TRY TO SPOT THE HUMAN-MADE OBJECT HIDING IN THIS NASA ISS PHOTO - Most of us will never get on a spacecraft, blast off this rock and spend time in orbit gazing down at the astounding views of Earth below. So we turn to astronauts like NASA's Mark Vande Hei to share that experience through images. Sometimes the experience involves a little bit of hide and seek.
Vande Hei is currently up on the International Space Station. He used his vantage point to offer us Earth-dwellers a visual challenge this week. "Can you find the human-made object in this photo?" More
(Source: CNET - Sep 11)
FIREFLY SAYS EARLY ENGINE SHUTDOWN LED TO LAUNCH FAILURE - Firefly Aerospace says the premature shutdown of one of its Alpha rocket’s four main engines caused the launcher to lose control as it reached supersonic speed during a test flight over California last week.
In a statement Sunday, the company released preliminary information from the investigation into the launch accident, and emphasized lessons learned from the mission will boost chances the next test flight will reach orbit. More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Sep 11)
ELON MUSK'S SPACEX TO LAUNCH NEXT-GENERATION UAE SATELLITE IN 2023 - The UAE's Yahsat has chosen Elon Musk's SpaceX to launch its next-generation mobile telecoms satellite.
The Thuraya 4-NGS satellite has a 5G core network and has been designed to offer increased coverage and capacity.
A Falcon 9 rocket would carry the satellite into space in the second half of 2023. More
(Source: The National - Sep 10)
SPACEX'S INSPIRATION4 PRIVATE ALL-CIVILIAN ORBITAL MISSION: LIVE UPDATES - The first all-civilian mission to orbit Earth on a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft is scheduled to launch on Sept. 15, and you can follow all the action live here.
Called Inspiration4, the mission will send four crewmembers on a three-day orbital flight around the Earth. They will lift off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, riding atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. They'll wrap up the three-day journey with a splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean. More
(Source: Space.com - Sep 10)
CHINA LAUNCHES GAOFEN ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING SATELLITE - China launched an Earth observation satellite on top of a Long March 4C rocket Tuesday to monitor land surfaces, water resources, and air quality.
The Gaofen 5-02 environmental monitoring satellite took off at 0301 GMT Tuesday (11:01 p.m. EDT Monday) from the Taiyuan launch base, a military-run spaceport located in Shanxi province in northern China.
Liftoff occurred at 11:01 a.m. Beijing time. More
(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Sep 9)
SPACEX WINS CONTRACT TO LAUNCH YAHSAT’S THURAYA 4-NGS SATELLITE - Yahsat has selected SpaceX to launch its next-generation Thuraya mobile connectivity satellite in 2023, the companies announced Sept. 8.
A Falcon 9 will launch the Thuraya 4-NGS satellite, being built by Airbus Defence and Space for UAE-based Yahsat, in the second half of 2023. The companies did not disclose terms of the launch contract. More
(Source: SpaceNews - Sep 9)
ROBOTIC ARMS, TINY HELPER SATELLITES: MILITARY EXPLORES HOW TO UPGRADE, REPAIR ASSETS IN SPACE - Satellites are notoriously hard to upgrade.
Located anywhere from hundreds of miles to tens of thousands of miles above the Earth’s surface, the machines are difficult to reach physically. For years, engineers have designed satellites with the expectation that the hardware and software they put on orbit with a satellite is all they’d get. That incentivized exquisite satellite designs, built to last many years in space before finally being replaced by a satellite with upgraded technologies. More
(Source: C4ISRNet - Sep 9)
THE ISS CREW IS GEARING UP FOR TWO SPACEWALKS - Two Expedition 65 cosmonauts will soon exit the International Space Station for the second spacewalk in less than week to continue configuring a Russian science module. Meanwhile, two astronauts are gearing up for another spacewalk, while the rest of the crew conducts space research and lab maintenance.
Two Expedition 65 cosmonauts will soon exit the International Space Station for the second spacewalk in less than week to continue configuring a Russian science module. More
(Source: Space Ref - Sep 9)
RUSSIAN FILM CREW DEEMED MEDICALLY FIT FOR OCT. 5 LAUNCH TO SPACE STATION - The folks who plan to film part of a Russian movie on the International Space Station next month have been deemed medically fit to fly.
Director Klim Shipenko and actor Yulia Peresild got the thumbs-up after a meeting of the Chief Medical Commission at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center near Moscow, Russia's federal space agency Roscosmos announced last week. More
(Source: Space.com - Sep 9)