Month: May 2017
Photos: Japan’s H-2A rocket prepared for launch with Michibiki 2
The second satellite in Japan’s regional space-based navigation constellation is set for launch Thursday aboard an H-2A rocket, and these photos show the hydrogen-fueled launcher’s preparations for liftoff, from stacking inside an assembly hangar at the Tanegashima Space Center through rollout to the launch pad.
Refurbished SpaceX supply ship ready for liftoff Thursday
NASA unveils renamed solar probe
A NASA spacecraft being readied for launch in 2018 will make repeated trips through the sun’s outer atmosphere, passing within 4 million miles of the star’s blazing surface at more than 430,000 mph to shed light on what powers the sun’s high-temperature corona, the origins of the solar wind and the causes of potentially catastrophic solar storms.
Live coverage: H-2A rocket lifts off from Japan with navigation satellite
Japanese rocket scheduled for launch with navigation satellite
Ride with NASA’s Juno orbiter over turbulent Jupiter
Cassini survives closest brush with Saturn’s inner ring
Rocket Lab chief says maiden launch result maintains pace for commercial service
The result of last week’s inaugural test flight of Rocket Lab’s Electron satellite launcher from New Zealand, which reached space but was unable to enter orbit, positions the company for two more demonstration missions in the coming months before the privately-operated booster enters commercial service by the end of the year, Rocket Lab’s chief executive said.
Falcon 9 rocket fires engines in hold-down test for station resupply launch
SpaceX ran through countdown and fueling procedures with a Falcon 9 rocket at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Sunday, culminating in ignition of the booster’s nine first stage Merlin engines in a customary check of the launcher’s readiness before liftoff Thursday with a Dragon supply ship for the International Space Station.