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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JAXA Successfully Reaches Orbit on Second H3 Launch

Japan’s H3 rocket has successfully reached orbit on its second attempt, marking a significant milestone for the rocket’s potential to carry out future missions. The launch took place at the Tanegashima Space Center and sent a mass simulator and two small satellites to a Sun-synchronous orbit. The H3 rocket, developed by JAXA and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, is a successor to previous-generation vehicles. The first flight of the H3 rocket failed due to a second stage ignition issue, but changes were

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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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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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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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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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Recent Updates from the International Space Station: Introduction of Axiom Crew Members, Advancements in Robotic Hops, and Noteworthy Research on Extended Missions

The International Space Station (ISS) has recently welcomed the Axiom Mission 3 (Ax-3) crew, marking the first all-European crewed mission to the Station. With their arrival, there are now 11 astronauts aboard the ISS and a total of 14 people in orbit, including three taikonauts from the Shenzhou 17 mission on the Chinese Tiangong space station. While the current record for the highest number of people in orbit is 17, last May

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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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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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