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

Artemis 1 mission sets the stage for routine space exploration beyond Earth’s orbit

NASA is going back to the moon. Credit: NASA NASA’s Artemis 1 mission is poised to take a key step toward returning humans to the moon after a half-century hiatus. The launch was scheduled for the morning of Aug. 29, 2022, but was postponed due to an issue with one of the rocket’s engines. The … Read more

NASA’s Artemis 2 mission: Taking humans to the moon’s orbit

Artemis 2 is the second scheduled flight of the Artemis program. Following the launch and splashdown of the uncrewed Artemis 1, Artemis 2 aims to bring humans into the moon’s orbit for the first time since 1972. Artemis 2 will use the huge Space Launch System (SLS) megarocket and Orion spacecraft to launch the crew … Read more

A distant planet’s strange orbit points to a violent, chaotic past

Artist’s impression of a gas giant orbiting very closely to its host star. (Image credit: kevinmgill/flickr, CC BY) This article was originally published at The Conversation. (opens in new tab) The contributed the article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Adriana Errico (opens in new tab), PhD. candidate (Astrophysics) University of Southern QueenslandBrad Carter … Read more

Virgin Orbit ready for first night launch on Space Force mission – Spaceflight Now

EDITOR’S NOTE: Virgin Orbit scrubbed the launch attempt Wednesday night to study out-of-limits propellant temperatures. Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne rocket under the wing of the company’s Boeing 747 carrier aircraft. Credit: Virgin Orbit The first nighttime flight of Virgin Orbit’s commercial air-launched rocket is on track for Wednesday night off the coast of California, carrying seven … Read more

South Korea’s all-domestic satellite launcher reaches orbit for first time – Spaceflight Now

South Korea’s space agency said Tuesday that the country’s 15-story-tall Nuri launcher successfully reached orbit for the first time, giving the nation a fully domestic satellite launch capability after a $1.5 billion development program lasting more than a decade. The Nuri rocket lifted off from the Naro Space Center, on an island nearly 300 miles … Read more

SpaceX rocket hauls Egyptian telecom satellite toward geosynchronous orbit – Spaceflight Now

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket dashes past the moon carrying the Nilesat 301 satellite into orbit. Credit: Stephen Clark / Spaceflight Now SpaceX launched an Egyptian communications satellite toward a high-altitude geostationary orbit Wednesday from Cape Canaveral. It was the first commercial launch of a geostationary payload this year, another sign of a market shift toward … Read more

NASA picks 2 companies to build spacesuits for astronauts on the moon and in Earth orbit

NASA has selected two companies to make spacesuits for its Artemis moon program and future International Space Station (ISS) missions. Teams led by Axiom Space and Collins Aerospace (with ILC Dover as a major contributor) received access to a contract worth up to a total of $3.5 billion to supply spacesuits for future NASA missions … Read more

Nanoracks experiment poised to demonstrate metal cutting in orbit – Spaceflight Now

The Outpost Mars Demo-1 payload ready for launch on SpaceX’s Transporter 5 rideshare mission. Credit: Nanoracks Nanoracks will fly an experiment with a small articulating robot arm on SpaceX’s Transporter 5 rideshare mission this week to demonstrate metal cutting in orbit, a test lasting just minutes that could advance in-space manufacturing technology to help convert … Read more

NASA is Building a Mission That Will Refuel and Repair Satellites in Orbit

NASA is planning a mission to demonstrate the ability to repair and upgrade satellites in Earth orbit. The mission, called OSAM-1 (On-orbit Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing-1), will send a robotic spacecraft equipped with robotic arms and all the tools and equipment needed to fix, refuel or extend satellites’ lifespans, even if those satellites were not … Read more