Upcoming Launches: SpaceX Plans Two Starlink Missions, China’s Chang Zheng 5 Launch Scheduled

Spaceflight enthusiasts have a thrilling week ahead as SpaceX, China, and Roscosmos prepare for multiple launches. SpaceX has two Starlink missions scheduled, China is gearing up for two payloads on the Chang Zheng 5 (CZ-5) rocket, and Roscosmos is ready to launch Russian-built satellites using the Soyuz rocket.

SpaceX began the week with the successful launch of the Starlink Group 7-15 mission on February 22. The mission carried 22 Starlink v

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An In-depth Look at Recent Space Launches: NASA’s PACE Mission, Chinese Art Satellites, and Multiple Starlink Missions

February is proving to be an eventful month for space launches, with China and the United States taking center stage. China successfully launched a Long March 2C rocket on February 2nd, carrying 11 satellites for the Geely Constellation, a project by Chinese car manufacturer Geely Technology Group. These satellites will aid in the company’s self-driving navigation technology and also carry ocean observation instruments. On February 3rd, China launched the Jielong-3 rocket from a barge in

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First Cygnus Prepared for Falcon 9 Flight by Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman is preparing for the first Cygnus spacecraft to fly aboard a Falcon 9 rocket, as part of a cargo mission scheduled for the end of this month. The mission will carry out various experiments onboard the International Space Station (ISS), including 3D printing of metal parts and semiconductors in microgravity, remote control robotic surgery, and data collection on different heat shields during re-entry into the atmosphere. SpaceX is also aiming to launch nine Falcon 9 rockets by

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Landspace’s Reusable Rocket, the ZhuQue-3 Hopper, Successfully Takes Flight

Chinese private aerospace company Landspace has achieved a major milestone with the successful first hop of its ZhuQue-3 hopper prototype. The hop, which reached a height of 350 meters, is part of Landspace’s demonstration of reusable rocket technology, a crucial step towards the development of the ZhuQue-3 first stage reusable vehicle. The hopper, powered by a single TQ-12 methane engine, demonstrated impressive precision with a landing deviation of only 2.4 meters from the target.

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This Week’s Missions: Axiom-3 Crew and Tianzhou 7 Cargo Space Station Launches

This week is set to be an exciting one for space missions, with a focus on two significant launches. Axiom-3 and Tianzhou 7 are the main highlights, with Axiom-3 being the first crew launch of 2024 and Tianzhou 7 heading for the Chinese Space Station Tiangong. These launches are part of a rapid cadence of flights in the new year, following a record-breaking 220 orbital launch attempts in 2023.

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New Developments in Space Launches: Vulcan’s First Flight and Ongoing Starlink Launches by SpaceX

New Developments in Space Launches: Vulcan’s First Flight and Ongoing Starlink Launches by SpaceX

The week of January 4th to January 10th saw several significant space launches, including the highly anticipated maiden flight of the United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Vulcan rocket. The Vulcan successfully carried the Astrobotic Peregrine Mission One Lunar Lander to the Moon, marking the debut of Blue Origin’s BE-4 engines and demonstrating NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS

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China’s Eventful Year in 2023: Wrapping Up and Getting Ready for Lunar Missions

China’s space program had an eventful year in 2023, with a total of 66 successful orbital launches, making it the second most prolific launcher after SpaceX and the United States. The majority of these launches were part of the government-directed Chang Zheng rocket program, with the Chang Zheng 2D being the standout rocket, launched 12 times. One notable trend is the shift from government to private sector launches, with private companies gaining presence in the market.

One significant achievement was the successful operations

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“SpaceX Fails to Achieve 100 Falcon Launch Goal as Scrubs Impede Progress; Aiming for 300th Mission Milestone at Year’s End”

SpaceX, the private aerospace manufacturer, faced setbacks in achieving its goal of 100 Falcon launches this year as two missions were scrubbed. Delays were experienced due to ground system concerns, weather conditions, and high-level ground winds. However, SpaceX plans a double header launch on December 28, with both a Falcon Heavy and a Falcon 9 launch scheduled within five hours of each other. The Falcon 9 flight will mark SpaceX’s 300th mission and the last for this year. China

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Upcoming Launches: Rocket Lab’s Return to Flight; SpaceX’s Triple Falcon 9 Launch

Multiple companies and countries have a busy week of space launches ahead. SpaceX will be launching a Falcon 9 carrying Starlink satellites from Florida, followed by another Falcon 9 launch from California. Rocket Lab will return to flight with its “The Moon God Awakens” mission after a previous mission failed. Russia is expected to launch a Soyuz 2.1b with the Arktika-M n°2 satellite, and SpaceX will finish the week with a Falcon 9 launch carrying the Ov

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ZhuQue-2 Embarks on Third Flight

Chinese private company, LandSpace, has successfully launched its third ZhuQue-2 rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in China. This launch is significant as it makes LandSpace the first company in the world to reach orbit with a methane-based rocket platform. The ZhuQue-2 rocket, also known as Redbird 2, is a medium-sized launch vehicle that stands at 49.5 meters tall and has a diameter of 3.35 meters. It has the capacity to carry

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