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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Insights into the Phenomenon: NuSTAR and NICER Detect Identical Radio Burst, Unveiling Key Clues

A team of researchers has made a significant breakthrough in understanding fast radio bursts (FRBs) by detecting an FRB within the Milky Way using two NASA X-ray telescopes, the Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) and Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR). This observation provided valuable data that allowed scientists to trace the source of the FRB back to a magnetar, an extraordinarily dense object and a type of neutron star. The researchers found that the rotational rate of the magnet

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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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Starship Flight 3 Prepared for Full Stacking in Wing Down Roll Testing

SpaceX is making significant progress in preparing for its third flight of Starship, with Booster 10 and Ship 28 fully stacked and ready for testing. The assembly of the vehicles was completed in just 56 hours, demonstrating the company’s commitment to increasing its flight cadence. Changes have been made to the bottom of the Liquid Oxygen (LOX) tank in response to a previous failure, including the addition of slosh baffles to prevent propellant from sloshing around. Wet Dress Re

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Dream Chaser prepares for maiden flight as it undergoes rigorous NASA testing

Sierra Space’s Dream Chaser vehicle has successfully completed rigorous testing at NASA’s Neil Armstrong Test Facility, bringing it closer to its first launch scheduled for 2024. The testing, which took place in the facility’s vibration chamber, involved mating the vehicle with its cargo module, Shooting Star. The cargo module has the capacity to carry 4,000 kilograms of cargo internally and has three attachment points for additional cargo and experiments.

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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 CanopĂ©e 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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