NASA GIVES GREEN LIGHT TO FUEL JAMES WEBB SPACE TELESCOPE - NASA engineers have cleared teams at the Guiana Space Center in South America to begin loading 63 gallons of fuel and oxidizer into the James Webb Space Telescope, after extra testing showed the observatory suffered no damage during a processing incident in the clean room earlier this month.
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Nov 29)
CHINA SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES TACTICAL MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE - Continuing a recent streak, Friday saw the fourth successful orbital launch from China in one week. This time, the Zhongxing-1D (ChinaSat-1D) satellite was inserted into orbit by a Chang Zheng 3B rocket launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center.
The ChinaSat (Zhongxing) series of satellit... More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Nov 29)
RUSSIAN NODE MODULE DOCKS WITH INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION - Russia’s Prichal docking module linked up with the International Space Station Friday, adding the final planned piece of the Russian segment of the outpost to provide a new connection for future crew and cargo ships.
The spherical, ball-shaped docking node launched Wednesday at 8:06:35 a.m. EST... More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Nov 29)
HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION CREW - Aboard the International Space Station, NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei, Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn and Kayla Barron and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Matthias Maurer shared their thoughts about spending Thanksgiving in orbit and the foods they plan to enjoy.
Vande Hei is in the midst of a ... More
(Source: SpaceRef - Nov 26)
RUSSIAN CARGO SHIP DEPARTS SPACE STATION TO MAKE ROOM FOR NEW DOCKING MODULE - A Russian cargo ship departed the International Space Station early Thursday (Nov. 25) to make room for a new docking port that's already on its way to the orbiting laboratory.
The automated Progress 78 cargo ship, also known as Progress MS-17, undocked from Russia's Nauka science module on the ... More
(Source: Space.com - Nov 26)
KUAIZHOU-1A ROCKET LAUNCHES CLASSIFIED SHIYAN-11 SATELLITE - A Chinese Kuaizhou-1A rocket launched the experimental Shiyan-11 satellite for China’s main space contractor from northwest China late Nov. 24.
The 19.4-meter-long Kuaizhou-1A lifted off from a transporter erector launcher at 6:41 p.m. Eastern Wednesday, rising into pre-dawn skies over the Jiuq... More
(Source: SpaceNews - Nov 26)
SOYUZ 2.1B LAUNCHES RUSSIAN EARLY WARNING SATELLITE - At 01:09 UTC, or 4:09 A.M. local time in Moscow, a Soyuz 2.1b rocket launched carrying the Tundra 15L early warning satellite for the Russian Ministry of Defense.
The launch occurred from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. Plesetsk is located in the Arkhangelsk oblast. The Cosmodrome has... More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Nov 25)
ONEWEB MULLS DEBRIS-REMOVAL SERVICE FOR FAILED SATELLITE - OneWeb is considering options to remove one of its broadband satellites from low Earth orbit after it failed following a software issue last year.
“We are looking at all potential suppliers to address de-orbit as and when the tech is safe,” said Chris Mclaughlin, OneWeb’s chief of governmen... More
(Source: SpaceNews - Nov 25)
RUSSIA LAUNCHES NEW PRICHAL MODULE TO INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION - A new Russian module is on its way to the International Space Station.
A Russian-built Soyuz rocket carrying a modified Progress cargo spacecraft and the new Prichal docking module lifted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday (Nov. 24) at 8:06 a.m. EST (1306 GMT).
"Liftoff! T... More
(Source: Space.com - Nov 25)
FALCON 9 LAUNCHES DART - A SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully launched a NASA mission that will deliberately collide with a near Earth asteroid to test a technique that could be used to deflect the trajectory of any future asteroid on a collision course with the Earth.
The Falcon 9 lifted off on schedule at 1:21 a.m. Eastern N... More
(Source: SpaceNews - Nov 25)
NANORACKS TO DEPLOY FIRST-EVER 0.3U CUBESAT FROM SPACE STATION - Nanoracks Europe is on track to set a new record as the company prepares to deploy the first-ever 0.3U CubeSat from the International Space Station (ISS). The satellite, named FEES2, was developed by the Italian company GP Advanced Projects and is approximately the thickness of a cherry. It will be ... More
(Source: SpaceRef - Nov 24)
RUSSIAN MODULE LAUNCHING TO SPACE STATION WEDNESDAY MORNING: WATCH LIVE - A new Russian module will launch toward the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday morning (Nov. 24), and you can watch the action live.
A modified Progress cargo craft topped with the Prichal docking module is scheduled to lift off atop a Russian Soyuz rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome in ... More
(Source: Space.com - Nov 24)
RUSSIAN ANTI-SATELLITE MISSILE TEST DRAWS CONDEMNATION FROM SPACE COMPANIES AND COUNTRIES - Across the globe, nations and space companies alike are speaking out about Russia's anti-satellite (ASAT) test that forced astronauts in space to take cover.
On Monday (Nov. 15), the seven astronauts and cosmonauts living on board the International Space Station were forced to take shelter in th... More
(Source: Space.com - Nov 23)
ASTRA REACHES ORBIT FOR FIRST TIME, CLEARING WAY FOR COMMERCIAL LAUNCHES - Astra launched its first rocket into orbit from Alaska early Saturday after falling short on three previous tries, an achievement company officials said will unlock “tremendous demand” for its small satellite launch service.
Company officials did not disclose a scheduled for its next mission ... More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Nov 23)
CHINA’S CHANG ZHENG 4B LAUNCHES GAOFEN 11-03 SATELLITE - Keeping up a rapid pace of launches this year, China deployed the Gaofen 11-03 satellite Saturday using its Chang Zheng 4B rocket. The launch took place from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center at 01:51 UTC (09:51 Beijing Time) and marks China’s forty-fourth orbital mission of 2021.
Gaofen 11-0... More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Nov 22)
NORTHROP GRUMMAN CYGNUS CARGO SHIP DEPARTS SPACE STATION TO CONDUCT EXPERIMENT IN ORBIT - The latest Cygnus cargo ship departed the International Space Station Saturday (Nov. 20) after sending a haul of cargo to the orbiting crew.
The Northrop Grumman NG-16 resupply vessel was released from the grip of the station's robotic arm at 11:01 a.m. EST (1601 GMT) by a command from NASA's Mis... More
(Source: Space.com - Nov 21)
OUTPOST TO RETURN SATELLITES AND PAYLOADS FROM ORBIT - Two Made In Space co-founders teamed up with a paragliding expert to found Outpost, a startup focused on returning satellites and payloads from orbit.
“There are a lot of ways to get satellites and payloads to space today, and very few ways to get things back to Earth,” Jason Dunn, Outpost co... More
(Source: SpaceNews - Nov 20)
STATION RESUMES NORMAL OPERATIONS, BUT RISK FROM RUSSIAN ASAT TEST CONTINUES - The seven-person crew living on the International Space Station resumed normal operations Wednesday, two days after closing off parts of the complex as precaution following a widely-condemned Russian anti-satellite test that created a new cloud of space debris.
NASA says the debris field, which U... More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Nov 20)
ROCKET LAB LAUNCHES 2 SATELLITES TO ORBIT, RECOVERS ELECTRON BOOSTER - Rocket Lab successfully launched two satellites into orbit and recovered the mission's booster, taking another step in its quest to build a partially reusable launch vehicle.
The company's two-stage Electron rocket topped with two commercial Earth-observation satellites lifted off from Rocket La... More
(Source: Space.com - Nov 19)