Month: July 2020
Crew Dragon astronauts ready for re-entry, splashdown
Rocket Lab identifies faulty electrical connector as cause of launch failure
Live coverage: Ariane 5 launch scrubbed by sensor problem
Arianespace’s third Ariane 5 launch of the year was set liftoff Friday from Kourou, French Guiana, but an issue with a sensor on the rocket’s first stage liquid hydrogen tank caused officials to scrub the launch attempt. The Ariane 5 is poised to carry three U.S.-built commercial satellites into orbit, while testing a few rocket upgrades, including a modified fairing needed for the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope next year.
Ariane 5 to test modified fairing for JWST, hardware for new range safety system
Proton rocket lifts off with two Russian Express comsats
NASA’s Perseverance rover leaves Earth bound for Mars
Persevering through a global pandemic, a last-minute earthquake, and the trials of a rocket launch, NASA’s next Mars rover — named Perseverance — took off from Cape Canaveral Thursday on a nearly seven-month journey to the Red Planet with sophisticated science instruments, technology to collect samples for to Earth, and the first interplanetary helicopter that could produce a “Wright Brothers moment” on another world.