SPACE FORCE GRAPPLING WITH AGING INFRASTRUCTURE USED TO OPERATE SATELLITES - The ground stations and tracking antennas the U.S. military relies on to communicate with its satellites — known as the Satellite Control Network, or SCN — are decades old and short of the capacity needed to keep up with the projected growth in space activities.
There are seven SCN sites loca... More
(Source: SpaceNews - Sep 20)
SPACEX'S PRIVATE INSPIRATION4 CREW RETURNS TO EARTH WITH HISTORIC SPLASHDOWN OFF FLORIDA COAST - After three days in space, SpaceX's first all-civilian crew returned to Earth tonight, splashing down off the Florida coast to end a historic mission.
The SpaceX Crew Dragon Resilience gently landed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Florida tonight (Sept. 18) at 7:06 p.m. ED... More
(Source: Space.com - Sep 19)
SPACEX EMPHASIZES COORDINATION WITH OTHER SATELLITE OPERATORS - Two years after the close approach of a Starlink satellite with a European Space Agency satellite alarmed some in the space industry, SpaceX says it’s working closely with a wide range of satellite operators to ensure safe space operations.
In September 2019, ESA announced it maneuvered an Eart... More
(Source: SpaceNews - Sep 18)
TURKEY SELECTS SPACEX FALCON 9 AND FLORIDA FOR COUNTRY'S FIRST DOMESTIC SATELLITE - Turkey has selected SpaceX for the launch of the country's first domestically produced communications satellite, a mission that will fly from Florida on a Falcon 9 rocket.
The country's Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure said Friday it selected the nine-engine, 230-foot rocket for the launc... More
(Source: Florida Today - Sep 18)
RUSSIAN SPACE MOVIE CREW SET FOR BLAST-OFF - A Russian crew of two cosmonauts and two cinema professionals is set to take off for the International Space Station (ISS) early next month to shoot the first movie in outer space, filmmakers said on Thursday.
The four are scheduled to be launched on a Soyuz MS-19 craft on Oct. 5 to be delivered ... More
(Source: Reuters - Sep 17)
ARISS SEEKS HOSTS FOR HAM RADIO CONTACTS WITH SPACE STATION CREW - Starting on October 1, Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) will accept applications from US schools, museums, science centers, and community youth organizations — individually or working together — interested in hosting amateur radio contacts with crew members on the Interna... More
(Source: ARRL - Sep 17)
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: CHINA’S SHENZHOU-12 CREW SAFELY BACK ON EARTH - Having extended the record of Chinese astronauts' longest stay in space in a single flight mission to 90 days, the Shenzhou-12 mission crew returned to Earth at the designated Dongfeng landing site in the Gobi Desert, North China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on Friday, marking a successful con... More
(Source: Global Times - Sep 17)
HUMANITY NEEDS A SPACE-RESCUE CAPABILITY, REPORT STRESSES - With an increasing cadence, humans from multiple nations are rocketing into Earth orbit, and soon some will head outward to the moon. Given the boost in commercial and governmental flights, the chances of a stranded crew requiring an in-space rescue are on the rise.
But the United States governme... More
(Source: Space.com - Sep 16)
SPACEX LAUNCHES INSPIRATION4, FIRST ALL-PRIVATE ORBITAL MISSION - SpaceX has successfully launched the first-ever all-private orbital mission, Inspiration4. The first-of-its-kind flight saw four private astronauts take flight on a Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon ahead of a three-day stay in Low Earth Orbit. The flight is part of a large fundraiser for St. Jude’s Childr... More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Sep 16)
RUSSIA LAUNCHES CLASSIFIED MILITARY SATELLITE - A classified Russian military satellite, possibly designed with a new miniature reconnaissance camera, launched Sept. 9 on a single-core version of the Soyuz rocket.
The Soyuz 2-1v rocket lifted off from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in far northern Russia at 2:59 p.m. EDT (1859 GMT), according to a st... More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Sep 15)
ARIANESPACE SOYUZ ROCKET LAUNCHES 34 MORE ONEWEB INTERNET SATELLITES TO ORBIT - Nearly three dozen OneWeb internet satellites took flight today (Sept. 14), continuing to build out the company's broadband constellation.
A Soyuz rocket topped with 34 OneWeb spacecraft launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan today at 2:07 p.m. EDT (1807 GMT; 1:07 a.m. Sept. 15 local tim... More
(Source: Space.com - Sep 15)
WHY SPACEX'S PRIVATE INSPIRATION4 MISSION TO EARTH ORBIT IS SO IMPORTANT - I get butterflies before every major rocket launch, and the fluttering is going to be particularly intense on Wednesday night (Sept. 15).
That's when SpaceX's private Inspiration4 mission is scheduled to lift off, sending four astronauts on a three-day orbital jaunt. Crewed missions are especiall... More
(Source: Space.com - Sep 14)
SPACEX BEGINS SECOND STARLINK SHELL WITH VANDENBERG LAUNCH - A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, carrying a total of 51 second-generation Starlink satellites into orbit. This was the first launch in support of deploying the second shell of Starlink satellites.
The Falcon 9 lifted off from Vandenberg’s Space L... More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Sep 14)
NASA PICKS SPACEX'S FALCON HEAVY TO LAUNCH GOES-U WEATHER SATELLITE - SpaceX's big Falcon Heavy rocket just got another gig.
NASA has picked Falcon Heavy to launch the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-U (GOES-U), with a planned liftoff in April 2024 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, agency officials announced on Friday (Sept. 10). The total lau... More
(Source: Space.com - Sep 13)
INTERNATIONAL ASTRONAUTS COMPLETE POWER SYSTEM MODS SPACEWALK - Astronauts Akihiko Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency) have concluded the first spacewalk conducted by two international partner astronauts out of the International Space Station’s Quest airlock at 3:09 p.m. EDT, after 6 hours ... More
(Source: NASA - Sep 13)
NASA SATELLITE IMAGE SHOWS IMPACT OF 9/11 ATTACKS - 20 years after the September 11 terror attacks that killed nearly 3,000 men, women and children, NASA is remembering the day, sharing images and memories.
In a satellite image provided by the agency, billowing smoke over the Manhattan area can be seen from space after two of the hijacked planes ... More
(Source: Fox News - Sep 12)
20 YEARS AFTER 9/11: HOW SATELLITES TRACKING DISASTERS HAVE CHANGED - As the 20th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, satellite images show the devastation caused by the terror attacks that day and the evolution of disaster monitoring from space.
The terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 involved four commercial airplanes that were hijacked and crashed into the World Tr... More
(Source: Space.com - Sep 12)
SPACEX CREW-3 COMMERCIAL LAUNCH TO SPACE STATION SET OCT. 31 FROM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER - The third SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket that will carry astronauts to the International Space Station for a long duration mission is targeted for blastoff on Sunday, October 31, from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center.
The agency’s SpaceX Crew-3 mission will carry ... More
(Source: SpaceCoastDaily.com - Sep 12)
RUSSIA LAUNCHES SOYUZ 2.1V WITH RAZBEG RECONNAISSANCE SATELLITE - At 19:59 UTC on September 9, a Soyuz 2.1v rocket launched from Site 43/4 at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome carrying the Razbeg n°1 satellite for the Russian Ministry of Defense. The launch was originally scheduled for mid-July, but multiple launch attempts were canceled due to unknown circumstances, and t... More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Sep 12)