Trend or aberration? Russia is launching foreign satellites again

Satellite controllers in Dubai monitor the launch of a Soyuz rocket from Russia on Tuesday.

Zoom in / Satellite controllers in Dubai monitor the launch of a Soyuz rocket from Russia on Tuesday. For the first time since the invasion of Ukraine essentially cut off Russia’s space industry from foreign customers, a Russian rocket lifted off on Tuesday and carried satellites with commercial technology from Western companies into orbit. Payloads … Read more

Trend or aberration? Russia is launching foreign Ars Technica satellites again

Satellite controllers in Dubai monitor the launch of a Soyuz rocket from Russia on Tuesday.

Zoom in / Satellite controllers in Dubai monitor the launch of a Soyuz rocket from Russia on Tuesday. For the first time since the invasion of Ukraine essentially cut off Russia’s space industry from foreign customers, a Russian rocket lifted off on Tuesday and carried satellites with commercial technology from Western companies into orbit. Payloads … Read more

Sun’s activity could peak 2 years early, frying satellites and causing radio blackouts by end of this year, experts say

An image of the sun shows a square protrusion jutting out from the sun like a waterfall

A “waterfall” of solar plasma has recently been spotted on the sun. Stranger solar phenomena have been observed recently as the sun approaches peak activity.Eduardo Schaberger Poupeau The sun is becoming more active and may peak activity sooner than expected. Solar maximum was predicted for 2025, but sunspot activity changed that. An unusual sunspot outburst … Read more