One of the Vanguard satellites being checked out at Cape Canaveral, Florida in 1958.
When Vanguard 1 – the "grapefruit satellite" – was launched in 1958, its only companions were Explorer 1 and Sputnik 2. Soon it may have thousands of descendants swarming around it.
Images created by NASA with satellite data helped the U.S. Department of Agriculture analyze outbreak patterns for southern pine beetles in Alabama, in spring 2016.
Big data open-access publishing and other advances offer ecologists the ability to forecast events like pest outbreaks over days and seasons rather than decades. But scholars need to seize this opportunity.
Artist’s view of Aqua, a NASA satellite in orbit around the Earth since 2002 that studies the water cycle.
Several satellites have been launched in recent years with the objective of measuring data related to climate change. They must be complementary to measurements made on earth.
Three new reports examine Australia’s existing space capabilities, set them in the light of international developments, and identify growth areas and models for Australia to pursue.
Space is becoming cheaper, more attractive to investors and increasingly important in our data-rich economy. It's time Australia mapped a path forward.
Nothing to stop high energy weapons being deployed in orbit around Earth.
Australia is playing a major role in developing legal guidelines that would govern how any war in space is played out. The authors of MILAMOS hope the manual is never actually required.
Right now there are more than 20,000 objects in space.
By taking on the role as leader in space traffic management, Australia can gain international power and exploit commercial opportunities.
The Earth has a powerful magnetic field.
A strange patch of extremely strong magnetic field occurred over Jordan in 1000BC. Could we be about to face another one?
Carbon dioxide flux over China, measured by NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 satellite.
New data from a NASA satellite show in unprecedented detail the flow of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Future satellites should even be able to detect the signatures of individual power stations.
Each year satellite images and maps show patterns linked to land use/cover change.
A new approach to monitor changes to the earth's surface uses maps that consist of physical and human geographic data to explain what's changed.
Without satellites, modern technologies such mobiles phones and GPS would not exist.
Flickr/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
We've all seen videos of satellites being blasted off into space - but once they're locked in orbit around the earth, how do we bring them back down?
A girl takes a close look at the world’s first artificial.
satellite, the Soviet-made Sputnik I.
Our fascination with space shows no signs of slowing down, 60 years after the Soviet Union launched the world's first satellite, Sputnik.
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Telecom operators increasingly struggle to find “parking spots” for their satellites in outer space.
The Telstar 1 satellite inspired a chart-topping pop tune, the iconic black-and-white hexagonal Adidas soccer ball, and maybe even a Doctor Who creature, the Mecanoids.
National Physical Laboratory
Protecting culturally significant spacecraft enables people on Earth to feel connected to space as the common heritage of humanity.
The NASA satellite Landsat-8 collects frequent global multispectral imagery of the Earth’s surface.
Weather forecasting, bushfire management, power and water supply: Australia relies on earth observations to the tune of A$5 billion a year. But we have very little control over the data we get.
Space isn’t just about rockets and missions to Mars: Australia must invest in space-based infrastructure to manage our resources.
There are local, practical implications linked to failed advancement of infrastructure projects that rely on expertise in space. Protecting Australia's water is just one example.
The Mayak satellite will unfold a giant reflective pyramid that will be seen from Earth.
It promises to be one of the brightest objects in the night sky once the Mayak satellite unfolds a giant pyramid reflector. But what is it going to do?
Impression of one UNSW’s three miniature satellites launched into space this year.
AAP Image/University of NSW
We don't need another review of Australia's space industry, we just need a space agency.
‘Entangled’ beams successfully picked up at Earth.
The 'entangled' light particles spookily interact with each other at huge distances.
Scientists use satellite sensing to find the Earth’s centre of mass.
Driverless cars and drones will require pinpoint location accuracy, which means our methods for measuring the Earth's centre need an overhaul.
A scale model of one of the two LAGEOS satellites.
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
We know much about the true shape of our planet is thanks to two satellites that act as targets for lasers fired from Earth.