Rocket Lab flight carries new solar sail technology

Rocket Lab flight carries new solar sail technology

Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket has successfully launched a mission called “Beginning of the Swarm,” which carried two payloads into a Sun-synchronous orbit. One of these payloads is NASA’s Advanced Composite Solar Sail System (ACS3), which aims to test a new composite material that can be folded up inside a small CubeSat and still deploy and remain rigid once in space.

Unlike traditional spacecraft and satellites that use chemical or electrical propulsion, the ACS3 solar sail utilizes sunlight and solar wind to propel the spacecraft. The

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Recent Launches: SpaceX’s 300th booster landing, NASA’s solar sail testing, and China’s latest taikonaut missions

Recent Launches: SpaceX’s 300th booster landing, NASA’s solar sail testing, and China’s latest taikonaut missions

SpaceX’s 300th booster landing, NASA’s solar sail testing, and China’s latest taikonaut missions are among the recent launches in the world of space exploration. SpaceX is scheduled to launch two Starlink missions and two Falcon 9 flights carrying customer satellites. Rocket Lab will launch its fifth Electron rocket of the year, carrying two demonstration missions into different orbits. China’s space program will send three taikonauts to the Tianhe core module of their Tiangong space station. SpaceX

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Starship conducts its third integrated test flight: A launch roundup

Starship conducts its third integrated test flight: A launch roundup

Starship, the much-anticipated spacecraft from SpaceX, conducted its third integrated test flight, marking a significant event in the space industry. Although the launch was originally scheduled for February, the past few weeks have seen fewer appearances of the Starship and booster. However, testing has already commenced on hardware for the fourth flight. In other space-related news, Japanese company Space One made a second attempt at launching its KAIROS launcher, but unfortunately, the rocket exploded shortly after liftoff due to the

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

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 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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First Cygnus Prepared for Falcon 9 Flight by Northrop Grumman

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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Rocket Lab prepares to resume launches after anomaly incident

Rocket Lab prepares to resume launches after anomaly incident

Rocket Lab, the private aerospace company based in New Zealand, is set to resume launches following a failure in September. The upcoming mission, named “The Moon God Awakens,” is scheduled for December 15th and will carry an Earth-observing satellite developed by a Japan-based company. The previous failure was caused by an electrical arc resulting in a loss of voltage. Rocket Lab has made modifications to address the issue, ensuring that arcs cannot form even in a partial vacuum. Despite the changes, the

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