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NOAA weather satellite ready for launch after repairs to main camera

February 28, 2022

A new NOAA weather satellite destined to track cyclones, wildfires, and solar flares from a perch high above the Western United States and Pacific Ocean is set for liftoff Tuesday from Cape Canaveral on a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket. The GOES-T satellite will launch with modifications to its main imaging camera, changes designed to avoid a minor cooling system problem that afflicted NOAA’s previous geostationary weather monitor sent into space four years ago.

NASA official says U.S.-Russian partnership continues on space station

February 28, 2022

Kathy Lueders, head of NASA’s human spaceflight operations division, said Monday that joint activities on the International Space Station are continuing amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, including preparations for the return of NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei to Earth on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft March 30.

Live coverage: Rocket Lab launches from new pad in New Zealand

February 28, 2022

Rocket Lab’s first launch of 2022 was also the first flight to use the company’s second launch pad in New Zealand, located just north of the existing pad at the privately-owned spaceport. Launch of Rocket Lab’s Electron booster occurred at 3:37 p.m. EST (2037 GMT) Monday, hauling a small Japanese radar observation satellite into orbit.

Atlas 5 rocket rolls to launch pad with weather satellite

February 28, 2022

United Launch Alliance rolled out an Atlas 5 rocket to its launch pad at Cape Canaveral on Monday, moving the launcher into position for liftoff Tuesday afternoon with a NOAA weather satellite destined to cover the Western United States and the Pacific Ocean.

Russia suspends Soyuz launch operations in French Guiana

February 26, 2022

Blaming European sanctions enacted after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Russian space agency said Saturday it is recalling dozens of engineers and technicians from French Guiana and suspending Soyuz rocket operations there, grounding a pair of European navigation satellites previously set for launch in early April.

SpaceX deploys another batch of Starlink satellites

February 25, 2022

SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket with a batch of 50 more Starlink internet satellites Friday from the Central Coast of California, the company’s second Starlink mission in four days. Two more Starlink launches are scheduled from Florida in the first half of March.

ULA: Russia’s invasion of Ukraine won’t impact remaining Atlas 5 missions

February 25, 2022

United Launch Alliance said Friday that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will have no impact on the company’s Atlas 5 rocket program, which has 25 missions left to fly with Russian-made main engines before retirement. The launch provider said it has all the Russian engines it needs before transitioning to a replacement rocket.

Live coverage: SpaceX launches second Starlink mission this week

February 25, 2022

SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket Friday from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California with 50 more Starlink internet satellites, just four days after the previous mission to deploy Starlink payloads. Liftoff occurred at 9:12 a.m. PST (12:12 p.m. EST; 1712 GMT).

Fifty more Starlink satellites ready for launch Friday

February 24, 2022

SpaceX will launch another 50 Starlink internet satellites Friday from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, continuing what’s expected to be a cadence of nearly one Falcon 9 launch per month this year at the West Coast spaceport.

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