Month: October 2021
Musk says Starship may be ready for orbital launch next month, but FAA review continues
NASA targets February launch for Artemis 1 moon mission
Images: Atlas 5 blasts off with NASA’s Lucy asteroid mission
Ariane 5 launch delayed for more ground systems checks
Arianespace delayed the launch from French Guiana of a European Ariane 5 rocket with two geostationary communications satellites Friday to conduct more checks of ground support equipment at the spaceport. The mission, set to loft payloads for SES and the French military, is the final Ariane 5 flight before a mission in December with the James Webb Space Telescope.
Progress cargo ship relocated to new module at International Space Station
A Russian Progress supply ship docked with the new Nauka lab module at the International Space Station Friday, completing a 29-hour free flight after detaching from a different port at the complex. The relocation positions the Progress spacecraft to assist with leak checks of the Nauka module’s propulsion system.
South Korean rocket fails to reach orbit on inaugural test flight
Rocket Lab’s next launch will include booster recovery experiment
Rocket Lab said this week that its next mission, set for launch Nov. 10 after delays caused by a coronavirus lockdown in New Zealand, will include the company’s third booster recovery experiment. For the first time, Rocket Lab plans to have a helicopter in the downrange recovery zone to observe the descending booster in preparation for future mid-air catch attempts.
Stacking of Orion spacecraft caps assembly of first Artemis moon rocket
Technicians at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center worked overnight Wednesday to tighten 360 bolts connecting the Orion spacecraft for the Artemis 1 moon mission to the first Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket, hours after a crane hoisted the deep space capsule atop the booster inside the Vehicle Assembly Building.