SPACEX ROCKET LAUNCHES POWERFUL COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE - Lighting up the deep overnight sky, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket flashed to life and blasted off from Cape Canaveral early Monday, boosting a powerful SES satellite into space that will deliver direct-to-home TV, broadband and data relay services to customers across the Asia-Pacific region, Australia and the Middle East.
Running four days late because of unspecified technical issues, the previously flown Falcon 9's first-stage engines ignited at 12:45 a.m. EDT (GMT-4), generating a torrent of fiery exhaust and thick clouds of steam before vaulting away from pad 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. More
(Source: CBS News - Jun 4)
WATCH SPACEX LAUNCH A COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE TONIGHT - Just two weeks after it successfully launched a batch of satellites into orbit, SpaceX is slated to send another Falcon 9 into space. The company will launch a SES-12 communications satellite from Cape Canaveral in Florida, with its launch window beginning at 12:29 AM EDT on Monday morning.
The satellite in question is from SES, a Luxembourg-based telecom company, and will provide communications services for the Asian-Pacific and Middle East regions. The company notes that it’s one of the largest that it’s ever launched, and that it will help provide data in a part of the world where demand is expected to grow rapidly in the coming years. More
(Source: The Verge - Jun 4)
SPACE STATION CREW CLOSES OUT 168-DAY MISSION - A Russian cosmonaut, a NASA flight engineer and a Japanese physician-astronaut strapped into their Soyuz ferry ship early Sunday, undocked from the International Space Station and plunged back to Earth, landing on the steppe of Kazakhstan to close out a 168-day mission. With Soyuz MS-07 commander Anton Shkaplerov monitoring cockpit displays from the crew module’s center seat, flanked on the left by co-pilot Scott Tingle and on the right by Japanese physician-astronaut Norishige Kanai, the Russian spacecraft separated from the station’s Rassvet module at 5:16 a.m. EDT (GMT-4) and quickly pulled away. More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jun 3)
INTERNATIONAL CREW RETURNS HOME FROM SPACE STATION SUNDAY: WATCH LIVE - Three spaceflyers are returning to Earth early Sunday morning (June 3), and you can watch their homecoming live.
Coverage starts at 1:30 a.m. EDT (0530 GMT), when NASA astronaut Scott Tingle, cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov and Norishige Kanai of Japan say goodbye to their fellow International Space Station (ISS) crewmembers and board a Russian Soyuz spacecraft for the trip back to terra firma. You can watch this farewell, and all the action to follow, live at Space.com, courtesy of NASA TV. More
(Source: Space.com - Jun 3)
CHINA SENDS GAOFEN-6 EARTH OBSERVATION SATELLITE AND CUBESAT INTO ORBIT WITH 16TH LAUNCH OF 2018 - China on Saturday successfully launched the Gaofen-6 Earth observation satellite and the Luojia-1 CubeSat from Jiuquan, marking the country's 16th successful space launch of 2018.
The Long March 2D launch vehicle lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the Gobi Desert at 12:13 local time (04:13), with only hints that an orbital launch was being readied. More
(Source: GBTIMES - Jun 3)
NOAA’S MOST ADVANCED WEATHER SATELLITE CAPTURES STUNNING IMAGES - The first imagery from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) GOES-17 Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) has made its public debut. The imagery of the Western Hemisphere was created using two visible bands (blue and red) and one near-infrared “vegetation” band that are functional with the current cooling system performance. This debut comes as experts continue to address an issue with the cooling system of the satellite’s imager. The imagery also incorporates input from one of the ABI’s “longwave” infrared bands that was functional during a portion of the day despite the cooling system issue. More
(Source: Via Satellite - Jun 2)
RUSSIAN SIRIUSSAT CUBESATS TO BE DEPLOYED DURING SPACEWALK - It is planned that two Russian CubeSats will be deployed from the International Space Station in August during a spacewalk (EVA);
SiriusSat-1 (SXC1-181) call sign RS13S beacon 435.570 MHz
SiriusSat-2 (SXC1-182) call sign RS14S beacon 435.670 MHz More
(Source: AMSAT UK - Jun 1)
SOLAR ARRAY GLITCH SIDELINES TRANSPONDERS ON APSTAR-6 SATELLITE - APT Satellite turned off several transponders on its 13-year-old Apstar-6 satellite after a malfunctioning solar array caused a drop in power.
APT Satellite of Hong Kong is working with the satellite’s manufacturer Thales Alenia Space to understand the power issue, which so far appears not to have affected any other satellite systems.
Apstar-6 launched in 2005 on a Long March 3B rocket, and has coverage over the Asia Pacific. The satellite still has two years to fulfill its nominal 15-year design life. More
(Source: SpaceNews - Jun 1)
BAD WEATHER AND 'ADDITIONAL TESTS' DELAY SPACEX SATELLITE LAUNCH - SpaceX has delayed the launch of the latest SES satellite to “run additional tests” on its used Falcon 9 rocket.
“Standing down from Friday’s launch attempt to run additional tests on Falcon 9’s second stage. Rocket and payload are in good health. Currently working toward a June 4 launch of SES-12 from Pad 40 in Florida,” the company tweeted.
The blast off was originally scheduled for May 31st, but was put off by the company on May 28th until June 1st. More
(Source: Forbes - Jun 1)