HOW TO WATCH SPACEX'S CREW DRAGON ABORT TEST LIVE ONLINE THIS SATURDAY - SpaceX will launch its Crew Dragon spacecraft on a critical abort test Saturday morning (Jan. 18), and you can watch it live online.
The private spaceflight company will use an expendable Falcon 9 rocket to launch the uncrewed spacecraft from Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 8 a.m. EST (1300 GMT). If the test flight, known as an in-flight abort, is successful, it will prove that the Crew Dragon has what it takes to keep onboard astronauts safe in the event of an emergency during launch. More
(Source: Space.com - Jan 18)
VIDEO: PREVIEW OF DRAMATIC CREW DRAGON IN-FLIGHT ABORT TEST - SpaceX’s final planned Crew Dragon test flight before astronauts ride the commercial spaceship into orbit is scheduled for Saturday, when an unpiloted crew capsule will fire off the top of a Falcon 9 rocket shortly after launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to test the craft’s in-flight emergency escape capability.
This video illustrates the timeline of the in-flight abort test, which is scheduled to begin during a four-hour window opening at 8 a.m. EST (1300 GMT) Saturday. More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jan 18)
JAPAN TO LAUNCH ELECTRO-OPTICAL IGS RECONNAISSANCE SATELLITE IN JANUARY 2020 - Japanese satellite and space industry giant Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has announced that an MHI H-IIA satellite launch vehicle will send Japan’s eighth Intelligence Gathering System (IGS) reconnaissance satellite into orbit from the Tanegashima Space Centre in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwest Japan, on 27 January 2020.
The IGS satellite will carry an electro-optical camera and will join seven other IGS satellites already in orbit. More
(Source: SpaceWatch.Global - Jan 17)
ARIANESPACE LAUNCHES EUTELSAT, ISRO SATELLITES ON FIRST 2020 MISSION - European launch provider Arianespace completed its first launch of the year Jan. 16, sending two communications satellites into geostationary transfer orbits.
The Ariane 5 rocket lifted off from the Guiana Space Center at 4:05 p.m. Eastern with the 3,600-kilogram Eutelsat Konnect satellite and the 3,400-kilogram GSAT-30 satellite.
Eutelsat Konnect separated from the rocket’s upper stage about 28 minutes later, followed by the Indian space agency ISRO’s GSAT-30 satellite after another 10 minutes. More
(Source: SpaceNews - Jan 17)
KUAIZHOU 1A ROCKET LOFTS CHINESE BROADBAND TEST SATELLITE - A solid-fueled Kuaizhou 1A launcher carried a commercial broadband communications satellite into orbit Thursday for GalaxySpace, a Chinese company that says it plans to launch up to 144 spacecraft for a space-based 5G network in the next few years.
The light-class Kuaizhou 1A rocket lifted off from the Jiuquan space base at 0302 GMT Thursday (10:02 p.m. EST Wednesday), according to a statement from the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp., the government-owned contractor that owns Expace, a commercial subsidiary responsible for Kuaizhou 1A launches. More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jan 17)
SIERRA NEVADA EYES 2021 LAUNCH OF DREAM CHASER SPACE PLANE - 2021 could be a big year for Sierra Nevada Corp.
The Colorado-based spaceflight company is on track for a 2021 launch debut of its robotic Dream Chaser space plane, even as the firm shoots for the moon under NASA's Artemis program, Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) representatives said.
Dream Chaser is set to become the next addition to the fleet of uncrewed cargo vehicles that ferry supplies to the International Space Station (ISS). More
(Source: Space.com - Jan 17)
ARGENTINE SMALLSATS HITCH RIDE WITH CHINESE PAYLOADS ON LONG MARCH ROCKET - Two Earth-imaging microsatellites built and owned by the Argentine company Satellogic launched on a Long March 2D rocket from China Wednesday, sharing a ride into orbit with two Chinese spacecraft.
The ÑuSat 7 and 8 satellites — each about 45 kilograms (100 pounds) — lifted off on a two-stage, liquid-fueled Long March 2D rocket at 0253 GMT Wednesday (9:53 p.m. EST Tuesday) from the Taiyuan launch base in northern China’s Shanxi province. More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jan 16)
EUTELSAT’S KONNECT SATELLITE READY FOR LAUNCH - Eutelsat’s Konnect satellite, which will provide broadband services for Europe and Africa, has entered its final phase ahead of its 16 January launch.
The Konnect satellite, which was built by Thales Alenia Space for Eutelsat, is part of a European Space Agency (ESA) partnership project to help to deliver competitive satellites for the commercial telecommunications market. More
(Source: Capacity Media - Jan 15)
WATCH ISS SPACEWALK JANUARY 15 - Two astronauts will venture outside the International Space Station (ISS) on January 15, 2020 for the first of three spacewalks this month. NASA TV’s live coverage of the spacewalk will begin tomorrow at 10:30 UTC (5:30 a.m. ET). NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch are scheduled to conduct tomorrow’s spacewalk, as well as the next one on Monday, January 20, to finish replacing nickel-hydrogen batteries with new lithium-ion batteries that store power generated by the station’s solar arrays. More
(Source: EarthSky - Jan 15)
SPACEX’S BRISK STARLINK LAUNCH CADENCE TO CONTINUE NEXT WEEK - SpaceX plans to launch its next group of Starlink broadband satellites aboard a Falcon 9 rocket as soon as Monday, Jan. 20, from Cape Canaveral, two days after the company is scheduled to launch a modified Falcon 9 booster from a separate facility at the Florida spaceport to test the Crew Dragon spaceship’s emergency escape system.
SpaceX’s ability to achieve back-to-back launch schedule hinges on several factors, including an expected test-firing in the coming days of the Falcon 9 booster slated to fly on the next Starlink launch. More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jan 15)
UAE’S FALCON EYE 2 SATELLITE SWITCHED FROM VEGA TO SOYUZ - Arianespace will launch the United Arab Emirates’ Falcon Eye 2 reconnaissance satellite on a Soyuz in March instead of waiting for the company’s much smaller Vega rocket to return to flight, Arianespace and Airbus Defence and Space told SpaceNews.
Vega has been grounded since a July failure that destroyed the UAE’s Falcon Eye 1 satellite, resulting in a record $415 million insurance claim. Prior to the failure, Vega was scheduled to launch again in November carrying Falcon Eye 2. More
(Source: SpaceNews - Jan 14)
INDIA TO LAUNCH COMMUNICATION SATELLITE TO COVER GULF, ASIAN COUNTRIES AND AUSTRALIA - With increasing demand to provide satellite bandwidth for television, telecommunication and broadcasting services, India's national space agency, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has built a new satellite, GSAT-30.
GSAT-30, with a payload weight of 3,357 kilograms is to be launched by the Ariane-5 launch vehicle from the European Spaceport in French Guiana on Friday (17 January) at 0235 Hrs IST. More
(Source: Space Daily - Jan 14)
FIRST SPACEBUS NEO SATELLITE SET FOR LAUNCH - The first satellite developed under an initiative to help European industry deliver competitive satellites for the commercial telecommunications market has entered its final phase before launch.
Konnect will provide broadband services for Europe and Africa, and was built by Thales Alenia Space for Eutelsat, its commercial operator, under an ESA Partnership Project. More
(Source: Space Daily - Jan 14)
PUTIN'S “SATELLITE KILLER” BROKE UP IN SPACE - The Russian military, it seems, continue to experience problems with the operation of spacecraft created to establish hegemony in space. So, shortly after the collapse of the military spacecraft (SC) “Space-2535”, it was reported that collapsed and the satellite “Cosmos-2491”, the media called “satellite killer.”
This property was relatively new: the orbit brought him in 2013, writes Inforesist. More
(Source: SatNews Publishers - Jan 14)
AEHF SATELLITE ARRIVES IN FLORIDA FOR FIRST OF NEARLY 20 SPACE FORCE LAUNCHES THIS YEAR - The sixth and final satellite in the U.S. military’s network of ultra-secure, nuclear-hardened AEHF communications relay stations has arrived in Florida for final preparations for liftoff in March on a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, the first of nearly 20 U.S. Space Force missions planned for launch in the first year of operations for the new military service. More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jan 14)
SPACE JUNK: HOW CLUTTERED IS THE FINAL FRONTIER? - Since the dawn of Sputnik in 1957, space-faring nations have been filling Earth's orbital highways with satellites: GPS, weather forecasting, telecommunications.
Decades later, orbital debris is a growing problem.
Orbital debris, commonly known as "space junk," exists at all levels of orbit, but is especially concentrated in low Earth orbit. Space junk has the potential to damage working satellites and crewed spacecraft, including the International Space Station. More
(Source: NPR - Jan 14)
TWO NEW SATELLITES WILL LAUNCH THIS YEAR TO TRACK EARTH'S RISING OCEANS - Two new satellites will provide more detailed information about rising sea levels and other ocean changes on Earth.
Launching in November, the Sentinel-6/Jason Continuity of Service mission (Jason-CS) will be the longest-running Earth observation mission dedicated to studying the rising oceans. The spacecraft will provide the most sensitive water level measurements as it reveals details about rising oceans, helping to build nearly 40 years of sea level records. More
(Source: Space.com - Jan 13)
SPACEX TESTS ROCKET FOR CRITICAL CREW DRAGON IN-FLIGHT ABORT LAUNCH ON JAN. 18 - SpaceX has fired up the booster that will fly the company’s upcoming in-flight abort test of its Crew Dragon spacecraft. The uncrewed mission will test a vital safety system designed to protect astronauts during flight.
SpaceX plans to use its Crew Dragon capsule to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station, but before that can happen, the company needs to prove that the spacecraft has what it takes to keep those astronauts safe in the event of a catastrophic rocket failure. More
(Source: Space.com - Jan 13)
SATELLITE CONSTELLATIONS HARVEST ENERGY FOR NEAR-TOTAL GLOBAL COVERAGE - Think of it as a celestial parlor game: What is the minimum number of satellites needed to see every point on Earth? And how might those satellites stay in orbit and maintain continuous 24/7 coverage while contending with Earth's gravity field, its lumpy mass, the pull of the sun and moon, and pressure from solar radiation?
In the mid-1980s, researcher John E. Draim proposed what is generally considered to be the ideal solution: a four-satellite constellation. More
(Source: Phys.org - Jan 11)