SPACEX TARGETS WEDNESDAY NIGHT FOR NEXT STARLINK LAUNCH - Days after launching astronauts for the first time, SpaceX is set to resume a speedy cadence of satellite launches Wednesday night with liftoff of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the company’s next batch of Starlink broadband relay stations.
A Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled for takeoff Wednesday, likely around 9:25 p.m. EDT (0125 GMT Thursday), from Cape Canaveral’s Complex 40 launch pad. More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jun 2)
MAKING HISTORY, ASTRONAUTS RIDE COMMERCIAL CAPSULE TO SPACE STATION - A Crew Dragon spaceship built and owned by SpaceX glided to an automated docking with the International Space Station Sunday, delivering NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the orbiting research complex after a trouble-free 19-hour flight from the Kennedy Space Center.
The gumdrop-shaped capsule, named Endeavour by Hurley and Behnken in honor of NASA’s retired space shuttle, linked up with a docking adapter on the space station’s Harmony module at 10:16 a.m. EDT (1416 GMT) Sunday. More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jun 1)
LONG MARCH 2D LOFTS GAOFEN-9 - A Long March 2D launched the Gaofen-9 (02) remote sensing satellite on Sunday, as China begins to ramp up its 2020 launch schedule. The launch took place at 8:53 UTC from the LC43/94 launch complex at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, Inner Mongolia. The HEAD-4 satellite rode to orbit as a co-passenger. More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Jun 1)
SPACEX'S 1ST CREW DRAGON WITH ASTRONAUTS DOCKS AT SPACE STATION IN HISTORIC RENDEZVOUS - SpaceX's first Crew Dragon spaceship to carry astronauts slid into a dock at the International Space Station Sunday (May 31), concluding a historic 19-hour voyage to for its veteran NASA crew.
The arrival marked a major feat: the first docking of a crewed U.S. spacecraft at the station since NASA's shuttle fleet retired in 2011. It's also the first docking of a commercial spacecraft carrying humans, in this case astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley. More
(Source: Space.com - May 31)
LONG MARCH 11 LAUNCHES OUT OF XICHANG FOR THE FIRST TIME - China has conducted the first launch of its solid-fuelled quick-reaction Long March-11 launch vehicle from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center on Thursday. Carrying two new technology test satellites, Xinjishu Shiyan-G and Xinjishu Shiyan-H, the launch took place at 20:13 UTC.
The new technology test satellites were developed by the Shanghai Institute of Microsatellite Innovation, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Xinjishu Shiyan-G), and the National University of Defence Technology (Xinjishu Shiyan-H). More
(Source: NASASpaceflight.com - May 31)
SPACEX'S 1ST CREW DRAGON WITH ASTRONAUTS TO DOCK AT SPACE STATION TODAY. HERE'S HOW TO WATCH. - After a historic launch yesterday (May 30) from the coast of Florida, two NASA astronauts arrive today at the space station aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon.
Yesterday, veteran astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley became the first NASA astronauts to head to the International Space Station from Florida since 2011, when the space shuttles retired. Behnken and Hurley launched on a test mission dubbed Demo-2 of the Crew Dragon capsule built by SpaceX. More
(Source: Space.com - May 31)
LIFTOFF! SPACEX LAUNCHES 1ST ASTRONAUTS FOR NASA ON HISTORIC TEST FLIGHT - SpaceX launched astronauts for the first time ever today, making history and opening a new age of commercial spaceflight.
A shiny white Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from historic Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center here today (May 30) at 3:22 p.m. EDT (1922 GMT), carrying SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule into orbit. The launch kicked off SpaceX's landmark Demo-2 mission, which is sending NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station (ISS). More
(Source: Space.com - May 30)
WATCH LIVE: SPACEX AND NASA TO LAUNCH 2 ASTRONAUTS TO SPACE STATION ON SATURDAY - SpaceX and NASA are about to make history, sending astronauts from U.S. soil to the International Space Station. It’s the first crewed mission launched from the U.S. since the Space Shuttle program ended in 2011. And you can watch history in the making here. After bad weather caused a launch delay on May 27, the astronauts are preparing to try again at 3:22 p.m. EDT on Saturday, May 30, from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. More
(Source: Livescience.com - May 30)
BANKRUPT ONEWEB FILES WITH FCC TO PUT 48,000 BROADBAND SATELLITES IN ORBIT - Even though the OneWeb satellite venture is going through bankruptcy and a potential sale, it filed an application overnight with the Federal Communications Commission to expand its planned broadband internet constellation to as many as 48,000 satellites. OneWeb has launched 74 satellites into low Earth orbit so far, and has FCC authorization for a total of 720. More
(Source: GeekWire - May 29)
NASA CHIEF WANTS TO INSPIRE THE NEXT GENERATION WITH TOM CRUISE'S FILM ON SPACE STATION - NASA Administrator James Bridenstine says the space agency hopes to inspire the next generation with Tom Cruise's upcoming movie, which will be the first Hollywood project to be shot aboard the International Space Station.
Cruise and technocrat Elon Musk's aviation company Space X are collaborating with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for filming the ambitious narrative movie aboard a real SpaceX vessel.
(Source: Economic Times - May 29)
CHINA OUTLINES INTENSE SPACE STATION LAUNCH SCHEDULE, NEW ASTRONAUT SELECTION - China is preparing to carry out 11 missions in two years to construct a space station and will soon select a new batch of astronauts for the project.
The first module for the Chinese space station will launch next year, said Zhou Jianping, chief designer of China’s human spaceflight program, on the sidelines of a political conference in Beijing Tuesday. More
(Source: SpaceNews - May 29)
RUSSIA PLANS NEW SPACE STATION, SAYING ISS BECOMING OBSOLETE - Russia plans to build a new space station because the current International Space Station will last only another decade at most, the head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos said in an interview published on Monday.
"It's still unclear whether it (the new station) will be international or national," Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin said in comments carried by the Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda. More
(Source: Daily Sabah - May 28)
RSCC PLANNING FOUR SATELLITES TO COVER RUSSIA’S FAR NORTH - Russian Satellite Communications Co. (RSCC) plans to add arctic coverage to its fleet by ordering four satellites for highly elliptical orbits later this year.
Yuri Prokhorov, RSCC’s chief executive, said the company wants to have the satellites in orbit in 2024 to provide Ku-band coverage to Russia’s Far North, a vast region beyond the reach of the state-owned satellite operator’s 10 geostationary satellites. The elliptical orbit satellites, called Express-RVs, will extend RSCC’s coverage deep into the Arctic Circle, he said by email. More
(Source: SpaceNews - May 28)
HISTORIC SPACEX LAUNCH DELAYED DUE TO BAD WEATHER, NEXT ATTEMPT COMING THIS WEEKEND - History will be made this weekend at Cape Canaveral, Florida, as SpaceX launches astronauts into space for the first time. Not only will this be the first time that the privately owned company is sending astronauts into space, but it will be the first time that astronauts have launched from the United States in nearly a decade.
The launch was originally set for Wednesday, May 27 at 4:33 p.m. EDT, but poor weather conditions forced SpaceX and NASA to delay the launch.
The next launch attempt will be on Saturday, May 30 at 3:22 p.m. EDT. More
(Source: Accuweather - May 27)
NASA, SPACEX PICK MAY 27 TO RESUME ASTRONAUT LAUNCHES IN US - NASA and SpaceX have picked May 27 for resuming astronaut launches from the U.S. after nine years of complete Russian dependence.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced the launch date Friday. Astronauts haven’t launched into orbit from the U.S. since NASA’s last space shuttle flight in 2011. SpaceX aims to end the drought by sending two NASA astronauts to the International Space Station.
(Source: AP News - May 27)
CANADIAN ROBOTIC ARM CAPTURES JAPANESE SPACE FREIGHTER - After a five-day journey, the H-II Transport Vehicle-9 (HTV-9) was captured by Expedition 63 Commander Chris Cassidy of NASA using the station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm from the station’s cupola to grapple the 12-ton spacecraft. More
(Source: NASA - May 27)
TWO PAYLOADS QUALIFIED FOR U.S. SPACE FORCE EARLY WARNING SATELLITES - Two sensor payloads for the U.S. Space Force’s new missile warning satellites have passed a key design review. One of them will be selected for the first Next-Generation Overhead Infrared satellite scheduled to launch in 2025.
Raytheon and a Northrop Grumman/Ball Aerospace team designed competing sensor payloads for the Next-Gen OPIR geosynchronous satellites that Lockheed Martin is developing for the Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center. Both payloads completed preliminary design reviews last week, SMC said on May 22. More
(Source: SpaceNews - May 26)
SMALL SATELLITE LAUNCHER VIRGIN ORBIT FAILS TO LAUNCH ROCKET TO SPACE DURING FIRST TEST FLIGHT - Virgin Orbit’s test flight ended in failure shortly after LauncherOne dropped from under the company’s carrier 747 airplane. Virgin Orbit confirmed that the drop was successful and that the rocket’s main engine ignited. But then it quickly suffered some kind of anomaly at the beginning of the flight. The company says no one was hurt during the test and the team will be digging into the data to learn what went wrong. More
(Source: The Verge - May 26)
ASK AN ASTRONOMER: SPACE DEBRIS AND THREAT THEY POSE TO SATELLITES, SPACE MISSIONS - Thousands of satellites orbit the Earth to study the planet, support communication and several other purposes. However, once these satellites reach their expiry time, they become space junk or space debris and can turn into a major hazard for other multi-million dollar satellites. Recently, China’s mission Long March 5B fell into Earth in an uncontrollable manner—this event once again raised a major alarm related to the space junk floating around in space. More
(Source: The Weather Channel - May 26)