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’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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Possible revision: Assessment of Japan’s SLIM Moon Lander’s Survival Questioned due to Power Challenges

Assessment of Japan’s SLIM Moon Lander’s Survival Questioned due to Power Challenges

Japan’s Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM) lunar lander has successfully landed on the Moon’s surface, achieving a soft touchdown. However, there is currently an issue with the lander’s ability to generate electricity from its solar cells. The spacecraft is relying on internal battery power, and controllers are working to optimize data recording and downloading while conserving battery life. It is unclear why the

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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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Japanese H-IIA Successfully Launches X-ray Telescope and Lunar Lander

Japanese H-IIA rocket successfully launched the Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM) robotic lunar lander and the X-Ray Imaging and Spectroscopy Mission (XRISM) X-ray telescope. This marks the 47th flight of the H-IIA, with only three flights left before retirement. The launch, originally scheduled for August 28, 2023, was delayed due to weather conditions but took place on September 6, 2023, from the Tanegashima

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The Commencement of Huginn

The Commencement of Huginn

In a momentous achievement for international cooperation, the International Space Station (ISS) has welcomed its newest crew members as Crew-7 successfully docked with the orbiting laboratory on August 27th. This marks the beginning of ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen’s Huginn mission, which aims to conduct groundbreaking experiments in climate, health, and space research for the benefit of humanity on Earth. Mogensen, along with fellow crew members from NASA, JAXA, and Roscosmos, arrived at

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Japan's 'Moon Sniper' launch delayed for third time

Japan’s ‘Moon Sniper’ launch delayed for third time

Japan’s space agency, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), has once again delayed the launch of its “Moon Sniper” lunar mission. This is the third time the launch has been postponed, this time due to strong winds. The new launch date has not yet been announced. The mission was set to take place from the southern island of Tanegashima and would have also carried a research satellite developed by JAXA, NASA, and the European Space Agency.

The delay comes just

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Launch of X-ray telescope and lunar lander on Japanese H-IIA spacecraft canceled

Launch of X-ray telescope and lunar lander on Japanese H-IIA spacecraft canceled

The launch of the Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM) robotic lunar lander and the X-Ray Imaging and Spectroscopy Mission (XRISM) X-ray telescope on the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-IIA spacecraft has been canceled. Originally scheduled for August 28, the launch was postponed due to poor weather conditions. The launch window will remain open until September 15. The H-IIA will take an eastward trajectory over the Pacific and release its solid rocket boosters around 1

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SpaceX Dragon 'Endurance' to Carry All-International Crew-7 for Launch to the Space Station

SpaceX Dragon ‘Endurance’ to Carry All-International Crew-7 for Launch to the Space Station

SpaceX has successfully launched its Crew Dragon spacecraft “Endurance” carrying an all-international crew of four astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). Led by commander Jasmin Moghbeli of NASA, the crew includes pilot Andreas Mogensen of ESA, and mission specialists Satoshi Furukawa of JAXA and Konstantin Borisov of Roscosmos. The launch took place from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and the crew is expected to arrive at the ISS on Sunday.

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