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  • How to watch Northrop Grumman launch a space toilet to the ISS on Thursday

    09/30/2020 8:06:27 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | September 29, 2020 7:16AM PST | Georgina Torbet
    This Thursday, Northrop Grumman will launch a Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) carrying not only supplies for the crew, but also new science experiments to be tested out in the microgravity environment. With a total of 8,000 pounds of cargo, the Cygnus will be launched on an Antares rocket from Virginia Spaces Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. This will be Northrop Grummans 14th resupply mission to the ISS, and you can watch the launch and the arrival of the Cygnus at the ISS live. The launch and the spacecrafts arrival at the ISS will both be shown on...
  • ULA to launch NROL-44 mission on Delta IV Heavy

    08/26/2020 3:51:14 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    United Launch Alliances Delta IV Heavy rocket will make its first launch in over 19 months Thursday, carrying out a clandestine mission to deploy a surveillance satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office. Liftoff is expected between 02:12 and 06:16 Eastern Daylight Time (06:12-10:12 UTC), from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Thursdays mission, designated NRO Launch 44 (NROL-44), marks the first Delta IV mission since the Medium+ variant of the rocket was retired in August 2019 and the first Delta IV Heavy since January 2019. Although ULA is phasing out the Delta IV in favour of its Vulcan...
  • Rocket Lab identifies faulty electrical connector as cause of launch failure

    08/01/2020 5:26:07 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    SpaceFlightNow ^ | 07/31/2020 | Stephen Clark
    A detached electrical connector on the second stage of Rocket Labs Electron rocket caused a failure on a July 4 mission that destroyed seven small commercial satellites, but the company said Friday it is on track to resume launching before the end of August. Once the electrical system disconnected in flight, it cut power from the rockets battery to the electric turbopumps on the Electrons second stage Rutherford engine. That caused the engine to switch off prematurely around five-and-a-half minutes after the rocket took off from Rocket Labs launch base in New Zealand. The early engine shutdown prevented the rocket...
  • Rocket Lab Electron launch fails

    07/04/2020 9:53:15 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    Space News ^ | July 4, 2020 | by Jeff Foust
    The Electron rocket lifted off from the companys Launch Complex 1 at Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand, at 5:19 p.m. Eastern. The launch was originally scheduled for July 3 but pushed back two days because of poor weather in the forecast, only for the company to move up the launch to July 4 based on a reassessment of the weather. The initial phases of the launch appeared to go as planned, although the vehicles passage through max-q, or maximum dynamic pressure, appeared to be rougher than what was seen in previous launches. Onboard video taken shortly before first-stage separation showed material...
  • Days before landmark launch, NASAs head of human spaceflight quits due to mistake

    05/19/2020 8:37:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    Yahoo ^ | May 19, 2020 | Alan Boyle
    NASAs top executive concentrating on human spaceflight, Doug Loverro, has resigned just a week before the scheduled start of a milestone space mission. Loverro became NASAs associate administrator for human exploration and operations last December, and was playing a leading role in NASAs Artemis moon program as well as preparations for next weeks launch of a SpaceX Crew Dragon mission to the International Space Station. That mission, set for liftoff on May 27 from NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida, is due to send NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the station for a stay that could last...
  • Air Force's Secret Space Plane Is About to Launch Again with Even More Payloads (May 16)

    05/07/2020 12:55:21 AM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    Military via Yahoo ^ | 5/06/20 | Oriana Pawlyk
    The U.S. Air Force's experimental unmanned space plane is about to take off again, this time with a new attachment near its tail to hold more payloads. Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett announced Wednesday that the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) will take off May 16 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, for its sixth mission, which will incorporate tasks for U.S. Space Force and NASA, among other agencies. "This important mission will host more experiments than any prior X-37B flight, including two NASA experiments," she told viewers during a conference hosted by the Space Foundation. One NASA experiment...
  • NASA lengthens SpaceX's first crewed mission to International Space Station (May 27 launch)

    05/02/2020 5:44:14 AM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    UPI ^ | 5/01/20 | Paul Brinkmann
    ORLANDO, Fla., May 1 (UPI) -- The duration of SpaceX's first mission with astronauts on board -- planned to launch at May 27 from Florida -- has been extended from a few days to potentially weeks aboard the International Space Station, NASA said Friday. The mission was lengthened to ensure that the crew -- astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley -- can help maintain and operate the space station, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement. "Among the work that will await their arrival is upgrading the space station's power system with new batteries due to arrive in May,"...
  • US believes Iran successfully launched satellite into orbit

    04/22/2020 5:12:58 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 28 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/4/20 | Elad Benari
    The United States has assessed that Iran successfully launched a military satellite into orbit for the first time on Wednesday, two US Defense Department officials said, according to CNN. The move is seen as a significant step because the country's space program utilizes the same technology that would be needed to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile, which would increase Tehran's capability to strike enemy targets. US Space Command is tracking two objects in orbit that were launched from within Iran, one of the officials said, according to CNN. One is a rocket body and the other is assessed to be...
  • SpaceX, NASA target May 27 for 1st Crew Dragon test flight with astronauts

    04/17/2020 10:19:47 AM PDT · by hoagy62 · 14 replies ^ | 4/17/20 | Atria Malik
    The first flight of NASA astronauts from U.S. soil in nearly nine years finally has a launch date: May 27. The mission will launch astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station on a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft in a final test flight for NASA. The mission, Demo-2, will mark NASA's first crew launch from American soil since the agency's space shuttle fleet retired in July 2011. Liftoff is set for 4:32 p.m. EDT (2032 GMT) from historic Launch Pad 39A, the same site used for NASA's Apollo and shuttle missions.
  • SpaceX tests dark coating to appease stargazers as 60 more satellites launched

    01/07/2020 2:08:44 AM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 1/07/20 | Marcia Dunn
    SpaceX has launched 60 more mini internet satellites, this time testing a dark coating to appease stargazers. It is a first step compromise between SpaceX and astronomers fearful of having dark skies spoiled by hundreds and, eventually, thousands of bright satellites circling overhead. The Falcon 9 rocket blasted into a cold, clear night sky, recycled by SpaceX for its fourth flight. As the first-stage booster flew to a vertical landing on an ocean platform, the Starlink satellites continued hurtling towards orbit to join 120 similar spacecraft launched last year. Flight controllers applauded and the launch commentator described the boosters fourth...
  • Denuclearization dialogue leads to more North Korean warheads

    10/17/2019 4:13:22 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 12 replies
    The Korea Times (Seoul, South Korea) ^ | By Yi Whan-woo, Kim Yoo-chul
    By Yi Whan-woo, Kim Yoo-chul As nuclear negotiations between North Korea and the United States remain in a stalemate after no "substantial outcome" from their recent encounter in Sweden, the lack of visible progress in the denuclearization dialogue is raising concerns that the North is "buying time" for its military and nuclear advancement. During an Asan Institute for Policy Studies security forum held in Seoul, Tuesday, Bruce Bennett, a senior defense analyst at the Washington-based RAND Corporation, claimed that despite North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's promise to end his nuclear program, Pyongyang has not taken any meaningful measures toward this....
  • North Korea fires 'unidentified projectile' days after new missile launch (NEW ONE)

    05/09/2019 2:32:51 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 52 replies
    North Korea has test-fired at least one unidentified projectile from a missile base just five days after its first rocket and missile launch since 2017. The projectile was launched from a medium-range ballistic missile base as South Korean, American and Japanese officials meet in Seoul to discuss North Korea amid fears that tensions could escalate again. South Korea's military said the projectile was fired from Sino-ri in an eastwards direction at 4.30pm local time on Thursday.
  • N. Korean Launch Could Possibly Be Ballistic Missile, and UN Resolutions Violation (Photos)

    05/05/2019 8:42:49 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 69 replies
    Asahi Shimbun (top Japanese major daily -- in Japanese) ^ | 5 May 2019 | Reporter Takeshi Muta (in Seoul, South Korea)
    Original in Japanese: 北朝鮮の飛翔体、弾道ミサイルか 国連制裁違反の可能性 ("North Korean Launch, Could Possibly Be Ballistic Missile, and Possible UN Violation") Two paragraph synopsis from the original Japanese--my translation (breaking): "Kim Jong Un personally oversaw the launch of projectiles yesterday from the east coast of North Korea into the Sea of Japan. Now based on photo analysis of the launch from images provided by official North Korean news sources, South Korean military specialists have analyzed the vehicle, and a viewpoint is emerging the launch yesterday was, in fact, likely a violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions against North Korea launching such ballistic missiles." "...
  • Blue Origin to Launch Test Flight of Its New Shepard Spacecraft Today! How to Watch

    05/02/2019 7:01:09 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies ^ | 05/02/2019 | Mike Wall
    Blue Origin's New Shepard suborbital vehicle will launch on its 11th test flight this morning (May 2), and you can watch the spaceflight action live. The reusable rocket-capsule combo is scheduled to lift off from Blue Origin's West Texas testing ground at 9:30 a.m. EDT (1330 GMT; 8:30 a.m. local Texas time). The uncrewed flight will carry 38 microgravity research payloads to suborbital space and back, company representatives announced via Twitter Wednesday You can watch live here at, courtesy of Blue Origin, or directly via the company's website. New Shepard is designed to carry paying customers, offering them great...
  • Watch SpaceX Attempt a Triple Rocket Landing During Falcon Heavy Launch Today

    04/10/2019 4:42:27 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies ^ | 04/10/2019 | Tariq Malik
    SpaceX will attempt to pull off the world's first successful triple rocket landing during the company's first commercial Falcon Heavy flight mission today (April 10), and you can watch it all live online. The Falcon Heavy megarocket, the most powerful booster currently in use, is set to launch the Arabsat-6A communications satelliteinto orbit from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida today at 6:35 p.m. EDT (2235 GMT). After liftoff, the huge rocket's two side boosters and central core stage are expected to return to Earth for the triple landing. You can watch the Falcon Heavy launch live here and on...
  • Watch the launch of SpaceXs Crew Dragon spaceship with a robo-rider named Ripley

    03/01/2019 11:32:12 AM PST · by Moonman62 · 40 replies
    GeekWire ^ | 3/1/19 | Alan Boyle
    After years of on-the-ground development and testing, the SpaceX spaceship thats destined to carry NASA astronauts is going on its first uncrewed test mission to the International Space Station tonight and you can watch the historic liftoff from multiple angles. When SpaceXs Crew Dragon capsule lifts off from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida, atop a Falcon 9 rocket, there wont be any humans aboard. But there will be a crew member of sorts. SpaceX has placed a spacesuit-wearing, sensor-laden mannequin in one of the Dragons seats, to gather data about how rigorous the...
  • Satellite Photos Show Evidence of Iranian Rocket Launch. But Did It Fail?

    02/08/2019 10:38:52 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies ^ | February 7, 2019 02:49pm ET | By Sarah Lewin,
    Satellite images from the company DigitalGlobe reveal a likely launch of an Iranian satellite between Feb. 5 and 6. Industry experts have suggested the launch failed just after liftoff... A previous Iranian launch failed on Jan. 15, according to a report from AP News. That imaging satellite, called Payam ("message"), failed during operation of the rocket's third stage. This was a newer, larger rocket than that used for the Doosti launch. The U.S. government has criticized Iran's space program for possibly helping the nation develop nuclear weapon capabilities, according to the AP. Iranian officials have classified both failed launches as...
  • SpaceX rocket launch now planned for Friday

    01/11/2019 7:26:51 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    Modesto Bee ^ | January 09, 2019 06:31 PM | Gabby Ferreira and Janene Scully
    The Falcon 9 rocket launch originally planned for early this week has been rescheduled to Friday, SpaceX announced on Twitter. The launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base is set for 7:31 a.m., according to the tweet. Weather is 60 percent favorable, the company said. Read more here:
  • Twice-delayed Delta IV Heavy launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base now planned for Tuesday

    12/15/2018 7:07:50 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    Lompoc Record ^ | 12/13/2018
    The launch of a Delta IV Heavy rocket that had been postponed twice from Vandenberg Air Force Base last week is now slated for Tuesday, Dec. 18. The launch is scheduled for a window that will open at 5:57 p.m. from VAFBs Space Launch Complex-6. The rocket, provided by United Launch Alliance, will carry a secret payload for the National Reconnaissance Office in a mission dubbed NROL-71.
  • Stay up late to watch ULA launch a secret satellite with its most powerful rocket

    12/08/2018 7:23:32 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    The Verge ^ | Dec 8, 2018, 9:39am EST | Loren Grush
    Tonight, the United Launch Alliance (ULA) is set to launch its most powerful rocket the Delta IV Heavy sending up a secret spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) from California. The mission will be the 132nd mission for the ULA, and the latest of many launches the company has done for the NRO, a significant customer of the launch provider. NRO keeps the purposes of its missions under wraps. However, the satellite is likely pretty heavy and is perhaps going to a high orbit if it requires the power of the Delta IV Heavy. The rocket...