NASA’s most powerful rocket poised for launch on Artemis 1 moon mission
Five decades after the final flight of NASA’s legendary Saturn 5 moon rocket, the U.S. space agency is poised to launch its most powerful rocket yet Monday for a critical, long-overdue test flight, sending an unpiloted Orion crew capsule on a 42-day voyage around the moon.
Countdown for first Artemis 1 launch attempt begins
NASA started the countdown Aug. 27 for its first attempt to launch its Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft for an uncrewed flight around the moon performance.
Webb detects carbon dioxide in exoplanet atmosphere
The NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope has found definitive evidence for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of a gas giant planet orbiting a Sun-like star 700 light-years away. The result provides important insights into the composition and formation of the planet, and is indicative of Webb’s ability to also detect and measure carbon dioxide in the thinner atmospheres of smaller rocky planets. WASP-39 b is a hot gas giant with a mass roughly one quarter that of Jupiter
US appeals court upholds Starlink deployment change
A U.S. appeals court Aug. 26 upheld the Federal Communications Commission’s year-old decision to let SpaceX deploy more satellites at lower altitudes to improve the Starlink broadband constellation’s
China conducts spaceplane flight test
On Friday, China carried out a key flight test of its reusable suborbital spaceplane, according to China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp, the nation’s leading space contractor.
Sunrise for the Moon
The Orion spacecraft with integrated European Service Module sit atop the Space Launch System, imaged at sunrise at historic Launchpad 39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA.
DART Team Confirms Orbit of Targeted Asteroid
Using some of the world’s most powerful telescopes, the DART investigation team last month completed a six-night observation campaign to confirm earlier calculations of the orbit of Dimorphos—DART’s asteroid target—around its larger parent asteroid, Didymos, confirming where the asteroid is expected to be located at the time of impact. DART, which is the world’s first attempt to change the speed and path of an asteroid’s motion in space, tests a method of asteroid deflection
Russia’s only female cosmonaut says ‘ready’ for Crew Dragon flight
Russia’s only active female cosmonaut, Anna Kikina, said Friday she was ready for her upcoming flight to the International Space Station aboard Space X’s Crew Dragon. The flight, scheduled for October 3, is set to go ahead despite soaring tensions between Moscow and Washington over Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine.
In final countdown to UK rocket launch Orbex to hire fifty new staff over next six months
UK-based launch services company Orbex is hiring an additional fifty staff members over the next six months. The new team members will support the company’s final push to prepare for the first vertical rocket launch from UK soil over the coming months.
Space Safety News
Australia’s space agency confirmed the debris had come from one of SpaceX.Musk’s missions the piece was part of a trunk jettisoned by the earlier Crew-1 capsule when it re-entered Earth’s atmosphere in 2021. Most space debris splashes down at sea but with the increase in space industries worldwide, the amount crashing to earth would likely increase
Kayhan Space unveils their nexgen spaceflight safety platform
With thousands of satellites and countless debris bound for busy orbits, Kayhan Space has now unveiled their next-gen Pathfinder spaceflight safety platform to enable satellite and mission operators to better manage operational risks and make preemptive maneuvers based on precision analytics to avoid pileups in space. Screenshot of Kayhan Space’s Pathfinder. Capella Space, Globalstar and […]
Science &Technology News
NASA Scientists Help Probe Dark Energy by Testing Gravity
Could one of the biggest puzzles in astrophysics be solved by reworking Albert Einstein’s theory of gravity? A new study co-authored by NASA scientists says not yet. The universe is expanding at an accelerating rate, and scientists don’t know why. This phenomenon seems to contradict everything researchers understand about gravity’s effect on the cosmos: It’s as if you threw an apple in the air and it continued upward, faster and faster.
NASA awards contract to demonstrate trash compacting system for ISS
NASA has awarded a contract to Sierra Nevada Corporation of Madison, Wisconsin, to develop and demonstrate a microgravity-compactible Trash Compaction and Processing System (TCPS) Phase B,
Safran acquires Orolia and plans to become the world leader in resilient PNT
Orolia employs more than 435 people in Europe and North America and has revenues of around euro 100 million. Its solutions include atomic clocks, time servers*, simulation and resilience equipment for GNSS** signals, as well as emergency locator beacons for commercial aviation and military applications.at this point.”