EARTH-WATCHING SATELLITE BARELY ESCAPES COLLISION WITH RUSSIAN SPACE DEBRIS - An important Earth-observing satellite just experienced a heart-pounding near-miss as it moved to avoid space debris. The European Space Agency detailed the Sentinel-1A satellite's dramatic dodge in a series of tweets on Wednesday, pointing to a 2021 Russian missile test that scattered chunks of a d... More
(Source: CNET - May 19)
BOEING'S STARLINER CAPSULE READY FOR THIRD ATTEMPT TO REACH SPACE STATION - An Atlas 5 rocket carrying Boeing's Starliner crew capsule was mounted on its seaside launch stand Wednesday, setting the stage for blastoff Thursday on the company's third attempt to complete an unpiloted test flight to the International Space Station.
Software glitches spoiled the Starliner's d... More
(Source: CBS News - May 19)
WATCH SPACEX LAUNCH 53 NEW STARLINK SATELLITES EARLY WEDNESDAY - SpaceX plans to launch 53 more Starlink internet satellites and land the returning rocket on a ship at sea early Wednesday morning (May 18), and you can watch all the action live.
A two-stage Falcon 9 rocket topped with 53 Starlink spacecraft is scheduled to lift off from NASA's Kennedy Space Cen... More
(Source: Space.com - May 18)
STARLINER NEARS LAUNCH, CREW WORKS SPACE BOTANY AND HUMAN RESEARCH - The International Space Station is gearing up for the targeted arrival of Boeing’s Starliner crew ship on the company’s Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) mission. Meanwhile, the Expedition 67 crew is continuing its ongoing life science activities while maintaining orbital lab systems.
Weather for... More
(Source: NASA - May 18)
ASTRONAUT SNAPS SUPER FLOWER BLOOD MOON ECLIPSE PHOTOS FROM SPACE STATION - Astronauts at the International Space Station enjoyed stunning views of the total lunar eclipse on the night of May 15.
European astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti shared several snapshots on Twitter today (May 16), showing different stages of the Super Flower Blood Moon lunar eclipse framed by spa... More
(Source: Spsce.com - May 17)
CHINESE ROCKET COMPANY SUFFERS THIRD CONSECUTIVE LAUNCH FAILURE - An orbital launch attempt by Chinese startup iSpace suffered failure early Friday, following on from two failures last year.
The fourth Hyperbola-1, a four-stage solid rocket, lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert at 3:09 a.m. Eastern May 13.
Apparent launch f... More
(Source: SpaceNews - May 16)
SPACEX LAUNCHES 53 MORE STARLINK SATELLITES, LANDS ROCKET AT SEA AGAIN - SpaceX launched 53 Starlink satellites and landed the returning rocket on Saturday (May 14), its second such effort in less than 24 hours.
A two-stage Falcon 9 rocket carrying 53 of SpaceX's Starlink internet satellites lifted off Saturday at 4:40 p.m. EDT (2040 GMT) from Florida's Cape Canaveral... More
(Source: Space.com - May 15)
BOEING'S STARLINER IS 'GO' FOR CRUCIAL MAY 19 LAUNCH TO THE SPACE STATION - Boeing's Starliner capsule is ready to launch again.
During a flight readiness review Wednesday (May 11), NASA cleared Starliner to launch on Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2), a crucial uncrewed mission to the International Space Station.
The decision keeps the Boeing spacecraft on track to launc... More
(Source: Space.com - May 14)
BOEING, NASA TEAMS GIVE STARLINER FINAL GO FOR OFT-2 MISSION - NASA, Boeing, and ULA teams, along with international partners, have finished the agency Flight Readiness Review (FRR) ahead of the Orbital Flight Test 2 (OFT-2) for Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft. Following the valve issues that scrubbed OFT-2’s launch attempt in August of 2021 and the communica... More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - May 13)
NOAA REVEALS FIRST IMAGES FROM NEW WEATHER SATELLITE - NOAA released the first imagery from the new GOES-18 weather satellite that launched March 1 from Cape Canaveral, and confirmed the spacecraft’s main camera doesn’t suffer the same cooling system problem that caused degraded vision in an earlier satellite.
The first images from GOES-18 were c... More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - May 13)
NORTHROP GRUMMAN SAYS IT HAS BACKUP PLAN FOR ISS RESUPPLY, BUT SILENT ON DETAILS - Northrop Grumman says it has a backup plan to fulfill the company’s contract to resupply to the International Space Station if the war in Ukraine continues to disrupt the supply of Russian engines and Ukrainian booster cores for the company’s Antares rocket.
The company has hardware in its in... More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - May 12)
MAXAR DELAYS FIRST WORLDVIEW LEGION TO SEPTEMBER - Maxar Technologies is pushing the first WorldView Legion launch to September after encountering a test configuration anomaly, the manufacturer and Earth observation provider announced Monday.
The highly anticipated WorldView Legion constellation will provide a boost to Maxar’s Earth observatio... More
(Source: Via Satellite - May 12)
FIRST EVER SATELLITE LAUNCH FROM UK TO TAKE PLACE IN COMING MONTHS - The first satellite launch from the UK will take place this summer, the government has announced, as Prometheus-2 takes off from Spaceport Cornwall in Newquay.
Built by In-Space Missions, based in Hampshire, and designed with Airbus Defence and Space, Prometheus-2 is a collaboration between the U... More
(Source: Aerospace Manufacturing - May 12)
SPACEX TRAINING BEGINS THIS MONTH FOR FIRST COMMERCIAL SPACEWALK MISSION - The four-person crew who will fly on the all-private Polaris Dawn mission — set to include the first commercial spacewalk and the debut of SpaceX’s extravehicular spacesuit — will begin training this month for their ride on a Dragon spacecraft to an altitude more than three times higher than t... More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - May 11)
TIANZHOU-4 CARGO CRAFT DOCKS WITH CHINESE SPACE STATION - The Tianzhou-4 cargo spacecraft completed an automated docking in orbit with the Tianhe space station module late Monday following launch from Wenchang.
The Chinese cargo vessel completed docking with the aft port of the Tianhe module at 8:54 p.m. Eastern May 9, seven hours after launch on a Long... More
(Source: SpaceNews - May 10)
CACI TO LAUNCH EXPERIMENTAL SATELLITE TO DEMONSTRATE ALTERNATIVE TO GPS NAVIGATION - U.S. defense contractor CACI International is funding an experiment to demonstrate space technologies for military use, including an alternative to GPS navigation.
As part of the company’s plan to grow its space business, CACI is launching two demonstration payloads on a York Space satellite ... More
(Source: SpaceNews - May 10)
CHINA LAUNCHES TIANZHOU 4 CARGO SHIP FOR SPACE STATION - China launched the Tianzhou 4 cargo freighter for the country’s space station Monday, beginning a resupply mission to stage hardware, propellant, and provisions at the complex before arrival of the next long-duration crew in June.
Chinese state television broadcasted the launch, which occurred ... More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - May 10)
TELESAT TO ORDER 100 FEWER SATELLITES FOR LEO CONSTELLATION - Increasing costs and delays have forced Telesat to downsize plans for 298 low Earth orbit satellites by a third to keep within its $5 billion budget.
The Canadian satellite operator plans to order just 188 satellites plus 10 in-orbit spares from Thales Alenia Space, Telesat CEO Dan Goldberg said ... More
(Source: SpaceNews - May 8)
ASTROSCALE SPACE JUNK REMOVAL SATELLITE NEARLY CATCHES TARGET IN ORBITAL TEST - A satellite designed to test technologies that could one day help clean up Earth orbit has been busy the past few days zooming in on a simulated piece of debris using its onboard sensors. The experiment, by Japanese company Astroscale, however, stopped short of catching the target as engineers detec... More
(Source: Space.com - May 7)