WHAT'S NEXT AFTER THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION? - The coming decade will see a time of transition when it comes to human spaceflight in low-Earth orbit. NASA’s Office of Inspector General sent out a tweet last week, releasing a report on the state of the International Space Station (ISS) and suggestions for the coming decade. Specifically, the au... More
(Source: Sky & Telescope - Dec 8)
ATLAS V ROCKET LAUNCHES NASA LASER COMMUNICATIONS PROTOTYPE AND SPACE FORCE EXPERIMENTS INTO ORBIT - An Atlas V rocket lit up the predawn sky over Florida early Tuesday (Dec. 7) to launch a novel NASA laser space communications satellite into orbit alongside a host of other payloads for the U.S. Space Force.
The two-stage Atlas V rocket blasted off from Space Launch Complex 41 here at Cape Canav... More
(Source: Space.com - Dec 7)
U.S. WAS NOT BLINDSIDED BY RUSSIA’S ANTI-SATELLITE TEST, SAY OFFICIALS - The U.S. military for years has watched Russia’s attempts to demonstrate it could destroy a satellite with a ground-based weapon, so the Nov. 15 missile test that blew up a satellite in orbit did not come as a complete shock, officials said Dec. 4 at the Reagan National Defense Forum.
“These ... More
(Source: SpaceNews - Dec 7)
ULA SET TO LAUNCH ATLAS V ON LONG DURATION MISSION FOR SPACE FORCE - ULA (United Launch Alliance) is preparing for the 90th launch of an Atlas V rocket and their fifth and final mission of 2021. Launching from SLC-41 (Space Launch Complex 41) in Cape Canaveral, Florida, the STP-3 mission will loft two experimental satellites for the United States Space Force.
The ... More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Dec 7)
FUEL LEAK AT LAUNCH PAD DELAYS ATLAS 5 MISSION - United Launch Alliance delayed the planned launch of an Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral Sunday after discovering a kerosene fuel leak in the launch pad’s ground storage system. Officials have rescheduled launch with two U.S. military satellites for Tuesday morning.
ULA announced the launch d... More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Dec 6)
ARIANESPACE LAUNCHES SOYUZ ST-B WITH NEW BATCH OF GALILEO SATELLITES - Arianespace has launched another two Galileo FOC (Full Operation Capability) global navigation satellites for Europe. Following a weather delay on Friday, the two satellites were launched by a Soyuz ST-B Fregat on the VS26 mission on Saturday. Liftoff occurred on December 4, 2021, at 21:19 Kourou ti... More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Dec 5)
INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION SWERVES TO DODGE SPACE JUNK - The International Space Station (ISS) had to swerve away from a fragment of a U.S. launch vehicle on Friday, the head of Russia's space agency said, the latest in a series of incidents in which space debris have forced astronauts to respond.
Calls to monitor and regulate space debris, or space ju... More
(Source: Reuters - Dec 4)
RUSSIA WANTS TO SEND COSMONAUTS TO CHINA SPACE STATION - Roscosmos is looking at ways to send its cosmonauts to the Chinese space station, launching from sites in either Russia or French Guiana.
During a press conference at the recently concluded Global Space Exploration Conference (GLEX) in St. Petersburg, Russia, on June 15, Dmitry Rogozin, director... More
(Source: Space.com - Dec 4)
NASA ASTRONAUTS REPLACE FAULTY SPACE STATION ANTENNA DURING SPACEWALK - Two NASA astronauts completed a 6-1/2 hour spacewalk on Thursday to replace a faulty antenna on the International Space Station, a mission NASA said carried slightly higher risk posed by orbital debris left from a Russian missile test weeks ago.
Astronauts Thomas Marshburn and Kayla Barron exited... More
(Source: Reuters - Dec 3)
ARIANESPACE WILL LAUNCH TWO EUROPEAN NAVIGATION SATELLITES ON A SOYUZ ROCKET FRIDAY. WATCH IT LIVE. - Update: Arianespace has postponed today's launch and is now targeting launch on Friday (Dec. 3). Liftoff is set for Dec. 3 at 7:23 p.m. EST (0023 GMT).
Arianespace plans to send two new European Galileo navigation satellites to space tonight (Dec. 2) and you will be able to watch it live onl... More
(Source: Space.com - Dec 3)
SPACEX ENTERS BUSY DECEMBER WITH STARLINK LAUNCH FROM FLORIDA - icking off a busy end to the company’s 2021 launch campaign, SpaceX successfully launched a group of Starlink satellites from Florida on Thursday evening. The Group 4-3 mission, carrying 48 Starlink satellites and two rideshare payloads to low Earth orbit, lifted off from SLC-40 at the Cape Canave... More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Dec 3)
U.S. SATELLITES ARE BEING ATTACKED EVERY DAY ACCORDING TO SPACE FORCE GENERAL - U.S. Space Force's General David Thompson, the service's second in command, said last week that Russia and China are launching "reversible attacks," such as electronic warfare jamming, temporarily blinding optics with lasers, and cyber attacks, on U.S. satellites "every single day." He also disclose... More
(Source: The Drive - Dec 3)
TWO BLACKSKY SATELLITES HITCHING RIDE ON STARLINK MISSION - BlackSky said Tuesday it is launching two optical Earth observation satellites as rideshare payloads on a SpaceX Starlink mission planned for liftoff this week from Cape Canaveral. The mission is set for launch Thursday, one day later than the previous schedule.
The rideshare mission will mark th... More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Dec 2)
US PEGASUS ROCKET DEBRIS TO APPROACH SPACE STATION ON DECEMBER 3 — ROSCOSMOS - A fragment of a US Pegasus rocket will fly at a distance of 5.4 km from the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday afternoon, the press office of the Russian space agency Roscosmos reported on Wednesday.
"A stage fragment of a Pegasus carrier rocket launched in 1994 will approach the Interna... More
(Source: TASS - Dec 2)
NOAA’S GOES-T SATELLITE 2022 LAUNCH SCHEDULED - NOAA’s GOES-T, the third in the GOES-R Series of advanced weather observing and environmental monitoring satellites, arrived in Florida today to begin final preparations for launch, which is currently scheduled for March 1, 2022. The launch was recently scheduled for February 16, 2022. However, sh... More
(Source: WeatherNation - Dec 2)
SPACEX'S STARLINK INTERNET SATELLITES FORCED TO DODGE RUSSIAN ANTI-SATELLITE TEST DEBRIS - Debris from Russia's anti-satellite missile test last month has forced some SpaceX Starlink internet satellites to dodge in order to avoid in-orbit collisions, the company's CEO Elon Musk said Tuesday (Nov. 30).
The Russian anti-satellite missile test, which shattered the defunct nearly 2-ton sur... More
(Source: Space.com - Dec 2)
GALILEO SATELLITES GIVEN GREEN LIGHT FOR LAUNCH - The Launch Readiness Review on Nov. 26 confirmed that the satellites, the supporting ground installations, and the early operations facilities and teams are ready for lift-off on the early hours of Thursday morning, central European time.
Galileo satellites 27 and 28 are scheduled to be launched ... More
(Source: GPS World - Dec 1)
CHINA LAUNCHES NEW COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE CHINASAT 1D - China continued its stream of rocket launches on Friday (Nov. 26) by lofting a new communications satellite into a geosynchronous transfer orbit.
A Long March 3B launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China at 11:40 a.m. EST Friday (1640 GMT, or 12:40 a.m. Nov. 27 local t... More
(Source: Space.com - Dec 1)
DEBRIS WARNING POSTPONES NASA SPACEWALK - NASA has postponed a spacewalk that was scheduled for Tuesday after receiving a space debris warning for the International Space Station.
Just hours before the astronauts were due to venture out of the ISS, the agency said on its Twitter account that "due to the lack of opportunity to properly asse... More
(Source: CNN - Dec 1)