CHINA TO SEND THREE MEN INTO SPACE FOR ITS FIRST CREWED MISSION IN ALMOST FIVE YEARS - A Chinese spacecraft will blast off from the Gobi Desert on a rocket in the coming days, ferrying three men to an orbiting space module for a three-month stay. It is the first time in nearly five years that China is sending humans into space.
Shenzhou-12, meaning "Divine Vessel", will be the third of 11 missions needed to complete China's space station by 2022. More
(Source: ABC News - Jun 14)
KUWAIT’S FIRST SATELLITE TO LAUNCH ON JUNE 24 - Orbital Space has announced that QMR-KWT is due to be launched by a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (SLC 40) in Florida on June 24, 2021. QMR-KWT – ‘Moon of Kuwait’ – translated from Arabic – is a 1U CubeSat and will be Kuwait’s first Satellite.
Speaking about the development, Bassam Alfeeli, Founder and General Manager of Orbital Space, said: “Our goal is to make space accessible to all, and as a startup, we are excited to work with other startups to meet our mutual objectives. More
(Source: SatelliteProME.com - Jun 14)
PEGASUS ROCKET SUCCESSFUL IN RESPONSIVE LAUNCH DEMONSTRATION - A Northrop Grumman Pegasus rocket dropped from the belly of a carrier jet over the Pacific Ocean early Sunday and streaked into orbit with a small U.S. military space surveillance satellite named Odyssey, completing a successful rapid launch exercise in partnership with a secretive new Space Force special projects unit.
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jun 14)
ENCAPSULATION OF GPS III SV05 COMPLETED @ CAPE CANAVERAL SPACE FORCE STATION FOR A JUNE 17 LAUNCH - The U.S. Space Force’s (USSF) Space and Missile Systems Center’s (SMC) Lockheed Martin-built GPS III Space Vehicle 05 satellite was encapsulated within a SpaceX payload fairing at Astrotech Space Operations Florida facility on June 9 in preparation for its upcoming launch scheduled for June 17, 2021 from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.
The 15-minute launch window opens 12:09 p.m., EDT. More
(Source: SatNews Publishers - Jun 13)
RUSSIA PREPARING TO GIVE IRAN ADVANCED SATELLITE SYSTEM: REPORT - Russia is set to deliver an advanced satellite system to Iran that will vastly improve its spying capabilities, according to a US media report.
Moscow is preparing to give Iran a Kanopus-V satellite with a high-resolution camera, the Washington Post reported Thursday.
It will allow the Islamic republic to monitor facilities of its adversaries across the Middle East, the paper said, citing current and former US and Middle Eastern officials. More
(Source: The Defense Post - Jun 13)
HUSH-HUSH MILITARY SATELLITE READY TO RIDE PEGASUS ROCKET INTO ORBIT - A small U.S. military satellite named Odyssey, designed and built in less than a year by a secretive new Space Force special projects unit, is set to launch early Sunday from an aircraft off the coast of California aboard a Northrop Grumman Pegasus rocket.
The mission’s goal is to demonstrate how the military can develop and launch satellites on faster timescales. More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jun 13)
LOOK AT THE AMBITIOUS PLANS FOR VOYAGER STATION, A HOTEL IN OUTER SPACE - Plans are underway for a luxury getaway that is out of this world. Literally. Orbital Assembly Corporation, billed as the world’s first large-scale space construction company and run by former pilot John Blincow, aims to open Voyager Station in 2027. The company recently opened a new production facility in Fontana, Calif. More
(Source: Boston.com - Jun 12)
CHINESE CHANG ZHENG 2D LAUNCHES COMMERCIAL EARTH OBSERVATION SATELLITE AND SECONDARY PAYLOADS - A Chinese Chang Zheng 2D rocket has successfully lofted four satellites into Low Earth Orbit. The primary spacecraft on board was Beijing-3, a commercially developed and operated Earth observation satellite.
The Chang Zheng, known outside of China as the Long March 2D, lifted off from Launch Complex 9 at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, located in Shanxi province in Northern China, at 03:03 UTC on June 11 (11:03 PM local time). More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Jun 12)
SOLAR ECLIPSE FROM SPACE! SEE SATELLITE VIEW OF MOON CASTING ITS SHADOW ON EARTH - A satellite captured the moon casting its shadow on Earth during the annular solar eclipse early Thursday (June 10) morning.
Just as the sun began to rise onThursday morning, skywatchers in the Northern Hemisphere were treated to a spectacular sight: an annular solar eclipse, also known as a "ring of fire" eclipse. More
(Source: Space.com - Jun 11)
INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION TO BE IN CROSS-BAND REPEATER MODE FOR FIELD DAY - The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) cross-band repeater will be available for ARRL Field Day, June 26 – 27. Contacts will count toward Field Day bonus points as satellite contacts and Field Day contacts.
Field Day rules limit stations to one contact on any single-channel FM satellite. Note that contacts made during Field Day by ISS crew would only count for contact credit, but not for satellite bonus points. More
(Source: ARRL - Jun 10)
LONG MARCH 2F ROCKET ROLLS OUT TO LAUNCH PAD FOR CHINA’S NEXT HUMAN SPACEFLIGHT - The Long March 2F rocket and Shenzhou 12 spaceship set to ferry three Chinese astronauts to the country’s new space station later this month rolled out to a launch pad Wednesday at a remote military-operated spaceport in northwestern China.
The launcher and crew capsule emerged from an assembly building at the Jiuquan space base in the Gobi Desert, riding a mobile platform along rail tracks to cover the one-mile (1.6-kilometer) distance to the launch pad. More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jun 10)
RS0ISS WILL TRANSMIT SLOW-SCAN TV IMAGES FROM THE ISS ON JUNE 9 – 10 - Russian cosmonauts on the International Space Station (ISS) plan to transmit slow-scan TV (SSTV) images on 145.800 MHz FM June 9 – 10. The transmissions, which will use SSTV mode PD120, are part of the Moscow Aviation Institute SSTV experiment (MAI-75) and will be made from RS0ISS in the Russian Service Module of the ISS using a Kenwood TM-D710 transceiver.
The tentative schedule calls for transmissions on June 9 from 0935 UTC until 1350 UTC and on June 10 from 0855 UTC until 1550 UTC. More
(Source: ARRL - Jun 9)
RELATIVITY SPACE REVEALS FULLY REUSABLE MEDIUM LIFT LAUNCH VEHICLE TERRAN R - Relativity Space, leveraging their 3D printing technology, has announced the next step towards supporting multiplanetary spaceflight: a fully reusable, medium lift launch vehicle named Terran R.
The company’s second launch vehicle, succeeding the Terran 1 rocket to debut later this year, will have more payload capacity than the partially reusable SpaceX Falcon 9, and is only the second fully reusable commercial launch vehicle to be revealed publicly after SpaceX’s Starship. More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Jun 9)
JEFF BEZOS IS GOING TO SPACE (FOR A FEW MINUTES) - Jeff Bezos has already selected a hobby for his post-CEO life: space travel.
Just two weeks after he steps down as CEO of Amazon, Bezos will climb aboard a rocket made by his space exploration company Blue Origin.
"If you see the earth from space, it changes you. It changes your relationship with this planet, with humanity. It's one earth," Bezos said in a video posted to Instagram on Monday morning. More
(Source: NPR - Jun 8)
RUSSIA’S SPACE CHIEF THREATENS TO LEAVE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION PROGRAM UNLESS U.S. LIFTS SANCTIONS - Russia’s space chief threatened Monday to withdraw from the International Space Station program if U.S. sanctions against Moscow’s space entities are “not lifted in the near future.”
“If the sanctions against Progress and TsNIIMash remain and are not lifted in the near future, the issue of Russia’s withdrawal from the ISS will be the responsibility of the American partners,” Roscosmos Director General Dmitry Rogozin said during a Russian parliament hearing on Monday, according to an NBC translation. More
(Source: CNBC - Jun 8)
SPACEX DRAGON DOCKS AT SPACE STATION TO DELIVER NEW SOLAR ARRAYS AND TONS OF SUPPLIES - A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship arrived at the International Space Station today (June 5) to deliver new solar arrays along with tons of fresh research experiments and NASA supplies as part of the company's 22nd cargo resupply mission.
The uncrewed Dragon autonomously linked up with the orbiting laboratory at 5:09 a.m. EDT (0909 GMT), parking at the zenith, or space-facing, side of the station's Harmony module. More
(Source: Space.com - Jun 6)
SPACEX LAUNCHES 2ND MISSION IN THREE DAYS WITH SIRIUSXM-8 - SpaceX launched its 18th mission of 2021 with the SiriusXM-8 (SXM-8) high-power broadcasting satellite. A Falcon 9 rocket lofted the SXM-8 satellite to a sub-synchronous geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) after launching from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) on Sunday, June 6 at 00:26 EDT/04:26 UTC.
The 45th Weather Squadron at Space Launch Delta 45 predicted a 70% chance of favorable weather with Debris Cloud and Anvil Cloud rules as the primary concerns. More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Jun 6)
SPACEX TARGETING OVERNIGHT SUNDAY FALCON 9 LAUNCH WITH SIRIUSXM SATELLITE - Downrange from where SpaceX recently launched a spacecraft full of supplies to the International Space Station, the company is targeting early Sunday to send up another Falcon 9, this time with a spacecraft for satellite radio provider SiriusXM.
Liftoff from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station Launch Complex 40 is scheduled for some time after 12:26 a.m. Sunday during a one hour and 59-minute launch window. More
(Source: WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando - Jun 5)
A HUGE PIECE OF INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION WILL BE TOSSED INTO THE SKY NEXT MONTH - Next month, a big module called Pirs will be jettisoned from the Russian half of the International Space Station and fall into Earth’s atmosphere. No need to worry about pieces of metal falling from the sky, though, as calculation suggests that the giant debris should have completely burned up before making it to the ground.
Still, it will be the first ISS module to be completely decommissioned and discarded in space. On Wednesday, a pair of ISS residents, Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky and Pyotr Dubrov, went outside the orbital lab and performed a seven-hour spacewalk to prepare for Pirs’s release. More
(Source: 25544 - Jun 5)