STARBASE SURGE SEES SPACEX SPEED AHEAD WITH BOOSTER 4 AND SHIP 20 - In a marked increase to the already-impressive production cadence at SpaceX Starbase, it’s all hands on deck with Booster 4 and Ship 20 preparations ahead of the duo meeting at the launch site. Booster 4 was stacked on Sunday, with all 29 Raptors installed by Monday morning. It then rolled to the ... More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Aug 5)
GOES-17 SATELLITE BOUNCES BACK FROM GLITCH WHILE MONITORING CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES - A weather satellite has recovered from a brief anomaly and is back to studying Earth and its ongoing wildfires.
GOES-17 (Geostationary Orbital Environmental Satellite 17), an Earth-monitoring satellite operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), suffered an anomaly on... More
(Source: Space.com - Aug 4)
CHINESE COMMERCIAL LAUNCHER FAILS DURING CLIMB TO ORBIT - The launch of a solid-fueled rocket developed by the Chinese commercial space firm iSpace failed Tuesday, the second launch failure in three orbital attempts by the startup company, Chinese state media said.
A Hyperbola 1 rocket lifted off from the Jiuquan launch base at 3:39 a.m. EDT (0739 GMT; ... More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Aug 4)
LAUNCH OF BOEING CREW CAPSULE SCRUBBED DUE TO PROPULSION SYSTEM ISSUE - Officials scrubbed the planned launch of a Boeing-built crew capsule Tuesday to examine a potential technical issue in the spacecraft’s propulsion system, delaying the start of a critical unpiloted test flight to prove the ship is ready to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station.
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Aug 3)
SPACE STATION SITUATION WITH RUSSIAN MODULE MISFIRE MORE SERIOUS THAN STATED: REPORT - Last week, a Russian module accidentally pushed the International Space Station out of place. Now, a NASA flight director has revealed that the event was more serious than NASA initially reported.
On Thursday (July 29) morning, Russia's long-awaited research module Nauka docked with the space st... More
(Source: Space.com - Aug 3)
BOEING CREW CAPSULE SET FOR LAUNCH TUESDAY ON TEST FLIGHT TO SPACE STATION - An Atlas 5 rocket was hauled back to its seaside firing stand Monday for launch Tuesday on a flight to boost Boeing’s Starliner crew capsule into orbit for a second unpiloted test to prove the commercial ferry ship is ready to carry astronauts.
The United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 is scheduled fo... More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Aug 3)
SSTV TRANSMISSIONS SCHEDULED FROM ISS - Friday and Saturday, August 6 – 7, Russian cosmonauts onboard the International Space Station (ISS) will transmit slow-scan television (SSTV) images from the station on 145.800 MHz FM. They will use SSTV mode PD-120. The transmissions are part of the Moscow Aviation Institute SSTV experiment (MAI-... More
(Source: ARRL - Aug 2)
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)