HIGH-TECH WEATHER SATELLITE TO LAUNCH EARLY SATURDAY AFTER DELAYS: WATCH LIVE - MORE
High-Tech Weather Satellite to Launch Early Saturday After Delays: Watch Live
The United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket carrying the Joint Polar Satellite System 1 weather satellite stands atop its launchpad at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The satellite will launch Nov. 18, 2017.
Credit: NASA/Glenn Benson
A next-generation satellite built to make global weather forecasts more accurate than ever will now launch into space no earlier than Saturday (Nov. 18) after two delays earlier this week, NASA officials said.
The satellite, called the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1), is scheduled to lift off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California Saturday at 4:47 a.m. EST (0947 GMT) atop a Delta II rocket, NASA officials said in an update. More
(Source: Space.com - Nov 18)
SPACEX DELAYS LAUNCH TO STUDY DATA FROM RECENT PAYLOAD FAIRING TEST - SpaceX has delayed its next launch from the Kennedy Space Center until at least Friday night, and possibly later, to examine data from a recent payload fairing test for another customer.
The company said in a statement Thursday that the launch, originally scheduled for Wednesday night, will not take place until engineers complete their analysis.
“We have decided to stand down and take a closer look at data from recent fairing testing for another customer,” said John Taylor, a SpaceX spokesperson, in a written statement. “Though we have preserved the range opportunity for tomorrow, we will take the time we need to complete the data review and will then confirm a new launch date.” More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Nov 17)
RADFXSAT (FOX-1B) LAUNCH SCRUBBED AGAIN, BUT MORE FOXES ARE ON THE WAY! - The launch of the already-delayed United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket that will transport the RadFxSat (Fox-1B) CubeSat carrying an AMSAT Amateur Radio payload and other payloads into orbit was scrubbed on November 14, with just over 15 minutes to liftoff.
“The launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket carrying the JPSS-1 mission for NASA and NOAA was scrubbed today, due to a range safety hold and high upper-level winds,” ULA said in a tweet. “The team is working to establish a new launch opportunity.” ULA said weather balloons found that upper-level wind conditions “are red for the launch window, causing today's attempt to be scrubbed.” More
(Source: ARRL - Nov 16)
ASGARDIA, THE WORLD'S FIRST 'SPACE NATION', TAKES FLIGHT - The world's first "space nation" has taken flight.
On November 12, Asgardia cemented its presence in outer space by launching the Asgardia-1 satellite.
The "nanosat" -- it is roughly the size of a loaf of bread -- undertook a two-day journey from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, the United States, to the International Space Station (ISS).
It contains 0.5 TB of data belonging to 18,000 of Asgardia's citizens, such as family photographs, as well as digital representations of the space nation's flag, coat of arms and constitution. More
(Source: CNN - Nov 16)
DELTA 2 LAUNCH FROM CALIFORNIA HALTED FOR SECOND DAY IN A ROW - Brisk upper level winds blowing from the west thwarted a second try to launch a new NOAA weather satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket Wednesday, likely postponing the liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California until at least Saturday.
High-altitude were measured at more than 110 knots (126 mph) by a weather balloon sent aloft from Vandenberg during Wednesday’s early morning countdown. Safety officials from the U.S. Air Force’s Western Range were concerned the winds might blow debris from the rocket, such as nozzle covers on the Delta 2’s air-lit solid rocket boosters, back over populated areas on land as it climbs south over the Pacific Ocean. More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Nov 16)
SPACEX SET TO LAUNCH MYSTERIOUS ZUMA PAYLOAD TOMORROW NIGHT - Tomorrow night, SpaceX will launch perhaps its most secretive payload yet: a classified government satellite built by defense contractor Northrop Grumman. The purpose of the mission, codenamed Zuma, is essentially unknown. It’s unclear what kind of spacecraft is going up, or which government agency the launch is for. All we really know is that Zuma is scheduled to go into lower Earth orbit on top of a Falcon 9 rocket out of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
The Zuma mission only became public in October, when NASASpaceflight.com reported on documents that SpaceX had filed with the Federal Communications Commission, requesting authorization for a mysterious “Mission 1390.” More
(Source: The Verge - Nov 16)
CHINESE WEATHER SATELLITE LAUNCHED INTO POLAR ORBIT - A Chinese Long March 4C rocket launched Tuesday with a new polar-orbiting weather observatory named Fengyun 3D, replacing an aging satellite for the China Meteorological Administration.
The Fengyun 3D satellite lifted off at 1835 GMT (12:35 p.m. EST) Tuesday from the Taiyuan space center in Shanxi province located in northeastern China.
A three-stage Long March 4C rocket boosted the approximately 2.5-ton satellite toward the south from Taiyuan, where launch occurred at 2:35 a.m. local time Wednesday. More
(Source: - Nov 15)
CYGNUS CARGO SHIP DELIVERS HOLIDAY GOODIES AND SCIENCE GEAR TO SPACE STATION - Orbital ATK, a private spaceflight contracted by NASA to fly cargo to the ISS, named this Cygnus spacecraft the S.S. Gene Cernan in honor of the late NASA astronaut and last person to walk on the moon.
After launching from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia, on an Antares rocket Sunday (Nov. 12), Cygnus spent about 45 hours catching up to the ISS, which orbits about 250 miles (400 kilometers) above the Earth at a speed of about 17,500 mph (28,000 km/h). More
(Source: Space.com - Nov 15)
DELTA 2 ROCKET LAUNCH SCRUBBED - United Launch Alliance called off the launch of a Delta 2 rocket from California’s Central Coast early Tuesday after boats ventured into a restricted safety exclusion zone and engineers ran out of time to resolve a technical problem on the launcher.
The Delta 2 rocket had only 66 seconds to take off Tuesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, or else launch another day. Engineers selected the short launch window to allow the mission’s JPSS 1 weather satellite payload to enter an optimal orbit circling over Earth’s poles. More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Nov 15)
CHINA WILL HAVE SOLE SPACE STATION IN 2020S, BEIJING SAYS - In the 2013 sci-fi blockbuster Gravity, a stranded US astronaut whose spaceship was destroyed by debris during a spacewalk would have fallen through a bottomless abyss, had it not been for a Chinese space station Tiangong (‘Heaven Palace’), which ultimately took her back to earth.
In reality, Chinese newspapers are conjecturing with glee that in the 2020s, when the Tiangong is up and running some 350 kilometres above earth in a low orbit, and the International Space Station (ISS) – a multinational aerospace endeavour – is reaching its end of its life More
(Source: Asia Times - Nov 14)
THE MOST IMPORTANT WEATHER SATELLITE YOU'VE NEVER HEARD OF LAUNCHES TO SPACE TUESDAY - After billions of dollars in cost overruns and delays, NASA is planning to launch one of the most important weather satellites ever early Tuesday morning.
The Joint Polar Satellite System-1, or JPSS-1, satellite — which will be invaluable for improving forecasting, detecting lost sailors, aiding firefighters, and other applications — is expected to blast off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 1:47 a.m. PT, or 4:47 a.m. ET, aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket. More
(Source: Mashable - Nov 14)
LOFT ORBITAL IS LAUNCHING A SPECIALTY SERVICE THAT LEASES SPACE ON SATELLITES - Loft Orbital is the latest entrant, offering a "rideshare service" of buying satellites and then leasing space onboard to multiple customers. The company announced Monday it raised $3.2 million in a recent seed funding round led by Uncork Capital.
"We want to make the experience of accessing space as easy as buying cloud services from Amazon Web Services," CEO Antoine de Chassy told CNBC. "Instead of building or buying a satellite for your sensor, just lease space onboard one of our satellites and fly with us." More
(Source: CNBC - Nov 14)
ORBITAL ATK ROCKET LAUNCHES NASA CARGO TO SPACE STATION IN SPECTACULAR MORNING LIFTOFF - Topped with the International Space Station-bound Cygnus cargo spacecraft, the 139-foot (42.5-meter) Antares rocket lifted off from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia at 7:19 a.m. EST (1219 GMT). About 9 minutes later, Cygnus was deployed in low-Earth orbit, where it will spend the next two days chasing after the International Space Station (ISS). "It was great to put a rumble in the air here and to get Cygnus off the ground and on its way to the International Space Station," Dan Hartman, the International Space Station's deputy program manager, said during a post-launch briefing. "It was just a miraculous launch and a flawless countdown." More
(Source: Space.com - Nov 13)
IF YOU USE WEATHER FORECASTS FOR ANYTHING, YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE JPSS SATELLITE - You probably use weather forecasts all of the time. The military, aviation community, farmers, businesses, and emergency managers certainly do. Most people do not think about the "nuts and bolts" of what goes into their forecasts. Heck, I do not think about the pinch of vanilla or what brand of sugar is in a good slice of apple pie either. If it is good, I just bite and enjoy it. The process of weather forecasting is highly dependent on good observations and computer models that predict changes in the fluid over our heads called the atmosphere. A new satellite scheduled for launch next week is vital to weather forecasting but there is a good chance you have never heard of it. More
(Source: Forbes - Nov 12)
ANTARES LAUNCH TO RESUPPLY SPACE STATION HALTED BY WAYWARD AIRPLANE - Managers aborted liftoff of a commercial Antares cargo launcher Saturday when an aircraft strayed into restricted airspace near the rocket’s planned flight path east from Virginia’s Eastern Shore.
The Antares rocket and a Cygnus supply ship, both owned by Orbital ATK, were ready for liftoff at 7:37 a.m. EST (1237 GMT) Saturday. The launch team loaded kerosene and liquid oxygen propellants into the first stage of the Antares booster, and a computer-controlled countdown sequencer took over for the final three minutes before liftoff. More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Nov 12)
SPACE STATION CARGO SHIP PREPPED FOR FLIGHT - Orbital ATK engineers are readying an upgraded Antares rocket for a sub-freezing launch from the Virginia coast early Saturday to boost a Cygnus cargo ship into orbit loaded with 7,400 pounds of equipment and supplies bound for the International Space Station.
Liftoff from Pad 0A at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at NASA's Wallops Island, Virginia, flight facility is targeted for 7:37:25 a.m. EST (GMT-5), roughly the moment Earth's rotation carries the launch site into the plane of the space station's orbit -- a requirement for rendezvous missions. More
(Source: CBS News - Nov 11)
RUNAWAY CHINESE SPACE STATION COULD SMASH INTO A MAJOR CITY NEXT YEAR - An out of control Chinese space station could smash into a major world city at the beginning of 2018.
The European Space Agency said the 8.5-tonne Tiangong-1, or “Heavenly Palace”, satellite could hit "any spot" between two latitude lines in the northern and southern hemispheres. ESA experts said the 12-metre long craft would crash into Earth's atmosphere at some point between January and March 2018. More
(Source: Fox News - Nov 10)
READY TO BOOK YOUR SATELLITE LAUNCH ONLINE? THE ROCKET INDUSTRY LOOKS TO RUN MORE LIKE AN AIRLINE. - After decades of building commercial airliners, Boeing is now developing something that looks like a plane and sometimes acts like a plane — but is not a plane.
The company’s latest invention is instead a spaceplane. The Phantom Express, as it is known, would perform like one of the many jets in Boeing’s vast fleet, landing on a runway with a 737-like wingspan, able to take off quickly on demand — just fuel up and go. But instead of carrying passengers, it would launch satellites into orbit. And if all goes to plan, soon it would be able to fly to the stratosphere or beyond 10 times in 10 days under a test program funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). More
(Source: Washington Post - Nov 10)
MOROCCO’S FIRST HIGH-RESOLUTION SURVEILLANCE SATELLITE LAUNCHED ABOARD VEGA ROCKET - A reconnaissance satellite built in secrecy in France for the Moroccan government launched Tuesday on top of a Vega rocket from the Guiana Space Center in South America.
The Mohammed VI-A optical imaging craft, named for the Moroccan king, lifted off at 8:42:31 p.m. EST Tuesday (01:42:31 GMT Wednesday) from the European-run spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
The high-resolution surveillance satellite rode a 98-foot-tall (30-meter) Vega rocket into a roughly 385-mile-high (620-kilometer) polar orbit following the late night liftoff at 10:42 p.m. local time in French Guiana. More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Nov 9)