INTELSAT ORDERS TWO SATELLITES FROM AIRBUS - Intelsat has ordered two geostationary communications satellites from Airbus Defence and Space that will support the satellite operator’s aviation connectivity business.
The companies announced Jan. 8 the order of two spacecraft from Airbus’ OneSat family of fully reconfigurable geostationary satellites. The companies did not disclose the terms of the deal beyond starting the satellites will be delivered in 2023. More
(Source: SpaceNews - Jan 13)
DREAM CHASER SPACE PLANE'S FIRST FLIGHT SLIPS TO 2022 DUE TO PANDEMIC-RELATED DELAYS - Delays related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic have pushed back the anticipated flight date of Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser space plane to 2022.
Dream Chaser is one of the NASA-selected cargo vehicles that, once it begins to fly, will resupply the International Space Station (ISS), along with SpaceX's Dragon and Northrop Grumman's Cygnus capsules. But even as the space plane's launch is delayed, its parent company continues to aim towards sending humans to the moon and, eventually, Mars. More
(Source: Space.com - Jan 13)
VIRGIN ORBIT DELAYS FLIGHT TEST TO SUNDAY - Virgin Orbit has delayed the flight test of its LauncherOne booster originally scheduled for Wednesday until Sunday, Jan. 17. Operations are expected to take place between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. PST (1800-2200 UTC). Your local time may vary; please adjust accordingly.
Virgin Orbit’s modified Boeing 747 named Cosmic Girl will take off from the Mojave Air and Space Port in California. It will release LauncherOne over the Pacific Ocean west of San Nicolas Island. The rocket’s first stage will fire once the booster is clear of the aircraft. More
(Source: Parabolic Arc - Jan 13)
CARGO DRAGON HEADS FOR SPLASHDOWN OFF FLORIDA’S WEST COAST - SpaceX’s first upgraded Cargo Dragon spaceship departed the International Space Station Tuesday morning with more than 4,400 pounds of research specimens and other equipment, heading for splashdown Wednesday night in the Gulf of Mexico off the west coast of Florida.
Poor weather in the recovery zone prevented the Cargo Dragon from undocking and returning to Earth Monday. More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Jan 12)
SPACEX CALLS-OFF CRS-21 DRAGON RETURN DUE TO RECOVERY WEATHER OFF FLORIDA - The CRS-21 automated cargo Dragon v2, the first-of-its-kind for the v2 class designed and developed by SpaceX, was to depart the International Space Station after performing an automated undocking from the orbital laboratory today ahead of splashdown in Florida 12 hours later. After a confusing series of messages that first gave approval and clearance to undock, less than two minutes before the undocking process was to begin, NASA called up to the Station announcing a change to the decision just minutes after it was originally approved. More
(Source: NASASpaceFlight.com - Jan 11)
NASA IS STREAMING THE SPACEX CARGO DRAGON LEAVING THE SPACE STATION ON MONDAY - More than 5,000 pounds of scientific experiments and cargo is scheduled to depart from the International Space Station (ISS), bound for terra firma, on Monday, January 11.
SpaceX's cargo Dragon spacecraft will undock Monday morning with NASA astronaut Victor Glover, the first Black crew member on the ISS, monitoring the trek from aboard the space station. A whole lot of experiments coming back to Earth, and you can watch the departure live online through NASA Television. More
(Source: Thrillist - Jan 11)
HOW CIA SATELLITES HELPED FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE - When you think of the Central Intelligence Agency, what comes to mind? It could be one of dozens of things, depending on your feelings on espionage, but one thing that probably won’t come up are efforts to address climate change and environmental catastrophes. And yet a small group of scientists within the CIA spent decades engaged in a very unexpected type of work.
In an expansive article for The New York Times, William J. Broad explored the work done by Dr. Linda Zall over the course of several decades. More
(Source: InsideHook - Jan 11)
SPACEX GAINS FCC PERMISSION FOR POLAR STARLINK SATELLITE LAUNCH - The FCC has agreed to allow SpaceX to launch ten Starlink satellites into a polar orbit later this month. The FCC published the order on January 8 granting permission for the ten satellites to be placed into a 560 kilometers orbit with an inclination of 97.6 degrees. The satellites will be launched by a SpaceX Falcon 9 no earlier than January 14. The satellites will launch as part of the Transporter-1 mission, which is a dedicated smallsat rideshare mission. More
(Source: SlashGear - Jan 11)
TURKEY SECURES ORBITAL RIGHTS AFTER SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHING 7TH SATELLITE - A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from a launchpad in the U.S. state of Florida to deploy a new-generation Turkish communication satellite into orbit late Thursday.
The U.S. aerospace company’s 70-meter-tall (230-foot-tall) rocket launched from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, carrying the Türksat 5A satellite.
“With the Türksat 5A satellite, Turkey is securing its orbital rights for the next 30 years,” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Friday. More
(Source: Daily Sabah - Jan 10)