KUAIZHOU-1A RETURNS TO FLIGHT WITH A MYSTERIOUS PAYLOAD - This morning at 02:20 UTC, Kuaizhou-1A successfully returned to flight with the Tianxing-1 mission. The launch was conducted from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in China. This mission comes after the GeeSAT-1A&1B mission, which launched in December 2021 on the same rocket configuration and fail... More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Jun 25)
WILD SOLAR WEATHER IS CAUSING SATELLITES TO PLUMMET FROM ORBIT. IT'S ONLY GOING TO GET WORSE. - In late 2021, operators of the European Space Agency's (ESA) Swarm constellation noticed something worrying: The satellites, which measure the magnetic field around Earth, started sinking toward the atmosphere at an unusually fast rate — up to 10 times faster than before. The change coincided with... More
(Source: Space.com - Jun 24)
LAUNCH OF NASA'S CAPSTONE CUBESAT MOON MISSION DELAYED TO JUNE 27 - The launch of NASA's CAPSTONE moon mission has been delayed at least two additional days, to no earlier than Monday (June 27).
The microwave oven-sized CAPSTONE will head toward the moon atop a Rocket Lab Electron vehicle, which will lift off from the company's New Zealand launch site.
NASA a... More
(Source: Space.com - Jun 24)
ARIANE 5 ROCKET LAUNCHES 2 COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITES TO ORBIT FROM SOUTH AMERICA - A European heavy-lift rocket launched two communications satellites to orbit from South America on Wednesday evening (June 22).
An Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket lifted off from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana on Wednesday at 5:50 p.m. EDT (2150 GMT). That was 47 minutes into the 100-min... More
(Source: Space.com - Jun 23)
NASA ATTEMPT TO BOOST SPACE STATION CUTS OFF UNEXPECTEDLY - The International Space Station sometimes has to shift its path to stay in the right orbit or to avoid debris (like it did last week). Usually, the ISS crew calls on Russian equipment to provide the thrust for the adjustments, but NASA tried to use a Northrop Grumman Cygnus cargo craft in a "reboost... More
(Source: CNET - Jun 22)
KARI REACHES ORBIT ON SECOND TEST FLIGHT OF DOMESTIC NURI ROCKET - The Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) has conducted its second launch of the Korea Space Launch Vehicle (KSLV)-II rocket, also known as Nuri. This was Nuri’s return to flight after nearly reaching orbit on its previous mission. The rocket lifted off from Launch Complex-2 (LC-2) at the Nar... More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Jun 22)
SOUTH KOREAN ROCKET’S SECOND LAUNCH RESCHEDULED FOR JUNE 21 - The second launch of South Korea’s first domestically built rocket is set for June 21, a delay of a week due to strong winds and a technical glitch.
“We convened a meeting of the launch management committee and decided to pursue the second launch on June 21,” Kwon Hyun-joon, a senior scienc... More
(Source: SpaceNews - Jun 21)
INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION DODGES ORBITAL DEBRIS FROM RUSSIAN ANTI-SATELLITE TEST - A piece of space junk from a Russian anti-satellite weapons test forced the International Space Station to maneuver to avoid the orbital debris on Thursday (June 16).
Russia's space agency Roscosmos used an uncrewed Progress 81 cargo ship docked at the International Space Station to move the orb... More
(Source: Space.com - Jun 20)
SPACEX LAUNCHES GERMAN MILITARY RADAR SATELLITE FROM CALIFORNIA - A four-ton, cloud-penetrating radar observation satellite for the German military soared into orbit Saturday from California on top of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, beginning a 10-year mission to collect all-weather reconnaissance imagery.
The Falcon 9 rocket flashed to life and climbed away from its... More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jun 20)
SPACEX LAUNCHES GLOBALSTAR SATELLITE ON MYSTERIOUS FALCON 9 MISSION - SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket on a secretive mission in the early hours of Sunday morning. Liftoff occurred at 12:27 AM EDT (04:27 UTC) from Space Launch Complex 40 of the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, with the rocket’s official mission being the deployment of a single replacement sate... More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Jun 19)
ASTRONOMERS RENEW CONCERNS ABOUT STARLINK SATELLITE BRIGHTNESS - As SpaceX gears up for another launch of Starlink satellites, astronomers are concerned the company maybe backsliding in its efforts to reduce the brightness of those satellites.
A Falcon 9 is scheduled to lift off at 12:08 p.m. Eastern June 17 from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A, pl... More
(Source: SpaceNews - Jun 18)
THE US HAS A NATIONAL STRATEGY TO PUT FACTORIES IN SPACE - The US government wants to see more of the expensive hardware in space maintained and even built there, rather than back on Earth.
Space activities add billions to the US economy, but the inability to build in orbit limits that contribution. Now, new technologies developed by the US government an... More
(Source: Quartz - Jun 17)
NASA ASSIGNS 2 ASTRONAUTS TO FLY ON BOEING STARLINER'S 1ST CREWED MISSION - We now know who will get to take Boeing's Starliner capsule out for its first crewed test ride.
NASA astronauts Barry "Butch" Wilmore and Suni Williams will fly on Crew Flight Test (CFT), Starliner's first crewed mission to the International Space Station, the agency announced today (June 16). Wi... More
(Source: Space.com - Jun 17)
LIFE SCIENCE, DEBRIS AVOIDANCE MANEUVER TAKES PLACE ON STATION - The Expedition 67 crew studied advanced physics, continued its human research, and worked on space gardening inside the International Space Station on Thursday. The orbital residents are also readying the Cygnus space freighter for its departure next week.
NASA Flight Engineer Jessica Watkins spl... More
(Source: NASA - Jun 17)
TENSIONS MOUNT BETWEEN RUSSIA AND EUROPE OVER JOINT SPEKTR-RG TELESCOPE - The Russian scientific community is speaking out unanimously against the unauthorized activation of the German eROSITA telescope aboard the Russian Spektr-RG space observatory, as suggested by Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin.
Spektr-RG, which stands for Spectrum + Röntgen + Gamma, the Russian-Ger... More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Jun 16)
D-ORBIT CHARTS AMBITIOUS COURSE FOR SPACE LOGISTICS BUSINESS - Space logistics company D-Orbit announced a $2 million contract June 9 with the European Space Agency to upgrade production of its ION Satellite Carrier.
It was the latest win for the Italian firm with ambitious plans to offer a wide range of satellite services from active debris removal to space... More
(Source: SpaceNews - Jun 16)
CARGO DRAGON LAUNCH RESCHEDULED FOR JULY AFTER IDENTIFYING HYDRAZINE LEAK - A SpaceX cargo Dragon mission to the International Space Station will now launch no earlier than July 11, a delay of more than a month after engineers identified the source of elevated hydrazine readings in the spacecraft.
In a statement late June 13, NASA said that agency officials met with Spac... More
(Source: SpaceNews - Jun 15)
MOMENTUS ORBITAL TRANSFER VEHICLE SUFFERS POWER PROBLEM AFTER LAUNCH - The first test flight of a commercial orbital transfer vehicle from Momentus is suffering from a problem with its solar panels after launching last month on a SpaceX rocket, and the company said Monday that its confidence in completing the spacecraft’s demonstrations has “substantially declined.... More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jun 15)
DOD SPACE AGENCY TO ACQUIRE 10 SATELLITES FOR EXPERIMENTS IN LOW EARTH ORBIT - The Space Development Agency is looking to acquire as many as 10 satellites to host military payloads for experiments in low Earth orbit.
This new procurement of satellites – known as the NExT experimental testbed – replaces a previous SDA program called T1DES announced last fall.
The T1... More
(Source: SpaceNews - Jun 14)