum key distribution (QKD).

Space Image Of The Day!
The Hubble Space Telescope captures an image of a young star exploding in the Taurus constellation.

NASA
NASA’s DART Mission to an Asteroid (Official Mission Trailer)
Today, Sept. 26, 2022, NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft will intentionally crash into a small asteroid, Dimorphos, in a first-ever test of planetary defense, should we ever need it.

SPACE STARTUP AND PRIVATE COMPANY NEWS

SATELLITE CONSTELLATION

Starlink for maritime and enterprise customers. Marlink and OmniAccess have become authorized Starlink integrators.

SPACE INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPER

Private company to fly Saudi astronauts. Axiom Space will fly two astronauts from Saudi Arabia, one of them a woman, to space as soon as next year.

SPACE INVESTMENTS PLATFORM

Spaced Ventures petitions for SpaceX shares. Spaced Ventures crowdfunding platform has obtained pledges of $11.4 million from individuals eager to invest in SpaceX.

SATELLITE MANUFACTURER

OpenConstellation, shared space infrastructure. Open Cosmos is on a mission to give businesses, nonprofits, national and regional governments access to actionable space data.

Fun facts about space…
This evening, NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test will be impacting with an asteroid called Dimorphos.
The asteroid Dimorphos is a small asteroid satellite and is the minor-planet moon of a synchronous binary system including the much larger asteroid Didymos.

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