- First Multi-Planet star system Discovered
- Landsat 7 Successfully Launches
- Swatch Abandons Plans to Launch Satellite
- More Globalstar satellites Launched
First Multi-Planet star system Discovered
Astronomers have discovered a group of three Jupiter-sized planets
orbiting around the star Upsilon Andromedae. This is the first ever
multiple planet star system found - all previous 18 extrasolar planets
have been unique to their star system.
Landsat 7 Successfully Launches
Launched aboard a Boeing Delta 2 rocket, the Landsat 7 Earth observational
satellite was successfully placed into a polar orbit. The satellite will
orbit the Earth every 16 days, and document environmental conditions and
changes in climate.
Swatch Abandons Plans to Launch Satellite
Under tremendous pressure from amateur ratio enthusiasts, Swatch has abandoned
its plans to launch a communications satellite from Mir. The satellite would
have broadcast advertisements on the specific frequency used by ham
operators - sort of a radio spam. Swatch has moved its message to the
More Globalstar satellites Launched
Globalstar continues to build its satellite network with Wednesday's launch
of four more telecommunications satellites from the Baikonur cosmodrome in
Kazakhstan. Globalstar plans to have a complete network of 48 satellites by
the end of the year.