AST SPACEMOBILE TO LAUNCH DEMO SATELLITE WITH SPACEX - AST SpaceMobile, the company building the first space-based cellular broadband network accessible directly by standard mobile phones, has signed an agreement with Space Exploration Technologies Corp. for the launch of its next prototype spacecraft, BlueWalker 3.
BlueWalker 3 is expected to launch... More
(Source: SatelliteProME.com - Aug 2)
CHINA LAUNCHES TIANHUI I-04 SATELLITE(1/4) - A Long March-2D rocket carrying the Tianhui I-04 satellite blasts off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China, July 29, 2021. China successfully launched the Tianhui I-04 satellite from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China at noon on Thursday. The satellite was ... More
(Source: - Aug 1)
WHO'S GOING TO FIX THE SPACE JUNK PROBLEM? - There are over 20,000 known and tracked pieces of space debris orbiting Earth, each one traveling at about 15,000 mph (24,000 km/h). They pose a risk to future space missions, and nobody is bothering to clean it up. Why? Because it's too hard.
In the early 1960s, the U.S. military wanted to devis... More
(Source: Space.com - Aug 1)
ARIANE 5 ROCKET LAUNCHES TWO GEOSTATIONARY COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITES - A European Ariane 5 rocket launched from French Guiana Friday, succeeding on its first flight in nearly a year to deploy a pair of geostationary communications satellites for commercial operators in Brazil and France.
The launch was a key test of the Ariane 5 rocket ahead of a flight later this y... More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jul 31)
HIGH DRAMA AS RUSSIAN LAB MODULE TILTS SPACE STATION WITH ERRANT THRUSTER FIRINGS - A heavyweight Russian laboratory module that experienced a variety of problems after launch last week docked at the International Space Station Thursday, but in a moment of unexpected drama, inadvertent thruster firings briefly knocked the sprawling complex out of its normal orientation.
Space st... More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jul 30)
CHINA LAUNCHES CLASSIFIED SATELLITES, TESTS LANDING NOSE CONE WITH PARACHUTE - China sent three Yaogan 30 series satellites into orbit and used the launch to test controlling the rocket's falling nose cone with a parachute.
A Long March 2C rocket lifted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China at 8:11 p.m. EDT July 18 (0019 GMT on July 19, or 8:19 a.m... More
(Source: Space.com - Jul 29)
ROCKET LAB RETURNS TO SERVICE WITH “FLAWLESS” LAUNCH FOR U.S. MILITARY - Resuming launches after a mission failure two months ago, Rocket Lab successfully placed a small U.S. military research and development satellite into orbit Thursday following a fiery liftoff from New Zealand on a flight that was originally supposed to launch from the company’s new pad in Virginia... More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jul 29)
ASTRONOMERS BACK TECHNICAL EFFORTS TO REDUCE IMPACTS OF SATELLITE MEGACONSTELLATIONS WHILE SEEKING REGULATORY SOLUTIONS - With slow progress on regulation and policy, astronomers are making progress on other approaches to mitigate the effects that satellite megaconstellations will have on their observations.
At the conclusion of the weeklong SATCON2 workshop July 16, astronomers announced a proposal to develop a vir... More
(Source: SpaceNews - Jul 28)
BOEING STARLINER ORBITAL FLIGHT TEST 2: LIVE UPDATES - Boeing and NASA are getting ready to make a second attempt at launching its Starliner astronaut taxi to the International Space Station. The uncrewed CST-100 Starliner space capsule is scheduled to launch to the space station on July 30 at 2:53 p.m. EDT (1853 GMT), lifting off from Space Launch Comp... More
(Source: Space.com - Jul 28)
SPACEX IS ABOUT TO BEGIN LAUNCHING THE NEXT SERIES OF STARLINK SATELLITES - fter going through the month of July with no launches, SpaceX is scheduled to resume missions in August with Falcon 9 rocket flights from California and Florida to begin deploying Starlink internet satellites into new orbits.
SpaceX is gearing up for at least two Starlink launches next month, beg... More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jul 28)
ASTRONAUT WATCHES RUSSIAN SPACE STATION MODULE FALL FROM SPACE IN FIERY DEMISE - On Monday (July 26), astronauts said goodbye to a cornerstone of the International Space Station and captured stunning images of the compartment burning up in Earth's atmosphere.
A Russian Progress cargo vehicle towed the module, called Pirs, away from the space station and down through Earth's a... More
(Source: Space.com - Jul 28)
RUSSIA’S PIRS MODULE DISCARDED AFTER 20 YEARS OF SERVICE AT SPACE STATION - Wrapping up nearly 20 years of service as a docking port and airlock, Russia’s Pirs module departed the International Space Station Monday under tow from a Progress supply ship and headed for a destructive re-entry in Earth’s atmosphere, clearing the way for arrival of a larger science lab later... More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jul 27)
FAREWELL, PIRS; ISS MODULE DECOMMISSIONED, SET FOR DESTRUCTIVE REENTRY - After nearly 20 years in orbit serving as a docking port and airlock for the Russian segment of the International Space Station (ISS), the Pirs module — also called Stykovochny Otsek 1, or Docking Compartment 1 (DC-1) — will become the first habitable element of the station to be decommissioned ... More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Jul 26)
BOEING STARLINER ISS LAUNCH: HOW TO WATCH DO-OVER TEST FLIGHT LIVE - If at first you don't succeed, try, try again to send your spacecraft back into orbit to dock with the International Space Station. On July 30, Boeing is set to relaunch its Starliner crew capsule (minus any humans on board) for a second attempt at reaching the ISS, after its first try in late 2019 ... More
(Source: CNET - Jul 26)
SKYWATCHER SPOTS RUSSIA'S NAUKA SCIENCE MODULE HEADED TO SPACE STATION (PHOTO) - A British astrophotographer captured a stunning view of Russia's largest addition to the International Space Station yet, the Nauka science module, just hours after its launch into orbit on Wednesday (July 21).
Martin Lewis, who posts his images on the website Skyinspector.co.uk, took the photo ... More
(Source: Space.com - Jul 25)
SOLAR FLARES OFF LARGE SOLAR ARRAYS AND ISS ROLL-OUT SOLAR ARRAYS (IROSA) - On July 16, 2021, Philip Smith, an enthusiast astrophotographer in Manorville NY, has recorded through his telescope the International Space Station passing over his house.
Here is the story:
"I recorded and imaged a "SOLAR FLARE" on one of the ISS Roll-Out Solar Array (iROSA) on the po... More
(Source: - Jul 24)
CHINA’S SPACE STATION IS PREPARING TO HOST 1,000 SCIENTIFIC EXPERIMENTS - China launched the core of its space station in April, and sent three astronauts up in June. But although it probably won’t be complete until late 2022, there is already a long queue of experiments from across the world waiting to go up. Scientists in China told Nature that the China Manned Space ... More
(Source: Nature - Jul 24)
RUSSIA DELAYS DETACHING OLD SPACE STATION DOCKING PORT WHILE TESTING NEW RESEARCH MODULE IN ORBIT - The departure of Russia's Pirs module from the International Space Station has been delayed until Saturday (July 24) as engineers continue to conduct in-flight tests on its replacement.
The 20-year-old Pirs was scheduled to leave the orbiting lab tomorrow (July 23) to open a slot for the Russian ... More
(Source: Space.com - Jul 24)
IMPAIRED GOES-WEST SATELLITE RETURNS TO SERVICE - The GOES-West weather satellite has returned to service after being down yesterday due to an anomaly. Initially known as GOES-17, and GOES-S before that, an on-board computer reset triggered by the satellite forced it into a safe-hold mode at 1:37 am ET yesterday. In this phase, all of GOES-17’s ... More
(Source: Weatherboy - Jul 24)