‘UNSUSTAINABLE’: HOW SATELLITE SWARMS POSE A RISING THREAT TO ASTRONOMY - It’s been three years since SpaceX, an aerospace company in Hawthorne, California, launched its first batch of Starlink Internet-communication satellites, sparking concern among astronomers about the streaks the satellites leave in photographs of the night sky. Since then, many other Starlinks hav... More
(Source: Nature - May 27)
SPACEX LAUNCHES TRANSPORTER-5 DEDICATED SMALLSAT RIDESHARE MISSION - SpaceX launched several dozen payloads on its fifth dedicated rideshare mission May 25, illustrating the continued demand for such missions even as dedicated small launch vehicles emerge.
The Falcon 9 lifted off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 2:35 p.m. Eastern. The ro... More
(Source: SpaceNews - May 27)
STARLINER COMPLETES OFT-2 TEST FLIGHT WITH WHITE SANDS LANDING - After successfully rendezvousing and docking with the International Space Station (ISS), Boeing’s Starliner completed its mission, arriving back to Earth after a six-day-long mission in low Earth orbit. The spacecraft autonomously undocked from the forward-facing port at the Harmony module of the ... More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - May 26)
STARLINER’S HATCH CLOSED, PREPS FOR WEDNESDAY DEPARTURE - NASA astronauts living aboard the International Space Station closed the hatch of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft at 3 p.m. EDT Tuesday, May 25. The uncrewed spacecraft is scheduled to autonomously undock from the space station to begin the journey home at 2:36 p.m. EDT Wednesday, May 25. NA... More
(Source: NASA - May 25)
MILITARY LOOKING FOR NEW WAYS TO ACQUIRE AND USE COMMERCIAL SATELLITE DATA - Over a two-day conference last week, U.S. military and intelligence officials were briefed on the capabilities of commercial spy satellites and how data from these satellites could be used in military operations.
Defense and intelligence agencies are longtime customers of commercial imagery comp... More
(Source: SpaceNews - May 24)
STARLINER LAUNCHES TO REMAIN ON ATLAS 5 - Boeing and United Launch Alliance say they remain committed to launching future CST-100 Starliner commercial crew missions on Atlas 5 rockets even after that vehicle is effectively retired for other missions.
As with the Orbital Flight Test (OFT) mission in late 2019, an Atlas 5 launched Starline... More
(Source: SpaceNews - May 24)
CHINA LAUNCHES THREE LEO COMMUNICATION SATELLITES AHEAD OF LAUNCH SURGE - China launched three payloads onboard a Chang Zheng 2C rocket today at 10:30 UTC and confirmed the success of the launch an hour later. For this flight, the additional Yuanzheng-1S third stage was used. The launch was conducted from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center (JSLC) and the rocket flew to a... More
(Source: NASASpaceFLight.com - May 22)
RUSSIA LAUNCHES BARS-M SURVEILLANCE SATELLITE - Just over three weeks after Russia launched the Kosmos 2555 spacecraft for the Russian military onboard an Angara 1.2 rocket, the country has now launched the Bars-M military surveillance satellite. The Soyuz 1.2a lifted off from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome and placed the payload into a Sun-synchronous ... More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - May 22)
STARLINER DOCKS WITH ISS FOR THE FIRST TIME - Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft successfully docked with the International Space Station May 20, a little more than 24 hours after its launch.
The spacecraft docked with the forward docking port on the Harmony module of the station at 8:28 p.m. Eastern. Controllers reported a hard docking... More
(Source: SpaceNews - May 21)
BOEING STARLINER PROCEEDING TOWARD STATION TODAY - Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner is proceeding toward the International Space Station on the NASA-Boeing Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2).
Boeing and NASA met as an International Space Station Mission Management Team (IMMT) this afternoon to review the status of the flight test and approved a plan to pr... More
(Source: NASA - May 21)
ATLAS 5 LAUNCHES STARLINER ON SECOND UNCREWED TEST FLIGHT - Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft is on its way to the International Space Station on a critical, long-delayed uncrewed test flight of the commercial crew vehicle.
An Atlas 5 N22 rocket lifted off from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 6:54 p.m. Eastern May 19... More
(Source: SpaceNews - May 20)
EARTH-WATCHING SATELLITE BARELY ESCAPES COLLISION WITH RUSSIAN SPACE DEBRIS - An important Earth-observing satellite just experienced a heart-pounding near-miss as it moved to avoid space debris. The European Space Agency detailed the Sentinel-1A satellite's dramatic dodge in a series of tweets on Wednesday, pointing to a 2021 Russian missile test that scattered chunks of a d... More
(Source: CNET - May 19)
BOEING'S STARLINER CAPSULE READY FOR THIRD ATTEMPT TO REACH SPACE STATION - An Atlas 5 rocket carrying Boeing's Starliner crew capsule was mounted on its seaside launch stand Wednesday, setting the stage for blastoff Thursday on the company's third attempt to complete an unpiloted test flight to the International Space Station.
Software glitches spoiled the Starliner's d... More
(Source: CBS News - May 19)
WATCH SPACEX LAUNCH 53 NEW STARLINK SATELLITES EARLY WEDNESDAY - SpaceX plans to launch 53 more Starlink internet satellites and land the returning rocket on a ship at sea early Wednesday morning (May 18), and you can watch all the action live.
A two-stage Falcon 9 rocket topped with 53 Starlink spacecraft is scheduled to lift off from NASA's Kennedy Space Cen... More
(Source: Space.com - May 18)
STARLINER NEARS LAUNCH, CREW WORKS SPACE BOTANY AND HUMAN RESEARCH - The International Space Station is gearing up for the targeted arrival of Boeing’s Starliner crew ship on the company’s Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) mission. Meanwhile, the Expedition 67 crew is continuing its ongoing life science activities while maintaining orbital lab systems.
Weather for... More
(Source: NASA - May 18)
ASTRONAUT SNAPS SUPER FLOWER BLOOD MOON ECLIPSE PHOTOS FROM SPACE STATION - Astronauts at the International Space Station enjoyed stunning views of the total lunar eclipse on the night of May 15.
European astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti shared several snapshots on Twitter today (May 16), showing different stages of the Super Flower Blood Moon lunar eclipse framed by spa... More
(Source: Spsce.com - May 17)
CHINESE ROCKET COMPANY SUFFERS THIRD CONSECUTIVE LAUNCH FAILURE - An orbital launch attempt by Chinese startup iSpace suffered failure early Friday, following on from two failures last year.
The fourth Hyperbola-1, a four-stage solid rocket, lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert at 3:09 a.m. Eastern May 13.
Apparent launch f... More
(Source: SpaceNews - May 16)
SPACEX LAUNCHES 53 MORE STARLINK SATELLITES, LANDS ROCKET AT SEA AGAIN - SpaceX launched 53 Starlink satellites and landed the returning rocket on Saturday (May 14), its second such effort in less than 24 hours.
A two-stage Falcon 9 rocket carrying 53 of SpaceX's Starlink internet satellites lifted off Saturday at 4:40 p.m. EDT (2040 GMT) from Florida's Cape Canaveral... More
(Source: Space.com - May 15)
BOEING'S STARLINER IS 'GO' FOR CRUCIAL MAY 19 LAUNCH TO THE SPACE STATION - Boeing's Starliner capsule is ready to launch again.
During a flight readiness review Wednesday (May 11), NASA cleared Starliner to launch on Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2), a crucial uncrewed mission to the International Space Station.
The decision keeps the Boeing spacecraft on track to launc... More
(Source: Space.com - May 14)