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)
SPACEX SUCCESSFULLY RETURNS FOUR ASTRONAUTS FROM INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION - Four astronauts successfully returned home to Earth in a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft today, bringing an end to their six-month-long stay on the International Space Station (ISS). After undocking from the ISS early Thursday morning, the crew dove through Earth’s atmosphere before splashing down u... More
(Source: The Verge - May 7)
MORE STARLINK SATELLITES RIDE INTO ORBIT ON PREDAWN LAUNCH OF FALCON 9 ROCKET - SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center at first light Friday with 53 Starlink internet satellites, completing an all-nighter of space operations just five hours after returning four astronauts to a splashdown off the west coast of Florida.
Lighting up the sky over Florida... More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - May 7)
SPACEX ROLLS OUT ROCKET FOR ANOTHER STARLINK DEPLOYMENT MISSION - SpaceX raised a Falcon 9 rocket vertical on pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center Thursday, ready for a pre-sunrise blastoff Friday with 53 more Starlink internet satellites, using a booster stage flying for a record-tying 12th time.
Liftoff is set for 5:42 a.m. EDT (0942 GMT) Friday to begin Space... More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - May 6)
REPORT: U.S. DEFENSE AND INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES SLOW TO EMBRACE SMALL-SATELLITE REVOLUTION - The United States is at risk of being outpaced by China in space capabilities, in part due to the slow adoption of commercial innovations such as small satellites, warns a new report released May 5 by the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security.
“If the United States is ... More
(Source: SpaceNews - May 6)
SATELLOGIC RESERVES SPACEX LAUNCH CAPACITY FOR 68 SATELLITES - Satellogic Inc. signed a multiple launch agreement with SpaceX to reserve launch capacity for its next 68 satellites. This follows a launch agreement with SpaceX covering 2022 launches. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Satellogic currently operates 22 high-resolution satellites, i... More
(Source: Via Satellite - May 5)