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TS2 SPACE in the fight against COVID-19

Due to the wide range of satellite telecommunications services provided for entities of strategic importance to Poland, TS2 SPACE has been included in an official list of key entities vital to the operation of critical state infrastructure. The list is maintained by the Government Centre for Security and includes companies that are not part of the critical infrastructure, but are vital to ensuring continuity of its operation. This is of particular importance in supporting activities related to the prevention, counteraction and eradication of COVID-19, other infectious diseases and crisis situations caused by them.

– We always make every effort to ensure the highest level quality of telecommunications services provided by our company. This has earned us the trust of our customers including not only industrial enterprises and state institutions strategic for the country, but also private companies and individuals – says Marcin Frąckiewicz, CEO.

The critical infrastructure is vital to the functioning of the state and the lives of its citizens. For example, critical infrastructure includes health protection and rescue systems, fuel, energy, food and water supply systems. As a result of force majeure events or as a consequence of human activities, the critical infrastructure may be damaged and its operation affected, endangering the lives and property of citizens. At the same time, those events may affect the economic development of the country. This is why the security of critical infrastructure is one of the top priorities for Poland.

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Launch of 34 Internet Spacecraft into Space by OneWeb a Boost for the Broadband Megaconstellation

 

This launch is the second release for OneWeb, a 630 spacecraft goal initial network. Today (Feb. 6) from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, a Soyuz rocket that carries 34 one-Web satellite broadband satellites flew off from the pad at 16:42. EST (GMT 2142; local time 2:42 a.m. Feb 7). 

The Soyuz, which is run by French Arianespace Company, dispatched all 34 aircraft at 280 miles (450 kilometers) altitude, as scheduled, by 3 hours and 45 minutes after launch. The lb 325. Satellites (147 kilograms) will then fly to their operational location, around 745 miles (1 200 kilometers) over Earth.

The launch today was the 2nd one for OneWeb but the first one to load a massive batch for the corporation. In February 2019, six satellites launched aboard the former OneWeb Flight, which was also controlled by a Soyuz. 

However, the launch rate is going to increase substantially, and soon: by the end of 2021, the agreement between Arianespace and OneWeb provides for 19 extra lifts. Such missions will reflect the original OneWeb array of 650 satellites that will provide high-speed, low-latency services to many consumers in sectors including aeronautics, maritime, backhaul services, WiFi, emergency response systems, and more. Representatives of OneWeb and Arianespace wrote in today’s mission statement.

“Focused on linking schools and integrating the digital divide for individuals worldwide. OneWeb will also concentrate on its goal,” they said.

OneWeb that has its headquarters in London and Virginia intends to provide a test-based Internet service later this year and to operate in 2021 on the global 24-hour network service. For instance, Space X has already launched 240 spacecraft, including tens of thousands of spaceships, for its vast Starlink constellation.

In addition, Amazon is building a network of its own dubbed project Kuiper with over 3,000 satellites. Nonetheless, no Kuiper’s vessel left the ground. 

The night sky will significantly change with these megaconstellations once they take form as planned. As per the United Nations Department for Outer Space Relations, Earth orbit presently holds only 2,000 satellites, and humankind has sent about 9,150 items to space across history. 

Scientists have already expressed concern over the ability of Starlink to disturb astronomical observations. Yet analysts also stressed that spacecraft designers and operators must now begin to take better measures to prevent space junk on the Earth orbit. 

After all, more and more spacecraft are at risk, mainly if proactive mitigation actions do not happen, because chances of a collision are increasing. As we have observed many times in the last decade, even a single shattering can produce thousands of new debris pieces. 

Broadband megaconstellations were not the only space-junk drivers’ worries. The reduction in the costs of designing and deploying satellites indicates that there are many more crafts of several types, and people of different levels of experience and skills are running them.

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New EVs hold a lot of Promise 

Electric vehicles are taking over the transport industry. Innovations in the transportation industry are popping up daily. From sporty Mustangs to Hummers, no car will not be electric in a few years. This realization brings to it that electric vehicles production can surpass internal combustion engine vehicles sales by 2030 

However, this reality might take a while to come to fruition. Take, for instance, the situation where electric vehicles at the Chicago Auto Show were a limited number compared to the vastly available internal combustion engines. 

During the exhibition of the Mustang March-E, Ford’s global head of electrification Ted Cannis attested to the fact that the industry is moving toward embracing fully electric cars. Despite the slightly lacking enthusiasm in electronic car production, its prospects are catching on rather well 

Electric vehicles are taking the world by storm. Yet the numbers in sales do not correspond with the enthusiasm that first hit the electric vehicle market. Among the teasing for the slow integration of electric vehicles are concerns over the range, expensive batteries, and limited charging networks 

This notion came to a diminishing stop with the launch of the Tesla Model A that took care of these concerns by providing fast lighting acceleration, long-range operation with a single charge. Teslas Model a sales are close to a total of 367500 that propelled the company’s value to a whopping $100billion a number larger than the value of ford and GM auto companies combined 

Joining the scene is EV start-up Rivian set to begin production of its electric pick up truck with an impressive range and massive specs. Though Rivian debuted its pickup truck in the last year, its production is set for this year. However, Tesla and Rivian models were not included in this year’s auto show despite a big enthusiastic cult following. Never the less EVs still managed to make a show with 10 hitting the display stands. Among some of the most prominent displays were the: 

Ford Mustang March E 

This is Ford’s first but magnificent stab at the electronic vehicle market. Ford’s EV comes as an all-wheel-drive sports vehicle with two trims available, namely the standard with a $44000 price tag and a much higher priced GT model that goes for $60000. Both trims cover at least 250 miles on a single charge. The company also announced its pickup truck set to debut soon 

Audi e-Tron 

German automaker Audi put its e-Tron on display for this year’s show. The e-Tron is an all-wheel-drive SUV able to cover 204mikes on a single charge. According to Audi executives, the E-Tron’s range is sufficient to cater for most daily commutes ranging 30miles 

Chevrolet Bolt 

Chevrolet was not to be left behind with the display of their Chevrolet Bolt. The Bolt, which was launched as a concept in 2017, is an electric subcompact that has come to cross the 200000 sales milestone with ease. The Bold pushes a 259-mile range and goes for $37000

With a budding industry in hand, the future of electric vehicles looks promising ahead. However only time will tell how much of a success electric cars will be 

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Northrop Grumman Next Launch Number a Superstitious Digit 

Ask a superstitious person what the number 13 alludes to, and they will most probably tell you, it’s bad luck. Whether superstitious or not, the number happens to be Northrop Grumman’s next launch number aboard the Cygnus to the International Space Station on the 9th of February 2020. A word from the space exploration agency relates that previous annotation to this revered mysterious number will not be taken into account 

Joining in on the Northrop Grumman’s somewhat superstitious launch is the deployment from the European Space Agency set to happen on the same day. The launch seeks to deploy the agency’s next generation of orbital satellite tasked to record the sun’s Polar Regions

The space agency will launch aboard the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. Its deployment time is supposed to be at 11:30 p.m. From the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida 

Record state that the Northrop Grumman Cygnus launch will be a resupply mission, this mission is named the SS Robert H Lawrence in reminiscence of spaces First African American astronauts. The Cygnus launch seeks to take advantage of NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. According to logs, the SS Robert H Lawrence miso ion will be a three human-crewed flight to the International Space Station carrying fruit, candy mad conditioned cheese for space-stationed astronauts 

However, the trip will not only feature tasty delights but will also take a 3471kg gift to International Space Station containing several scientific instruments for research at the space-based station 

Robert H Lawrence was an African American selected to fly by NASA as the first African American to fly to space. However, this venture did not manage to get a sequel when Robert met his demise in a road accident on the 8th December 2967. Robert succumbed to injuries and passed on at 32years of age 

The flight on Sunday will also take place a little over a week after the NG-12 passenger-cargo ship, another Cygnus, departed the Space Station on January 31. This star ship is in orbit for some time, the second time that two Cygnus spacecraft has been in the realm at the same time by Northrop Grumman. 

Tonight, as part of the “late boarding” procedures for critical biological studies and other equipment, Northrop Grumman engineers must attach final cargo to the Cygnus spacecraft. Early Sunday morning, the rocket will be dry.

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NASA allows space explorers to soar on commercial suborbital cars

According to WASHINGTON news, NASA anticipates allowing space explorers to soar with their cargos on commercial vehicles, for the first time as a way to end years of discussions and negotiations. 

On 29 January, NASA released draft solicitation seeking cargos for its Flight Opportunities operation, which provides rides for such cargos on high loftiness balloons, parabolic aircrafts voyages, and commercial suborbital cars. That includes environmentally friendly suborbital space ships presently being flight experimented by Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic. 

In the past, space examiners could propose taking cargos on Blue Origins New Shepherd or Virgin Galactic’s Spaceship 2 to space; however, the cargos had to undergo computerization. In the draft solicitation, space examiners could recommend soaring with their cargos on the cars for their first time. 

Jim Reuter, who is NASA associate administrator for space technology on 29 January during 23’ rd. Annual Commercial Space Transportation Meeting, said that human space ship participants on those operations are adding up viably and under parade.   

According to the draft solicitation, research cargos, in spite of cars, would have to fix into two groups. One is of research related to NASA’s moon research operations and supporting commercial works far beyond Earth orbit. The other group is for research related to commercial suborbital applications and commercialization of low earth path. Space explorers can look up to $650,000 for operations in the initial group and $450,000 for those in the other group. 

Those space explorers seeking to soar with their cargos would accept the ‘informed consent’ divisions in present federal regulation concerning business-related suborbital space trips, where those soaring on such cars acknowledge that such vehicles have not received legalization safety by the Federal Aviation Administration. NASA holds no security accountability for suborbital space trips carried out under this particular solicitation. 

The draft as well demands the cars to have a trace history of their space trips. The solicitation states that for those space trips associates aboard, there would be no additional lift off or reentry ever since the occurrence of accidents in the last 14 space trips by using that kind of car design. 

The choice of permitting space explorers to soar with their cargos is not new. They have tried to work very hard with the public but all in vain. 

In 2013, Lori Garver, who was an assistant supervisor at NASA, pronounced at suborbital reexamination meeting that the organization would lift exclusions on people soaring with their cargos. Although, NASA postponed putting into practice that strategy for years.

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Two Satellites Expected to Crash in Earth Orbit Escape Collision

We seem to have skipped a close call involving two satellites–yet how close did we get to a disastrous space event?

It all started with a set of LeoLabs posts, an organization that uses radar to monitor satellites and waste in space. Two unreliable Earth-orbiting satellites were estimated to be 1 in 100 odds, with potentially dangerous effects, of an almost inevitable head collision at 9:39, am AEST on January 30th (23:39 UTC, January 29th). 

LeoLabs predicted that within 15 to 30 meters (50-100 feet) of each other, the satellites could pass No one could control or move either of the spacecraft. So we just had to watch anything happening over us. 

Space collisions can be devastating, and high-speed fragments can scatter in all directions. The threat jeopardizes existing satellites, potential launches, and space missions ferrying crew members in particular.

Other agencies such as Aerospace began offering equally alarming predictions following LeoLabs ‘ alert. In comparison, publicly available calculations were much more positive. No warning came from either the US Air Force or NASA. 

This situation was necessary because the US had a part to play in launching the two near-miss satellites. The first one is the Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS), a considerable space telescope of weight about a tonne launched in 1983. It completed its mission successfully later in the year and has since been lying dormant in space.

A slightly different story comes from the second satellite. The spacecraft, previously known as GGSE-4, was launched in 1967 by the government in secret. It was an inclusion of a much bigger project to seize Soviet Union radar emissions. This satellite also included a test to establish how satellites can stabilize under the influence of gravity.

It is considerably smaller than the IRAS with a weight of 83 kilograms (182 pounds), but its design is very odd and unfortunate. It has an overhead arm of 18 meters (60 feet) with a weight at the end, thus a much broader target.

The major problem is that we don’t understand the satellites’ locations. The situation suggests that we need to be highly conservative, precisely due to the cost and relevance of most operational satellites and the drastic effects of high-speed crashes. 

Space-object tracking is known as Space Situational Awareness and is a very challenging task. Radars, which are costly to build and run, are one of the best approaches. Telescopic visual observation is cheaper but poses many problems, such as the climate and many moving parts that may break down. 

The remedy starts with creating better methods of tracking satellites and space disposal. It is a crucial next stage to eliminate the junk, but that can happen if we know precisely where it is.

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James Webb Space Telescope is likely to miss the March 2021 Launch 

NASA’s first space observatory James Webb Space Telescope has acquired a severe report form from the government regulatory agency. The agency has discovered the mission has a 12% chance to launch in March 2021. The Government Accountability Office released a document on 28th January, which was the 8th annual series on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. This year’s section, the Government Accountability Office finds that the filling in the project’s plan is in dangerously short supply, and the launch should shift to July 2021. The sophisticated, great observatory has faced a limitless budget and plan overruns. NASA has used about $9.7 billion on its plan that has been overdue for more than six years in the past ten years. That is in stark distinction to approximate when the project was accepted, when it cost 1 billion dollars to 3.5 billion dollars, and then present it sometime between 2007 and 2011. 

The current report focus on a congregation of documents and tests concerning the JWST project that NASA’s personnel reviewed before publishing, according to the paper. A few weeks after NASA’s director of astrophysics assured many astronomers that the project was on a roadmap 2021 March launch, and the report was finally published. The main concern for the Government Accountability Office in the current release is the project’s plan backup, which is the filling time created into an expansion timeline to captivate unexpected delays. According to their research, they discovered two issues with the communication system of the telescope in March and April 2019 consumed regarding the portion of the project’s plan reserve.

 The James Webb Space Telescope has sent below the level of plan reserve due to those delays that NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center demands of its projects regarding the Government Accountability office. Consequently, the assessors wrote that the JWST team informed it only had a confidence level of 12%; hence it can introduce the observatory in March 2021. That is far behind the 70 percent threshold that the agency bases its plan. To meet that threshold will need a launch of July 2021. The report noted that NASA is also monitoring fifty distinct project risks, of which three are current for this rehearsal of the story. NASA believes firmly that half of the addressed issues are under control. This report is a real save for the industry. 

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Bitcoin half-heartedly captures rising interest amid Google Searchers 

The La Jolla, Calif., creditor, made itself a name by offering difficult-to-come by American dollar banking services to cryptocurrency companies. However, Silvergate now wants to manage its digital assets. 

Although the bank does not have these facilities yet, it has obtained a Trust License for New York to grant custody and crypto-settlement. Silvergate’s CEO Alan pointed out, “Settlement services can be in provision for their bitcoin businesses.

Silvergate is, in this case, an agent to ensure that the two parties on the Silvergate Exchange Network (SEN), a payments network that helps corporate customers to transfer U.S. dollars quickly through their crypto exchanges, are compensated for by fiat-for-bitcoin. 

“We need to be able to touch digital assets on our own to be that trustworthy broker,” Lane said. And think about it as if Silvergate can also use cryptocurrency. “The program, which almost definitely is the first of its sort provided by a U.S. commercial bank, would be non-recurring for retail investors or institutional investors that are already confident with us.

“Those are customers who aren’t ready to be in the business, and partly the reason for this is that they don’t exist,” Lane said, adding that the bank still doesn’t have a solution in sight to solve the issue. “Our existing customers have already come up with a way to comfort themselves, but they inform us that there are others who do not have a reliable way of settling for themselves.” Upon Silvergate’s first conference call as a public company, Lane told  CoinDesk Thursday. Earlier this day, four-quarter results were released, including a 6% rise in crypto customers and a 4% decline in deposits.

Silvergate Bank 2020 will include workers who will effectively invest Bitcoin’s margin in addressing specific challenges in the digital asset sector, Lane added. It will also solve the problems of the bank’s financial markets.

Wage spending increased by almost 6 percent in the fourth quarter from a year before to $8.7 million. Lane stated when asked what proportion of the expenses was in respect to compliance costs, that the majority of this was for client service and software developers. 

Silvergate utilizes Chainalysis as well as Elliptic, Lane said. It spends funds on compliance, of course. Such vendors evaluate the government blockchains in which banks have the task to monitor under regulations to identify unusual activity. 

The act of making public Silvergate has created a better gateway for the crypto business to join the bank’s agency. Silvergate also positions itself to raise capital more quickly if appropriate.

Silvergate presently has a 10.5% leverage ratio, indicating that the banking institutions require more than double the amount of capital available (5%). 

“We could increase twice the bank size alone on this measure and not deplete capital,” said Lane. “It’s just a measure, and I’m not saying we would… but we aim to raise additional funds if we could see the leverage ratio dropping to 8percent.”

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NASA Administrator Mr. Jim Bridenstine Finally Speaks About the Authorization Bill

Jim Bridenstine, the NASA Administrator, has dribbled something valuable from his scorn bucket over the previous week Authorization Bill, which not only postpones their desire to land on the moon but also turns their lunar gateway into the non-desired mars gateway. Jim has attempted to figure out any positive part of the International Space Station decision. He just ended up commending the committee on Aeronautics and Space for taking a conscious and bipartisan approach. 

The suchlike approach is sensitive if the agency wishes ever to do anything different since their objective usually is so much in the long term. Nevertheless, also as the bipartisan plan, those objectives need to be somewhat stable. Above all, seams that much like the lawmakers have something better upon their minds. Jim delicately confessed that he is concerned with what the bill is trying to impose. He said that the bill causes some considerable constraints on NASA’s plan to explore the moon. 

He further explained that the bill changes everything. It alters the agency’s objective of attaining a crewed moon landing by 2024 to 2028. While Jim hopes not to regret too much regarding the prospect of being delayed for four years, the exclusion of the gateway station from the lunar by the committee will, of course, affect the agency largely. 

The head of Space Exploration in the United Kingdom, Mr. Sue Home, said that their long-term objective is to take part in the crewed missions to Mars. He explained that they view the moon as their stepping-stone to reaching Mars. The lunar is nearer and so easier and cheaper to test their new abilities, which is needed before sending human beings on suchlike long-duration missions deeper in the solar system. Challenging missions of this type will demand the government and the commercial sector work together. 

While the NASA agency puts more concerns on the commercial providers regarding the tech required, including the landing system, the bill has been quite straightforward that the government of the United States shall retain their total ownership of the human landing system. Jim says that without devoted participation by the commercial agencies, NASA’s chances of developing a reliable and sustainable exploration plan shall fail. He further grumbled that reaching out to mars is harder. 

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Bad Weather Has Forced SpaceX To Postpone Starlink Satellite Fleet

SpaceX unexpectedly rescheduled the launch of their batch of Starlink because of unfavorable weather conditions at their launch point on 27th January. The company postponed the attempt to 28th January. The spaceflight company is based in California and was planning to launch around 60 internet-beaming satellites at around 9:49 a.m. EST (1449 GMT) in Florida at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station from Space Launch Complex even though strong winds at the site caused the delay.

Interested individuals can watch the launching process on space.com, powered by SpaceX, starting at around 25 minutes before liftoff, via SpaceX webcast. You may additionally watch the webcast live from SpaceX. Adverse weather effects have paralyzed both the recovery zone and the launch site for several days. The company finished its pre-launch trial for the mission within the previous week, even though they were forced to work around the atmospheric conditions before actually determining the perfect launch day.

The company recorded a 50% opportunity for successful launch weather on 28th January. The odds are more likely to improve by 29th January, which would move to 80% opportunity of successful launch weather, as per the 45th US Air Force weather squadron. The company ended up standing down 28th January as a result of strong winds. The next most likely launch chance is on 29th at 24:28 UTC or 9:38 a.m. EST.

This will mark the third SpaceX launch for this year. The leader of the mission is a well-known veteran flyer who has completed two missions under their belt. The rocket, which is dubbed B1051.3, recently hosted a capsule of Crew Dragon as one of SpaceX’s uncrewed missions to Demo-2 (the space station) in March last year together with a trio of observing satellites for Canada in June last year. SpaceX’s fourth-round Starlink satellites are tucked in the nose cone of the rockets and are created to offer worldwide internet access.

The company hopes that its ongoing constellation to ultimately number over 40,000 satellites. If everything works out according to their plans, the launch is expected to raise the number of satellites to over 200. According to Musk, SpaceX will require more than 800 satellites for moderate coverage 400 satellites in orbit for simple broadband. The company proclaims that they could start by offering broadband internet services in the US for some time in this year with approximately half a dozen additional launches.