NEXT COMMERCIAL FALCON HEAVY MISSION TO LAUNCH DEBUT ASTRANIS SATELLITE - Astranis said Sept. 23 that SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket will launch its first commercial satellite in a direct-inject mission to geostationary orbit (GEO) in spring 2022.
The San Francisco-based startup, which is building and operating the Arcturus satellite for U.S.-based telco Pacific Datapo... More
(Source: SpaceNews - Sep 24)
ROCKET LAB TO LAUNCH ASTROSCALE INSPECTION SATELLITE - Rocket Lab will launch an Astroscale mission to rendezvous with a spent rocket stage in low Earth orbit, a prelude to eventually deorbiting the stage.
Rocket Lab announced Sept. 21 that it won a contract from Astroscale for the launch of its Active Debris Removal by Astroscale-Japan (ADRAS-J) spa... More
(Source: SpaceNews - Sep 24)
LA PALMA VOLCANO ERUPTION'S INFERNAL BEAUTY VISIBLE FROM SPACE IN ASTRONAUT AND SATELLITE PHOTOS - New astronaut and satellite images of an active volcano on the island of La Palma reveal the frightening beauty of the eruption, as well as its dangerous proximity to humans.
Lava began gushing out of the Cumbre Vieja crater on the island, which is located off the coast of northwestern Africa an... More
(Source: Space.com - Sep 24)
HOW MANY SATELLITES ARE ORBITING EARTH? - It seems like every week, another rocket is launched into space carrying rovers to Mars, tourists or, most commonly, satellites. The idea that “space is getting crowded” has been around for a few years now, but just how crowded is it? And how crowded is it going to get?
I am a professor of ph... More
(Source: Astronomy Magazine - Sep 23)
BOEING'S NEXT STARLINER TEST LAUNCH FOR NASA MAY SLIP TO 2022 - Boeing's Starliner astronaut taxi may not get off the ground this year after all.
Boeing and NASA had originally aimed to launch Starliner's Orbital Test Flight 2 (OFT-2), a crucial uncrewed trial mission to the International Space Station (ISS), from Florida's Cape Canaveral Space Force Station ... More
(Source: Space.com - Sep 23)
CRACKS FOUND ON THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION ARE A 'FAIRLY SERIOUS ISSUE,' A FORMER NASA ASTRONAUT SAYS - Cracks are appearing on the International Space Station, and retired NASA astronaut Bill Shepherd says they're a "fairly serious issue."
After Russian cosmonauts spotted the cracks on the station's Zarya module, Vladimir Solovyov, flight director of the Russian segment of the ISS, publicly reveal... More
(Source: Business Insider - Sep 23)
SPACE STATION CREW TO RELOCATE SOYUZ, MAKE ROOM FOR NEW CREWMATES - Three residents of the International Space Station will take a short ride aboard a Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft Tuesday, Sept. 28, relocating the spacecraft to prepare for the arrival of the next set of station crew members.
Expedition 65 flight engineers Mark Vande Hei of NASA and Oleg Novitskiy and P... More
(Source: NASA - Sep 23)
SAVES LIVES AND PROTECTS… EXPRESS-AM5 SATELLITE WILL WARN ABOUT SEISMIC ACTIVITY - The Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) and an international service provider Hunter Communications have put in place communication channels to monitor the Earth’s seismic activity. High-precision seismometers are installed in a number of regions of Yakutia, transmitting data via the E... More
(Source: SatNews - Sep 22)
SPACE DEVELOPMENT AGENCY APPROVES DESIGN FOR SATELLITES THAT CAN TRACK HYPERSONIC WEAPONS - The Space Development Agency has approved design plans for its new missile warning satellites, which will be capable of detecting and tracking hypersonic weapons.
L3Harris Technologies announced Sept. 20 that the agency had completed preliminary design review of their satellites, marking an impor... More
(Source: C4ISRNet - Sep 22)
SATELLITE SWARMS MAY OUTSHINE THE NIGHT SKY’S NATURAL CONSTELLATIONS - Fleets of private satellites orbiting Earth will be visible to the naked eye in the next few years, sometimes all night long.
Companies like SpaceX and Amazon have launched hundreds of satellites into low orbits since 2019, with plans to launch thousands more in the works — a trend that’s ala... More
(Source: Science News - Sep 21)
TIANZHOU SHIP LAUNCHES AND DOCKS WITH CHINESE SPACE STATION - An unpiloted Chinese cargo ship launched and docked with the Tiangong space station Monday, delivering supplies to support the next three-person crew on the complex for six months after their arrival in October.
The automated Tianzhou 3 supply freighter took off from the Wenchang launch base on H... More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Sep 21)
SPACE COMMUNITY PONDERS RIGHT-OF-WAY RULES FOR SPACE TRAFFIC - The growing number of satellites in orbit is leading to calls to develop formal “right of way” rules, although there is no consensus on what those rules should be and how they should be established.
Several close approaches of satellites in recent years, in some cases exacerbated by disagreem... More
(Source: SpaceNews - Sep 20)
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)