Space industry feels varying effects of supply chain disruptions

While space companies are feeling the impacts of supply chain disruptions, traditional space companies are experiencing different effects than newer ones. Panelists during a session of the ASCEND conference by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Nov. 10 said that the shocks to the global supply chain caused by the pandemic highlighted existing weaknesses in traditional space industry supply chains.

Startups developing space traffic monitoring system to help manage growing debris problem

Startup SCOUT Space announced Nov. 16 it has won a U.S. Air Force contract to integrate data from satellites and ground sensors that monitor objects in orbit. The company will seek to demonstrate that data collected in space — combined with data from traditional ground sensors — significantly improves the accuracy of space debris tracking and can help predict collisions.

This bizarre ‘superbubble’ spotted by the Hubble Space Telescope has scientists scratching their heads

Wispy clouds of gas and a strange “superbubble” dominate the view of a new Hubble Space Telescope image. The view stars a nebula, or gas cloud, known as N44, that is located in a nearby galaxy called the Large Magellanic Cloud. In the newly released image, you can see hydrogen gas glowing in the dark, along with dark dust lanes and stars of all ages, in a complex structure roughly 170,000 light-years from Earth.