aSpIrM Launches 1 and 2 always had the next iteration in mind. We did a main mission and a test launch for the next bigger step. This put a lot of pressure on the main mission while at the same time distracting us from our main objective. For aSpIrM-3 scheduled for 14/15 August, we are… Read More aSpIrm-3 mission brief
Flare lovers, this is SO for you! The “Catch the Iridium” project wants to crowdsource photographs of each remaining Block-1 Iridium satellite before we finally have to say #flarewell.… Read More Catch the Iridium
Here’s the facts: We saw one of the most stunning Iridium flares ever. It was a bright –5.4 mag flare of Iridium 97, flaring very close to the moon.
And here’s the magic: … Read More The most beautiful Iridium flare ever
In our aSpIrM project we try to emulate the launches of IridiumNEXT with SpaceX. This of course includes keeping track of their new developments, e.g. the Iridium-6 rideshare. We solved this by launching a hosted payload, Tiny Shiny Guy, on aSpIrM-2. Next in line were SpaceX’s plans to recover their fairings. So we needed to… Read More Mr. Steven Gadget