Second pair of new space station solar arrays set for launch on Dragon cargo ship – Spaceflight Now

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Cargo Dragon capsule on pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center. Credit: SpaceX A second pair of new roll-out solar arrays to upgrade the International Space Station’s power system is set for launch as soon as Tuesday on a SpaceX Dragon cargo ship. Astronauts will help deploy the power-generating solar wings … Read more

Polaris Dawn crew set for the world’s first private spacewalk with SpaceX

BOULDER, Colorado — The crewmembers of the Polaris Dawn mission are busily training for their orbital flight early next year, one that will see the first commercial spacewalk as well as carry out studies on the long-term implications of microgravity and radiation on human health. Polaris Dawn’s four-person team visited the University of Colorado, Boulder … Read more

OneWeb set to resume launches on Indian rocket – Spaceflight Now

Thirty-six OneWeb internet satellites are mounted on a dispenser inside the nose cone of India’s GSLV Mk.3 rocket. This photo was taken earlier this month during encapsulation inside the rocket’s payload fairing. Credit: ISRO After the suspension of commercial launches on Russia’s Soyuz rocket earlier this year, OneWeb is set to resume deploying satellites for … Read more

Another batch of Starlink satellites set for launch Thursday – Spaceflight Now

Live coverage of the countdown and launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The Starlink 4-36 mission will launch SpaceX’s next batch of 54 Starlink broadband satellites. Follow us on Twitter. SFN Live Fifty-four Starlink internet satellites are fastened to a Falcon … Read more

National Air and Space Museum set to reopen with new galleries

Margaret Weitekamp was certain what she was seeing was not real. Looking at a photo taken in one of the new galleries, the chair of the National Air and Space Museum’s space history division was sure it was a rendering, one she had seen many times before. “My first thought was, no, that’s the rendering … Read more

Russian cosmonaut set to ride US crew capsule to International Space Station – Spaceflight Now

Russian cosmonaut Anna Kikina during training at SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California. Credit: SpaceX Cosmonaut Anna Kikina will become the first Russian crew member to launch on a US spacecraft since 2002 when she straps into a seat aboard SpaceX’s Dragon Endurance capsule Wednesday for a flight to the International Space Station, opening a new … Read more

Atlas 5 rocket set to roll to launch pad today at Cape Canaveral – Spaceflight Now

United Launch Alliance plans to haul an Atlas 5 rocket to its launch pad Monday at Cape Canaveral on the eve of a planned blastoff with two commercial television broadcasting satellites for SES, owner of one of the largest fleets of geostationary communications spacecraft. The Atlas 5 rocket is set to roll out from the … Read more

Firefly’s second rocket set for launch from California – Spaceflight Now

Firefly’s Alpha launch vehicle stands on its launch pad at Vandenberg Space Force Base on Sept. 10. Credit: Brian Sandoval / Spaceflight Now A year after an early engine shutdown cut short an inaugural test flight, Firefly Aerospace’s second Alpha launcher is scheduled to take off Sunday from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California on … Read more

High-power European broadband satellite set for launch from French Guiana – Spaceflight Now

The Eutelsat Konnect VHTS satellite during testing at a Thales Alenia Space facility in Cannes, France. Credit: Thales Alenia Space An Ariane 5 rocket is set to blast off Wednesday from French Guiana — a day later than planned due to a poor weather forecast Tuesday — with a Eutelsat-owned satellite designed to beam broadband … Read more

How Weak Will Astronauts Feel When They First set Foot on Mars After Months in Space?

In the coming decade, in 2033, NASA and China intend to send astronauts to Mars for the first time in history. This presents numerous challenges, ranging from logistical and technical issues to ensuring that astronauts can deal with waste and have enough food and water for the months-long transit to and from Mars. But of … Read more