Ariane 6 first flight planned for fourth quarter of 2023

Enabling & Support 10/19/2022 73 views 2 likes Ariane 6, the new heavy-lift launch system being developed by the European Space Agency, will make its inaugural flight as soon as the fourth quarter of 2023. Briefing media gathered at ESA’s Paris Bertrand headquarters on 19 October, Director General Joseph Aschbacher said sufficient progress had been … Read more

Firefly ready for another try to launch test flight of smallsat rocket – Spaceflight Now

Firefly’s Alpha rocket stands on its launch pad Sept. 29 at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California. Credit: Brian Sandoval / Spaceflight Now After a delay of several weeks due to technical issues, bad weather, and a busy launch range, Firefly Aerospace is set to try again early Friday to send its commercial small satellite launcher … Read more

Firefly aims for orbit on second demonstration flight

With the goal of successfully reaching orbit, Firefly is set to launch FLTA002 – its second demonstration flight of the Alpha launch vehicle – on the mission dubbed “To The Black.” Launching from Space Launch Complex 2 West (SLC-2W) at the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, the vehicle is scheduled to lift off on … Read more

Maiden Flight | RS1 | Everyday Astronaut

Featured image credit: ABL Space Systems Lift Off Time(Subject to change) NET September 10, 2022 – 22:00 UTC | 14:00 AKDT Mission Name RS1 Maiden Flight Launch Provider(What rocket company is launching it?) ABL Space Systems Customer(Who’s paying for this?) Omniteq Rocket RS1 Launch Location Pad 3C, Pacific Spaceport Center, Kodiak Island, Alaska, USA Payload … Read more

Artemis 1 flight to moon depends on precision rocket firings to pull off a complex trajectory – Spaceflight Now

STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS & USED WITH PERMISSION This graphic from NASA illustrates the major events of the Artemis 1 launch sequence. Credit: NASA Even using the most powerful rocket NASA’s ever built, getting the agency’s unpiloted Orion spacecraft to the moon for the Artemis 1 test flight won’t be easy. It will hinge … Read more

Aiming for the Moon: Artemis I countdown begins for historic flight

The launch countdown for the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and the Artemis I mission is underway at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida ahead of a planned liftoff within a two-hour launch window that opens at 8:33 AM EDT (12:33) UTC) on Monday, August 29. The launch count comes after more than a decade … Read more

NASA, Boeing target February for first crew flight on Starliner spacecraft – Spaceflight Now

Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft approaches the International Space Station for docking May 20 on the unpiloted Orbital Flight Test-2 mission. Credit: NASA NASA and Boeing have penciled a launch date in February for the first piloted test flight of the Starliner commercial crew capsule, allowing time to implement fixes on the spacecraft after an unpiloted demo … Read more

Return to flight: NASA’s Artemis 1 mission to launch using space shuttle-used parts

More than a decade after NASA landed its last space shuttle, major parts from all five of the retired winged orbiters are ready to launch again — this time on a mission to the moon. Components that previously flew (opens in new tab) on 83 out of the 135 space shuttle missions have been assembled … Read more