NASA AND SPACEX TO STUDY POSSIBLE PRIVATE HUBBLE SERVICING MISSION - NASA and SpaceX announced Sept. 29 they will study a concept to send a Crew Dragon spacecraft to reboost, and possibly service, the Hubble Space Telescope to extend its life.
In a briefing called on several hours’ notice, NASA and SpaceX officials, along with billionaire private astronaut Jared... More
(Source: SpaceNews - Oct 2)
PREPS RESUME FOR SPACEX CREW LAUNCH AFTER HURRICANE IAN - The next multinational crew scheduled to ride a SpaceX rocket and capsule to the International Space Station next week arrived at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Saturday as ground teams rolled their Falcon 9 booster and Dragon Endurance spacecraft to the launch pad, resuming work suspended earlier in... More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Oct 2)
FIREFLY SUCCEEDS ON SECOND ALPHA FLIGHT - With the goal of successfully reaching orbit, Firefly successfully launched FLTA002 – its second demonstration flight of the Alpha launch vehicle – on the mission dubbed “To The Black.” Launching from Space Launch Complex 2 West (SLC-2W) at the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, the ... More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Oct 2)
3 RUSSIAN COSMONAUTS RETURN SAFELY FROM INTL SPACE STATION - Three Russian cosmonauts returned safely Thursday from a mission to the International Space Station.
The Soyuz MS-21 spacecraft carrying Oleg Artemyev, Denis Matveyev and Sergey Korsakov touched down softly at 4:57 p.m. at a designated site in the steppes of Kazakhstan, 150 kilometers (90 miles) ... More
(Source: ABC News - Sep 30)
WATCH LIVE EARLY THURSDAY: RUSSIAN COSMONAUTS DEPARTING INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION - Three Russian cosmonauts will return to Earth Thursday (Sept. 29), and you can watch the whole thing live.
Expedition 67 cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev, Denis Matveev and Sergey Korsakov will fly back to Earth on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft from the International Space Station (ISS).
Their Soyuz MS-... More
(Source: Space.com - Sep 29)
SEE HURRICANE IAN CHURN IN VIDEO FROM INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION - Cameras aboard the International Space Station (ISS) are providing a birds-eye view of Hurricane Ian as it churns northward toward Florida.
The storm looks gigantic in video captured Monday (Sept. 26) by cameras mounted to the exterior of the ISS, which flies about 250 miles (400 kilometers) abov... More
(Source: Space.com - Sep 28)
DELTA 4-HEAVY ROCKET DEPLOYS SPYSAT ON FINAL PLANNED MISSION FROM ‘SLICK SIX’ - United Launch Alliance sent a triple-core Delta 4-Heavy with a top secret U.S. government spy satellite into orbit Saturday from California’s Central Coast, closing out a chapter in the tangled history of a launch pad originally built to support military astronaut missions on Titan rockets and spa... More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Sep 27)
SLS TO ROLL BACK TO VAB AS HURRICANE APPROACHES FLORIDA - NASA will move the Space Launch System rocket from its launch pad back the Vehicle Assembly Building as a precaution for an approaching hurricane, a decision that may delay the Artemis 1 mission until November.
NASA announced Sept. 26 that mission managers decided, after days of deliberation, to ... More
(Source: SpaceNews - Sep 27)
NRO SATELLITE FLIES TO ORBIT IN DELTA 4’S FINAL WEST COAST LAUNCH - United Launch Alliance launched a classified National Reconnaissance Office spy satellite on a Delta 4 Heavy rocket September 24 at 3:25 p.m. Pacific from Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
NROL-91 is the Delta 4’s final mission from the West Coast. The vehicle las... More
(Source: SpaceNews - Sep 27)
OPEN COSMOS UNVEILS OPENCONSTELLATION, SHARED SPACE INFRASTRUCTURE - British small satellite startup Open Cosmos announced plans Sept. 21 for OpenConstellation, shared space infrastructure that offers partners access to satellite data.
At the International Astronautical Congress here, Open Cosmos invited countries, institutions or companies around the world to con... More
(Source: SpaceNews - Sep 23)
SOYUZ MS-22 SPACECRAFT DOCKS TO SPACE STATION – NEW CREW BEGINS SIX-MONTH MISSION - NASA astronaut Frank Rubio and Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin on the Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft docked to the International Space Station (ISS) at 1:06 p.m. EDT (10:06 a.m. PDT) on Wednesday, September 21.
The hatches between the International Space Station and the newly arr... More
(Source: SciTechDaily - Sep 23)
NASA ASTRONAUT LAUNCHES TO SPACE STATION ABOARD RUSSIAN ROCKET - Despite severely strained U.S.-Russian foreign relations, an American astronaut joined two Russian cosmonauts aboard a Soyuz spacecraft in Kazakhstan and rocketed into orbit Wednesday on a two-orbit flight to the International Space Station.
With commander Sergey Prokopyev at the controls, flanke... More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Sep 22)
SOYUZ ROCKET ROLLS OUT FOR LAUNCH OF RUSSIAN-AMERICAN CREW TO SPACE STATION - Ground teams at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan rolled a Soyuz rocket to its launch pad Sunday, moving a step closer to liftoff Wednesday with a team of two Russian cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut heading for the International Space Station, the first flight of a U.S. crew member on a Russian ... More
(Source: - Sep 21)
STARLINK GROUP 4-34 MISSION FINALLY LIFTS OFF AFTER WEATHER DELAYS - A SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 carrying 54 Starlink satellites has finally launched at 8:18 PM EDT on Sunday, Sept. 18 (00:18 UTC on Sept. 19) after unfavorable weather scrubbed attempts on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. A Saturday launch opportunity was also called off.
This mission launch... More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Sep 20)
PLANET SHARES INFORMATION ON TANAGER HYPERSPECTRAL CONSTELLATION - Planet released additional information about the hyperspectral constellation the Earth-observation company is developing through the Carbon Mapper public-private partnership.
San Francisco-based Planet remains on schedule to launch the first two hyperspectral satellites in 2023 to gather data in ... More
(Source: SpaceNews - Sep 19)
CHINESE ASTRONAUTS TAKE 4-HOUR SPACEWALK OUTSIDE NEW LAB AT TIANGONG SPACE STATION - Two Chinese astronauts took four-hour spacewalk outside the country's growing Tiangong station this weekend to work on its newest laboratory module, according to state media reports.
Astronauts Chen Dong and Cai Xuzhe of the China National Space Administration began their spacewalk Saturday (Sept... More
(Source: Space.com - Sep 18)
QUEUE FOR THE QUEEN: HUGE LINE OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II MOURNERS VISIBLE FROM SPACE - A massive queue of mourners for Queen Elizabeth II is visible from space.
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to join a lineup, called 'The Queue' by locals, stretching 6 miles (10 km) through central London and along the Thames River from her lying-in-state location at Westminster Hall.... More
(Source: Space.com - Sep 18)
RUSSIA SAYS PRIVATE SATELLITES COULD BECOME 'LEGITIMATE TARGET' DURING WARTIME - Russia continues its trend of making provocative statements about the international order in space.
As the United States continues to leverage more commercial satellites for intelligence and communications work, Russia has issued a warning that these may become a "legitimate target" for wartime o... More
(Source: Space.com - Sep 17)
JAPAN, GERMANY DECLARE MORATORIUM ON ANTI-SATELLITE MISSILE TESTS - Japan and Germany pledged this week not to conduct direct-ascent anti-satellite (ASAT) missile testing, throwing their weight behind the U.S.-driven initiative launched in April to promote peaceful and safe use of outer space.
The two countries announced their commitment during the second session... More
(Source: SpaceNews - Sep 16)