VIRGIN GALACTIC SELECTS AURORA FLIGHT SCIENCES TO BUILD NEW MOTHERSHIPS - Virgin Galactic announced July 6 it signed an agreement with a Boeing subsidiary to build two new aircraft that will be used as launch platforms for its next-generation suborbital spaceplanes.
Virgin Galactic said Aurora Flight Sciences will build two carrier aircraft, or motherships, that will s... More
(Source: SpaceNews - Jul 7)
NASA SATELLITE BREAKS FROM ORBIT AROUND EARTH, HEADS TO MOON - A satellite the size of a microwave oven successfully broke free from its orbit around Earth on Monday and is headed toward the moon, the latest step in NASA's plan to land astronauts on the lunar surface again.
It's been an unusual journey already for the Capstone satellite. It was launched six ... More
(Source: Phys.org - Jul 5)
SATELLITES FALLING BACK ON EARTH DUE TO SOLAR FLARES. SCIENTISTS EXPLAIN HOW DANGEROUS THEY CAN BE - Our sun, which has started its 11-year cycle, is in a very active phase and several reports cited that we will be witnessing frequent solar flares. Scientists have pointed out that these solar flares can turn out to be a real dangerous and currently, they are causing many satellites to fall back on ... More
(Source: Mint - Jul 4)
NEW ZEALAND JOINS ASAT TESTING BAN - The government of New Zealand has formally joined a U.S.-led ban on testing of destructive direct-ascent antisatellite (ASAT) weapons in an effort to build momentum for a global prohibition on such tests.
In a July 1 speech at the University of Otago, New Zealand Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta an... More
(Source: SpaceNews - Jul 4)
NASA AND ROSCOSMOS CONTINUE SEAT BARTER DISCUSSIONS - NASA is continuing to work with Roscosmos on a seat barter agreement despite missing a self-imposed deadline last month to complete a deal in time to allow exchanges on missions launching this fall.
In April, NASA International Space Station officials said they needed to have an agreement between... More
(Source: SpaceNews - Jul 3)
THE UNITED STATE ANNOUNCES A STOP TO TESTING ANTI-SATELLITE WEAPONS - The United States Government has declared that it will no longer be performing tests of Anti-Satellite (ASAT) weapons. In a public statement during a visit to the Vandenberg Space Force Base, Vice President Kamala Harris confirmed that this policy has the primary purpose of setting an example to oth... More
(Source: Universe Today - Jul 3)
VIRGIN ORBIT LAUNCHES 7 SATELLITES IN 1ST NIGHT MISSION - Virgin Orbit just aced its fourth mission in a row, launching seven small satellites in the company's first-ever night flight.
Virgin Orbit's carrier plane, a modified Boeing 747 called Cosmic Girl, lifted off from the Mojave Air and Space Port in Southern California on Saturday (July 2) at 1:49 ... More
(Source: Space.com - Jul 3)
ISRO PLACES 3 SINGAPORE SATELLITES, 6 EXPERIMENTS IN ORBIT IN SECOND LAUNCH THIS YEAR - The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) on Thursday successfully launched three Singaporean satellites in a commercial mission of the New Space India Limited. This was the second launch of the year by the space agency, the first one having placed an Indian Earth Observation Satellite in orbit ... More
(Source: The Indian Express - Jul 2)
ATLAS V ROCKET LAUNCHES CLASSIFIED MISSILE-TRACKING SATELLITE FOR US SPACE FORCE - A missile-warning satellite and another spacecraft are on their way to orbit to help the U.S. military get better at tracking fast-moving threats.
The two U.S. military surveillance satellites lifted off today (July 1) atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket, which rose off a pad at Fl... More
(Source: Space.com - Jul 2)
INDIA LAUNCHES 3 SATELLITES AND AN EXPERIMENTAL ORBITING PLATFORM - An Indian rocket launched three satellites and an experimental orbiting platform on Thursday morning (June 30) on the vehicle's 55th mission to date.
The four-stage, 145.7-foot-tall (44.4 meters) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) lifted off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in southeastern Indi... More
(Source: Space.com - Jul 1)
VIRGIN ORBIT DELAYS LAUNCH OF SEVEN SATELLITES FOR US SPACE FORCE AND NASA - Virgin Orbit has scrubbed the launch the fifth flight of the LauncherOne rocket, after propellant temperature was deemed to be “slightly out of bounds”. The decision was made prior to the take off of Cosmic Girl, the carrier aircraft.
The mission, named Straight Up, consists of seven satellit... More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight - Jun 30)
SPACEX LAUNCHES SES BROADCASTING SATELLITE - SpaceX launched a television broadcasting satellite Wednesday for SES, with liftoff of a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral occurring at 5:04 p.m. EDT (2104 GMT).
There was a two-hour window for SpaceX’s launch Wednesday, and the official launch weather outlook predicted an 80% chance of favor... More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jun 30)
ELECTRON LAUNCHES CAPSTONE LUNAR CUBESAT - An Electron rocket successfully launched a NASA-funded cubesat mission June 28 that will test the stability of the orbit around the moon the agency plans to use for future Artemis lunar missions.
The Electron rocket lifted off from Rocket Lab’s Launch Complex 1B in New Zealand at 5:55 a.m. East... More
(Source: SpaceNews - Jun 29)
NORTHROP GRUMMAN’S CYGNUS SUPPLY SHIP DEPARTS SPACE STATION - A commercial Cygnus supply ship from Northrop Grumman departed the International Space Station Tuesday, completing a four-month stay after delivering more than 8,000 pounds of cargo and boosting the research lab into a slightly higher orbit.
The Cygnus spacecraft was released from the space stati... More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jun 29)
NORTHROP GRUMMAN'S CYGNUS CARGO SHIP BOOSTS INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION'S ORBIT - A Northrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft successfully reboosted the International Space Station (ISS) for the first time, raising the orbiting lab to its normal operating altitude of around 250 miles above Earth.
The reboost took place on Saturday (June 25) and marks the first time a Cygnus spacecraf... More
(Source: Space.com - Jun 29)
WATCH PRIVATE FREIGHTER LEAVE SPACE STATION EARLY TUESDAY FOR FIERY DEATH - A private cargo spacecraft will leave the International Space Station (ISS) early Tuesday (June 28), and you can watch its departure live.
Northop Grumman's robotic Cygnus freighter is scheduled to undock from the orbiting lab at 6:05 a.m. EDT (1005) Tuesday. Watch it live here at Space.com, cour... More
(Source: Space.com - Jun 28)
CHINA LAUNCHES NEW SATELLITE FOR EARTH OBSERVATION - China sent a new Earth observation satellite into space from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China on Monday.
The satellite, Gaofen-12 03, was launched by a Long March-4C carrier rocket at 11:46 p.m. (Beijing Time) and has entered the planned orbit successfully.
It will be use... More
(Source: Xinhua - Jun 28)
SES-22 SATELLITE TO LAUNCH ON JUNE 29 - Satellite operator SES has announced that its latest unit, the SES-22 is currently being prepared for launch from SpaceX’s Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on June 29, 2022, at 5:04 pm/11:04 pm.
Built by Thales Alenia Space, SES-22 will operate in the 135 degrees We... More
(Source: Satellite Pro ME - Jun 28)
BUZZ LIGHTYEAR HAS REALLY FLOWN IN SPACE. HERE ARE THE VIDEOS TO PROVE IT. - At 468 days in space, Buzz Lightyear has spent the longest time ever in space on a single mission. The catch is, as Lightyear's friend Woody would remind us in a hot minute, he is a toy!
Whether toy or space ranger, however, the loveable Lightyear is back in the popular conversation yet again for... More
(Source: Space.com - Jun 27)