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)
ROCKET LAB LAUNCHES RADAR SATELLITE TO ORBIT ON 30TH ELECTRON MISSION - Rocket Lab's 30th Electron rocket sent a commercial radar satellite soaring to Earth orbit Thursday (Sept. 15).
The Electron booster lifted off from Rocket Lab's New Zealand site on the North Island's Mahia Peninsula on Thursday at 4:38 p.m. EDT (2038 GMT, or 8:38 a.m. local time on Friday, Sept.... More
(Source: Space.com - Sep 16)
VAST SPACE TO DEVELOP ARTIFICIAL-GRAVITY SPACE STATION - Vast Space, a Southern California startup founded by cryptocurrency billionaire Jed McCaleb, plans to establish an artificial-gravity space station in low Earth orbit.
McCaleb envisions a future where millions of people are living throughout the solar system. Since other companies are helping to ... More
(Source: SpaceNews - Sep 16)
CHINA'S NEW SPACE STATION HAS A BIG ROLE TO PLAY—SCIENTIFICALLY AND DIPLOMATICALLY - When the International Space Station (ISS) goes out of service in 2030, low-Earth orbit won’t be empty of cosmic labs. Already flying—if only partially constructed—is China’s two-module (soon to be three) Tiangong space station. Compared to the 16-module ISS, China’s orbiting platforms is ... More
(Source: Time - Sep 13)
KT SAT ORDERS KOREASAT 6A COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE FROM THALES - Thales Alenia Space said Sept. 12 it has signed a contract to deliver a communications satellite for South Korea’s KT SAT in the fourth quarter of 2024.
The Koreasat 6A spacecraft will have 20 transponders for fixed satellite services and six for TV broadcasting to replace Koreasat 6, which lau... More
(Source: SpaceNews - Sep 13)
BLUE ORIGIN CAPSULE ESCAPES ROCKET FAILURE ON UNCREWED FLIGHT OVER TEXAS - The suborbital rocket developed by Jeff Bezos’s space company Blue Origin suffered its first launch failure Monday, when the main engine on the New Shepard booster appeared to cut out about a minute after liftoff from West Texas. The crew capsule, which carried NASA-funded experiments but no peopl... More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Sep 13)
SPACEX TO LAUNCH FIVE SPARE IRIDIUM SATELLITES - Iridium will launch five of its remaining six ground spare satellites on a Falcon 9 rideshare mission in 2023, the company announced Sept. 8.
Iridium said it selected SpaceX for the launch of the five satellites, sharing a launch with other, unnamed payloads. The launch is scheduled for the middl... More
(Source: SpaceNews - Sep 12)
SPACEX ROCKET LAUNCHES BLUEWALKER 3, THE LARGEST COMMERCIAL COMMUNICATIONS ARRAY EVER, AND ACES RECORD 14TH LANDING - paceX launched a novel — and colossal — commercial communications satellite into orbit late Saturday and set a new launch record for its Falcon 9 rocket at the same time.
The Falcon 9 launched into orbit from Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida carrying 34 of SpaceX's Starlink i... More
(Source: Space.com - Sep 11)
SPACE LOG: FIRST TIME CHINA'S SHENZHOU-14 CREW CELEBRATE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL IN SPACE - Chinese astronauts, or taikonauts, got the chance to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival for the first time ever in the space, in the cozy assembly of the space station which will be fully constructed at the end of this year.
On this festive occasion, Chinese people enjoy traditional mooncakes and admi... More
(Source: CGTN - Sep 11)
BLUEWALKER-3 SATELLITE LAUNCHES THIS WEEKEND, MAY BE BRIGHT - A new satellite launching this weekend BlueWalker-3 could be conspicuously bright once it’s unfurled in orbit.
A routine SpaceX Starlink launch this coming weekend carries an unusual passenger, that you many be able to easily see gliding through the increasingly crowded night sky.
The launch... More
(Source: Universe Today - Sep 10)
FCC TO SET FIVE-YEAR DEADLINE FOR DEORBITING LEO SATELLITES - The Federal Communication Commission wants to require operators of low Earth orbit satellites to deorbit their spacecraft within five years after their mission ends, a much shorter timeframe than currently required.
The FCC issued a draft order Sept. 8 setting a “five-year rule” for post-miss... More
(Source: SpaceNews - Sep 9)