Aug 30, 2017

A glimpse at the scale of flooding in Texas

Here's a preliminary look at how much of Texas' gulf coast is under water, using data from the Dartmouth Flood Observatory. The purple areas on this map were mapped using imagery from various satellites that orbit the Earth.

Data: Dartmouth Flood Observatory; Map: Lazaro Gamio / Axios

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SpaceX launches 60 more Starlink satellites

A screenshot of Monday's SpaceX satellite launch. Photo: SpaceX

SpaceX launched another 60 of its internet-beaming Starlink satellites to orbit from Cape Canaveral Monday night.

Go deeperArrowJan 7, 2020

The big business of being a space janitor

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Companies are trying to capitalize on the threat of space junk with new technology to clean it up, but it's not clear who will pay for the service.

Why it matters: Today, thousands of pieces of space junk — ranging from tiny fragments of destroyed satellites to spent rocket bodies and defunct spacecraft — orbit around Earth, threatening operational satellites and astronauts.

Go deeperArrowDec 19, 2019

Speeding up spacecraft development

Earth from space. Photo: NASA

York Space Systems is offering a new series of missions using its standardized spacecraft to fit the needs of a variety of customers.

Why it matters: As more companies and government entities work to launch small satellites to orbit, this kind of standardization could help to cut down on development time, getting experiments, technology demonstrations and other payloads qualified for spaceflight more quickly.

Go deeperArrowJan 7, 2020