Ground teams are stepping through testing of three small CubeSats launched with the Landsat 9 remote sensing satellite last month, preparing the small spacecraft for exoplanet observations and communications experiments. NASA says engineers have not established contact with another CubeSat designed for space weather research.
Six days after a ground station malfunction scrubbed the mission’s first launch attempt, a Japanese Epsilon rocket was poised for blastoff at 8:51 p.m. EDT Wednesday (0051 GMT Thursday) with nine small technology demonstration satellites. But officials called off the mission again, this time citing unfavorable upper level winds.
Set for launch Oct. 16 on a flight to explore asteroids in the outer solar system, NASA’s Lucy spacecraft has been fueled and encapsulated inside the payload fairing of its Atlas 5 rocket. Watch as Chris McCaa, a manager from spacecraft manufacturer Lockheed Martin, points out some of the features of the probe.