CREW STARTS MAKING CHINA'S NEW SPACE STATION THEIR HOME - Three Chinese astronauts have begun making China's new space station their home for the next three months, after their launch and arrival at the station Thursday marked further advances in the country's ambitious space program.
Their Shenzhou-12 craft connected with the station about six hours after taking off from the Jiuquan launch center on the edge of the Gobi Desert. More
(Source: Phys.org - Jun 18)
SPACEX LAUNCHES FIRST NATIONAL SECURITY MISSION ON REUSED COMMERCIAL ROCKET - A fresh GPS navigation beacon destined to replace a nearly 17-year-old satellite rode into orbit from Cape Canaveral on top of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket Thursday, marking the first time risk-averse U.S. military space officials have agreed to launch a national security mission on a reused commercial booster.
After a smooth countdown, the 229-foot-tall (70-meter) Falcon 9 rocket lit its nine Merlin main engines and rumbled off pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 12:09:35 p.m. EDT (1609:35 GMT) Thursday. More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jun 18)
SLOW-SCAN TV EVENT FROM INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION SET - A slow-scan television (SSTV) event from June 21 – 26 will focus on amateur radio on the Space Shuttle, the Mir space station, and the International Space Station, Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has announced. Transmissions will be on 145.800 MHz FM using PD120 SSTV mode.
“The ARISS team will be transmitting SSTV images continuously from June 21 until June 26,” ARISS said in announcing the upcoming event More
(Source: ARRL - Jun 17)
WORLD'S FIRST WOODEN SATELLITE AIMS TO PROVE PLYWOOD CAN SURVIVE SPACE - Toothpicks. Tables. Crates. Spoons. Satellites? An ambitious project will send a tiny wooden satellite into orbit later this year to see if it can stand up to the brutal conditions of space. It's already survived a test run into the stratosphere.
The WISA Woodsat is a 4-inch (10-centimeter) square satellite that's scheduled for a fall launch on a Rocket Lab Electron rocket in New Zealand. Getting to orbit is only part of the adventure. Once it's there, the team will monitor the little cube to see how its plywood build stands up to cold, heat, radiation and the vacuum of space. More
(Source: CNET - Jun 17)
SHENZHOU-12 AND THREE CREW MEMBERS SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCH TO NEW CHINESE SPACE STATION - The first crewed mission to the new Chinese Space Station has successfully launched. Shenzhou-12, carrying three taikonauts, lifted off on Thursday June 17 at 01:22 UTC from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert in northwest China.
Shenzhou-12 launched on top of the human-rated Long March 2F vehicle, which is based on the retired Long March 2E rocket formerly used to launch geostationary satellites. More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Jun 17)
MINOTAUR 1 ROCKET LAUNCHES 3 CLASSIFIED SPY SATELLITES FOR NATIONAL RECONNAISSANCE OFFICE - A Minotaur 1 rocket blasted off from the Eastern Shore of Virginia Tuesday morning (June 15), heading to orbit with three secret spacecraft for the U.S. government's spy satellite agency.
Powered by a repurposed missile stage that dates back to the 1960s, the solid-fueled launcher blasted off from Pad 0B at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) located at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia at 9:35 a.m. EDT (1335 GMT) after just more than two hours of delays due to weather. More
(Source: Space.com - Jun 16)
MINOTAUR ROCKET SET TO LAUNCH TOP SECRET SATELLITES FROM VIRGINIA - A Minotaur 1 rocket powered by a surplus Cold War-era missile stage more than 54 years old is poised to blast off from the Eastern Shore of Virginia Tuesday morning, heading to orbit with three top secret spacecraft for the U.S. government’s spy satellite agency.
The solid-fueled launcher, sized to haul small satellites into orbit, is awaiting liftoff from pad 0B at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport located at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Liftoff is scheduled for 7 a.m. EDT (1100 GMT). More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jun 15)
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)