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NASA’s hopes waning for SLS test flight this year

August 31, 2021

The earliest NASA’s first Space Launch System moon rocket could roll out from the Vehicle Assembly Building to its seaside launch complex in Florida is in late November, officials told Spaceflight Now, leaving little time to conduct a critical fueling test, roll the rocket back into the VAB for final closeouts, then return to the pad for liftoff before the end of the year.

Pandemic-caused liquid oxygen shortage impacts launch schedules

August 31, 2021

The effects of a nationwide shortage of liquid oxygen caused by the recent spike in hospitalized coronavirus patients has already delayed the launch of a Landsat imaging satellite by a week, and threatens to impact more missions from launch sites in Florida and California.

SpaceX launches resupply mission to International Space Station

August 29, 2021

SpaceX launched a Dragon cargo capsule from Florida on a thundering predawn ascent into orbit early Sunday aboard a Falcon 9 rocket, kicking off the company’s 23rd commercial resupply flight to the International Space Station. The rocket’s reusable booster was the first to land on a new SpaceX drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.

Astra rocket fails after early engine shutdown

August 29, 2021

Astra’s small satellite launcher suffered an engine failure just after liftoff from Alaska Saturday, causing the rocket to tilt sideways before recovering and climbing into the upper atmosphere with its four remaining engines. The rocket later veered from its flight corridor, and the range safety officer issued a flight termination command before the mission reached orbit.

Astra aborts launch attempt in Alaska

August 27, 2021

The commercial space company Astra aborted its third orbital launch attempt from Alaska just before liftoff Friday. The company did not immediately confirm when it will try again to launch its compact two-stage launcher sized to haul small satellites into space, but another countdown could come as soon as Saturday.

Live coverage: SpaceX cargo ship docks at space station

August 27, 2021

SpaceX’s Cargo Dragon capsule approached the International Space Station Monday for an automated docking to deliver more than 4,800 pounds (2.2 metric tons) of supplies and experiments. Docking with the space station’s Harmony module is occurred at 10:30 a.m. EDT (1430 GMT).

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