astronautics

  • NASA’s Fire-in-Space Experiment Ends in Flames

    NASA’s Fire-in-Space Experiment Ends in Flames

    After eight years of experimenting with flames in space, NASA lit a fire inside a cargo spacecraft for the last time and sent its Saffire experiment toward a burning reentry into Earth’s atmosphere. NASA’s Spacecraft Fire Safety Experiments, also known as Saffire, came to a fitting end on January 9, flying aboard a Northrop Grumman…


  • Satellites Are Getting a Constellation of Traffic Cops

    Satellites Are Getting a Constellation of Traffic Cops

    Earth’s orbit will be monitored by a watchful set of robotic eyes, the first commercial constellation of satellites with the ability to keep track of objects in space to avoid collisions between spacecraft. Canadian startup NorthStar is getting ready to launch the first four of its Space Situational Awareness (SSA) satellites equipped with advanced optical…