Updates: Boeing Starliner experiences delay, China introduces new rocket variant, and SpaceX continues to launch additional Starlink satellites.

Boeing’s crewed Starliner spacecraft and China’s first Chang Zheng 6C rocket faced delays this week due to technical issues. The launch of Starliner, scheduled to be the first crewed launch from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station since the Apollo era, was delayed due to an issue with an oxygen relief valve. The launch is now expected to take place on May 17. On the other hand, the Chang Zheng 6C rocket successfully launched after Starliner’s originally scheduled time

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A comprehensive review of recent launches: Delta IV’s final mission, Russia’s Angara test flight, and three successful Falcon 9 missions.

The second week of April saw several notable launches in the world of space exploration. The highly anticipated final flight of the NROL-70 Delta IV Heavy rocket took place at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. This marked the end of an era for the Delta IV Heavy rocket family, as it will be replaced by the Vulcan rocket in the future.

Russia also conducted a test flight of its Angara rocket from the Vostochny Cosmodrome. After two failed attempts, the

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Introducing SpaceX’s New Bandwagon Rideshare Service

SpaceX has successfully launched its Bandwagon-1 rideshare mission, marking the 35th Falcon mission of the year for the company. The mission carried 11 spacecraft for six customers, including a synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite for South Korea. What makes this mission unique is that it is the first dedicated rideshare flight by SpaceX to a mid-inclination orbit of 45 degrees. Normally, SpaceX’s rideshare missions have focused on polar orbits for global coverage. However, this

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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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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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First Attempt to Launch USSF-52 Aborted as Falcon Heavy Encounters Issues

The US Department of Defense’s X-37B spaceplane is set for its next mission, OTV-7, aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket. The launch, initially scheduled for December 12th, has been delayed due to a ground support equipment issue. However, both the vehicle and payload are reported to be in good condition. The primary concern for liftoff is the wind, with a launch forecast of 75 percent favorable. This mission will be the 92nd SpaceX Falcon-family

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SpaceX Progresses Toward 100 Launch Goal: A Launch Roundup

SpaceX is making significant progress towards its goal of launching 100 times in 2023. This week, the company has planned three Starlink missions, two at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida and one at the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. China is also expected to launch an unknown payload using the Chang Zheng 2D rocket. These launches will bring the total number of orbital launches in 2023 to 199-204, surpassing the record set in

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Upcoming Psyche Mission: NASA and SpaceX Join Forces to Launch Expedition to Metallic Asteroid

NASA and SpaceX have announced their collaboration on the upcoming Psyche mission, which aims to launch an expedition to the metallic asteroid 16 Psyche. This mission is expected to provide crucial insights into planetary formation and the composition of planetary cores. Psyche will mark the first extensive study of a metallic asteroid, shedding light on the formation process of Earth, Mars, and Mercury. Equipped with four instruments, the spacecraft will investigate various aspects of 16 Psyche, including its geology, elemental composition,

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SpaceX Achieves Record-Breaking Launch Count in 2022 with Starlink Group 6-12; China Set to Launch Three Missions

SpaceX has achieved a record-breaking launch count in 2022 with its Starlink Group 6-12 mission. The company launched 21 Starlink v2 Mini satellites, bringing the total number of Starlink satellites in orbit to 4,704. Of these, 3,963 are in operational orbits. This marks the second Starlink launch from Launch Complex 39A this year. Despite LC-39A launching fewer missions due to pad conversions, this launch is SpaceX’s 62

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