CHINESE CHANG ZHENG 2D LAUNCHES COMMERCIAL EARTH OBSERVATION SATELLITE AND SECONDARY PAYLOADS - A Chinese Chang Zheng 2D rocket has successfully lofted four satellites into Low Earth Orbit. The primary spacecraft on board was Beijing-3, a commercially developed and operated Earth observation satellite.
The Chang Zheng, known outside of China as the Long March 2D, lifted off from Launch Complex 9 at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, located in Shanxi province in Northern China, at 03:03 UTC on June 11 (11:03 PM local time). More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Jun 12)
SOLAR ECLIPSE FROM SPACE! SEE SATELLITE VIEW OF MOON CASTING ITS SHADOW ON EARTH - A satellite captured the moon casting its shadow on Earth during the annular solar eclipse early Thursday (June 10) morning.
Just as the sun began to rise onThursday morning, skywatchers in the Northern Hemisphere were treated to a spectacular sight: an annular solar eclipse, also known as a "ring of fire" eclipse. More
(Source: Space.com - Jun 11)
INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION TO BE IN CROSS-BAND REPEATER MODE FOR FIELD DAY - The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) cross-band repeater will be available for ARRL Field Day, June 26 – 27. Contacts will count toward Field Day bonus points as satellite contacts and Field Day contacts.
Field Day rules limit stations to one contact on any single-channel FM satellite. Note that contacts made during Field Day by ISS crew would only count for contact credit, but not for satellite bonus points. More
(Source: ARRL - Jun 10)
LONG MARCH 2F ROCKET ROLLS OUT TO LAUNCH PAD FOR CHINA’S NEXT HUMAN SPACEFLIGHT - The Long March 2F rocket and Shenzhou 12 spaceship set to ferry three Chinese astronauts to the country’s new space station later this month rolled out to a launch pad Wednesday at a remote military-operated spaceport in northwestern China.
The launcher and crew capsule emerged from an assembly building at the Jiuquan space base in the Gobi Desert, riding a mobile platform along rail tracks to cover the one-mile (1.6-kilometer) distance to the launch pad. More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jun 10)
RS0ISS WILL TRANSMIT SLOW-SCAN TV IMAGES FROM THE ISS ON JUNE 9 – 10 - Russian cosmonauts on the International Space Station (ISS) plan to transmit slow-scan TV (SSTV) images on 145.800 MHz FM June 9 – 10. The transmissions, which will use SSTV mode PD120, are part of the Moscow Aviation Institute SSTV experiment (MAI-75) and will be made from RS0ISS in the Russian Service Module of the ISS using a Kenwood TM-D710 transceiver.
The tentative schedule calls for transmissions on June 9 from 0935 UTC until 1350 UTC and on June 10 from 0855 UTC until 1550 UTC. More
(Source: ARRL - Jun 9)
RELATIVITY SPACE REVEALS FULLY REUSABLE MEDIUM LIFT LAUNCH VEHICLE TERRAN R - Relativity Space, leveraging their 3D printing technology, has announced the next step towards supporting multiplanetary spaceflight: a fully reusable, medium lift launch vehicle named Terran R.
The company’s second launch vehicle, succeeding the Terran 1 rocket to debut later this year, will have more payload capacity than the partially reusable SpaceX Falcon 9, and is only the second fully reusable commercial launch vehicle to be revealed publicly after SpaceX’s Starship. More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Jun 9)
JEFF BEZOS IS GOING TO SPACE (FOR A FEW MINUTES) - Jeff Bezos has already selected a hobby for his post-CEO life: space travel.
Just two weeks after he steps down as CEO of Amazon, Bezos will climb aboard a rocket made by his space exploration company Blue Origin.
"If you see the earth from space, it changes you. It changes your relationship with this planet, with humanity. It's one earth," Bezos said in a video posted to Instagram on Monday morning. More
(Source: NPR - Jun 8)
RUSSIA’S SPACE CHIEF THREATENS TO LEAVE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION PROGRAM UNLESS U.S. LIFTS SANCTIONS - Russia’s space chief threatened Monday to withdraw from the International Space Station program if U.S. sanctions against Moscow’s space entities are “not lifted in the near future.”
“If the sanctions against Progress and TsNIIMash remain and are not lifted in the near future, the issue of Russia’s withdrawal from the ISS will be the responsibility of the American partners,” Roscosmos Director General Dmitry Rogozin said during a Russian parliament hearing on Monday, according to an NBC translation. More
(Source: CNBC - Jun 8)
SPACEX DRAGON DOCKS AT SPACE STATION TO DELIVER NEW SOLAR ARRAYS AND TONS OF SUPPLIES - A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship arrived at the International Space Station today (June 5) to deliver new solar arrays along with tons of fresh research experiments and NASA supplies as part of the company's 22nd cargo resupply mission.
The uncrewed Dragon autonomously linked up with the orbiting laboratory at 5:09 a.m. EDT (0909 GMT), parking at the zenith, or space-facing, side of the station's Harmony module. More
(Source: Space.com - Jun 6)
SPACEX LAUNCHES 2ND MISSION IN THREE DAYS WITH SIRIUSXM-8 - SpaceX launched its 18th mission of 2021 with the SiriusXM-8 (SXM-8) high-power broadcasting satellite. A Falcon 9 rocket lofted the SXM-8 satellite to a sub-synchronous geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) after launching from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) on Sunday, June 6 at 00:26 EDT/04:26 UTC.
The 45th Weather Squadron at Space Launch Delta 45 predicted a 70% chance of favorable weather with Debris Cloud and Anvil Cloud rules as the primary concerns. More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Jun 6)
SPACEX TARGETING OVERNIGHT SUNDAY FALCON 9 LAUNCH WITH SIRIUSXM SATELLITE - Downrange from where SpaceX recently launched a spacecraft full of supplies to the International Space Station, the company is targeting early Sunday to send up another Falcon 9, this time with a spacecraft for satellite radio provider SiriusXM.
Liftoff from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station Launch Complex 40 is scheduled for some time after 12:26 a.m. Sunday during a one hour and 59-minute launch window. More
(Source: WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando - Jun 5)
A HUGE PIECE OF INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION WILL BE TOSSED INTO THE SKY NEXT MONTH - Next month, a big module called Pirs will be jettisoned from the Russian half of the International Space Station and fall into Earth’s atmosphere. No need to worry about pieces of metal falling from the sky, though, as calculation suggests that the giant debris should have completely burned up before making it to the ground.
Still, it will be the first ISS module to be completely decommissioned and discarded in space. On Wednesday, a pair of ISS residents, Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky and Pyotr Dubrov, went outside the orbital lab and performed a seven-hour spacewalk to prepare for Pirs’s release. More
(Source: 25544 - Jun 5)
NASA CHIEF SAYS RUSSIA LEAVING ISS COULD KICK OFF A SPACE RACE - The United States has for decades enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship with Russia that has often served as a powerful symbol of cooperation between the East and West in the post-Cold War era. But that cooperation could soon dissolve, and it has NASA's new chief, Bill Nelson, concerned.
Russian officials are threatening to pull out of the International Space Station, the orbiting laboratory that the US and Russia have jointly operated for two decades, as soon as 2024 in favor of operating an independent space station. More
(Source: CNN - Jun 5)
CHINA LAUNCHES FENGYUN-4B WEATHER SATELLITE TO ORBIT - A new Chinese weather satellite launched into orbit Wednesday (June 2) with "complete success," according to one of the participating state contractors.
The Fengyun-4B soared into space aboard a Long March 3B rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China, at 12:17 p.m. EDT (1717 GMT, or 12:17 a.m. local time Thursday, June 3). More
(Source: Space.com - Jun 4)
SPACEX CARGO SHIP LAUNCHES ON MISSION TO UPGRADE SPACE STATION ELECTRICAL GRID - Trailing a brilliant orange flame, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket thundered into orbit Thursday from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida with a Dragon cargo ship hauling experiments and new solar arrays to enhance the International Space Station’s power generation capability.
The 215-foot-tall (65-meter) rocket launched from pad 39A, the same location where Apollo moon missions took off, at 1:29:15 p.m. EDT (1729:15 GMT) Thursday, taking advantage of a break in rain showers streaming across Florida’s Space Coast. More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jun 4)
CHINA’S NEW SPACE STATION IS POWERED BY ION THRUSTERS - China’s first module of its upcoming Tiangong space station makes use of ion drives, technology that could vastly cut down the time it takes to travel to Mars — and greatly reduce the amount of fuel needed to make that trip, as the South China Morning Post reports.
The module, called Tianhe and launched in late April, is powered by four ion thrusters that use electricity to accelerate ions as a form of propulsion. More
(Source: Futurism - Jun 3)
ALL-NEW FALCON 9 ROCKET AND DRAGON CARGO CRAFT SET FOR LAUNCH THURSDAY - In what’s become a rarity for SpaceX and its workhorse fleet of “flight-proven” hardware, a brand new Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo capsule are scheduled to launch Thursday on a NASA-contracted flight to deliver more than 7,300 pounds of supplies and experiments to the International Space Station.
The two-day flight to the space station is set to begin at 1:29:15 p.m. EDT (1729:15 GMT) Thursday with a launch from pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jun 3)
D-ORBIT UNVEILS THIRD MISSION FOR ION SATELLITE CARRIER - D-Orbit plans to transport satellites into six distinct orbits in addition to hosting three payloads on a June flight of the Italian firm’s In-Orbit Now (ION) Satellite Carrier.
Customers for the third ION mission, which D-Orbit calls Wild Ride, include Elecnor Deimos of Spain, Bulgaria’s EnduroSat and Kuwaiti Orbital Space. More
(Source: SpaceNews - Jun 2)
VIASAT TO ADD MILITARY-GRADE ENCRYPTION TO EXPERIMENTAL LINK 16 SATELLITE - A new Link 16-capable satellite being developed by Viasat will feature military-grade encryption, the company announced June 1.
Link 16 is the U.S. military’s primary tactical data exchange network, allowing joint war fighters to share information on the location of friendly and enemy forces to build a common operating picture of the battlefield. More
(Source: C4ISRNet - Jun 2)