VEGA-C STAGES IN LAUNCH PREPARATION AS AVIO, ARIANESPACE PROGRESS TOWARD ROCKET’S DEBUT - Components for the first Vega-C (Vega Consolidation) rocket are entering launch preparations at the Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana. This month, the first flightworthy P120C solid rocket motor was activated and moved to the launch facility.
Vega-C is an upgraded version of the Vega rocket an... More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Jan 27)
CHINA LAUNCHES L-SAR 01A SATELLITE FOR LAND OBSERVING - China launched a Long March-4C rocket to place a new satellite in space Wednesday.
The rocket blasted off at 7:44 a.m. (Beijing Time) at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China and soon sent the L-SAR 01A satellite into preset orbit.
The satellite, equipped with L-band synthetic... More
(Source: xinhuanet.com - Jan 27)
SPACEX READY TO LAUNCH ITALIAN RADAR REMOTE SENSING SATELLITE - SpaceX plans to launch an Italian Earth observation satellite with radar vision Thursday evening from Cape Canaveral on a twilight flight that could dazzle spectators with the ascent and descent of the reusable Falcon 9 booster.
The mission is scheduled to get underway from pad 40 at Cape Canaver... More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jan 27)
WEAK SIGNALS HEARD FROM SPANISH SATELLITES EASAT-2 AND HADES - AMSAT-EA (Spain) has said it appears that EASAT-2 and HADES are transmitting, and that weak signals have been heard, but the satellites’ antennas may not have deployed.
“We confirm the reception of both EASAT-2 and HADES, as well as the decoding of telemetry and the FM recorded voice beacon w... More
(Source: ARRL - Jan 26)
NOAA TO MOVE NEW WEATHER SATELLITE QUICKLY INTO POSITION - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will move its next Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) weather satellite into position over the Western United States soon after launch to speed up data delivery to the National Weather Service.
The GOES-T satellite, schedul... More
(Source: SpaceNews - Jan 26)
AXIOM SPACE PLANS TO BUILD A MOVIE STUDIO MODULE FOR THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION BY 2024 - U.K.-based Space Entertainment Enterprise (SEE) has announced plans to launch a movie production studio module intended to connect to the International Space Station (ISS).
The company, which is co-producing Tom Cruise's upcoming unnamed space movie, has commissioned Houston-based Axiom Space to... More
(Source: Space.com - Jan 26)
CARGO DRAGON RETURNS TO EARTH, BRINGING CRS-24 MISSION TO A CLOSE - After a month-long stay at the International Space Station, NASA and SpaceX have successfully returned the CRS-24 Cargo Dragon back to Earth. Ground controllers commanded the undocking of the Dragon spacecraft from the Harmony module’s zenith – or space-facing – port at 10:35 AM EST (15:35 UTC... More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Jan 26)
GPS SATELLITE SVN-47 DECOMMISSIONED, SVN-41 RETURNS TO BROADCAST ALMANAC - The U.S. Space Force has announced the decommissioning of GPS satellite SVN-47 (PRN-22), which officially took place Jan. 18. The satellite has been unusable since Dec. 2.
SVN-47 was a replacement satellite in the second generation of GPS satellites (GPS-IIR), launched Dec. 21, 2003. The announc... More
(Source: GPS World - Jan 25)
LIVING ON THE EDGE: SATELLITES ADOPT POWERFUL COMPUTERS - The latest Apple Watch has 16 times the memory of the central processor on NASA’s Mars 2020 rover. For the new iPhone, 64 times the car-size rover’s memory comes standard.
For decades, people dismissed comparisons of terrestrial and space-based processors by pointing out the harsh radiation a... More
(Source: SpaceNews - Jan 25)
SO YOU LAUNCHED A SATELLITE… NOW WHAT? - Just over a week ago, we launched 44 of our latest SuperDoves to orbit on a SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket. A successful rocket launch is a feat in and of itself and requires months of coordination from our Manufacturing Team to build, test, tinker with, and ship our hardware to the launch site (more on our... More
(Source: Planet Labs - Jan 25)
WEBB REACHES ORBITAL DESTINATION A MILLION MILES FROM EARTH - The James Webb Space Telescope slipped into orbit around a point in space nearly a million miles from Earth Monday where it can capture light from the first stars and galaxies to form in the aftermath of the Big Bang.
As planned, the European Ariane 5 rocket that launched Webb on Christmas Day pu... More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jan 25)
CARGO DRAGON CAPSULE DEPARTS SPACE STATION - SpaceX’s Cargo Dragon spacecraft, closing out a month-long mission, undocked from the International Space Station Sunday after a two-delay in its departure to wait for better weather in the capsule’s recovery zone off the coast of Florida.
The gumdrop-shaped cargo freighter undocked from the ... More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jan 24)
SPACEX DELAYS DRAGON CARGO SHIP DEPARTURE FROM SPACE STATION DUE TO SPLASHDOWN WEATHER. HOW TO WATCH IT SUNDAY. - SpaceX postponed the departure of its latest Dragon cargo ship from the International Space Station on Saturday (Jan. 22) by at least a day due to bad weather at its landing site. You can watch the next undocking attempt live on Sunday, NASA said.
The Dragon CRS-24 cargo ship was scheduled to und... More
(Source: Space.com - Jan 23)
SPACEX WINS $102 MILLION AIR FORCE CONTRACT TO DEMONSTRATE TECHNOLOGIES FOR POINT-TO-POINT SPACE TRANSPORTATION - The U.S. Air Force awarded SpaceX a $102 million five-year contract to demonstrate technologies and capabilities to transport military cargo and humanitarian aid around the world on a heavy rocket.
The contract is for the rocket cargo program, a new project led by the Air Force Research Laborato... More
(Source: SpaceNews - Jan 22)
ULA’S ATLAS V LAUNCH SATELLITE-INSPECTION MISSION FOR SPACE FORCE - United Launch Alliance carried out an Atlas V launch Friday with the third pair of GSSAP satellites for the US Space Force. Flying in its never-before-used 511 configuration, Atlas lifted off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 2:00 PM EST (19:00 UTC) for a lengthy mission that will inject th... More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Jan 21)
BAD WEATHER DELAYS SPACEX DRAGON'S DEPARTURE FROM SPACE STATION TO SATURDAY - A SpaceX resupply ship will have to wait at least one more day before returning to Earth.
Yesterday (Jan. 19), cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov ventured outside the safe confines of the International Space Station to conduct a seven-hour, 11-minute spacewalk. While the pair cleaned up... More
(Source: Space.com - Jan 21)
CHINESE SATELLITE IN NEAR MISS WITH RUSSIAN ASAT TEST DEBRIS - A Chinese satellite experienced a near miss Tuesday with a piece of debris created by Russia’s destructive anti-satellite test conducted in November.
The Space Debris Monitoring and Application Center of the China National Space Administration (CNSA) issued a warning Tuesday of an extremely dan... More
(Source: SpaceNews - Jan 21)
WATCH TWO RUSSIAN COSMONAUTS TAKE A SPACEWALK OUTSIDE THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION TODAY - Two Russian cosmonauts are planning to take a spacewalk today (Jan. 19) to ready a new International Space Station module for visiting spacecraft, and you can watch it live.
Expedition 66 Cmdr. Anton Shkaplerov and flight engineer Pyotr Dubrov, both of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, will spe... More
(Source: Space.com - Jan 20)
SPACEX PASSES 2,000 STARLINK SATELLITES LAUNCHED - SpaceX passed the threshold of more than 2,000 Starlink satellites launched after a Falcon 9 placed another set of broadband internet spacecraft into orbit Jan. 18.
The Falcon 9 lifted off from Launch Complex 39A the Kennedy Space Center at 9:02 p.m. Eastern. The launch was originally scheduled f... More
(Source: SpaceNews - Jan 20)