CHINA’S FIRST STACKABLE SATELLITE REACHES ORBIT ON SOLID ROCKET LAUNCH - A light-lift solid rocket sent an experimental “plate-like” stackable satellite into orbit late Thursday as the country looks to build its answer to Starlink.
A Kuaizhou-1A solid rocket lifted off from a TEL into blue skies above the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert at 10:3... More
(Source: SpaceNews - Jun 10)
ASTRONAUTS MAKE FINAL PREPARATIONS FOR FRIDAY’S SPACEWALK - Four Expedition 69 astronauts are making final preparations ahead of Friday’s spacewalk to continue upgrading the International Space Station’s power generation system. Meanwhile, the orbital outpost’s three cosmonauts focused on heart research and plasma physics while ensuring station systems... More
(Source: NASA - Jun 9)
THIS NEW TOOL 'CLEANS' ANNOYING SATELLITE TRAILS FROM HUBBLE TELESCOPE PHOTOS - Despite the alarming regularity with which artificial satellites intrude on photos snapped by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, the science done with data from the telescope has not suffered, a new study reports.
"To date, not one Hubble science program has been affected by satellite trails," repres... More
(Source: Space.com - Jun 9)
SATELLITE PHOTOS SHOW US EAST COAST ENGULFED BY SMOKE FROM CANADIAN WILDFIRES - The U.S. Northeast woke up to a "horribly smoky day" on Wednesday (June 7), as a low-pressure system funnels toxic smoke from wildfires in Canada across the Atlantic Coast.
The beige-tinged haze can be seen in imagery captured by the weather forecasting satellite GOES East, but plentiful eyewitn... More
(Source: Space.com - Jun 8)
SATELLITE BEAMS SOLAR POWER DOWN TO EARTH, IN FIRST-OF-A-KIND DEMONSTRATION - Researchers have taken a small but necessary step toward realizing a long-standing dream: harvesting solar energy in space and beaming it down to Earth. A satellite launched in January has steered power in a microwave beam onto targets in space, and even sent some of that power to a detector on Eart... More
(Source: Science - Jun 7)
CARGO DRAGON DOCKS AT SPACE STATION - Closing out an automated 18-hour rendezvous, a SpaceX Dragon cargo ship loaded with 7,000 pounds of supplies and equipment, including two add-on roll-out solar blankets, caught up with the International Space Station early Tuesday and moved in for a problem-free docking.
Flying through orbital da... More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jun 7)
GALILEO SECOND GENERATION ENTERS FULL DEVELOPMENT PHASE - Galileo Second Generation will be made up of two independent families of satellites meeting the same performance requirements, produced by Thales Alenia Space in Italy and Airbus Defence and Space in Germany.
ESA Director of Navigation, Javier Benedicto, invited Thales Alenia Space (Italy), Airbu... More
(Source: SatNews - Jun 6)
MOMENTUS SECURES SECOND PICOSATELLITE TRANSPORTATION DEAL WITH APOGEO SPACE - Space infrastructure services company Momentus secured a contract with Italy’s Apogeo Space to provide orbital transportation services for nine of Apogeo’s IoT constellation picosatellites.
The deal, announced Monday, represents the second nine-satellite batch Momentus that will deliver for A... More
(Source: Via Satellite - Jun 6)
WATCH SPACEX DRAGON CARGO CAPSULE DOCK WITH SPACE STATION EARLY TUESDAY - A SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule will arrive at the International Space Station early Tuesday morning (June 6), and you can watch the action live.
The robotic Dragon launched atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Monday (June 5) from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It's schedule to dock at the sp... More
(Source: Space.com - Jun 6)
SPACEX LAUNCH SENDS UPGRADED SOLAR ARRAYS TO INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION - SpaceX’s 28th resupply mission to the International Space Station lifted off Monday from the Kennedy Space Center, carrying new solar arrays, fresh food, and experiments to sustain research and upgrade the power system on the orbiting laboratory.
Liftoff of the Cargo Dragon spacecraft aboard a ... More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jun 6)
MORE SECOND-GEN STARLINK SATELLITES LAUNCH ON FALCON 9 ROCKET - SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Sunday morning with 22 upgraded Starlink internet satellites, but officials called off a second Falcon 9 launch later in the day due to high winds in the booster’s offshore recovery area.
The 229-foot-tall (70-meter) Falcon 9 rocket took off... More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jun 5)
WATCH SPACEX LAUNCH DRAGON CARGO MISSION TO SPACE STATION SUNDAY AFTER ONE-DAY DELAY - SpaceX will launch its 28th cargo mission to the International Space Station for NASA Sunday (June 4) after a one-day weather delay and you can watch the action live.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is now scheduled to launch a robotic Dragon cargo capsule toward the orbiting lab Sunday at 12:12 p.m. ED... More
(Source: Space.com - Jun 4)
CHINA'S SHENZHOU 15 SPACE CAPSULE LANDS SAFELY, 3 ASTRONAUTS HOME AFTER MONTHS ON TIANGONG STATION - Three Chinese astronauts are safely back on Earth after a smooth weekend landing to end a six-month mission to the country's Tiangong space station.
Shenzhou 15 mission commander Fei Junlong and crewmates Deng Qingming and Zhang Lu returned to Earth at 6:34 a.m. Beijing Time on Sunday, June 4 (6:... More
(Source: Space.com - Jun 4)
LOADED WITH SCIENCE, SUPPLIES, SPACEX FREIGHTER READY FOR LAUNCH TO SPACE STATION - A freighter carrying solar panels to boost the International Space Station's electrical reserves for scientific activities, equipment to collect data on solar storms and the thawing of Earth's arctic permafrost is ready for launch to the International Space Station on Saturday.
If the weather coo... More
(Source: UPI - Jun 3)
THIRD SET OF UPGRADED SOLAR ARRAYS READY FOR RIDE TO INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION - Two more roll-out solar arrays will ride a SpaceX cargo ship to the International Space Station this weekend, continuing a years-long mid-life station upgrade as NASA plans procurement of a final set of new solar wings to fully reinforce the lab’s power supply.
The two solar array wings are rol... More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jun 3)
JAPAN HAS A WILD IDEA TO LAUNCH A SATELLITE MADE OF WOOD IN 2024 - A team of researchers want to put a wooden satellite into orbit.
It's not as outrageous as you might think. Results from a recent test aboard the International Space Station (ISS), which exposed different woods to the vacuum of space, have been confirmed by the project's research team at Kyoto Un... More
(Source: Space.com - Jun 2)
NORTH KOREA VOWS TO PUT SPY SATELLITE IN ORBIT SOON AFTER FAILED LAUNCH - North Korea's Kim Yo Jong, leader Kim Jong Un's sister, said her country would soon put a military spy satellite into orbit and promised Pyongyang would increase its military surveillance capabilities, state media KCNA reported on Thursday.
The remarks by Kim, a powerful ruling party official, ca... More
(Source: Reuters - Jun 2)
BOEING MISSION TO SEND NASA ASTRONAUTS TO SPACE STATION FACES MORE LENGTHY DELAYS -
More lengthy delays could be in store for Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft, which is designed to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station and compete with SpaceX’s Crew Dragon.
Boeing had been working toward a late July launch of the first crewed Starliner test flight.
(Source: CNN - Jun 2)
SPACEX LAUNCHES 52 STARLINK SATELLITES, LANDS ROCKET ON SHIP AT SEA - SpaceX launched 52 more of its Starlink broadband satellites early Wednesday morning (May 31) and landed the returning rocket on a ship at sea.
A Falcon 9 rocket topped with the 52 Starlink spacecraft lifted off from California's Vandenberg Space Force Base on Wednesday at 2:02 a.m. EDT (0602 GMT... More
(Source: Space.com - Jun 1)