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THE MOST HISTORIC SATELLITES EVER LAUNCHED - Three TDRS satellites, the International Space Station (ISS) and Hubble Space Telescope orbit a blue-green Earth in this artist's concept. The TDRS network facilitates around the clock communication access between ground stations and other satellites and the ISS.
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NASA TV COVERAGE SET FOR NEXT SPACE STATION RESUPPLY MISSION WITH SPACEX NASA TV COVERAGE SET FOR NEXT SPACE STATION RESUPPLY MISSION WITH SPACEX - NASA commercial cargo provider SpaceX is targeting 11:39 a.m. EST Saturday, Dec. 5, for the launch of its 21st commercial resupply services (CRS-21) mission to the International Space Station from Launch Complex 39A at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. CRS-21 will deliver science investigations, supplies, and equipment for NASA and is the first mission under the company’s second Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. Live coverage will air on NASA Television and the agency’s website, with prelaunch events Friday, Dec. 4, and Saturday, Dec. 5.   More
(Source: NASA - Nov 25)


ARECIBO RADIO TELESCOPE, DAMAGED BEYOND REPAIR, SEEN FROM SPACE ARECIBO RADIO TELESCOPE, DAMAGED BEYOND REPAIR, SEEN FROM SPACE - Satellites spotted gashes in the damaged Arecibo Observatory, which is set to be decommissioned by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). The 57-year-old radio telescope has sustained two cable failures which has made its massive dish too unstable to safely repair, according to the NSF. The cable failures have also damaged the massive dish, which spans a whopping 1,000 feet (305 meters) across, gouging holes in its delicate metal panels.   More
(Source: Space.com - Nov 25)


SPACEX LAUNCHES 60 MORE STARLINK SATELLITES ON 100TH FALCON 9 FLIGHT SPACEX LAUNCHES 60 MORE STARLINK SATELLITES ON 100TH FALCON 9 FLIGHT - The 100th flight of a Falcon 9 rocket delivered 60 satellites to orbit for SpaceX’s Starlink network Tuesday night, adding another building block to a planned fleet of thousands of solar-powered space-based relay stations to beam broadband connectivity around the world. The successful mission late Tuesday also set a new record for SpaceX’s rocket reuse program — one that could be broken again within months if SpaceX maintains its feverish launch cadence.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Nov 25)


SPACE STATION 20TH: THANKSGIVING CELEBRATIONS IN SPACE SPACE STATION 20TH: THANKSGIVING CELEBRATIONS IN SPACE - The Thanksgiving holiday typically brings families and friends together in a celebration of common gratitude for all the good things that have happened during the previous year. People celebrate the holiday in various ways, with parades, football marathons, and attending religious services, but food remains the over-arching theme.   More
(Source: NASA - Nov 24)


SWARM A STEP CLOSER TO IOT SATELLITE NET AFTER NZ LAUNCH SWARM A STEP CLOSER TO IOT SATELLITE NET AFTER NZ LAUNCH - US nano-satellite company Swarm Technologies has launched its latest 24 satellites, using a launchpad on New Zealand’s Māhia peninsula operated by Rocket Lab. Swarm, based in California, now has 36 satellites in orbit, said the company after the launch. Rocket Lab had a number of other customers on its launch, including Valve, a gaming software company, providing another six satellites between them.   More
(Source: Capacity Media - Nov 24)


ONEWEB TO RESUME SATELLITE LAUNCHES AFTER BILLION-POUND TAKEOVER ONEWEB TO RESUME SATELLITE LAUNCHES AFTER BILLION-POUND TAKEOVER - British-based satellite broadband firm OneWeb says it plans to resume satellite launches after a successful £1 billion takeover by the UK government and Indian telco Bharti Airtel. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has invested £400 million in OneWeb which, despite most of its management and manufacturing being American, is headquartered in London and regulated by Ofcom.   More
(Source: TechRadar - Nov 24)


CHINA LAUNCHES CHANG’E-5 MOON SAMPLE RETURN MISSION CHINA LAUNCHES CHANG’E-5 MOON SAMPLE RETURN MISSION - A Long March 5 rocket launched China’s Chang’e-5 spacecraft Monday to kick off a 23-day mission to deliver the first lunar samples to Earth since the 1970s. The heavy-lift Long March 5 lifted off from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center at 3:30 p.m. Eastern. The Chang’e-5 spacecraft was announced to have successfully entered its predetermined orbit around 4:45 p.m., following deployment of solar arrays. The 8.2-ton Chang’e-5 spacecraft is to begin an estimated 112-hour journey to the moon.   More
(Source: SpaceNews - Nov 24)


WILL SPACEX’S STARLINK SATELLITES RUIN STARGAZING? WILL SPACEX’S STARLINK SATELLITES RUIN STARGAZING? - I walk outside my rural Saskatchewan house before dawn and look up, expecting to have my breath taken away by the sheer number of stars overhead. I’m a professional astronomer, but I still appreciate unaided-eye stargazing as much as an eager child. This is the first place I’ve lived that’s dark enough to easily see the Milky Way, and I’m stunned and awed every time I look up. This time though, I curse softly. There’s a bright satellite. And another following behind. And another. And another.   More
(Source: EarthSky - Nov 23)


SPACEX SCRUBS STARLINK SATELLITE LAUNCH ON RECORD 7TH FLIGHT OF A FALCON 9 ROCKET SPACEX SCRUBS STARLINK SATELLITE LAUNCH ON RECORD 7TH FLIGHT OF A FALCON 9 ROCKET - SpaceX called off the launch of its next Starlink satellite fleet late Sunday (Nov. 22), delaying a potentially record-setting flight for the mission's Falcon 9 rocket. A Falcon 9 rocket was poised to make its seventh launch (a record for the reusable booster) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida when SpaceX scrubbed the mission. The liftoff was scheduled for 9:56 p.m. EST (0256 GMT) to deliver 60 Starlink internet satellites to orbit.   More
(Source: Space.com - Nov 23)


ROCKET LAB HAS SUCCESSFULLY RECOVERED A BOOSTER FOR THE FIRST TIME ROCKET LAB HAS SUCCESSFULLY RECOVERED A BOOSTER FOR THE FIRST TIME - New Zealand company Rocket Lab has hit a key milestone with the successful launch and recovery of its flagship Electron rocket. The mission, the firm’s 16th so far, included a soft parachute landing of the first-stage booster to the ocean for the first time. The mission: Electron was launched around 1:46 a.m. local time this morning from the company’s launch site on the southern tip of New Zealand’s North Island. The mission successfully deployed 30 satellites into low Earth orbit.    More
(Source: MIT Technology Review - Nov 22)


INTERNATIONAL SATELLITE LAUNCHES TO EXTEND MEASUREMENTS OF SEA LEVEL RISE INTERNATIONAL SATELLITE LAUNCHES TO EXTEND MEASUREMENTS OF SEA LEVEL RISE - A European-built satellite with the unusual shape of a house launched into orbit Saturday aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from California’s Central Coast, carrying a sophisticated radar altimeter to measure rising sea levels on our home planet. The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich observation satellite lifted off at 9:17:08 a.m. PST (12:17:08 p.m. EST; 1717:08 GMT) Saturday from Space Launch Complex 4-East at Vandenberg Air Force Base around 140 miles (225 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Nov 22)


JOINT NASA-ESA SATELLITE WHICH WILL MONITOR SEA LEVELS TO LAUNCH SATURDAY JOINT NASA-ESA SATELLITE WHICH WILL MONITOR SEA LEVELS TO LAUNCH SATURDAY - The U.S. space agency, NASA, in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA), is set to launch a satellite Saturday designed to monitor rising sea levels, the latest in a series of orbiting spacecraft monitoring the status of the world’s oceans. NASA says the satellite, called the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich, is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California early Saturday.    More
(Source: Voice of Ameriuca - Nov 21)


SPACEX LINING UP 2 LAUNCHES FROM CA AND FL ON SAME DAY SPACEX LINING UP 2 LAUNCHES FROM CA AND FL ON SAME DAY - A week after it sent four astronauts to the International Space Station for the first time, SpaceX is shooting for a bicoastal doubleheader: Launching a NASA Earth observation satellite Saturday morning from California and another batch of Starlink satellites from Florida that night, according to News 6 partner Florida Today. SpaceX is slated to launch NASA’s Sentinel 6-Michael Freilich oceanography satellite from Vandenberg Air Force base at 9:17 a.m. PST. The satellite is named in honor of the late director of NASA’s Earth science division.   More
(Source: WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando - Nov 21)


BOEING SUBSIDIARY READY TO LAUNCH SATELLITE DEORBITING EXPERIMENT BOEING SUBSIDIARY READY TO LAUNCH SATELLITE DEORBITING EXPERIMENT - Millennium Space Systems, a Boeing subsidiary, built two small satellites awaiting launch Thursday night on a Rocket Lab Electron rocket on a mission to test the effectiveness of a drag-inducing device that could help remove spacecraft from orbit. The two small satellites are part of the DragRacer mission, which is set to launch with a cluster of payloads on a Rocket Lab Electron vehicle during a window opening at 8:46 p.m. EST Thursday (0146 GMT) and closing at 11:34 p.m. EST (0434 GMT).   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Nov 20)


NASA, ESA ARE PREPARING TO LAUNCH THE LARGEST EARTH-OBSERVING SATELLITE EVER NASA, ESA ARE PREPARING TO LAUNCH THE LARGEST EARTH-OBSERVING SATELLITE EVER - The world's largest Earth-observing satellite is getting ready for liftoff. On November 21, the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA will launch the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich spacecraft into Earth's orbit where it will keep a watchful eye on a dangerous side effect of climate change — rising sea levels. Viewing the Earth from space, it has an unparalleled view of this deadly trend on a global scale — and could help us here on Earth tackle it.   More
(Source: Inverse - Nov 19)


JAPAN’S ASTROSCALE TO LAUNCH SATELLITE FOR SPACE DEBRIS REMOVAL IN MARCH JAPAN’S ASTROSCALE TO LAUNCH SATELLITE FOR SPACE DEBRIS REMOVAL IN MARCH - Japanese startup Astroscale is scheduled to launch a satellite into orbit next March on a test mission to remove space debris, according to the company’s officials. The satellite will be carried into space by a Russian Soyuz rocket lifting off from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome.   More
(Source: SatelliteProME.com - Nov 19)


SPACEWALKERS PREP FOR ARRIVAL OF NEW RUSSIAN MODULE SPACEWALKERS PREP FOR ARRIVAL OF NEW RUSSIAN MODULE - Two Russian cosmonauts used the International Space Station’s Poisk docking compartment as an airlock for the first time Wednesday in a six-hour 48-minute spacewalk to begin preparing the nearly identical Pirs module for removal next year. A new laboratory module will be parked in its place later. Expedition 64 commander Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov began the year’s eighth spacewalk at 10:12 a.m. EST. The excursion, the first for both cosmonauts, came just two days after arrival of four astronauts aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon commercial ferry ship.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Nov 19)


ARIANESPACE TRACES CAUSE OF VEGA LAUNCH FAILURE TO ‘HUMAN ERROR’ ARIANESPACE TRACES CAUSE OF VEGA LAUNCH FAILURE TO ‘HUMAN ERROR’ - Inverted cables on the Vega rocket’s upper stage control system apparently caused the launcher to tumble minutes after liftoff Monday night, a failure that resulted in the loss of a Spanish Earth observation satellite and a French research probe, Arianespace officials said Tuesday. Officials from Arianespace — the French company that manages Vega rocket launches — said Tuesday engineers reviewed telemetry data and documentation overnight, and found the most likely cause of the launch failure was a case of human error.   More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Nov 18)


VEGA ANOMALY DURING LAUNCH OF EUROPEAN EARTH OBSERVATION SATELLITES VEGA ANOMALY DURING LAUNCH OF EUROPEAN EARTH OBSERVATION SATELLITES - Arianespace suffered another issue with its Vega rocket during the launch two Earth observation satellites named SEOSAT-Ingenio and TARANIS for Spain and France, respectively. Liftoff from the Guiana Space Center near Kourou, French Guiana, was on time at 01:52:20 UTC on Tuesday, 17 November — which is 20:52:20 EST on Monday, 16 November). Vega was aiming place the two satellites into sun-synchronous orbits at slightly different orbital inclinations and altitudes. The status of the mission remains unknown.    More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Nov 17)


SPACEX CREW DRAGON CAPSULE DOCKS AT SPACE STATION WITH ITS 1ST CREW OF 4 SPACEX CREW DRAGON CAPSULE DOCKS AT SPACE STATION WITH ITS 1ST CREW OF 4 - SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule has successfully delivered a crew of four astronauts to the International Space Station for the first time. After a 27-hour orbital chase, the Crew-1 mission arrived at the space station Monday night (Nov. 16) with four Expedition 64 crewmembers — NASA astronauts Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins and Shannon Walker, and Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA. Also on board was a small "Baby Yoda" plush, which serves as a "zero-g indicator" during the ride.    More
(Source: Space.com - Nov 17)

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