Aerion Links With Spire For Boomless Supersonic Cruise
Credit: Aerion Supersonic
Supersonic business jet developer Aerion has teamed with satellite company Spire Global to supply the high-fidelity weather data critical to the aircraft maker’s goal of achieving Mach 1-plus cruise speeds without generating a sonic boom on the ground.
The Chinese National Space Administration’s Chang’e 5 lunar sample return mission lifted off Nov. 23 U.S. time, initiating a planned 3-4-week excursion to gather the youngest-ever samples from the Moon’s surface.
Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich Joins Satellite Fleet Measuring Sea Rise
A week after sending its first space taxi to the International Space Station for NASA, SpaceX launched the flagship Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite into an 800-mi.-high, high-inclination orbit to join a fleet of spacecraft collecting key data for tracking climate change via sea-level rise.
The Weekly Debrief: Vast New Range Awaits Hypersonic Flight Tests
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With three flight tests of hypersonic missile prototypes still planned at some point within the next 39 days, the U.S. Defense Department’s flight test of new infrastructure for long-range, high-speed air vehicles will finally be put to the test.
Following up on a pilot program to assess the value of commercially provided weather forecast data, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration said Nov. 23 it has awarded data purchase contracts to GeoOptics and Spire Global.
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