SpaceX counting down to one of its most complex missions yet – Spaceflight Now

Live coverage of the countdown and launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Starlink 4-2 mission will launch SpaceX’s next batch of 34 Starlink internet satellites and a rideshare payload for AST SpaceMobile’s space-based cellular broadband network. Follow us on Twitter. SFN Live … Read more

CubeSats on Artemis 1 to pursue bold missions in deep space, if they overcome battery concerns – Spaceflight Now

Team members work with the LunaH-Map CubeSat the Kennedy Space Center before integration with its dispenser on the Space Launch System. Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett The 10 CubeSats hitting a ride to deep space on NASA’s Space Launch System moon rocket promise newies about the moon, space weather discover, and asteroids. But some of the small … Read more

Rocket Lab to launch first of two back-to-back missions for NRO

Rocket Lab is gearing up to launch its 28th Electron rocket on the “Wise One Looks Ahead” mission, also designated National Reconnaissance Office Launch (NROL)-162. NROL-162 is the first of two back-to-back Electron missions for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). “Wise One Looks Ahead” is set to launch in a window from 05:00 to 07:00 … Read more

Women in simulated space missions demonstrate more sustainable leadership

KTU researcher Inga Popovaite at MDRS. Credit: Inga Popovaitė A new study based on Mars Desert Research Station commanders’ reports reveals differences in female and male leadership behavior. Although both genders are task-focused, women tend to be more positive. The genders also differ in their approach toward their team—while men focus on accomplishments, women emphasize … Read more

Which Missions and Observatories can Detect Technosignatures?

The search for technosignatures has always taken a back seat in the broad search for extraterrestrial life forms. Biosignatures, such as methane in an exoplanet’s atmosphere, have long been front and center. But while we are searching for signs of biology, signs of technology might be hiding in plain sight. According to a new report … Read more

NASA has Purchased 5 More Crew Dragon Missions, Keeping the ISS Going Until 2030

On November 15th, 2020, NASA and SpaceX made history when a crewed spacecraft – the Crew Dragon Resilience – lifted off from American soil and delivered four astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). This mission (designated Crew-1) was a culminating achievement for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) and effectively restored domestic launch capability to … Read more

SpaceX poised for quick turnaround between astronaut missions – Spaceflight Now

NASA astronaut Jessica Watkins, commander Kjell Lindgren, pilot Bob Hines, and European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti on the tower at pad 39A, with SpaceX’s Dragon Freedom spacecraft in the background. Credit: SpaceX Just 39 hours after SpaceX returned four private astronauts to Earth, the company’s next crew mission for NASA is set for launch … Read more

NASA extends 8 missions to explore Mars and the solar system

Eight interplanetary spacecraft have a go to continue their missions at Mars, the moon or various asteroids. NASA extended these the work of these missions “due to their scientific productivity and potential to deepen our knowledge and understanding of the solar system and beyond,” the agency said in a statement. The decision to keep these … Read more

Is this the Best Time for Outer Solar System Missions?

Planetary missions can’t launch at any point. Instead we must wait for the stars to align, literally! Low-energy trajectories to the planets which maximize the amount of science payload that we can take along for the ride are only available at certain configurations of the earth and the destination around the sun. However, by using … Read more