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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The ADRAS-J mission: Methodical Approach to Commercial Space Debris Removal

Astroscale, a Japanese company, is pioneering efforts in commercial space debris removal. Their recent mission, called Active Debris Removal by Astroscale-Japan (ADRAS-J), aims to demonstrate the necessary operations and technology for debris removal in low-Earth orbit (LEO). The mission involves approaching a large uncommunicative piece of space debris and utilizing navigation techniques and sensors to locate and approach the target object. The ADRAS-J mission is part of Japan’s Commercial Removal of Debris Demon

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SpaceX to Launch Next ISS Crew Rotation, Along with Electron’s Debris Removal Demonstration: Launch Roundup

SpaceX has set a new record by successfully launching and landing 10 rockets in January, despite weather delays. However, ongoing weather challenges and logistical issues may prevent the company from repeating this feat by the end of February. SpaceX has several upcoming missions planned, including delivering communication satellites, removing space debris, and supporting crew rotations to the International Space Station (ISS). The Falcon 9 rocket recently completed its 300th mission and achieved its 200th successful landing. SpaceX also came close to launching three

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Dream Chaser prepares for maiden flight as it undergoes rigorous NASA testing

Sierra Space’s Dream Chaser vehicle has successfully completed rigorous testing at NASA’s Neil Armstrong Test Facility, bringing it closer to its first launch scheduled for 2024. The testing, which took place in the facility’s vibration chamber, involved mating the vehicle with its cargo module, Shooting Star. The cargo module has the capacity to carry 4,000 kilograms of cargo internally and has three attachment points for additional cargo and experiments.

The configuration used in the testing will be the same for the vehicle’s

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SpaceX’s Upcoming Milestone: Lunar Lander on Falcon 9’s 300th Mission; JAXA’s Ambitious Orbit Goal with H3 Rocket

SpaceX is gearing up for a busy week of space missions, with four separate Falcon 9 launches planned. One mission involves launching NASA’s PACE Earth-observation satellite, which will provide valuable data on the Earth’s environment to help scientists predict weather conditions and air quality. Another mission will see multiple Starlink satellites sent into orbit as part of SpaceX’s plan to provide global internet access. Additionally, SpaceX will launch the IM-1 Nova-C lunar lander on Falcon 9’s 300th

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CRS NG-20’s Falcon 9 Mission: Delivering Cargo and Science to the International Space Station

Northrop Grumman’s NG-20 mission is set to launch the Cygnus spacecraft S.S. Patricia Hilliard Robertson to the International Space Station (ISS) on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. This marks the first time a Cygnus mission will fly aboard a Falcon 9 instead of an Antares rocket. The launch is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 12:07 PM EST from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

The Falcon 9

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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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Axiom-3 Prepared to Launch Multinational Crew to the International Space Station (ISS)

Axiom Space is gearing up to launch its Axiom-3 mission, which will send a multinational crew to the International Space Station (ISS). This private mission is set to be the first crewed space mission of 2024 and will feature crew members from five different countries, with four of them from Europe. The launch is scheduled to take place from LC-39A at the Kennedy Space Center, using the Falcon 9 B1080-5 rocket and the Crew Dragon C212

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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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Successful Launch of Vulcan’s Peregrine Lunar Lander on Its First Expedition

United Launch Alliance (ULA) has achieved a major milestone in space exploration with the successful launch of Astrobotic’s Peregrine lunar lander using its brand-new Vulcan Centaur rocket. The launch, known as Cert-1, marks the first-ever mission for the Vulcan Centaur rocket. The launch took place on January 8, 2024, at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida after a delay caused by routine problems with ground equipment. The Vulcan Centaur rocket is a

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