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)
FIRST CHINESE SPACE MISSION OF 2022 ROCKETS INTO ORBIT - China launched a Long March 2D rocket Monday with another classified satellite, deploying the spacecraft into a polar orbit on the first of more than 40 Chinese Long March rocket missions planned in 2022.
The Long March 2D rocket took off from the Taiyuan launch base in Shanxi province of norther... More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jan 19)
CREW GETS READY FOR SPACEWALK AND DRAGON DEPARTURE THIS WEEK - The Expedition 66 crew is getting ready for a spacewalk on Wednesday while packing a U.S. resupply ship for its departure on Friday. Meanwhile, the International Space Station also hosted a pair of space biology studies exploring exercise and vision.
Cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov f... More
(Source: NASA - Jan 19)
SPACEX LAUNCHES 49 STARLINK INTERNET SATELLITES, LANDS ROCKET AT SEA - Space is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more
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(Source: Space.com - Jan 19)
YOU CAN WATCH SPACEX LAUNCH MORE THAN FOUR DOZEN STARLINK INTERNET SATELLITES ON TUESDAY. HERE'S HOW. - Update for 2:50 pm ET: SpaceX has postponed the launch of its next Starlink mission to no earlier than Tuesday, Jan. 18, due to weather issues. See our updated story below.
A SpaceX rocket will launch a new fleet of the company's Starlink internet satellites into orbit Tuesday night (Jan. 18) and... More
(Source: Space.com - Jan 18)
HUGE TONGA UNDERWATER VOLCANO ERUPTION CAPTURED IN STUNNING SATELLITE VIDEO - A powerful underwater volcano eruption in Tonga on Saturday (Jan. 15) was captured as it happened in stunning images from an Earth-watching satellite, showing the sheer power for the explosive event in the South Pacific.
The volcano eruption on the island of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai is visible ... More
(Source: Space.com - Jan 17)
CAPE CANAVERAL’S BUSY JANUARY TO CONTINUE WITH ANOTHER STARLINK LAUNCH - Forecasters expect brisk winds and chilly temperatures for a prime time, full moon launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with another batch of Starlink internet satellites Monday night from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
There’s a 70 percent chance of good conditions for launch at 7:26 ... More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jan 16)
SPACEX FALCON 9 ROCKET SPOTTED FROM SPACE BEFORE AND AFTER EPIC 105-SATELLITE LAUNCH - SpaceX has some nice before-and-after photos to mark the 10th launch of one of its Falcon 9 rockets, thanks to a satisfied customer.
A Falcon 9 successfully delivered 105 satellites to orbit Thursday (Jan. 13), including 44 "SuperDove" cubesats for Planet, a San Francisco-based company that opera... More
(Source: Space.com - Jan 15)
NASA TV TO AIR SPACEX CARGO DRAGON DEPARTURE FROM SPACE STATION - A SpaceX Dragon cargo resupply spacecraft is set to depart the International Space Station Friday, Jan. 21. NASA Television, the agency’s website, and the NASA app will provide live broadcast of the spacecraft’s undocking and departure beginning at 10:15 a.m. EST.
Ground controllers at SpaceX... More
(Source: NASA - Jan 15)
SPACEX LAUNCHES 105 SMALL SATELLITES INTO ORBIT, NAILS ROCKET LANDING - SpaceX successfully launched its second rocket of the year Thursday morning (Jan. 13) as one of its veteran boosters carried 105 small satellites into orbit before landing back on Earth.
The two-stage Falcon 9 rocket lifted off into a clear blue sky at 10:25 a.m. EST (1525 GMT) from Space Launch ... More
(Source: Space.com - Jan 14)
VIRGIN ORBIT LAUNCHES MISSION STP-27VPB “ABOVE THE CLOUDS” - Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne and its 747 carrier aircraft “Cosmic Girl” have launched the US Defense Department’s STP-27VPB mission along with three commercial satellites. The launch occurred on Thursday, January 13 at approximately 2:51 PM PST (22:51 UTC). Cosmic Girl took off from the Mojave... More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Jan 14)
EIGHT-SATELLITE TEVEL MISSION TO LAUNCH ON JANUARY 13 - The TEVEL mission, which consists of eight satellites carrying amateur radio FM transponders, is set to launch on January 13 at 1525 UTC on the SpaceX Falcon 9 Transporter-3 mission, which also carries AMSAT-Spain’s (AMSAT-EA) EASAT-2 and HADES satellites. The TEVEL satellites were developed by th... More
(Source: ARRL - Jan 13)
NEW NASA CHIEF SCIENTIST PLEDGES A PLAN TO RENEW AGENCY'S EARTH SATELLITE FLEET - NASA's newly appointed science and Earth science lead says there is "more to plan" when it comes to figuring out next priorities for the agency's aging satellite fleet.
Katherine Calvin is the first NASA chief scientist to also act as the agency's senior climate advisor, a role created in Februar... More
(Source: Space.com - Jan 13)
CHINA’S MEGACONSTELLATION PROJECT ESTABLISHES SATELLITE CLUSTER IN CHONGQING - A group leading China’s national low Earth orbit communications megaconstellation has founded two new firms to help develop the project, but overall plans remain vague.
China Satellite Network Application Co., Ltd. and Chongqing Satellite Network System Research Institute Co., Ltd. were establi... More
(Source: SpaceNews - Jan 13)
COSMONAUTS PREP FOR SPACEWALK AS ASTRONAUTS WORK SCIENCE AND MAINTENANCE - In one week the first spacewalk of 2022 is set begin at the International Space Station. Two Expedition 66 crew members are getting their spacesuits ready as the rest of the crew works research and maintenance.
Station Commander Anton Shkaplerov and Flight Engineer Pyotr Dubrov are due to exit th... More
(Source: NASA - Jan 13)
HOW TO SEE AND TRACK THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION (ISS) - The International Space Station (ISS) is a multi-nation laboratory, orbiting 248 miles (400 kilometers) above our heads. It perhaps comes as no surprise that the ISS can easily be seen and tracked from Earth.
The colossal structure reflects sunlight and appears as a bright white pinpoint of ligh... More
(Source: Space.com - Jan 13)
BREAKUP OF CHINA’S YUNHAI-1 (02) SATELLITE LINKED TO SPACE DEBRIS COLLISION - U.S. space tracking has linked the breakup of Chinese satellite Yunhai-1 (02) to a collision with a small piece of debris from a Russian satellite launch, according to NASA.
The Yunhai-1 (02) satellite was developed by the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology and launched in September 2019 ... More
(Source: SpaceNews - Jan 12)
VIRGIN ORBIT TO DEMONSTRATE AIR-LAUNCH FLEXIBILITY ON UPCOMING MISSION - Virgin Orbit is preparing to launch a set of smallsats as both a demonstration of the flexibility of its air-launch system and its ability to increase its cadence of launches.
Virgin Orbit’s next LauncherOne mission, called “Above the Clouds” by the company, is now scheduled for Jan. 13 aft... More
(Source: SpaceNews - Jan 12)
POWERFUL EUROPEAN EARTH-OBSERVATION SATELLITE SUFFERS ANOMALY IN ORBIT - One of humanity's most powerful Earth-observing satellites is having some problems in orbit.
The Sentinel-1B radar satellite, part of the European Union's Copernicus Earth observation program, hasn't beamed home any data since suffering an anomaly on Dec. 23. And the problem appears to be relativ... More
(Source: Space.com - Jan 12)