ArianeGroup Makes Preparations to Transport Maiden Flight Rocket, Ariane 6, to Kourou

ArianeGroup, in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) and CNES, has provided an update on the progress of the Ariane 6 launcher. The Canopée ship will transport the rocket’s first and second stages from France and Germany to Kourou. The maiden flight is scheduled to take place between June 15 and July 31, 2024. The inaugural flight will include several small rideshare payloads, with additional details expected to be released in February, and

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Study of Black Hole Winds by XMM-Newton Offers Valuable Insights into Interactions between Galaxies and Black Holes

A recent study conducted by the European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton X-ray observatory has offered valuable insights into the interactions between galaxies and black holes. Black holes, known for their immense gravitational pulls, consume only a fraction of the gas and material in their accretion disks, while the remaining material is ejected into space. In the case of the black hole at the center of the galaxy Markarian 817, XMM-Newton observed a phenomenon known as a “black hole wind,” where

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New Insights into Microquasar Jets Revealed by IXPE: Surprising Magnetic Field Structure Discovered

New research conducted using NASA’s Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) observatory has revealed surprising insights into the magnetic field structure of microquasar jets. Microquasars are black holes that devour celestial bodies, creating streams of particles known as jets. These jets can accelerate cosmic rays, but the process behind this acceleration has remained a mystery. The study focused on Stephenson and Sanduleak 433 (SS 433), the first microquasar ever discovered. Using IXPE

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Key events in the ISS’s 25-year history, including spacewalks, cargo arrivals, and departures, reported in roundup.

The International Space Station (ISS) recently celebrated its 25th year in orbit, marking a major milestone in its history. Despite the occasion, the crew of Expedition 70 continued their work and experiments on board the orbital laboratory. Throughout the final quarter of 2023, cargo spacecraft arrived at the ISS to deliver supplies and fresh experiments, while also departing with scientific results, redundant equipment, and trash.

In October, Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Nikolai Ch

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European Space Agency (ESA) schedules Ariane 6 launch for summer of 2024

The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced that the maiden flight of the Ariane 6 rocket is scheduled for the summer of 2024. This comes after a successful hot-fire test of the Vulcain 2.1 core stage engine on November 23. The test involved a full-scale rehearsal of the launch timeline and validated the models and operations for the upcoming launch. Two further tests are scheduled to qualify Ariane 6 for its maiden flight. The main and upper stages of the

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Euclid’s Initial Five Images Unveiled by ESA

Euclid’s Initial Five Images Unveiled by ESA

The European Space Agency (ESA) has revealed the first full-color images captured by its latest space telescope, Euclid. Designed to study dark matter and dark energy in the universe, Euclid’s unveiling took place during a video broadcast on November 7. The telescope’s first five images showcase its capabilities and reveal targets at various distances, including the Perseus Cluster of galaxies, spiral galaxy IC 342, irregular galaxy NGC 682

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European Spaceflight Sees Paradigm Shift at Summit

The recent ESA-EU Space Summit in Seville, Spain, has brought attention to the changing future of the European Space Agency (ESA) and European spaceflight. The summit emphasized the need for a paradigm shift in Europe’s space ambitions, particularly regarding the gap between Ariane 5 and Ariane 6 launch vehicles. The focus was on promoting competition and commercial input to define Europe’s role in the global space economy.

Two major projects were announced at the summit. The first project is a competition

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Latest Updates on the ISS: Expedition 70 Commences, Rubio Sets New Space Duration Record, Technical Glitches Occur, and Upcoming Extravehicular Activities

Expedition 70 of the International Space Station (ISS) has faced a series of challenges in recent months, but the crew remains determined to overcome them. After two crew handovers and technical issues, including a seized-up rotary joint and a coolant leak, the crew is now preparing for upcoming spacewalks. Expedition 70 officially began when the Soyuz MS-23 spacecraft departed from the Station on September 27, with cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitry Petelin,

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Arianespace’s Attempt to Orbit 12 Satellites on VV23 Mission Scrubbed

Arianespace’s attempt to launch 12 satellites on its VV23 mission has been scrubbed, forcing a delay in the launch. The Vega rocket, which was scheduled to take off from the Centre Spatial Guyanais in French Guiana, was halted at T-14 seconds. This launch would have been Arianespace’s third mission of 2023, as the retirement of the Ariane 5 and the suspension of Soyuz operations have left Vega as the only operational vehicle

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This Week’s Launch Roundup: Project Kuiper Protoflight and Galactic 04 Take the Spotlight

This week in space exploration, several noteworthy launches and missions are taking place. United Launch Alliance (ULA) is preparing for its second Atlas V launch of the year, while Amazon’s subsidiary, Kuiper Systems LLC, is getting ready to launch its first Kuiper demonstration satellites. China has already successfully launched three Yaogan military reconnaissance satellites, and SpaceX has a Falcon 9 Starlink launch scheduled. Virgin Galactic is set to take a suborbital tourist flight with the first Pakistani astronaut on board. Lastly

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